Fresh Vintage Bezels Made From Book Pages

 

 

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One of my greatest joys is collecting vintage treasures. These treasures include buttons, keys, jewelry bits and baubles, hardware, industrial bits, silverware,  vintage bottles, game pieces and so much more.  I have them stored in vintage canning jars in my studio cupboards and in printer’s trays in one of my rolling shelved carts. I love to let the things in the cupboards make their way into my art.  I knew I would be using buttons and keys and rhinestone chain for this challenge, but I was trying to decide what to use as the bezel itself.  I realized I wanted to use something new that everyone would have.  Vintage book pages were the natural choice as I love how ICE Resin® plays with paper….

Let’s gather some supplies for the book page bezels:

Discarded book

ICE Resin® Ephemera Image Assortment or Vintage papers such as sheet music, ledger sheets, etc.

Circle punches 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch

Ruler

Scrap of Card Stock for pattern

ICE Resin®

Stir Sticks/Mixing Cups

Small strong clamps

Rhinestone Chain

Vintage Buttons

Frozen Charlottes

Drill/Small drill bit

Jump rings

Silk Strips/Chains

Scissors

Rubber bands

Clear Packing Tape

Vintage bits such as keys, hardware, metal jewelry bits, lace, fibers, crystals, safety pins

Sponge

Scissors

Gloves

Begin by making a template from card stock. Punch your hole to see where the best placement is.  I slid mine in the whole way so I could do it the same each time.

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Tear out your book pages.  Lay your pattern down on your page and line the ruler up with the side edge.  Tear your pages into strips using this method.  I like the texture of torn pages.  If you prefer a crisper edge, use scissors or a paper cutter.  Create a stack as thick as you like.  Be sure it is thicker than your thickest item you will place in the bezel. Punch a hole in each page.

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Smooth a piece of clear packing tape onto the back of the bezel.  Use 2 small clamps to clamp 2 sides.

Mix your ICE Resin and allow it to rest 5 minutes.  Pour some in each bezel.  You may place your items in the bezel at this time to ensure the correct placement. You can use any small treasures such as rhinestone chain, tiny keys, charms, frozen Charlottes, buttons, lace, etc.

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Pour ICE Resin® into bezel and allow it to cure 6-12 hours.

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After the ICE Resin® cures, some of it will have soaked into the pages of the bezel.  This is what we want to happen. Once it is fully cured, peel off the packing tape. Cut a small square of the sponge and while wearing gloves coat the entire piece with ICE Resin®.  Allow the resin to fully cure.

Now the pages are sealed and we can pour the resin into to fill the bezel. So mix another batch of ICE Resin® and pour it in to fill each bezel.  Allow time to cure.

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As I did my final fill on these bezels, I layered buttons and lace along the edges of the bezels.

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The buttons can also be used to cover any imperfections after the bezel cures.

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To finish those off, I just used a drill to drill a small hole in the top two corners so I could add a jump ring.

But then I got to thinking….What if I did not make the bezel go all the way through?  What if only the top pages were punched with a hole and the back was left unpunched?  And what if I turned them into little books?

So I gathered a couple more supplies: some leather scraps, leather cord, a leather punch and heavy duty cutters.

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Then, I followed the directions above to make new bezels but this time I left half the pages unpunched.  I was also careful not to add too much extra dimension to my embellishments because I want my books to close. I layered some pieces from the ICE Resin® Ephemera Image Assortment pack either on the top of the bezel or punched a face image and placed it into the bezel.  Once the bezels were completed, I cut a leather cover for each bezel and rounded the corners. I made it slightly larger than the bezel all around.  I also used a marker to darken the cut edges of the leather.

I added some ICE Resin® to glue my bezel in place inside the book cover.  Once cured,  I dipped each book in water and then folded the cover over.

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Secure each cover with rubber bands so the books will appear more closed.  Allow the leather time to dry overnight.

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Remove rubber bands and punch a hole in the top spine of the book.  Add a jump ring, chains, keys, crystals and anything else that catches your imagination.

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This is where things get fun.  You can use whatever little trinkets and baubles you have collected.

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It would be easy to make these personalized for someone special by using things that have special meaning for that person.

As another variation, I cut the top off one of the books so the leather is just on the back of the bezel.  I used a drill to drill 2 holes in that one for hanging.

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I would love to hear about what you are doing with ICE Resin.

Brooke Bock lives and creates with her husband and daughter in rural Pennsylvania. She shares her home and studio with 2 dogs, a cat, a few fish in ponds and tanks and a flock of chickens. She collects things old, rusty and intriguing.  She is a regular contributor to many Stampington & Company publications.

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How to Make Molds for ICE Resin® Crystals

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I love real crystals.  Beyond the beliefs many people have for their healing powers, I think they are just beautiful.  The fact that they may be helpful is only a huge plus.  I love to collect natural things such as crystals, stones, shells, twigs and such for use in designs, but I am a bit on the frugal side.  Crystals are a treat I don’t often splurge on.  However, once I saw the new ICE Resin® Tints, I knew I could make unlimited crystals in any color I choose.  I am thrilled to share this video on how to make your own molds for making personalized crystals with ICE Resin®.

I would love to hear how you are using ICE Resin® in your own work!

Brooke Bock lives and creates with her husband and daughter in rural Pennsylvania. She shares her home and studio with 2 dogs, a cat, a few fish in ponds and tanks and a flock of chickens. She collects things old, rusty and intriguing.  She is a regular contributor to many Stampington & Company publications.

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ICE Resin® Crystal Necklaces with a Hint of Tint

When I first tried the new ICE Resin® Tints, I fell in love.  Unlike some other products you can use to tint ICE Resin®, these are such pretty colors, and have such a clear transparent color.  I played with them to see what would be the best way to show how pretty they are.  I decided I wanted to make some crystals.  They can be quite pricey and I wanted a way to personalize my own crystals so what is better than making your own molds and stamping them with your own words or phrases?  I love the way these turned out and I experimented with different words, tints and finishes.

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So let’s get started.  Gather your supplies:

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You will need:

ICE Resin®
Mixing cups
Plastic stir sticks
ICE Resin® Tints: Raw Ruby, Beryl, Lolite
ICE Resin® Molding Putty
ICE Resin® Foil Sheets
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Ranger® Inkssentials™ Non-Stick Craft Sheet™
Scissors
Paintbrush
Sculpey Polymer Clay
Small Alphabet Stamp Set
Sculpey Bead Making Kit
Toaster Oven dedicated to craft use
Small plastic bowl
Uncooked Rice
Needle nose pliers
Jump rings
Necklaces/fibers
Wire: 24 gauge
Black paint
Baby wipes
Etched bullet casings (optional)

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We’ll use the polymer clay to build the crystal shape. To start, condition your polymer clay, and roll it into a log. Place the log into your freezer for 30-60 minutes. Take it out and use the sharp blade from the clay kit to cut pieces off the side of your crystal.

 

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Continue to turn and slice off pieces to form a crystal shape. Once you have the long sides done, cut the point for the crystal.

 

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Use the small alphabet stamp set to stamp any word you desire in your crystal. I made multiple crystals with different words. For one of them, I shaped the end so it would fit into an etched bullet casing. Bake your polymer “crystals” according to manufacturer directions in your craft-dedicated toaster oven.

 

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Next, mix equal size balls of molding putty to create your mold component. Form the molding putty around your polymer “crystal.” Be sure to press firmly into the side that has the word stamped. Follow the putty’s package directions to cure the mold.

 

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Once the mold compound has cured (I left mine about 20 minutes), use pliers to remove your polymer crystal. Use some uncooked rice in a bowl to stabilize your molds. Mix your ICE Resin® and add your tint. I added 6-10 drops of tint to 2 ounces of mixed ICE Resin®. Allow the ICE Resin® to settle for five minutes. Use the plastic stir stick to drizzle the tinted ICE Resin® into the molds. Allow 6-12 hours for the ICE Resin® to cure.

 

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I added some watered down black paint to some of the word impressions. I let them dry for about 20 minutes, and then wiped the paint off the side with a baby wipe.

 

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You can either leave the crystal with a frosted appearance, or paint another layer of ICE Resin® on the crystal to make it clear. Stand the crystals in the bowl of rice to hold them upright until they are cured.

 

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To hold your crystals, cut two pieces of wire, about 12 inches long each.

 

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About halfway down the length of the wires, twist the wires together three times.

 

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Place the point of the crystal against the twisted wires. Twist the wires three times again on the other side of the point.

 

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Take one wire from each side, and twist them together on the opposite sides from the initial twists. Repeat with the other two wires on the opposite side.

 

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Continue this method to encase the crystal.

 

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When you have encased the whole crystal, use two of the wires to make a bail at the top of the crystal.

 

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Wrap the remaining ends of the wires securely around the base of the bail. Use the needle nose pliers to squeeze and secure the ends.

 

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You can use ICE Resin® to secure the crystal in a bullet casing base. You may also use the Iced Enamels™ Medium to add some foil to the top of the crystal. Once dry and secure, you can add a coat of ICE Resin over the top of the foil. Add a jump ring and the chain or necklace.

 

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I would love to hear how you are using ICE Resin® in your own work!

Brooke Bock lives and creates with her husband and daughter in rural Pennsylvania. She shares her home and studio with two dogs, a cat, a few fish in ponds and tanks, and a flock of chickens. She collects things old, rusty, and intriguing.  She is a regular contributor to many Stampington &Com pany publications.

To learn more about Brooke Bock, please visit:

Blog:  artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com

Pinterest:  brookebock96 and artistendeavor 

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Mixed Media Necklace with Textiles and Found Objects

One of my very favorite design styles is mixed media.  For me, it is actually what I do most.  I love collecting bits and pieces of things that I can use later in something.  I pick these things up everywhere I go: the woods, parking lots, yard sales, thrift stores and while shopping.

My very favorite place to expand my collection is a flea market about an hour from home.  It is set up on Wednesday mornings and primarily consists of collectibles and antiques.  There are nice pieces there, but there are also many bargains if you take the time to look and dig.

Lucky for me, I am a digger. There is a dealer on the end of the first row that always has boxes along the edge of his booth that contain the things he did not find valuable from his weekly hunting.  Items in the box are 50 cents each or the whole box is $1 as it sits, or you can buy the whole row for a couple bucks.  I usually dig through and find some treasures.  Some weeks before it is time to pack up and go home, he will let you take anything from the boxes for free to make it go away.

I can be found digging to the very bottom among broken dishes and assorted junk to retrieve tiny treasures.  Some of the components in this piece came from such a day.  The buttons, crocheted square, and safety pin were joyfully extracted on one bright summer morning as my friends and daughter watched me while shaking their heads.  I totally think it was worth the time and effort.

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When I knew “Mix It Up” was the challenge, it let me gleefully dig out one of my inspiration boxes to see what I could find to use with some ICE Resin®.

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After looking around this box and the rest of the studio, I chose some items to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.

To make a piece like the one shown, you will need:

ICE Resin®

Mixing cups

Wooden stir sticks

Ranger® Inkssentials™ Non-Stick Craft Sheet™

ICE Resin® Iced Enamels™ Medium

ICE Resin® Iced Enamels™ Relique Powder in Turquoise

ICE Resin® Glass Glitter in Sky Blue

ICE Resin® Milan Bezels, in Antique Bronze, Large Rectangle

ICE Resin® Art Mechanique Image Pack #1

Scissors

Silicone Butterfly Mold

Paintbrush

Ranger® Heat-It™ Craft Tool

Needle nose pliers

Jump rings

Wire with balled ends

Toothpicks

Q-tips

Vintage items:
Key
Escutcheon
Lace or tatted/crocheted square
Rhinestone chain
Buttons
Leather disk with stamped word
Small rhinestone earring with back removed
Safety pin
Small scrap of cheesecloth

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Step one is to mix the ICE Resin® according to the package directions, and mold a pair of wings for the pendant.  I used a silicone mold to make mine.

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After the resin cures, cut the butterfly in half with a pair of scissors.

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Trace the bezel upside down onto a piece of paper from the ICE Resin® Art Mechanique Image Pack.  I made sure to trim the edges a bit so it fit nicely in the bezel.

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Use a bit of resin in the bottom of the bezel to hold the paper firmly in place.

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I used some of the glass glitter, buttons, and the disassembled earring to embellish the bezel after adding the paper and bit of ICE Resin®.

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Pour the ICE Resin in the bezel and use a toothpick to put the embellishments where you want them.

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Add a little of the glass glitter with a clean popsicle stick.

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Adding the wings and an extra button to support the edge of the rhinestone embellishment.

Use a little ICE Resin® on the sides of the bezel to attach the resin wings. I also added another button to support the edge of the rhinestone earring so it was not as tilted.

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Before the bezel cures, add a small piece of cheesecloth.  Use a toothpick to push it down into the resin and arrange it.

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Once the item has fully cured, use a paint brush to apply Iced Enamels™ Medium to the piece.  I applied the Medium on the wings and around the edge of the bezel a bit.

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Pour the Iced Enamels™ Relique Powder in Turquoise onto the piece.  I used a piece of foil underneath so I could easily pour the unused powder back into the jar.

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Tap off the excess powder on the foil.  I used a Q-tip to wipe away any powder where I did not want it.

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Heat the powder with your heat gun to melt it.  That part is like magic.

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Pour a little resin on your lace piece, and add the bezel.  Essentially, just use a wooden stirring stick to add some resin to the center of the fiber piece on the Ranger® Inkssentials™ Non-Stick Craft Sheet™.  For ease, you can do it on a piece of foil so you can move it before it is cured.  Use the popsicle stick to add more resin around the top edges of the bezel so it seeps down into the fibers and forms a bond.  Also reinforce the wings and seal the Iced Enamels™.  Allow time to cure and remove from the sheet or foil.  I love that the resin seeps into the whole fabric piece, and gives it strength and body.

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Next, use your pliers and jump rings to attach your bits and baubles to the bottom ring of the bezel.

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For a bit of added fun, you can add some jump rings with buttons and some round wire links made from the balled wire pieces to the chain at the top.

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And there you have it….  A fun mixed media piece that you can add to a chain as I did here.  You could also use it as an ornament for the holidays for your tree.  I have a tendency to hang jewelry I love in my bathroom from hooks like tiny bits of art.  That is where you will find this piece when I am not wearing it.

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I would love to hear how you are using ICE Resin® in your own work!

Brooke Bock lives and creates with her husband and daughter in rural Pennsylvania. She shares her home and studio with 2 dogs, a cat, a few fish in ponds and tanks and a flock of chickens. She collects things old, rusty and intriguing.  She is a regular contributor to many Stampington and Company publications.

Learn more about Brooke at:

Blog: artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com

Pinterest: brookebock96 and artistendeavor 

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See How to Make an ICE Resin® Ring Featuring Power Words

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I spent a great deal of time thinking about this challenge of “Power Words.” I made lists of possible words, words that are fierce and powerful words. Words that are gentler, but just as influential. I wanted to find the perfect series of words. I thought about what power words are driving me currently: gratitude, love, kindness, survivor, fly, grow, and listen. I thought about the words as I completed daily tasks like driving, showering, cleaning, and just before I fell asleep. I realized every time I tried to choose the perfect word, it had changed based on my mood, interactions, and challenges. Then I realized that power words are like art. I need to create with the words that are moving me at that moment, and they will resound with those they are meant to. So I took a few pages from a discarded book, and clipped out a few words that made me smile. I wanted a way to carry these words with me daily. A ring that was strong and clear and true was the perfect way to remind me in faltering moments of what I need most. I worked those snipped-out words into several samples for this challenge. I can wear the one I need each day. Each of us has our own struggles and trials. I hope you find your own power words, and that they move you forward through your own battles successfully and bring you strength.

I am excited to share my first video as an ICE Resin Design Team member.

I would love to hear how you are using ICE Resin® in your own work!

Learn more about Brooke Bock:

Blog: artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com

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