The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has traveled from American TV to our ‘Zine and will be on the Big Screen

Posted on | June 16, 2015 | No Comments

ICE Resin® Summer Movie Blockbuster Theme Pendant

The sunny skies and blue waters of Venice are the backdrop for this thrilling necklace.

Wood cuts under ICE Resin come together perfectly in this bejeweled homage to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. by Heather Widener.

Watch her make it:

 

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Nix Bubbles – Humid Summers or Wet Winters

Posted on | June 11, 2015 | No Comments

Wet winters and humid summers………….
Bubbles can be caused by a variety of factors including humidity and mixing.
When you mix the Part A Resin with the Part B hardener be sure to mix it slowly, folding the parts together and scraping the sides. 
Air bubbles can be caused when you use a sealant on an object or a piece of paper but do not allow the sealer to dry long enough. A bezel or found object can have surface humidity on it from the climate of the room you are working in. You can use a blow dryer on bare metal for about 20 seconds first to eliminate this kind of humidity.
ICE Resin plungers and bottle caps are airtight and as long as they are screwed on completely, will not allow humidity into the container. When working with the bottles, be sure to replace the red tops onto the nozzles to keep it airtight as you store it. 

Audrey Hepburn gets enshrined in ICE Resin

Posted on | June 10, 2015 | No Comments

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When I think of my favorite movies, “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” has always been one of my all time favorites for so many different reasons – classic, elegant, and when I was younger the only way to be a party hipster! It was this movie that inspired me to create a shrine to Ms. Hepburn.

I really wanted this project to have some shimmer and shine just like Audrey and the movie, so I left the Silver German Glass au naturel meaning that I left the German Glass exposed without any resin on top. By doing this, the German Glass is allowed to take on a life of it’s own while also giving a fabulous texture to any project.

ICE Supplies: ICE Resin®, Paper Sealer, ICED Enamels Medium, Turquoise ICED Enamels, Silver German Glass, measuring cups, stir sticks, brushes

Other Supplies: printed papers from Authentique Paper’s “Classique: Elegant” collection, resin frame from Prima Marketing Inc., old book, liquid adhesive (that dries clear), clamps, large brushes (optional)

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Instructions:

With an old book, keep the book closed and glue the outside of the pages on all three sides with liquid adhesive. Use heavy duty clamps (or a book press) to ensure that everything will set properly. Once dried, cut out a large enough area for the frame. Use a ruler to cut nice edges through the book cover (remove when cut through) and continue cutting through the pages until the appropriate depth is reached. Glue the edges of the cut window as before, again using clamps if needed.

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Using a brush, coat the inside of the cut out window with ICED Enamels Medium and heat set Turquoise ICED Enamels. Repeat this process for the spine of the book, along with the edges of the book cover and the frame.

Use the ICE Paper Sealer to seal the Audrey Hepburn image with at least two coats on both sides of the paper – and don’t forget the sides! Once sealed, adhere to the back of the frame with liquid adhesive or even packing tape to add stability and ensure adhesion to the resin frame.

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If desired, decorate the cover of the book. For my project, I adhered a piece of printed paper from the same Authentique Paper collection to the cover.

Apply a thin coat of resin into the cut out window in the book cover. Also add a thin layer to the back of the picture frame to avoid any bubbles from forming and to get achieve the best adhesion with the resin. Place the frame into the window and then generously sprinkle with Silver German Glass. Don’t worry about using too much of the German Glass on because once the resin has set the excess will be put back into the container.

Brush off any of the German Glass from the book cover and then apply a coat of resin over the entire surface of the book’s cover and allow the resin to set. Sealing the entire project with resin is optional but I wanted to have the finished project resemble those popular canvases that I keep seeing in all the high end galleries that are finished with resin. If you are going to use a paper like I have, remember to seal the paper with the ICE paper sealer to protect the paper.

Once the resin has set, return the excess German Glass to it’s container. Clean any of the German Glass with a detail brush that may be sticking to the project with static electricity. Finish your project by filling the inside of the frame with resin and allowing to cure.

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Add color to the outside of an ICE Resin Cast piece

Posted on | June 9, 2015 | No Comments

Creative Team member Sandy Martin shares how to add color on the outside of a cast ICE Resin piece to add dimension.

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Want to see how to make the bird? This is where it nests!

“You’ve got a friend in me” Collage Heart Necklace with ICE Resin®

Posted on | June 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

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My friend collage heart necklace with ICE Resin® and ICED Enamels®

Popcorn, Candy and Tissues are essential for the Movie Go-er, especially when the story line and characters tug at our heartstrings. For this Design team project, we were asked to create a piece of jewelry from a summer blockbuster movie. As I began to research the movie lists, I came across the ALL Time Top Summer blockbusters and began to read the list – thinking jewelry, ICE Resin®, color, technique not realizing that as I read the list one would stand out amongst all the others.

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A few toys still hanging around

#7- Toy Story 3 – “Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the toys had to face the fact children grow up and put away childish things. Adults wept.”

I wept while watching that movie with my then 20 year old, 16 year old and 9 year old. I wept for the older ones, that indeed children grow up and I wept for my younger one, realizing just how swift life moves. I wept for the child in me, and for the friendships I have had along the way. “You’ve got a friend in me” plays in my head and in my heart – as I see the Toy Story trilogy play on.   So how could I read on to see if something else inspired me. (Actually I did read on, as I loved the other movies also, nothing tugged louder or more creative).

My first thoughts were drawn to the actual characters of the movie but then went a little deeper into the role of friendship and thought of creating a piece that could be for a very special friend and yet keeping a playful palette.   Blending the art of collage, bezels, ICED Enamel and ICE RESIN® kept me playing in the studio-perhaps there is always a little childhood still left in all of us.   Finishing with a poly cord, wire, beads and a mini resined heart charm, brought the whole necklace together.

the beginning of the art collage process

the beginning of the art collage process

To create small art collages can be less daunting than creating large ones and it also allows for a one of a kind, unique piece. If you do want to use your collage for more than one bezel, scan and resize the piece on your computer or take it to an Office Supply store for their help in accomplishing this task. Another great reason I love the smaller scale is that I can use the little bits of paper that collect in my studio – not quite big enough for a large project but just too pretty to throw away.

Using Iced Enamels on the inside and sides of the bezel, lighten and brighten the metal causing the collage to really stand out. Iced Enamels are also a great medium to add color to your metal charms such as the cowboy hat on the pendant. As the ICE Resin® is added after the collage has been placed in the bezel, the finished piece is beautiful, durable and has that incredible glass like finish.

So with those ideas, Let’s begin creating and playing and perhaps you’ll start to sing “You’ve got a friend in me.”

Gather

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Art Mechanique Mixed Media Bezel (1 large and 1 small) or

Metal bezel of your choice

Spellbinders dies to match the Art Mechanique Bezels or

Stazon ink to create an outline of bezel shape

Iced Enamels® Medium

Ice Enamels® Ivory Relique

ICE Resin®

Small disposable cup, brush, wood stirrer

Ranger Distress ink in Sugar spun

Stamp of your choice

Stickles by Ranger

Additional Ink (pad) color of your choice for the edging

Glue/adhesive stick

Manila folder or a light colored heavy cardstock

Variety of Papers including Vintage, dictionary pages, and scrapbooking

Washi tape

Rhinestones

Metal charm

Small scissors

18 gauge bronze wire

Flush cutters

Round nose pliers

Glass beads

Poly cord or ribbon

Make

  1. Prepare the bezels by applying ICED Enamels® medium to the inner back and sides of both bezels. Then with the ICED Enamels® Ivory, pour the powder to coat the Bezel. Shake off excess. Heat with the heat tool until all is melted and has a smooth finish. Set side to cool.

*Also, using ICED Enamels®, repeat the above steps for your metal charm.

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  1. To begin to collage the heart, choose one of two methods to create your base heart.

Method one: Using dies that match the bezel shape, using a manila folder or heavy cardstock, cut our desired shapes. Save both the shape and the negative

Method Two: If there are no dies to match your bezel or metal shape, using Stazon ink, ink the raised edges of the bezel and press firmly onto the manila folder or cardstock. Carefully cut out the shape and check for accuracy by placing it in the bezel. Trim if necessary.

  1. For this collage, we will use the actual shape that has been cut. (See picture in the introduction) With the base heart, begin to layer your various papers – keeping in mind of the small base, divide the heart into 3 sections. Adhere with glue stick. Overlap each section with inked edges, stamped images or washi tape.

**When using vintage papers, once ICE Resin® has been applied, the papers may darken due to age of paper and the background you are using.  **

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Before ICED Enamels® Ivory has been applied.

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Inked the edges once completed and the stamped scroll is visible in this picture

*On my necklace, the image I used was a scroll and with the soft sugar spun ink, it softened the edges. The camera did not pick up the detail. Choose a vivid ink if you wish to see the image.

  1. Adding the focal point – images and words. In collage art, groups of uneven numbers are more pleasing to the composition. Choose 3 images (in my necklace, I cut a large rose, a smaller flower with leaf and the vintage images of the girls) and place them on the base heart.   Adhere with glue stick.
  1. The words come last as they will be the main focal point. Choose dictionary definitions or even free hand the words of your choice.

*Repeat the process for small bezel and apply the word or focal image last before ICE Resin®.*

  1. Once collage is completed, place in heart and prepare ICE Resin®.   Pour equal parts of A & B in a disposable cup and gently stir for 2 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes and then slowly drip the ICE Resin into the bezel until it is at the edge. Gently set metal charm at the base of the heart and slightly into the ICE Resin®.
  1. Let Bezels dry for 8-12 hours.
  1. Finish necklace with a beaded wire wrap and poly cord. Add mini bezel to the wire while wrapping it around the ribbon.IMG_6936 copyChantal Johnson lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children (25, 21, and 14),  3 dogs and 6 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and Green Craft.   She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2015 Design Team. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at chantal515@verizon.net. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.
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