Sands of Time – A Nature Filled Necklace with ICE RESIN® and Natural Elements

“To see a world in a grain of sand

And Heaven in a wildflower,

Hold infinity in the palm of you hand

And eternity in an hour.”


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A picture paints a thousand words, but a few aptly written words can paint love, joy, warmth or longing, distress and sadness. Poetry is like that…touches the soul and fills our minds with pictures of what is beautiful or haunting. I chose a beautiful short four -lined poem to reflect where I am at this season of life (and it resonates with me, especially at this time of the year). If you had asked me my favorite poem when my children were small, it could have been Suess or Silverstein or a poetry book called “If I were in charge of the World” or if you had asked me in my teens, it would have been entirely different. But today, this little verse, fills my mind with thoughts of beauty, to pause in the moment and see passed beyond what is visible.

The task at hand was to create a poetry-inspired jewelry piece. Poetry has been a wonderful friend to me through the years and it is a great inspiration starter as images come to mind as well as the emotions one has while reading. When I am in my Art Studio or at the kitchen table, the same emotions are present when I create from the heart.

The “Sands of Time” Necklace encompasses many techniques from ICE RESIN® Sand glass bottles to wire shell dangles to paper beads. The sand glass bottles are my favorite element of this necklace. While most people fill the bottle with sand, I wanted to see grains of sand. By using ICE RESIN® as the adhesive and pouring the sand over the bottle (shaking off the excess), the effect is ethereal and delicate and individual grains of sand are seen. The sand will not come off over time, and the piece will stay true to it’s original color. The contrast of the sand in the bezel and the sand on the bottle shows the two opposites of wet and dry sand creating color contrast with the same element. I’ve created two versions of the necklace one with a broken shell as the main piece with crocheting the beads, the bottle and dangles in place. And the second one is with the hobnail bezel, metal elements and a brass circle chain to complete the necklace.

Here are a few tips for you as you begin to gather and create this necklace.


  • I did use actual sand from the beach— no worries if you aren’t near the beach.   You can use play sand and add bits of German glass glitter or purchase a bag of shells in the craft department of your local craft store and crush some to put in the play sand.
  • For the sand filled- bezels, I just used ICE RESIN® as the adhesive on the bottom. If you would like a glass like finish, once the sand has been poured and dries 6-8 hours, you could then mix another batch of ICE RESIN® and fill the bezel.
  • The paper beads are created with wildflower paper that has the look of watercolor art. They are sealed with ICE RESIN® and sprinkled with sand on the ICE RESIN® while it is wet.
  • If you do not wish to make paper beads, you may substitute other glass or focal beads to use with the pearls.


“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent and it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked and it would be like living the moment all over again.” Daphne Du Maurier

As I write this to you, I am on the beach, listening to the waves crash on the sand and the shore, I am gently reminded to see the beauty in the moment and the possibilities in the tiniest of things… Now with the world and infinity in our hand, let’s get started and make a memory…



Disposable cups, brush and stirrer

Plastic mat or trash bag

Sand *see tip above


Metal bezels 1 large (if this is the center) and 1 small

1 small metal connector – if the metal bezel is chosen for the center

10 glass pearl beads

Wildflower paper

Paper bead roller

Glue stick, your choice

7 head pins

1 eye pin

1 large shell for center

2-4 shells

4 seed or bugle beads

Glass bottles * I used Tim Holtz glass bottles as they are more unique in shape

Wire – thin gauge 22-24 (wire wrapping the bottles)

Round nose pliers, flush cutters

Jump rings

Hemp or cotton yarn, size F crochet hook, 1 button- crochet finish

1 metal chain – for metal bezel as the center


  1. Prepare your work surface with the plastic mat/trash bag. Gather the bezels and the bottle and the paper beads.
  2. Mix ICE RESIN® using equal parts of A & B. Gently stir for 2 minutes and then let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. For the bezels, pour a small amount to cover the base of the bezel and then pour the sand into the bezel, tapping the sand down. Let dry for 6 – 8 hours and then shake off the excess.
  4. For the bottles, using a brush, brush a thin coat of ICE RESIN® onto the main part of the bottle, gently pour the sand over the bottle and then set it standing up. Drip a little ICE RESIN® around and onto the top of the bottle and then using a spoon, pour sand, shaking off excess. Allow to dry 8 hours.
  5. To create paper beads, using a paper bead roller, cut strips of paper (varying the widths and lengths of the strips), roll a tight bead and then using the glue stick, adhere the end of the paper strip to the bead. Slide the bead off and continue to make the desired number needed.
  6. Using a brush, coat the beads with ICE RESIN®. If you would like, sprinkle a little sand onto the wet bead and let dry.


To wire wrap the bottle- once the bottle is dry, cut a long length of thin gauge wire and fold the wire in half. Create a loop by twisting the wires either using round nose pliers or your hands. Then begin to wrap around the bottle, once it is wrapped to your liking, snip the excess wire and tuck your ends to the back of the bottle. Attach to metal bezel with a jump ring.


To create the shell bead dangles and paper beads:


*On a wire head pin, thread one seed/bugle bead, then the shell and then one more seed/bugle bead. Using round nose pliers, create a loop and then with the remaining wire, wrap around just below the loop. Make 2


* On a wire head pin, thread one pearl, then one paper bead (after it has dried), then one pearl. Wire wrap as for the shell dangles. Make 4

*For the center paper bead, using an eye pin, thread one pearl, paper bead and then one pearl, wire wrap as above. Using pliers attach the metal bezel/bottle to the other end.

Putting it all together:

Choice 1 – Crochet the chain and the beads.

*String all shell beads and dangles on to the yarn,

*Using crochet hook, going through the center of the shell from the back, crochet 9 single crochets, turn.

*Chain 1, bring the first bead up to the hook, sc into first stitch. Repeat for the other beads, sc in each stitch. Turn

*Chain 1, sc in each stitch. Fasten off. Weave in ends

For necklace, lengths will vary.

Chain desired number for first half of necklace, when you are at the middle, chain through the shell center and continue to chain the 2nd half of necklace. When you reach equal lengths on both sides, chain a few more stitches to create the loop for the button. Slip stich back into the chain and now sc in each chain until the end. Fasten off. Leave a long tail as you can use this to thread the button on to the necklace. Using adhesive or ICE RESIN®, adhere the flat shell to the center of the shell and onto the crocheted middle.

Choice 2 – Attach chain to metal bezel with jump ring.





Chantal Johnson lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 6 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® 2015 Design Team. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at Visit her blog at or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.









Frozen in the Summer

When I was tasked with making a piece inspired by a blockbuster movie, I was stumped.  I’m not big on blockbuster movies.  I’m more of a Indy film kind of gal.  My 5 year old granddaughter on the other hand….well she knows the HOT movies!   If you have a young girl in your home, or you have just been out of your house in the last year, then you know what a phenomenon Disneys Frozen movie is.  I was at Disneyland a few weeks ago and every girl under the age of 20 (well maybe a few over) were dressed like Elsa.  I decided that ICE Resin was the perfect medium to create a Frozen inspired piece!


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Ice resin, mixing cup and mixing sticks

Shattered Opal inclusions

Blue nail polish

pre-made plastic mold

Packing tape

Frozen images (not hard to find) I used packaging from my granddaughters shoes and lip gloss.

Mixed bezels- 4 small oval, 2 med. round filigree and 1 large rectangle hobnob

chain, wire, round nose pliers, ribbon and jumprings


I started by painting my bezels with blue nail polish.  once they were dry, I dry brushed them with white nail polish.

While they were drying, I mixed 1 OZ Ice resin, per package instructions.  I separated the resin in to 2 cups.  In one cup I added a small amount of shattered opal and a few drops of metallic blue nail polish

frozen 1

fingernail polish use as colorant

I poured the blue resin into the large hobnob bezel until it was 1/2 full.  I left this to dry overnight


frozen 2

I poured the rest of the blue resin into multiple shapes of a pre-made plastic mold


frozen 3

I mixed a little shattered opal in with the remaining clear resin and pored it into the 4 oval bezels and let them cure overnight.

frozen 4After they were dry, I mixed another OZ of ICE resin.  I painted a small amount of resin on the top of the 4 oval bezels, then dipped them into the shattered opal inclusions.

frozen 5

Once it dries, it creates an ICY texture perfect for this project.

frozen 6

I cut out several Frozen images from packaging.  I sealed the images in clear packing tape


I laid one of the images into the large hobnob bezel and filled it the remaining way with clear resin.


I used 2 smaller images in the filigree bezels and filled with clear resin.

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I took out all the pieces from the pre-made mold.  I drilled a hole in the top of each piece.  I used a small piece of wire to create a bail.  I secured the wire with a drop of resin and allowed them to dry.

frozen 7

Once all the resin was dry, I used jump rings to connect the components to the chain

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I finished it off with some blue ribbon and Viola…A Necklace fit for a  Princess!!




Elsa and Anna get frozen under ICE Resin in this necklace


The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has traveled from American TV to our ‘Zine and will be on the Big Screen

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Theme Pendant

The sunny skies and blue waters of Venice are the backdrop for this thrilling necklace.

Wood cuts under ICE Resin come together perfectly in this bejeweled homage to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. by Heather Widener.

Watch her make it:


Nix Bubbles – Humid Summers or Wet Winters

Wet winters and humid summers………….
Bubbles can be caused by a variety of factors including humidity and mixing.
When you mix the Part A Resin with the Part B hardener be sure to mix it slowly, folding the parts together and scraping the sides. 
Air bubbles can be caused when you use a sealant on an object or a piece of paper but do not allow the sealer to dry long enough. A bezel or found object can have surface humidity on it from the climate of the room you are working in. You can use a blow dryer on bare metal for about 20 seconds first to eliminate this kind of humidity.
ICE Resin plungers and bottle caps are airtight and as long as they are screwed on completely, will not allow humidity into the container. When working with the bottles, be sure to replace the red tops onto the nozzles to keep it airtight as you store it. 
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