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.
colored rock salt and ICE Resin
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…
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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!

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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.
Pages and Die Cutting
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.
Petal ASsemblyAdding Pen Nibs
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

Susan’s Art Circus Blog

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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