Hardware Finds with John Creighton Petersen

Posted on | April 2, 2014 | 5 Comments

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I have to admit that I am constantly looking for interesting items that I can use as bezels everywhere that I go – thrift stores, salvage yards, with my two personal favorites being dumpster diving and yard sales.  One of my favorite places to pick up bezel like pieces is the hardware store in the electrical and plumbing departments.  There’s treasures galore and remember that you don’t have to have a back on your bezel, you can create your own!  I wanted to share with everyone the simple way you can take your ICE Resin® to a new creative level with some finds from the hardware store.

I found this great flat back piece in the plumbing section at my local hardware store and knew instantly that it would make a great bezel.  To antique the metal, I began by brushing on a coat of Iced Enamels® Medium then applied Iced Enamels Relique Ivory and heat set.  I carefully placed a piece of clear packing tape onto the backside of the piece and adhered it securely into place.  Be VERY careful not to leave any fingerprints or allow any dust onto the tape – it will show up in your finished piece.

Now it’s time to build our bezel!  I began by adding a small amount of ICE Resin® to the bottom of the piece, just enough to have a thin layer completely cover the packing tape.  Next I sprinkled Silver Shattered Mica into the base of the piece along with more ICE Resin®.  With a brush, I painted the back of the fleur-de-lys with a thin coat of ICE Resin® to help reduce the change of air bubbles then placed it into the center of my piece.  Top off with ICE Resin® and add Gold Glitter around the edge of the opening.  Allow resin to set and cure.

Iced Enamels found object

Iced Enamels

Once the bezel if fully cured, slowly peel the packing tape from the back of the piece.  Use a craft knife (if needed) to trim any of the excess resin from the edges.  Hold your piece up and be amazed at the transparent look that you’ve created with a piece of packing tape!

found object ICE Resin Iced Enamels

I hope this inspires you to begin creating your own transparent ICE Resin® pieces!

John Creighton Petersen, Art New Wave


5 Responses to “Hardware Finds with John Creighton Petersen”

  1. Cathy A
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 13:01

    This looks so cool, going to have to try this!

  2. Jen Crossley
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 14:57

    Your a man after my own heart love hardware finds

  3. Laura S
    April 5th, 2014 @ 14:54

    I recently raided my hubbies metal scrap drawer, that I didn’t know he had, and found some very cool old hardware pieces. He didn’t mind sharing thank goodness but couldn’t imagine what I was going to do with them. I really didn’t either, until now. Thanks John!

  4. carol
    April 7th, 2014 @ 07:55

    Glad you are having fun with ICE!

  5. Polly Hendrickson
    April 9th, 2014 @ 07:13

    Another great job, John!


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