Looking for a handmade Christmas necklace

SantaNecklaceJenCushmanbeauty1Like 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.

SantaNecklaceJenCushman1When 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.

 

 

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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Day 1

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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.

 

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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!

Clare Horner

 

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Supplies:

ICE Resin®

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.

 

Instructions:

 

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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.

 

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4: Fussy cut the image close to the people.

5: If using a printed image, seal well front back and edges with paper sealer.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Create an ICE Resin necklace “From The Heart” by Susan M. Walls

A Key To My Heart
Isn’t Valentine’s full of romance? A time of love renewal and giving your heart to another?
How about a glittery enameled vintage version for your neck?
I love vintage pieces and parts. Sometimes I buy them when I find them even though I haven’t a clue how I might use them. They end up in the studio staring back at me for months. These are bank safety deposit keys that called to me during a visit to a local flea market. Flat and perfect for Iced Enamels!
 Products Used
Necklace Ingredients:
1 small rectangle hobnail bezel in brass
Iced Enamels in Garnet and Amethyst
Iced Enamels medium
ICE Resin® (of course)
1 tiny wooden heart
Red glitter (i used basic craft glitter that I had)
About 1 yard of silk ribbon (Mine was white then i dyed it with spray ink)
Words cut from a vintage dictionary
1 vintage safety deposit box key
Embossing gun
Miscellaneous jump rings and brass wire
Vintage beads and crystals from my hoard
Appropriate tools
Using enamels brush a light coat of medium all over your rectangle bezel, all over! Then dip into enamel powder, tap off excess. I put Amethyst Iced Enamels everywhere but the back of the bezel.  Brush medium on the tooth section of the key and dip that into Garnet enamel, shake off excess. Normally I work over a sheet of paper so that any excess powder can be easily swept back into the container.
 Medium application
With your embossing tool heat each piece until enamel melts. Be careful they get hot! Leave until cool. Tip: Work over an inexpensive ceramic tile found at any home improvement store! Saves your counter top from marring with too much heat.
Step @ Embossing gun
Glue/seal your dictionary words onto the key with two to three coats. Brush white glue onto your wooden heart then dip into red glitter, let dry. Place your third tiny glittered heart into the bezel.
 Vintage words
Prepare your ICE resin according to direction. I am using the 8 ounce bottles of ICE resin so I need to mix equal parts in a small cup. Before pouring I always add line with marker to let me how much I need. Those little lines disappear fast when the liquid hits the cup!
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Pour resin into and over glitter heart making sure you coat all areas that have enamel to seal and give you that shiny enamel look. Coat over enamel portion of key. Allow to dry a minimum of 12 hours.
When it’s cured use your favorite beads and embellishments to put together a romantic, from the heart necklace!
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I hope you get a chance to make one for yourself!
Until next time,
Susan
Susan’s Art Circus

Style a New Year’s Eve Tiara for the the Party ~ Tatiana Allen shares how

 

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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.

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After all, we did challenge her to make an amazing piece of jewelry for New Year’s Eve.

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Supplies:
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
wing shapes
measuring tape
gears
heat gun

Instructions:
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.

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Now you are ready to dress up and have Fun!

Have a super happy New Year!
Tatiana Allen, Crafty Cutie

 

 

Days of Christmas Past with Former ICE Resin Design Team Members

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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

Rue Romantique bezelsCindy 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

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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/

handmadeholidaystreejencushman1lrJen 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

ice resin christmasThespa McLaughlin’s Baby’s First Christmas Ornamet http://wp.me/p1MCno-2dv

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