When I read the challenge for this month I was a little intimidated I must admit. I thought for a long time about what to created based on my favourite piece of writing. I don’t really like classics, I don’t really like the Po, Orwell, and other tortured souls that would make a really good inspiration for a piece of jewellery. Living where the Bronte sisters grew up and just round the corner actually from the Law Hill gothic school that Emily Bronte worked at, and was the inspiration for the house that Cathy was held captive in by her husband (the description in the book and the actual building is uncanny) you would have thought that would be the logical choice for me to create something based off Wuthering Heights (anyone else singing Kate Bush right now?) But no, didn’t even cross my mind until I started writing this intro….. My guilty reading pleasure is young adult Steampunk fiction, I love small novellas, like the Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross, but I absolutely adore Cassandra Clare’s young adult Shadowhunter world, even the movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones that got slated…. My secret is I went to the cinema to see it 5 times….. but that’s just between you and me! I am especially looking forward to the new TV show coming in 2016 ”Shadowhunters” which is based on the 2nd set of books, the same as the movie, The Mortal Instruments which is set in the present day. My favourite set of books is The Infernal Devices, which is the first set of books she wrote and set in the Victorian Era which has a little Steampunk twist to it I feel. The basis of the ”Shadowhunters” is power and protection from runes, the main rune is the Angelic rune which every Shadowhunter is given as their first rune. It just so happens this is a really pretty symbol and being one of the few solid ones without a break made for a fantastic casting piece. I love resin casting if you haven’t noticed! and decided to use the casting technique created by Baerbel from the 2014 Creative Team, find out how I created it below.
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Iced Enamels™: Shattered Fire Opal
Mixing cup and stick.
Printed rune image.
Marabu Fixo-gum or gum based flexible glue.
Fun Foam standard thin sheet and 6mm thick sheet.
Westcott Titanium knife, cutting mat.
Sandpaper and files.
Chain and clasp.
Throw away brush, paint brush and vaseline.
Face mask, protective gloves.
1: Print off an image of the rune from the web and cut it out.
2: Draw around the rune image onto the 6mm foam.
3: Cut the image from the foam using a knife
4: Glue the thick foam to the thin foam and seal all edges with the glue.
5: Weight the piece with something heavy to dry flat.
6: Brush vaseline all over the inside of the mold.
7: Mix ICE Resin to manufacturers instructions.
8: Add Shattered Fire Opal to the mixed resin until desired effect is achieved.
9: Gently pour resin mixture into the mold.
10: Balance or tape down a jump ring or loop to attach to your chain.
11: Carefully de mould once set after 8 to 12 hours.
!!!!!!!!USE A FACE MASK HERE!!!!!!!!!
12: Sand the edges smooth to achieve desired effect, attach chain.
We were tasked with making a project based on our favorite poem or work of literature. This one was tough for me. With so many great books, I did not know what direction to go. I Love The brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Emile Zola’s letter j’accuse is a great piece of writing, The Road Not Taken by Frost is another favorite, but I just could not make them work. One of my favorite authors is Kurt Vonnegut. Maybe not as poetic as Frost or as passionate as Zola, but always insightful, humorous, and thought provoking. I browsed my collection of Vonnegut books, of which there are many and I came across Cats Cradle. I read this book as a young girl and it left an impression on me. For those of you who have read it, Ice 9 is the perfect inspiration for the ICE Resin® products. For those of you who have not read it, get to it! Its a quick, easy and entertaining read. (and look, its only 95 cents!)
The story is based on a fictitious substance called Ice 9. Ice 9 is a polymorph of water. Any liquid that comes in contact with Ice 9 will become crystallized and create more Ice 9. It has the ability to kill instantly by turning human tissue into Ice 9, as well as freezing entire bodies of water. You can see where the story goes…. I thought it would be cool to be able to wear a piece of Ice 9 without the threat of having your insides freeze and crystallize!
disposable mixing cup and stir stick
2 part molding putty
Shattered Opal inclusions
2 small eye hooks
Crystal/Rock with interesting shape
White pain/nail polish
Golden interference blue paint/paint brush
I started with a crystal I liked. You can use any rock with interesting shapes. Don’t worry about the color, we can fix that! Casting with ICE Resin® allows you to keep the original item and make multiples. The original was too heavy to use as a pendant.
Mix equal parts casting putty until color is uniform. Place on flat surface and impress crystal into putty. Allow putty to set for 10 minuets.
Here is a video Susan M Walls did on Casting.
Once putty is set (test with thumbnail. If nail does not leave an impression, its set.) Remove crystal. Your mold will look something like this.
Drop a few pieces of rock salt in the bottom of your mold. Mix equal parts ICE Resin® in mixing cup and add a very small amount (about a pinch) of Shattered Opal inclusions and about a tablespoon of rock salt. The rock salt is a crystal itself so light will reflect off of it. The shattered opal helps the crystal reflect light. Pour ICE Resin® with inclusions into your mold and allow it to set (6-8 hours) Once Resin is set, remove your new “crystal” from the mold.
The crystal looks pretty good at this point but a few surface treatments will make it come alive. I added Golden interferon Blue to the back of the piece and dry brushed a bit on the front. This paint reflects light and gives it an iridescence.
Then, to make the piece appear solid and opaque, I painted the back white. I used white nail polish. You can use white paint, it will just need to be sealed.
Once all the paint is dry, the pieces look very similar.
I used 2 eye hooks and screwed them into the sides where I wanted the necklace to connect to.
Now you can add beads, chain, leather, cloth or any other components you like. I used cool blue glass beads. Its hot here in the desert, we can use a bit of Ice. This piece of Ice 9 is safe to wear and wont bring about the end of the world, however It may cause some commotion when your friends see it!
Susan Lenart Kazmer and ICE Resin announces new partnership with Ranger Industries
Susan Lenart Kazmer is excited to announce an exclusive distribution and manufacturing partnership with Ranger Industries for her ICE Resin brand of jewelry products.
Kazmer, a master silversmith, author and award-winning jeweler, developed ICE Resin®, a jeweler’s grade, two-part epoxy resin, and introduced at the Bead and Button Show in 2006. By combining a non-traditional medium (resin) with traditional jewelry techniques she provided artists and designers with a new way to express their creative vision. It’s unique doming properties and glass like finish has made ICE Resin an important medium that continues to inspire jewelers and mixed media artists of all types.
Kazmer and her business partner, Mixed-Media Artist and Author Jen Cushman, will join Ranger’s talented roster of licensed artists and will continue as the creative forces behind the product line. As Creative Director of ICE Resin, Susan will continue to do what she does best; create, build, innovate, and inspire with her inventive techniques and designs. As Director of Education, Jen Cushman will create programs that showcase the many unique properties of ICE Resin and how it can be used to create one of a kind Jewelry and Mixed Media art. Both Susan and Jen will travel extensively sharing their love of jewelry and mixed media art through workshops and demonstrations at trade shows and events around the world. The formulation of ICE Resin is remaining exactly the same and users can expect the same high quality product and formulation that they have come to love.
“Jen and I are thrilled to be partnering with Ranger, a company that shares our commitment to quality and innovation”, says Kazmer. “By working together we will be able to grow the ICE Resin brand and provide our customers with excellent service.”
Alain Avrillon and Justin Russo, owners of Ranger Industries added, “We are very excited to be working with Susan and Jen. Their dedication to research, product development and teaching fit perfectly into what we do at Ranger. Having ICE Resin® in our product line adds to our growing range of Mixed Media products and gives us a new way to engage our customers in the Jewelry market. We hope to provide a seamless transition as we begin to accept and ship orders from our Tinton Falls, NJ warehouse beginning July 14th, 2015.”
Founded in 1929, Ranger Industries is a manufacturer of paper crafting, art journaling and mixed media supplies, specializing in inks, paints, embossing powders, and innovative tools. The company is known for working with signature designers and creating technique-based educational programs. Ranger’s extensive line of products includes Tim Holtz Distress, Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, Dyan Reavely Dylusions, Dina Wakely Media and many other arts and crafts products including, Perfect Pearl Pigments, Archival Inks, and Stickles Glitter Glue
Q: When will Ranger start accepting orders for ICE Resin®?
A: Orders and shipments will be processed through the Ranger warehouse in Tinton Falls, NJ, effective Tuesday, July 14th. Wholesale orders can be submitted via rangerinkwholesale.com or by email to ICEResin@rangerink.com or by fax at 800.244.2211.
If you do not already have an account with Ranger and would like to open one, please submit an application online rangerink.com/apply/ or you can send an email to ICEresin@rangerink.com. Please provide us with copies of your state-issued business license or Sales Tax Certificate in addition to a completed Wholesale Application.
Retail/consumer orders will continue to be processed from the ICEresin.com online shopping cart.
Q: I am a current wholesale customer of ICE Resin. Do I need to contact Ranger to set up an account?
A: Ranger has already set-up the majority of the ICE Resin® wholesale customer base in our system. Please send an email to ICEresin@rangerink.com with the subject line ICE Resin Account Login Request. We will email you your Account Name and Password. If we have not set up your account already, we will provide you with the information you will need to set one up.
Q: I already have a wholesale account with Ranger. Do I need a separate account to order the ICE Resin® product line?
A: If you already have a wholesale account with Ranger, you may order ICE Resin® products with your existing Account Name and Password.
Q: I am a consumer and want to buy ICE Resin® products at retail for my jewelry and mixed media projects. I can’t find the products on the Ranger retail shopping cart. What should I do?
A: Retail/consumer orders will continue to be processed from the ICEresin.com online shopping cart.
Q: What is ICE Resin®?
A: ICE Resin® is a crystal clear, two part epoxy resin that’s self-doming and will not fade or yellow over time. Mixed in equal parts and poured into molds, bezels, or directly onto jewelry and mixed-media components, ICE Resin® provides a glass like finish that adds a unique look to every project.
Q: Now that Ranger will distribute ICE Resin®, will the resin formulation change?
A: The formulation is remaining exactly the same and users can expect the same high quality product and formulation that they have come to love.
For this month’s literature theme, there was no question which book would be my focus: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail, by Cheryl Strayed, a non-fiction work about Strayed’s early life and her hike on the PCT following her mother’s death, through which she overcame many challenges, and not necessarily the ones you would expect. In my many years of overseas postings, I’ve been in numerous book groups with friends from a variety of countries, but no book resonated like Wild. It generated the most personal, emotional book group I’ve ever experienced, in part because — like thousands of others who have been impacted by the book — I lost my non-smoker mother after a brief, painful battle with lung cancer, similar to the author. I could relate to nearly everything Strayed described in her narrative, on a visceral level. The only challenge for this project was choosing a quote to feature, as the book is full of impactful passages. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it.
Mixing cups & stir sticks
Art MechaniqueTM Paper Sealer
Clear packing tape
Art MechaniqueTM Mixed Metal Bezel
Paper components to place in bezel (map, heart, text)
Czech glass seed beads in matte mixed blues
Red white heart glass beads
Bronze clasp & soldered jump rings
Brass 20 gauge round wire
Brass eye pins
Accu-flex stringing material
Brass crimp beads
Brass bird charm
The first thing I did was create the components to include in my Art MechaniqueTM bezel.
The background image in the bezel is a topographical map of west coast, home to the PCT. I digitally manipulated the map for visual interest and to match the color palette I wanted to incorporate.
The heart — symbolizing Strayed’s love for her mother as well as the love she found for herself through her trials on the PCT — was created freehand on a computer with drawing software. The text I simply printed with word processing software.
I wanted the colors to stay bright, and the text pieces to really stand out, so I encased all the paper components in packing tape, and for the text pieces only, sealed the edges of the packing tape with a thin coat of Art MechaniqueTM Paper Sealer to ensure no resin would seep into the text papers.
Beyond creating the paper parts, the process for this bezel is quite simple. Mix a small amount of ICE Resin® according to the package instructions, and use a stir stick to put a small amount in the bezel, pushing the resin all the way to the edges and corners of the bezel. Place the map component in the bezel, on top of the resin, and press it down, pushing any air bubbles out to the edges. Add a very small amount of resin on top of the map, pushing the resin to the edges of the bezel, to act as an adhesive sealing the layer. Let that layer set up for a few hours.
Mix another small batch of ICE Resin® and add a thicker layer on top of the map, to build dimension for the heart layer.
Let this thicker layer set up until it’s firm, but still tacky, and place the paper heart component on the tacky resin.
Apply more resin on top of the heart layer, filling nearly to the top of the bezel. Let that layer set up until solid, but still slightly tacky.
Using the tackiness of the ICE Resin® to hold the text in place, position the text components. If you make a mistake in placement, simply peel the text piece up and reposition.
Add another layer of ICE Resin® on top of the text layer, sealing and securing the text, creating a dome effect. Add additional layers of ICE Resin® until you achieve the dome height you desire.
When the bezel is completely cured, incorporate into a finished piece of jewelry.
I hope this project inspires you to create something celebrating a piece of literature that’s meaningful to you!
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