Whenever I am lucky enough to travel I always make time to stop at flea markets.
I used an old eyelet hook for button shoes and a tag I found in an Ohio flea market.
The double jump onto the leather cord was called for to balance the weight of the tag and ICE Resin filled bezel. I also filled it with paper torn from a bag and canvas fabric.
Silver and bronze gave the necklace a nice contrast and a masculine feel.
Mr. Siley, I wonder what kind of mail you received so long ago?
It seems that no matter how precise I try to measure, I always end up with a little extra resin when I’m working on a project. And one of my favorite ways to use that resin is to create paper beads! The possibilities are endless, from simple embellishments to including them inside of a bezel or even making a bracelet!
My favorite papers to use are printed tissue papers (or make your own!) and old books because these types of paper absorb the resin so well, hold their shape, and have a beautiful antiqued finish when dry.
Patterns for paper beads can be found on the internet, but for most of my work I like to either free hand tear the paper or just free form cut a long triangle. One helpful hint is to have a good length, at least 7 or 8 inches long. This will give you enough paper to make the bead strong enough for using in your work.
Paper to create beads (old books, tissue paper, printed scrapbook paper, etc.)
Non- stick craft sheet or plastic bags (thin, from the grocery store)
Wire and tools
Embellishments, beads, etc.
Skewer or awl (to wrap paper around)
1. Cut/tear paper to desired width and length, approximately 7 inches long.
2. Mix ICE Resin® following manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Lay paper down onto non-stick work surface and coat with resin. For thinner weight papers, the resin will naturally soak into the paper. If using a thicker weight paper it may be necessary to coat both sides of the paper.
4. Use a skewer or tip of an awl to wrap the end of the bead around. NOTE: if cut in a triangular shape, start with the widest end.
5. Begin to roll the paper onto the skewer, trying to keep a tight tension while rolling. Once the bead has started taking shape, the skewer can be removed.
6. Continue rolling the bead until the end has been reached; add additional resin if needed to hold the end down.
7. Allow paper bead to cure completely.
8. Embellish paper beads with wire, beads, etc.
• Using a small skewer will create a smaller hole in the bead which is more helpful for stringing when complete.
• Small clamps can be used if needed to hold the ends down while drying.
• Unfold a paper clip to create a stand for curing the paper beads.
• Do not leave the bead on the skewer – it will be very difficult to remove when dry.
I hope you had fun!
John Creighton-Petersen, Art New Wave
It is easy to use ICE Resin® and German Glass Glitter, create a gorgeous bracelet!
Start with Art Mechanique™ small hobnail bezels designed by Susan Lenart Kazmer in bronze and pewter.
Mix your Ice Resin and coat the inside of each bezel. Then pour in the glitter.
Before the pieces cured, I added in Crystal Clear Gem Brads, then I let all the pieces dry overnight.
Connect the pieces with jump rings to complete the bracelet.
Kathy Cano-Murillo, the Crafty Chica
Oh my GOODNESS I am just in love with Iced Enamels and the new Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter!
A couple of weeks ago I did a Technique Tuesday video where I shared how to create an ICE Resin ocean. The inspiration for this idea came to me after thanking a dear friend for blowing wind in my sails. You can watch the faux ocean technique video here.
After completing the video, I had a beautiful night sky background and a magical blue ocean to work with. I was so excited to complete the rest of what I had envisioned, that I worked on it diligently until it felt finished. I love the way it turned out and how simple it is to make anything, including fabric, look fabulous with Iced Enamels.
Basically, I just cut the bird body and boat out of one of my kiddos old jeans, painted it, added the Iced Enamels Medium and Iced Enamels to the bird’s beak, hearts and the boat’s sail, heated it and viola! I then attached all of the pieces, including the cute little forks, number and heart charms with the answer to all of life’s problems, ICE Resin.
My Supply list:
ICE Resin®, 8 oz. Kit
Iced Enamel™ s Medium, 1 oz
Iced Enamels™ Ivory Relique
Iced Enamels™ : Carnelian and Garnet Relique
Opal and Fire Opal Shattered Inclusions plus Chartreuse Mica
Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter: Sky Blue and Silver
Art Mechanique™ Connections: Gem Brads
Art Mechanique™ Charms: Brass Tableware
Art Mechanique™ Number Silhouettes
Rue Romantique™ Heart Shaped Faux Lock
Wishing you smiles and sunshine,
Tatiana Allen aka Crafty Cutie
I am a hopeless romantic, and I love hearts! I have always liked collecting them, and decided to use the Mixed Metal Hobnail Heart Bezels in Antique Silver to make a pair of earrings. I wanted them to be rustic, so to achieve the look of earrings from the old days, I used a two pieces of Vintage ceiling tiles as their base. I also wanted to incorporate the color red to add to the romantic feel of the earrings, which I did by using the Iced Enamels in Garnet Relique.
Polly Hendrickson, Jewelry Design
2 1-inch pieces of Vintage Ceiling Tiles, with sharp edges filed to smooth them
2 Mixed Metal Hobnail Heart Bezels in Antique Silver, Small
2 Multicolored Gem Brads, 4 mm, in Gold
Disposable Paint Brushes
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Iced Enamels™ in Garnet Relique AND Ivory Relique
Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter, Silver
Black Sharpie Marker
Words from an old book or newspaper and White Glue
20 gauge Sterling Silver Wire for Ear Wires and 4 Jump Rings
Torch, for balling ends of wire
Ball Peen Hammer and Drill or Hole Punch Pliers
1) Cut out 2, 1 inch pieces of the Vintage Ceiling Tiles. Be sure to use your Metal File to smooth the rough edges.
2) Choose the words you want to use from an old book or newspaper. Tear them out, keeping their rough edges for a rustic look. Lightly blacken the edges of the words with the Sharpie Marker.
3) Inside of the heart bezels, lightly paint the ICED Enamels® Medium. Once dry, sprinkle the Iced Enamels® Ivory Relique into the bezels. Heat with the heat gun until they have “melted” and attached to the bezel bottom. Allow to cool.
4) Add one word to each heart and use a very small amount of glue to adhere them to the bottom of the hearts. Let dry.
5) Sprinkle the Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter in Silver over the words, using as much or as little as you would like. TIP: A little goes a long way!
6) Mix the ICE Resin® according to package directions. Gently stir with the popsicle stick and let sit for a few minutes to allow any air bubbles to rise to the surface.
7) Using the disposable paint brushes, lightly paint the ICE Resin® over the Iced Enamels® in Garnet Relique. This will seal and protect the Iced Enamels®.
8) Pour the rest of the ICE Resin® into the bezels being careful not to over fill, but just until you have a nice dome. Allow to dry at room temperature according to package directions.
9) Once the tile is dry, punch or drill a hole at the top of the tile where you would like to hang the earring.
10) Punch or drill another small hole at the top corner of the tile and insert the 2 Multicolored Gem Brads, one on each earring.
11) Open the jump rings and insert one in the hole for the ear wire, and add the bezel before closing it. Attach another jump ring to hang from the ear wire. Repeat on opposite earring.
12) Cut approximately 2 to 2 ½ inches of Sterling Silver Wire and use the torch to ball the end of the wire. Form the wire in the shape of the ear wire, and hammer lightly on the end and near the curve to finish the ear wire.
What kind of mixed media found object finds so you have in your studio that you could cold enamel and make into earrings?
I love all the summer flowers in bloom! Our house is not very conducive to filling vases with flowers; I just don’t have the room to set them about. Since I seem to always be in the kitchen fixing meals and doing endless amounts of dishes, I always wanted to have flowers on my windowsill, but it is so small, so…..I decided to make my own tiny little dressed up vases out of my empty vanilla and essential oil bottles. While I was making these I thought how fun would these be as place settings for baby or bridal showers!
Jennifer Cabic, Silver Peanut on Facebook
Tools and Materials:
Art Mechanique™ House Silhouettes
Art Mechanique™ Dress on Hanger Silhouettes
Rue Romantique™ Small Scrolled Oval
Various size bottles
Opaque Silk Ribbon Bundle
Iced Enamels™ Ivory Relique
Iced Enamels™ Garnet Relique
Iced Enamels™ Pewter Relique
Iced Enamels™ Carnelian Relique
Iced Enamels™ Medium
StazOn Ink in Spiced Chai, St. Valentine and Orange Zest
Flip Book: Belles Dames Francaise
Art Mechanique™ Micro Fasteners
Nylon jaw bracelet bending pliers
Metal hole punch
Bowl of water
1. Heat up the Art Mechanique™ Silhouettes to anneal them. Quench in water and slightly bend them around a ring mandrel with a rawhide mallet so they curve in the shape of the bottle. For the small scrolled oval, I used the nylon bending plyers.
2. Using a disposable paintbrush, apply Iced Enamels™ Medium to the front of the silhouettes without the cutout. Sprinkle with Iced Enamels™. For the house I used Garnet and Pewter Relique and for the dress I used Carnelian and Pewter Relique. Using a craft gun, melt the enameling powder and let cool.
3. Using the cut out silhouettes as a pattern, trace the shape onto selected page from the Belles Dames Francaise flip book or other ephemera and trim to shape. Cover with Paper Sealer and apply to cut out silhouettes and let dry. For the words, I used a lighter to singe the edges of the paper and then I smudged various colors of StazOn inks along the edges.
4. For the small scrolled oval, trim ephemera to size and glue into bezel.
5. Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions and using a disposable paint brush, apply a layer over the pieces with the Iced Enamels™, over the silhouettes with the cut out and in the small scrolled oval. Apply rhinestone chain as desired and let dry.
6. Punch holes in both layers of the silhouettes, making sure the holes line up. Connect together with microfasteners.
7. Using craft glue, attach ribbons/lace around bottles. Attach silhouettes and bezel on top of ribbons/lace with either glue or resin and let dry.
8. Fill with your favorite flowers and enjoy!
Tools & Materials:
ICE Resin® 1 oz. syringe
ICED Enamels™ Medium
ICE Resin® Silhouettes – Houses
White gel pen
1.Firstly use the sanding block and give the House a light sand
2. Apply a light coat of ICED Enamels Medium with the paint brush)
4. With a heat gun heat the powder until it melts.
5. Use the Alcohol wipe on the enamel it tones down the colour for a different look all together
6. Mix the ICE Resin®, into a cup and then stir for 2 minutes.
7. Let the resin sit for 5 minutes to allow air bubbles to dissipate.
8. With a craft stick slowly add the resin onto the House silhouette and then allow it to lay flat on textured mat.
9. Pour any leftover resin onto the mat.
10. Let Piece dry for 24 hours and cure for 3 days.
11. Using the Stazon ink pad, rub around the edges. This creates a shadow to the edge and will make it pop. Allow to dry.
12. Use a white gel pen and add decoration
13. Add some transparencies to the window of the House.
I have loved house shapes for I don’t know how long, and when the new Sihouettes where brought out I had to have them. I combine these with the ICED Enamels and they looked amazing. For those of you that know me know Ii love the Number 8 for my mum it was her birthday,and also I like vintage so I toned this house down with a special technique !
Jen Crossley, A Mark in Time
I know it’s a while until Halloween, but this summer I have been in a vampire kind of mood, and maybe some jewellery crafters will keep it in mind that we can create all unusual effects with ICE Resin for all seasons.
By adding some Memento inks in a deep red tone to my ICE Resin I achieved a look like a drop of blood.
But because I am a dedicated recycle girl, I gave some broken jewellery a second life. The left overs of a broken brooche have been added to my bezels to make some vintage looking earrings.
To level the bezel, I filled it with some polymer clay which has been baked according to instructions. By adding some colored ICE Resin to the bezel and add the brooch parts I could fixate the brooch parts and get the wet look I have been after in one step.
Small bows made with a Rue Romantique ribbon gave the final touch.
Drip any left overs of colored resin on a craft mat and let cure. You can use the drops on your next cards or save them for Halloween.
It only takes a drop or two of pigment to color the resin. The pigment can change the chemistry of the resin and hardener, so the standard is to add color with a toothpick drop by drop.
Have you ever had the desire to just pour out a whole cup of ICE Resin® to make one big sheet? That’s what happened to me, except I also added in some Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter too! I poured it over a sheet of wax paper and let it set overnight. The next day, I cut it to 4×4″, and cut up a bunch of scrap paper to fit. I lined them all up and drilled two holes at the top and wrapped pink and teal wire. I added some ribbon and another charm I made with one of my drawings and ICE Resin® too! Now I have a little book that I can use for my Instagram photos, or for sketches, quotes, anything I want. I think I’ll also make a few more to give to friends!
ICE Resin®: ICE Resin®, ICED Enamels™ Medium, ICED Enamels Relique™ Torched Copper, Art Mechanique™ Chocolate German Glass Glitter, ICED Enamels™ Shattered Mica Bronze, Mixed Metal Hobnail Long Rectangle Bezel Large Antique Silver, brushes
IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko®: StazOn Opaque Ivory Black, StazOn Metallic Gold and Copper, GlazOn, InkBlusher
Miscellaneous: watch parts, gears, adhesive, Spellbinders®: Creative Cogs 3D M-Bossabilities Folder
1. Using a brush, cover the backside of the bezel with ICED Enamels™ Medium. Sprinkle on Iced Enamels Relique™ Torched Copper and heat set. Allow to cool down completely before repeating for the sides and front of the bezel.
2. Mix ICED Resin® according to instructions and use a brush to apply to the sides and back of the covered bezel; allow to cure completely.
3. Create another batch of ICE Resin®, this time adding a drop of StazOn Opaque Ivory Black.
4. Pour resin into the Creative Cogs 3D M-Bossabilities Folder; allow to cure completely. NOTE: If you do not allow the colored resin to cure completely in the folder, it will be “rubbery” and will tear when you try to remove it from the folder.
5. Lightly twist the embossing folder until the resin begins to come out of the embossing plate.
6. With an InkBlusher, lightly apply StazOn Metallic Gold and allow to dry. Repeat with StazOn Metallic Copper. Once dried, apply a thin coat of GlazOn.
8. Use adhesive to hold the embossed resin pieces into the bottom of the bezel.
9. Mix a batch of clear ICE Resin® and apply a thin layer into the bottom of the bezel.
10. Begin adding found objects into the bezel, lightly coating on the backside of each piece with ICE Resin before adding into the bezel.
11. Continue adding more gears and watch parts, along with Art Mechanique™ Chocolate German Glass Glitter and ICED Enamels™ Shattered Mica Bronze as desired.
12. Fill in bezel with ICE Resin® and allow to completely cure.
Hi Everyone! After I saw Tatiana Allen’s project a few weeks ago on the ICE Resin® blog on creating shapes using embossing folders, the ideas started to swirl in my head about what I could create! I stumbled across a project that I had made years ago in a class that used UTEE embossing powder, and while handling the project the UTEE cast piece broke and I then remembered why I avoided making projects with UTEE. And then it dawned upon me – why not use Tatiana’s technique with colored ICE Resin® to create a background for a bezel!
I’d just recently been to a flea market and purchased some fab vintage tchotchkes including watch parts and gears that were waiting to be used, so this project was born!
John Creighton Petersen, Art New Wavekeep looking »