Welcome to the 3rd day of the 2015 Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! I don’t know about you, but around the holidays I’m always looking for quick and easy gift ideas to create for friends and family.
Today I’d like to share with you these cute pendants that are made from Scrabble game pieces. These are the perfect gift for both the men and women in your life, not to mention that they can be easily personalized with the ICE Resin® product line to make the perfect gift anytime of the year!
Getting Started Before the fun can begin, use a small sized drill bit to create a hole in the top of the game piece. Use a pair of pliers to screw in the eye hook into the game piece.
To create a basic pendant, use a paint brush to paint all sides and the backside of the game piece with the Iced Enamels Medium.
Sprinkle the painted areas of the game piece with your choice of Iced Enamels Relique Powder. Tap off excess powder and then heat set with a heat tool; allow to cool completely. Because the piece will become hot when heated, use a pair of pliers to hold the eye hook when heating.
Mix ICE Resin according to manufacturer’s instructions. Use the stir stick to apply the resin on top of the Iced Enamels in a thin coat. You can also coat the sides of the resin to help protect the enamels on the sides as well. Allow the resin to set completely. Once the resin has set on the backside, turn the pieces over and repeat on the front side of the game pieces. Add glitter and other inclusions as desired and allow the resin to set.
To create druzie pieces, coat the back and sides of the game piece with ICE Resin – you’ll be using the resin as an adhesive for this application.
Sprinkle the back and the sides of the bezel with Iced Inclusions German Glass and use light pressure to press into place. Allow the resin to set completely before tapping off the excess german glass.
With the wide line of ICE Resin supplies, it’s easy to personalize any piece for whom you’re making them for! Add glitter to the resin while its still wet, or switch colors of the Iced Enamels used.
Get even more creative! Add decorative printed papers or even copies of photographs to the backside of the pieces, and then set with resin. Cover the backside with metallic Iced Enamels, and using ICE Resin as an adhesive, add a flat-backed charm or stone to make a reversible pendent that can be worn either way!
ICE Resin ICE Resin and mixing supplies, Iced Enamels Medium, Iced Enamels, Iced Inclusions (german glass, mica, glitter)
Other Supplies Scrabble game pieces, eye hooks, ball and chain necklace (0r similar), permanent stamp ink/alcohol markers, printed papers, heat tool
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There are numerous things in the art world that send me into a state of contemplation. ICEResin® is one of them, but the list includes many others, which was great for this month’s free-for-all theme, because I could think ad nauseum — or at least until deadlines loomed — and incorporate as many concepts as I desired. In the end, I focused on two of my favorites: ombré-patterned color, and textiles.
Iced Enamels™ in Ivory Relique, Turquoise Relique, and Pewter Relique
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Art Mechanique™ Mixed Metal Bezel
Acrylic paint in Ultramarine Blue and White
Ceramic tile or other heat resistant surface
Prepare the lace. Trim it to fit the bezel, and paint the lace with a very thin layer of white acrylic paint.
Dip the brush in the paint, and dab all the excess off the brush before applying it to the lace. You want to use as little paint as possible, so that the small holes on the lace do not become filled with paint. Let the lace dry completely, preferably overnight to ensure the paint is fully dried and won’t leach into the wet resin. The purpose of coating the lace with the paint is to keep it opaque and bright in the resin.
Prepare the ombré Iced Enamels™ mixtures. With the permanent marker, draw a line near the end of a stir stick, to create a guide for measuring the Iced Enamels™. Using five mixing cups and the permanent marker, label the cups with the mixture “recipes” for each color in the ombré pattern.
I chose to work with five gradations of the Turquoise Relique Iced Enamels™. My “recipes” are:
Cup 1: Two parts Pewter Relique and one part Turquoise Relique
Cup 2: Two parts Turquoise Relique and one part Pewter Relique
Cup 3: Three parts Turquoise Relique
Cup 4: Two parts Turquoise Relique and one part Ivory Relique
Cup 5: Two parts Ivory Relique and one part Turqoise Relique
For each “part” in the recipe, dip the marked end of the stir stick into the corresponding color and scoop out a small heaping pile, covering the marked end, and dump it into the matching mixing cup.
Paint the first section of the inside of the bezel, including the interior bezel walls, with Iced Enamels™ Medium. Sprinkle the contents of Cup 1 onto the Medium, tilting to coat the interior walls, and shake off the excess.
Paint the second section of the bezel with Iced Enamels™ Medium and coat that section with the contents of Cup 2. Shake off the excess. Repeat with each of the remaining color mixtures, in order. Let the Iced Enamels™ dry.
Using the heat gun, melt the Iced Enamels™ in the bezel.
Mix a small batch of ICEResin® according to the package instructions, and add a tiny amount of Ultramarine Blue acrylic paint to the resin. Mix well. You only need to use a tiny amount of paint, as the goal is to tint the resin while retaining transparency.
Using a stir stick, apply a thin layer of the blue-tinted ICEResin® to the bezel, spreading the resin over the entire bezel, and pushing the resin into the edges.
Wipe out the excess ICEResin® from the middle of the bezel, leaving a very light wash on the Iced Enamels™ and a deeper wash of resin around the interior edges of the bezel.
Let the tinted resin set overnight.
Mix another small batch of ICEResin® and fill the bezel to just below the top edge of the bezel. Let the resin set for six hours.
After six hours, the resin will have started to firm up, and will be tacky. Apply the painted lace and press gently to affix to the tacky resin.
Mix another small batch of ICEResin® and pour over the lace layer, filling the bezel submerging the lace. Take care to remove any bubbles, checking for bubbles repeatedly in the first 90 minutes or so, as the openings in the lace can cause bubbles.
Apply as many additional layers as needed to create the dome you desire. Let the bezel cure fully, and incorporate into your finished project.
As an added bonus, here’s a comparison of painted and unpainted lace in ICEResin®.
When we got through the challenge of ”contrasts” I knew instantly what I wanted to do and more importantly what I wanted to use. I have had these little turtles for about 2 years and looked at them lovingly but never have I taken them out of the packet. I was keeping them, as you do, for just that special project. In this case the special project was contrasting a positive with a negative. I adore how these came out and thinking I might make a matching necklace with the larger negative and bracelet with the smaller positive.
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Iced Enamels™: Relique Powder Chartreuse, Medium.
Art Mechanique®: Silhouette.
Other Supplies: Cut n dry foam, disposable brush, ear wire.
Tools: Heat tool, sanding block, drill, drill bit, pliers.
1: Drill a hole in each small turtle with a 1/16th drill bit.
2: Roughly sand both sides of the brass pieces to create a tooth in the metal.
3: Sponge a light coating of medium onto the turtles and leave to dry a few moments.
4: Pour the enamel over the medium and tap off excess. Wipe a small amount from each edge and heat set.
5: Repeat on the back taking care not to re heat the front.
6: Lightly sand all edges front and back to remove any stray enamel.
7: Brush all edges with stazon ink to disguise the raw brass.
8: Mix ICE Resin to manufacturers specifications.
9: Coat one side with a thick amount of resin, let cure for 6 to 8 hours or over night.
10: Re drill the holes to open up the resin that may have filled them.
11: Repeat resin and drill step on reverse side.
12: Attach ear wires and wear.
Ever wonder why wont resin stick to enamel properly sometimes? In this latest video Clare Horner explain the ins and outs of it and how to make a permanent adhesion of ICE Resin to Iced Enamel.
Want to see more of what Clare is up to? Visit her blog at Gotpaintinmyhair.blogspot.co.uk.
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