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.

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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!
Code:
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The coupon code cannot be combined with any other coupon codes out there for CJS :) The code is good until Jan 15,2015
So what are you waiting for? Sign up here
CJS 2015 is proudly sponsored by Liquitex.

You have until Dec. 8 to apply for ICE Resin’s 2015 Design Team!

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We are looking for a few fabulous designers who love creating jewelry and

mixed media art with ICE Resin®.

If you have personal goals as a designer and want to expand your talents within an incredible team, you are invited to apply for a year-long position on the 2015 ICE Resin® Design Team!

NEW: Former team members are welcome to apply.

How to Apply: Please cut and paste the questions below into an email, answer them, and send along with 3 photos of your creative designs using ICE Resin to Carol@iceresin.com.

Deadline is Monday, December 8, 2014

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ICE Resin® 2014 Creative Team Application:

Name:

Physical Address:

Mailing, if different:

Phone/cell:

Email address:

FB:

Twitter:

Pinterest:

Blog:

Website:

Google+:

Other:

 

Please tell us what your design experience is (whether it is simply creating for yourself and others or publishing, etc.) and what you prefer to create—jewelry, mixed media pieces, paper, etc.

 

Why would you like to be part of the the Susan Lenart Kazmer™ ICE Resin® Design Team?

 

Have you been published? If so, please list publications. Also, what are your publishing goals?

 

How long have you been working with resin?

 

What is your experience with resin in addition to ICE Resin®?

 

Are you comfortable in front of a camera?

 

What are your goals in the Arts and Crafts industry?

 

Teaching experience – please list any venues or retreats where you have taught or will be teaching in 2015.

 

How often do you post to your blog? Other social media platforms? Are you open to posting for business purposes?

 

How do you feel about cross promoting on your blog?

 

Are you able to meet publication deadlines?

 

If selected, you are committing to 9 projects per year with instructions, step-out photos and a matching technique video, plus a 3-6 blog hop opportunties as they arise. Does this work with your lifestyle and goals?

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As an artist based company ICE Resin offers our team members: Generous product packages shipped directly to your home, compensation for publication, trade show designs and the support of our social media.

 

Please cut and paste these application questions into an email, answer the questions and send it along with

3 photos of your resin work and a link to a video you have done

to Carol@iceresin.com by Monday, December 8, 2014.

New Creative Team Members will be notified by Friday, December 19.

Make this Sassy Women Journal Gift

The 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop is over, but we at ICE Resin have an extra project to share and below the project are links to all the the 100 or so gift ideas from the talented designers who participated in the hop.

If you are like many creative souls you keep a journal as a place to tuck in your thoughts, an art page, or maybe a special piece of memorabilia.

This one was made with the sassy women Graphic 45’s Typeography paper pack,resined paper and Iced Enamels. We couldn’t decide whether to wear the necklace or tie it along side as an element of the journal. Maybe put the necklace on as the catalyst into what you are feeling?

Handmade Holidays Art Journal and ICE Resin necklace
Supplies and Tools:

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Relique Powders: Turquoise and Ivory
Iced Enamels Medium
Art Mechanique Paper Sealer
Shattered Inclusions: Opal
Art Mechanique Heart Bezel
Graphic 45 Paper
ColorBox Classic Pigment Ink
Rowluxe Illusion Film – cut desired shape
Vintage Buttons, tea-dyed ribbon and other elements from your stash
Page torn out of an old book (or scrapbook paper!)
1 Blank Journal
Glue
Westcott Scissors or Hobby Knife wescott-cutting-tool
Non-stick Craft Mat
Cups and Stir Stick
Disposable Gloves
Disposable Paint Brush
Sponge

Instructions:

1.  Choose your words and image. Cut them out of your scrapbook paper.
2.  Distress edges with ColorBox Classic Pigment Ink.
3.  Seal Graphic 45 paper on both sides and edges with Art Mechanique Paper Sealant and set aside to dry.

Cold Enameled Bezel:
4.  Brush Iced Enamels Medium to the bottom of your hobnail heart bezel.
5.  One at a time, sprinkle contrasting Relique Powders on either side, shake off excess.
6.  Use your craft heat gun to melt the Reliques and then let cool a few minutes. This video will show you how. (The technique is the same, bezel or silhouette.)

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7.  Mix ICE Resin per package instructions. Learn how in the video below if you have not done this before. It is easy peasy!

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8.  Sprinkle in a bit of your Shattered Opal.
9.  Drip in ICE Resin with your craft stick. Place your words. Drip in more ICE Resin until a dome forms.

10.  Use the rest of your resin to make resin paper. This is the technique:

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ICE Resin11.  After your paper and bezel are dry (about 10 hours), you are ready to glue your Roluxe, paper, and button elements together as well as attach a ribbon to your bezel.

Good job! Now all that’s left is to wrap up your thoughtful gift and watch your friend open it with delight!

Wishing you the happiest possible holiday season!

 

 

 

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

Day 1

Clearsnap

Ellison Educational Equipment

Walnut Hollow 

Graphic 45

Neat and Tangled

Therm O Web

Westcott 

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Rowland Technologies

ICE Resin

Hydrangea Hippo

Clearsnap – Suzanne Austin

Stencil1 – Ed Roth 

Graphic 45 -Nadya Lifa

Cookies for Breakfast- Beth Pingry 

Cupcakes and Crinoline – Mary Beth Sharkey 

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Frances Byrne

Lazy Mom’s – Joanna Grzeszczak

Homemade Ginger – Megan Kapple

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Asia King

Ellison Educational Equipment – Anna-Karin Evaldsson

One Artsy Mama- Amy Latta

Therm O Web – Alice G0lden

Lovely Etc – Carrie Spalding

ICE Resin – Clare Horner

Pink and Main – Yolie Burke 

The Buckle Boutique – Stephanie Nericcio

Modern Surrealist – Marisa Pawelko

A Little Craft In Your Day – Tanner Bell 

Artsy Findings – Cheryl Waters

Stampin Mindy – Mindy Baxter

Day 2

Clearsnap

Ellison Educational Equipment

Walnut Hollow

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo

Westcott 

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 

Rowland Technologies 

Neat and Tangled 

ICE Resin   ‎

Therm O Web

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Pink and Main 

The Buckle Boutique

Clearsnap – Vivian Keh

Ashley Rader – Giddy Upcycled

ICE Resin – Jen Cushman   ‎

Candy Spiegel- Candy Scraps

Rina Gonzales – Mothership Scrapbook Gal

Therm O Web – Amanda Niederhauser

Yana Smakula – My Cardmaking & Scrapbooking

The Buckle Boutique – Shawn Mosch

Eileen Hull Designs – Eileen Hull

Angela Muir – Handmade in the Heartland

Krista Winters – eat, knit & d.i.y.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Erica Houghton

Katie Smith – Punk Projects

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Karen Aicken

Jeanie Hevener – Create & Babble

Ellison Educational Equipment – Hilary Kanwischer 

Fancy Shanty – Stacy Molter

Liz Hicks – Blogerisms

Andrew Roberts Graphic 45 

Cori Warner The Flying C

Day 3

Clearsnap

Westcott

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Ellison Educational Equipment

ICE Resin

Therm O Web

Walnut Hollow

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Rowland Technologies

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo

Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Tami Mayberry Art & Design – Tami Mayberry 

Jamie Dougherty – Jamie Dougherty Designs

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Raquel Mason

Meagan – The Charming Farmer

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Angela Ploegman

Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey

Pink and Main – Mistyana Wright 

The Buckle Boutique – Niki Wilson

It’s Sew Lorine – Lorine Mason   ‎

Therm O Web – Andy Knowlton 

Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu

Oh Snap Lizzie – Lizzie Sanchez

Graphic 45 – Katie Zoey Ho

ICE Resin – Tatiana Allen

Polly Carlson – Pieces by Polly

Ellison Educational Equipment – Jan Hobbins

RoseRedd Paper Studio – Rochelle Washington

Charity Wings

 

 

Follow our Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Jennifer Priest of RainMaker Media Works + Hydrangea Hippo’s board Handmade Holidays on Pinterest.

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Clearsnap || Ellison Educational Equipment || Walnut Hollow || Graphic45 || Westcott || ICE Resin || Therm O Web || Rowland Industries || Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L || Pink and Main || Elizabeth Craft Designs || The Buckle Boutique || Neat and Tangled

Additional Sponsorship provided to bloggers by:

Sakura || Fairfield Processing

ICE RESIN DESIGN TEAM 2015 CALL OUT – APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

 

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We are looking for a few fabulous designers who love creating jewelry and

mixed media art with ICE Resin®.

If you have personal goals as a designer and want to expand your talents within an incredible team, you are invited to apply for a year-long position on the 2015 ICE Resin® Design Team!

NEW: Former team members are welcome to apply.

How to Apply: Please cut and paste the questions below into an email, answer them, and send along with 3 photos of your creative designs using ICE Resin to Carol@iceresin.com.

Deadline is Monday, December 8, 2014

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

 

ICE Resin® 2014 Creative Team Application:

Name:

Physical Address:

Mailing, if different:

Phone/cell:

Email address:

FB:

Twitter:

Pinterest:

Blog:

Website:

Google+:

Other:

 

Please tell us what your design experience is (whether it is simply creating for yourself and others or publishing, etc.) and what you prefer to create—jewelry, mixed media pieces, paper, etc.

 

Why would you like to be part of the the Susan Lenart Kazmer™ ICE Resin® Design Team?

 

Have you been published? If so, please list publications. Also, what are your publishing goals?

 

How long have you been working with resin?

 

What is your experience with resin in addition to ICE Resin®?

 

Are you comfortable in front of a camera?

 

What are your goals in the Arts and Crafts industry?

 

Teaching experience – please list any venues or retreats where you have taught or will be teaching in 2015.

 

How often do you post to your blog? Other social media platforms? Are you open to posting for business purposes?

 

How do you feel about cross promoting on your blog?

 

Are you able to meet publication deadlines?

 

If selected, you are committing to 9 projects per year with instructions, step-out photos and a matching technique video, plus a 3-6 blog hop opportunties as they arise. Does this work with your lifestyle and goals?

 

As an artist based company ICE Resin offers our team members: Generous product packages shipped directly to your home, compensation for publication, trade show designs and the support of our social media.

ICE Resin

Please cut and paste these application questions into an email, answer the questions and send it along with

3 photos of your resin work and a link to a video you have done

to Carol@iceresin.com by Monday, December 8, 2014.

New Creative Team Members will be notified by Friday, December 19.

Get a little insight into Jen Cushman’s teaching style

Artist Jen Cushman is an engaging instructor who has been sharing her love of mixed media for the past 5 years with students across the county who want to break out fo the mold in colorful and exciting new ways.

Here she is showing our friend Terri O how to make druze bangles:

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And here’s Jen sharing how to make resin paper as part of  Stampington’s Guest Artist Series.

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Register for upcoming classes with Jen: CHA in Anaheim, California and To Bead True Blue in Tucson, AZ.

 

Monday Inspiration: Guest Artist Chantal Johnson’s Feathered Love

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Hello Fellow Jewelry Makers, I recently took four fantastic classes from Jen Cushman at CREATE in Dallas, Texas.  I painted, played, “resined” and enameled everything I brought including the paper towels that were intended for clean- up, feathers from my sweet little hens and white tissue paper.    As Jen said “I was hooked – line and sinker.”  By the third class, I was experimenting with the painted paper towels that now were also stamped and torn to fit inside the bezel, iced enamels/resin and my feathers.

My first attempt was trial and (a few) errors.  I discovered that the metal shield was too dark and that the paper towels didn’t show. I placed 2 feathers in the shield, one white and one black with white stripes.  To my surprise, as I poured the resin, I gasped as the white one totally disappeared as if it had never been there.   What to do?  The result was ok but not the wow that I had envisioned.    So during the fourth class, I started over and began to correct the darkness, find the light and create that one of a kind piece using my painted and stamped paper towels and my little feathers once again.

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To lighten the shield, I used Ivory Iced Enamel Relique as the background.  Once I placed the paper towels on the cooled background- there was light and it was good!  I decided that one feather was enough for the focus and chose a striped one once again.  Adding a little torn piece of white tissue stamped with “love” was just the word I needed.  The rhinestone chain added another element of light.  As I poured the resin, the light was there, the feather was there and it was all very good!!

To complete this piece, I used a silver chain with ribbon and lace woven through the chain. Keeping the light feathery feel, I used pearls and both clear and serene blue crystal beads.  One heart dangled from the chain to bring the idea of love full circle.

I love to use the things around me that bring a smile to my face and give light and life to the heart.  My style has been described as sweet sentiment with strength.  With ICE Resin and Iced Enamels along with found and loved objects such as my feathers, ribbons and words, I am able to create those pieces that accomplish both.

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Chantal Johnson is a mixed media artist living in Rowlett, Texas.  She is married and has three children.  Her work has been featured in Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Somerset Home, Green Crafts and Somerset Studio.  Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com

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