A Trip to Anaheim for the Annual Craft and Hobby Association’s Trade Show

Posted on | January 26, 2016 | 1 Comment


Welcome to CHA

Welcome to CHA

I made it!!

I made it!!

OH MY STARS!!! is the perfect expression that we use quite often here in Texas (along with “y’all” and “fixin’ to…”) to describe CHA, the Craft and Hobby Association’s trade show. For me it was the “Creative Heaven for Artists!!” I first heard about CHA in the early 90’s when Carol Duval, a wonderful crafter and TV personality, would go and show us through video all the great new inspirations and products that would be coming to our local craft stores in the coming months. As I sat there glued to the TV, I watched Carol walk the showroom floor and talk with all of the people, the celebrities (for me), and show all the new products. The creativity was so evident, and everyone was sharing ideas, demoing new techniques and products! It seemed to be heaven on earth…and I wanted to go.

Billboards of CHA History

Billboards of CHA History

Billboards of CHA History

Billboards of CHA History

Fast-forward to January 8th this year. I walked into the Anaheim Convention Center, and picked up my name tag and my info packet to attend the CHA MEGA Conference and Trade Show. It was the beginning of a dream come true….

Going as a Creative Professional allowed me to tour the showroom floor; visit with incredible designers from not just the USA, but also France, Japan, Canada; and see inspiration and creativity everywhere. And of course get a first look at the new products that will begin to roll out as early March.

Being an ICE Resin® Design Team member was the highlight of my time at CHA. I was able to help both Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman in their workshops. I met the wonderful Ranger team. It was so fun to know that they all create too!!


April and Susan - yes we were eating cake- Plaid was giving it away!

April and Susan – yes we were eating cake – Plaid was giving it away!

I had the privilege of meeting for the first time face-to-face one of my team members, Susan M. Walls-Beverly. Instant Friendship!! She and her friend April took me under their wing, as this was my first time at CHA. We even had the most wonderful time at the ICE Resin® booth, sharing the creative possibilities of ICE Resin® while demoing the new products, including the new ICE Resin® Tints, Milan bezels, Foils, Molding Putty, and a host of other great products and accessories! I loved meeting all the people who stopped and visited with us! Another highlight was taking two workshops with the ICE Prince, John Petersen! He is so energetic, funny, talented, and creative!! I love that these two Design Team members, along with Susan and Jen, are forever friends!!

John, My girls and Me

John, My girls and Me

The two Susans and me!

The two Susans and me!

Touring the CHA Floor was impressive. All the booths are created with incredible displays and products, and are so inviting to those that attend. “Make and Takes” are at nearly every booth. There are giveaways, book signings, and more. Workshops run for four days, and are broad in scope —  from business courses, to product debuts and new techniques — there is something for everyone! It takes a full two days to see everything and absorb it all.

Here are a few photos of the two ICE Resin® workshops taught by Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman.

Susan sharing her artistic style

Susan sharing her artistic style

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Sharing how to make components

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A close-up of her table…and look at the Ranger aprons!! Thank you Ranger!

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Jen Cushman – Sharing the love of casting with ICE Resin®

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Working with wire and leather!

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Talking about our new Tints for ICE Resin®

Attendees at Susan's class

Attendees at Susan’s class

One of the most special booths was Charity Wings, a nonprofit organization, where the Arts and Crafts Community gather, give back, and create.   They had created a blackboard for everyone to write what they would take time to create. It was an inspiration.

The board at Charity Wings

The board at Charity Wings

What I want to create in my lifetime

What I want to create in my lifetime

My one regret was not taking enough pictures. Everyone was snapping pictures with everyone, and I think I was so in the moment that I forgot, and at times, I was in awe as I saw these wonderful designers and artists — Sandra Evertson, Heidi Swapp, Traci Bautista, and Cathie Filian, to name a few — sharing their creativity, their time, and their heartfelt products. I wanted to soak it all in. At the end of each day, I thought, “I should have taken more.”

At Dinner with Susan, Sandra Everton and Deby Anderson

At Dinner with Susan, Sandra Evertson, and Debby Anderson; not pictured John Petersen, Traci Bautista, and me with my girls….

I know that this first CHA will be the most memorable, as I fulfilled one of my artist dreams:  to not only attend, but to be able to share and be a part of the ICE Resin® family.

CHA was filled with star power with designers, artists, manufacturers, and companies that are working to get the best products to you, so that you can create without limits and reach your star potential.

Welcome to CHA

Until next year….

Chantal lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 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 GreenCraft.   She is currently on the 2016 ICE Resin® Design Team. For teaching engagements, contact her directly via email. Visit her blog or become her friend on Facebook  to see her latest inspirations and the joy in daily living.

Email: chantal515@verizon.net

Blog: ChantalJohnson.blogspot.com

Facebook: Chantal Johnson



Creating a textural inspired necklace with Texture Paste, Color and ICE Resin®

Posted on | January 19, 2016 | 2 Comments

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Texture, Color and ICE Resin® with a hammered circle component


As I write this last design project for the 2015 ICE Resin® Design Team, My girls are watching the Dolly Parton Coat of Many Colors Christmas Special. It is fitting that they talk about being together as a family to weather all the storms and sunshine of life. Although the members of this design team are not family by blood, we are a creative family who inspire each other, share the ups and downs, victories and failures in our art endeavors and over the year, the joys and yes, even the sadness of life. It’s amazing how art brings us together and keeps us together.


There is a saying that goes like this-   “It takes a village or a family to raise a child.”


Another saying that is fitting when talking of family or a village is “You are truly home when you have found your tribe.” A tribe is a group of people who are connected by a shared interest and a way to communicate.


For me, this design team is part of my creative tribe, we share the love of creating and we communicate through our experiences, which shape our art. Thank you to Susan (Lenart Kazmer), Jen, John, Sandy, Heather, Clare and Susan who have inspired me this past year and I know will continue to do so in the future.


a close up of the textural elements and the colors

My project combines the love of paper, texture and color with wired wrapped components finished with either leather or a combination of sari, silk and suede ribbon. I created two looks one with a tribal feel and one with an elegant damask texture with a sentiment to Dream Big.   Using texture paste and stencils, the layering and texture can be a single focal point or a raised dimensional blending of images. With perfect pearls powder, fluid acrylics and stickles, the colors can be vibrant or muted, blended or stand-alone. And of course, I love to stamp on tissue paper and watch ICE Resin® do it’s magic as the inked image appears to be floating in the bezel.

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The second necklace with a textured focal point and a thought for the new year- DREAM BIG!

Taking varying wire lengths, drawing a bead at both ends and creating a circle that is hammered and textured is the perfect component to attach to the leather necklace. With the Dream Big Bezel, the wire is wrapped in a free form pattern to create the loop for the sari ribbon. The closure for this necklace is a small bezel knotted to the ribbon and a lobster claw added.

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The closure for the ribbon necklace- a small bezel, lobster claw and a jump ring

No matter the technique for finishing, the textural patterns created, the colors blended and the ICE Resin® poured creating the glass like finish, this necklace will become a statement piece, sharing a bit of who you are, and even perhaps the tribe your from….



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A few of the supplies….ICE Resin®, Texture paste, paints and perfect pearls and stencils.

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leather, ribbons, wire and metal (bezels)- a fiber artist’s heaven

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a little closer look of the stencils, powders and paints


ICE Resin®, disposable cups, stirrer

Craft Mat or plastic bags

Art Mechanique Metal Bezels or bezels of choice

Manila folder or cardstock

Ranger Texture Paste

Palette knife

Tim Holtz stencils or stencils of choice

Perfect Pearls, colors of choice

Fluid Acrylics – Lumiere colors used metallic gold, metallic bronze, metallic bronze

Small blending sponge, paintbrush

Stickles by Ranger – Color of choice

Stamped sentiment or stamped image

White tissue paper

Black Stazon ink

16-gage wire in brass

Wire cutters

Round nose pliers

Flat nose pliers

Torch, pliers, work glasses, bowl for water, file to clean and sand the edges.*

Ring mandrel or round dowel

Leather necklace- either premade or handmade**

Sari ribbon

Silk ribbon

Black suede ribbon

1 lobster claw

1 jump ring


*If wanting to draw a bead on both ends. If you do not want to use a torch, you can just tuck the cut ends behind the wire wrapped circle or for the connector.

**If you would like to make your own necklace, cut multiple lengths of leather ribbon, using E6000, apply glue to end caps and push leather strips into the caps. Set aside to dry.


Make Textured Dimensional Bezels



  1. Using a palette knife, take a nice amount of texture paste and put it into a disposable cup. Stir in a small amount of perfect pearls powder. Keep adding the powder until desired color is achieved.
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mixing perfect pearls into the texture paste

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the texture paste once dried, with paints and stickles applied

  1. Place stencil on manila folder or cardstock. Hold in place and with palette knife spread texture paste on top of stencil. Carefully lift the stencil and set paper aside to dry. Make sure to wash the paste off of the stencil.


  1. Once dry, begin to add color with a small brush or a blending sponge. Blending several colors in various areas will create interest and dimension, be careful not to blend into a muddy effect.

Once dry, spread stickles over the textured piece, if desired.

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Apply stickles and then spread with sponge or fingertips.

  1. Once textured piece is dry, cut to desired size to fit in the Bezels.

5.. Stamp sentiment or image onto white tissue paper with Stazon ink. Trim to fit inside the Bezel and place onto the texture piece.

**If using the ribbon necklace, make a small bezel for the closure


  1. To give a highlighted effect to the Bezel, spread a little of the texture paste around the inside edges of the Bezel. Place textured piece in the Bezel.


  1. Mix ICE Resin® – in a disposable cup, pour equal amounts of Part A and Part B. Stir gently for 2 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes.


  1. Using stirrer, drip ICE Resin® into the Bezels. Let dry 8-12 hours or overnight.



Make Necklace components



Hammered wire circle


Cut several (5-7) varied lengths of brass wire.

File both ends if you are not going to draw a bead with a torch.


If using a torch, set up work area with a bowl with water, safety glasses, a soldering brick or ceramic tiles (just for a work space).


With needle-nose pliers, hold one wire end (at a time) in the propane flame. The tip of the wire should be at the tip of the blue part of the flame. Hold it until the wire begins to melt and draws up into a ball***. Count to 4 and remove wire from flame and place it in a water bowl to quench. If you wait too long the bead may fall off. If this happens, place wire back in flame and draw another bead. Repeat the process on the other end of the wire.

***Excerpt from Making Metal Jewelry by Jen Cushman


  1. Once all wires are finished. Clean with a file or steel wool. Set aside 1 wire for the connector between the wired circle ad the leather necklace.


  1. Using a ring mandrel or a dowel, take beaded wires and bend around overlapping ends, to create a circle.


  1. Weave ends of wire around the circle in a free form pattern. Using a hammer and an anvil or steel bench block, hammer the circle flat or until the desired look is achieved.
  1. With the wire that was set aside, wrap one end around the circle creating a wrapped closure. With other end, create a loop that will accommodate the leather necklace and wrap the remaining wire around the loop.
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the connector wire

–If using the ribbons for finishing, create this wire connector by attaching this directly to the Bezel and continue as mentioned above.



Make Ribbon Tassel


Tassels are fun, easy and a joy to make. They can be made from a variety of fibers including ribbon, suede, yarn, leather, and wire. When deciding how many fibers to use, match the thickness of the fibers with the “weight’   of your piece. If using thin gage wire or smaller bezels, then the tassel should contain lighter textures and fibers.

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Free form wrap around the tassel

  1. Determine how long the tassel will be. When cutting ribbon, cut twice the length needed and fold in half.


  1. Place the fibers on the wire; bring the two sides of the wire up around the fibers (at the half way point of fibers). Cross the wires at the top of the fiber. Lay the fibers on a tabletop and tie a knot with the fibers just below the wire.


  1. With one end of the wire, slip it through the loop at the bottom of the Bezel, cross wires and begin to wrap around the tassel in a free-form pattern. Take the other end of wire and wrap around tassel also.



To thread the ribbon necklace,


*Cut desired length plus a little extra for knotting (if desired).

*Thread ribbons through the wire connector at the top of the Bezel.

*Make simple knots along the ribbon

* Thread 1 large jump ring on one side of the ribbon and tie a knot

*On the other end of the ribbon, thread a small metal bezel and knot at one end.

*Using a jump ring, attach a lobster claw to other end of the small bezel.


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In honor of my Creative Tribe- Susan (SLK), Jen, John, Heather, Clare, Sandy and Susan!!

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Dream Big in the coming year!!

Chantal Johnson lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 5 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 and will also be on the 2016 ICE Resin® 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

Cast a Cool Cuff with a Twist

Posted on | January 15, 2016 | No Comments


For all of that learn better by seeing and doing here is the video of how this bracelet comes together.

Remember!! Don’t be afraid to try something new! ICE Resin® is incredibly easy…you just need to do it!

Enjoy and show us what you make!

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Cuff Bracelet With Colored Dots

Posted on | January 12, 2016 | 2 Comments

Without too many tears this is my last project. We were asked to do something that reflects our favorite technique. Really? How can you possibly ask me to pick one favorite? They’re all my favorite!
My obsession these days is experimenting with casting..so I went with that.



The bracelet is pretty big. It is a solid cuff with an inverted shape across the top. This is probably the largest piece I’ve cast and it turns out to be really easy to accomplish.



  • ICE Resin and accompanying mixing tools
  • Ranger Alcohol Ink color of your choice (I used Pitch Black)
  • bracelet mold (I purchased this from Etsy. Just search molds or casting)




Start by mixing your ICE Resin according to instructions. Mix enough to fill the size of your mold. In this case I mixed 2 full ounces. Ready your resin area. I always line the table with a silicone mat, garbage bag, or wax paper. Using a small level I make sure my area is flat. Resin will follow gravity and cure at whatever angle your table or surface happens to be so it’s a good idea to check.
Once the resin has rested start to pour into your mold. Use both ounces and fill almost to the top. Grab your alcohol ink and place a couple drops along the top of the resin right into the mold. Using one of your stir sticks give the ink a stir back and forth a couple times. Not too many times! You want to just get the ink spread around and not really mixed. We’re going for swirls not a complete color.

Place a dust cover and let cure overnight or about 12 hours.
here’s what you get.

Now you really could stop here. Use a Dremel or other tool to sand down the extra resin at the top of the cast. Finish by sanding with varying grades of sandpaper then (I would) coat the sanded edge with a very thin layer of resin, leave to cure, and you have a gorgeous bracelet!
 Or you can move on to step two:


  • vice
  • power drill
  • drilling bit of your choice in size ( I used a 1/2″ paddle bit)
  • safety glasses
  • face mask
  • clear packing tape
  • ICE Resin and mixing tools
  • acrylic paint in your choice of color ( I used turquoise)
  • bowl of rice or other leveling substance




Place your bracelet into the vice using either masking tape over the teeth of the vice or paper towels. This will keep the vice from marring the edges of the resin. Ready your drill, don your safety glasses, put on your face mask, and decide where to drill. Start slowly and drill completely through the resin. You shouldn’t have to push too hard. Just even pressure and you will get through the resin in no time. 




PLEASE keep your safety in mind at all times while doing this!! Safety glasses protect your eyes from flying material…a face mask keeps you from breathing any resin dust…tie your hair back to prevent getting it caught in the drill…and keep your fingers out of the way!



Isn’t it a great look!?




Back to your resin area and mix up a small amount of resin. Cut a piece of packing tape with enough length to fold over both ends about an inch. That fold over will be your handles so you can easily handle the tape. Place the sticky side onto the back of your drilled hole. Burnish well. Set the bracelet into a bed of rice or other material (beans, cardboard cut out, etc.) to level the area of the hole.
Using the acrylic paint place a few drops into the resin and stir well. No ribbons of paint should show and you are looking for consistent color. Drip the colored resin into the hole until full to the top. Don’t go too far. You don’t want the resin to spill out onto the bracelet (or maybe you do?). Let cure over night.

So now you’ve done a casting…a large casting! And filled a backless hole with resin. Can you use these techniques to make other things? Can you adapt the techniques to your designs? As for this bracelet I intend to drill at least two more holes and resin with more color. I love the design possibilities! Let us know what you make!

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Creating a Sheet of Resin From a Rubber Stamp

Posted on | January 7, 2016 | 2 Comments

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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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