Create a Winter Wonderland Focal with Turquoise Relique, Shattered Opal, and Sky Blue German Glass Glitter

By The ICE Prince, John Creighton Petersen

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When I think of Winter, snowflakes are the first thing to come to mind! And for this project, I wanted to create a layered look that resembled an icy covered window with lots of layers showcasing the natural beauty found during winter time. I’ve also included a great tutorial for how to use Iced Enamels™ as an adhesive when layering metal pieces together, in this case the metal snowflake which is the base of this piece with the Large Oval Hobnail Bezel.

Supplies used in this project:

ICE Resin®: ICE Resin®, ICED Enamels™ Medium, ICED Enamels™ Relique Powder Turquoise, ICED Enamels™ Inclusions: Shattered Inclusions Opal, German Glass Glitter Sky Blue; Large Oval Hobnail Bezel, brush, stir sticks, measuring cups

IMAGINE Crafts® featuring Tsukineko®: Vertigo™ Taffeta, SHEET Metal™, irRESISTible™ Texture Spray: Wedding Dress, Bahama Blue; GooseBumps™ Texture Spray Shimmer, StazOn®: Midnight Blue, Blue Hawaii; InkBlushers, Craft Mat

Spellbinders®: 2013 Snowflake Pendant, Grand Calibur Machine

Miscellaneous: Swarovski flat back rhinestones, heat tool, wire and related tools (for making jump ring), necklace

Instructions:

1. Die cut one large snowflake from a piece of SHEET Metal to create the base of this bezel piece.

2. Paint on ICED Enamels Medium along the side edge of the large oval bezel. Sprinkle with ICED Enamels Relique Powder Turquoise, tap off excess and heat set.

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3. Watch the video (above) to see how to use ICED Enamels Relique Powders as an adhesive to hold the two metal pieces together. Once these two pieces have been joined, apply at least one thin coat of ICE Resin to the enameled parts of the snowflake and bezel.

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Optional Step If you like the look of the contrasting metals (above left) after joining the snowflake and bezel together, you would only have to add resin to the front side of the piece described above. You can finish the backside of the bezel with ICED Enamels (above right), adding multiple layers of Relique powder to make the backside of the bezel completely smooth. If this is your preference, remember to also set the backside of the piece with a couple of layers of resin.

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4. Cut a piece of Vertigo film to fit inside the bezel. Click here to see an awesome tutorial by Clare Horner on how to use your bezel as a stencil to get the perfect fit.

5. Color the backside of the Vertigo using an InkBlusher with StazOn Blue Hawaii.

6. On the opposite (plain side) of the Vertigo, spritz with irRESISTible Wedding Dress followed by Bahama Blue, allowing each color to dry completely. You can use a heat tool to speed up the drying time.

7. Spray a thick layer of GooseBumps Shimmer over the entire piece and heat with a heat tool just to the point that the GooseBumps lightly bubbles. This gives the “ice” effect and you can do this multiple times to achieve different looks.

8. Mix a small batch of ICE Resin. Set the Vertigo piece into the bottom of the bezel using the resin as an adhesive.

9. Add a layer of resin on top of the Vertigo background and sprinkle with ICED inclusions. Allow to set.

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10. Die cut two (different) small snowflakes from SHEET Metal. Color using ICED Enamels Relique Turquoise, then spritz with irRESISTible sprays. Edge with StazOn Midnight Blue.

11. Add one of the snowflakes on top of the first layer of set resin. Add more inclusions (as desired) with this second layer of resin and allow this layer to set.

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12. For the last layer of resin, add the remaining snowflake along with inclusions; allow to set.

13. Using ICE Resin as an adhesive, add flat back rhinestones onto the piece for added bling.

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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring! A Layered Necklace with Paper and ICE Resin

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Do you love winter? Or are you counting the minutes until spring arrives? For this project, I wanted to capture some of the beauty of a winter wonderland, but also celebrate the transition of spring, which will be here before we know it, even if it doesn’t seem like it right now! In my last project, I introduced my technique for creating window layers with laminating plastic. This project also features layers, topped with a frame decorated with multicolored flowers.

Supplies
Art Mechanique™ Mixed Metal Hobnail Rectangle Bezel, large
ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels™ in Ivory Relique & Turquoise Relique
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Inclusions in Opal
Art Mechanique™ Paper Sealer
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Colored paper or cardstock in an assortment of colors
Laminating plastic
Permanent marker
Mixing cup & stir stick
Disposable paintbrush
Scissors
Opaque Silk Ribbon Bundles (sari ribbon)
Bronze jump rings
Brass hook clasp

To get started, make a template that fits the inside of the bezel. Using the template, cut a piece of light blue card stock, which will serve as the background — or bottom — layer of the bezel; the light blue represents the sky. Coat the paper with Art Mechanique™ Paper Sealer, painting it on both sides and all edges to keep resin from absorbing into the paper.

It's very important to seal the paper to keep it from absorbing resin and darkening. This Paper Sealer is great, because it goes on thinly, and dries very quickly.

It’s very important to seal the paper to keep it from absorbing resin and turning too dark. This Paper Sealer is great, because it goes on thinly and easily, and dries very quickly.

When the paper dries, paint irregular shapes of Iced Enamels™ Medium onto it, and sprinkle with a mix of Iced Enamels™ in Turquoise Relique and White Relique to add texture and suggest clouds. You do not need to heat the Iced Enamels™ for this project.

Paper layer to simulate clouds.

Paper layer to simulate clouds.

Using the template, cut a piece of purple cardstock to fit the bezel. Use the permanent marker to draw a simple mountain design. Cut outside the drawn line; coat all sides and edges with Paper Sealer, and let dry.

Leaving the drawn line helps define the layers in the bezel.

Leaving the drawn line helps define the layers in the bezel.

Cut a piece of dark green cardstock to fit the template, and draw simple triangle shapes to represent pine trees. Cut outside the lines, and seal with Paper Sealer. When dry, paint the tops of the trees with Iced Enamels™ Medium and sprinkle lightly with the Iced Enamels™ Shattered Opal Inclusions to simulate snow.

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Simple tree designs with Shattered Opal Inclusions.

Using as many or as few colors of cardstock as you want, draw and cut out small flower shapes, which will be used to “frame” the winter image. Coat each flower with Paper Sealer, and set aside to dry.

I chose a palette of pink, blue, orange, yellow and green, and cut outside the ink links to help the flowers "pop."

I chose a palette of pink, blue, orange, yellow and green, and cut outside the ink links to help the flowers “pop.”

Mix a small amount of ICE Resin® according to the package directions, and paint a thin layer inside the bezel. Place the blue paper layer in the bezel. Add a very thin layer of ICE Resin® on top of the blue layer and place the purple mountain layer on top of the first layer.

The first two paper layers with very thin layers of resin between and beneath.

The first two paper layers with very thin layers of resin between and beneath.

When the first two layers have set up a bit, add a thicker layer of resin.

Waiting until the previous thin layers of resin have set up a bit helps prevent the mountain layer from floating when the thicker layer of resin is added.

Waiting until the previous thin layers of resin have set up a bit helps prevent the mountain layer from floating when the thicker layer of resin is added.

Once the thicker layer has set up a bit, place the paper trees on top of the thicker layer. The thicker resin layer helps to create dimension between the layers.

Setting the trees on top of the thick resin layer creates shadows and added dimension in the bezel.

Setting the trees on top of the thick resin layer creates shadows and added dimension to the bezel.

While the thicker tree layer sets up, use the template to cut a piece of laminating plastic to fit the bezel. Paint a “frame” of Paper Sealer around the edges of the plastic and press the flowers onto the Paper Sealer, creating a frame for the bezel image.

Create the flower border that will go on top of the other layers.

Create the flower border that will go on top of the other layers.

Paint a thin layer of Paper Sealer on top of the flowers to create a strong seal for the flowers. When it dries, trim the flowers to ensure they do not go beyond the edge of the plastic.

Neaten up the edges to fit the inside of the bezel.

Neaten up the edges to fit the inside of the bezel.

Add a thicker layer of resin to the bezel, on top of the tree layer, and place the flower frame layer on top. Press the edges down very gently, helping an air bubbles to move to the edges and release. Let the resin set for a few hours.

After adding another thicker layer of resin, place the flower border on top, creating even more dimension and interest in the bezel.

After adding another thicker layer of resin, place the flower border on top, creating even more dimension and interest in the bezel.

Once the frame layer is secure, add additional resin as desired on top of the flower frame layer to create a domed top.

Add as many layers of resin to create the dome effect you desire.

Add as many layers of resin to create the dome effect you desire.

Incorporate the completed bezel into a finished necklace or bracelet, and enjoy this celebration of the beauty of winter and spring!

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Deer to my Heart, an ICE Resin brooch

Bring back brooches!

I have so enjoyed making this month’s project theme: A Late Winters Tale. It was quite a challenge, I wanted to make a piece on the theme but something you can wear all year round and not just for winter! I will happily admit it took a while to think of this one, but the end result turned out more than perfect for me. When I started to gather the components for this piece and laid them all out together pre-resin to make sure that it would work, it quickly morphed into what it is, and not just because I put the image in upside down, another reason to build it all up before you stick it all down! Placing the un-stuck image in the bezel upside down actually looked great and what lead me to make the brooch. I think the heart would look equally as good with a different coloured German Glass Glitter if you want to add a pop of colour to the piece.

Thanks for Visiting

Clare Horner

Supplies:

ICE Resin®

Iced Enamels™: German Glass Glitter Silver

Rue Romantique: Large Botanical Oval Bezel, Rhinestone Chain

Art Mechanique® Small Hobnail Heart Bezel, Paper Sealer

Other Supplies: pliers, connectors, small leaves on chain, image, brooch back.

 

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I have written the instructions separately but please create both parts at the same time. To create the faux druzzy hanging heart:

1: Mix the ICE Resin to the manufacturers instructions.

2: Drizzle a thin layer of mixed resin into the bottom of the small heart, about 1/16th of an inch deep.

3: Pour a generous amount of silver glass glitter on top and set aside for 6 to 8 hours to dry or over night.

4: Once dry, tap the excess glass glitter back into its pot. You actually use relatively little for the faux druzzy effect.

 

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To create the main focus:

1: Size your image to fit the bezel and cut out.

2: Coat the front back and sides of the image with the paper sealant.

3: Glue the image down into the bezel making sure the loop is at the bottom.

4: Size up the rhinestone chain and cut accordingly.

5: When the glued image has dried, seal with paper sealer again just in case.

6: Once dry, drizzle a small amount of resin into the bezel. Place the rhinestone chain on top guiding with a toothpick.

7: Fill the centre of the bezel with more resin being careful not to go over the the rhinestones.

8: Set aside to dry for 8 to 10 hours or over night.

9: Assemble with your connectors.

10: Glue on a brooch back using strong glue or ICE Resin.

 

“Blooms in Winter: Hope Springs Eternal” How to get the look of soldering on China with Iced Enamels™

Blooms in Winter - The look of soldered china with ICED Enamels

Blooms in Winter – The look of soldered china with ICED Enamels

I think fondly of childhood winters, sleds flying down snow capped hills, snowball fights and bundles of wet clothes piled in the entry way as we came in from playing in the snow as my mother handed us a mug of hot cocoa. I loved those days. I reminisce about those days. However, as I write these words, I know that there are many snowed in, watching more snow fall down and thinking ‘When will this end?”   Take heart, spring is around the corner but if you would like it now, then my Blooms in winter project is just what you need to rid your creative heart of the wintertime blues and create a soldered inspired necklace with thoughts of spring and the colors of a cool white winter.

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First my thought for this project was of a snowy white bracelet with beads and iced enameled buttons but when I began something was a miss. It was too wintery, too much of what everyone is seeing right now. So my thoughts turned to flowers- what we all long for in the dead of winter. I had a piece of chipped china in my studio, just waiting to be used. It called out to me and I began to chip away at ideas. Then I turned to the beautiful ICED Enamels. German silver was just the ticket to get the look of soldering without soldering. I do love to solder but I do know that not everyone has the tools or the desire to delve into the world of silver, flux and an iron. So with the new direction, I began to hammer away at the plate until I found a shape that held enough interest. With the chipped piece in hand, a little filing made the edges ready for the ICED Enamel. Two layers (cooling time in-between) of the silver and the soldered look was achieved.   After sealing the enamel with ICE Resin®, the next step was to embellish the piece. Using a part of a metal medallion, beads, vintage French wired leaves and ICED Enamel coated word of “HOPE” the necklace came together. Finishing with a beaded chain, the shimmery white from the beads took me back to the snow filled days but the focal point of the enameled china piece takes me to the future where blooms and hope spring eternal

Gather

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Towel

Chipped china

Goggles

Metal file

Enamel medium

Disposable brush

ICED Enamel™ – German Silver Relique

Piece of scrap paper

Heat tool

Craft mat or tile

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Disposable cup/brush

Plastic gloves

Adhesive – such as E6000

Bail, Metal medallion

Tin snips

Wire – head pins,

Crystal beads

Embellishments

– optional such as French-wired beads, charms

Chain or ribbon for necklace

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Create

  1. Wearing goggles, place plate between towel and hammer until the desired size and shape is achieved.

2. Using the metal file, file all sides until smooth so that there are no rough edges.

3.  With disposable brush, brush on the ICED Enamel medium along edges and brushing over the edges on the front of                      china piece.

  1. Place piece of china on a scrap piece of paper and pour or spoon the German silver over the piece. Tap off excess from china piece. Pour excess back into jar.
  1. Place china piece on craft mat or tile, using the heat gun, heat till the color has melted together and created the look of solder. Once cooled, repeat if desired
  1. Mix a small amount of ICE Resin® according to directions and coat china piece with resin using a small brush. Allow to dry for 12 hours.
  1. Snip medallion to desired size, if necessary. With beads and wire, create dangles and attach to medallion. Add other embellishments if desired.cj-icedchina-b
  1. Adhere bail and medallion to back of the enameled china piece with adhesive.
  1. Once set, add chain or ribbon for necklace.
  1. Wear a little spring even in the midst of winter.

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***To enamel the metal word Hope, coat the metal with ICED Enamel medium and apply the Ivory ICED Enamel or the color of your choice. Heat until melted. Let cool. Sand the metal until the word or image is visible and then seal with ICE Resin®.

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Chantal Johnson is a mixed media artist/teacher living in Rowlett, Texas. She is married and has three children. She is currently on the 2015 ICE Resin design team. Her work has been featured in Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Somerset Home, Green Crafts and Somerset Studio. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at chantal515@verizon.net. You can follow her via her blog at www.chantalohnson.blogpsot.com

Chantal Johnson is a mixed media artist/teacher living in Rowlett, Texas. She is married and has three children. She is currently on the 2015 ICE Resin design team. Her work has been featured in Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Somerset Home, Green Crafts and Somerset Studio. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at chantal515 @ verizon.net. You can follow her via her blog at www.chantalohnson.blogpsot.com

 

ICE Resin, Re-cycling, and A Winters Tale.

"A Winters Tale"
This project may look a bit familiar as I did one similar to it last time I was on the ice Resin team back in 2013. But this time I wanted to showcase how versatile ICE Resin is as an adhesive and a collage material.
It is so much fun to recycle things that would normally find themselves in the trash bin. Have you played with soda cans? They are thin aluminum that doesn’t rust, is thin enough to cut with simple scissors, and a die cut machine easily turns them into all kinds of shapes. You can see how with a few simple techniques you can make great jewelry pieces with soda cans.
So let’s get started!

Products used

Ingredients:
Part one:
  • Soda cans cleaned
  • Pages from a vintage book
  • Metal shears
  • Safety glasses
  • Work or leather gloves
  • Cuttlebug or Sizzix or Artisan Xplorer die cut machine
  • Heart and butterfly cutting dies in two sizes
  • ICE Resin and appropriate supplies for mixing
  • Small sponge brush
  • Latex gloves
  • Garbage bag

Cutting Cans

Collect some cans and make sure to rinse them out. REMEMBER: use your safety gear! Safety glasses and gloves are a must for this project! With those in place use your heavy metal shears and clip off the top of the can. I clipped through the drinking hole into the softer metal then maneuvered around to clip off the entire top. Then cut down the seam or towards the back and clip off the bottom. Now you have a flat piece of metal. Rinse or clean as necessary and be careful the edges are sharp. (Use a medium grit sand paper to remove any loose pieces or sharp burrs)

Mix up your resin according to instructions. While you wait for the bubbles to clear lay out a garbage bag for your wet pieces, grab your gloves, sponge brush, and your vintage pages. Pour or dip your brush into the resin and onto the can metal sheets. Be sure to coat all the way to the edges then press your pages down on top. Pour more resin and using the brush coat liberally. Lay on your bag to dry. Continue with all your can sheets until done.
Leave to dry for 24 hours. (You just collaged paper to metal with ICE resin!!)
Drying Collaged Pages
When dry ready your die cut machine with heart dies and cut a minimum of five large petals and three medium sized for the flower pin. Cut a few butterflies from any extra collaged can pieces.  Your medium grit sandpaper can be used to remove sharp edges.
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Part two:
  • Iced Enamels in Carnelian, Turquoise, and Ivory
  • Iced Enamels Medium
  • Small paintbrush
  • Heat gun
  • Small round hobnail bezel
  • Clipart
  • Small hole punch
  • Metal hole punch
  • Micro screw
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Three Tim Holtz ideaology pen nibs
  • White glue, like ModPodge, for paper sealing
  • More ICE Resin
Starting with the larger petals place five onto the micro screw. Follow with three of the  medium petals. Punch holes in your pen nibs and place those on top. (I used a Cropodile) Screw the nut into place, I used jewelry pliers, as tightly as you can get it. The nibs may bed bending to fit into the petals. I also bent the petals with my fingers to mimic flower petals.
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Brush some medium onto the flower petal edges and dip in the enameling powder. Heat with embossing gun until melted. Continue with all your petals. With the butterflies I did some edges and some of the can designs to hide them, picking enamel colors that I liked as I went.  (I actually did my enameling after I assembled the pieces. You can do either, before or after.)

Enameling

Now you’re ready to mix up another batch of ICE Resin. With a sponge brush seal all your enameling and pour resin into your bezel piece. Also coat the butterflies and you can also use the resin to glue the pin backs in place. Just dribble a bit on the butterfly and place your pin. The resin will do the rest! You can also put some resin in the center of the flower piece then drop your bezel into it. For my example I used some tiny heart shapes,which I added last, to steady the bezel piece while it dried.

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Voila! You have lovely recycled butterflies and a flower pin to show off your love of the literary!

Until next time,

Susan M. Walls

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Celtic Themed Bezel by John Creighton Petersen

By The ICE Prince, John Creighton Petersen

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With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, I decided to get creative with some of my favorite ICE Resin® supplies to make a fun Celtic bezel necklace that could be worn anytime of the year besides March 17th. I’ve been working with embossed, colored metals lately in my work and thought I would share this with everyone on the blog. This technique can be easily changed using different embossing folders that are used with die cutting machines, and it’s simple enough to use different colors with this project.

Instructions:

1. Cut metal down to shape – for this bezel, I used a circle die through a die cutting matching that’s the same size of the bezel. If you cut after the metal has been embossed, the pattern will be flattened out.

2. Use the Celtic Knot embossing folder to emboss the cut piece of metal.

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3. Color the metal using StazOn inks with GlazOn layer protectant. With an InkBlusher, color the entire piece of metal with StazOn Cactus Green and allow to dry. Apply a thin layer of GlazOn. Repeat (alternating StazOn followed by GlazOn) with Emerald Green and Forest Green, then highlighting with Metallic Gold.

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4. Mix ICE Resin® following instructions.

5. Use stir stick to apply a thin layer into the bottom of the bezel. Coat the back of the colored metal piece with a light layer of resin and then place into the bottom of the bezel.

6. With a brush, apply a thin coat onto the inner sides of the bezel.

7. Sprinkle inner sides of the bezel with Chartreuse German Glass. Tap off excel and allow to set.

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8. Mix a second batch of resin, enough to fill the bezel.

9. Apply a thin coat of resin onto the back of your inclusion and place into the bezel.

10. Fill the bezel with ICE Resin® and sprinkle with Gold Glitter. Allow to cure.

11. Embellish bottom of bezel and add to necklace chain.

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You can change the look of your bezel very easily simply by changing the colors used. Instead of a gold bezel, switch to a silver colored bezel. Once the same green StazOn colors were used to color the metal, slightly sand off some of the color to expose the metal.

Supplies:

ICE Resin®: ICE Resin®, ICED Inclusions Chartreuse and German Silver, ICED Inclusions Gold Glitter, Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Art Mechanique®  Circle Hobnail Bezel Medium sized, stir sticks and measuring cups

IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko: StazOn (Cactus Green, Emerald City, Forest Green, Metallic Gold), GlazOn, InkBlushers, Fantastix

Celtic Knot embossing folder, circle die cut

Other Supplies: rivet and brad (inclusion used in project), ball and chain with DMC floss for necklace

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Cold enameled beads in a becoming Valentine bracelet by Sandy Martin

 

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One of my favorite things about Iced Enamels is the amazing ability to transform plain ordinary things into special one of a kind pieces of art.  Today’s project focuses on transforming plain metal beads into special accents. Iused Garnet and Ivory Relique Powders because this was a Valentine theme.

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For this project you will need the items pictured plus assorted beads and findings, and of course, tools:

Iced Enamels Garnet and Ivory

Disposable Brush, Craft Cup and Stir Stick, craft heat gun, stick pins,  Iced Enamels medium, and a non-stick craft mat.

Instructions:

I used mixed metal beads with side holes as my base for these darling hearts.

Brush on Iced Enamel Medium and then sprinkle Ivory Relique Powder on top (or you can dip your bead into the powder).

Use your craft heat gun an inch or so from the surface of the bead until you see the Relique start to melt.

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Allow your bead to cool completely before embellishing with a Sharpie marker.

TIP: I used a straight pin to ensure the side holes remained open.

Mix ICE Resin per manufacturer instructions.

Brush on a thin layer of ICE Resin and let dry for 8 to 10 hours.

Garnet Valentine beads

Now you are ready to string. I tied a bit of ribbon in between the beads for accent and used an open-back heart bezel with a toggle for the clasp.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Home is Sweeter with You, an oil paints Necklace by Sandy Martin

ICEResin-House-SandyMartinInspiration for this necklace came from my experimenting with patinas. Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Art Mechanique Silhouettes make a great surface to play around. Use your favorite colors and make one for each day of the week!!

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Materials:
ICE RESIN®
Oil paints-white, pink, red
Gilders paste-patina
16 G bronze wire
Organza ribbon
Small Rhinestones
Small wooden heart
Art Mechanique House Silhouette
Non-stick craft mat
E 6000

Technique:
I started by roughing the surface of the house with sandpaper. I then painted layers of oil paint, letting each layer dry between colors. Once the paint was dry, I used sand paper to remove some layers. I painted both sides of the house.

Mix Ice Resin per package instructions. Take a small amount of resin and place it in a second mixing cup. Add a small amount of gilders paste to the ice resin to color. (you can use oil paint, pastels, acrylic or ink to color the resin) I scrape a small amount of gilders paste with my Popsicle stick then use the stick to mix the color. Using the Popsicle stick, drop a small amount onto the wooden heart and set aside to dry. Use the clear resin to cover the back side of the house and let dry.

Once the house and the heart are dry, Glue the heart to the front of the house. Just use a dab of glue to hold the heart in place. You only need enough glue to hold it in place, not to secure it, the Ice resin will do that!. Mix a small amount of Ice Resin and cover the entire piece. Place a small rhinestone on the heart. The resin will secure it in place.

Once the piece is dry, drill a hole in the top. If the resin has spilled over, you can clean it up easily with an xacto knife.

Cut a 3 to 4 inch piece of 16G wire. You can ball one end for added interest. Hammer wire flat. Create a loop at the top and wrap wire the remaining wire. Create another loop and thread it through the hole in the house. You can ball the other end of the wire at this point if you like, finish wrapping the remaining wire. Using the E 6000, glue a few rhinestones onto the flat wire.

I created the necklace from torn organza ribbon and a piece of leather. I tied the ends to a handmade hook and eye clasp. You can use a pre-made ribbon, chain or wire necklace if you like.

Creating Graduated Window Layers in ICE Resin by Heather Widener

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What’s better than color? Layers of color! Create a series of windows to highlight a focal area where you can feature an image, word or symbol that’s meaningful to you. My focal point is a small heart-shaped window of sparkly ICED Enamels™ German Glass Glitter, but the options are endless!

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Art Mechanique™ Mixed Metal Hobnail Heart Bezel, large
ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels™ in Garnet Relique & Turquoise Relique
Iced Enamels™ German Glass Glitter in Silver, Salmon, Chartreuse, Sky Blue & Amethyst
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Mica in Bronze & Chartreuse
Laminating plastic
Modge Podge
Permanent marker
Mixing cup & stir stick
Scissors
Disposable paint brush

Bezel Outline

Place bezel face-down on laminating plastic; trace around edge of bezel. The laminating plastic is what you’re going to use to form each of the layers in the bezel. Cut the plastic to fit bezel, and use the plastic as a template to trace and cut as many — or as few — layers as you want to place in your bezel.

Heart with Layers Inside

Place the first layer of plastic into bezel; draw a “window” onto the plastic. The “window” is the part of the plastic layer that you will ultimately cut out to reveal the layers below, so the first window needs to be small, with subsequent windows growing bigger as you add each layer of plastic. Place the second layer of plastic on top of the first; draw a slightly larger window using the layer underneath as a guide. Repeat for each layer. In the photo above, there are eight sheets of plastic stacked on top of each other. Remove all of the layers from bezel, and cut out each window inside the lines you drew; set aside.

Glitter Base Layer

Paint the inside of the bezel with Modge Podge. Coat with silver glass glitter and shake off the excess.

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While the base glitter layer dries, paint the first plastic window layer with Modge Podge; coat with ICED Enamels™ Garnet Relique. Do NOT heat the Iced Enamels™. For this project, the Iced Enamels™ are functioning as a powdered coloring agent, rather than their normal cold enamel function. Repeat for each layer & color.

Window First in Bezel
Mix a batch of ICE Resin®; paint a thin layer on the glass glitter in the bezel. Place the first window layer — the smallest window — in the bezel and press gently to release any air pockets or gas bubbles. Let it rest for 15 minutes.

Window Second in Bezel

Paint a thin layer of resin on the first window layer, gently press as before to release air pockets, and apply the second window layer.

Window Fifth in BezelWindow Last Windows in Bezels

Repeat until all the layers are in the bezel.
Paint a thin layer of resin on the top layer. Leave the bezel open to highlight all the textures (as I did), or fill & dome with resin.

Thanks for reading about my colorful windows project; they make great picture frame layers, too! See you at the next project!

–Heather

Gem Fabulous

Create tissue paper magic with ICE Resin® for your Valentine by Chantal Johnson

 

Translucent tags, art dangles and natural elements

Translucent tags, art dangles and natural elements

Seeing for the first time what happens when white ephemera (tissue paper and feathers, to be specific) and ICE Resin® meet, was both magical and tragic.   Tragic in the sense that when I put one of my little hens’ white feathers in as a element in a pendant it disappeared as if it wasn’t even in there! Trust me, I’ll only do that once. But the magic happens with white tissue paper and stamped sentiments or images that are embedded or coated with ICE Resin®. It as if the stamped image is floating in the ICE Resin® and the viewer is able to see what is in the background. Coating the tissue paper with ICE Resin® both front and back to make resin paper, you can create translucent tags or dangles in any art or jewelry project. Trust me again; I’ll do this over and over!

As a gatherer of the natural elements from the ocean shores, my shell collection is vast and it is housed in beautiful glass jars all through out my home. I do pick many to be used in jewelry pieces, home décor and even for saltcellars and candle holders. To me, keeping the integrity of the shells is important- I don’t usually paint them different colors as I believe the Creator’s paintbrush is far superior to mine- So in keeping the natural, I found that a little tissue paper stamped sentiment and ICE Resin® can impart a timely word and keep the shell timeless. Using the ICE Resin® to adhere the tissue and then allowing it to cure, the shell has a beautiful gloss that won’t discolor over time and the natural beauty is in tact.

In my first design team project, I combined the love of the natural, the love of tags, wire and words, and the love of ICE Resin® to create tissue paper magic.

Have fun!

Chantal Johnson, Wishblooms

Gather-

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ICE Resin®

Disposable measuring cup

Wood stirrer

Sponge

Small paintbrush

Disposable gloves

Craft mat or plastic trash bags

White tissue paper

Stazon Ink pads – your choice of color

Stamps

Seashells

Wire 26-28 gauge

Scissors

Round nose pliers

Small beads, charms,

Vintage seam binding Ribbon

Eyelets and eyelet setter such as a Crop –a- dile

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  1. Lay out tissue paper and select stamps and sentiments.
  1. Using Stazon ink, stamp images onto the tissue.

**I work with smaller pieces of tissue so I can create small collages or word choices. Leave a border around the stamped images so once coated and cured with ICE Resin®, you will be able to cut around the imageIMG_6075-web

  1. Once images are stamped, set up the craft mat or trash bag in a clear area with a constant temperature. I use the kitchen counter, as my studio gets too cold.
  1. Mix ICE Resin® according to directions, using equal parts A and B.   Set a timer to stir for 2 minutes if needed and then let it rest for 5 minutes – I use a timer for both and my results are fabulous!
  1. IMG_6068-webTo create sentiments on seashells or various elements, use the paintbrush to paint on a thin coat of ICE Resin®, and then place the trimmed tissue stamped image or sentiment onto the object and brush on another layer of ICE Resin®.
  1. Allow to dry for 12 hours. I like to do this step at night so I will not touch my projects to see if they’re dry. When I wake up in the morning, it’s all finished!!

To create the ICE Resin® Tissue paper, prepare the paper as in Steps 1- 4.

Then beginning on the backside of the paper, using the sponge, spread on the ICE Resin®. Once the back is coated, repeat the process on the front of the paper.

Place the coated tissue paper on the trash bag and allow curing.

**Once dried, be careful and remove the tissue paper slowly from the trash bag/craft mat.

IMG_6077-webTo create the tags,

Trim the ICE Resin® tissue paper to desired size.

Using eyelet setter- set an eyelet for the ribbon and ephemera

Using handheld punches, punch out desired shapes from tissue paper.

With the thin gauge wire, create beaded dangles and ICE Resin® tissue paper charms.

Can you imagine the stamps and colors you will use to make your own?

 

 

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