Gandalf Inspired Staff With Working LED Light

 

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I love the Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings, when I think of epic movies, they are the first things that come to my mind! The atmosphere, the tension, the drama, Billy Boyd summed it up perfectly for me with his amazing song The Last Goodbye which played out the credits of the final Hobbit movie. My most favourite part is where Gandalf whispers to his crystal topped staff and it blooms alive with light, I wanted to re create that look and add in an LED light to ICE Resin to make a perfect cosplay replica for comic conventions, or a small child at Halloween! I already have orders for more of these!

I hope you enjoy my project and leave me a comment to let me know what you think

Thanks for visiting

Clare Horner

 

Supplies:

ICE Resin®

Iced Enamels™: Shattered Opal

Large Crystal Mold

LED and Battery pack

Electrical tape

Self Clamping Tweezers

Staff Base: Altered cardboard tube

Soldering iron, solder, flux.

 

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Instructions:

1: Make a mold from a suitably sized crystal. Mine is Quartz and almost 2inch wide and almost 3inch tall.

2: Solder your battery pack to your LED light, as shown in the video instructions.

3: Mix a large amount of ICE Resin to the manufacturers specifications.

4: Add a half teaspoon of Shattered Opal to the resin and mix in slowly, be careful not to create bubbles.

5: Pour your mixture into the mold slowly so as not to trap air bubbles in the crevices.

6: Submerge the LED into your resin clamping in place with self clamping tweezers and tape.

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7: Leave to set for 8 to 12 hours.

8: Carefully remove from mold making sure not to snap the metal prongs of the LED.

9: Attach to staff, turn on and enjoy!

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Mad Max Movies Inspired Necklace and Earrings by Susan M. Walls

Mad Max Inspired

Something I keep hidden about my creative process is my love of the dark side. The underbelly, the richly textured, and the suggestion of all things scary. My current jewelry line is full of funny, light, lovely pieces that make my clientele smile. Little do they know as they wander through my creations that I have a penchant towards the creepy. But as things would have it there are two sides to every story when setting out to make a “dark” piece and sometimes things don’t turn out the way you planned.
My muse for this project is the new, and old, Mad Max movie. The new trailer is full of imagery. Gas masks, skullery, sand, fibers, exaggerated teeth, hair slathered into Mohawks, and lots and lots of dirt! I’ve watched it at least twenty times. If you lived in a world gone “mad” how would you adorn yourself? What would be available? How would you go about putting something together? The following will show you how my answers manifested.
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Ingredients:
  • Bottle caps
  • Newspaper
  • Sand
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Feathers
  • Hammer
  • Flat pliers
  • Metal or rubber block to pound on
  • A sizzix, cuttlebug, artisan xplorer or other embossing type machine (optional)
  • Iced enamels in: Garnet, Pewter, Tarnished Bronze, German Silver, Chartreuse, Ivory
  • Iced Enamel medium
  • Small brush
  • Embossing heat gun
  • ICE Resin and appropriate mixing tools
  • Sponge brush
  • Metal punch
  • Chain, wire, and other findings
  • Jewelry tools
  • Garbage bags for easy clean up
Start by flattening out your bottle caps. There are a couple ways you can do this. First I took out my aggression and just flattened them with my hammer. Put the metal block on top of your rubber block for noise reduction then bang away. As you flatten the plastic inside the cap will loosen and you take pliers and pull it out.
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Second, if your caps aren’t as flat as you would like, after hammering run them through your embossing machine. Lay them on the appropriate trays and run them through. They flatten like magic!
Now it’s time to enamel! Get out the enameling powders, medium, embossing heat gun, and a heat proof surface. Using the medium brush it onto the egdes of the flatten cap then dip in one of your colors. Heat until melted. On some of the caps I redipped into a second color when the enamel was still hot then reheated immediately. It gives you a sort of crackle effect.
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You can enamel all of the surface, part, or  none. It’s all up to you.
Now comes some fun experimentation. Gather your sand, black acrylic paint, and all your ICE resin equipment. Mix up a batch according to instructions and have an extra cup handy. Pour some of your resin into that extra cup. Using a toothpick grab a pea sized dot of paint and put it into the resin mixing until incorporated.
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Then dump in some sand. Use a little and then add as you go until you get your desired texture. Drip the sand/resin mixture onto your bottle caps. Let cure overnight.
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Idea: if your caps still aren’t quite grungy enough go back with a second resin coat. Mix in more black paint and coat each piece again. The subtle color will darken each cap and give you an entirely new look.
Let’s resin some feathers and some newspaper. I had some feathers laying around so I gathered black and a couple multi-colored ones plus some torn pieces of newspaper that I thought would go with my project.
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Mix up a small batch of ICE resin according to instructions. Lay your paper and feathers on a garbage bag. Using the sponge brush dip into the resin and spread onto the feathers, both sides. Same with the paper. Leave on the garbage bag to cure overnight.
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Lay out all your components playing and moving things around until you like the arrangement. Punch holes in the caps according to your layout, add chain and links to make the bib necklace. Wrap wires at the tops of your feathers, place on your creation. Add clasp and wear proudly!
As I took the journey through this creation I thought what I was going to have at the end was a grungy, recycled, kind of dirty piece. The sand, texture, and colors were meant to reflect that destroyed world that is post apocalyptic. Boy was I surprised when I tried it on. It’s actually very wearable and, to my surprise, pretty! It just shows how things change and morph as you wander through the creative process.
Footnote: I didn’t end up using the resin newspaper in the necklace design but I did make an earring. After watching Mad Max in Thunderdome I couldn’t resist the earrings, the enormous circular earrings, that Tina Turner was wearing! Mine are a very paired down version but fun nonetheless less!
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The resin newspaper was simply torn, holes were punched in the feathers, and laced over a circular piece of brass wire. Add an earring finding and you have a great wearable!
Until next time!
Susan
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Back to Nature with ICE Resin® Tissue Paper Flowers

by The ICE Prince, John Creighton Petersen

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Spring is in the air, and I was inspired by a post that I had seen awhile ago on Pinterest by artist  and had simply pinned it to my board and kind of forgotten about it until we were given the theme of “nature” for our projects and for some reason this just jumped into my head! I’d always wanted to experiment with this particular technique and thought that this would be the perfect time to try it out!

Of course you could go totally crazy and create an entire bouquet of flowers and totally change the shapes of the petals, but I thought for this tutorial that I’m sharing with you that I’d go for the more simple daisy shape.

Instructions:

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1. Create “petals” from 20 gauge wire. I found it easiest to bend the wire to create the end of the petal and then bend the wire back to create the base. Flatten the wire (if desired) only where the petal shape has been created and then bend the wire around the base three times to finish each petal. By flattening the wire, you’ll be creating a flat surface to make adhesion of the tissue paper easier.

2. On white tissue paper, stamp background pattern stamp with StazOn Vibrant Violet.

3. Next add another stamped image (I used mostly text images) with StazOn Royal Purple.

4. Using your petals as a guide, trim tissue paper down to size – you don’t have to cut them exact, you’ll make them all pretty later.

5. With an InkBlusher, highlight areas of the tissue paper with StazOn Fuchsia Pink.

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6. Mix a SMALL amount of ICE Resin® following instructions. And by small I mean the smallest quantity you can measure and mix using the graduated measuring cup because when working with tissue paper, a small amount of resin goes a very long way! I found it works best to let the resin set up for about ½ and hour to allow it to thicken a bit so that the tissue paper doesn’t slide every where when working.

7. Put on a pair of rubber gloves – trust me LOL I don’t generally wear gloves when working with resin but believe me, you’ll thank me because this can get a little messy!

8. Place tissue onto your non-stick craft mat and apply a small amount of resin. Use the side of the stir stick to spread the resin across the tissue paper and watch it turn translucent.

9. Apply resin around the rim of the petal, then place the tissue paper onto the petal and gently massage into place with pressure on the metal. The tissue paper will slip and slide a bit FYI. I applied the tissue paper to the backside of the petals because I wanted a clean look, but you could always apply the tissue to the front and wrap the tissue around the metal if this is easier for you.

10. Repeat with all the flower petals and allow the resin to set.

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11. After the resin has set, trim the excess tissue paper from each petal using the wire edge as your cutting guide.

12. Mix another small batch of resin and fill in the petal to be flush with the edges. Allow to cure completely.

13. To create the middle of the flower, create a circle instead of a petal shape from the wire and apply plain tissue paper across the top for the base. Sprinkle Amethyst German Glass onto the tissue paper with resin and then sprinkle with glitter. I found using this great little stand with alligator clips from Harbor Freight was perfect! Once this has set, tap off excess German Glass and glitter.

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14. To assemble into a flower, I used the center of the flower as the ‘middle’ and had all of petal’s tails bunched around the tail of the flower center. Get the petals into place, and then use painters tape 9or similar) to hold the bunch of wire together while your wrap around all of the tails using 24 gauge wire, starting from the petals and working your way down the bunch of wire to create the stem.

You could also use this same process to create leaves for your flowers, add some crazy wrapped wire pieces to jump up through and between the petals, oh my, the possibilities are endless I tell you!

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Supplies:

ICE Resin® ICE Resin®, Amethyst German Glass Glitter, measuring cups, stir stick

IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko StazOn inks (Vibrant Violet, Royal Purple, Fuchsia Pink), InkBlushers, Craft Mat

Prima Marketing rubber stamps

Other Supplies 20 and 24 gauge wire, wire tools, hammer and hammering block (to flatten wire if desired), pink glitter (or similar), white tissue paper, gloves, cutting mat, craft tool, painters tape

Be sure to get more creative mixed media ideas by visiting The ICE Prince’s Blog, where you can also find out where you can attend this ICE Resin® Certified Instructor’s upcoming classes.

Create a Faux Stained Glass Photo Frame With ICE Resin® and Laser Cut Wood

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I’ve been fortunate to live around the world and see many beautiful places. My family loves gardens, and over the years we’ve taken many photos of plants and flowers – far more than we could ever hang on our walls. This project is a great way to display photos otherwise “collecting dust” on your computer, and remember great times spent in nature.

In recent wanderings through craft stores, I came across wonderful, inexpensive laser-cut wood pieces, which I immediately wanted to fill with ICE Resin®. I was inspired by both frame shapes and decorative shapes. With the simple addition of ribbon, you can hang the finished project in a window, and enjoy the stained glass-like effect created by transparent- & translucent-colored ICE Resin® in the openings of the wood. You could also use more opaque coloration, and hang the ornaments anywhere you’d like a little extra color or decorative “pop.” Imagine how great they would look as tree ornaments!

Materials

Laser-cut wood
Image(s) printed on paper
ICE Resin®
Iced EnamelsTM Medium
Iced EnamelsTM in assorted colors; for the square picture frame I used Garnet Reqlique, Raspberry Relique, Pewter Relique, and Copper Glitz Relique
Acrylic paint in assorted complementary colors
Heat gun
Clear packing tape
Burnisher
Ceramic tile or other heat-proof surface
Unused dry kitchen sponge
Scissors
Disposable paintbrushes
Mixing cups
Stir sticks
Bamboo skewers
Non-stick work surface such as a garbage bag or silicone craft sheet
Paper towels

The supplies for this project.

The supplies for this project.

For these written instructions, I’m focusing on the frame shapes. If you want to use the decorative shapes, just eliminate the steps for preparing and applying the photo image.

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Two of the many frame shapes available.

One of the decorative woodcuts.

One of the decorative woodcuts.

Another decorative woodcut filled with colored ICE Resin®.

Another decorative woodcut filled with colored ICE Resin®.

To begin, choose the photo you would like to put in the frame. Resize the image to fit the frame, and print it on an inkjet printer on plain white copier paper. Cut the image to fit the opening of the frame, leaving an additional ¼-inch border around the image; the border will be crucial for affixing the image to the wood frame.

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If you’re unsure about whether an image will work well in your finished piece, print several to test them.

Prepare a small batch of ICE Resin® according to the package instructions. If you are only preparing one image, you will not need much ICE Resin® at this stage. Cut a portion of the kitchen sponge. Place the cut image on your non-stick work surface, and apply a very thin layer of ICE Resin® to the image using the sponge. Flip the image over, and apply another thin layer of ICE Resin® to the other side of the image. Leave it to cure overnight.

A kitchen sponge is an easy tool for creating resin paper.

A kitchen sponge is an easy tool for creating resin paper.

Choose Iced EnamelsTM to complement your chosen image. You can use a single color of Iced EnamelsTM or a mix. For my square frame with the pink flower image, I used a mix of Garnet Relique, Raspberry Relique, Pewter Relique and the Relique Glitz Powder in Copper. I poured roughly equal parts of the Garnet Relique & Raspberry Relique into a mixing cup, and added smaller amounts of the Pewter Relique and the Copper Relique Glitz. Stir the Iced EnamelsTM in the cup to mix well; set aside.

My mix for the square frame is in the lower left cup. The violet mixture was combined Iced EnamelsTM in Turquoise Relique, Amethyst Relique, Ivory Relique, Pewter Relique, and Silver Relique Glitz.

My mix for the square frame is in the lower left cup. The violet mixture combined Iced EnamelsTM in Turquoise Relique, Amethyst Relique, Ivory Relique, Pewter Relique, and Silver Relique Glitz.

Using a paintbrush, paint the wood with a layer of Iced EnamelsTM Medium. Because the frames are rather large, and Iced EnamelsTM Medium dries fairly quickly, I worked on half the frame at a time. After painting half the frame, sprinkle your Iced EnamelsTM mixture on the prepared wood, gently shake off the excess, and return it to the mixing cup. Continue by painting the Iced EnamelsTM Medium on the remainder of the frame and coating with the Iced EnamelsTM. If any wood spots remain bare, simply apply more Iced EnamelsTM Medium to that spot and sprinkle with the Iced EnamelsTM.

The Iced EnamelsTM mixture applied to the frame.

The Iced EnamelsTM mixture applied to the frame, before heating.

Place the wood frame on the ceramic tile and apply heat with the heat gun until the Iced EnamelsTM melt. If you’ve worked with Iced EnamelsTM before, this may take more time than you’re used to, simply due to the larger size of the frame and the fact that it’s wood and doesn’t conduct heat as quickly as metal.

After treatment with the heat gun.

After treatment with the heat gun. This texture is purely from Iced EnamelsTM. There is no ICE Resin® on top of the Iced EnamelsTM.

When the frame has cooled, carefully paint the back of the frame with acrylic paint in a color to complement the image you selected. Apply two coats of paint for thorough, even coverage. Let the paint dry completely.

The back of the wood frame, coated with two layers of acrylic paint.

The back of the wood frame, coated with two layers of acrylic paint.

Apply packing tape to the painted back of the frame, and burnish thoroughly, sealing the tape very well around all the openings in the frame. This will keep the resin from leaking out in the next phase of the project.

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Apply the packing tape in overlapping strips and burnish thoroughly. You don’t want any air bubbles, loose spots or unsealed holes in the wood frame.

Set the frame aside. The next step is to prepare the colored ICE Resin® that will fill the openings in the wood frame, creating a “stained glass” effect.

After mixing the ICE Resin®, divide it among separate mixing cups; you will need a separate cup for each color you plan to use. I usually make one ounce of ICE Resin® and divide it between four or five separate cups.

Using the non-pointed end of a bamboo skewer, squeeze a small amount of acrylic paint onto the end of the skewer. “Small” means approximately half the size of a green pea; you don’t need much paint. Stir the paint into one of the cups of ICE Resin® and mix well. Wipe the end of the skewer with a paper towel, and repeat with the remaining colors.

The frame for this project used pink and orangey yellow paints, but I was working with several wood cutouts, and used a great deal of blue at the same time.

You only need a half-pea size dollop of paint for each color. Note: the frame for this project used pink and orangey-yellow paints, but I was working with several wood cutouts simultaneously, and used a great deal of blue, which is why this photo features blue paint.

This is a typical batch of colors I would whip up from a single ounce of mixed ICE Resin®.

This is a typical batch of colors I would whip up from a single ounce of mixed ICE Resin®.

Place your tape-backed wood onto the non-stick work surface with the Iced EnamelsTM side facing up. Using the pointy end of the bamboo skewer, carefully drop/apply each color of the ICE Resin® to the openings in the frame, as desired. Take care not to overfill. If resin spills over the edge of any opening onto the Iced EnamelsTM surface, simply wipe it away quickly with a paper towel.

As you fill, go back and check the openings to ensure that they have sufficient colored resin in them; the wood may absorb a bit of the ICE Resin®, leaving small openings with no visible color, so you may need to apply a little more to some of the openings.

When all the colored ICE Resin® has been applied as desired, let the piece cure overnight.

Carefully remove the packing tape from the frame.

With the frame face down, place the printed image face down on the back of the frame. You should be looking at the back of the frame – the acrylic paint side – and the back of the image. Using small pieces of packing tape, affix the image to the frame in several spots.

Prepare another small batch of ICE Resin®. Using a piece of sponge, apply the ICE Resin® thinly to the border of the prepared image and the frame, to permanently adhere the image to the frame and create a neat back. If you need to do any additional detailed touch-ups on the back, use a disposable paintbrush. Set aside to cure overnight.

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The wood frame, face down, with the image — also face down — secured with small pieces of tape, and permanently adhered with another application of ICE Resin®.

Thread a ribbon through one of the holes in the wood. If there is not an opening remaining, select an appropriate location, and use scissors or a punch to cut a small opening in one of the smaller resin sections. Tie a knot and a decorative bow, and hang your framed picture in a window to enjoy the beauty of your photo as the light passes through it and the “stained glass” frame.

The finished photo, ready to be hung in a window.

The finished photo, ready to be hung in a window.

Extra Technique Tip: Acrylic paint makes the ICE Resin® slightly more viscous – or thick – which enables you to create additional effects, like using two separate colors in a single opening in the wood. For example, in some of the larger openings I used two colors by simply applying the first color starting from one end of the opening, and carefully pulling it with the skewer toward the center of the opening. Then, I did the same from the opposite end of the opening with a second color, bringing them together in the middle. I let the natural flow of the resin “do its thing” to blend the two where they met, an effective way to use two colors in single space while keeping them distinct and unmuddled.

The look of two colors of ICE Resin® carefully combined in a single opening.

The look of two colors of ICE Resin® carefully combined in a single opening.

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Natural substances + ICE Resin = unusual focals

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Ummm…Nature or Nurture?

Battling with this concept I decided to allow my nature to take over and make whatever it wanted. Which is several projects instead of one. Could I have settled on just one? Ummm…honestly? No. Could I have done less than what I came up with? Probably, yes. But I just went with it.

Here we go…and I’m leaving the question with you. Is it nature…or is it nurture?
Just recently I spent five days at a painting retreat and since painting is about all I really want to do now that I’ve returned.  One of the techniques is done with wet paints and salt crystals. As the salt dried it sucks up some of the paint color but also repels some of the color floating in the water.
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While looking at this happening I thought, “wow, that might be quite incredible with resin.” So…
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…that’s exactly what I did.
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Collect the colored crystals or  work with them just as they come out of the box. Mix ICE Resin according to instructions then pour a shallow layer into the bezel. Lay in the salt crystals until your happy with the results. Let dry overnight. the next day you can use your bezel as is or coat the tops with more resin. Whichever look you like best!
On any given day my studio is definitely a work in progress with items all over the place. As I was working on the salt crystals I noticed that I left some older spices from my kitchen on the table. Knowing the project due had the word nature in it I thought, “hmmm…maybe working with natural ingredients in the resin would produce something fun.”
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Taking curry powder and cayenne powders I mixed up some ICE Resin. Use about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of your selected spice and mixed it into the resin. My spices made these…
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This is just an idea to get you started and the pieces are plain as I haven’t  put them to use yet.. I’m thinking of maybe placing them into bezels or the faces might make fabulous rings. What do you think? Does it make you re-think your spice cabinet?
Those are good ideas but I felt like they weren’t “the” idea for the project so I trudged on. Deciding to take a break I went out and pruned a few trees. The branches had these fascinating patterns. Small criss-cross detail, tiny little nubs. Again I thought, “I wonder if these little details would show if I cast the branches in resin?”
Guess what happened next? :)
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Running inside I grabbed the Art Mechanique Molding Putty and made a mold of the branch. While that cured I searched my stash (hoard) of bezels and came up with one from quite some time ago. A backless shield. Perfect! Also saved (hoarded) I went in search of a dried flower or leaf that I could put into the bezel. I have a waist high pile of old phone books that I’ve put different plants into the pages to dry. For this I chose a flower and some small leaves to accompany it.
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  1. Using packing tape seal the back of your bezel burnishing well so there are no air bubbles. Fold over the tape ends to make the bezel easier to handle.
  2. Mix up your Ice resin according to instructions.
  3. Pour a shallow layer into the taped bezel. Enough to cover the entire bottom.
  4. Place dried floral material with tweezers and push down lightly to extract any trapped air bubbles.

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  1. Allow to dry overnight.
  2. After drying, mix up a second batch of resin.
  3. Pour in another shallow layer.
  4. Place leaves or any secondary material, words, paper items, and press lightly for bubbles.
  5. Pour resin over top until you achieve the desired doming effect of the resin.
  6. Leave to cure.
After the drying of the second layers you can remove the tape and bead as desired. I decided to add the resin branch.
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To the branch some brass wire, vintage parts and some older Czech glass beads. Voila a beautiful nature piece! Or did nurture get me here? Hmmm…
Susan!
Susan creates and travels with her wearable art company
Charming Trinkets and you can find her blog at:
Susan’s Art Circus Blog!

Nature’s Secret Scent

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I wanted to create something cute to go on my dresser, but as is with everything for me it has to have a dual purpose other than to look good. I am very particular about my things being able to do more than just look good. For this months challenge I decided to create a secret trinket box that would house one of my addictions, creating perfume. I must admit, working out the clasp with the wire was quite a time consuming process but thankfully I have worked that all out for you!

I really hope you enjoy my project today, please leave me a comment to let me know what you think or to let me know if there is anything you might want me to try out for you!

Thanks for visiting

Clare Horner

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Supplies:

ICE Resin®

Iced Enamels™: Relique Powder Amethyst, Medium.

Art Mechanique®: Medium Circle Hobnail Bezel, Circle Silhouette, 20 Gauge Copper Wire.

Mixing cup, wood stirrer, disposable brush.

Other Supplies: Pliers, Self clamping tweezers, Heat tool, Watch Crystal, Dried Roses, Stazon Black, Metal Sheers, File, Fine Sandpaper, Quick Dry Glue.

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1: Cut the loop from the circle Silhouette off with metal sheers.

2: File and sand the circle to a smooth shape.

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3: Place the watch crystal inside the bezel, place the disk on top.

4: Wrap the copper wire loosely around both the rings on the outside of the bezel. You might need to squeeze it together with pliers and help shape it.

5: Carefully remove the wire keeping its shape.

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6: Brush the medium on the inside of the bezel and the top of the disk.

7: Sprinkle the Amethyst Relique all over both pieces and tap off excess returning it to the pot.

8: Wipe the edge of the disk off so the enamel is slightly away from the edge. Heat set both with a heat gun.

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9: With self clamping tweezers clamp the wire to the middle of the disk.

10: Re heat the enamel so the shaped copper wire sinks into the molten enamel.

11: While still molten, sprinkle more enamel over the top of the wire, re heat if necessary.

12: Once cool, dry brush Stazon Black ink around the edge of the disk and the edge of the bezel, let dry.

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13: Mixe ICE Resin to manufacturers instructions.

14: Drizzle a thin layer of resin into the bottom the bezel, insert the watch crystal.

15: Top up the resin so it is level with the lowest point, either the top of the bezel or the top of the watch crystal. Make sure no resin goes inside the watch crystal.

16: The watch crystal will float in the resin, place the Iced Medium bottle inside the watch crystal to weight it down while drying.

17: With quick dry glue, place the roses in a pleasing manner on top of the disk, let dry.

18: Brush resin all over the flowers so they are coated and drizzle resin on top to cover the whole disk. You will need to use something under the rose disk to make it flat. I used my tweezers.  You may repeat this step depending on thickness of resin required.

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19: Once your resin has set you can create your solid perfume and pour into the watch crystal.

20: Level your solid perfume off with a knife, attach the lid and enjoy!

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Sew a handmade butterfly pocket with ICE Resin® paper

 

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Butterflies in My Pocket –Sewing with handmade and ICE Resin® Paper

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. – Rabindranath Tagore

Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works. – Alma Gluck

Nature calls us to see beauty. For some it is the beauty of the ocean, the height of mountains, the depth of the soil or the fleeting of the butterfly. Nature is the artist’s playground. The colors, textures and the life in it give us inspiration.

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So with a project prompt of Nurture and Nature, I began to work (I say that with a smile, as for me it is my heart at play). My inspiration for this project seems to have come from tidbits of handmade paper and ICE Resin® paper that I had laying around, the butterfly as the symbol of change and also the color green- I think in the winter we long for the green that has disappeared and is just waiting till we think it has gone for good. Then to our surprise and delight, the seedling of spring comes bursting forth. The butterfly evokes such beautiful images from their colors to the smooth movements of its wings and the hope of becoming. It was the natural choice for the embellishments. This project also incorporates my love for paper, sewing and sentiments along with the wonderful transformation with ICED Enamels on the butterfly and the heart. Sewing with ICE Resin® paper, gives permanence and strength to the pockets and pouches and creates a transparency that is an ethereal element. The techniques in this project can be used in so many art forms. For the paper artist, it is a chance to use Resin paper in a new way, for the seamstress it is a way to add the Resin paper to tiny totes or gift bags. For the jewelry artist, it could be sewing tiny pouches for a necklace.

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This paper is truly vintage -from the 1890’s.

Gather a little bit of nature’s inspiration, and take a moment to create Butterflies in my pocket and your artist’s wings will soar.

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The key ingredients to create the paper, the butterfly and the heart

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Paper, ribbon, punches and dies used to create the pockets

Gather

ICE Resin® and supplies needed

Plastic trash bag or craft mat, plastic gloves

ICED Enamels medium

ICED Enamels Relique powder

Art Mechanique German Glass Glitter

Small heart bezel

Metal butterfly

Butterfly punch

Handmade paper or mulberry paper

Decorative paper

Vintage Paper

Canvas Paper

Ribbon

Wire

Pliers

Muslin words or stickers with words

Sizzix dies – Pocket with scallop edge, Photo Box Folder

Sewing Machine, thread, scissors

Bull nose clips for holding paper while sewing.

Glue stick

Adhesive of choice (I use E6000)

 

Make

With the Sizzix dies and the canvas paper, cut out Photo box folder (we are making this the pocket). Set aside

To create ICE Resin Paper

1. *Spread out plastic trash bag onto table surface. Layout vintage paper to be resined.

*Mix equal parts of ICE Resin® A & B. Stir for 2 minutes, set aside for 5 minutes.

*Wearing disposable gloves and using a small sponge, sponge ICE RESIN® onto the paper beginning with the backside, coating the whole page. Turn over and lay paper on the bag and coat the front side of the paper.

*Let dry 8-10 hours.

* Once dry, peel the bag from the paper to insure that your paper doesn’t tear. It is now ready to use.

2.  With handmade paper, tear a piece for the front of the pouch. With Resin paper, cut a smaller square to layer on the                       handmade paper.

  1. Using the butterfly punch, punch two butterflies to create the transparent outline. Save the punched butterflies for another project.
  1. With sewing machine, sew the resin-punched paper to the handmade paper. To secure while sewing, use bull nose clips to keep secure.
  1. Cut out smaller rectangles of varying sizes (this will depend on your word sentiments)
  1. Using just a smidge of glue, secure words to rectangles.
  1. Place the layered collage from step 4 onto front pouch. Sew in place. Add the rectangles and sew, connecting them through a continuous sewn line.
  1. Once the front pouch is finished, sew the pouch together with 2 side seams.
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The ICED Enameled heart with an ICE RESIN® coating with German Glass Glitter

 

To create the ICED Enamel butterfly

*Brush the ICED Enamel medium onto the metal butterfly

*Pour the ICED Enamel powder over the butterfly, coating all areas. Shake off excess.

*Using a heat gun, melt the powder until it is smooth.

*Set aside to cool.

*Once cooled, Mix ICE Resin according to directions and brush on a thin coat onto the butterfly. Sprinkle German Glass Glitter onto the Resin.

*Let dry for 8-10 hours.

To create the Enameled heart

*Brush interior of heart with ICED Enamel Medium.

*Pour ICED Enamel powder in the heart, Shake out excess.

*Heat as with the butterfly.

*Once, cooled, carefully fill the heart with ICE Resin®. Sprinkle German Glass Glitter if desired.

  1. With adhesive, adhere the butterfly to top corner of the layered collage.
  1. Tie Ribbon around the lower portion.
  1. Using wire, secure the heart around the ribbon. Once the heart is secure, you might need to add a little adhesive to the ribbon to keep it in place.
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Butterflies in my pocket – Inspire, Create, Dream by Chantal Johnson

 

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. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com

 

 

Rocky Mountain Snow Cap Earrings

Late winter in my area brings lots of snow melting from the Rocky Mountains.   The ICE Resin inclusions Shattered Opal reminds me of the beautiful snow melting into cold blue water.  I made a pair of earrings to remind me of this beautiful time all year long!!

For this project, I used Ice Resin, Opal Shattered Inclusions, hobnob oval bezels, 2 inches sterling wire, blue nail polish, Craft Cup and Stir Stick, a non-stick craft mat, ear wires, 4 inches leather.

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Instructions:

Using a color behind the shattered opal inclusions helps create depth and increase the holographic effects of this awesome product.  I painted the insides of the hobnob bezels with blue nail polish.

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While waiting for the nail polish to dry, Mix ICE Resin per package instructions.   Separate half the Ice Resin into a clean mixing cup.  Using a clean mixing stick as your “spoon” add 2 heaping sticks of the Shattered Opal Inclusions in half of the resin.

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Mix the inclusions thoroughly.  Using the stir stick, fill the hobnob bezels with the resin.  (you can use the remaining clear resin for another project or make resin paper for a later project)

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Allow Bezels to completely dry.

 Cut Two one inch pieces of silver wire.  For added texture, you can draw beads on either end with a torch and hammer the wire flat.  Cut two pieces of 2 inch leather.  Thread leather through one of the loops on the hobnob bezel.  Wrap the silver wire around the leather to secure. Connect the bezel to the ear wires and enjoy your new earrings!!

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TIP: Using different colors as your background will change the effect of the shattered opal inclusions.  Its beautiful with purple, pink, green….well you get the picture!

You can find more of my work at  www.Sweetpeajewelry1.blogspot.com

 

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.

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!

For more about my work, go to:
My blog: http://gemfabulous.com/
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