Like most people, my husband and I have quite a few holiday parties to attend every year during the holiday season. I’m always looking for an opportunity to wear my ICE Resin jewelry because invariably people will ask me what I do. When I tell them I’m Education Director for ICE Resin, the very next question that follows is “What’s ICE Resin?” This is when I point to my necklace or bracelet or earrings and respond “This is something I made with ICE.”
I was working out a few ideas in my studio when I came across a box of Christmas cards that I saved for holiday art projects. One card, in particular, jumped out at me because it was from my parents. My dad passed away in June this year, and as I looked at his scribbled “Love Dad” on the card, I felt tears well up in my eyes. Then I turned the card over and looked at the vintage looking image of Santa Claus. I grabbed a large shield hobnail bezel and held it up to the image. It only worked if I turned the shield upside down and made it a shrine shape. Since I was using my the card from my father, it felt appropriate to make it shrine. I chose to keep the imagery simple — just the card and a small amount of silver glass glitter to mimic snow under ICE Resin.
When the bezel was dry, I drilled a hole into the now top of the shrine to create a place for attachment. The bottom loop was the perfect place to add a charm (sweet little bear on a ball that looks like something Santa would deliver to a child) and then some recycled sari ribbon in green and red for holiday color. I added a little more color to the top with beads and hung it on a simple rolo chain. The necklace is a lovely long, 36 inches to complement my holiday outfits.
Before you throw away those holiday cards this year, take a peek through them to see what images might be wonderful to upcycle into next year’s mixed-media jewelry.
Here’s wishing you a truly joyful holiday season from Susan and myself (Jen Cushman) and everyone here at Team ICE.
Welcome to the ICE Resin portion of the Handmade Holiday’s Blog Hop! I am please to be up first and hope you are all excited and invigorated by all the projects that have been already showcased and the ones yet to come. My wonderful team mates, I am sure, will thrill and amaze you with there many talents this coming holiday season so I hope you tune back in with us over the next two days to see what they have created for you.
Today I have created for you a wonderful tree ornament, that could easily be given as a thoughtful gift to friends and relatives with as simple a change of image personalized to each person you are gifting. In my example I use a rub on but add in the instructions required for a printed photo in case you want to switch it up.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season and let me know what you think of my project!
Iced Enamels™: Relique Glitz Copper.
Art Mechanique®: Hobnail Bezel, paper sealer.
Rue Romantique: Rhinestone Chain.
Other Supplies: Vintage image, mixing cup, stick, findings, bits to dangle, lace.
Tools: Pliers, scissors.
1: Mix resin to manufacturers instructions.
2: Add in a generous amount of Copper Relique Glitz.
3: Fill the bezel to half full with the mixture, leave to dry for 8 to 10 hours or overnight.
4: Fussy cut the image close to the people.
5: If using a printed image, seal well front back and edges with paper sealer.
6: If using a rub on, press image lined up where you want it into the dry resin, rub gently into place.
7: If using a printed image glue into place with a small amount of white glue and let try thoroughly.
8: Mix resin to manufacturers specifications.
9: Fill bezel to top, do not dome.
10: Leave to dry for 8 to 10 hours.
11: Mix resin to manufacturers specifications.
12: Cut the rhinestone chain to size and balance on the edge where its final placement will be.
13: Flood the centre of the bezel with resin, it will naturally flood out to the edges of the chain and set it in place.
14: Leave to dry for 8 to 10 hours or overnight.
15: Add lace, findings and dangles. Display on your tree.
Thanks for taking the time to check out today’s Handmade Holiday project. Now it’s time to hop on over to other great manufacturers and designers who are all part of this year’s event.
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Collage right? When we first saw this in our team’s photodrop. we thought, nice, Tatiana is making one of her wonderfully inspiring mixed media canvasses.
We had to let go of that notion, right away.
After all, we did challenge her to make an amazing piece of jewelry for New Year’s Eve.
vintage scrap metal
Iced Enamels® Medium
Iced Enamels® Ivory
Iced Enamels® Raspberry
Rue Romantique Heart Bezel
Rue Romantique Small Scrolled Ovals
Art Mechanique Connections
Art Mechanique Charms
old rhinestone tiara
1. Cut out the shape of your tiara’s base from vintage scrap metal.
2. Apply a small amount of Iced Enamels Medium onto a brush.
3. Brush a thin layer of Iced Enamels Medium over heart and wings.
4. Sprinkle Iced Enamels Raspberry over top of heart and Ivory onto wings.
5. Tap off excess powder and fuse Iced Enamels with a heat gun. (To make these permanent cold enameled pieces you will need to apply a layer of ICE Resin and let it dry.)
6. Attach Small Scrolled Ovals to measuring tape with Connections.
7. Use same Connections to attach the heart, gears and spinner to tiara.
8. To secure the wings, rhinestone scroll and base to the tiara use wire.
9. Once completed slightly bend the base of the tiara so it is slightly rounded.
Now you are ready to dress up and have Fun!
Have a super happy New Year!
Tatiana Allen, Crafty Cutie
Pamela Huntington’s Victorian Style Ornaments http://iceresin.com/icequeen/2012/12/pamelas-ice-resinpaper-ornaments/
Sandy Martin’s Owl Ornament http://sweetpeajewelry1.blogspot.com/2013/11/rue-romantique-christmas-blog-hop.html
Cindy Cima Edwards’ Lucky Duck Ornament http://www.cindycima.com/2013/11/08
Cindi Bisson’s Floating Pointsettia Ornament http://fatcatcreations.blogspot.com/2013/11/ice-resin-rue-romantique-christmas-blog.html
Susan Weckesser’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas assemblage http://wp.me/p1MCno-2YM
Lexi Grenzer’s Button and Fabric Decoration http://lexigrenzer.blogspot.com/2013/11/rue-romantique-ornament-blog-hop.html
JoMama’s Paper Christmas Tree Video Tutorial http://wp.me/p1MCno-30P
Susan Wall’s Vintage Santa Ornament http://www.susansartcircus.com/christmas-with-ice-and-santa/
Jen Cushman’s ornaments for a Christmas Tree, http://jencushman.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/handmade-holidays-blog-hop-my-turn/
JoAnna Pierotti’s Snow Lady http://wp.me/p1MCno-2gd
Thespa McLaughlin’s Baby’s First Christmas Ornamet http://wp.me/p1MCno-2dvkeep looking »