The new Rue Romantique bezels by Kristen Robinson are so amazing! The Large Etched Oval with Narrow Frame bezel is perfect for an elegant cameo pin.
1. Use the Rue Romantique bezel template to cut an oval out of “The Paper Studio” cameo stickers.
2. Peel the back off the cameo sticker and place it inside the bezel.
3. Seal with Art Mechanique Paper Sealer. Let Dry.
4. Mix ICE Resin® according to package instructions and pour into bezel. Add a rhinetone to wet resin. Let dry.
5. Tear apart a store bought silk flower and relayer with bits of lace and tulle.
6. Stitch together with “The Paper Studio” rhinestone bead.
7. Glue a pin back to the back of the flower with E-6000 adhesive.
8. Stitch your finished cameo to the bottom back of the flower.
Now you are ready to wear your lovely New Year’s Eve brooch.
I hope your 2014 is magical!
Carol Mulder came up with an unusual way to surprise her friend, Ani’a Melanie Dutton, at the lauch of Dutton’s self-published novel “The Fearless Rise: The Realms of Algernon”—necklaces depicting the novel’s cover under ICE Resin at the book launch party.
Ani’a had planned a bag of perks for book buyers, and Carol thought she had been having so much fun creating with ICE Resin, why not marry the book cover she loved with ICE Resin and add to the fun?
Carol wrote: “Of course, these crazy artistic ideas came a little late, so I was under a time crunch — only 2 weeks away when I made the decision! Let me tell you…..pouring 130 consecutive bezels….wheww….that was a project. But, so rewarding. It was a surprise for Ani’a. She was thrilled and it was the perfect addition to the “goody bags” which included a bookmark, pen and button all with the book cover image on them. I made key fobs with the bezels….and then added bling to several of them for necklaces for the family and her editor.”
“Carol’s necklace and key chains were a total surprise,” Ani’a emailed us. “They went over great! I, of course, was in love at first sight. They were just so perfect! I have had a lot of people who attended the release party hold up their keys every time they are around me to show me that they are using them,” she added, calling them “a complet success.”
She wears her necklace all the time.
“Not only is it gorgeous, but it has been a fabulous promoting tool.”
Carol met Ani’a Melanie Dutton (and Ani’a’s parents) when the author was just a girl in elementary school.
“Ani’a was always buried in a book, reading…be it dinner out…a family gathering…or driving somewhere in a car,” Carol wrote. “She has always known that she was going to be a writer. She took every writing class in high school, wrote short stories and poems, some assigned and mostly just kept on writing.”
After graduating high school in 2009, she completed a two year writing course. She began writing her first book in June 2012 and finished in May 2013 and then went to work on her second novel.
One will stand.
In the realms of Algernon, prophesy among those with the sight foretells of a young warrior who will rise to unexpected heights while attempting to save her family. Ariel’s mother knows the truth of her daughter’s future long before Ariel is aware of her own destiny. The problem is, a brutal tyrant whose coup has claimed the realms as his own, also knows the truth. So when Ariel’s father speaks out against the false king, foresight becomes reality and prophecy begins to unfold.
Returning from the village to find her home in flames, Ariel is unable to save her brother, who dies attempting to protect her from an assassin. Fleeing for her life, she is forced to take refuge in the Shade, the formidable forest where myth and legend converge. Beginning with the quest to find her family, she will learn to trust a fellow warrior she detests, to gather a ragtag group of outcasts in need of compassion, and to finally realize that the needs of the many outweigh her own desire for revenge.
Would Carol do it again?
“Absolutely!” she wrote. “It was so fun to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile project. This wasn’t just a project it was a true labor of love. Ani’a is a very special talented young lady. Her focus and determination are enviable! All this and she is only 22 years old!!!! She has a long successful career ahead of her and I’m so proud to be part of the family!”
We are pleased that Carol thought to share this story with us and wish Ani’a Melanie Dutton success with her novel. You can find it on Amazon.
This piece was all about bringing several of my favorite things together…Ice Resin®, bobbles, Iced Enamels and SLK bezels.
I love using Ice Resin bobbles in all of my mixed media creations and I had just completed several sets and I fell in love with this little cherub. The perfect backdrop would be the awesome Iced Enamels™ in Relique Ivory. I began with a large round hobnail bezel in antiqued bronze and I covered the bottom of the bezel using the Iced Enamels. The sweet cherub bobble was placed in the middle of the bezel and adhere with just a bit of E6000. The bezel was then filled with Ice Resin and it was allowed to cure. From the bottom of the bezel I hung a lovely little bundle of vintage pearls and the entire pendant was hung from a vintage necklace of multiple chains, beads and pearls.
Lesley Venable, Flatwoods Folk Art
Large Round Hobnail Bezel – Antiqued Bronze
Iced Enamels™ – Relique Ivory
Resin Bobble -Cherub
I have been very quiet about my personal life over the past few months and I am finally ready to make this announcement.
Cheri Lenart Cann died on September 10th.
She was my wonderful beautiful sister and my best friend. When she was here she worked on making the world a better place. Those of you may have known her from teaching glass casting workshops at the Bead and Button Show or Art Unraveled or other art retreat events…… or because she was always with me. She was diagnosed with an inoperable cancer earlier this year, and it all happened so quickly.
Two months before Cheri’s death, I also lost my husband…my children’s father. My kids and I were trying to recover from the loss when Cheri passed, so we were all hit double. I cancelled my workshops this year at BeadFest Philadelphia, and event I’ve taught for the past 10 years, to spend the last days with Cheri and my family. I do not regret it, however, I do apologize to the people who signed up for my classes.
My son and Cheri’s only son are away at their first year of college now. (We are so proud of them in our family). It was hard for my daughter and I because our house was so quiet, so quickly. We took an amazing retreat together for two weeks in October. It gave my daughter and I renewal. I found out what it means to have loved ones on the other side.
I’m going back to my roots of building pieces with healing and love and the magic of life. I’m teaching workshops again next year and continuing my work as an artist and instructor and as the founder and president of ICE Resin. Life goes on.
I love you Cheri, with all my heart. XX
Note from Jen: While there have been amazing opportunities and events in 2013 — the release of Susan’s new book Resin Alchemy and two enameling DVDs, the Gifting Suite as part of the Emmys, wonderful growth at ICE Resin, fab new products, etc…..It’s also been a very difficult year personally in Susan’s life. All of us involved in Susan Lenart Kazmer LLC/ICE Resin are very much like a family. When one of us is hurting, all of us pull together to circle the wagons, so to speak. It is difficult to share our grief publically, but being a company by artists for artists, means we are human beings with real life blessings and real life challenges. Cheri Lenart Cann was an important part of our company. Her talent as an artist, her skill, her vision, her support has left a large space. We miss her every day.
What in the world is Susan doing?
Discover the answers in the Winter edition of Cloth Paper Scissors’ STUDIO Magazine. Available HERE and NOW. Hint: She’s adding one of her circus troupe figures to the birdcage. She affectionately calls her the “fat lady” but the real name is in her book, Making Connections.
The Winter 2014 issue of Studio also has tips for creating studio space in close quarters and business advice from experts.
You can do it!
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My inspiration for this necklace was the cute little vintage acorn charms I received from a friend. My original plan was to to use greens to enhance the natural theme of the acorns. I changed the color when I discovered some lovely teal Sari ribbon that went fantastically some chrysocolla rounds I had.
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
Shield Hobnail Bezel, Medium bronze SLK1603
Hobnail Capped Tassel Bezels, Small bronze SLK1627
12″ Sari Ribbon, teal
German glass glitter, green and gold
Fine teal glitter
2 brass acorn charms
1 1/2″ Gold cup rhinestone chain
1 1/4″small gold chain
Chandelier crystal, sm round
Brass jump rings: 15mm, 9mm, 5mm
Brass wire 22gauge
Brass lobster clasp
Brass head pins
2 gold plated ribbon crimps
brass cord crimp
Swarovski crystal bicones, 2 teal, 2 yellow, and 2 amber
3 Czech glass leaves, teal
6 Chrysocolla rounds 8mm
Gilder’s paste, patina
Necklace length 17 1/2″
Pendant drop 5 1/2″
1. Cut the loop off an acorn charm and file smooth. Cover the back of a shield bezel with clear packing tape and burnish. Prepare resin and fill 1/2 of the bezel. Place the acorn charm in the resin and sprinkle in some gold and green glass glitter. Fill with resin and a tiny amount of fine teal glitter. Let dry.
Rub a little Gilder’s on the back side of the second acorn charm and fill with ICE Resin. Let dry.
If needed, prepare resin and add add a layer to top and or back of bezel to create a dome.
2. Cut a length of 22 gauge wire, string a Czech glass leaf, create a wrapped bail covering the top half of the leaf. Connect to a small length of gold chain using a small jump ring. Cut a small length of Sari ribbon. Connect a cord crimp to one end. Connect a small round chandelier crystal to the other end using 22 gauge wire. Connect an acorn charm to a small length of rhinestone chain using a small jump ring. Cut a length of 22 gauge wire and make the first part of a wrapped loop. Connect the three dangle chains to the loop using small jump rings if needed. String both ends of wire through the hobnail cap bezel and make a wrapped loop. Connect to the bottom of the shield bezel using a small jump ring.
3. Cut off the head of a head pin and make a simple loop. String a chrysocolla round and make a simple loop. Repeat 5 times. Connect three chrysocolla beaded links to each other using 9mm jump rings. Connect a 15mm jump ring to one end of the beaded link strand. Repeat for the other side of the necklace using the remaining 3 Chrysocolla rounds.
4. Cut a length of Sari ribbon and string through the 15mm jump ring at the end of one of the beaded strands made in step 3. Bring the ends together and tie two knots in the Sari ribbon spacing them out through the length of the ribbon. Cut to desired length and attach a ribbon crimp and crimp with chain nose pliers. Connect a 9mm jump ring to the crimp end. Connect a lobster clasp to the 9mm jump ring using a 5mm jump ring. Repeat for the other side of the necklace connecting 3 9mm jump rings to the crimp end using a 5mm jump ring.
5. Connect both sides of necklace to the pendant using a 9mm jump ring and a 5mm jump ring.
6. String a head pin with an amber Swarovski crystal bicone and make a wrapped loop. Repeat once. Repeat with turquoise crystal bicones. Repeat with yellow crystal bicones. Cut a length of 22 gauge wire, string a Czech glass leaf, create a wrapped bail covering the top half of the leaf. Repeat once.
7. Connect crystal bicone dangles and the wrapped Czech leaves created in step 6 to the 9mm jump rings on each side of the necklace as shown or desired pattern by opening and closing the jump rings.
Cindy’s “Golden Age” (upper left – contents) necklace and earrings set is in the current issue of Bead It Today Magazine.
Susan M Walls grabbed her dremel plus a bit, her file and safety glasses to finish this lovely molded bracelet.
See how she did it:
If you have never taken a class with Linda Lenart McNulty, be prepared for her energy and free-spirit. If you have taken an encaustic art class form Linda and are coming back for more, you already know how much fun she makes enhancing your artistic skills.
Linda is offering four classes this year at To Bead True Blue:
In this 6 hour workshop, Linda Lenart McNulty will get your encaustic blood flowing as we paint, layer and pour colorful fragrant encaustic wax onto small painting boards and into free-standing molds, which will then await our touch from our scribing tools. We can scribble ladders, kites, clouds, houses, text…all into the surface of the warm wax. Then we can paint over our marks with a new color; scrape that away, and voila! Tiny little colorful drawings in wax! This is really a lot of fun and I hope you’ll include this in your encaustic repertoire! After experimenting on a painting board, you can make two double-sided, reversible, solid wax pendants. This is the process I call Waxing Images, and it incorporates photo-transfer too, another amazing encaustic technique.
In this 6 hour workshop Linda and her students will be using techniques which include the layering of colorful encaustic paint; the creating of deep crevices with the use of tools and printing blocks; the concealing of our crevices under warm wax, and finally, the excavating of a gorgeous, cryptic language left on the surface of our pieces!
Encaustic Word Shield
In this workshop, Linda will first let you experience Encaustic Painting to get a feel for the art form. Then, when you feel comfortable with layering encaustic paint, scraping back to reveal deeper layers of color, and metallic script writing, we will translate that painting into an Encaustic Jewelry Piece: The Encaustic Word-Shield. This is an encaustic treasure that you can wear, and it will continue to petrify over time becoming a unique wearable piece that you can take out while your painting stays at home!
Wearable Encaustic Shrines
In this workshop, Encaustic Artist Linda Lenart McNulty will walk you through the construction of at least 3 gorgeous Wearable Encaustic Shrines, which will be all of your own design and imaginings. Starting with a selection of unusual bezels, we will begin with the pouring of colorful and fragrant Luminous Encaustics Wax Blox™, followed by Encaustic Collage techniques, Encaustic Casting and Faux Finishing techniques, and finally Embedding and Assemblage. These techniques are simple yet so engrossing and satisfying; you won’t lift your head from your wax creations until you’ve made at least three of your own personal creations.
You can learn about Linda on her Luminous Encaustics Blog.
My daughter has long hair…I mean really long hair almost to beyond her hips! She hates traditional hair ties, goofy ribbons, and all things boring or too girlie. But she is an art fan and LOVES one of a kind things. Lately she’s been asking me to braid her hair and I surprised her with this!
Materials and Tools:
* Art Mechanique Medium Hobnail Bezel – Round
* Flat button with shank
* fabric covered hair tie
* Assorted paper ephemera
* ICE Resin® , craft cup and stir stick
* Art Mechanique Paper Sealer
* gem or crystal to bling it out
* ribbons of your choice
- Mix a small batch of ICE Resin according to instructions. Use it to glue the button upside down to the back of the round bezel. Allow to cure.
- Cut a circle to fit bezel from your choice of papers. Using ModPodge glue in place then coat 2 to 3 times to seal. Let dry completely.
- Prop bezel into a small cup full of rice or beans until level. Mix another batch of Ice resin according to instructions and fill bezel until you get a beautiful dome. allow to cure.
- Attach fabric hair tie to the button shank by looping it back onto itself. Cut small lengths of ribbon and tie to each side of the bezel, glue a crystal or gem on the front.
You now have a one of a kind hair art piece!
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