ICE Resin® Magnified Snowflakes

The weather has finally turned cold, one source of inspiration for this project. I love to explore the scientific possibilities of ICE Resin®, and it’s optical characteristics provided another source of inspiration. ICE Resin®, when formed into a dome, creates a magnifying effect on whatever is under it, and this project takes advantage of the magnification phenomenon to highlight a mix of tiny snowflakes.

Supplies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supply List

ICE Resin®
Mixing cups & stir sticks
Art Mechanique(TM) Mixed Metal Hobnail Bezel
Disposable paintbrushes
Silicone dome mold
Transparency sheets
Acrylic paint in several colors of your choosing
Metallic paper
Scissors

Cut a piece of metallic paper to fit in the bottom of the bezel. Mix a batch of ICE Resin® according to the package instructions, paint a very thin layer into the bottom of the bezel, and press the cut paper into the bezel, taking care to ensure the edges are sealed. Let it cure for at least 45 minutes.

Cut Paper

Pour the rest of the mixed ICE Resin® into your molds, and let it cure for at least six hours, or until quite firm.

 

While the molds cure, create your snowflakes. I printed mine on transparencies made for my inkjet printer, and cut them out. I printed a mix of two sizes to fit the flat tops of the molds. You can create your snowflakes by any means you like. If you prefer to draw them by hand or print them on paper, that works, too. Just make sure they fit the flat top of your molds.

Snowflakes printed on transparency sheets using an inkjet printer.

Mix a small batch of ICE Resin®, and divide it among four cups, one for each color you want to use in your project. Tint each cup with a tiny amount of acrylic paint.

You need only a small amount of ICE Resin® for each tint to color the bezel.

 

It’s important to use very small amounts of paint, so that the tinted resin remains transparent.

 

Pour each color of tinted ICE Resin® into the bezel, one at a time, taking care to keep the colors separate. I poured each of the four colors into a separate quadrant of the bezel.

Carefully tilt the bezel to spread the resin to the edges of the bezel. To create a swirled effect in the tinted resin, tilt the bezel in a rolling circular motion. Take care not to over mix the colors, or they will become muddled. Let the tinted resin cure overnight.

The four colors swirled together through gentle, attentive tilting of the bezel.

Mix a small batch of ICE Resin®, and apply very small amounts on the molded domes, to act as an adhesive layer for the snowflakes.

Resin Glue

If you have trouble controlling the amount of ICE Resin® you’re using, switch to a paintbrush and tap it on a paper towel to remove the excess resin.

Use the stir stick to pick up and place each snowflake on the flat top of each molded dome. Center the snowflakes on the domes.

Snowflakes Stuck

Place a very small drop of ICE Resin® on top of each snowflake, to seal it onto the domed resin. Let the snowflakes cure overnight.

Snowflakes Topping

After applying the top seal layer of ICE Resin®, keep an eye on the snowflakes for the first hour, in case they slide off center.

When the snowflakes are cured to firmness, pop the domes out of the mold.

Snowflakes Domed

The cured snowflake domes removed from the mold.

Mix a very small amount of ICE Resin® and paint a thin layer into the bezel, on top of the swirled paint layer. This thin layer of resin will act as an adhesive for the snowflakes.

Resin Layer Bezel

Carefully place each snowflake dome onto the wet resin, and press gently to secure them.

Snowflake Placement

Place and press gently to secure the snowflake domes.

Once all the snowflake domes have been placed, press the domes onto the resin periodically during the first one or two hours of curing to ensure a good seal between the snowflake domes and the ICE Resin® in the bezel. Let the bezel cure overnight.

Snowflakes All Placed

You can incorporate the finished bezel into an ornament, as done here, or a piece of jewelry.

Magnified Snowflake Ornament

 

To see more of my work and what inspires me every day, go to HUWBijoux on the web,  Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter.

Found Object Christmas Ornament with Jen Crossley

iceresinA cast ICE Resin crystal, a found object rosette and Jen Crossley made an ornament fit to grace any Christmas tree!

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You can find ICE Resin, and casting supplies here, although you’ll have to hunt for your own found rosette.

And Jen blogs at A Mark in Time

Baby’s First Christmas

This ornament was inspired by a vintage style Christmas tree and the need for a contemporary ornament that fit that style. It was also inspired by the use of a silver napkin ring as a bezel. The ornament has 2 sides, the one with the vintage baby picture and the other side has a vintage rhinestone brooch shaped like a snowflake embedded in ICE Resin. The heart bezel drop has glittered scrapbook paper, words cut from a dictionary, and a vintage rhinestone button.

Thespa McLaughlin

Vintiquities Workshop

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Baby’s First Christmas Ornament starting with a Found Object by Thespoena McLaughlin

Got silver napkin rings?

Thespoena show you how to make a magnet, a knob and a delightfully vintage baby’s first Christmas ornament.

Vintiquities Workshop is where you can find more of Thespa’s creative arts!

Now through Dec. 15, one winner each day will get a bonus bag of Industrial Chic with their order in the ICE Resin store!

Chasing Frosty to Australia!

Isn’t this ornament just FUN!

Jen Crossely used a thin layer of ICE Resin to give a shelf for the bells to rest upon in this gorgeous vintage-looking Christmas ornament.

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Love the detail on the crystal snowflake!

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Look how the silver back she chose made the ornament shine!

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You can see more of Jen’s work on her blog A Mark in Time.

 

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