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As a trend researcher, I find mixed metals and use of vibrant gemstone cabochons or faux gemstones set in cool metals like silver to be the trends in the upcoming season. Combining both these trends, I have created a design which can be made even by a beginner in jewelry making with no metalsmithing or gem setting experience whatsoever.
- ICE Resin® (resin – Part A & B, mixing cup, stick)
- Art Mechanique Hobnail Shield bezel
- Flat artistic wire – gold color
- Acrylic metallic paints in copper sulphate blue, green, orange, pink
- Art Mechanique German Glass Glitter – Gold
- 8mm Green glass beads – 6
- Maroon glass cylinders – 2
- 6mm Blue crystal rondrells – 2
- 3mm Bronze crystals – 4
- gold tone eyepins – 10
- Brass link chain – 16”
- Gold tone Jump rings -7
- Lobster clasp – 1
- Round Nose pliers or step pliers
- Flat nose or chain nose pliers
- wire cutters
- Paint brush
- Black sharpie marker
- Cut 5” of artistic wire and using step pliers or bail pliers curve the wire such that it make partitions in the bezel when set in it
- Place the wire shape in the bezel and trace its outline with a sharpie
- Apply dabs of acrylic paint inside the lines in the bezel to create a marbled look. Color the sides of the bezel too. Sprinkle some Gold German Glass Glitter for shine. Let dry
- Mix equal quantities of Part A & B in a cup as per instructions
- Apply a thin layer of resin on one end of the wire and glue it in the bezel following the trace. Hold for a while.
- Pour resin gently on top to cover the entire bezel right till the edge of the wire, just sealing it in. Cover with a dust cover and set to dry and cure for 24 -72 hours
- Loop the following beads individually with simple loop:
- Green bead (6 times), bronze-maroon-bronze combo (twice), blue crystals (twice)
- By opening and closing the loops on the beads connect them in the following pattern – one green bead followed by 2” of chain, another green bead, maroon set, green bead, 1” of chain, blue crystal and then a jump ring. Repeat to make the other side.
- Cut the remaining chain into two and add the clasp in the center with jump rings.
- Connect the other ends of the chain to the beads via jump rings.
- Connect the bezel to the green beads with jump rings.
What vibrant color pairings do you favor?
I’ve been fortunate to live around the world and see many beautiful places. My family loves gardens, and over the years we’ve taken many photos of plants and flowers – far more than we could ever hang on our walls. This project is a great way to display photos otherwise “collecting dust” on your computer, and remember great times spent in nature.
In recent wanderings through craft stores, I came across wonderful, inexpensive laser-cut wood pieces, which I immediately wanted to fill with ICE Resin®. I was inspired by both frame shapes and decorative shapes. With the simple addition of ribbon, you can hang the finished project in a window, and enjoy the stained glass-like effect created by transparent- & translucent-colored ICE Resin® in the openings of the wood. You could also use more opaque coloration, and hang the ornaments anywhere you’d like a little extra color or decorative “pop.” Imagine how great they would look as tree ornaments!
Image(s) printed on paper
Iced EnamelsTM Medium
Iced EnamelsTM in assorted colors; for the square picture frame I used Garnet Reqlique, Raspberry Relique, Pewter Relique, and Copper Glitz Relique
Acrylic paint in assorted complementary colors
Clear packing tape
Ceramic tile or other heat-proof surface
Unused dry kitchen sponge
Non-stick work surface such as a garbage bag or silicone craft sheet
For these written instructions, I’m focusing on the frame shapes. If you want to use the decorative shapes, just eliminate the steps for preparing and applying the photo image.
To begin, choose the photo you would like to put in the frame. Resize the image to fit the frame, and print it on an inkjet printer on plain white copier paper. Cut the image to fit the opening of the frame, leaving an additional ¼-inch border around the image; the border will be crucial for affixing the image to the wood frame.
Prepare a small batch of ICE Resin® according to the package instructions. If you are only preparing one image, you will not need much ICE Resin® at this stage. Cut a portion of the kitchen sponge. Place the cut image on your non-stick work surface, and apply a very thin layer of ICE Resin® to the image using the sponge. Flip the image over, and apply another thin layer of ICE Resin® to the other side of the image. Leave it to cure overnight.
Choose Iced EnamelsTM to complement your chosen image. You can use a single color of Iced EnamelsTM or a mix. For my square frame with the pink flower image, I used a mix of Garnet Relique, Raspberry Relique, Pewter Relique and the Relique Glitz Powder in Copper. I poured roughly equal parts of the Garnet Relique & Raspberry Relique into a mixing cup, and added smaller amounts of the Pewter Relique and the Copper Relique Glitz. Stir the Iced EnamelsTM in the cup to mix well; set aside.
Using a paintbrush, paint the wood with a layer of Iced EnamelsTM Medium. Because the frames are rather large, and Iced EnamelsTM Medium dries fairly quickly, I worked on half the frame at a time. After painting half the frame, sprinkle your Iced EnamelsTM mixture on the prepared wood, gently shake off the excess, and return it to the mixing cup. Continue by painting the Iced EnamelsTM Medium on the remainder of the frame and coating with the Iced EnamelsTM. If any wood spots remain bare, simply apply more Iced EnamelsTM Medium to that spot and sprinkle with the Iced EnamelsTM.
Place the wood frame on the ceramic tile and apply heat with the heat gun until the Iced EnamelsTM melt. If you’ve worked with Iced EnamelsTM before, this may take more time than you’re used to, simply due to the larger size of the frame and the fact that it’s wood and doesn’t conduct heat as quickly as metal.
When the frame has cooled, carefully paint the back of the frame with acrylic paint in a color to complement the image you selected. Apply two coats of paint for thorough, even coverage. Let the paint dry completely.
Apply packing tape to the painted back of the frame, and burnish thoroughly, sealing the tape very well around all the openings in the frame. This will keep the resin from leaking out in the next phase of the project.
Set the frame aside. The next step is to prepare the colored ICE Resin® that will fill the openings in the wood frame, creating a “stained glass” effect.
After mixing the ICE Resin®, divide it among separate mixing cups; you will need a separate cup for each color you plan to use. I usually make one ounce of ICE Resin® and divide it between four or five separate cups.
Using the non-pointed end of a bamboo skewer, squeeze a small amount of acrylic paint onto the end of the skewer. “Small” means approximately half the size of a green pea; you don’t need much paint. Stir the paint into one of the cups of ICE Resin® and mix well. Wipe the end of the skewer with a paper towel, and repeat with the remaining colors.
Place your tape-backed wood onto the non-stick work surface with the Iced EnamelsTM side facing up. Using the pointy end of the bamboo skewer, carefully drop/apply each color of the ICE Resin® to the openings in the frame, as desired. Take care not to overfill. If resin spills over the edge of any opening onto the Iced EnamelsTM surface, simply wipe it away quickly with a paper towel.
As you fill, go back and check the openings to ensure that they have sufficient colored resin in them; the wood may absorb a bit of the ICE Resin®, leaving small openings with no visible color, so you may need to apply a little more to some of the openings.
When all the colored ICE Resin® has been applied as desired, let the piece cure overnight.
Carefully remove the packing tape from the frame.
With the frame face down, place the printed image face down on the back of the frame. You should be looking at the back of the frame – the acrylic paint side – and the back of the image. Using small pieces of packing tape, affix the image to the frame in several spots.
Prepare another small batch of ICE Resin®. Using a piece of sponge, apply the ICE Resin® thinly to the border of the prepared image and the frame, to permanently adhere the image to the frame and create a neat back. If you need to do any additional detailed touch-ups on the back, use a disposable paintbrush. Set aside to cure overnight.
Thread a ribbon through one of the holes in the wood. If there is not an opening remaining, select an appropriate location, and use scissors or a punch to cut a small opening in one of the smaller resin sections. Tie a knot and a decorative bow, and hang your framed picture in a window to enjoy the beauty of your photo as the light passes through it and the “stained glass” frame.
Extra Technique Tip: Acrylic paint makes the ICE Resin® slightly more viscous – or thick – which enables you to create additional effects, like using two separate colors in a single opening in the wood. For example, in some of the larger openings I used two colors by simply applying the first color starting from one end of the opening, and carefully pulling it with the skewer toward the center of the opening. Then, I did the same from the opposite end of the opening with a second color, bringing them together in the middle. I let the natural flow of the resin “do its thing” to blend the two where they met, an effective way to use two colors in single space while keeping them distinct and unmuddled.
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Chantal Johnson of the ICE Resin Creative Team shows you how to make ICE Resin paper and how easy it is to sew on that the resined paper to make a mixed media art collage and an ICE Resin paper pocket.
Ummm…Nature or Nurture?
Battling with this concept I decided to allow my nature to take over and make whatever it wanted. Which is several projects instead of one. Could I have settled on just one? Ummm…honestly? No. Could I have done less than what I came up with? Probably, yes. But I just went with it.
- Using packing tape seal the back of your bezel burnishing well so there are no air bubbles. Fold over the tape ends to make the bezel easier to handle.
- Mix up your Ice resin according to instructions.
- Pour a shallow layer into the taped bezel. Enough to cover the entire bottom.
- Place dried floral material with tweezers and push down lightly to extract any trapped air bubbles.
- Allow to dry overnight.
- After drying, mix up a second batch of resin.
- Pour in another shallow layer.
- Place leaves or any secondary material, words, paper items, and press lightly for bubbles.
- Pour resin over top until you achieve the desired doming effect of the resin.
- Leave to cure.
I wanted to create something cute to go on my dresser, but as is with everything for me it has to have a dual purpose other than to look good. I am very particular about my things being able to do more than just look good. For this months challenge I decided to create a secret trinket box that would house one of my addictions, creating perfume. I must admit, working out the clasp with the wire was quite a time consuming process but thankfully I have worked that all out for you!
I really hope you enjoy my project today, please leave me a comment to let me know what you think or to let me know if there is anything you might want me to try out for you!
Thanks for visiting
Mixing cup, wood stirrer, disposable brush.
Other Supplies: Pliers, Self clamping tweezers, Heat tool, Watch Crystal, Dried Roses, Stazon Black, Metal Sheers, File, Fine Sandpaper, Quick Dry Glue.
1: Cut the loop from the circle Silhouette off with metal sheers.
2: File and sand the circle to a smooth shape.
3: Place the watch crystal inside the bezel, place the disk on top.
4: Wrap the copper wire loosely around both the rings on the outside of the bezel. You might need to squeeze it together with pliers and help shape it.
5: Carefully remove the wire keeping its shape.
6: Brush the medium on the inside of the bezel and the top of the disk.
7: Sprinkle the Amethyst Relique all over both pieces and tap off excess returning it to the pot.
8: Wipe the edge of the disk off so the enamel is slightly away from the edge. Heat set both with a heat gun.
9: With self clamping tweezers clamp the wire to the middle of the disk.
10: Re heat the enamel so the shaped copper wire sinks into the molten enamel.
11: While still molten, sprinkle more enamel over the top of the wire, re heat if necessary.
12: Once cool, dry brush Stazon Black ink around the edge of the disk and the edge of the bezel, let dry.
13: Mixe ICE Resin to manufacturers instructions.
14: Drizzle a thin layer of resin into the bottom the bezel, insert the watch crystal.
15: Top up the resin so it is level with the lowest point, either the top of the bezel or the top of the watch crystal. Make sure no resin goes inside the watch crystal.
16: The watch crystal will float in the resin, place the Iced Medium bottle inside the watch crystal to weight it down while drying.
17: With quick dry glue, place the roses in a pleasing manner on top of the disk, let dry.
18: Brush resin all over the flowers so they are coated and drizzle resin on top to cover the whole disk. You will need to use something under the rose disk to make it flat. I used my tweezers. You may repeat this step depending on thickness of resin required.
19: Once your resin has set you can create your solid perfume and pour into the watch crystal.
20: Level your solid perfume off with a knife, attach the lid and enjoy!
You may have used chipboard in mixed media collage and scrapbooking project, but have you ever used it to make faux stained glass pieces? Heather Widener of the ICE Resin Design Team shows you how! With 11 base colors of Iced Enamels Relique Powders and your imagination the possibilities are fantastic!
Sign up for workshops with two dynamic instructors at the fabulous Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee Wisconsin
Classes with Susan Lenart Kazmer happen June 2, 3, and 4:
Wire-Ancient Techniques on New Frontiers — Forging + Brazing B151965
Description: The use of wire and fiber has been a prominent medium in ethnographic jewelry and adornment for centuries, and are used for binding, connecting, decorating, and building of components. Through many years of this instructor’s research and ethnographic repair, Susan has employed these same ideas to build her own unique body of work, influenced by her fashion experience in forged wire. Make your jewelry stronger, more interesting, unique, and personal by exploring new ideas for soldering, shaping, finishing, and the construction of multiple components.
Students will Learn: How to think beyond traditional jewelry design to create jewelry that is both sculptural and wearable while learning techniques for hand hammering, and flattening and forging of round wire; control with appropriate tools; safety and shaping techniques with correct stance and posture when hammering.
Enamels, Sgraffito + Symbolism – Making Your Own Mark B151962
Description: Express yourself in jewelry created using carbon pencils, enamel crayons, and decal transfers. You’ll paint, scratch, draw and layer your ideas onto copper as you build your vocabulary with enamel techniques and patterns.
Students will Learn: Wet and dry enamel techniques; stenciling, rubber stamping, and pressing objects; marking into wet enamel.
Resin, Relics, and Ancient Artifacts B151968
Description: Focus on new works in jewelry — resin in combination with metal — as it has never been presented before! Sand, scratch, cast, and sgraffitto your way into creating unique objects and ancient artifacts in jewelry. Set your finished components with filigree bezel wire — brazing presented. Each student will leave with a few pendants and components, a journal full of ideas, and a whole new direction to focus your work.
Students will Learn: Casting of resin; working in dimensional forms; layering, scratching, and sgraffito on resin; how to add color and inclusions; shaping and forming; brazing.
Classes with Jen Cushman happen June 3 and June 5:
Beguiling Beauty Cuff B151817
Description: A fold-formed copper cuff is the backdrop of a cold-enameled, beguiling butterfly bezel. This packed-with-techniques class will quickly hone your jewelry-making skills and have you designing outside the box.
Students will Learn: How to texture, fold form, and patina a copper cuff base; how to cold-enamel a resin bezel; cold connections to the cuff using micro nut and screw rivets.
Project will be completed in class.
Chevron Drops Necklace B151812
Description: This necklace proves that metalworking needn’t be complicated or expensive. Round sterling silver and bronze wire is turned into an organically fabulous mixed-metal necklace. Humble wire is forged, annealed, and formed into a rustic chevron design that’s fashion forward.
Resin Collage — Layers and Depth B151806
Description: If you’ve mastered the basics of resin, then it’s time to take your work to the next level by learning how to achieve the lovely look of layers and depth. Students will take design principals of collage and apply them to jewelry making by creating three to five focal pendants.
Butterflies in My Pocket –Sewing with handmade and ICE Resin® Paper
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. – Rabindranath Tagore
Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works. – Alma Gluck
Nature calls us to see beauty. For some it is the beauty of the ocean, the height of mountains, the depth of the soil or the fleeting of the butterfly. Nature is the artist’s playground. The colors, textures and the life in it give us inspiration.
So with a project prompt of Nurture and Nature, I began to work (I say that with a smile, as for me it is my heart at play). My inspiration for this project seems to have come from tidbits of handmade paper and ICE Resin® paper that I had laying around, the butterfly as the symbol of change and also the color green- I think in the winter we long for the green that has disappeared and is just waiting till we think it has gone for good. Then to our surprise and delight, the seedling of spring comes bursting forth. The butterfly evokes such beautiful images from their colors to the smooth movements of its wings and the hope of becoming. It was the natural choice for the embellishments. This project also incorporates my love for paper, sewing and sentiments along with the wonderful transformation with ICED Enamels on the butterfly and the heart. Sewing with ICE Resin® paper, gives permanence and strength to the pockets and pouches and creates a transparency that is an ethereal element. The techniques in this project can be used in so many art forms. For the paper artist, it is a chance to use Resin paper in a new way, for the seamstress it is a way to add the Resin paper to tiny totes or gift bags. For the jewelry artist, it could be sewing tiny pouches for a necklace.
Gather a little bit of nature’s inspiration, and take a moment to create Butterflies in my pocket and your artist’s wings will soar.
ICE Resin® and supplies needed
Plastic trash bag or craft mat, plastic gloves
ICED Enamels medium
Art Mechanique German Glass Glitter
Small heart bezel
Handmade paper or mulberry paper
Muslin words or stickers with words
Sizzix dies – Pocket with scallop edge, Photo Box Folder
Sewing Machine, thread, scissors
Bull nose clips for holding paper while sewing.
Adhesive of choice (I use E6000)
With the Sizzix dies and the canvas paper, cut out Photo box folder (we are making this the pocket). Set aside
To create ICE Resin Paper
1. *Spread out plastic trash bag onto table surface. Layout vintage paper to be resined.
*Mix equal parts of ICE Resin® A & B. Stir for 2 minutes, set aside for 5 minutes.
*Wearing disposable gloves and using a small sponge, sponge ICE RESIN® onto the paper beginning with the backside, coating the whole page. Turn over and lay paper on the bag and coat the front side of the paper.
*Let dry 8-10 hours.
* Once dry, peel the bag from the paper to insure that your paper doesn’t tear. It is now ready to use.
2. With handmade paper, tear a piece for the front of the pouch. With Resin paper, cut a smaller square to layer on the handmade paper.
- Using the butterfly punch, punch two butterflies to create the transparent outline. Save the punched butterflies for another project.
- With sewing machine, sew the resin-punched paper to the handmade paper. To secure while sewing, use bull nose clips to keep secure.
- Cut out smaller rectangles of varying sizes (this will depend on your word sentiments)
- Using just a smidge of glue, secure words to rectangles.
- Place the layered collage from step 4 onto front pouch. Sew in place. Add the rectangles and sew, connecting them through a continuous sewn line.
- Once the front pouch is finished, sew the pouch together with 2 side seams.
To create the ICED Enamel butterfly
*Brush the ICED Enamel medium onto the metal butterfly
*Pour the ICED Enamel powder over the butterfly, coating all areas. Shake off excess.
*Using a heat gun, melt the powder until it is smooth.
*Set aside to cool.
*Once cooled, Mix ICE Resin according to directions and brush on a thin coat onto the butterfly. Sprinkle German Glass Glitter onto the Resin.
*Let dry for 8-10 hours.
To create the Enameled heart
*Brush interior of heart with ICED Enamel Medium.
*Pour ICED Enamel powder in the heart, Shake out excess.
*Heat as with the butterfly.
*Once, cooled, carefully fill the heart with ICE Resin®. Sprinkle German Glass Glitter if desired.
- With adhesive, adhere the butterfly to top corner of the layered collage.
- Tie Ribbon around the lower portion.
- Using wire, secure the heart around the ribbon. Once the heart is secure, you might need to add a little adhesive to the ribbon to keep it in place.
Chantal Johnson is a mixed media artist/teacher living in Rowlett, Texas. She is married and has three children. She is currently on the 2015 ICE Resin design team. Her work has been featured in Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Somerset Home, Green Crafts and Somerset Studio. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com
Late winter in my area brings lots of snow melting from the Rocky Mountains. The ICE Resin inclusions Shattered Opal reminds me of the beautiful snow melting into cold blue water. I made a pair of earrings to remind me of this beautiful time all year long!!
For this project, I used Ice Resin, Opal Shattered Inclusions, hobnob oval bezels, 2 inches sterling wire, blue nail polish, Craft Cup and Stir Stick, a non-stick craft mat, ear wires, 4 inches leather.
Using a color behind the shattered opal inclusions helps create depth and increase the holographic effects of this awesome product. I painted the insides of the hobnob bezels with blue nail polish.
While waiting for the nail polish to dry, Mix ICE Resin per package instructions. Separate half the Ice Resin into a clean mixing cup. Using a clean mixing stick as your “spoon” add 2 heaping sticks of the Shattered Opal Inclusions in half of the resin.
Mix the inclusions thoroughly. Using the stir stick, fill the hobnob bezels with the resin. (you can use the remaining clear resin for another project or make resin paper for a later project)
Allow Bezels to completely dry.
Cut Two one inch pieces of silver wire. For added texture, you can draw beads on either end with a torch and hammer the wire flat. Cut two pieces of 2 inch leather. Thread leather through one of the loops on the hobnob bezel. Wrap the silver wire around the leather to secure. Connect the bezel to the ear wires and enjoy your new earrings!!
TIP: Using different colors as your background will change the effect of the shattered opal inclusions. Its beautiful with purple, pink, green….well you get the picture!
You can find more of my work at www.Sweetpeajewelry1.blogspot.com
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