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!
About to mix resin
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!
Close Up
I hope you get a chance to make one for yourself!
Until next time,
Susan’s Art Circus

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



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
wing shapes
measuring tape
heat gun

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



Days of Christmas Past with Former ICE Resin Design Team Members



Pamela Huntington’s Victorian Style Ornaments

Sandy Martin’s Owl Ornament

Rue Romantique bezelsCindy Cima Edwards’ Lucky Duck Ornament

Cindi Bisson’s Floating Pointsettia Ornament

ice resin Christmas decor

Susan Weckesser’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas assemblage

Lexi Grenzer’s Button and Fabric Decoration

JoMama’s Paper Christmas Tree Video Tutorial

Susan Wall’s Vintage Santa Ornament

handmadeholidaystreejencushman1lrJen Cushman’s ornaments for a Christmas Tree,

JoAnna Pierotti’s Snow Lady

ice resin christmasThespa McLaughlin’s Baby’s First Christmas Ornamet

Madonna and Child Necklace by Kim Williams


Several of my ICE Resin® Creative Teammates in their Tips and Technique Videos made a suggestion to keep a few bezels ready to fill on your desk at all times. When you mix ICE Resin® and have a little product remaining in your mixing cup, it can be used rather than tossed away. This necklace is a result of that advice. It has a few drops of mixed resin from about 3 or 4 of my latest projects. This is proof that  ICE Resin® is so well formulated you can literally layer it with your left over mixture time and time again. I even put a few “leftover layers” in the bezel before I added the tiny gold bead chain around the bezel. I love that idea!

Kim Williams, Historically Haute

1. Kristen Robinson Rue Romantique style bezel – Large Botanical Oval in Brass tone
2. An image I scanned from an old prayer card
3.  Art Mechanique Paper Sealer
4. Craft Glue
5. ICE Resin®
6. Vintage Chain
7. 14 Gauge Copper Wire for the closure.
8. Jax Brown/Black Darkening Fluid
9.  A few jump rings
10. A few beads I wired together for a dangle.


1. Seal your image using Art Mechanique  paper sealer. Painting several coats to completely seal the paper. Allow the image to dry thoroughly between coats.
2. Cut your image to fit in the bezel and use just a drop of craft glue to secure the image to the back of the bezel.
3. As I mentioned above I used this bezel for leftover mixed resin pouring it in layers. You however, may choose to make the necklace with just 1 pour of resin.
4. I waited a few hours after the first pour and using a wooden toothpick placed the beaded chain around the edges. The toothpick helped me settle the chain in the correct place around the bezel.
5. Allow the resin to cure for 48 hours.
6. I fashioned my own closure for this necklace using 14 gauge copper wire. I annealed the wire to soften it to manipulate the shape. I balled one end of the wire for a decorative flair. Using my round nose pliers and bailing pliers I made the hook and eye. I buffed the closure pieces to remove annealing crust. And finished them up with a little Jax darkening fluid. You may wish to buy a premade closure at your favorite hobby store.
7. I used 18 inches of vintage chain. Using jump rings I attached the bezel and the closure pieces to the chain.
8. Finally, I added a bead dangle to heighten the romance of the necklace; attaching it to dangle down the back of the chain using a jump ring next to the hook.

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Happy Thanksgiving from ICE Resin!

Susan Lenart Kazmer, Jen Cushman, the ICE Resin staff and 2014 Design Team members with you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for creating with ICE Resin! We appreciate you!

The adorable children helping mom in this video belong to Design Team Member Tatiana Allen.We hope they bring you as big a smile as they brought us!


Make this Sassy Women Journal Gift

The 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop is over, but we at ICE Resin have an extra project to share and below the project are links to all the the 100 or so gift ideas from the talented designers who participated in the hop.

If you are like many creative souls you keep a journal as a place to tuck in your thoughts, an art page, or maybe a special piece of memorabilia.

This one was made with the sassy women Graphic 45’s Typeography paper pack,resined paper and Iced Enamels. We couldn’t decide whether to wear the necklace or tie it along side as an element of the journal. Maybe put the necklace on as the catalyst into what you are feeling?

Handmade Holidays Art Journal and ICE Resin necklace
Supplies and Tools:

ICE Resinicedenamels opal
Relique Powders: Turquoise and Ivory
Iced Enamels Medium
Art Mechanique Paper Sealer
Shattered Inclusions: Opal
Art Mechanique Heart Bezel
Graphic 45 Paper
ColorBox Classic Pigment Ink
Rowluxe Illusion Film – cut desired shape
Vintage Buttons, tea-dyed ribbon and other elements from your stash
Page torn out of an old book (or scrapbook paper!)
1 Blank Journal
Westcott Scissors or Hobby Knife wescott-cutting-tool
Non-stick Craft Mat
Cups and Stir Stick
Disposable Gloves
Disposable Paint Brush


1.  Choose your words and image. Cut them out of your scrapbook paper.
2.  Distress edges with ColorBox Classic Pigment Ink.
3.  Seal Graphic 45 paper on both sides and edges with Art Mechanique Paper Sealant and set aside to dry.

Cold Enameled Bezel:
4.  Brush Iced Enamels Medium to the bottom of your hobnail heart bezel.
5.  One at a time, sprinkle contrasting Relique Powders on either side, shake off excess.
6.  Use your craft heat gun to melt the Reliques and then let cool a few minutes. This video will show you how. (The technique is the same, bezel or silhouette.)

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7.  Mix ICE Resin per package instructions. Learn how in the video below if you have not done this before. It is easy peasy!

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8.  Sprinkle in a bit of your Shattered Opal.
9.  Drip in ICE Resin with your craft stick. Place your words. Drip in more ICE Resin until a dome forms.

10.  Use the rest of your resin to make resin paper. This is the technique:

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ICE Resin11.  After your paper and bezel are dry (about 10 hours), you are ready to glue your Roluxe, paper, and button elements together as well as attach a ribbon to your bezel.

Good job! Now all that’s left is to wrap up your thoughtful gift and watch your friend open it with delight!

Wishing you the happiest possible holiday season!




Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

Day 1


Ellison Educational Equipment

Walnut Hollow 

Graphic 45

Neat and Tangled

Therm O Web


Elizabeth Craft Designs

Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Rowland Technologies

ICE Resin

Hydrangea Hippo

Clearsnap – Suzanne Austin

Stencil1 – Ed Roth 

Graphic 45 -Nadya Lifa

Cookies for Breakfast- Beth Pingry 

Cupcakes and Crinoline – Mary Beth Sharkey 

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Frances Byrne

Lazy Mom’s – Joanna Grzeszczak

Homemade Ginger – Megan Kapple

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Asia King

Ellison Educational Equipment – Anna-Karin Evaldsson

One Artsy Mama- Amy Latta

Therm O Web – Alice G0lden

Lovely Etc – Carrie Spalding

ICE Resin – Clare Horner

Pink and Main – Yolie Burke 

The Buckle Boutique – Stephanie Nericcio

Modern Surrealist – Marisa Pawelko

A Little Craft In Your Day – Tanner Bell 

Artsy Findings – Cheryl Waters

Stampin Mindy – Mindy Baxter

Day 2


Ellison Educational Equipment

Walnut Hollow

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo


Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 

Rowland Technologies 

Neat and Tangled 

ICE Resin   ‎

Therm O Web

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Pink and Main 

The Buckle Boutique

Clearsnap – Vivian Keh

Ashley Rader – Giddy Upcycled

ICE Resin – Jen Cushman   ‎

Candy Spiegel- Candy Scraps

Rina Gonzales – Mothership Scrapbook Gal

Therm O Web – Amanda Niederhauser

Yana Smakula – My Cardmaking & Scrapbooking

The Buckle Boutique – Shawn Mosch

Eileen Hull Designs – Eileen Hull

Angela Muir – Handmade in the Heartland

Krista Winters – eat, knit & d.i.y.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Erica Houghton

Katie Smith – Punk Projects

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Karen Aicken

Jeanie Hevener – Create & Babble

Ellison Educational Equipment – Hilary Kanwischer 

Fancy Shanty – Stacy Molter

Liz Hicks – Blogerisms

Andrew Roberts Graphic 45 

Cori Warner The Flying C

Day 3



Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Ellison Educational Equipment

ICE Resin

Therm O Web

Walnut Hollow

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Rowland Technologies

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo

Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Tami Mayberry Art & Design – Tami Mayberry 

Jamie Dougherty – Jamie Dougherty Designs

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Raquel Mason

Meagan – The Charming Farmer

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Angela Ploegman

Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey

Pink and Main – Mistyana Wright 

The Buckle Boutique – Niki Wilson

It’s Sew Lorine – Lorine Mason   ‎

Therm O Web – Andy Knowlton 

Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu

Oh Snap Lizzie – Lizzie Sanchez

Graphic 45 – Katie Zoey Ho

ICE Resin – Tatiana Allen

Polly Carlson – Pieces by Polly

Ellison Educational Equipment – Jan Hobbins

RoseRedd Paper Studio – Rochelle Washington

Charity Wings



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You won’t want to squirrel this acorn away – Clare Horner shares how to cast this ornament for your Holiday Tree


EeeeEEEEEeeeeeee Christmas is coming!!! I love Christmas, especially when it snows which is not very often these days. I always have my fingers crossed for a white Christmas! I love Christmas so much that every year my close family receive not only a card but a decoration for their tree. This year I have decided to combine the wonders of ICE Resin and IndigoBlu, one of our preferred partners, together to create this stunning little acorn bauble. We don’t really have acorns around here, so when I saw a garish looking tree ornament in an ”Everything a Pound” shop I knew I just had to have it and turn it into something worth Christmas.

Thanks for visiting,

Clare Horner, Got Paint in My Hair

Tools and Materials:
ICE Resin®
Rue Romantique™ Red Velvet Ribbon
Art Mechanique™ Jump Rings
Art Mechanique™ Molding Putty
IndigoBlu Mega Flake Manchester Tart
IndigoBlu Metallic Paint Goldfinger
indigoBlu Acrylic Paint Hot Chocolate
Ball Chain from stash
Acorn Ornament
Wooden lollypop sticks
Self grip tweezers
Paint Brush


1: Clean and dry the piece you wish to make your mold from, in this case the acorn. Following the instructions, mix a suitable amount of molding putty and press the item into it, making sure to build a wall to contain your resin. Let this cure thoroughly.

2: Mix ICE Resin to the manufacturers instructions. Take a few of the IndigoBlu Mega Flakes at a time tearing them into smaller pieces. Carefully add the Mega Flake to the resin and mix in. Pour this mixture into the mold so it comes up to the bottom of the top cup part of the acorn. Let set for three to four hours.

4: Mix up another batch of ICE Resin, this time adding in a small amount of IndigoBlu Metallic paint in Goldfinger. Pour this into the mold topping it up to the top. Grip an Art Mechanique jump ring in a pair of self gripping tweezers and balance the jump ring just inside of the top of the resin in the mold. Use wooden sticks to keep the tweezers from getting resin on them. You might need to weigh down the tweezers as I did and shown in the photo. Let cure over night or for seven to eight hours.

5: Take the cast acorn out of the mold carefully. Taking a paint brush and some Hot Chocolate IndigoBlu paint, dry brush the top of the acorn to add a little depth. Let dry for 10 to 15 minutes.

6: Create a small bow with the gorgeous Rue Romantique ribbon around the jump ring that is inside the acorn, attach a piece of ball chain and hang on your tree.

Pendant, Ornament, or Special Gift Wrap? This ICE Resin pendant is sparkling and easy to make this Christmas


With the Holidays quickly approaching, I wanted to share with you this easy to create bezel that can be used as either jewelry or even a decoration for the Holidays this year. For this project, think “small” for a big impact when working with your bezels!

John Creighton Petersen, Art New Wave


ICE Resin®, Art Mechanique German Glass Glitter, Chartreuse, Art Mechanique Paper Sealer, Large Circle Hobnail Bezel, Small Square Hobnail Bezel

Graphic 45: Holiday themed papers, brads

Rowlux Illusion Film: red

Spectrum Noir: Spectrum Noir Marker Green

Wescott: Titanium Craft Knife

Miscellaneous: Stamp decorative scissors, brass wire, wire tools, teardrop red crystal bead, ball chain necklace

1. Cut red Illusion Film to fit both bezels (large rectangle, small square) with Wescott Craft Knife.
2. Fussy cut clock print and postage stamp images from Graphic 45 printed paper.
3. Using the postage stamp decorative scissors, cut around the edges of the postage stamp image.
4. Use Paper Sealer to apply at least 2 coats to all sides of the printed cardstock pieces.
5. Color metal brads with green Spectrum Noir Marker.
6. Mix ICE Resin following manufacturer’s instructions.
7. Using the ICE Resin as an adhesive, paint a thin coat of resin onto the back of both pieces of Illusion Film and place into their respective bezels.
8. In the large rectangle bezel, add the clock cut out (centered) over the red film and layer with the postage stamp cut out. Embellish with colored metal brads. Continue filling the bezel with resin, adding gold German Glass and gold glitter as desired.
9. For the small square bezel, place a colored brad in the middle of the bezel and then fill with resin.
10. Allow resin to fully cure in bezels.
11. Use wire to create jump rings for attaching the small bezel to the large bezel, along with connecting the large bezel to the necklace.
12. With brass wire, add crystal bead to the bottom of the small bezel.

Place a Christmas Postage Stamp under ICE Resin in Kim Williams’ “Santa Baby” Bracelet


Eartha Kit singing “Santa Baby” suddenly popped into my head when I was forging thru a stack of ephemera in my mother’s desk. I stumbled upon these 32 cent Christmas postage stamps. My mother loved postage stamps and one Christmas she selected stamps for each member of our family: mounted them on card stock and framed them for our Christmas gifts. For me she selected fashion stamps with women in lovely gowns of the Empire Period of Fashion. These tiny works of art are perfect to use in a bezel. You can also use a stamp that has been removed from an envelope. The markings done by the postal service are very nice and don’t take away from the beauty of the stamp.

Kim Williams, Historically Haute

1. Postage Stamp
2. Hobnail Bezel that best fits your stamp
3. Ice Enamels™ Relique Powder – I used Garnet
4. ICE Resin® and German Glass Glitter – I used Sky Blue
5. Assorted Beads
6.  Jewelry Wire
7. Pom Pom Trim
8. A Button
9. Sewing Needle
10. Sewing Thread
11. Round Elastic for Jewelry Work
12. Fray Check or Craft Glue for Fabric


1.Apply Ice Enamel to the edge of the bezel. Follow directions on the packaging.
2.Mix a small amount of ICE Resin.
3.Seal the Ice Enamel on the edge of the bezel by painting with ICE Resin.
4. Save a small amount of resin. Stir in a generous amount of German Glass Glitter. Pour into bezel and allow curing for 6 to 8 hours. Do not fill bezel to capacity.
5. Trim your postage stamp to fit the bezel. I like leaving the raglan edge on the stamp when possible. When the resin has cured and you can handle the bezel place the stamp in the center of the bezel.
6.Mix a second batch of ICE Resin, allowing the resin to cure until it is very thick, drizzle the resin into the bezel to capacity. Allow curing. Best results overnight.
7.Create 2 sections of wired beads about 3 to 4 inches in length. I used about 3 inches of wire wrapping about 5 to 6 times around the bead. Reserve a bead to wire your bead chain to the bezel.
8.Measure your wrist adding 1 inch to the length. Cut pom pom trim to that length.
9.Hand Stitch the bezel to the center of the pom pom trim on each side of the bezel. Tie off on either side. I also added a little craft glue under the bezel to secure the trim even more.
10.Hand stitch the chain to the trim at each wire wrapped connector. Tie off thread each time.
11.If you have any beads left over that do not fit on the trim they will be left on as a dangle.
12.Turn the bracelet over and use Fray Check or craft glue for fabric at each place you stitched. This will ensure that the threads will not pull through the trim.
13.Sew a button on one end of the bracelet
14.Using a large needle for upholstery thread the elastic cord and fashion a loop on the opposite end of your bracelet. Tie the cord in a square knot. Put Frey Check on the ends of the cord or use craft glue.

Celebrate with friends after you make these “Charmed” Wine Glasses


I don’t know about you, but I love to gather with friends and loved ones and celebrate the holidays. We usually drink out of fancy glasses when we get together and I have seen wine glass charms making a come back. Actually, one of my very first shows I sold my work at was a Wine Festival and one of my very first sales was a set of wine glass charms. I thought these would be fun to make give as a hostess gift.

Jennifer Cabic, Silver Peanut Blog


Tools and Materials:
ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels™ Relique in Chartreuse, Glitz Gold and Glitz Silver
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Mica in Bronze and Chartreuse
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Shattered Opal
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Disposable paint brushes
20 gauge bronze wire
Packing Tape
Transparency material
StazOn Ink Pads in different colors
Various holiday stamps
Rhinestone chain
Jump Rings
Wire cutters
Bench block
Fire Brick
Needle files
Round-nose pliers
Chain-nose pliers
Drill with bit
Heat gun
Bowl of water for quenching


1. Cut (3) pieces of 9” 20 gauge bronze wire and wrap in appx. 1” circle bezels.
2. Cut (3) pieces of 3” 20 gauge bronze wire and hammer them flat. Draw a ball on each end using a torch and quench in water.
3. Wire wrap the flat wire around the circle bezels where the ends meet to hold the circle shape.
4. Using a disposable paintbrush, paint a light coat of Iced Enamels™ Medium onto each bezel. Dip each into different colors of Iced Enamels™, tap off excess and melt using a craft heat gun.
5. Mix ICE Resin® according to manufacturer instructions. Using a disposable paintbrush, paint a thin layer over the enameled bezels and let dry for 24 hours.
6. Affix each bezel onto pieces of packing tape and push firmly to get as good of a seal as you can. Cut a couple thin pieces of tape and press them onto the outer edge of the bezel to form a perpendicular wall to help prevent resin from oozing out.
7. Mix another batch of resin. Using stir stick, drip a small amount into the bottoms of the bezels and sprinkle shattered mica in each and let dry for 12 hours.
8. Using different holiday stamps and different color inkpads, stamp your designs onto transparency material then cut out to size of bezels.
9. Mix another batch of ICE Resin®. Using tweezers, dip stamped transparency into resin and place in bezels. Cut a piece of rhinestone chain and add as desired to each bezel to add some “bling”. Let dry for 24 hours.
10. When dry, peel bezels from packing tape and snip/file any resin that may have oozed out. (TIP: I found using lemon essential oil on a paper towel to remove the stickiness from the back of the bezels left by the packing tape works very well).
11. Drill a hole into the dried resin on each bezel and insert jump ring.
12. Cut (3) pieces of 20 gauge bronze wire and form into earring hoops and attach charm.

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