Heart’s Desire Mixed Media Collage by Tatiana Allen

“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard.

Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”

L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Iced Enamles

Discover more about Tatiana Allen – BLOG link!

Supply list:
ICE Resin®, 25 ml plunger
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Iced Enamels™ Ivory Rlique
Iced Enamels™ Garnet
Iced Enamels™ Torched Copper
Iced Enamels™ Glitz Gold
Art Mechanique™ Mixed Metal Hobnail Circle Bezel
Art Mechanique™ Number Silhouettes
reclaimed wood fence piece
small wooden shadowbox
painting materials
brass hinge and screws
bird charms
upcycled timer

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Instructions:
1. Apply a small amount of Iced Enamels™ Medium onto a sponge.
2. Use the sponge to dab a thin layer of Medium over the wooden post.
3. Sprinkle the Ivory Iced Enamels™ over 3/4 of the post’s surface.
4. Tap wood onto a piece of paper and return extra powder to container.
5. Sprinkle the Garnet Iced Enamels™ over the top 1/4 of the post.
6. Tap off excess powder and fuse Iced Enamels™with a heat gun.
7. Apply Medium and Iced Enamels® Torched Copper to hinge.
8. Use the heat gun to melt the copper powder onto the brass hinge.
9. Allow metal to cool down, then screw the hinge onto the wood.
10. Attach the circle bezel with screws as well to this surface.
11. Repeat steps 1 & 2 but around the yellow circular timer.
12. Then sprinkle the Gold Glitz Iced Enamels™ over the edges.
13. Heat set this last component and then allow it to cool down.
14. Paint the shadowbox blue with a green area along the bottom.
15. Glue all of your pieces down into the background with E-6000.

What kind of art has The Wizard of Oz ever inspired you to create?

 

 

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The New Year’s Eve Daisy Buchanan Inspired Slave Bracelet by Kim Williams

Hi!  Kim Williams from the ICE Resin Creative Team greeting you today. Are you ready to have  fun putting together your holiday fashion looks that evoke the romance of the 1920’s?

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F. Scott Fitzgerald created characters so iconic the film adaptation of this classic novel has been done total of six times. Daisy Fay Buchanan epitomizes “The 1920’s Fashion Muse” inspiring many fashion trends each time the movie has been mounted. New Year’s Eve is the perfect evening to pay homage to a bygone fashion era. Women’s fashions in the early 1920’s took an extreme leap forward. Tight corsets were tossed aside and long hair was cut in a bob. Women adorned themselves with bold jewelry like the slave bracelet I created using Kristen Robinson’s Rue Romantique bezel and pearl chain.

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Materials:
1. Large Filigree Bezel with Double Loops Silver Tone
2. 2 Rue Romantique Pearl Chains
3. ICE Resin®
4. ICE Resin German Glass Glitter in Silver
5. A Silver Tone Rhinestone Button or Finding
6. 24 Gauge Silver Tone Wire or Sterling Silver Wire

Directions:
1. Mix a small amount of ICE Resin® and stir in silver German glass glitter, allow resin to set up until it is thick as a syrup
2. Using packaging tape center the bezel on the tape pressing down the tape securely around the edge of the opening of the bezel using a craft stick.
3. Use a small dot of resin to glue down the rhinestone finding in the center of the bezel. Drizzle the remaining glitter and resin in the bezel to capacity.
4.  Allow the resin to set for 24 hours.
5.  Using the pearl chain measure enough chain to go around your middle finger snugly set aside. Measure chain around the wrist snuggly and cut three lengths. Reserve lobster claw closure and jump ring from 1 of the necklaces.
6. Close up the chain for the finger and connect it to one end of the bezel wire wrapping a pearl to make the connection.

7. Find the center of the each pearl chain that you measured to fit the wrist. Using a wire and a pearl connect each piece to the other in the center. Finally connect the three pearl chain pieces to the loop on the bezel using wire wrapping and add a pearl.
8. On one end of the bracelet slide all three pieces of connected chain to a jump ring and add the lobster claw. On the other end slide all three pieces of chain on a jump ring and close. You may choose to add a dangle to the jump ring before closing.

There is more incredible New Year’s Eve jewelry coming on the blog, so be sure to check back and see what you want to make and wear!

Make Minibooks using Art Mechanique Bezels and ICE Resin with John Creighton Petersen

Transform your ICE Resin® bezel projects into mini accordion books that can also be added to a chain to be worn as a necklace! John Creighton Petersen will show you how.

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Grateful Love Layered Necklace by Polly Hendrickson

gratefullove-pollyhendrickson-iceresinI found a photograph of two young children looking lovingly at each other and thought that this picture would be a great focal point for a necklace. I also love the romantic look of the vintage drawer pull, and decide to use them together. I chose to have three layers, and knew that I wanted to use some of the small bezels offered by Art Mechanique™, and wanted to include words in them to keep with the romantic theme.

Enjoy!

Polly Henrickson

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Materials
ICE Resin®
Mixed Metal Hobnail Long Rectangle Bezel, Antique Bronze, Small
24 gauge Bronze Sheet Metal
Jeweler’s Saw, Hammers, and Metal Files
20 gauge Bronze Wire
Jump Rings and Brass Nuts & 1″ Screws and 1/8″ Brass Eyelet Multipack
Chain Nose and Round Nose Pliers and Drill or Metal Punch Pliers
Wire Cutters and Electric Engraver
Rue Romantique Flip Book (Projects & Clip Art)
Iced Enamels™ Medium and Heat Gun
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Inclusions – Opal
Iced Enamels™ Ivory Relique, Pewter Relique, Turquoise Relique
Iced Enamels™ Relique Glitz Powders: Silver
Vintage Drawer Pull and Crystal Bead
Organza Ribbons: Brown, Raspberry, and Ivory
Art Mechanique™ Textured Chain and Mica Sheets

polly-2-step-outInstructions
Sheet Metal Heart Charm
1) Begin by cleaning your Bronze Sheet metal by scrubbing it lightly with Steel Wool, 4 0tt. Next, using your Jeweler’s Saw, cut two pieces of the sheet metal into the rectangle shape and drill a hole in the center to begin cutting out the heart with your saw. Thread the blade through the hole to begin cutting. Once done, use metal files, and engraver, and hammers to add texture to the sheet metal. Using the engraver, write the word “Love” in numerous places on the sheet metal below the heart.
2) Drill 4 holes in each corner on both pieces of the sheet metal, making sure they match exactly in order to allow the screws to be straight. Next, attach the picture of the boy and girl to the bottom piece of sheet metal, making sure that the holes are left uncovered. Using the Metal Punch Pliers, punch matching holes in the Mica (cut to size) so that the Metal Screws will go through. Drill two extra holes on the top piece of Sheet Metal in the center just above and below the heart.
3) Prepare the Heart in a sandwich method. The bottom piece with the picture first, next the Mica sheet, and then one at a time, place an Eyelet and then the top metal piece with the heart and a screw. Each screw will need to be handled individually, one at a time. Once all 4 screws are in place, add the washer and then twist until snug. Trim the extra – long screws with your Wire Cutters. Using the rounded side of a Ball Pein hammer, lightly tap the screw above the washer to allow it to spread so that the screw will be in place permanently.

1-polly-close-up-ICE-Resin4) Gently feed a jump ring into the two remaining holes, one on top and one on bottom. Wire wrap the Crystal bead to hang from the bottom, and wire wrap the top to be able to have something to hang from the Vintage drawer pull. Cut 3 pieces of Organza Ribbon, one in each color, and tie them all in a bow.
Vintage Drawer Pull
1) Lightly cover the Vintage drawer pull with Iced Enamels Medium and allow to dry. Sprinkle the Ivory Relique, Pewter Relique, Turquoise Relique in small amounts in the areas you want them. Use the Heat Gun to heat the metal so that the Iced Enamels will adhere to the metal. Allow to cool, and then cover lightly with ICE Resin (directions below) to protect it.
2) After 24 hours, punch or drill hole in the bottom center and the top right and left of the drawer pull so the jump rings can be attached. Attach the jump rings.

2-polly-ice-resin-layeredSmall Bezels
1) Cut the words you want to use from the Rue Romantique Flip Book (Projects & Clip Art), and place them inside each bezel. Add some ICED Enamels® Shattered Inclusions – Opal on each side of each word.
2) Mix the ICE Resin® according to package directions. Allow to sit for several minutes before filling the bezels with it. Once the bezels are filled, allow them to dry and cure for about 24 hours. (See number 1 under Vintage Drawer Pull to use the rest of the ICE Resin®.
3) Attach the jump rings to the center of the bezels as well as on the outside of the bezels, and attach to the chain. Attach the remaining jump rings on top of the Vintage Drawer Pull on both sides, and to the Chain. The final jump ring can now be attached to the bottom of the Vintage Drawer Pull and to the wire wrapped ribbons on top of the Sheet Metal Heart Charm.

Clare Horner’s Bulgarian Rose Earrings and Pendant Set with ICE Resin, Art Mechnique Bezels and Dried Flowers

Bring springtime home this winter….

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Tools and Materials:
ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Mica Raspberry
Iced Enamels™ Relique German Silver and Medium
Art Mechanique™ Hobnail Square Bezels Silver
Art Mechanique™ Hobnail Oblong Bezel Silver
Dried Roses
Chain and findings from stash
Book Page

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Technique:
1: Wipe left over resin from other projects onto some foreign language book page and place on a craft sheet or plastic bag. Leave to cure over night or for 6 to 8 hours. Once cured draw around each of your bezel’s and cut out. Insert the paper into each bezel and glue down.

2: Add a little Iced Enamel Medium onto a piece of foam and dab all around the sides and bottom of all 3 bezels. Sprinkle on the German Silver Relique powder then set with a heat gun. Let cool thoroughly before touching, usually a few minutes is enough time.

3: Working first on the oblong bezel, mix a batch of ICE Resin to the manufacturers specifications. Add a layer into the bottom of the bezel and drop in some Shattered Mica in Raspberry making sure it stays in the bottom 3rd of the bezel only. Place a rose on top of the raspberry mica and angle so it faces out a little. Use a cocktail stick to keep it in position. Let cure for 5 or 6 hours then remove the cocktail stick and top off the bezel with Resin so it is level with the top making sure the rose has been coated with resin also. Let cure over night or for 6 to 8 hours.

4: Place a small amount of resin into the two smaller square bezels and add a rose to each at a jaunty angle. Dribble some Resin over the roses making sure they are completely covered. Let cure over night or for 6 to 8 hours.

5: Top off all three bezels with resin adding a doming layer. Let cure over night or for 6 to 8 hours.

6: Attach chain and embellishments to all three pieces and you are done.

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Discover more art projects by Clare on her Got Paint in My Hair blog.

Madonna and Child Necklace by Kim Williams

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Several of my ICE Resin® Creative Teammates in their Tips and Technique Videos made a suggestion to keep a few bezels ready to fill on your desk at all times. When you mix ICE Resin® and have a little product remaining in your mixing cup, it can be used rather than tossed away. This necklace is a result of that advice. It has a few drops of mixed resin from about 3 or 4 of my latest projects. This is proof that  ICE Resin® is so well formulated you can literally layer it with your left over mixture time and time again. I even put a few “leftover layers” in the bezel before I added the tiny gold bead chain around the bezel. I love that idea!

Kim Williams, Historically Haute

Materials:
1. Kristen Robinson Rue Romantique style bezel – Large Botanical Oval in Brass tone
2. An image I scanned from an old prayer card
3.  Art Mechanique Paper Sealer
4. Craft Glue
5. ICE Resin®
6. Vintage Chain
7. 14 Gauge Copper Wire for the closure.
8. Jax Brown/Black Darkening Fluid
9.  A few jump rings
10. A few beads I wired together for a dangle.

15756499441_50a02e358e_zInstructions:

1. Seal your image using Art Mechanique  paper sealer. Painting several coats to completely seal the paper. Allow the image to dry thoroughly between coats.
2. Cut your image to fit in the bezel and use just a drop of craft glue to secure the image to the back of the bezel.
3. As I mentioned above I used this bezel for leftover mixed resin pouring it in layers. You however, may choose to make the necklace with just 1 pour of resin.
4. I waited a few hours after the first pour and using a wooden toothpick placed the beaded chain around the edges. The toothpick helped me settle the chain in the correct place around the bezel.
5. Allow the resin to cure for 48 hours.
6. I fashioned my own closure for this necklace using 14 gauge copper wire. I annealed the wire to soften it to manipulate the shape. I balled one end of the wire for a decorative flair. Using my round nose pliers and bailing pliers I made the hook and eye. I buffed the closure pieces to remove annealing crust. And finished them up with a little Jax darkening fluid. You may wish to buy a premade closure at your favorite hobby store.
7. I used 18 inches of vintage chain. Using jump rings I attached the bezel and the closure pieces to the chain.
8. Finally, I added a bead dangle to heighten the romance of the necklace; attaching it to dangle down the back of the chain using a jump ring next to the hook.

Applications for ICE Resin’s 2015 Design Team are open through Dec. 8, 2014. Click here for all the details.

Art is You

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Susan Lenart Kazmer will teach 3 days of mixed media metalsmithing jewelry workshops at Art is You in Petaluma, California, April 22, April 23 and April 24.

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Art is…You is an ALL INCLUSIVE joyous week of art workshops, Buffet Bonanza Lunches, Morning Motivators, Eat Cake Create events, plus Art Trunk and so much more.

Just follow the link below for info on specific classes!

Retreat Dates: April 22 – 26, 2015 Venue: Sheraton Sonoma County, Petaluma, CA

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Black Friday SALE – FREE bezels and Ribbon and ICE Resin – Take Advantage Now for all of your gift giving needs

Black Friday SALE through December 1st!      No promotion code necessary!     

Buy one mixed metal hobnail bezel, any size in-stock, get a FREE random hobnail bezel.

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Buy one pack of in-stock ribbon, get a FREE random pack of ribbon. (Rue Romantique and Art Mechanique organza ribbon!)

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Buy any 3 Rue Romantique bezels and get a FREE ICE Resin plunger.

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No promotion code necessary!

NOTE: Your free products will be packaged with your order. (They will not show up in the cart but, rest assured our shipping elves will place them in your package to ship on December 1 or 2.)

 

Holiday Kits on sale: $27 (a $39 value)

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This grab bag contains all the art products you or that special someone on your gift list needs to create lovely mixed media jewelry.

Kit includes:

1 ICE Resin Plunger

1 Medium Rue Romantique Bezel – random

1 Iced Enamels Relique Powder – random color

1 Shattered Inclusion – random color

1 German Glass Glitter – random color

2 cups and stir sticks

1 small Iced Enamels Medium

A $39 value!

Limited quantity. When they are gone, they are gone.

Order now!

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Make this Sassy Women Journal Gift

The 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop is over, but we at ICE Resin have an extra project to share and below the project are links to all the the 100 or so gift ideas from the talented designers who participated in the hop.

If you are like many creative souls you keep a journal as a place to tuck in your thoughts, an art page, or maybe a special piece of memorabilia.

This one was made with the sassy women Graphic 45’s Typeography paper pack,resined paper and Iced Enamels. We couldn’t decide whether to wear the necklace or tie it along side as an element of the journal. Maybe put the necklace on as the catalyst into what you are feeling?

Handmade Holidays Art Journal and ICE Resin necklace
Supplies and Tools:

ICE Resinicedenamels opal
Relique Powders: Turquoise and Ivory
Iced Enamels Medium
Art Mechanique Paper Sealer
Shattered Inclusions: Opal
Art Mechanique Heart Bezel
Graphic 45 Paper
ColorBox Classic Pigment Ink
Rowluxe Illusion Film – cut desired shape
Vintage Buttons, tea-dyed ribbon and other elements from your stash
Page torn out of an old book (or scrapbook paper!)
1 Blank Journal
Glue
Westcott Scissors or Hobby Knife wescott-cutting-tool
Non-stick Craft Mat
Cups and Stir Stick
Disposable Gloves
Disposable Paint Brush
Sponge

Instructions:

1.  Choose your words and image. Cut them out of your scrapbook paper.
2.  Distress edges with ColorBox Classic Pigment Ink.
3.  Seal Graphic 45 paper on both sides and edges with Art Mechanique Paper Sealant and set aside to dry.

Cold Enameled Bezel:
4.  Brush Iced Enamels Medium to the bottom of your hobnail heart bezel.
5.  One at a time, sprinkle contrasting Relique Powders on either side, shake off excess.
6.  Use your craft heat gun to melt the Reliques and then let cool a few minutes. This video will show you how. (The technique is the same, bezel or silhouette.)

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7.  Mix ICE Resin per package instructions. Learn how in the video below if you have not done this before. It is easy peasy!

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8.  Sprinkle in a bit of your Shattered Opal.
9.  Drip in ICE Resin with your craft stick. Place your words. Drip in more ICE Resin until a dome forms.

10.  Use the rest of your resin to make resin paper. This is the technique:

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ICE Resin11.  After your paper and bezel are dry (about 10 hours), you are ready to glue your Roluxe, paper, and button elements together as well as attach a ribbon to your bezel.

Good job! Now all that’s left is to wrap up your thoughtful gift and watch your friend open it with delight!

Wishing you the happiest possible holiday season!

 

 

 

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

Day 1

Clearsnap

Ellison Educational Equipment

Walnut Hollow 

Graphic 45

Neat and Tangled

Therm O Web

Westcott 

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Rowland Technologies

ICE Resin

Hydrangea Hippo

Clearsnap – Suzanne Austin

Stencil1 – Ed Roth 

Graphic 45 -Nadya Lifa

Cookies for Breakfast- Beth Pingry 

Cupcakes and Crinoline – Mary Beth Sharkey 

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Frances Byrne

Lazy Mom’s – Joanna Grzeszczak

Homemade Ginger – Megan Kapple

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Asia King

Ellison Educational Equipment – Anna-Karin Evaldsson

One Artsy Mama- Amy Latta

Therm O Web – Alice G0lden

Lovely Etc – Carrie Spalding

ICE Resin – Clare Horner

Pink and Main – Yolie Burke 

The Buckle Boutique – Stephanie Nericcio

Modern Surrealist – Marisa Pawelko

A Little Craft In Your Day – Tanner Bell 

Artsy Findings – Cheryl Waters

Stampin Mindy – Mindy Baxter

Day 2

Clearsnap

Ellison Educational Equipment

Walnut Hollow

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo

Westcott 

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 

Rowland Technologies 

Neat and Tangled 

ICE Resin   ‎

Therm O Web

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Pink and Main 

The Buckle Boutique

Clearsnap – Vivian Keh

Ashley Rader – Giddy Upcycled

ICE Resin – Jen Cushman   ‎

Candy Spiegel- Candy Scraps

Rina Gonzales – Mothership Scrapbook Gal

Therm O Web – Amanda Niederhauser

Yana Smakula – My Cardmaking & Scrapbooking

The Buckle Boutique – Shawn Mosch

Eileen Hull Designs – Eileen Hull

Angela Muir – Handmade in the Heartland

Krista Winters – eat, knit & d.i.y.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Erica Houghton

Katie Smith – Punk Projects

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Karen Aicken

Jeanie Hevener – Create & Babble

Ellison Educational Equipment – Hilary Kanwischer 

Fancy Shanty – Stacy Molter

Liz Hicks – Blogerisms

Andrew Roberts Graphic 45 

Cori Warner The Flying C

Day 3

Clearsnap

Westcott

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Ellison Educational Equipment

ICE Resin

Therm O Web

Walnut Hollow

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Rowland Technologies

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo

Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Tami Mayberry Art & Design – Tami Mayberry 

Jamie Dougherty – Jamie Dougherty Designs

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Raquel Mason

Meagan – The Charming Farmer

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Angela Ploegman

Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey

Pink and Main – Mistyana Wright 

The Buckle Boutique – Niki Wilson

It’s Sew Lorine – Lorine Mason   ‎

Therm O Web – Andy Knowlton 

Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu

Oh Snap Lizzie – Lizzie Sanchez

Graphic 45 – Katie Zoey Ho

ICE Resin – Tatiana Allen

Polly Carlson – Pieces by Polly

Ellison Educational Equipment – Jan Hobbins

RoseRedd Paper Studio – Rochelle Washington

Charity Wings

 

 

Follow our Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Jennifer Priest of RainMaker Media Works + Hydrangea Hippo’s board Handmade Holidays on Pinterest.

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Wishing you an abundant Thanksgiving!

 

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