I wanted to create something cute to go on my dresser, but as is with everything for me it has to have a dual purpose other than to look good. I am very particular about my things being able to do more than just look good. For this months challenge I decided to create a secret trinket box that would house one of my addictions, creating perfume. I must admit, working out the clasp with the wire was quite a time consuming process but thankfully I have worked that all out for you!
I really hope you enjoy my project today, please leave me a comment to let me know what you think or to let me know if there is anything you might want me to try out for you!
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Iced Enamels™: Relique Powder Amethyst, Medium.
Art Mechanique®: Medium Circle Hobnail Bezel, Circle Silhouette, 20 Gauge Copper Wire.
Mixing cup, wood stirrer, disposable brush.
Other Supplies: Pliers, Self clamping tweezers, Heat tool, Watch Crystal, Dried Roses, Stazon Black, Metal Sheers, File, Fine Sandpaper, Quick Dry Glue.
1: Cut the loop from the circle Silhouette off with metal sheers.
2: File and sand the circle to a smooth shape.
3: Place the watch crystal inside the bezel, place the disk on top.
4: Wrap the copper wire loosely around both the rings on the outside of the bezel. You might need to squeeze it together with pliers and help shape it.
5: Carefully remove the wire keeping its shape.
6: Brush the medium on the inside of the bezel and the top of the disk.
7: Sprinkle the Amethyst Relique all over both pieces and tap off excess returning it to the pot.
8: Wipe the edge of the disk off so the enamel is slightly away from the edge. Heat set both with a heat gun.
9: With self clamping tweezers clamp the wire to the middle of the disk.
10: Re heat the enamel so the shaped copper wire sinks into the molten enamel.
11: While still molten, sprinkle more enamel over the top of the wire, re heat if necessary.
12: Once cool, dry brush Stazon Black ink around the edge of the disk and the edge of the bezel, let dry.
13: Mixe ICE Resin to manufacturers instructions.
14: Drizzle a thin layer of resin into the bottom the bezel, insert the watch crystal.
15: Top up the resin so it is level with the lowest point, either the top of the bezel or the top of the watch crystal. Make sure no resin goes inside the watch crystal.
16: The watch crystal will float in the resin, place the Iced Medium bottle inside the watch crystal to weight it down while drying.
17: With quick dry glue, place the roses in a pleasing manner on top of the disk, let dry.
18: Brush resin all over the flowers so they are coated and drizzle resin on top to cover the whole disk. You will need to use something under the rose disk to make it flat. I used my tweezers. You may repeat this step depending on thickness of resin required.
19: Once your resin has set you can create your solid perfume and pour into the watch crystal.
20: Level your solid perfume off with a knife, attach the lid and enjoy!
I have so enjoyed making this month’s project theme: A Late Winters Tale. It was quite a challenge, I wanted to make a piece on the theme but something you can wear all year round and not just for winter! I will happily admit it took a while to think of this one, but the end result turned out more than perfect for me. When I started to gather the components for this piece and laid them all out together pre-resin to make sure that it would work, it quickly morphed into what it is, and not just because I put the image in upside down, another reason to build it all up before you stick it all down! Placing the un-stuck image in the bezel upside down actually looked great and what lead me to make the brooch. I think the heart would look equally as good with a different coloured German Glass Glitter if you want to add a pop of colour to the piece.
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Iced Enamels™: German Glass Glitter Silver
Rue Romantique: Large Botanical Oval Bezel, Rhinestone Chain
Art Mechanique® Small Hobnail Heart Bezel, Paper Sealer
Other Supplies: pliers, connectors, small leaves on chain, image, brooch back.
I have written the instructions separately but please create both parts at the same time. To create the faux druzzy hanging heart:
1: Mix the ICE Resin to the manufacturers instructions.
2: Drizzle a thin layer of mixed resin into the bottom of the small heart, about 1/16th of an inch deep.
3: Pour a generous amount of silver glass glitter on top and set aside for 6 to 8 hours to dry or over night.
4: Once dry, tap the excess glass glitter back into its pot. You actually use relatively little for the faux druzzy effect.
To create the main focus:
1: Size your image to fit the bezel and cut out.
2: Coat the front back and sides of the image with the paper sealant.
3: Glue the image down into the bezel making sure the loop is at the bottom.
4: Size up the rhinestone chain and cut accordingly.
5: When the glued image has dried, seal with paper sealer again just in case.
6: Once dry, drizzle a small amount of resin into the bezel. Place the rhinestone chain on top guiding with a toothpick.
7: Fill the centre of the bezel with more resin being careful not to go over the the rhinestones.
8: Set aside to dry for 8 to 10 hours or over night.
9: Assemble with your connectors.
10: Glue on a brooch back using strong glue or ICE Resin.
For some of us a real diamond on a whim for Valentines is a far off luxury that is not attainable or a reasonable request of our other halves, so if you like me don’t want to ask for the real thing, then ask for the next best thing, and make yourself an ICE Diamond, after all a handmade gift is far more precious than anything bought from a shop.
When I saw a local company who makes laser cut wood shapes had this gorgeous wooden cut diamond I instantly fell in love, and hoarded it for just the right project. I knew I wanted to fill it with ICE Resin® at some point but then what I was not sure. While looking for some gems for smithing I toyed with the idea of buying myself a real diamond. To get a decent one, of good clarity and colour I quickly realized that would be well out of my price range so my plan started forming. I wondered what would happen if I combined ICE Resin® and Shattered Opal……… A match made in heaven itself, Cupid would be impressed!
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Iced Enamels: Shattered Opal™
Fernli Designs Laser Cut Diamond Shape
Treasure Gold in Pewter
Mixing cup and wooden stirrer
Silver Ball Chain
Large 10mm Jump Ring
1: Take an old paint brush and cover the wooden piece inside and out on all edges with a good coating of Treasure Gold in the Pewter colour. Buff off any excess with a soft cloth/tissue and create a high shine.
2: Take a suitable length of packing tape and stick it to what will be the back side of the diamond shape. Make sure every part of the diamond is covered and burnish down really well making sure all edges are adhered to the tape.
3: Following the manufacturers instructions mix a small amount of ICE Resin®. Once mixed, set aside for two minutes to let any air bubbles rise and pop on their own.
4: Using a small spoon drop a small amount of Iced Enamels Shattered Opal™ into the mixed resin. Mix in carefully, add more until you are happy with the reflectiveness. Remember you can always add more you cannot take away.
5: Gently drip the resin mix into each of the openings of the diamond shape so they are all level. Set aside to cure for 6 to 8 hours or over night. Pour any excess resin into a mould or make resin paper.
6: Once cured gently pull the packing tape off the back of the piece then punch a hole into one corner of the piece with a sturdy hole punch such as a crop-o-dile. Attach a large jump ring and thread with ball chain. Wear your piece.
Sandy Marin made the body and legs of this so so fashionable critter out of an upcycled wooden box, paint, a ruler, an tulle for the skirt.
The body is cast ICE Resin using Art Mechainque Molding Putty.
“Hello” or “Good-bye” we, Susan, Jen, Kristen and Carol want to give a round of applause, several really loud cheers, hugs all around, and warmest wishes to (in no particular order):
Sandy Martin, Sweet Pea Jewelry
Lexi Grenzer, Shabby Calavera
JoAnna Pierotti, Moss Hill Studio
Cindi Bisson, Behind These Eyes
Lesley Venable, Flatwoods Folk Art
Thespa McLaughlin, Vintiquities Workshop
Susan Weckesser, My Sweet Earth
Jen Crossley, A Mark in Time
Susan M Walls, Charming Trinkets
Pamela Huntington, Pam Huntington
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
These creative women were truly awesome, supportive, and every-ready. We will miss them, hold them in our hearts, and most certainly see them around!
We hope you won’t forget to keep following all the wonderful projects on their blogs!
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