Posted on | January 1, 2014 | 4 Comments
My great aunt recently asked me to fix her rosary. The beads on it are quite plain, but the crucifix is absolutely beautiful! I immediately thought, what a great necklace it would make if the beads had some interest to them. Soon after, I was chosen for the 2014 ICE Resin Design Team and it came to me, a rosary necklace would be the perfect project for my first piece! I absolutely loved using the Iced Enamels™ on every piece of the necklace, layering the different colors really brought out the texture in the ancient Yoruba brass beads. The piece contains a special message for me; we are all given a specific talent, which is our purpose in life. The words in the hobnail shield bezel read “Soul mission, Life Purpose”. The wire bezels each contain a word in them so together it reads, “His light shines in our hearts”.
Medium Mixed Metal Hobnail Shield Bezel by Art Mechanique™
Iced Enamels™ Ivory Relique and Chartreuse Relique
Iced Enamels™ Relique Glitz Silver, Gold and Copper
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Opal
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Mica in Bronze
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Disposable paint brushes
Base Metal Beads (I used ancient Yoruba Brass Beads)
Liver of sulphur
18 gauge copper wire
24 gauge tinned copper wire
20 gauge sterling silver wire
Steel bench block
Ball peen hammer
Drill with bit
Fine grit sand paper
Bowl of water
1. Cut (7) pieces of 18 gauge copper wire, ball ends with torch and quench in water.
2. To create backless connectors, wrap wire around dowel and wrap each balled end around wire to hold shape. Make (6) total in a circular shape and (1) in an oblong shape (using your fingers to pinch it into shape). The oblong shape will be used as the main connector.
3. Using a paintbrush, apply Enameling Medium to all of the wrapped wire, the base metal beads and on the back and hobnails of the pendant.
4. Sprinkle enameling powder on all the wire pieces and pendant. I use a toothpick to hold the base metal beads, dip them into the enameling powder and tap excess back into container.
5. Using a craft heat gun, melt enameling powder.
6. I repeat steps 3-5 and layered different colors of Iced Enamels™ on each piece.
7. Mix ICE Resin® according to manufacturer instructions.
8. Using a disposable paintbrush, apply a thin layer to the bezel, beads and wire to complete the cold enameling process.
9. Let dry for 6 to 10 hours.
10. Type words on your computer that you want to use inside the bezels and print them out on a transparency sheet (mine read His light shines in our hearts). Trim them to the appropriate size for the wire bezels and the shield bezel and set aside.
11. Trim ephemera for the shield bezel to size and glue in the bottom of bezel.
12. Attach the back of the wire bezels to packing tape.
13. Mix another batch of ICE Resin®.
14. Using the stir stick, apply a thin coat of resin inside each of the wire bezels and shield bezel.
15. Sprinkle a small amount of Shattered Opal into 3 of the wire bezels, a little in the top and bottom of the shield bezel and Shattered mica in bronze into the other 3 wire bezels.
16. Let dry for 24 hours.
17. Mix another batch of ICE Resin®.
18. Using the stir stick, drip some resin into the shield bezel.
19. Sprinkle a little glitter in the top and bottom of the shield bezel and then insert the transparency. Push down gently with stir stick to release any air that may be trapped underneath.
20. Snip bail off the Crucifix pendant and file down smooth with your needle files.
21. Place the Crucifix in the shield pendant while the resin is still wet. Add a little more resin to the shield, but don’t fill to top making sure the Crucifix is sticking out of resin a little.
22. Using tweezers, dip the transparency pieces into the cup of mixed resin and place in the wire bezels.
23. Cut out image for the oblong connector bezel, place in bezel and drip resin on top using stir stick.
24. Let dry for 24 hours.
25. Peel wire bezels off of tape and lightly sand if the backs are a little sticky from the tape (make sure to wear your dust mask when sanding).
25. Drill 2 holes in each of the circular wire bezels, and 3 holes into the main oblong wire bezel, these will be used as connectors.
26. Using the tinned copper wire, wrap all the beads connecting them to each other so you have the following: 1 string with 3 beads and 5 strings with 10 beads each.
27. Cut (14) 2” pieces of sterling wire.
28. Ball up one end of wire using a torch and flatten the other end slightly with ball peen hammer.
29. Insert the balled end of wire through the front of the wire bezel connectors, wrap and assemble the necklace in this order: shield pendant, wire connector, 3 beads, wire connector, oblong connector, 10 beads, wire connector, 10 beads, wire connector, 10 beads, wire connector, 10 beads, wire connector, the last 10 beads connect to the oblong connector.