Dainty Little Bird Bracelet

When I saw the little bird’s in the Art Mechanique range of products it was love at first sight, I knew instantly what I wanted to do with them and how I wanted it to look. I could picture a beautiful dainty bracelet with a shabby chic look to it peeking out from my most favourite summer time shirt. I am so happy that what I imagined could be easily realized with the fantastic Iced Enamels range.

Ivory Relique cold enameled

Tools and Materials:
ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels™ Relique Ivory
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Iced Enamels™ Angled Brush
Rue Romantique™ Pearl Chain
Art Mechanique™ Silhouettes Bird’s
2 pairs pliers
Lobster Claw from stash
1.5mm Metal Hole Punch

Technique:
1: As demonstrated previously in my technique video, gently shape the bird shapes so they have a slight bow to them.

2: Using your angled brush, brush on some Iced Enamels™ medium to the birds and sprinkle a generous amount of Iced Enamels™ Relique Ivory onto them. Let any excess powder fall off and return to the jar for later use. Heat set the powder on the birds.

3: Mix ICE Resin to the manufacturers instructions. Carefully brush a thin layer of resin onto the birds and let cure over night.

4: Using a 1.5mm metal hole punch, punch 2 holes in each bird, one in the tail and one above the beak in the head.

5: Take off 6 pearl links from the Rue Romantique™ Pearl Chain using pliers. Open each one up at both ends and twist the openings so they all face the same way.

6: Thread on all the birds to the pearl chain closing the ends as you go. Attach a lobster claw fastener to the end and wear.

cold enameled bracelet

Now I have an idea for a matching flowing necklace floating around in my head.

Thanks for visiting!

Clare Horner, Got Paint in My Hair

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Gold Flake Nugget Pendants by the Crafty Chica

Kathy Cano-Murillo shows how you can use gold leaf in ICE Resin and it will float throughout the mixture!

To make the cubes you will need: ICE Resin®, Gold Leaf, a mold, mold release agent.

Adding gold Leaf to ICE Resin

Adding gold Leaf to ICE Resin

 

Cube ready to be drilled for a necklace

To make the necklace below you will need to drill a hole through a corner and wire wrap your jumpring to the cube.

Lovely yet simple!

Lovely yet simple!

 

One for me and more to share!

One for me and more to share!

You can find more of the Crafty Chica’s projects on her glittery website.

 

 

Art & Soul Classes with Susan and Linda — still a few spaces open!

Susan Lenart Kazmer and Linda Lenart McNulty are bringing their mixed media metalwork and encaustic classes to Portland and there a re still a few openings for this wonderful retreat.

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Art & Soul has been host to inspirational mixed media retreats for thousands of creative souls for 15 years. It is a fine retreat– place to discover unconventional art techniques. The knowledge and camaraderie you’ll walk away with is simply priceless.

Susan’s classes:

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Resin Alchemy –  Monday April 7 (Sorry, but this workshop is FULL)

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Caging Common Objects in Metalwork  – Wednesday April 9 (There was a single space left at the time of posting.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Enameling-Patterns, Text, Texture and Transparency in Glass  – Thursday April 10 (Just 5 spaces remaining at time of posting.)

Cold Enameling – Color on Metal – Friday April 11 (Sorry, but this workshop is FULL)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Lenart McNulty’s classes:

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Wearable Encaustic Shrines   Thursday, April 10 ( 3 Spaces Remaining)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Encaustic Daguerreotype Paintings Friday April 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Luminous Layering in Encaustic Painting Saturday April 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Creighton Petersen from Imagine Crafts, and also one of our ICE Resin Creative Team members will be at the retreat giving demonstrations on:

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New StazOn Midis
GlazOn Layer Protectant
irRESISTible Texture Sprays
Memento Luxe Ink

Flora and Fauna painted under ICE Resin by Willow Wolfe

One of the great things about CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association Show) is meeting new people and dicoveing how one art supply complements another. ICE Resin was next to and Willow and Jen Cushman struck up a conversation.

Willow Wolfe is an accomplished painter and after taking to Jen, decided to paint her art into bezels preserved with ICE Resin and make necklaces.

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Willow Wolfe writes, “It is easy to paint within these smooth, mixed metal bezels. Simply prep by sanding lightly and coating with an all purpose sealer.  Apply an undercoat of acrylic, transfer the image you wish to paint and use Princeton Select #3750 Mini Brushes to apply detail and dimension.”

Instructions for this elephant and daisy are in PaintWorks Magazine issue:

You will find Willow’s latest Dahlia in the Surround Yourself with Color Issue.

Ice Resin painting

Hardware Finds with John Creighton Petersen

Found Object ICE Resin

I have to admit that I am constantly looking for interesting items that I can use as bezels everywhere that I go – thrift stores, salvage yards, with my two personal favorites being dumpster diving and yard sales.  One of my favorite places to pick up bezel like pieces is the hardware store in the electrical and plumbing departments.  There’s treasures galore and remember that you don’t have to have a back on your bezel, you can create your own!  I wanted to share with everyone the simple way you can take your ICE Resin® to a new creative level with some finds from the hardware store.

I found this great flat back piece in the plumbing section at my local hardware store and knew instantly that it would make a great bezel.  To antique the metal, I began by brushing on a coat of Iced Enamels® Medium then applied Iced Enamels Relique Ivory and heat set.  I carefully placed a piece of clear packing tape onto the backside of the piece and adhered it securely into place.  Be VERY careful not to leave any fingerprints or allow any dust onto the tape – it will show up in your finished piece.

Now it’s time to build our bezel!  I began by adding a small amount of ICE Resin® to the bottom of the piece, just enough to have a thin layer completely cover the packing tape.  Next I sprinkled Silver Shattered Mica into the base of the piece along with more ICE Resin®.  With a brush, I painted the back of the fleur-de-lys with a thin coat of ICE Resin® to help reduce the change of air bubbles then placed it into the center of my piece.  Top off with ICE Resin® and add Gold Glitter around the edge of the opening.  Allow resin to set and cure.

Iced Enamels found object

Iced Enamels

Once the bezel if fully cured, slowly peel the packing tape from the back of the piece.  Use a craft knife (if needed) to trim any of the excess resin from the edges.  Hold your piece up and be amazed at the transparent look that you’ve created with a piece of packing tape!

found object ICE Resin Iced Enamels

I hope this inspires you to begin creating your own transparent ICE Resin® pieces!

John Creighton Petersen, Art New Wave

Love – Week 4 of the Talisman Project

Do you love the music of waves make as they crash against the shoreline? Is that the meaning of Tammy Jones’s Talisman necklace? Probably not. You will need to hop over to her blog to discover the entire pendant that she made, and exactly what it is that makes the word love meaningful.

 

Talisman

 

Previous Talismans aka  personal artifacts:

Cheryl Bodkin Waters

Carol La Valley Contact carol (at) iceresin.com if you would like to be a part of the Talisman project.

Jen Cushman

Donna Salazar

More about the Talisman Project and how you can join it:

When metalsmith and ICE Resin founder Susan Lenart Kazmer  traveled the globe in the 1990s she learned that in all cultures, humans adorn themselves for some type of symbolical representation. These studies led her to create jewelry from her own culture from found objects.

 

 

Trust – ICE Resin Talisman Project Week 4

Talisman - Cheryl Bodkin Waters

 

Hello!  Carol from ICE Resin here. I just have to say that one of my fave craft projects ever was created by Cheryl Bodkin Waters for the annual Seaside Soiree a couple of years ago.

Although we have never met, one of the wonderful things about art and this industry is the incredible people who touch your life and heart.

Cheryl taught me how healing art can be.

She is the artist behind this week’s Talisman — TRUST. You’ll find the whole piece on her Artsy Findings blog.

Previous Talismans:

Carol La Valley

Jen Cushman

Donna Salazar

More about the Talisman Project HERE.

More coming in the weeks ahead!

Are you a designer who has a passionate, supreme focus this year and want to be a part of the Talisman Project? Convo carol (at) iceresin.com

 

Glass Chandelier piece, molded and “steamed”

Cast with ICE Resin

 
Tools and Materials:
ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Opal
Rue Romantique™ Red Ribbon
Art Mechanique™ Jewelers Grade Molding Putty
Art Mechanique™ Chain 24BR
Ball chain and connector
Brass jump ring
Metal flake
2 pairs pliers
Watch parts
Vintage chandelier piece

I really love making my own mold’s and had this fabulous vintage glass chandelier piece I found at a local car boot sale sitting waiting, begging for me to use it. I did not want to loose the original piece, being unique and not something I would be able to find again I decided that it would be the perfect candidate to make a mold from. It did use rather a lot of molding putty to create but it is worth it in the long run since I will be able to make as many castings as my little heart desires from the piece without a worry.

Once I had the mold created I made a test piece to make sure I was happy with it before making a full project from it. The test came out perfect in both polymer clay and resin so away I went. I love all things Steampunk so naturally, being a Victorian piece originally it had to be Steampunked up a little for the first time. The bonus from creating this piece is it also taught me a lot of patience, if you have embedded things into layers of resin before, you will know what I mean. Some objects tend to float so you have to keep a careful eye on them for the first hour to make sure they don’t float away from where you want them to be!

Thanks for visiting

Clare HornerGot Paint in My Hair

 

Technique:
1: Clean and dry the piece you wish to make your mold from. Following the instructions, mix a suitable amount of molding putty and press the item into it, making sure to build a wall to contain your resin. Let this cure thoroughly.

2: Carefully remove the object being molded and test your mold with spare resin or some dough/polymer clay to make sure you are happy with it.

3: Mix ICE Resin to the manufacturers instructions. Carefully pour your resin into the mold so it is roughly half full, leave for 4 or 5 hours so it is mostly set.

4: Mix a much smaller batch of resin, pour a thin layer on top of the layer already in your mold. Carefully drop in your watch parts, moving them around with a pin into the desired placement. Place a couple of small metal flakes pieces over the back of the watch parts, if you are looking at the front of the piece you need to add in the flake first as the desired effect is reached by having the parts flanked by flake. Keep an eye on this for the next couple of hours checking regularly, watch parts and metal flake tend to float out of position if you are not careful.

5: After 5 or 6 hours, or overnight, Mix enough ICE Resin to top off your mold. Add into this mix the desired amount of Iced Enamel Shattered Opal flakes and pour into the mold. Leave to set for 6 to 10 hours or over night.

6: Pour any leftover resin in a mould or wipe onto book page so it is not wasted.

7: Take the red velvet ribbon from the Rue Romantique ribbon set and make a bow, attach a jump ring to the back through the back loop of the bow.

8: Make a small jump ring like ring from the ball chain and attach the piece and the ribbon bow together. Feed through the necklace chain and you are done.

Do You Believe? Talisman Project Week 3

A word for luck.

A word to remind you what is important.

Put it on a piece of jewelry, or something else you can wear or carry with you and it becomes a Talisman.

We all need a little nudge in the right direction – do you believe in fairy tales?

you’ll have to visit Stardust in my Pocket for the story of Carol La Valley’s Talisman.

Talisman Project ICE Resin

Previous Talismans:

Jen Cushman

Donna Salazar

More about the Talisman Project HERE.

More coming in the weeks ahead!

Are you a designer who has a passionate, supreme focus this year and want to be a part of the Talisman Project? Convo carol (at) iceresin.com

A Rose In Time with a Hopeless Romantic

hopeless romantic necklaceMaterials and Tools:
Art Mechanique Hobnail Heart Bezel, Antique Bronze
Antique Bronze Chain
Rose Pin, with pin portion removed
Raspberry Faceted Garnet Beads
ICE Resin
Small Silver Rhinestone Rhondelles
Medium Wire Cutters
Disposable Paint Brushes 20 Gauge Bronze Wire
Iced Enamels in Chartreuse
Round Nose Pliers
Heat Gun Chain Nose Pliers
Paper with ‘I love you’
Drill, or Hole Punch Pliers
Elmer’s Glue
Glass Glitter in Pink
Rhinestone Chain in Violet
‘Cameo’ Bronze Medallion
Black JAX
Steel Wool, 4 ott
2 Bronze Jump Rings

Instructions:
1) Cut the ‘I love you’ paper in the shape of the heart bezel, and place in the bottom of the bezel.
2) Place some glue along the left side of the paper and sprinkle the Pink Glass Glitter on the glue. Shake the excess out of the bezel, and allow the glue to dry.
3) Prepare the Rose Pin by removing the ‘pin’ portion.
4) Paint a light coating of Iced Enamels Medium onto the stem and leaves of the Rose and let it dry.
5) Sprinkle the Chartreuse Iced Enamels onto the stem and leaves of the rose, and heat using the Heat Gun until the Iced Enamels have adhered to the metal. Let cool before touching.
6) Mix the ICE Resin according to package directions. Let set for at least 2 minutes, and begin to gently drip the Resin into the bezel. Once there is a light layer across the bottom of the bezel, place the Rose into the bezel.
7) Lightly paint some ICE Resin over the Iced Enamels on the Rose stem and leaves.
8) Continue to drizzle the ICE Resin into the bezel, carefully, back and forth around the Rose, but not covering the Rose as this may cause the ICE Resin to overflow.
9) Fill the bezel completely, but do not add enough for a dome appearance. Allow the bezel to dry for at least 6 to 8 hours.
10) Mix more ICE Resin, again according to package directions, and let it set for at least 2 minutes.
11) Slowly drip the resin over the top of the bezel in order to create a nice dome on the bezel. Avoid dripping more resin on the Rose.
12) Cut the Violet Rhinestone Chain to the desired length (a little more than an inch), and place into the Resin around the v-shaped curve of the heart shaped bezel. The ICE Resin will act as a glue to hold the Rhinestone Chain in place.
13) Scrub the ‘Cameo’ Bronze Medallion to remove any residue and clean the metal using the 4 ott Steel Wool. Lightly paint a small amount of Black JAX over all areas of the Medallion, especially in the deep crevices. Let it set until it is dry. (More Black JAX can be added in different areas intermittently, just as it can be removed by using the 4 ott Steel Wool, see next step).
14) Lightly use the 4 ott Steel Wool to remove some of the Black JAX, and highlight the Bronze Metal. Once the Medallion has reached the desired look, drill or punch holes into the top and bottom of it.
15) Attach the Jump Rings, one to the top and the other to the bottom of the medallion.
16) While the ICE Resin is drying and curing, make the chain and the clasp for the necklace.
17) Cut approximately 4 inches of 20 Gauge Bronze Wire. Cut 5 equal sections of chain to the desired length.
18) Wire Wrap a piece of the Bronze Wire to an end of one section of the chain. Add 4 of the Raspberry Faceted Garnet Beads, followed by one small Silver Rhinestone Rhondelle, and another 4 Raspberry Faceted Garnet Beads.
19) Wire Wrap the end to the next section of chain. Continue to wire wrap the remaining sections of Bronze Wire with the Raspberry Faceted Garnet Beads and small Rhinestone Rhondelles and attach to the section of the chain until all are completed.
20) Make a clasp for the necklace using the Wire Wrapping method and the 20 gauge Bronze Wire. Attach the end of the clasp to the end of the chain, and the other side of the clasp to the other end of the chain. Lightly hammer both sides of the wire clasp for a finished look.
21) Once the ICE Resin in the bezel has dried (at least 6 – 8 hours), and completely cured (at least 3 days), using the Jump Ring from the bottom of the Medallion, attach it to the bezel.
22) Attach the top Jump Ring to center of the chain, so that the beads are evenly spaced throughout the chain.

Hopeless Romantic ICE Resin

I am a Hopeless Romantic, and when I found this Rose Pin, I knew I wanted to include it with the Heart Bezel. The heart shape is very feminine, and I found this Medallion with a picture of a woman which reminded me of a Cameo. I felt that if I added it to the piece, it would tell a story of Romance. I decided to use paper with the hand-written words ‘I love you’ moving continually across the page, and then chose some Pink Glass Glitter to compliment the Rose. I felt that adding some Violet Rhinestones for some extra sparkle would add to the Romantic theme. I chose to make a chain for the necklace portion of the piece using Antique Bronze Chain with Bronze Wire and Raspberry Faceted Garnet beads, and added some small silver Rhinestone Rhondelles to further compliment the piece.

Polly Hendrickson

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