Whenever I am lucky enough to travel I always make time to stop at flea markets.
I used an old eyelet hook for button shoes and a tag I found in an Ohio flea market.
The double jump onto the leather cord was called for to balance the weight of the tag and ICE Resin filled bezel. I also filled it with paper torn from a bag and canvas fabric.
Silver and bronze gave the necklace a nice contrast and a masculine feel.
Mr. Siley, I wonder what kind of mail you received so long ago?
If you are looking for figgy pudding, you won’t find it here.
But oh! the lovely Christmas projects that are in store for you on this final day of our Quintessentially Christmas Blog Hop!
Day Three Links:
Baerbel Born - http://wp.me/p4nlri-ud
Kay Halliwell-Sutton - http://www.indigoblu.com/blog/?p=6341
Day One and Two Links just in case you missed ‘em:
Kathy Cano Murillo http://www.craftychica.com/category/blog/
Jennifer Cabic http://jennifercabic.blogspot.com/
Carol La Valley http://wp.me/p1MCno-3st
John Creighton Petersen http://artnewwave.com/?page_id=468
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“Helen Louise’s Happy Christmas” a mixed media collage using ICE Resin and Flitter Flakes by Carol La Valley, ICE Resin Content Manager
When I began this project I knew I wanted to try painting Flitter on a photograph. Our hop is Christmas-themed, so that helped, but I really did not have in mind anything specific in mind other than altering a photo. Now I understand why occasionally designers groan when asked, “What was your inspiration?” Helen Louise, like most of us, evolved and emerged as the day went on.
Indigo Blu materials:
Yorkshire Dales Flitter Flake
Piece of Flitter Scrubby
Vodka Martini, Goldfinger, and Miss Moneypenny English Cottage Acrylics
Other materials and tools:
Flat Stick-on Pearls
5×7 inch Hard Canvas
Vintage-looking Photo (I found her on Graphics Fairy!) Tip: I printed a couple of duplicates just in case. (She might have become a card, but I did not have any red paper the right shade!)
Non-stick Craft Mat
Gloves: I did not use gloves, but if you have manicured nails you might want to as my gelicos are now truly due for a manicure. My thumb and forefinger are now leafed! I’m proudly telling anyone who asks I am crafty and artistic.
Instructions, commentary, tips, and a song for “Helen Louise’s Happy Christmas”:
2. Seal front and back of Collage Pack paper with Art Mechanique Sealer. Let dry completely.
Tip: You can seal one side and flip it immediately and brush sealer on other side.
3. Use fine tip brush or a toothpick to paint Flitter Glue on the parts you want to highlight in photo. In this case, I chose to do the pine boughs the model was holding.
Tip: The photo to the left is an example what happened when I used a fine tip brush and the Flitter Scrubby on the photo. What I learned: When you stamp with flitter, you “kiss” the paper with the stamp. Brushing the flitter on added a bit more glue than I might have liked, but I couldn’t bear to throw it out.
5. Gently use Flitter Scrubby to “polish” the flake.
Tip: Gently. Scrub outward to inward. I tell you this because I didn’t and so I transferred a bit of flake where I didn’t originally plan. Ha! An excuse to fussy cut!
Alternative: The photo below is an example of using a toothpick to “paint” the Flitter Glue on the boughs. The trick to having the glue “kiss” the paper is taking a piece of non-stick craft mat, placing it on top and then pulling it off straight and quickly. You can use a baby wipe to clean the glue of f of the mat.
6. Fussy cut image while singing, “Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches.” This is sure to:
A) Make you feel good about your project.
B) Make anyone who hears you ask why you are singing Christmas songs before Halloween.
7. Paint pinecones with Goldfigner and Miss Moneypenny. Let dry.
8. Add pearls to pine boughs.
9. Mix ICE Resin per manufacturer instructions. (One-to-one ratio of resin and hardener, stir gently and thoroughly stir for 2 minutes.)
10. Paint a thin layer of ICE Resin on the canvas with a disposable paint brush.
11. Place the paper in the center of the canvas. ICE Resin is your glue at this point. Paint a thin layer of ICE Resin on the paper.
12. Place the girl on the paper.
14. I decided to embellish the edges of my piece with burgandy suede lace as I was still yearning for that pop of red.
15. If you wish to hang your piece, you can affix a hanger to the back or you could take the glass out of a 5×7″ frame and place your collage in the frame.
Christmas is just four months away (at the time of this hop). When will you begin decorating and hang up your project?
I am lucky to hop with these exceptionally talented creatives. I know you will adore their projects:
Day Two Links:
John Creighton Petersen - http://artnewwave.com/?page_id=468
Carol La Valley YOU ARE HERE ALREADY :)
Day One Links just in case you missed ‘em:
Kathy Cano Murillo – http://www.craftychica.com/category/blog/
Jennifer Cabic – http://jennifercabic.blogspot.com/
Here are the rules:
Are you stoked? Ready for brilliant art, fabulous jewelry, Christmas decor, and gifts made with love?
You have landed on the right page! We are thrilled you are here.
Kathy Cano Murillo http://www.craftychica.com/category/blog/
Jennifer Cabic http://jennifercabic.blogspot.com/
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It seems that no matter how precise I try to measure, I always end up with a little extra resin when I’m working on a project. And one of my favorite ways to use that resin is to create paper beads! The possibilities are endless, from simple embellishments to including them inside of a bezel or even making a bracelet!
My favorite papers to use are printed tissue papers (or make your own!) and old books because these types of paper absorb the resin so well, hold their shape, and have a beautiful antiqued finish when dry.
Patterns for paper beads can be found on the internet, but for most of my work I like to either free hand tear the paper or just free form cut a long triangle. One helpful hint is to have a good length, at least 7 or 8 inches long. This will give you enough paper to make the bead strong enough for using in your work.
Paper to create beads (old books, tissue paper, printed scrapbook paper, etc.)
Non- stick craft sheet or plastic bags (thin, from the grocery store)
Wire and tools
Embellishments, beads, etc.
Skewer or awl (to wrap paper around)
1. Cut/tear paper to desired width and length, approximately 7 inches long.
2. Mix ICE Resin® following manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Lay paper down onto non-stick work surface and coat with resin. For thinner weight papers, the resin will naturally soak into the paper. If using a thicker weight paper it may be necessary to coat both sides of the paper.
4. Use a skewer or tip of an awl to wrap the end of the bead around. NOTE: if cut in a triangular shape, start with the widest end.
5. Begin to roll the paper onto the skewer, trying to keep a tight tension while rolling. Once the bead has started taking shape, the skewer can be removed.
6. Continue rolling the bead until the end has been reached; add additional resin if needed to hold the end down.
7. Allow paper bead to cure completely.
8. Embellish paper beads with wire, beads, etc.
• Using a small skewer will create a smaller hole in the bead which is more helpful for stringing when complete.
• Small clamps can be used if needed to hold the ends down while drying.
• Unfold a paper clip to create a stand for curing the paper beads.
• Do not leave the bead on the skewer – it will be very difficult to remove when dry.
I hope you had fun!
John Creighton-Petersen, Art New Wave
ICE Resin makes thin paper translucent, durable enough for jewelry yet you can still tear it! Just imagine the art journal possibilities. In this video you will see Jennifer Cabic show you how to add resin to paper and how to place eyelets in resined paper for any mixed media art project you feel inspired to create! ICE Resin makes thin paper translucent, durable enough for jewelry yet you can still tear it! Just imagine the art journal possibilities. In this video you will see Jennifer Cabic show you how to add resin to paper and how to place eyelets in resined paper for any mixed media art project you feel inspired to create! Are you ready for your paper to “resinate”? We have Belle Dames, and two glossy paper packs. You can find them here. In addition to Silver, our German Glass Glitter comes in 5 more colors: Amethyst, Sky Blue, Chartreuse, Chocolate, and Salmon.
Oh my GOODNESS I am just in love with Iced Enamels and the new Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter!
A couple of weeks ago I did a Technique Tuesday video where I shared how to create an ICE Resin ocean. The inspiration for this idea came to me after thanking a dear friend for blowing wind in my sails. You can watch the faux ocean technique video here.
After completing the video, I had a beautiful night sky background and a magical blue ocean to work with. I was so excited to complete the rest of what I had envisioned, that I worked on it diligently until it felt finished. I love the way it turned out and how simple it is to make anything, including fabric, look fabulous with Iced Enamels.
Basically, I just cut the bird body and boat out of one of my kiddos old jeans, painted it, added the Iced Enamels Medium and Iced Enamels to the bird’s beak, hearts and the boat’s sail, heated it and viola! I then attached all of the pieces, including the cute little forks, number and heart charms with the answer to all of life’s problems, ICE Resin.
My Supply list:
ICE Resin®, 8 oz. Kit
Iced Enamel™ s Medium, 1 oz
Iced Enamels™ Ivory Relique
Iced Enamels™ : Carnelian and Garnet Relique
Opal and Fire Opal Shattered Inclusions plus Chartreuse Mica
Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter: Sky Blue and Silver
Art Mechanique™ Connections: Gem Brads
Art Mechanique™ Charms: Brass Tableware
Art Mechanique™ Number Silhouettes
Rue Romantique™ Heart Shaped Faux Lock
Wishing you smiles and sunshine,
Tatiana Allen aka Crafty Cutie
To make pretty jewellery with my crochet hook I have been looking for the perfect product to stiffen my yarn. ICE Resin can do the job!
I turned a crocheted flower into a piece of jewellery in no time just by adding ICE Resin.
Tip!! Like paper, the yarn will become slightly translucent if resinated. But as you can prepare your paper before resinating, you also can prepare yarn: Use some good old laundry starch in a high concentration on the yarn and let dry before you put your resin on. The yarn won’t soak the resin and won’t become translucent.
Materials you will need:
Cotton yarn: any crochet flower pattern you like
Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko ‘All Purpose Ink’
German Glass Glitter by Art Mechanique
Jump Rings and Extra Long Brass Chain from Art Mechanique by Susan Lenart Kazmer
optional: Craft mat by Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko
ICE Resin® screams mixed media to me. Today I wanted to make a mixed media queen. I found inspiration from the paper found in the Rue Romantique Flip Book (Projects & Clip Art). I put the inspiration onto the background of my piece of work.
I collaged the papers from the Rue Romantique Flip Book (Projects & Clip Art) and Flip Book: Belles Dames Francaise. I then sketched my queen onto the paper with colored pencil. If you do not wish to draw you can also use a magazine photo and collage that over your background. Once I had my daring done I used the Iced Enamels in tarnished bronze and placed it over Iced enamels medium. I then took shattered mica in bronze and scattered it across the top of her head. I then manipulated some of the Blacken Steel wire in 20gg to create her crown. I embellished her crown with the Royal Crown Spoon Charms by Rue Romantique, bezel, Prima Bloom Collection fabric flowers, and gems. Once I had those securely down I covered the entire piece in ICE Resin® The resin brought out the rich color of the colored pencils and made them appear more vibrant.
Supplies and Tools:
Iced Enamels™: Tarnished Bronze
Rue Romantique™ bezel
Rue Romantique™ Royal Crown Spoon Charms
Blackened Steel wire in 20gg
Thank you for joining me today.
Long necklaces, if you have ever looked for Susan Lenart Kazmer socializing at an art event, you are sure to recognize her by the style of her mixed-media necklace.
What lengths and shapes of necklaces are in your comfort zone?
We hope this inspires beautiful you to step outside your comfort zone!
If you would like to learn more about Susan’s techniques working with resin and metal, her recent book “Resin Alchemy” and DVDs “Forge Wire Cages” and “Explorations in Jewelry Enameling” are available now.keep looking »