Sands of Time – A Nature Filled Necklace with ICE RESIN® and Natural Elements

“To see a world in a grain of sand

And Heaven in a wildflower,

Hold infinity in the palm of you hand

And eternity in an hour.”


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A picture paints a thousand words, but a few aptly written words can paint love, joy, warmth or longing, distress and sadness. Poetry is like that…touches the soul and fills our minds with pictures of what is beautiful or haunting. I chose a beautiful short four -lined poem to reflect where I am at this season of life (and it resonates with me, especially at this time of the year). If you had asked me my favorite poem when my children were small, it could have been Suess or Silverstein or a poetry book called “If I were in charge of the World” or if you had asked me in my teens, it would have been entirely different. But today, this little verse, fills my mind with thoughts of beauty, to pause in the moment and see passed beyond what is visible.

The task at hand was to create a poetry-inspired jewelry piece. Poetry has been a wonderful friend to me through the years and it is a great inspiration starter as images come to mind as well as the emotions one has while reading. When I am in my Art Studio or at the kitchen table, the same emotions are present when I create from the heart.

The “Sands of Time” Necklace encompasses many techniques from ICE RESIN® Sand glass bottles to wire shell dangles to paper beads. The sand glass bottles are my favorite element of this necklace. While most people fill the bottle with sand, I wanted to see grains of sand. By using ICE RESIN® as the adhesive and pouring the sand over the bottle (shaking off the excess), the effect is ethereal and delicate and individual grains of sand are seen. The sand will not come off over time, and the piece will stay true to it’s original color. The contrast of the sand in the bezel and the sand on the bottle shows the two opposites of wet and dry sand creating color contrast with the same element. I’ve created two versions of the necklace one with a broken shell as the main piece with crocheting the beads, the bottle and dangles in place. And the second one is with the hobnail bezel, metal elements and a brass circle chain to complete the necklace.

Here are a few tips for you as you begin to gather and create this necklace.


  • I did use actual sand from the beach— no worries if you aren’t near the beach.   You can use play sand and add bits of German glass glitter or purchase a bag of shells in the craft department of your local craft store and crush some to put in the play sand.
  • For the sand filled- bezels, I just used ICE RESIN® as the adhesive on the bottom. If you would like a glass like finish, once the sand has been poured and dries 6-8 hours, you could then mix another batch of ICE RESIN® and fill the bezel.
  • The paper beads are created with wildflower paper that has the look of watercolor art. They are sealed with ICE RESIN® and sprinkled with sand on the ICE RESIN® while it is wet.
  • If you do not wish to make paper beads, you may substitute other glass or focal beads to use with the pearls.


“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent and it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked and it would be like living the moment all over again.” Daphne Du Maurier

As I write this to you, I am on the beach, listening to the waves crash on the sand and the shore, I am gently reminded to see the beauty in the moment and the possibilities in the tiniest of things… Now with the world and infinity in our hand, let’s get started and make a memory…



Disposable cups, brush and stirrer

Plastic mat or trash bag

Sand *see tip above


Metal bezels 1 large (if this is the center) and 1 small

1 small metal connector – if the metal bezel is chosen for the center

10 glass pearl beads

Wildflower paper

Paper bead roller

Glue stick, your choice

7 head pins

1 eye pin

1 large shell for center

2-4 shells

4 seed or bugle beads

Glass bottles * I used Tim Holtz glass bottles as they are more unique in shape

Wire – thin gauge 22-24 (wire wrapping the bottles)

Round nose pliers, flush cutters

Jump rings

Hemp or cotton yarn, size F crochet hook, 1 button- crochet finish

1 metal chain – for metal bezel as the center


  1. Prepare your work surface with the plastic mat/trash bag. Gather the bezels and the bottle and the paper beads.
  2. Mix ICE RESIN® using equal parts of A & B. Gently stir for 2 minutes and then let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. For the bezels, pour a small amount to cover the base of the bezel and then pour the sand into the bezel, tapping the sand down. Let dry for 6 – 8 hours and then shake off the excess.
  4. For the bottles, using a brush, brush a thin coat of ICE RESIN® onto the main part of the bottle, gently pour the sand over the bottle and then set it standing up. Drip a little ICE RESIN® around and onto the top of the bottle and then using a spoon, pour sand, shaking off excess. Allow to dry 8 hours.
  5. To create paper beads, using a paper bead roller, cut strips of paper (varying the widths and lengths of the strips), roll a tight bead and then using the glue stick, adhere the end of the paper strip to the bead. Slide the bead off and continue to make the desired number needed.
  6. Using a brush, coat the beads with ICE RESIN®. If you would like, sprinkle a little sand onto the wet bead and let dry.


To wire wrap the bottle- once the bottle is dry, cut a long length of thin gauge wire and fold the wire in half. Create a loop by twisting the wires either using round nose pliers or your hands. Then begin to wrap around the bottle, once it is wrapped to your liking, snip the excess wire and tuck your ends to the back of the bottle. Attach to metal bezel with a jump ring.


To create the shell bead dangles and paper beads:


*On a wire head pin, thread one seed/bugle bead, then the shell and then one more seed/bugle bead. Using round nose pliers, create a loop and then with the remaining wire, wrap around just below the loop. Make 2


* On a wire head pin, thread one pearl, then one paper bead (after it has dried), then one pearl. Wire wrap as for the shell dangles. Make 4

*For the center paper bead, using an eye pin, thread one pearl, paper bead and then one pearl, wire wrap as above. Using pliers attach the metal bezel/bottle to the other end.

Putting it all together:

Choice 1 – Crochet the chain and the beads.

*String all shell beads and dangles on to the yarn,

*Using crochet hook, going through the center of the shell from the back, crochet 9 single crochets, turn.

*Chain 1, bring the first bead up to the hook, sc into first stitch. Repeat for the other beads, sc in each stitch. Turn

*Chain 1, sc in each stitch. Fasten off. Weave in ends

For necklace, lengths will vary.

Chain desired number for first half of necklace, when you are at the middle, chain through the shell center and continue to chain the 2nd half of necklace. When you reach equal lengths on both sides, chain a few more stitches to create the loop for the button. Slip stich back into the chain and now sc in each chain until the end. Fasten off. Leave a long tail as you can use this to thread the button on to the necklace. Using adhesive or ICE RESIN®, adhere the flat shell to the center of the shell and onto the crocheted middle.

Choice 2 – Attach chain to metal bezel with jump ring.





Chantal Johnson lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 6 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and Green Craft.   She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2015 Design Team. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at Visit her blog at or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.









Frozen in the Summer

When I was tasked with making a piece inspired by a blockbuster movie, I was stumped.  I’m not big on blockbuster movies.  I’m more of a Indy film kind of gal.  My 5 year old granddaughter on the other hand….well she knows the HOT movies!   If you have a young girl in your home, or you have just been out of your house in the last year, then you know what a phenomenon Disneys Frozen movie is.  I was at Disneyland a few weeks ago and every girl under the age of 20 (well maybe a few over) were dressed like Elsa.  I decided that ICE Resin was the perfect medium to create a Frozen inspired piece!


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Ice resin, mixing cup and mixing sticks

Shattered Opal inclusions

Blue nail polish

pre-made plastic mold

Packing tape

Frozen images (not hard to find) I used packaging from my granddaughters shoes and lip gloss.

Mixed bezels- 4 small oval, 2 med. round filigree and 1 large rectangle hobnob

chain, wire, round nose pliers, ribbon and jumprings


I started by painting my bezels with blue nail polish.  once they were dry, I dry brushed them with white nail polish.

While they were drying, I mixed 1 OZ Ice resin, per package instructions.  I separated the resin in to 2 cups.  In one cup I added a small amount of shattered opal and a few drops of metallic blue nail polish

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fingernail polish use as colorant

I poured the blue resin into the large hobnob bezel until it was 1/2 full.  I left this to dry overnight


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I poured the rest of the blue resin into multiple shapes of a pre-made plastic mold


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I mixed a little shattered opal in with the remaining clear resin and pored it into the 4 oval bezels and let them cure overnight.

frozen 4After they were dry, I mixed another OZ of ICE resin.  I painted a small amount of resin on the top of the 4 oval bezels, then dipped them into the shattered opal inclusions.

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Once it dries, it creates an ICY texture perfect for this project.

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I cut out several Frozen images from packaging.  I sealed the images in clear packing tape


I laid one of the images into the large hobnob bezel and filled it the remaining way with clear resin.


I used 2 smaller images in the filigree bezels and filled with clear resin.

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I took out all the pieces from the pre-made mold.  I drilled a hole in the top of each piece.  I used a small piece of wire to create a bail.  I secured the wire with a drop of resin and allowed them to dry.

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Once all the resin was dry, I used jump rings to connect the components to the chain

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I finished it off with some blue ribbon and Viola…A Necklace fit for a  Princess!!




Elsa and Anna get frozen under ICE Resin in this necklace


“You’ve got a friend in me” Collage Heart Necklace with ICE Resin®

my friend necklace

My friend collage heart necklace with ICE Resin® and ICED Enamels®

Popcorn, Candy and Tissues are essential for the Movie Go-er, especially when the story line and characters tug at our heartstrings. For this Design team project, we were asked to create a piece of jewelry from a summer blockbuster movie. As I began to research the movie lists, I came across the ALL Time Top Summer blockbusters and began to read the list – thinking jewelry, ICE Resin®, color, technique not realizing that as I read the list one would stand out amongst all the others.


A few toys still hanging around

#7- Toy Story 3 – “Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the toys had to face the fact children grow up and put away childish things. Adults wept.”

I wept while watching that movie with my then 20 year old, 16 year old and 9 year old. I wept for the older ones, that indeed children grow up and I wept for my younger one, realizing just how swift life moves. I wept for the child in me, and for the friendships I have had along the way. “You’ve got a friend in me” plays in my head and in my heart – as I see the Toy Story trilogy play on.   So how could I read on to see if something else inspired me. (Actually I did read on, as I loved the other movies also, nothing tugged louder or more creative).

My first thoughts were drawn to the actual characters of the movie but then went a little deeper into the role of friendship and thought of creating a piece that could be for a very special friend and yet keeping a playful palette.   Blending the art of collage, bezels, ICED Enamel and ICE RESIN® kept me playing in the studio-perhaps there is always a little childhood still left in all of us.   Finishing with a poly cord, wire, beads and a mini resined heart charm, brought the whole necklace together.

the beginning of the art collage process

the beginning of the art collage process

To create small art collages can be less daunting than creating large ones and it also allows for a one of a kind, unique piece. If you do want to use your collage for more than one bezel, scan and resize the piece on your computer or take it to an Office Supply store for their help in accomplishing this task. Another great reason I love the smaller scale is that I can use the little bits of paper that collect in my studio – not quite big enough for a large project but just too pretty to throw away.

Using Iced Enamels on the inside and sides of the bezel, lighten and brighten the metal causing the collage to really stand out. Iced Enamels are also a great medium to add color to your metal charms such as the cowboy hat on the pendant. As the ICE Resin® is added after the collage has been placed in the bezel, the finished piece is beautiful, durable and has that incredible glass like finish.

So with those ideas, Let’s begin creating and playing and perhaps you’ll start to sing “You’ve got a friend in me.”


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toy story 3 pic


Art Mechanique Mixed Media Bezel (1 large and 1 small) or

Metal bezel of your choice

Spellbinders dies to match the Art Mechanique Bezels or

Stazon ink to create an outline of bezel shape

Iced Enamels® Medium

Ice Enamels® Ivory Relique

ICE Resin®

Small disposable cup, brush, wood stirrer

Ranger Distress ink in Sugar spun

Stamp of your choice

Stickles by Ranger

Additional Ink (pad) color of your choice for the edging

Glue/adhesive stick

Manila folder or a light colored heavy cardstock

Variety of Papers including Vintage, dictionary pages, and scrapbooking

Washi tape


Metal charm

Small scissors

18 gauge bronze wire

Flush cutters

Round nose pliers

Glass beads

Poly cord or ribbon


  1. Prepare the bezels by applying ICED Enamels® medium to the inner back and sides of both bezels. Then with the ICED Enamels® Ivory, pour the powder to coat the Bezel. Shake off excess. Heat with the heat tool until all is melted and has a smooth finish. Set side to cool.

*Also, using ICED Enamels®, repeat the above steps for your metal charm.

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  1. To begin to collage the heart, choose one of two methods to create your base heart.

Method one: Using dies that match the bezel shape, using a manila folder or heavy cardstock, cut our desired shapes. Save both the shape and the negative

Method Two: If there are no dies to match your bezel or metal shape, using Stazon ink, ink the raised edges of the bezel and press firmly onto the manila folder or cardstock. Carefully cut out the shape and check for accuracy by placing it in the bezel. Trim if necessary.

  1. For this collage, we will use the actual shape that has been cut. (See picture in the introduction) With the base heart, begin to layer your various papers – keeping in mind of the small base, divide the heart into 3 sections. Adhere with glue stick. Overlap each section with inked edges, stamped images or washi tape.

**When using vintage papers, once ICE Resin® has been applied, the papers may darken due to age of paper and the background you are using.  **

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Before ICED Enamels® Ivory has been applied.

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Inked the edges once completed and the stamped scroll is visible in this picture

*On my necklace, the image I used was a scroll and with the soft sugar spun ink, it softened the edges. The camera did not pick up the detail. Choose a vivid ink if you wish to see the image.

  1. Adding the focal point – images and words. In collage art, groups of uneven numbers are more pleasing to the composition. Choose 3 images (in my necklace, I cut a large rose, a smaller flower with leaf and the vintage images of the girls) and place them on the base heart.   Adhere with glue stick.
  1. The words come last as they will be the main focal point. Choose dictionary definitions or even free hand the words of your choice.

*Repeat the process for small bezel and apply the word or focal image last before ICE Resin®.*

  1. Once collage is completed, place in heart and prepare ICE Resin®.   Pour equal parts of A & B in a disposable cup and gently stir for 2 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes and then slowly drip the ICE Resin into the bezel until it is at the edge. Gently set metal charm at the base of the heart and slightly into the ICE Resin®.
  1. Let Bezels dry for 8-12 hours.
  1. Finish necklace with a beaded wire wrap and poly cord. Add mini bezel to the wire while wrapping it around the ribbon.IMG_6936 copyChantal Johnson lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children (25, 21, and 14),  3 dogs and 6 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and Green Craft.   She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2015 Design Team. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at Visit her blog at or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.

Transform a Summer Movie Blockbuster into Wearable Art: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Theme Pendant

This project was built around the theme of “Summer Movie Blockbuster.” I have a stash of laser-cut wood components, many of which fit in Art MechaniqueTM bezels, and I really wanted to incorporate one of the wood cuts into this project. I chose “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” as my theme, because I had the perfect wood component to start the piece, and I love Florence, Italy where part of the movie is set. The dimension of the laser-cut wood, combined with the paper images applied in layers, creates a cool 3D effect in the pendant.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Supplies


ICE Resin®
Mixing cups & stir sticks
Art MechaniqueTM large rectangular mixed metal hobnail bezel
Art MechaniqueTM Paper Sealer
Disposable paint brush
Small scissors
Clear packing tape
Laser-cut wood component from The Porkchop Show by Scott Lyon (Etsy)
Coordinating images printed on paper; one background image and two figure images

Prepare and print your chosen images. I used photo editing software to resize, colorize and further manipulate my images to fit into the bezel and match my chosen color palette. I chose my palette based on the color of the laser-cut wood component, so I tweaked the other images to match a yellow and blue color scheme.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Pendant

The laser-cut wood component that inspired this piece, and the other two paper printed figures, resized and digitally manipulated with photo-editing software.

Seal each of the three images in clear packing tape on both the back and front of them image to prevent ICE Resin® from absorbing into the images. Trim the excess tape from the sealed images, and set the images aside.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Pendant

The digitally altered image of Florence to insert into the bottom of the bezel, sealed in tape on the front and back to prevent ICE Resin® from soaking into the paper. Repeat this process with the remaining paper components.

Apply a thin layer of Art MechaniqueTM Paper Sealer to the top layer of the laser-cut wood to prevent any resin from absorbing into the paper on its surface.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Pendant

Seal the paper-topped wood with a light coating of Art MechaniqueTM Paper Sealer.

Mix a small batch of ICE Resin® according to the package instructions. Place the sealed background image in the bottom of the bezel, and apply a thin layer of ICE Resin®. Add the laser-cut wood figure to the bezel, affixing it with the same thin layer of ICE Resin® that was already applied. Let the ICE Resin® set until tacky.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Pendant

Place the sealed background image into the bezel and press into place.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Pendant

The first thin layer of ICE Resin® seals the background image in place, and acts as the adhesive for the laser-cut wood.

After the first layer has set up a bit, add another layer of ICE Resin®, filling the bezel to a depth about halfway up the laser-cut wood figure. Do not fill the bezel as high as the top of the laser-cut wood. You want this second layer of resin to form the mid-level of your bezel, creating maximum visual interest and a 3D effect. Let this second layer of resin set up until tacky.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Pendant

Once the first thin layer of ICE Resin® has secured the laser-cut wood in place, add another layer of resin to approximately halfway up the wood.

Carefully place the first paper figure in the bezel on top of the tacky ICE Resin® and gently press it onto the resin surface, taking care to remove any air bubbles from underneath the image without pressing the image down into the resin.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Pendant

Once the second layer of resin has set up a bit, but remains sticky, apply the first paper figure, taking care to extract any air bubbles trapped underneath.

Add another layer of ICE Resin®, filling the bezel to just over the top of the laser-cut wood figure. After letting the resin set to the tacky stage again, apply the final paper figure, carefully pressing gently to remove any air bubbles while positioning the figure on the top of the resin layer.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Pendant

When the third layer has reached the tacky stage, carefully apply the second paper figure, and press gently to free any gas bubbles underneath the paper.

Apply another layer of ICE Resin® to fully seal and coat all of the layers.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Pendant

Please excuse the glare, but it makes it easy to see how much ICE Resin® is in the bezel at this stage in the project.

You can either leave the bezel like this until it’s fully cured, or add additional layers of ICE Resin® to create as a high a dome as you desire.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Pendant

After an additional pour of ICE Resin®, the pendant is starting to have a very nice dome. I added three more pours to get a high dome.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Pendant

Detail of the finished pendant.

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Pendant

The finished pendant in a necklace made with hand-wrapped brass and Czech firepolish crystals. Note the dome and the 3D effect of the layering.

Hope you enjoy this project! There are virtually endless options for incorporating movie themes into your art to create a fun piece with a good story.

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