Posted on | March 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Power Words: ICE Resin® Power Rings
These rings are an artistic reminder of strength and courage. You can personalize them with whatever your power words are as well as your favorite colors and design elements.
Let’s gather the supplies you will need:
Wooden stir sticks
Small paper cup
Ranger® Inkssentials™ Non-Stick Craft Sheet™
Sculpey® Premo Clay in Granite
Toaster oven dedicated to craft use
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Iced Enamels™ Relique Powder in Turquoise
Small bits of moss
Page from discarded book (or newspaper)
Ranger® Heat it™ Craft Tool
Needle nose pliers
First, condition the clay and roll it into a ball about the size of a nickel. Press a finger in the center to make a dent. Use a marble to make a well in the center of the ball. Gently pull the edges up around the marble. Remove the marble and bake in the toaster oven according to manufacturer’s instructions. While it is baking, cut your favorite power words from a discarded book page and carefully trim the edges. Set words aside.
Once it has cooled, use a paintbrush to paint some Iced Enamels™ Medium where you want it on the bowl. Gently press the bowl into the Iced Enamels™ Relique Powder, and tap off excess gently. Place the bowl on the non-stick craft sheet, and use the Ranger® Heat it™ Craft Tool to heat and melt the Iced Enamels™ powder. If you want to add any to the bottom of the bowl, repeat on the bottom once it has cooled.
Mix your ICE Resin® according to manufacturer’s directions, being especially careful to mix thoroughly and scrape the sides and bottom frequently while mixing. Mix for the full two minutes. Once mixed, allow the ICE Resin® to rest for five minutes. While you wait, use the stir stick to drizzle a little ICE Resin® into the small paper cup. Add the moss and mix to coat it thoroughly with ICE Resin®.
Use the wooden stir stick to add the moss to the clay bowl. Carefully drizzle the ICE Resin® into the bowl until it is full. Dip the tip of a toothpick into the resin and touch it to the power word to lift the text, and add to the resin. Use the toothpick to submerge and arrange the word where desired.
Allow the ICE Resin® to cure and fully dry. Once completely cured, you can add it to make a ring or pendant. Unwrap about 18 inches of rebar wire and wrap it twice around the ring mandrel at your desired ring size. Unwrap another 18 inches of wire and use side cutters to cut it from the roll. Twist the wires together 2-3 times. Begin to wrap them in concentric circles around the polymer bowl until you have it wrapped and caged. Tightly tuck ends under another piece of wire.
Use a paint brush to paint some Iced Enamels™ Medium where you want it on the wire, or any place it may have chipped off the bowl. Gently press the wire into the Iced Enamels™ Relique Powder, and tap off excess gently. Place the wire onto the non-stick craft sheet, and use the Ranger® Heat it™ Craft Tool to heat and melt the power. Paint another thin coat of ICE Resin® over the clay and the wire to seal the piece.
If you prefer a necklace pendant instead of the ring, simply bend the ring loops up and add silk strips or a chain through the loop.
I hope you give some of techniques suggested in your work. Adding botanicals to ICE Resin® is easy, and yields gorgeous results.
I would love to hear how you are using ICE Resin® in your own work.
Brooke Bock lives and creates with her husband and daughter in rural Pennsylvania. She shares her home and studio with 2 dogs, a cat, a few fish in ponds and tanks and a flock of chickens. She collects things old, rusty and intriguing. She is a regular contributor to many Stampington and Company publications.
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