All Wired Up – using repurposed bangle bracelets to create wired hearts with ICE Resin® and ICED Enamels® Inclusions

 

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My Heart Bezel -Oops turned Oh, la, la and the Inspiration for this Design team project!

Back in February I took a fantastic class with Susan Lenart Kazmer, Founder and Creative Director of ICE Resin®. She is not only a fantastic teacher, metal smith and artist but also a fantastic friend. One who shares her insights, knowledge and heart! For the class we took wires of varying lengths and using torches created beads at each end and then we were to form a desired shape by bending, hammering, etc. Once that was achieved, we were then to use the transparent tape technique to fill this open back wire shape we created. I have done this technique many times on flat open back bezels or even frames and love it …. but on this day  my project went a little sideways…actually, my ICE Resin® (IR) went sideways and dripped out of the bezel, leaving it a mess. But no worries, this is where my Oops became Ooh la, la!

Once the IR had dried (most of it was on the craft mat), I sanded down the rest leaving some of the IR and the ICED Enamels® Inclusions of Shattered Opal and the German Glass Glitter on the edges of the wired heart. I love how it sparkles and shimmers; it goes with many outfits and will not loose that luster over time!!

 

When I use torches and metal work in my jewelry, I often think of how could someone incorporate the ideas of this piece without the flame, flux and so on.

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My repurpose bangles get a brand new look with a little wire wrapping and ICE Resin®

While going through my jewelry the other day, I came across a set of thin wire bangles that I had bought years ago. I no longer wear them and wanted to give them new life and to see if I could achieve an Oh La La with just a few supplies. So with simple wire cutters, flat nose, round nose pliers and a sanding block, I set to create more wired hearts…. It worked!! Then instead of creating a filled bezel, I loved the look of the shimmer on the hearts, so I brushed ICE Resin® on to the edges and sprinkled the ICED Enamels® opal and glass glitter, pressed it down slightly and then let it set overnight.

 

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The Bangle Bracelets have become shimmery Happy hearts

Now these hearts are ready to be added to a necklace chain, leather or even an art collage! I hope you’ll try this simple wire technique and then add the beautiful effects of ICE Resin® along with the German Glass Glitters and the Shattered Opal inclusions!   Now let’s gather what we need to get started…

 

 

 

To Gather

 

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Pliers, wire cutters and a sanding block or a metal file is all you need to get started.

 

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ICED Enamels® Inclusions such as the German Glass Glitter and the shattered opal will give the luster and shimmer for the hearts! And ICE Resin® will give the jeweler’s quality finish!

Thin Bangle Bracelets

Wire Cutters

Round nose pliers

Flat nose pliers

Sanding block or jeweler’s metal file

Small hammer, optional

ICE Resin®,

ICE Resin® mixing cups and stir sticks

ICE Resin® Studio Sheets

ICED Enamels® Inclusions

ICED Enamels Angled brushes

 

 

To Make

  1. Using the wire cutters, snip the bracelets in half. Choose the desired amount of wire. 4-6 pieces will yield a good thickness for the shape.

 

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Flush wire cutters will give a nice clean cut

 

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If needed, use a small hammer to flatten wire.

  1. File the edges with the sanding block.
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sand either with a block or a metal file (available at hardware stores and jewelry supply stores)

  1. Begin to bend to the desired shape, using your fingers first and then using the pliers to create bends or round edges if needed.
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It’s taking shape! use smaller wires or the ends of the wire to begin to secure the shape.

  1. Pull and wrap some of the wires around the edges to secure in place. Once the desired shape is achieved, with flat nose pliers, begin to tuck the ends of the wire so as not to have them snag or get caught on clothing or any other surface.

 

  1. Set your wire shape on the studio sheet. Now it’s time to mix the ICE Resin®
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Before the ICE Resin® and the ICED Enamels® Inclusions are added

*Mix equal amounts of part A and part B in the disposable cup. *Mix one batch of color at a time for best results*

*Using the plastic stir gently fold the two parts stirring for two minutes.

*Set aside for five minutes to allow for some of the bubbles to dissipate.

  1. Using the angled brush, brush the ICE Resin® onto the wired shape. Covering as much or as little of the edges ad desired.
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Use brush to apply ICE Resin®….sorry of the shadows; it was taken in my kitchen at night!

  1. With the ICED Enamels® Inclusions and a small spoon, sprinkle onto the wired shape. With the IR stick, gently press down the inclusions and glitter.
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Sprinkle the Inclusions over the ICE Resin® and then gently press down.

  1. Allow wire shape to dry 6-10 hours.

 

** Warning: these become so fun to make that it may be your new favorite art creations***

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Up close and shimmery!!

Chantal lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 5 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® 2016 Design Team, the Gauche Alchemy Design Team and is a regular contributor to Bella Crafts Quarterly. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at chantal515@verizon.net. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.

 

Circuit Board Necklace using ICE Resin

I am a collector of many things which I have shared with you before: vintage treasures and trinkets, bits and baubles that can be used in the jewelry designs, things from nature, etc.  One thing I also collect is the innards from broken electronics.  When a VCR, television or even a computer mouse are no longer working or fixable, I get out my operation kit.  This kit includes a towel to spread out on the floor to catch tiny parts, a variety of sizes and styles of screwdrivers, wire cutters and containers to put the parts in. A note of caution: my husband advised me that some electronics can store a charge even when the electronic has been turned off so I only start this process on things that have not been plugged in for months. I try to salvage any part I think could be used such as tiny screws, wire, buttons and circuit boards.  I have a whole box of circuit boards so I wanted to share a pretty easy project with you today.

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You will need:

ICE Resin Bezel Template

ICE Resin Syringe

Measuring/mixing cup

Mixing spatula

Milan Antique Silver Bezels: Square and Large Rectangle

Sharpie marker

Baby Wipes

Non Stick Craft mat

Saw (you can use a coping saw to saw by hand or a scroll or band saw)

Sandpaper

Glass Beads

Needle Nose Pliers

Headpins

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The ICE Resin template makes this project super easy.

Find the template to match your bezel and trace the shape onto the circuit board.  I am using a rectangular bezel so I traced my shape in a corner which makes it so I only have to make two cuts.

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After you trace your shape, cut it out.  I used a band saw so it only took a few seconds.  If you do not have access to a band saw, you can use a coping saw to do it by hand.  If you saw it by hand, a clamp will be helpful as well to hold it in place while you work.  After the piece is cut, use a piece of sandpaper to neaten and smooth the edges.

Next mix a bit of ICE Resin to fill your bezels.  I love the syringe for mixing little amounts.  Mix it for the full 2 minutes slowly and then allow it 5 minutes to rest.  Add a little ICE Resin to the bezel and then add the circuit board piece on top.

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Finish filling the bezel with ICE Resin and give it 6-12 hours to cure.  You can do a second pour to achieve the domed look in the bezel if you desire.

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Add wrapped beads to the bottom of the bezel and a chain and you are good to go.

 

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I would love to hear about what you are doing with ICE Resin.

Brooke Bock lives and creates with her husband and daughter in rural Pennsylvania. She shares her home and studio with 2 dogs, a cat, a few fish in ponds and tanks and a flock of chickens. She collects things old, rusty and intriguing.  She is a regular contributor to many Stampington & Company publications.

Learn more about Brooke Bock:

Blog: artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com

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Gilded Butterfly Bezel with ICE Resin®

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Gilded Butterfly Bezel

The fall colors in many parts of the country are so rich with reds, gold’s and coppers. However, in Texas, we have greens and browns, signifying the end of summer but still with summer temps and butterflies gracing our summer flowers. It’s still seems odd to be putting out pumpkins while lantana, sage and vincas are still blooming.

So with this new season coming upon us, I combined the richness of color with the remnants of summer and of course added a sentiment fitting for the butterfly and for us.

The butterfly is a wooden element that I “painted” using ICED Enamels ™in Carnelian, added a little gold leaf and then inked the edges to define the shape. For the shimmering colors in the bezel, I used one of my all time favorite techniques- Gold leaf. Using the adhesive and the mixed flakes in and on the Bezel, the colors come through giving it an elegance that the ICE Resin® magnifies. With this, there is enough contrast to also highlight the metal bezel.

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ICED Enamel® Butterfly in Carnelian

Then to give the sentimental touch, I chose the word “free”, stamped it onto white tissue with Ranger’s archival ink in jet black. Once the ICE Resin® touches the tissue, the white disappears and the word seems to float “freely.”

Finishing this bezel was beautiful and easy. Choosing glass beads with the shimmer of autumn emphasized the colors in the bezel. To wire wrap the beads, I used a vintage security cable with twisted copper wire. Adding a little of the same wire to form a jump ring for the top of the bezel was perfect  for the leather cord. With two simple knots, the necklace was complete.

This bezel was not only fun to make but gave me time to reflect, to see the changes not only in the seasons but in my life and it gives me freedom to try new things, go new places and see others in a new light…Now let’s gather a little gold, ICE Resin® and a few other supplies and create our Gilded Butterfly Bezel.

 

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A few of the supplies needed

Gather

ICE Resin®,

ICE Resin® mixing cups and stir sticks

ICE Resin® Studio Sheets

ICED Enamels® Relique Powder, Carnelian

ICED Enamels® Medium

ICED Enamels Angled brushes

Heat Gun

Wood Butterfly

ICE Resin® Large rectangle Bezel

Small sanding block

Gold Leaf flakes

Small sponge or stiff brush

Gold Leaf Adhesive

White tissue paper

Word stamp or sentiment

Archival Ink™, sepia and jet black

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Sentiment stamps, wood butterflies, ICED Enamels® Relique Powder and Archival Ink™

For finishing

 

Leather cord, 3mm

3 glass beads

Vintage security cable OR head pins and or wire

Round nose pliers

Flush cutters

 

 

Make

 

  1. Using small sanding block, sand the inside and outer edge of Bezel

 

  1. Brush gold leaf adhesive to desired places on Bezel. Let adhesive dry until there is a tacky feel.

 

  1. Sprinkle gold leaf flakes in and on the Bezel. Using sponge and/or stiff brush gently press the flakes into the Bezel. Using the brush will bring the shine to the surface. Set aside.

 

To create the Butterfly

 

  1. Using the angled brush, brush ICED Enamels® Medium onto the butterfly. Sprinkle the Relique Powder onto the butterfly.   Tap off excess.
  2. Using the heat gun, move the heat around the butterfly until the powder has melted and there is a smooth finish.
  3. Once cooled, add a little gold leaf adhesive: let dry. Once dry add a little gold leaf to the butterfly. Ink edges with Archival Ink™ in sepia
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    1. On white tissue paper, stamp sentiment with Archival Ink™ in Jet black. Trim to fit inside the Bezel.

     

    Now it’s time to mix the ICE Resin®

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    ICE Resin® – the perfect jeweler’s grade finish.

    *Mix equal amounts of part A and part B in the disposable cup.

     

    *Using the plastic stir gently fold the two parts stirring for two minutes.

     

    *Set aside for five minutes to allow for some of the bubbles to dissipate.

     

    1. Place Bezel on studio sheet. Slowly drip the ICE Resin® into the Bezel. Place Butterfly into the bezel, gently pressing down and cover with a layer of ICE Resin®. Then add the tissue paper, pressing it down gently with the stirring stick.

     

    1. Continue to add ICE Resin® until the bezel is filled. Let dry 8-10 hours.

     

    Finishing

     

    1. String 3 beads on the wire (of choice) and attach to the lower loop of the Bezel

     

    1. Create a wire jump ring and attach to the upper loop if the Bezel.

     

    1. Cut desired length of Leather cording and string through jump ring. Tie an overhand knot at the base and then one at the ends of the leather cording.
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    The finished necklace.

      “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons…’

                                                 -Jim Bishop

     

     

     

    Chantal lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 5 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® 2016 Design Team, the Gauche Alchemy Design Team and is a regular contributor to Bella Crafts Quarterly. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at chantal515@verizon.net. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.

Using ICE Resin and Vintage Book Pages to Create a Bezel

 

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As members of the Design Team, we have monthly challenges that we can use.  We design a project around a theme or idea or material.  The challenge was “Fresh Vintage” this time. As a vintage hoarder collector, this was right up my alley. I knew I wanted to create something that incorporated goodies from my stash, but I also wanted to create something that everyone would have the materials for at home.  As an artist, my collection of supplies, tools and materials is atypical.  I love to try new things so I tend to buy every tool, gadget and material at some point.  But I fully realize you may not have the same items in your craft stash. So I wanted to create something you could do without buying a lot of new things.  I shared 2 ways to make the bezels earlier this week.  They can be made simply with the pages or you can add leather covers if you choose.  And while this technique is not hard, it does take time for each step to dry so be sure to allow yourself about a week to get these done if you decide to try them.  I typically have 25 craft projects or so going at a time so I can hop from one to another.  So if dry time is needed on one project, I can go work on another. I suppose non-artists might use this time to do things like laundry, make meals, vacuum, etc. Hmmmm….I might have to try that sometime….

I would love to hear about what you are doing with ICE Resin.

Brooke Bock lives and creates with her husband and daughter in rural Pennsylvania. She shares her home and studio with 2 dogs, a cat, a few fish in ponds and tanks and a flock of chickens. She collects things old, rusty and intriguing.  She is a regular contributor to many Stampington & Company publications.

Learn more about Brooke Bock:

Blog: artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com

Pinterest: brookebock96 and artistendeavor 

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Fresh Vintage Bezels Made From Book Pages

 

 

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One of my greatest joys is collecting vintage treasures. These treasures include buttons, keys, jewelry bits and baubles, hardware, industrial bits, silverware,  vintage bottles, game pieces and so much more.  I have them stored in vintage canning jars in my studio cupboards and in printer’s trays in one of my rolling shelved carts. I love to let the things in the cupboards make their way into my art.  I knew I would be using buttons and keys and rhinestone chain for this challenge, but I was trying to decide what to use as the bezel itself.  I realized I wanted to use something new that everyone would have.  Vintage book pages were the natural choice as I love how ICE Resin® plays with paper….

Let’s gather some supplies for the book page bezels:

Discarded book

ICE Resin® Ephemera Image Assortment or Vintage papers such as sheet music, ledger sheets, etc.

Circle punches 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch

Ruler

Scrap of Card Stock for pattern

ICE Resin®

Stir Sticks/Mixing Cups

Small strong clamps

Rhinestone Chain

Vintage Buttons

Frozen Charlottes

Drill/Small drill bit

Jump rings

Silk Strips/Chains

Scissors

Rubber bands

Clear Packing Tape

Vintage bits such as keys, hardware, metal jewelry bits, lace, fibers, crystals, safety pins

Sponge

Scissors

Gloves

Begin by making a template from card stock. Punch your hole to see where the best placement is.  I slid mine in the whole way so I could do it the same each time.

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Tear out your book pages.  Lay your pattern down on your page and line the ruler up with the side edge.  Tear your pages into strips using this method.  I like the texture of torn pages.  If you prefer a crisper edge, use scissors or a paper cutter.  Create a stack as thick as you like.  Be sure it is thicker than your thickest item you will place in the bezel. Punch a hole in each page.

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Smooth a piece of clear packing tape onto the back of the bezel.  Use 2 small clamps to clamp 2 sides.

Mix your ICE Resin and allow it to rest 5 minutes.  Pour some in each bezel.  You may place your items in the bezel at this time to ensure the correct placement. You can use any small treasures such as rhinestone chain, tiny keys, charms, frozen Charlottes, buttons, lace, etc.

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Pour ICE Resin® into bezel and allow it to cure 6-12 hours.

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After the ICE Resin® cures, some of it will have soaked into the pages of the bezel.  This is what we want to happen. Once it is fully cured, peel off the packing tape. Cut a small square of the sponge and while wearing gloves coat the entire piece with ICE Resin®.  Allow the resin to fully cure.

Now the pages are sealed and we can pour the resin into to fill the bezel. So mix another batch of ICE Resin® and pour it in to fill each bezel.  Allow time to cure.

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As I did my final fill on these bezels, I layered buttons and lace along the edges of the bezels.

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The buttons can also be used to cover any imperfections after the bezel cures.

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To finish those off, I just used a drill to drill a small hole in the top two corners so I could add a jump ring.

But then I got to thinking….What if I did not make the bezel go all the way through?  What if only the top pages were punched with a hole and the back was left unpunched?  And what if I turned them into little books?

So I gathered a couple more supplies: some leather scraps, leather cord, a leather punch and heavy duty cutters.

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Then, I followed the directions above to make new bezels but this time I left half the pages unpunched.  I was also careful not to add too much extra dimension to my embellishments because I want my books to close. I layered some pieces from the ICE Resin® Ephemera Image Assortment pack either on the top of the bezel or punched a face image and placed it into the bezel.  Once the bezels were completed, I cut a leather cover for each bezel and rounded the corners. I made it slightly larger than the bezel all around.  I also used a marker to darken the cut edges of the leather.

I added some ICE Resin® to glue my bezel in place inside the book cover.  Once cured,  I dipped each book in water and then folded the cover over.

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Secure each cover with rubber bands so the books will appear more closed.  Allow the leather time to dry overnight.

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Remove rubber bands and punch a hole in the top spine of the book.  Add a jump ring, chains, keys, crystals and anything else that catches your imagination.

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This is where things get fun.  You can use whatever little trinkets and baubles you have collected.

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It would be easy to make these personalized for someone special by using things that have special meaning for that person.

As another variation, I cut the top off one of the books so the leather is just on the back of the bezel.  I used a drill to drill 2 holes in that one for hanging.

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I would love to hear about what you are doing with ICE Resin.

Brooke Bock lives and creates with her husband and daughter in rural Pennsylvania. She shares her home and studio with 2 dogs, a cat, a few fish in ponds and tanks and a flock of chickens. She collects things old, rusty and intriguing.  She is a regular contributor to many Stampington & Company publications.

Learn more about Brooke Bock:

Blog: artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com

Pinterest: brookebock96 and artistendeavor 

Facebook:Artistic Endeavors 101

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