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.

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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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Letter LOVE: Create Iced Enamels(TM) Letters for ICE Resin® Journal Cover

 

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HOPE-an ICE Resin® journal

 

Words, when spoken have the power to give direction to those that are lost, hope to those in despair and when they are read, insight to the soul. Memories are brought to view, times recalled and emotions felt by just a single word or thought.

 

Many of you choose a word to set the tone of the New Year or perhaps you have a favorite word that you are know for saying and saying it often.

 

When our first design team project theme was “Power Words,” many came to mind – create, blessed, free, peace, joy, dream shine, purpose, strength, and love. I chose to create a journal with Iced EnamelsTM letters with the word “Hope,” and die-cut copper butterflies, along with ICE Resin® paper, and a texture paste technique for the cover, using a pre-cut heavy chipboard.

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Paper, wire, scrapbooking letters

These repurposed letters are from metal scrapbook letters that are actually plastic-coated with pinks, greens and black as the base of each letter. Covering each letter with flashing tape gives a perfect base for the Iced EnamelsTM . This technique is also great with wooden letters/shapes, outdated metal jewelry, or hand- or die-cut shapes as with the copper butterflies.

 

Sealing the Iced EnamelsTM letters with ICE Resin® is the key to success and longevity. I also poured the ICE Resin® on my textured cover, and placed a vintage piece of French literature in the ICE Resin®, creating a glass-like finish. The shine is tremendous.

 

Adding paper, both new and vintage, this journal can hold my thoughts and ideas. Using ribbon, wire and other embellishments such as a faux druzy heart bezel (that I made), and shells that I picked up along the beach, this journal holds HOPE not only on the pages, but also in my heart.

Druze inspired heart bezel=LOVE

Druzy inspired heart bezel=LOVE

 

While in this creative process of making this journal so many more words came to mind – embrace, Faith, valuable, depth, soul, vintage, light, memories, kindness, gratitude and the list goes on… What is the word that speaks to you? Have you found a few that need to be brought into view? Here is what you need to get started on your Letter LOVE with Iced EnamelsTM and ICE Resin®:

 

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ICE Resin®, texture paste — the essentials

 

Stencils, stamps, Resined paper and seashells

Stencils, stamps, resined paper and seashells

GATHER

ICE Resin®, disposable cups and stirrers

Iced EnamelsTM Medium, disposable brush

Iced EnamelsTM Relique Powder, colors of choice

Small spoon

Craft mat or plastic trash bag

Heat gun

Metal letters –repurposed or new

Flashing tape

Bone folder or paper stump

Small file or sand paper

Scissors

Various inks, paints and/or patinas — including black, brown, and a dark green ink

Thin copper sheet

Die cut machine or metal shears

Butterfly die cut or drawn design

Chipboard album cover

Ranger® Texture Paste

Perfect Pearls(TM) Pigment Powder in gold or copper; or gold/copper acrylic paint

Stencil – your choice

Plastic trowel or spreader

SticklesTM – color of choice

Paper – vintage (optional) and white cardstock, or paper of your choice

Ranger® InkssentialsTM Glossy Accents

Stamps with word sentiments

Tag punch or pre-cut tags

Metal scrapbooking words

Shells or other charms of choice

Wire – 5 annealed, beaded wires for embellishments, and one the width of the cover

Ribbon – I used seam binding as it drapes well for the bow

Small heart bezel

ICE Resin® German glass glitter in silver

 

MAKE

Iced EnamelsTM Letters

 

  1. Cover the letters with flashing tape. Using a bone folder or paper stump, press corners and edges, bringing the tape to the back of the letters.
Apply flashing tape to plastic coated letters

Apply flashing tape to plastic coated letters

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Using a paper stump, burnish the letter to create definition

  1. Using the disposable brush, apply Iced EnamelsTM Medium to the front of the letters. Then with the Iced EnamelsTM Relique powders (in the colors of choice) pour over letters and tap off excess. Repeat this with all your letters and butterflies (or metal embellishments of choice).
Apply ICED Enamel Medium

Apply Iced Enamels(TM) Medium

 

ICED Enamel Relique Powder

Iced Enamels(TM) Relique Powder

 

3.  With heat/embossing gun, heat powders until they have melted and are smooth. Set aside to cool.
Repeat these steps on the copper cut butterflies or any other metal embellishments you choose.

Heating with the embossing/craft gun until powder is smooth.

Heating with the embossing/craft gun until powder is smooth.

 

ICE Resin® journal cover

1. With Black ink, ink the entire chipboard cover including the edges.

2. Using a trowel, scoop a generous amount of the Texture Paste into a disposable cup. Mix the copper or gold pigment powder or acrylic paint, stirring until all is incorporated.

3. Place stencil on inked cover, and spread the paste as thin or as thick as you would like. Quickly lift the stencil and set aside to dry. Repeat the stencil pattern if needed. *Keep in mind the thicker the paste, the longer the drying time.

4. Once dry, take your inks beginning with the dark brown, then dark green, and ink the textured areas, creating a darker aged appearance; or leave metallic, if you would like.

 

Create the glass-like finish – Part 1
*Have your vintage piece of paper ready for the cover

5. Using a disposable cup and stirrer, pour equal parts of ICE Resin® parts A and B. Mix with a gentle folding motion for two minutes. Set aside for five minutes.

6. Using the stirrer, begin to coat the cover of the journal with ICE Resin®; once coated, place the paper in the ICE Resin® and press slightly.

7. Coat with more ICE Resin® and allow to dry eight hours or overnight.

 

Creating the glass-like finish – Part 2
*Have your Iced Enamels letters and butterflies ready

8. Once dry, mix another batch of ICE Resin® as in step 5.

A close up of the journal letters

A close-up of the journal letters

9. Using a brush, coat the front and the back of the Iced EnamelsTM letters and butterflies, and place on the cover of the journal. *The ICE Resin® is your adhesive and sealer.

10. With any leftover ICE Resin®, pour or spread onto the journal for a second layer.

  • To create depth and interest, the ICE Resin® can be spread thicker and thinner on the cover.

 

Creating Embellishments for Cover

 

Wire-wrapped shells and word tags

I LOVE the drips and pours of the ICE Resin® giving it depth and interest along with the wire wrapped shells and words

I LOVE the drips and pours of the ICE Resin® giving it depth and interest along with the wire wrapped shells and words

With ICE Resin® paper, stamp word sentiment onto tiny tags. Using glossy accents, adhere stamped tag to white cardstock tag. Punch tiny hole at the top.

 

Slip shell onto one end of wire, bring ends of wire up, and wrap around the shell. Slip tag onto wire and continue wrapping; slip other end of wire onto the wire that is the on the cover and secure. Repeat with other tags, shells and /or charms.

 

With a 3-foot length of ribbon, keeping one end very long, tie a 2-looped bow onto the wire. Using the longer end, wrap to the back of cover, slip onto the wire (on other side) and then wrap back to the side of the cover with the bow. Tie another loop around the ribbon and knot. Trim ends.

 

Set two eyelets on both front and back covers. Fill the journal with pages and secure with two rings. Now fill the pages with Hopes and Dreams!

 

The ICE Resin® journal ready to be filled with Hopes and Dreams

The ICE Resin® journal ready to be filled with Hopes and Dreams

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See How to Create a Ruby Slipper Pendant

Ruby Slippers Pendant by Dizzi Di

“What good are Ruby Slippers if you never put them on?” That question helped inspire this project, and was a big reminder to start using all the great components I have in my art stash, and to appreciate every day. Watch how I made this Ruby Slipper Pendant!

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