Tips for Tints & Faux Stained Glass

Tints Pendant

In yesterday’s blog post, I shared my super-easy technique for creating faux stained glass with ICE Resin® and the new Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin® Tints. The “leading” was created using photo editing software, and printing on an inkjet printer. That’s not the only way to create the leading, however. In today’s video post, I share several alternatives for creating the faux leading, and not only are they easy, they’re also inexpensive and so low-tech, they’re virtually no-tech. I’ve also included several tips for working with the new Tints, which make fantastic, saturated yet transparent color.

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Use ICE Resin® Tints to Create Faux Stained Glass

Tints Pendant

Intrigued at first sight, I got to try the new ICE Resin® Tints while working in the ICE Resin® booth at the Tucson gem shows in February. I immediately fell in love with their easy-to-use, transparent color, and the cool effects they make when dropped into ICE Resin®. I wanted to use them in a faux stained glass creation, so I started with an open-back bezel, and added “leading” I created from a photograph I took of a flower. There are loads of options for creating the leading, and I’ll feature several in tomorrow’s video blog post, as well as additional tips for working with ICE Resin® Tints, and how to modify the project to work with a closed-back bezel.

 

Supplies

Supplies for the Pendant

ICE Resin®
ICE Resin® Tint in one or more colors of your choice; I used Raw Ruby and Yarrow
Open-back bezel
Mixing cup & stir stick
Packing tape
Image to simulate stained glass leading

 

Stained Glass Leading

I created this faux stained glass leading from a photograph of a flower in my digital holdings. I used a drawing program to trace the edges of the flower, and added additional lines to simulate the leading. I sized the image to fit my bezel, and printed it on a transparency sheet made for my type of printer ink.

Starting with a photo in my own digital holdings, I created my faux stained glass leading by digitally tracing around the edges of a photo I took of a flower, and printing the tracing onto a transparency made for inkjet printers. There are many different ways to create the faux leading, and I’ll discuss several in tomorrow’s video blog.

Apply Tape

Seal the back of the bezel with packing tape, burnishing the edges to prevent the ICE Resin® from leaking out the back of the bezel.

First Resin Pour

Mix a small cup of ICE Resin® according to the package instructions. Pour resin into the bezel, filling the bezel approximately halfway up to the top edge of the bezel.

First Drop of Tint

Drop one drop of ICE Resin® Tint into the bezel, in whichever color you choose. Let the Tint spread on its own.

Add additional drops as you desire.

Small Tint

To add smaller amounts of the Tints, I like to put one drop on the end of the stir stick I used, and dab the resin in the bezel with it.

 

Adding Small Drops

Using the stir stick to add smaller amounts of Tint to the bezel. This makes is easier to add tiny bits of Tint to the bezel, rather than adding an entire drop directly from the bottle.

 

Adding More Drops

Adding More Yellow

Adding additional drops of the Yarrow Tint.

Let the tinted ICE Resin® set for four hours, or long enough so that the resin starts to cure, and becomes a bit firm; this will keep the tints from bleeding and mixing into the subsequent resin pour, and will provide a solid base for the image layer.

 

After Tints Have Set

Bezel with of ICE Resin® Tints, swirled into colorful patterns after sitting for four hours.

 

Place Image

Place the stained glass leading image onto the partially set resin, ensuring a smooth seal to avoid creating large air pockets.

 

Pressing the Image

Gently press the image to help trapped air bubbles escape. Adding a thin layer of ICE Resin® to the back of the image before placing it into the bezel makes it easier to avoid air pockets and bubbles altogether.

 

Adding Final Resin

Mix another small batch of ICE Resin®, and add to the bezel, creating as low or high a dome as you desire.

 

Doming Layer

Let the bezel cure overnight, and incorporate into your finished project.

 

Tints Pendant

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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.

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See How to Create Crystal-Like Flowers with ICE Resin®

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Hello everyone! Heidi Blankenship, here. Today, I have a technique to share with you using ICE Resin®, Iced EnamelsTM, glitter, Ranger Perfect PearlsTM Pigment Powders, and various types of paper from vintage sheet music to paper flowers. I have to say I just love the look of ICE Resin® on paper! It doesn’t matter if it is vintage paper or newer paper, sealed or not sealed, it always has such a beautiful and unique look. I mixed up some of the ICE Resin® and then added small amounts of the resin to different cups. Then I used few different colors of Perfect PearlsTM, and added it to the resin. I used the stir stick to mix the ICE Resin® and Perfect PearlsTM. Doing this created beautiful pearl colors. I used a paintbrush to add the pearly resin to the paper flowers and leaves. When the ICE Resin® cures, the flowers have a beautiful crystal look to them, and they become hard from the resin. I also added some of the Iced EnamelsTM Relique Gold glitter to the center of the larger flowers and the edges of this leaves for a bit of added sparkle. Once the ICE Resin® has cured, the flowers can be added to all kinds of home décor and DIY projects.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Creating Crystal-Like Flowers with ICE Resin®

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Hello everyone!  Heidi Blankenship, here.  Today, I have a technique to share with you using ICE Resin®, Iced EnamelsTM, glitter, Ranger Perfect Pearls, and various types of paper from vintage sheet music to paper flowers. I have to say I just love the look of ICE Resin® on paper! It doesn’t matter if it is vintage paper or newer paper, sealed or not sealed, it always has such a beautiful and unique look. I mixed up some of the ICE Resin® and then added small amounts of the resin to different cups. Then I used few different colors of Ranger Perfect PearlsTM and added it to the resin. I used the stir stick to mix the ICE Resin® and Perfect PearlsTM. Doing this created beautiful pearl colors. I used a paint brush to add the pearly resin to the paper flowers and leaves. When the ICE Resin® cures, the flowers have a beautiful crystal look to them and they become hard from the resin. I also added some of the Iced EnamelsTM Relique Gold glitter to the center of the larger flowers and the edges of the leaves for a bit of added sparkle.  Once the ICE Resin® has cured, the flowers can be added to all kinds of home décor and DIY projects.

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ICE Resin®

ICE Resin® Iced EnamelsTM Relique Powder in Turquoise

ICE Resin® Iced EnamelsTM Relique in Gold

ICE Resin® Iced EnamelsTM Medium

ICE Resin® Paper Sealer

Disposable Brushes

Mixing Cups and Stir Sticks

Ranger Perfect PearlsTM in Pink Gumball, Sour Apple, and Turquoise

Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Other Supplies Used

Small Fancy Wood Frame
Bingo Butterfly Girl Vintage-style Image from ArtCult.etsy.com
Vintage Sheet Music
Wild Orchid Crafts Paper Flowers and Leaves
Vintage Book Paper
Ivory Flat Back Pearls
Sequins
Rhinestones
Craft Foam
Heat Tool
Hot Glue
Scor-Pal® Scor-TapeTM

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To start, cut vintage sheet music to fit the size of the frame. Then apply paper sealer to the vintage sheet music, and apply the sheet music to the frame.

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Apply a second coat of the paper sealer to the vintage sheet music once it is on the frame.

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Apply paper sealer to the front and back of all the paper flowers, leaves, and image. Set aside to dry.

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Brush on the Iced EnamelsTM Medium to the scroll outer part of the frame and then apply Iced EnamelsTM Relique Powder in Turquoise.  Do this one side at a time and use a heat tool to melt the Iced EnamelsTM before moving on to another section.

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Next brush a thin coat of ICE Resin® on top of the vintage sheet music, and apply another piece of vintage book paper.

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Apply ICE Resin® to the entire frame. Use a brush to apply the resin to the scroll parts of the frame. Also apply resin to the butterfly wings on the image. Sprinkle Iced EnamelsTM Gold glitter around the outer edges of the paper on the frame and the butterfly wings.

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Here is a close up of the wings with the ICE Resin® and glitter.

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Mix up the ICE Resin® and then add Ranger Perfect PearlsTM in Pink Gumball. This will tint the resin and also give it a pearly sheen.

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Here is a close up of the ICE Resin® with the Perfect PearlsTM mixed in. It creates a beautiful pearly pink color.

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Mix up a few small batches of the ICE Resin® and add different colors of the Perfect PearlsTM.  I used three colors of the Perfect PearlsTM: Pink Gumball, Sour Apple, and Turquoise. I also applied Iced EnamelsTM Relique Gold glitter to the center of the larger flowers and the tips of the leaves.

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I applied craft foam to the back of the image using Scor-TapeTM, and then adhered it to the frame with more Scor-Tape. I like to use craft foam when adding dimension to larger pieces, because then it is smooth across the entire piece.

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Here is a close up, highlighting the crystal look of the flowers.

I used hot glue to apply all of the flowers and leaves, and create a small flower cluster at the top and another larger cluster at the bottom of the frame.  I just love the look of the flowers with the pearly tinted ICE Resin®!  They have the appearance of crystal flowers. Some of the areas weren’t completely covered with the paper sealer so they have a bit of a translucent look but I love that too. It just adds more to the crystal like appearance of the flowers.

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Here is another close up so you can see where the rhinestones, pearls, and sequins were added.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and remember ICE Resin® isn’t just for jewelry. You can use it with paper crafting too!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

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