Chantal Johnson back again on the ICE Resin® blog to give you some instruction on how to use Iced EnamelsTM along with the ICE Resin® Tints to create unique and colorful jewelry. Hopefully you saw my post from yesterday where I explain my inspiration for this necklace. If not, please scroll down to take a look.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial!
Gather your supplies:
1 large bezel of choice
2 small bezels
ICE Resin® mixing cup, stirrer
Iced EnamelsTM Medium
Iced EnamelsTM angled brushes
Iced EnamelsTM Relique powder in Ivory or color of choice
ICE Resin® Tints and/or Ranger® Adirondack® Alcohol Inks, color of choice
ICE Resin® German Glass Glitter
ICE Resin® Studio Sheets
For the charm hangers:
18 gauge dead soft bronze and/or copper wire* cut into 14 – 16 pieces of varying lengths
5 pieces of 14-gauge copper, cut to 2-inch lengths and hammered flat
Small filing block
Round nose pliers
8 shells with natural openings, or found objects of choice
2 turquoise-inlaid medallions, or 2 found objects of choice
For the necklace (or use a pre-made necklace of your choice):
Leather cording, 2 end clasps, hook and jump ring
Ranger® Glossy Accents or leather adhesive of choice
- Using the angled brush, brush the Iced EnamelsTM Medium onto the inside edges and bottom of large bezel.
- Place bezel on a piece of paper and pour the Iced EnamelsTM Relique powder into the bezel. Tap it all around as if you are flouring a cake pan, making sure to cover the entire inside of bezel. Tap off excess onto paper, and then pour back in the container.
- Place “powdered bezel” onto studio sheet or glass tile. Using a craft/heat gun, heat around the metal and then moving so gently back and forth above the bezel to melt the powder. Continue this until the powder is melted and looks smooth. Set aside to cool.
- Prepare ICE Resin®. In the mixing cup, pour equal parts A and B into cup and gently stir for 2 minutes. Set aside for 5 minutes to allow some of the bubble to dissipate (the rest will dissipate as it dries).
- Slowly pour the ICE Resin® into a portion of the bezel. Now with the color of tint selected, very carefully add one drop to the edge of the ICE Resin® and allow it to react and wick into the resin.
- Repeat this step until the ICE Resin® has filled the bezel. Making sure to leave areas without color.
Allow bezel to dry 8-12 hours.
Preparing the wire and hammered threads:
- Cut varying lengths of bronze and copper wire.
- Using a hand held torch, draw a bead on both ends of each piece of wire cut. (If you do not want to use a torch, when wire wrapping the shells be sure to tuck the ends of the wire to the back of the wrapping so as to protect clothes, and the wearer.)
- Sand and polish the wires and remove the fire scale if desired.
- To create the bronze wrapped dividers, hammer a 2-3 inch piece of copper wire until flat, round the ends with file or hammer. Sand to remove any rough edges.
Putting it all together
- Using the drawn-bead wires, loosely wrap each wire around bezel and shell or object of choice. Also connect turquoise inlaid medallion to druzy-inspired bezel with wire or jump ring
- Once all pieces are wrapped, place all pieces in the order of the necklace and prepare the leather necklace.
- Cut three lengths of leather cord to create the necklace (sizes will vary). Using the Glossy Accents, place a few drops in end caps and then press leather into each cap. Set aside to dry.
- Attach clasp to each end cap.
- Beginning with the large bezel, loosely wire-wrap the other end around the leather cords and then repeat with all pieces.
6. Once all pieces are on the leather cord, take your hammered dividers and wrap them around the leather cord in the positions you would like.
Congratulations you did it!! With inspiration and (I hope) affirmation from me, you created your necklace!!
Chantal lives in Rowlett, Texas. To learn more about her, please visit her:
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There is still time to make a beautiful heritage necklace for your mom, grandmother or special woman who’s made a difference in your life. People are always so touched when presented with personalized gifts that show how much the giver loves and is thinking about them.
Over on the Ranger blog today, Jen has a stepped out tutorial on how to make a Mother’s Day necklace using the brand new Susan Lenart Kazmer Large Milan Heart bezels. Remember, this same process holds true for almost any type of image you’d want to use with ICE Resin. So whether it’s your own art, vintage images or photographs of loved ones, follow these steps for guaranteed success every time.
Take a peek over on the Ranger Ink blog today to see me (Jen) showing how to use molding putty of make molds of found objects for resin castings. I also wax poetic a little bit about my love for the Susan Lenart Kazmer Studio Sheets from Ranger. Seriously, they are the bomb diggity when using with ICE Resin. Nothing else quite works as well as these studio sheets.
And as a little additional eye candy, here are some finished cast resin work from Susan Lenart Kazmer and myself. A few years ago, Susan cast a lock and when I saw it, I went crazy for the technique. This photo is a piece of SLK fabulous jewelry she did for her bestselling book Resin Alchemy. She is teaching this technique in her workshops this year called Casting: Resin, Relics and Artifacts. The second photo is a lock I recently made for a mixed media journal workshop called Peep Pie Journal that I’m teaching.
I hope you give mold making and resin casting a try. What are you inspired to create today?
In today’s video tutorial I show you how I created a solid sheet of ICE Resin from a rubber stamp. This simple process can be used in many ways. My full finished project can be seen in the previous blog post published on the 5th of January 2016. I love to see what you create too so don’t forget to share what you have made with this technique. I hope you enjoy my video and leave me a comment.
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Like most people, my husband and I have quite a few holiday parties to attend every year during the holiday season. I’m always looking for an opportunity to wear my ICE Resin jewelry because invariably people will ask me what I do. When I tell them I’m Education Director for ICE Resin, the very next question that follows is “What’s ICE Resin?” This is when I point to my necklace or bracelet or earrings and respond “This is something I made with ICE.”
I was working out a few ideas in my studio when I came across a box of Christmas cards that I saved for holiday art projects. One card, in particular, jumped out at me because it was from my parents. My dad passed away in June this year, and as I looked at his scribbled “Love Dad” on the card, I felt tears well up in my eyes. Then I turned the card over and looked at the vintage looking image of Santa Claus. I grabbed a large shield hobnail bezel and held it up to the image. It only worked if I turned the shield upside down and made it a shrine shape. Since I was using my the card from my father, it felt appropriate to make it shrine. I chose to keep the imagery simple — just the card and a small amount of silver glass glitter to mimic snow under ICE Resin.
When the bezel was dry, I drilled a hole into the now top of the shrine to create a place for attachment. The bottom loop was the perfect place to add a charm (sweet little bear on a ball that looks like something Santa would deliver to a child) and then some recycled sari ribbon in green and red for holiday color. I added a little more color to the top with beads and hung it on a simple rolo chain. The necklace is a lovely long, 36 inches to complement my holiday outfits.
Before you throw away those holiday cards this year, take a peek through them to see what images might be wonderful to upcycle into next year’s mixed-media jewelry.
Here’s wishing you a truly joyful holiday season from Susan and myself (Jen Cushman) and everyone here at Team ICE.
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