Hello, Good-by and a mixed media giraffe

Art Mechanique molding puttyThis little mixed media giraffe seems to be saying hello to the 2014 ICE Resin Creative Team — the  members will be announced December 13.

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.

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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 MartinSweet Pea Jewelry

JoMama, ShopJoMama

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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Satisfy your jewelry jones with an eBook

Have a jewelry jones? Need a book that combines inspiration, beauty, and is all about the mixed media jewelry and decor to  read on you Kindle, iPad or other device? We have several to satisfy your longings!

ICESplash of Color is filled with eye candy–almost literally.  Remember the funky plastic clowns that held candles atop birthday cakes? One of the necklaces was inspired by those found objects.

Feeling like a makeover of a guest room? Your own room? Home Decor is sure to give you a plethora of ideas.

You’ll find jewelry with a bit of a natural theme, from sweet nests to faux tortoise shell in Mixed Media Jewelry. Need to beautify the place where you store your precious handmade pieces?  Jewelry and Vanity is a good choice.

Some of the projects are on our blog, a few are exclusive to the eBooks, but with the books, all the projects and instructions are in one handy place. Ebooks are formatted to be readable on just about any device these days. Volume 4 is available for purchase exclusively at Amazon. Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are available for purchase through Amazon and Smashwords.

All of the wonderful projects so far in the Imagine Create Explore Series were made by our talented ICE Resin 2012 Creative Team Members: Cat Kerr, JoAnnA Pierotti, Michael Jack Putman and Lesley Fisher, Andrea Ring, Tina Schiefer, Kathy Thompson, and Special Project Team Member Cindi Bisson.

Still jonesing?

#HandmadeBracelets#HandmadeBracelets ~ Mixed Media Jewelry for the Stars (Published by Interweave) is filled with bracelets our ICE Resin 2013 Team created. The makers of these fashion forward bangles for women and men started with bezels designed by Susan Lenart Kazmer and went to town–Tinsel Town. The designers from our team:  Lexi Grenzer. Jen Crossley, Lesley Venable, Thespa McLaughlin, JoMama (Jones), Sandy Martin, Susan Walls, Pamela Huntington, and staff members: Carol La Valley, Misty Grosse, and Jennifer Priest, and ICE Resin VP Jen Cushman.

We’ll have more ebooks coming your way in 2014.

Thanks for loving to create with ICE Resin!

You have known them a year or so… but do you know?

b and yWe are going to play a little game this fine Saturday (or whatever fine day you are reading this post).

You have had more than a year to get to know these fabulously creative women from our 2013 Creative and Mixed Media Teams.

Can you guess from the clues below who is who?

  1. She began her career in Paleopatholgy; She organized the first recycle art show in her town, and she grew up on the ocean but cannot swim.
  2. She loves the smell of coffee but hates the way it tastes, she hums the tune of Sesame Street when she is concentrating, and if she won the lottery she would be flat broke in a year because she would give it all away.
  3. Her swimming pool is filled with fish and frogs, she watches 2 TV shows at the same time, and she loves to mix chocolate chips in her peanut butter.
  4. She is ambidextrous (at most things), she is great at mechanical things, and she says, “I have collected some amazing skin art over the years.”
  5. She loves old musicals and wishes she could be in one, hates the thought of shipping containers bobbing around in the ocean, and dislikes raw bananas but likes them cooked or in “lollies”.
  6. She has an aversion to tiny leftover bits of just about anything, has watched the latest Star Trek movie about 20 times, and believes you only get one go-around at life so you need to choose happiness, love and laughter, and to mold your own path.
  7. She married the same person…twice, the date on her birth certificate is wrong and she speaks “New Jersey Italian”.
  8. She loves hairless animals and owns 2—a dog and a cat, she loves to dress up on Halloween (if I tell you who it might be a dead give-away), and her favorite food is pizza with pepperoni and jalapenos.
  9. In order to thrive she needs a Sonic ice tea and a nap daily, she is obsessed with odd numbers “here is 5”, and she thinks Harry Potter is the best series of books ever written.

Oh, one last clue:  They all use ICE Resin in totally different styles!

The answers are revealed below:

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Today, JoMama shares a cool technique for using an Art Mechanique staple bezel.

She says: I started with a staple bezel, cut paper, and folded over top staples to secure.
Next I resin coated the paper. While wet, I set the staple bezel into the resin, leaving the back staples open to make it stand up. Embellished with a rhinestone using the Crystyler, also into wet resin.
After cured, twist and fold wire as desired and embellish. I used a vintage chandelier crystal!

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You can find out more about JoMama on her website.

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Serendipity Album

industrial chic

An album I found at the dollar store forms the base of this art journal. I added a fabric collage to the cover and one of Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Industrial Chic pieces fit perfectly
on the edge of the cover… giving it a special charm and interest… makes you want to pick it up and look at all the photos…!

If you wanted to achieve a look similar to the metal locket and crystal you could use a silhouette or cut a piece of metal the shape you desired or use a silhouette, and then Cold Enamel the metal surface with Relique and Glitz Powders from the Iced Enamel Line. Lastly, you would wire wrap fibers and a crystal to the metal shape.

Have fun!

Pamela Huntington

Fabulous ICE Resin Hobnail Hair Tie

ICE Resin hair tie

My daughter has long hair…I mean really long hair almost to beyond her hips! She hates traditional hair ties, goofy ribbons, and all things boring or too girlie. But she is an art fan and LOVES one of a kind things. Lately she’s been asking me to braid her hair and I surprised her with this!

ICE Resin hair tie back

Materials and Tools:

* Art Mechanique Medium Hobnail Bezel – Round

* Flat button with shank

* fabric covered hair tie

* Assorted paper ephemera

* ICE Resin® , craft cup and stir stick

* Scissors

* Art Mechanique Paper Sealer

* gem or crystal to bling it out

* ribbons of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Mix a small batch of ICE Resin according to instructions. Use it to glue the button upside down to the back of the round bezel. Allow to cure.
  2. Cut a circle to fit bezel from your choice of papers. Using ModPodge glue in place then coat 2 to 3 times to seal. Let dry completely.
  3. Prop bezel into a small cup full of rice or beans until level. Mix another batch of Ice resin according to instructions and fill bezel until you get a beautiful dome. allow to cure.
  4. Attach fabric hair tie to the button shank by looping it back onto itself. Cut small lengths of ribbon and tie to each side of the bezel, glue a crystal or gem on the front.

You now have a one of a kind hair art piece!

Susan M Walls

Susan’s Charming Trinkets

A Rue Romantique Adorned Christmas Tree – Day 3

My work table is crowded with ornaments galore

My friend she has helped me make ornaments by the score

 Yet there are others I cannot bear to miss

 Lesley, JoMama, Sandy and Susan’s  projects I cannot resist!

Rue Romantique ornaments will grace my tree

not forgetting a few for my loved ones who will shout with glee!

Rue Romantique Christmas ornaments

Sunday, Nov. 10

Lesley Venable

http://flatwoodsfolkart.typepad.com/lesley_venable/2013/11/a-very-rue-romantique-christmas.html

JoMama http://www.shopjomama.com/blog/rue-romantique-ornament-blog-hop

Sandy Martin http://sweetpeajewelry1.blogspot.com/2013/11/rue-romantique-christmas-blog-hop.html

Susan Weckesser http://mysweetearth.blogspot.com/2013/11/rue-romantique-bloghop.html

In case you missed the Christmas goodness: 

Friday, Nov. 8

Kristen Robinson    http://kristenrobinson.typepad.com/kristenrobinson/2013/11/rue-romantique-christmas-blog-hop.html

Jen Crossley http://amarkintime.blogspot.com/

Cindy Cima Edwards  http://www.cindycima.com/2013/11/08

Cindi Bisson http://fatcatcreations.blogspot.com/2013/11/ice-resin-rue-romantique-christmas-blog.html

 

Saturday, Nov. 9

(ICE Resin site) Carol La Valley http://wp.me/p1MCno-2W3

Lexi Grenzer http://lexigrenzer.blogspot.com/2013/11/rue-romantique-ornament-blog-hop.html

Pamela Huntington  http://pamelahuntington.typepad.com/february_2007/2013/11/handmade-holiday-blog-hop.html

Susan Walls  http://www.susansartcircus.com/christmas-with-ice-and-santa/

Jen Cushman  http://wp.me/p1lhEq-Gb

Thank you so much for joining us! May all the projects on your workbench turn out just as you imagined or even better!

Handmade ornaments kit: resin bezels and blingNeed more Rue Romantique? Get it the kit at Interweave while supplies last!
Want to learn how to make ornaments in time for the holidays? Take advantage of this exclusive collection, and create handmade ornaments with prime instruction from our contributors, including a PDF created exclusively for this kit, and all the ICE Resin® materials you could want.
HANDMADE ORNAMENTS KIT: Resin Bezels and Bling

 

 

A Rue Romantique Adorned Christmas Tree – Day 2

Rue Romantique ornament

Want your Tannenbaum to sparkle?

Your Christmas tree to shine?

Your creativity to make friends remark, “You’re a genius! It looks divine!”

Lexi, Pamela, Jen, Carol, and Susan have made ornaments to spark

your Christmas imagination

on this second day of our Rue Romantique hop!

Rue Romantique Kristen Robinson ICE Resin

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, Nov. 9

Lexi Grenzer http://lexigrenzer.blogspot.com/2013/11/rue-romantique-ornament-blog-hop.html

Pamela Huntington  http://pamelahuntington.typepad.com/february_2007/2013/11/handmade-holiday-blog-hop.html

Susan Walls  http://www.susansartcircus.com/christmas-with-ice-and-santa/

Jen Cushman  http://wp.me/p1lhEq-Gb

If you missed them yesterday, you will want to spy

on Kristen, Cindy, Jen and Cindi’s blogs

for more Rue Romantique ornaments to try!

Friday, Nov. 8

Kristen Robinson    http://kristenrobinson.typepad.com/kristenrobinson/2013/11/rue-romantique-christmas-blog-hop.html

Jen Crossley http://amarkintime.blogspot.com/

Cindy Cima Edwards  http://www.cindycima.com/2013/11/08

Cindi Bisson http://fatcatcreations.blogspot.com/2013/11/ice-resin-rue-romantique-christmas-blog.html

And coming up on Sunday

We know you will just rave

When Lesley, Susan, JoMama, and Sandy show you

The beautiful things they have made!

Sunday, Nov. 10

Lesley Venable

http://flatwoodsfolkart.typepad.com/lesley_venable/2013/11/a-very-rue-romantique-christmas.html

JoMama http://www.shopjomama.com/blog/rue-romantique-ornament-blog-hop

Sandy Martin http://sweetpeajewelry1.blogspot.com/2013/11/rue-romantique-christmas-blog-hop.html

Susan Weckesser http://mysweetearth.blogspot.com/2013/11/rue-romantique-bloghop.html

 

Handmade ornaments kit: resin bezels and bling

Want to learn how to make ornaments in time for the holidays? Take advantage of this exclusive collection, and create handmade ornaments with prime instruction from our contributors, including a PDF created exclusively for this kit, and all the ICE Resin® materials you could want.
HANDMADE ORNAMENTS KIT: Resin Bezels and Bling
 
 
In the Handmade Ornaments Kit: Bezels, Resin, and Bling, you’ll get three fantastic resources for learning different mixed-media jewelry techniques. In Making Etched Metal Jewelry, enjoy step-by-step instruction for creating unique accessories with etched metal. Make your own resin-filled bezels and more in Romantic Bezels. Plus, apply the wonders of ICE Resin® to your holiday ornament-making with an included PDF on how to make ornaments.
The Handmade Ornaments Kit: Bezels, Resin, and Bling also includes a wide range of mixed-media jewelry materials that will let you experiment with the techniques and methods presented in Making Etched Metal JewelryRomantic Bezels, and Ornament PDF without having to make a trip to the store! You’ll also receive: 
•2 small silver scrolled oval bezels
•Large silver botanical oval bezel
•Medium scrolled heart bezel
•ICED Enamels® in German Silver
•ICED Enamels® adhesive medium
•6-pack ICED Enamels® angled brushes
•1oz. syringe of ICE Resin®
•Rue Romantique® 18” rhinestone chain

A Rue Romantique Adorned Christmas Tree – Day 1

T’was many days before Christmas and I was planning my list

of sweet gifts to make and ornaments of bliss.

I’d need resin — clear ICE, and bezel from Rue

 for that Romantique look, so Victorian and true!

I’d need rhinestones and charms and oh so pretty papers

photos of loved ones up and down through the ages.

My kitchen table is full of my tools:

jewelry pliers, paint brushes and magical glue.

Wait! I need glitter and scissors and such

I’ll invite a friend over! A working coffee clutch!

Lovely things will appear as as we laugh and create

our Rue Romantique Christmas is going to be great!

Rue Romantique bezels

Welcome to Day 1 of our 3 Day blog hop. We have the best team of designers and they have gone all out to make ornaments that will be cherished for years to come. We are sure you will discover ornaments that will inspire your holiday spirit. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, Nov. 8

Kristen Robinson

http://kristenrobinson.typepad.com/kristenrobinson/2013/11/rue-romantique-christmas-blog-hop.html

Jen Crossley

http://amarkintime.blogspot.com/2013/11/rue-romantique-christmas-ornament-blog.html

Cindy Cima Edwards

http://www.cindycima.com/2013/11/08/rue-romantique-christmas-blog-hop-the-merry-duck/

Cindi Bisson

http://fatcatcreations.blogspot.com/2013/11/ice-resin-rue-romantique-christmas-blog.html

You can look forward to these ornaments:

Saturday, Nov. 9

(ICE Resin site) Carol La Valley http://wp.me/p1MCno-2W3

Lexi Grenzer http://lexigrenzer.blogspot.com/2013/11/rue-romantique-ornament-blog-hop.html

Pamela Huntington  http://pamelahuntington.typepad.com/february_2007/2013/11/handmade-holiday-blog-hop.html

Susan Walls  http://www.susansartcircus.com/christmas-with-ice-and-santa/

Jen Cushman  http://wp.me/p1lhEq-Gb

Sunday, Nov. 10

Lesley Venable

http://flatwoodsfolkart.typepad.com/lesley_venable/2013/11/a-very-rue-romantique-christmas.html

JoMama http://www.shopjomama.com/blog/rue-romantique-ornament-blog-hop

Sandy Martin http://sweetpeajewelry1.blogspot.com/2013/11/rue-romantique-christmas-blog-hop.html

Susan Weckesser http://mysweetearth.blogspot.com/2013/11/rue-romantique-bloghop.html

Rue Romantique Kristen Robinson ICE Resin

Heartfelt Home Necklace

My inspiration for this necklace came from my experimenting with patinas.

The Art Mechanique Silhouettes make a great surface to play around.

color on metal

Materials:
ICE RESIN®
Oil paints-white, pink, red
Gilders paste-patina
Small wooden heart
Art Mechanique Chalet Silhouette
Non-stick craft mat
E 6000 Glue
Technique to make the Chalet focal:
I started by roughing the surface of the house with sandpaper. I then painted layers of oil paint, letting each layer dry between colors. Once the paint was dry, I used sand paper to remove some layers. I painted both sides of the house.

Mix ICE Resin per package instructions. Take a small amount of resin and place it in a second mixing cup. Add a small amount of Gilders Paste to the ice resin to color. (you can use oil paint, pastels, acrylic or ink to color the resin) I scrape a small amount of gilders paste with my Popsicle stick then use the stick to mix the color. Using the Popsicle stick, drop a small amount onto the wooden heart and set aside to dry. Use the clear resin to cover the back side of the house and let dry

Once the house and the heart are dry, Glue the heart to the front of the house. Just use a dab of glue to hold the heart in place. You only need enough glue to hold it in place, not to secure it, the Ice resin will do that!. Mix a small amount of Ice Resin and cover the entire piece. Place a small rhinestone on the heart. The resin will secure it in place.

Use your favorite colors and make one for each day of the week!!

Sandy Martin

Sweet Pea Jewelry Blog

 

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