Preserve a 4 Leaf Clover in ICE

Talented Thespa McLaughlin was part of our Creative Team in 2012 and we were lucky enough to run across this “lost” video.

Watch Thespa share how she preserves dried 4 leaf clovers with ICE Resin!

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Discover more about Thespa on her Vintiquities blog.

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An ICE Resin® Guest Post: Mixed Metal Faux Gemstone Necklace by Divya N of India

ICEResin-DivyaN-Faux-Gemstone-NecklaceAs a trend researcher, I find mixed metals and use of vibrant gemstone cabochons or faux gemstones set in cool metals like silver to be the trends in the upcoming season. Combining both these trends, I have created a design which can be made even by a beginner in jewelry making with no metalsmithing or gem setting experience whatsoever.

Divya,  www.jewelsofsayuri.com

 

GoldGermanGlassGiltterMaterials

  1. ICE Resin® (resin – Part A & B, mixing cup, stick)
  2. Art Mechanique Hobnail Shield bezel
  3. Flat artistic wire – gold color
  4. Acrylic metallic paints in copper sulphate blue, green, orange, pink
  5. Art Mechanique German Glass Glitter – Gold
  6. 8mm Green glass beads – 6
  7. Maroon glass cylinders – 2
  8. 6mm Blue crystal rondrells – 2
  9. 3mm Bronze crystals – 4
  10. gold tone eyepins – 10
  11. Brass link chain – 16”
  12. Gold tone Jump rings -7
  13. Lobster clasp – 1

Tools

  1. Round Nose pliers or step pliers
  2. Flat nose or chain nose pliers
  3. wire cutters
  4. Paint brush
  5. Black sharpie marker

DivyaN-ICEResin-vibrant-necklaceMethod

  1. Cut 5” of artistic wire and using step pliers or bail pliers curve the wire such that it make partitions in the bezel when set in it
  2. Place the wire shape in the bezel and trace its outline with a sharpie
  3. Apply dabs of acrylic paint inside the lines in the bezel to create a marbled look. Color the sides of the bezel too. Sprinkle some Gold German Glass Glitter for shine. Let dry
  4. Mix equal quantities of Part A & B in a cup as per instructions
  5. Apply a thin layer of resin on one end of the wire and glue it in the bezel following the trace. Hold for a while.
  6. Pour resin gently on top to cover the entire bezel right till the edge of the wire, just sealing it in. Cover with a dust cover and set to dry and cure for 24 -72 hours
  7. Loop the following beads individually with simple loop:
  • Green bead (6 times), bronze-maroon-bronze combo (twice), blue crystals (twice)
  1. By opening and closing the loops on the beads connect them in the following pattern – one green bead followed by 2” of chain, another green bead, maroon set, green bead, 1” of chain, blue crystal and then a jump ring. Repeat to make the other side.
  2. Cut the remaining chain into two and add the clasp in the center with jump rings.
  3. Connect the other ends of the chain to the beads via jump rings.
  4. Connect the bezel to the green beads with jump rings.

What vibrant color pairings do you favor?

An ICE Resin® Guest Post: Pahlakhara Necklace by Divya N of India

divya nDivya N describes her style as “Indian Contemporary”, and her jewelry is “Designed to please your soul”.

Her longing for pretty baubles led her through a degree in design to stepping out into her own with business, Sayuri. (Click to learn all bout what that word means to Divya.)

Her blog posts are thoughtful and give the reader insight into another culture and what it is to be an artist and vibrant colors adorn her work. You can check out her blog:  www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Pahlakhara Necklace

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Phalak means a slab or colored glass and Phalakhara refers to a traditional mutlistrand bead necklace which was connected with slabs of glass and was popular in the Satvahana Empire in ancient India. As a design educator and a history buff, I have always been drawn to costumes and jewelry worn in the ancient times so here I have recreated a traditional design with modern materials and a contemporary approach.

phalakhara necklace DIY

Materials

  1. ICE Resin® (resin – Part A & B, mixing cup, stick, old brush)
  2. Hobnail rectangular bezels small- 2
  3. German Glass Glitter sky blue
  4. German Glass Glitter – amethyst
  5. Green ceramic beads
  6. 12mm Green glass beads -2
  7. 8mm Hot pink compressed glass beads – 2
  8. Cedarwood copper beads -2
  9. Beading wire
  10. Textured gold tone bead cap – 2
  11. Gold tone eyepins – 4
  12. Altered clasp*
  13. Crimps
  14. Nose pliers
  15. Nippers or wire cutters
  • The antique brass clasp was altered by applying Nail polish (pink and blue) color on it and then sealed with resin

phalakhara necklace DIY (1)

phalakhara necklace DIY (2)Method

  1. Mix equal quantities of Part A & B in a cup as per instructions
  2. Apply a thin stroke of resin in the bezels and fill one half with blue inclusions and the other half with amethyst. Pour resin gently on top to cover. Cover with a dust cover and set to dry and cure for atleast 24 hours
  3. String 19 small green beads onto the beading wire and crimp both sides to a gold tone eyepin each. Repeat with 21 and 23 beads on a line each ending up with a cluster of 3 strings.
  4. Add a bead cap each on either side and make a wrapped loop and connect to one side loop of the altered bezel. Repeat for the other side
  5. Loop one 12mm green bead, followed by a pink bead on a gold tone eyepin connecting to the bezel. Repeat for the other side
  6. String 14 small green beads onto a piece beading wire, first connected to the looped beads, followed by one copper bead and crimp ends to the clasp. Repeat for the other side

Discover more about Divya N:   Facebook page – www.facebook.com/JewelsofSayuri     Twitter – @jewelsofsayuri   Etsy Store – www.etsy.com/in-en/shop/JewelsofSayuri

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Thank you to our 2014 design team members!

Ice Resin Creative Team

THANK YOU!

It is always so difficult to say goodbye to our outgoing team members. They have worked tirelessly for ICE Resin and have inspired thousands and thousands of people with their unique voices and design aesthetic. Thank you Jen Crossley, Jennifer Wynn Cabic, Polly Hendrickson, Kathy Cano-Murillo, Tatiana Allen, Kim Mallet Williams, and Baerbel Born  for your dedication and commitment. You all rock in every way!

Jen Cushman, ICE Resin VP

As ICE’s content manager it has been my pleasure to work with each of you. Thanks for bringing beauty to light, and sharing your gifts!

Carol La Valley

 

 

 

Jen Cushman joined Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2015 — 25 videos to fire up your creativity!

Jen Cushman is excited to announce that she’ll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2015, run by Nathalie Kalbach. If you’re not familiar with CJS, it’s a one-of-a-kind online event to fire up your creativity in Jan 2015.
Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with artists and crafters.
Throughout January participants get 25 videos from 23 featured artists. I’m proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:
Head on over to Nathalie’s site to sign up and for more details: http://nathaliesstudio.com/shop/online-workshops-ubermedia/creative-jumpstart-2015/
You get 25 videos for just $25 (USD).
Here’s a coupon code for $5 off to sweeten the deal!
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So what are you waiting for? Sign up here
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