ICE Resin® Glass Casting Tutorial

Join ICE Resin® Creator Susan Lenart Kazmer as she demonstrates her resin glass casting technique featuring ICE Resin® Molding Putty and ICE Resin® Tints.

Mixing Tints and Iced Enamels

 

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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!

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The color inspiration with the alcohol inks and tints by Ranger® and of course shells, wire and bezels.

Gather your supplies:

1 large bezel of choice
2 small bezels
ICE Resin®
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
Craft/Heat Gun

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 hammer
Small anvil
Small filing block
Wire cutters
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

 

Directions:

  1. Using the angled brush, brush the Iced EnamelsTM Medium onto the inside edges and bottom of large bezel.
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I brushed on a little too much here…just dab the excess so the Iced Enamels(TM) Relique power doesn’t bubble. A close up of the new bezels soon to be available.

  1. 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.
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Tapping the powder into place

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All “Relique Ready” to be “Iced Enameled.”

  1. 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.
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Heating the Iced Enameled bezel.

  1. 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).
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Ready to drip into the Bezel…LOVE the new mixing cups and plastic stirrers!!

  1. 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.
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After I dripped it along the edge, using a skewer to mix and blend the color with the ICE Resin®.

  1. Repeat this step until the ICE Resin® has filled the bezel. Making sure to leave areas without color.
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Here is the mixing. Then let it rest and see what happens overnight!!

Allow bezel to dry 8-12 hours.

 

Preparing the wire and hammered threads:

  1. Cut varying lengths of bronze and copper wire.
  1. 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.)
  1. Sand and polish the wires and remove the fire scale if desired.
  1. 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

  1. 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
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The beginnings of the wire wrapping around each shell and bezel

  1. Once all pieces are wrapped, place all pieces in the order of the necklace and prepare the leather necklace.
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A close up of the finished wrapped shells, the druzy-inspired bezel and the hammered “dividers.”

  1. 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.
  1. Attach clasp to each end cap.
  1. 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!!

 

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What will you be dreaming of when you create your Inspiration and Affirmation necklace?

Chantal lives in Rowlett, Texas. To learn more about her, please visit her:

Blog: ChantalJohnson.blogspot.com

Facebook: Chantal Johnson

Email: chantal515@verizon.net

Make This: Heritage Necklace

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.

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How to use ICE Resin Molding Putty

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.
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I hope you give mold making and resin casting a try. What are you inspired to create today? 

 

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Creating a Sheet of Resin From a Rubber Stamp

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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.

 

Thanks for visiting

Clare Horner

 

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