Summer is definitely here and it’s the perfect time to beat the heat by staying inside the cool air conditioning and getting out your craft supplies. It’s also a great time to look through your library of books for a little dose of inspiration. When the summertime heat get to us we like grab a tall glass of iced tea, turn on the fan and pull Susan’s Resin Alchemy book from the shelves and flip through it. There you will find pages of inspiration from Susan, as well as learn her many techniques for using ICE Resin, color and inclusions such as mica and glass glitter.
Tell us, what plans have you made this summer? What craft ideas are you ready to explore?
The team over at ICE Resin want to wish you a very happy Independence Day. Did you know that Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin products are made in the USA, right at Ranger Ink headquarters in Tinton Falls, New Jersey? So next time you feel like getting you red, white and blue creative mojo going as you make some gorgeous patriotic jewelry, just picture us standing on sidelines cheering you on as though we’re watching a hometown parade and you’re the award-winning parade float.
Talented Thespa McLaughlin was part of our Creative Team in 2012 and we were lucky enough to run across this “lost” video.
Watch Thespa share how she preserves dried 4 leaf clovers with ICE Resin!
Discover more about Thespa on her Vintiquities blog.
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As a trend researcher, I find mixed metals and use of vibrant gemstone cabochons or faux gemstones set in cool metals like silver to be the trends in the upcoming season. Combining both these trends, I have created a design which can be made even by a beginner in jewelry making with no metalsmithing or gem setting experience whatsoever.
- ICE Resin® (resin – Part A & B, mixing cup, stick)
- Art Mechanique Hobnail Shield bezel
- Flat artistic wire – gold color
- Acrylic metallic paints in copper sulphate blue, green, orange, pink
- Art Mechanique German Glass Glitter – Gold
- 8mm Green glass beads – 6
- Maroon glass cylinders – 2
- 6mm Blue crystal rondrells – 2
- 3mm Bronze crystals – 4
- gold tone eyepins – 10
- Brass link chain – 16”
- Gold tone Jump rings -7
- Lobster clasp – 1
- Round Nose pliers or step pliers
- Flat nose or chain nose pliers
- wire cutters
- Paint brush
- Black sharpie marker
- Cut 5” of artistic wire and using step pliers or bail pliers curve the wire such that it make partitions in the bezel when set in it
- Place the wire shape in the bezel and trace its outline with a sharpie
- Apply dabs of acrylic paint inside the lines in the bezel to create a marbled look. Color the sides of the bezel too. Sprinkle some Gold German Glass Glitter for shine. Let dry
- Mix equal quantities of Part A & B in a cup as per instructions
- Apply a thin layer of resin on one end of the wire and glue it in the bezel following the trace. Hold for a while.
- Pour resin gently on top to cover the entire bezel right till the edge of the wire, just sealing it in. Cover with a dust cover and set to dry and cure for 24 -72 hours
- Loop the following beads individually with simple loop:
- Green bead (6 times), bronze-maroon-bronze combo (twice), blue crystals (twice)
- By opening and closing the loops on the beads connect them in the following pattern – one green bead followed by 2” of chain, another green bead, maroon set, green bead, 1” of chain, blue crystal and then a jump ring. Repeat to make the other side.
- Cut the remaining chain into two and add the clasp in the center with jump rings.
- Connect the other ends of the chain to the beads via jump rings.
- Connect the bezel to the green beads with jump rings.
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