- 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
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)
- Iced Enamels in Carnelian, Turquoise, and Ivory
- Iced Enamels Medium
- Small paintbrush
- Heat gun
- Small round hobnail bezel
- 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
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.
Voila! You have lovely recycled butterflies and a flower pin to show off your love of the literary!
Until next time,
Susan M. Walls
By The ICE Prince, John Creighton Petersen
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Sandy Martin, Sweet Pea Jewelry
For this project you will need the items pictured plus assorted beads and findings, and of course, tools:
Disposable Brush, Craft Cup and Stir Stick, craft heat gun, stick pins, Iced Enamels medium, and a non-stick craft mat.
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.
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.
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!
Inspiration 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!!
Sandy Martin, Sweet Pea Jewelry
Oil paints-white, pink, red
16 G bronze wire
Small wooden heart
Art Mechanique House Silhouette
Non-stick craft mat
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.
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!
Art Mechanique™ Mixed Metal Hobnail Heart Bezel, large
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
Mixing cup & stir stick
Disposable paint brush
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.
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.
Paint the inside of the bezel with Modge Podge. Coat with silver glass glitter and shake off the excess.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Chantal Johnson, Wishblooms
Disposable measuring cup
Craft mat or plastic trash bags
White tissue paper
Stazon Ink pads – your choice of color
Wire 26-28 gauge
Round nose pliers
Small beads, charms,
Vintage seam binding Ribbon
Eyelets and eyelet setter such as a Crop –a- dile
- Lay out tissue paper and select stamps and sentiments.
- 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 image
- 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.
- 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!
- To 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®.
- 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.
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?
I am an artist, art lover, art collector and everything else related to art! I started my decent into artistic madness 25 years+ ago as an oil painter. I soon discovered this was to tame for me so I quickly moved to assemblage. We called it recycled art or “outsider” art back then! This form of art suits me well as I am like a crow. I will pick up anything shiny…or rusty, broken, old, discarded…you get the idea! I have since become a jack of all mediums, master of none! I look forward to being on the 2015 design team. I am always trying to find unique was to incorporate ICE resin into my designs. May the new year bring all of you happy creating!
I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to return to the ICE Resin Creative Team for another year of fun and adventure! The past year has brought so many opportunities for me to grow as an artist, and being part of this team is a huge contributing factor. I was absolutely beside myself last year when Jen Cushman asked me to apply for the team, and I have to admit quite intimidated because I’d been following the blog and all of the amazing artists and their projects and would have never thought that I had the caliber of work to be part of the team. But I think that all my doubts were put aside when I met Susan in person last year at CHA and when she saw the project above that I created, she kept it!
Over the past year I’ve expanded my working with resin into so many different directions, many of which I’ve shared with you on the ICE Queen Blog and also on my personal blog, ArtNewWave. And the more that I’ve experimented with resin into new applications, I’ve progressed into other areas including metal smithing, metal etching and casting. I have learned so much from both Jen and Susan over the past year, and their encouragement and guidance have been just like them – authentic and inspiring.
My background is from the paper arts world, and it’s so exciting to be able to incorporate ICE Resin into my bookmaking and paper projects! Above is an example of a piano hinged book that features book covers created from embossed metal that was colored with StazOn inks, then sealed with ICE Resin with of course some ICE Enamel highlights, mica, glitter and German Glass.
Because of my work with ICE Resin, I’ve had many new doors open this year for me including the opportunity to teach classes using ICE Resin. I will be teaching at the Tucson Bead Show this upcoming February, and in June I will be teaching at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee.
I look forward to sharing with you new projects and adventures in the next year! I invite you to join me on my other social media channels to see what I’m working on:
- ArtNewWave Facebook page
- John Creighton Petersen on Facebook
- My website, ArtNewWave
- ArtNewWave on Instagram
- My Pinterest boards and obsessions
Hello everyone! I am so excited to be able to introduce myself today!
Can’t wait to start with the team for 2015.
You can find out more about me and all my goings on at the following links:
My website: Susan’s Art Circus
My blog: Art Circus Blog
Find me on Facebook: Susan’s Charming Trinkets
Etsy shop for Jewelry Pieces: Charming Trinkets
Etsy shop for Supplies: The Cre8ive Circus
Pinterest: Susanmwb Pins
Google+: Susan Walls-Beverly
YouTube: Susan Walls-Beverly
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