Rodeo Queen Belt Buckle

Do turquoise and sparkle make a Rodeo Queen?

Probably not, but I have always thought their regalia looked mighty fine — from the boots, to the chaps, to the buckle, to the dressed up cowboy hat.

The daughter of a friend (Amanda) is a barrel racer in Idaho, determined to go pro, so I made her a buckle.

Creativity sometimes needs time and reason, and I find it easier to pour a lot of ICE Resin at once because my filled-with-paper-tigers-office is also my “studio”.

Iced Enamel belt buckle

On to the project!!

To begin, I used an emery board (too lazy to go to the garage for sandpaper) to roughen the shiny surface of the buckle.

Painted on the medium. (Yup, I was making earrings at the same time.) Sprinkled Iced Enamels Turquoise Relique and Silver Glitz Powders on top of the buckle.

This is what it looks like pre-heat gun:

Iced Enamels pre-heat

And after heat but before ICE Resin:

Iced Enamels post heat, pre-ICE Resin

Then, I let the buckle cool before I painted on ICE Resin and added the rhinestone chain “A”. The thin layer of resin worked just like glue.

The first painted layer of ICE Resin over the Iced Enamels tended to stay where I put it and despite the convex surface, it did not pool too much on the edge.

I did add one more layer of ICE Resin the next morning.

Tip: The underside of the belt buckle not flat. I used an empty sour cream container to set the buckle on and make it level.

You’ll need: ICE Resin, Relique Powder, Medium, Disposable Paint Brush, a recycled container,craft cup, stir stick, rhinestone chain, and wire cutters.

The earrings that match this buckle are one of the many lovely projects in the Romance of Mixed Media Jewelry ebook published by Cloth Paper Scissors.

ICE Resin belt buckle Lexi Grenzer

The buckle that made me want to create a cool buckle of my own was none other than the one 2013 ICE Resin Creative Team Member Lexi Grenzer made and displayed at CHA 2013.  I dislike the sound of drilling metal so while Lexi improvised with a hobnail heart, I chose to begin with an actual buckle (avail thru HHH Enterprises).

Now I am blaming/thanking Lexi and Homer of HHH for my need to buy (save me from myself! I just stopped writing this post and bought some!) and embellish more buckles.

Have you caught the fever?

Carol La Valley, ICE Resin Content Manager and author.




Stylish dresses in carnelian and amethyst under ICE!

Misty Grosse, our ICE Resin Booth Manager and a gal with an all-around bubbly personality sent us a text:

“Look what I created! It has not been sealed yet but I am loving Iced Enamels!”

Amethyst and Ivory Relique

Amethyst and Ivory Relique


And then she sent this darling little dress in Carnelian Relique:


Here is a finished necklace:


General materials and tools you’ll need:

Art Mechanique Silhouettes Dress on a Hanger 

ICE Resin

Relique Powders : Carnelian, Amethyst, Ivory, Raspberry

(As of April 23: Carnelian, Amethyst, Garnet and Torched Copper Reliques are available!)

Silver Glitz

Belle Dames Francaise or Art Mechanique Collage Image Pack

Iced Enamel Medium

Connections, such as Art Mechanique Micro Screws

Cup,Sstir Stick, and Brushes

Rhinestone Chain, Lace, Buttons, etc.

Hole Punch or Drill


Play! Have fun! Plan how you are going to use the negative space as you layer your dresses.

Prepare the surface of your silhouette and add your choice of Iced Enamels Relique Powder. The video for how to do this is HERE.

Drill and connect your silhouettes.

Will your dress grace someone’s neck? Will it dangle from a bracelet? Could it become a pin attached to a card? We’d love for you to share with us on Twitter!

You can find Misty teaching in Southern California’s Orange County:





Dainty Little Bird Bracelet

When I saw the little bird’s in the Art Mechanique range of products it was love at first sight, I knew instantly what I wanted to do with them and how I wanted it to look. I could picture a beautiful dainty bracelet with a shabby chic look to it peeking out from my most favourite summer time shirt. I am so happy that what I imagined could be easily realized with the fantastic Iced Enamels range.

Ivory Relique cold enameled

Tools and Materials:
ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels™ Relique Ivory
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Iced Enamels™ Angled Brush
Rue Romantique™ Pearl Chain
Art Mechanique™ Silhouettes Bird’s
2 pairs pliers
Lobster Claw from stash
1.5mm Metal Hole Punch

1: As demonstrated previously in my technique video, gently shape the bird shapes so they have a slight bow to them.

2: Using your angled brush, brush on some Iced Enamels™ medium to the birds and sprinkle a generous amount of Iced Enamels™ Relique Ivory onto them. Let any excess powder fall off and return to the jar for later use. Heat set the powder on the birds.

3: Mix ICE Resin to the manufacturers instructions. Carefully brush a thin layer of resin onto the birds and let cure over night.

4: Using a 1.5mm metal hole punch, punch 2 holes in each bird, one in the tail and one above the beak in the head.

5: Take off 6 pearl links from the Rue Romantique™ Pearl Chain using pliers. Open each one up at both ends and twist the openings so they all face the same way.

6: Thread on all the birds to the pearl chain closing the ends as you go. Attach a lobster claw fastener to the end and wear.

cold enameled bracelet

Now I have an idea for a matching flowing necklace floating around in my head.

Thanks for visiting!

Clare Horner, Got Paint in My Hair

Gold Flake Nugget Pendants by the Crafty Chica

Kathy Cano-Murillo shows how you can use gold leaf in ICE Resin and it will float throughout the mixture!

To make the cubes you will need: ICE Resin®, Gold Leaf, a mold, mold release agent.

Adding gold Leaf to ICE Resin

Adding gold Leaf to ICE Resin


Cube ready to be drilled for a necklace

To make the necklace below you will need to drill a hole through a corner and wire wrap your jumpring to the cube.

Lovely yet simple!

Lovely yet simple!


One for me and more to share!

One for me and more to share!

You can find more of the Crafty Chica’s projects on her glittery website.



Art & Soul Classes with Susan and Linda — still a few spaces open!

Susan Lenart Kazmer and Linda Lenart McNulty are bringing their mixed media metalwork and encaustic classes to Portland and there a re still a few openings for this wonderful retreat.


Art & Soul has been host to inspirational mixed media retreats for thousands of creative souls for 15 years. It is a fine retreat– place to discover unconventional art techniques. The knowledge and camaraderie you’ll walk away with is simply priceless.

Susan’s classes:






Resin Alchemy –  Monday April 7 (Sorry, but this workshop is FULL)


Caging Common Objects in Metalwork  – Wednesday April 9 (There was a single space left at the time of posting.)














Enameling-Patterns, Text, Texture and Transparency in Glass  – Thursday April 10 (Just 5 spaces remaining at time of posting.)

Cold Enameling – Color on Metal – Friday April 11 (Sorry, but this workshop is FULL)











Linda Lenart McNulty’s classes:











Wearable Encaustic Shrines   Thursday, April 10 ( 3 Spaces Remaining)










Encaustic Daguerreotype Paintings Friday April 11












Luminous Layering in Encaustic Painting Saturday April 12












John Creighton Petersen from Imagine Crafts, and also one of our ICE Resin Creative Team members will be at the retreat giving demonstrations on:

John Creighton Petersen

New StazOn Midis
GlazOn Layer Protectant
irRESISTible Texture Sprays
Memento Luxe Ink

Flora and Fauna painted under ICE Resin by Willow Wolfe

One of the great things about CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association Show) is meeting new people and dicoveing how one art supply complements another. ICE Resin was next to and Willow and Jen Cushman struck up a conversation.

Willow Wolfe is an accomplished painter and after taking to Jen, decided to paint her art into bezels preserved with ICE Resin and make necklaces.


Willow Wolfe writes, “It is easy to paint within these smooth, mixed metal bezels. Simply prep by sanding lightly and coating with an all purpose sealer.  Apply an undercoat of acrylic, transfer the image you wish to paint and use Princeton Select #3750 Mini Brushes to apply detail and dimension.”

Instructions for this elephant and daisy are in PaintWorks Magazine issue:

You will find Willow’s latest Dahlia in the Surround Yourself with Color Issue.

Ice Resin painting

Hardware Finds with John Creighton Petersen

Found Object ICE Resin

I have to admit that I am constantly looking for interesting items that I can use as bezels everywhere that I go – thrift stores, salvage yards, with my two personal favorites being dumpster diving and yard sales.  One of my favorite places to pick up bezel like pieces is the hardware store in the electrical and plumbing departments.  There’s treasures galore and remember that you don’t have to have a back on your bezel, you can create your own!  I wanted to share with everyone the simple way you can take your ICE Resin® to a new creative level with some finds from the hardware store.

I found this great flat back piece in the plumbing section at my local hardware store and knew instantly that it would make a great bezel.  To antique the metal, I began by brushing on a coat of Iced Enamels® Medium then applied Iced Enamels Relique Ivory and heat set.  I carefully placed a piece of clear packing tape onto the backside of the piece and adhered it securely into place.  Be VERY careful not to leave any fingerprints or allow any dust onto the tape – it will show up in your finished piece.

Now it’s time to build our bezel!  I began by adding a small amount of ICE Resin® to the bottom of the piece, just enough to have a thin layer completely cover the packing tape.  Next I sprinkled Silver Shattered Mica into the base of the piece along with more ICE Resin®.  With a brush, I painted the back of the fleur-de-lys with a thin coat of ICE Resin® to help reduce the change of air bubbles then placed it into the center of my piece.  Top off with ICE Resin® and add Gold Glitter around the edge of the opening.  Allow resin to set and cure.

Iced Enamels found object

Iced Enamels

Once the bezel if fully cured, slowly peel the packing tape from the back of the piece.  Use a craft knife (if needed) to trim any of the excess resin from the edges.  Hold your piece up and be amazed at the transparent look that you’ve created with a piece of packing tape!

found object ICE Resin Iced Enamels

I hope this inspires you to begin creating your own transparent ICE Resin® pieces!

John Creighton Petersen, Art New Wave

Love – Week 4 of the Talisman Project

Do you love the music of waves make as they crash against the shoreline? Is that the meaning of Tammy Jones’s Talisman necklace? Probably not. You will need to hop over to her blog to discover the entire pendant that she made, and exactly what it is that makes the word love meaningful.




Previous Talismans aka  personal artifacts:

Cheryl Bodkin Waters

Carol La Valley Contact carol (at) if you would like to be a part of the Talisman project.

Jen Cushman

Donna Salazar

More about the Talisman Project and how you can join it:

When metalsmith and ICE Resin founder Susan Lenart Kazmer  traveled the globe in the 1990s she learned that in all cultures, humans adorn themselves for some type of symbolical representation. These studies led her to create jewelry from her own culture from found objects.



Trust – ICE Resin Talisman Project Week 4

Talisman - Cheryl Bodkin Waters


Hello!  Carol from ICE Resin here. I just have to say that one of my fave craft projects ever was created by Cheryl Bodkin Waters for the annual Seaside Soiree a couple of years ago.

Although we have never met, one of the wonderful things about art and this industry is the incredible people who touch your life and heart.

Cheryl taught me how healing art can be.

She is the artist behind this week’s Talisman — TRUST. You’ll find the whole piece on her Artsy Findings blog.

Previous Talismans:

Carol La Valley

Jen Cushman

Donna Salazar

More about the Talisman Project HERE.

More coming in the weeks ahead!

Are you a designer who has a passionate, supreme focus this year and want to be a part of the Talisman Project? Convo carol (at)


Glass Chandelier piece, molded and “steamed”

Cast with ICE Resin

Tools and Materials:
ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Opal
Rue Romantique™ Red Ribbon
Art Mechanique™ Jewelers Grade Molding Putty
Art Mechanique™ Chain 24BR
Ball chain and connector
Brass jump ring
Metal flake
2 pairs pliers
Watch parts
Vintage chandelier piece

I really love making my own mold’s and had this fabulous vintage glass chandelier piece I found at a local car boot sale sitting waiting, begging for me to use it. I did not want to loose the original piece, being unique and not something I would be able to find again I decided that it would be the perfect candidate to make a mold from. It did use rather a lot of molding putty to create but it is worth it in the long run since I will be able to make as many castings as my little heart desires from the piece without a worry.

Once I had the mold created I made a test piece to make sure I was happy with it before making a full project from it. The test came out perfect in both polymer clay and resin so away I went. I love all things Steampunk so naturally, being a Victorian piece originally it had to be Steampunked up a little for the first time. The bonus from creating this piece is it also taught me a lot of patience, if you have embedded things into layers of resin before, you will know what I mean. Some objects tend to float so you have to keep a careful eye on them for the first hour to make sure they don’t float away from where you want them to be!

Thanks for visiting

Clare HornerGot Paint in My Hair


1: Clean and dry the piece you wish to make your mold from. 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: Carefully remove the object being molded and test your mold with spare resin or some dough/polymer clay to make sure you are happy with it.

3: Mix ICE Resin to the manufacturers instructions. Carefully pour your resin into the mold so it is roughly half full, leave for 4 or 5 hours so it is mostly set.

4: Mix a much smaller batch of resin, pour a thin layer on top of the layer already in your mold. Carefully drop in your watch parts, moving them around with a pin into the desired placement. Place a couple of small metal flakes pieces over the back of the watch parts, if you are looking at the front of the piece you need to add in the flake first as the desired effect is reached by having the parts flanked by flake. Keep an eye on this for the next couple of hours checking regularly, watch parts and metal flake tend to float out of position if you are not careful.

5: After 5 or 6 hours, or overnight, Mix enough ICE Resin to top off your mold. Add into this mix the desired amount of Iced Enamel Shattered Opal flakes and pour into the mold. Leave to set for 6 to 10 hours or over night.

6: Pour any leftover resin in a mould or wipe onto book page so it is not wasted.

7: Take the red velvet ribbon from the Rue Romantique ribbon set and make a bow, attach a jump ring to the back through the back loop of the bow.

8: Make a small jump ring like ring from the ball chain and attach the piece and the ribbon bow together. Feed through the necklace chain and you are done.

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