Create transparent bezels with foils

Posted on | June 9, 2016 | No Comments

Open back bezel filled with Vintage Paper with ICE Resin® foils

Open back bezel filled with Vintage Paper with ICE Resin® foils

In this video, Design team member Chantal Johnson, shows how to create a transparent open back Bezel with Vintage Paper, ICE Resin® Foil, metal frames and ICE Resin®.  This  is a great and simple way to give your jewelry and even your paper arts an elegance that when paired with the right finish will add brilliance with a touch of mystery as the Resined paper shines through. Click on the link below.

Video Tutorial

 

 

 

Use new frame as an element in a collage, card or paper art project

Use new frame as an element in a collage, card or paper art project

As a mixed media artist and designer, her many passions include but not limited to gardening, interior decorating, crocheting, cooking, swimming, sewing, jewelry design, paper arts and antiques. But being with her children, husband and family bring her the most joy.   Most days you will find her creating in her Art Studio that she and her husband designed.

 

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 Green Craft.   She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2016 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.

 

 

 

Mixing It Up with ICE Resin®

Posted on | June 7, 2016 | No Comments

Open Back bezel filled with Vintage Paper and ICE Resin® foils

Creating a transparent open back Bezel with Vintage Paper, ICE Resin® Foil, metal frames and ICE Resin® is a great and simple way to give your jewelry and even your paper arts an elegance that when paired with the right finish will add brilliance with a touch of mystery as the Resined paper shines through.

 

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Close up of the Cross with the vintage paper shining through

As a collage artist, I love to bring in all kinds of elements- sometimes with organic materials like flowers, feathers and shells. Other times it can be as simple as playing with paper and creating depth and interest with crinkling, tearing or as in today’s project – foiling. There are several ways to achieve the look of foil- through gold leaf, shimmering paints and with the new ICE Resin® specialty foil papers. At CHA in January, many companies were unveiling foiling papers, machines and more. The look is beautiful, shimmery and elegant all at the same time.   Let’s explore the few different ways I mentioned above. I have loved gold leafing for a very long time and yet at times, it’s not conducive for vintage paper. The sizing/adhesive can be a bit wet and then the paper becomes too flimsy. It’s beautiful on so many substrates but can also be a bit pricey. So when using gold leaf on paper – a little is best. With shimmering paints such as Perfect pearls by Ranger, use a very light hand with a brush or even your fingers as you add the colors to your vintage papers.

When creating this cross necklace, I wanted to use the new ICE Resin® foils. What is fantastic about the foil paper is that it does not require a machine or a special transfer method. By simply using the Ranger Collage Glue Stick, burnishing the foil color side up and then gently lifting up the foil piece, the color foil has remained (where the adhesive was applied) on the vintage paper…You can create patterns, use stencils or just free hand the adhesive where you would like it to go.

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The new foils – Amazingly gorgeous colors!!!

Then when the foil is as you like it, apply Glossy accents to the back of the metal bezel or frame, press down on the vintage foiled paper and allow to dry for about 30 minutes. Make sure the glossy accents have gone to all edges and corners of the bezel. That will ensure that there will not be any leaking when the ICE Resin® is poured.

Now you’re ready to pour the ICE Resin and create that transparent Vintage Foiled Paper Metal Bezel. The key here is to use the nonstick craft mat that is free from any paint or dirt.   As you will see below in the detailed steps, the first step will be to brush on the ICE Resin on the back of the bezel, on the vintage paper. It will begin to darken but once dry will be transparent. You can choose to let it dry for 8 hours or gently place it on the mat (wet side down) and then fill you Bezel with ICE Resin® being careful not to go over the edge.

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The Good Stuff!!!

Waiting now is the hardest part – it only takes a few minutes to create, a few hours to dry and then it yours for the taking (and finishing). The shine and brilliance of the foils, the transparency of the paper and the glass like finish of the ICE Resin® will have you outshining the sun…..Now let’s get foiling!

 

Gather

ICE Resin®, collage glue, glossy accents and bezels

ICE Resin®, collage glue, glossy accents and bezels, vintage papers and foils

 

ICE Resin®

Disposable cups, stirrers, and brush

Nonstick craft mat – such as ICE Resin® craft mats

Ranger Collage Glue Stick

Inkssential Glossy Accents

Xacto Knife

Stickles, optional

ICE Resin® foil sheets – Mardi Gras colors

Vintage Papers such as dictionary pages, music sheets or foreign language pages

Metal Bezels or frames

Sand paper or file block

Necklace finishing – leather or chain, jump ring

 

 

Make

 

  1. Choose the area on the vintage paper where you would like to foil. Apply the collage glue stick randomly or in a pattern of your choice. Then lay the foil down color side up and burnish (press) down on the foil with your fingers and then quickly but gently lift up the paper. Repeat until desired amount of color is applied.
Apply collage glue stick

Apply collage glue stick

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add collage glue to the paper

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burnish/press down and then lift up….

continue to apply until desired look is achieved

continue to apply until desired look is achieved

  1. Before adhering the metal bezel/frame to the paper, with the sand paper or the file , sand the back of the bezel so to create a better grip for the adhesive.

 

  1. Apply Glossy Accents to the back of the bezel/frame. Then press down on the foiled vintage paper. Let dry for 30 minutes.
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Applying glossy accents to back of metal frame

4. Check the bezel to make sure the adhesion is all around the edges, corners and sides of the bezel. If there is any part that isn’t adhered, add glossy accents and then wait again until dry.

 

  1. Once dry and secure place bezel on a cutting mat. Using a xacto knife, cut along the edges of the bezel to remove excess paper.
Trim excess with knife or scissors

Trim excess with knife or scissors

  1. Gently sand edges to remove any frayed paper.

 

MIX ICE Resin®

 

In the disposable measuring cup, add equal parts of Part A and Part B. Gently fold mixture for 2 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes.

Mixing the ICE Resin®

Mixing the ICE Resin®

  1. Have your nonstick (super clean) craft mat ready for your Bezel. With disposable brush, coat the back of the Bezel with ICE Resin®. Being sure to coat the entire back and along the edges.

 

  1. Gently place the wet side of the Bezel on to the clean craft mat.

 

**Once the ICE Resin® dries, the Bezel will peel away from the mat. **

gently drip ICE Resin® into the bezel or frame

gently drip ICE Resin® into the bezel or frame

  1. Now, with the stirrer, gently drip ICE Resin® into the front of the Bezel, filling up to the edge but not over filling.

 

**Allow the bezel to dry for 8 hours.

 

Finishing

 

To create jewelry piece, using a premade jump ring or wire with drawn beads, attach the bezel to the ring and then onto a leather necklace or a chain.

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create a component or use a jump ring to attach to a remade leather or chain necklace

To create a collage element, adhere to surface with Glossy Accents or adhesive of your choice.

 

Use new frame as an element in a collage, card or paper art project

Use new frame as an element in a collage, card or paper art project

As a mixed media artist and designer, her many passions include but not limited to gardening, interior decorating, crocheting, cooking, swimming, sewing, jewelry design, paper arts and antiques. But being with her children, husband and family bring her the most joy.   Most days you will find her creating in her Art Studio that she and her husband designed.

 

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 Green Craft.   She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2016 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.

 

A close up of the cross

A close up of the cross

Celtic Pendant by Dizzy Di

Posted on | June 2, 2016 | No Comments

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The inspiration behind this pendant were some Celtic Cross and the fields they were in during a recent trip to Cornwall. The more I saw of the Celtic Cross the more confused I got. No one can really say the origins,they sadly seem to have been lost in time. There are, however, some great folk stories out there, some handed down by family to family, that would take a whole book to tell you about. If this interests you at all, be sure to do a Google search on Celtic Cross and see what turns up.

As an artist I just love the flow of the repeating patterns. This is what inspires me!

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Recently I was asked why I don’t make delicate necklaces? My preferred necklace would be a big chunky statement necklace. However not everyone will wear them. So for this challenge I not only made something that a beginner would not feel to stressed about making, but it’s delicate too. It’s also easy to adapt for earrings and would make some great embellishment for cards, journals or even some home décor items. With the fantastic colour range of alcohol inks by Ranger inks the colours and combinations of these Celtic Crosses become endless.

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Materials needed:
ICE Resin®
ICE Resin Studio Sheet
Large link fancy chain, with solid large links. (I got mine at www.jmbeadsinc.com)
Ranger Alcohol inks (I used Aqua for pendant and Cranberry for earrings)
Ranger Adirondack® mixatives in Pearl
Cup and stir stick
Clear packing tape
Premade chain to hang pendant from.
Ear wires
7x1mm Jump rings

Tools needed: Cutters, Vintage hole punching pliers, wide and snipe nose pliers.

1. Cut off the small links that joins your chain so you are left with just the large shape links, without cutting the large links. Make sure that your links are solid so you can use these as a bezel.

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2. Cut a manageable length of clear packing tape and place sticky side up, fold ends over to form a tab. Place the links on top of thetape and burnish down with your stirring stick so that no resin can leak out.

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3. You will need 6 bezels for a pair of earrings and 7 bezels for a necklace.
4. Mix the Ice Resin® to manufacturer’s instructions and leave to sit until the bubbles have disappeared. I placed a few drops of the Aqua Alcohol inks and mixed very carefully so as not to get bubbles in.

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5. Using your stirring stick, gently add the tinted resin to 3 of the chain bezels that you prepared earlier for the necklace and 2 for the earrings, being very careful not to over fill them. Put these to one side.

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6. Using the same mixture add a few drops of the Ranger Adirondack® mixatives, Pearl, stir in. This will make the ICE Resin® opaque.

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7. You will now need to fill 4 chain bezels for earrings and 4 chain bezels for a pendant and leave to dry.

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8. Mix up some clear ICE Resin® as per manufacturer’s instructions and leave to one side for use in stage 9.
9. Cut a piece of tape longer than 4 of the charms put together with a tab at each end, with the sticky side upwards. Stick 4 of the opaque charms end to end on the tape. Using the ICE Resin® as a glue. Glue on top 3 of the transparent charms across the joins.

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10. Give the whole top of the pendant a coat of clear ICE Resin®. Especially where the charms cross over and leave to dry for 12 hours.

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11. Once your pendant is dry punch a hole with the hole punch pliers and thread a jump ring through the hole and close this will act as your loop for your chain. Thread through a pre made chain and your pendant is ready to wear. If you were making the earrings you would punch a hole add a jump ring and ear wire before closing.
I hoped you have enjoyed how I made my Celtic pendant. For more information on me, please see my social media at:
Facebook.com/ Dizzy Di Bead Shop
Website: www.dizzydi.co.uk
My Blog: https://dizzydiblog.wordpress.com/

How and why Susan created ICE Resin

Posted on | May 30, 2016 | No Comments

Whenever I’m doing interviews with the press, and often when I’m teaching, I’m asked this question: “Why did you invent ICE Resin?”

Here is a little bit of my history of how I started working as an artist and how ICE Resin came to be.

When I graduated from Southern Illinois University, after spending my first two years of collage at the Chicago Art Institute, I started a fashion company called LenArt Collection. This was original commercial work. To do work at this kind of level, I employed one silversmith and two assemblers. I had a national sales rep and three regional sales reps who sold LenArt Collection wholesale to Barney’s New York in Chicago, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Peruvian Connection, Nordstrom, Henry Bengal’s New York and other stores. Although I realize it was a lot for someone right out of collage to run a business on this scale, it seemed completely natural to me because I grew up learning about business from my father and because the Chicago Art Institute really sets its students on a track to work commercially. I learned very early on how to work very quickly and very hard. To this day, one of the things I’m best at is building lines of jewelry and accessories.

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After doing LenArt Collection for a while, I decided that I wanted to try something else. I also had my son and daughter and was unable to work 24/7 like I was used to.  I started building work for high-end galleries and then I learned of this new opportunity at the time in education to travel and teach. The teaching and selling of my work provided me financial stability on a part time basis, so I decided to use my time to build a really sophisticated body of work.

At that time, I was really interested in transparency. Transparent fabric, transparent fiber, cast glass, clear beads, mica… any material, really, that could deepen my work with a little bit of obscurity. I began to explore working with resins to get the look I wanted but nothing performed the way I needed it to as an artist building pieces for museums and galleries. At the same time I was experimenting with transparency and resin, I was also working on a strong look with cold joins, found objects, deconstructed objects and really interesting attachments. I went into my studio and went really deep into building something no one had really ever seen before in art world as it related to jewelry. I came out with my Circus Troupe figurative pieces that combined cast resin figures with cold joins and found objects and metalwork and fibers. The piece you see below is called “The Opera Singer.” Her head, arms and hands and legs are cast from ICE Resin.

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This piece, The Key to Freedom, can be taken apart and worn as jewelry. He has many cast resin parts. I dreamt of a strong transparent product that I could embed words, prayers and would last my lifetime. Because of my love and purpose, I needed to create a jeweler’s grade, super clear and fairly safe resin. I worked with a chemist and came up with this pretty amazing product. This piece won an international award in the art world for Most Innovative Use of the Medium. The key to get him untangled, I cast in his head.

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I never expected ICE Resin to become the art medium that it has. I created it for myself…to meet the expectations I needed to build the body of work I wanted to build. One of the most rewarding things about bringing ICE Resin to market is that it is now an art product used by thousands of artists all over the world. People who sell their work, who build jewelry, who need a product that will stand the test of time, they all love ICE Resin in the same way I do. It’s very gratifying.

Art Takes a Village

Posted on | May 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

Today we have a very special Guest Post from Jolee Jane, a wonderful artist with a big beautiful heart. She’s president and founder of an art non-profit and is here to tell you a little bit about what she does. We hope you are inspired by Jolee as we are!

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art therapy projectHello there! My name is Jolee Jane Pollock and I’d like to take a moment to introduce my non-profit organization, Art Takes a Village. Founded in January of 2007,  Art Takes a Village is a public charity organization focusing on providing therapeutic art programs in a variety of settings. Our mission is to provide an art therapy program in areas lacking the ability and or funding. Our program reaches out to at-risk youth and adults by providing them with instructor-led art projects, which allow them to look within themselves in a positive way, as well as gain confidence through learning a creative outlet.

I’ve been facilitating an art therapy class at a local woman’s drug rehab center for over 2 years. I can’t express how fulfilling this interaction is, to be even a small part of their recovery is life changing. I want to share this experience with fellow artists – the gifts we have been given in our patience filled skills and design approach are meant to be shared and expressed! This is why I structured a non profit to support just that. Our goal its to bring the joy of mixed media and paper crafts to those who need to reconnect with the inner artist free of charge and your support will provide just that! Any class or item purchased through Art Takes a Village will monetarily support the classes taught at the shelters, this means 100% of the profit made goes into the program.

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Hearts class Jolee Jane teaches using hammered wire for the bezel and ICE Resin.

One of our most popular classes has been making jewelry with charms I created from wire and ICE Resin. As an artist, I create vessels for my found object art and I always seal and protect them with ICE Resin. The First time I used ICE Resin, I was inspired by the ease of its application and pure JOY I felt when it hardened I couldn’t wait to share with my students.  I love the outdoors, especially hiking in the trees, some of my workshops involve outings where we go to the forest and gather organic treasures to showcase in our handmade vessels. They are always so beautifully enhanced when sealed in resin.

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Jolee Jane’s Found Object Vessels sealed in ICE Resin are some of her favorite works of art to create.

 

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Teaching one of her many art therapy classes as part of her work and dedication to Art Takes a Village.

Please visit our website Art Takes a Village to learn more about how to contribute to our organization. Please follow my blog for even more artistic inspiration. Be sure to “Like” Art Takes a Village on our Facebook Business Page.

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