This little rabbit flicked its feet
jumped into the air and
did a joyful twist before landing in Jen Cushman’s studio.
Of course, being Easter time, the little critter became immortalized in a piece of jewelry!
If you would like to see the entire piece of Easter jewelry, hop on over to Jen’s blog: Hopin’ Down the Trail necklace.
What Easter themed critters have found their way into your studio recently?
Fun Rabbit facts:
Rabbits have almost 360 degree vision. (Jen is a mom, so when she wears this necklace, she does have eyes in the back of her head.)
Their strong hind legs allow them to jump as high as 1 meter and sprint forward as far as 3 meters in one bound.
Rabbits are social creatures.
When I saw the little bird’s in the Art Mechanique range of products it was love at first sight, I knew instantly what I wanted to do with them and how I wanted it to look. I could picture a beautiful dainty bracelet with a shabby chic look to it peeking out from my most favourite summer time shirt. I am so happy that what I imagined could be easily realized with the fantastic Iced Enamels range.
Tools and Materials:
Iced Enamels™ Relique Ivory
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Iced Enamels™ Angled Brush
Rue Romantique™ Pearl Chain
Art Mechanique™ Silhouettes Bird’s
2 pairs pliers
Lobster Claw from stash
1.5mm Metal Hole Punch
1: As demonstrated previously in my technique video, gently shape the bird shapes so they have a slight bow to them.
2: Using your angled brush, brush on some Iced Enamels™ medium to the birds and sprinkle a generous amount of Iced Enamels™ Relique Ivory onto them. Let any excess powder fall off and return to the jar for later use. Heat set the powder on the birds.
3: Mix ICE Resin to the manufacturers instructions. Carefully brush a thin layer of resin onto the birds and let cure over night.
4: Using a 1.5mm metal hole punch, punch 2 holes in each bird, one in the tail and one above the beak in the head.
5: Take off 6 pearl links from the Rue Romantique™ Pearl Chain using pliers. Open each one up at both ends and twist the openings so they all face the same way.
6: Thread on all the birds to the pearl chain closing the ends as you go. Attach a lobster claw fastener to the end and wear.
Now I have an idea for a matching flowing necklace floating around in my head.
Thanks for visiting!
Clare Horner, Got Paint in My Hair
Kathy Cano-Murillo shows how you can use gold leaf in ICE Resin and it will float throughout the mixture!
To make the cubes you will need: ICE Resin®, Gold Leaf, a mold, mold release agent.
To make the necklace below you will need to drill a hole through a corner and wire wrap your jumpring to the cube.
You can find more of the Crafty Chica’s projects on her glittery website.
Join John Creighton Petersen from the ICE Resin 2014 Creative Team as he uses a bolt, packing tape, ICE Resin, a jewel, Raspberry Mica Flakes and Shattered Fire Opal to make this “found” object into an open back bezel.
Materials and Tools:
Leather cuff with snap closure
Art Mechanique Bezel – large hobnail style
Art Paper for background of bezel
Inclusions – charms, buttons, rhinestone chain
1oz ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels Shattered Mica and/or Relique Glitz
Art Mechanique Paper Sealer
Small Disposable Paint Brush
Leather Hole Punch
Metal Hole Punch/ Or a drill with appropriate size drill bit
Fine Sanding Block
Micro Minnie Screwdriver (sold for repairing eyeglasses in most drug stores)
Parchment Paper, plastic bead mat, or white garbage bag split and taped down to protect worktable
1. Mark the placement of the holes you will punch in the bezel for attaching your bezel to the leather cuff with a sharpie marker. Place the marks a good distance apart and in the center of the bezel.
2. Punch or drill holes in the bezel.
3. Remove loop from bezel and buff rough edges with metal file and fine sanding block.
4. Replace bezel on the leather cuff. Use sharpie to mark on the leather where to punch holes in the cuff. Set aside.
5. Trace or etch a pattern for your bezel. Use pattern to cut out the background for the bezel.
6. Paint with disposable brush both the front and back of paper with Art Mechanique Paper Sealer. Repeat multiple times allowing paper to dry between coats
7. Attach the bezel to the cuff by using the micro screws going in through the bezel then the leather. Apply nut from the bottom and tighten with a super small screwdriver being careful to not over tighten the nut.
8. Snip off the end of the screw. File off rough or sharp end of screw. Buff with sanding block if necessary.
9. Place a small dab of E6000 Glue on each screw to secure and seal the leather. Allow to dry.
10. Lay the sealed paper for the background in the bezel. Arrange charms, rhinestone chain, and Iced Enamel Mica in the bezel. Place on protected surface.
11. Mix ICE Resin® per instructions with the packaging in a mixing cup. Allow the ICE Resin® to rest for 10 to 15 minutes until it is the consistency of thick syrup.
12. Using the craft stick drizzle the mixture in the bezel being careful not to disturb the objects you have placed in the bezel. If there is some shifting of the charms or chain use a toothpick to replace. Fill almost to capacity.
13. Sprinkle more Glitz or Mica on the surface if desired. Allow ICE Resin® to set for a few hours.
14. If desired, mix a second small amount of ICE Resin® pour on top to dome the bezel.
Resin will dry in 6 to 12 hours and cure in 72 hours.
America’s favorite pastime takes centerfield in this Americana bracelet that fans, Mom’s and players alike will want to wear. Nothing makes a statement like these personalized cuff bracelets. Add a mascot, your favorite players’ number or just express your “love of the game” in your own personalized bracelet.
Kim Williams, Historically Haute
Have you ever made an old pocket watch back and face into a deep bezel?
Candy Rosenberg shares a couple of steampunk watches she is working on layering and how to use ICE Resin as a glue to make a deep well for all of her inclusions.
I have to admit that I am constantly looking for interesting items that I can use as bezels everywhere that I go – thrift stores, salvage yards, with my two personal favorites being dumpster diving and yard sales. One of my favorite places to pick up bezel like pieces is the hardware store in the electrical and plumbing departments. There’s treasures galore and remember that you don’t have to have a back on your bezel, you can create your own! I wanted to share with everyone the simple way you can take your ICE Resin® to a new creative level with some finds from the hardware store.
I found this great flat back piece in the plumbing section at my local hardware store and knew instantly that it would make a great bezel. To antique the metal, I began by brushing on a coat of Iced Enamels® Medium then applied Iced Enamels Relique Ivory and heat set. I carefully placed a piece of clear packing tape onto the backside of the piece and adhered it securely into place. Be VERY careful not to leave any fingerprints or allow any dust onto the tape – it will show up in your finished piece.
Now it’s time to build our bezel! I began by adding a small amount of ICE Resin® to the bottom of the piece, just enough to have a thin layer completely cover the packing tape. Next I sprinkled Silver Shattered Mica into the base of the piece along with more ICE Resin®. With a brush, I painted the back of the fleur-de-lys with a thin coat of ICE Resin® to help reduce the change of air bubbles then placed it into the center of my piece. Top off with ICE Resin® and add Gold Glitter around the edge of the opening. Allow resin to set and cure.
Once the bezel if fully cured, slowly peel the packing tape from the back of the piece. Use a craft knife (if needed) to trim any of the excess resin from the edges. Hold your piece up and be amazed at the transparent look that you’ve created with a piece of packing tape!
I hope this inspires you to begin creating your own transparent ICE Resin® pieces!
John Creighton Petersen, Art New Wave
While working with ICE Resin® I always think about what to do with the leftovers. Sometimes I dip the stirring stick into a pot of glitter, sometimes I give some fragile treasures a coat to make it last. This time I ended up with more than a quarter of a mixing cup because I overestimated the amount I need for a project. That was the moment I was waiting for!
Rue Romantique™ Red Ribbon
Memento refill ink ‘cottage ivy‘ by Tsukineko
Imagine Crafts craft sheet
Glass Glitter Nuggets (pictured at right)
After I mixed and poured my resin to the form for another project I used the leftover resin in my cup. I took some green glass nuggets I found at a florist and poured them into my resin. I added a generous amount of Iced Enamels™ in two green tones to my mixture and two drops of Memento ink ‘cottage ivy’ by Tsukineko.
Then I poured some random drops of my mixture on my craft mat. If you wish to glue two pieces together like I did for the charm you need two drops in the same size. It doesn’t have to match exactly as you can cut or file the shape after you glued them back to back. Let cure completely and pull off the craft mat, it will come off easily.
Drill a hole into you charm and have fun with it. For my necklace I attached it to a velvet ribbon of Rue Romantique™ to achieve a very simple but elegant look. As the drops will cure flat, you also can use all your leftovers to make some quick and easy embellishments for later use on paper crafting.
Baerbel Born, To Create and Inspire
Do you love the music of waves make as they crash against the shoreline? Is that the meaning of Tammy Jones’s Talisman necklace? Probably not. You will need to hop over to her blog to discover the entire pendant that she made, and exactly what it is that makes the word love meaningful.
Previous Talismans aka personal artifacts:
Carol La Valley Contact carol (at) iceresin.com if you would like to be a part of the Talisman project.
More about the Talisman Project and how you can join it:
When metalsmith and ICE Resin founder Susan Lenart Kazmer traveled the globe in the 1990s she learned that in all cultures, humans adorn themselves for some type of symbolical representation. These studies led her to create jewelry from her own culture from found objects.
Hello! Carol from ICE Resin here. I just have to say that one of my fave craft projects ever was created by Cheryl Bodkin Waters for the annual Seaside Soiree a couple of years ago.
Although we have never met, one of the wonderful things about art and this industry is the incredible people who touch your life and heart.
Cheryl taught me how healing art can be.
She is the artist behind this week’s Talisman — TRUST. You’ll find the whole piece on her Artsy Findings blog.
More about the Talisman Project HERE.
More coming in the weeks ahead!
Are you a designer who has a passionate, supreme focus this year and want to be a part of the Talisman Project? Convo carol (at) iceresin.com
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