ICE Resin, Re-cycling, and A Winters Tale.

"A Winters Tale"
This project may look a bit familiar as I did one similar to it last time I was on the ice Resin team back in 2013. But this time I wanted to showcase how versatile ICE Resin is as an adhesive and a collage material.
It is so much fun to recycle things that would normally find themselves in the trash bin. Have you played with soda cans? They are thin aluminum that doesn’t rust, is thin enough to cut with simple scissors, and a die cut machine easily turns them into all kinds of shapes. You can see how with a few simple techniques you can make great jewelry pieces with soda cans.
So let’s get started!

Products used

Ingredients:
Part one:
  • Soda cans cleaned
  • Pages from a vintage book
  • Metal shears
  • Safety glasses
  • Work or leather gloves
  • Cuttlebug or Sizzix or Artisan Xplorer die cut machine
  • Heart and butterfly cutting dies in two sizes
  • ICE Resin and appropriate supplies for mixing
  • Small sponge brush
  • Latex gloves
  • Garbage bag

Cutting Cans

Collect some cans and make sure to rinse them out. REMEMBER: use your safety gear! Safety glasses and gloves are a must for this project! With those in place use your heavy metal shears and clip off the top of the can. I clipped through the drinking hole into the softer metal then maneuvered around to clip off the entire top. Then cut down the seam or towards the back and clip off the bottom. Now you have a flat piece of metal. Rinse or clean as necessary and be careful the edges are sharp. (Use a medium grit sand paper to remove any loose pieces or sharp burrs)

Mix up your resin according to instructions. While you wait for the bubbles to clear lay out a garbage bag for your wet pieces, grab your gloves, sponge brush, and your vintage pages. Pour or dip your brush into the resin and onto the can metal sheets. Be sure to coat all the way to the edges then press your pages down on top. Pour more resin and using the brush coat liberally. Lay on your bag to dry. Continue with all your can sheets until done.
Leave to dry for 24 hours. (You just collaged paper to metal with ICE resin!!)
Drying Collaged Pages
When dry ready your die cut machine with heart dies and cut a minimum of five large petals and three medium sized for the flower pin. Cut a few butterflies from any extra collaged can pieces.  Your medium grit sandpaper can be used to remove sharp edges.
Pages and Die Cutting
Part two:
  • Iced Enamels in Carnelian, Turquoise, and Ivory
  • Iced Enamels Medium
  • Small paintbrush
  • Heat gun
  • Small round hobnail bezel
  • Clipart
  • Small hole punch
  • Metal hole punch
  • Micro screw
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Three Tim Holtz ideaology pen nibs
  • White glue, like ModPodge, for paper sealing
  • More ICE Resin
Starting with the larger petals place five onto the micro screw. Follow with three of the  medium petals. Punch holes in your pen nibs and place those on top. (I used a Cropodile) Screw the nut into place, I used jewelry pliers, as tightly as you can get it. The nibs may bed bending to fit into the petals. I also bent the petals with my fingers to mimic flower petals.
Petal ASsemblyAdding Pen Nibs
Brush some medium onto the flower petal edges and dip in the enameling powder. Heat with embossing gun until melted. Continue with all your petals. With the butterflies I did some edges and some of the can designs to hide them, picking enamel colors that I liked as I went.  (I actually did my enameling after I assembled the pieces. You can do either, before or after.)

Enameling

Now you’re ready to mix up another batch of ICE Resin. With a sponge brush seal all your enameling and pour resin into your bezel piece. Also coat the butterflies and you can also use the resin to glue the pin backs in place. Just dribble a bit on the butterfly and place your pin. The resin will do the rest! You can also put some resin in the center of the flower piece then drop your bezel into it. For my example I used some tiny heart shapes,which I added last, to steady the bezel piece while it dried.

Beautiful Butterflies. William

Voila! You have lovely recycled butterflies and a flower pin to show off your love of the literary!

Until next time,

Susan M. Walls

Susan’s Art Circus Blog

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Celtic Themed Bezel by John Creighton Petersen

By The ICE Prince, John Creighton Petersen

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With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, I decided to get creative with some of my favorite ICE Resin® supplies to make a fun Celtic bezel necklace that could be worn anytime of the year besides March 17th. I’ve been working with embossed, colored metals lately in my work and thought I would share this with everyone on the blog. This technique can be easily changed using different embossing folders that are used with die cutting machines, and it’s simple enough to use different colors with this project.

Instructions:

1. Cut metal down to shape – for this bezel, I used a circle die through a die cutting matching that’s the same size of the bezel. If you cut after the metal has been embossed, the pattern will be flattened out.

2. Use the Celtic Knot embossing folder to emboss the cut piece of metal.

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3. Color the metal using StazOn inks with GlazOn layer protectant. With an InkBlusher, color the entire piece of metal with StazOn Cactus Green and allow to dry. Apply a thin layer of GlazOn. Repeat (alternating StazOn followed by GlazOn) with Emerald Green and Forest Green, then highlighting with Metallic Gold.

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4. Mix ICE Resin® following instructions.

5. Use stir stick to apply a thin layer into the bottom of the bezel. Coat the back of the colored metal piece with a light layer of resin and then place into the bottom of the bezel.

6. With a brush, apply a thin coat onto the inner sides of the bezel.

7. Sprinkle inner sides of the bezel with Chartreuse German Glass. Tap off excel and allow to set.

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8. Mix a second batch of resin, enough to fill the bezel.

9. Apply a thin coat of resin onto the back of your inclusion and place into the bezel.

10. Fill the bezel with ICE Resin® and sprinkle with Gold Glitter. Allow to cure.

11. Embellish bottom of bezel and add to necklace chain.

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You can change the look of your bezel very easily simply by changing the colors used. Instead of a gold bezel, switch to a silver colored bezel. Once the same green StazOn colors were used to color the metal, slightly sand off some of the color to expose the metal.

Supplies:

ICE Resin®: ICE Resin®, ICED Inclusions Chartreuse and German Silver, ICED Inclusions Gold Glitter, Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Art Mechanique®  Circle Hobnail Bezel Medium sized, stir sticks and measuring cups

IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko: StazOn (Cactus Green, Emerald City, Forest Green, Metallic Gold), GlazOn, InkBlushers, Fantastix

Celtic Knot embossing folder, circle die cut

Other Supplies: rivet and brad (inclusion used in project), ball and chain with DMC floss for necklace

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How to build up color on an embossed metal piece to make a dimensional bezel

Learn how to make this Celtic themed bezel with your favorite ICE Resin® supplies, complete with an embossed metal background with layers of color on metal.

Cold enameled beads in a becoming Valentine bracelet by Sandy Martin

 

Sandy Martin ICE Resin Valentine

One of my favorite things about Iced Enamels is the amazing ability to transform plain ordinary things into special one of a kind pieces of art.  Today’s project focuses on transforming plain metal beads into special accents. Iused Garnet and Ivory Relique Powders because this was a Valentine theme.

Sandy Martin, Sweet Pea Jewelry

For this project you will need the items pictured plus assorted beads and findings, and of course, tools:

Iced Enamels Garnet and Ivory

Disposable Brush, Craft Cup and Stir Stick, craft heat gun, stick pins,  Iced Enamels medium, and a non-stick craft mat.

Instructions:

I used mixed metal beads with side holes as my base for these darling hearts.

Brush on Iced Enamel Medium and then sprinkle Ivory Relique Powder on top (or you can dip your bead into the powder).

Use your craft heat gun an inch or so from the surface of the bead until you see the Relique start to melt.

Valentine buttons cold enameled

Allow your bead to cool completely before embellishing with a Sharpie marker.

TIP: I used a straight pin to ensure the side holes remained open.

Mix ICE Resin per manufacturer instructions.

Brush on a thin layer of ICE Resin and let dry for 8 to 10 hours.

Garnet Valentine beads

Now you are ready to string. I tied a bit of ribbon in between the beads for accent and used an open-back heart bezel with a toggle for the clasp.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

An ICE Resin® Guest Post: Pahlakhara Necklace by Divya N of India

divya nDivya N describes here style as “Indian Contemporary”, and her jewelry is “Designed to please your soul”.

Her longing for pretty baubles led her through a degree in design to stepping out into her own with business, Sayuri. (Click to learn all bout what that word means to Divya.)

Her blog posts are thoughtful and give the reader insight into another culture and what it is to be an artist and vibrant colors adorn her work. You can check out her blog:  www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Pahlakhara Necklace

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Phalak means a slab or colored glass and Phalakhara refers to a traditional mutlistrand bead necklace which was connected with slabs of glass and was popular in the Satvahana Empire in ancient India. As a design educator and a history buff, I have always been drawn to costumes and jewelry worn in the ancient times so here I have recreated a traditional design with modern materials and a contemporary approach.

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Materials

  1. ICE Resin® (resin – Part A & B, mixing cup, stick, old brush)
  2. Hobnail rectangular bezels small- 2
  3. German Glass Glitter sky blue
  4. German Glass Glitter – amethyst
  5. Green ceramic beads
  6. 12mm Green glass beads -2
  7. 8mm Hot pink compressed glass beads – 2
  8. Cedarwood copper beads -2
  9. Beading wire
  10. Textured gold tone bead cap – 2
  11. Gold tone eyepins – 4
  12. Altered clasp*
  13. Crimps
  14. Nose pliers
  15. Nippers or wire cutters
  • The antique brass clasp was altered by applying Nail polish (pink and blue) color on it and then sealed with resin

phalakhara necklace DIY (1)

phalakhara necklace DIY (2)Method

  1. Mix equal quantities of Part A & B in a cup as per instructions
  2. Apply a thin stroke of resin in the bezels and fill one half with blue inclusions and the other half with amethyst. Pour resin gently on top to cover. Cover with a dust cover and set to dry and cure for atleast 24 hours
  3. String 19 small green beads onto the beading wire and crimp both sides to a gold tone eyepin each. Repeat with 21 and 23 beads on a line each ending up with a cluster of 3 strings.
  4. Add a bead cap each on either side and make a wrapped loop and connect to one side loop of the altered bezel. Repeat for the other side
  5. Loop one 12mm green bead, followed by a pink bead on a gold tone eyepin connecting to the bezel. Repeat for the other side
  6. String 14 small green beads onto a piece beading wire, first connected to the looped beads, followed by one copper bead and crimp ends to the clasp. Repeat for the other side

Discover more about Divya N:   Facebook page – www.facebook.com/JewelsofSayuri     Twitter – @jewelsofsayuri   Etsy Store – www.etsy.com/in-en/shop/JewelsofSayuri

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Give Her a Diamond For Valentine’s by Clare Horner

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For some of us a real diamond on a whim for Valentines is a far off luxury that is not attainable or a reasonable request of our other halves, so if you like me don’t want to ask for the real thing, then ask for the next best thing, and make yourself an ICE Diamond, after all a handmade gift is far more precious than anything bought from a shop.

When I saw a local company who makes laser cut wood shapes had this gorgeous wooden cut diamond I instantly fell in love, and hoarded it for just the right project. I knew I wanted to fill it with ICE Resin® at some point but then what I was not sure. While looking for some gems for smithing I toyed with the idea of buying myself a real diamond. To get a decent one, of good clarity and colour I quickly realized that would be well out of my price range so my plan started forming. I wondered what would happen if I combined ICE Resin® and Shattered Opal……… A match made in heaven itself, Cupid would be impressed!

Thanks for Visiting

Clare Horner

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Supplies:

ICE Resin®

Iced Enamels: Shattered Opal

Packing Tape

Paint Brush

Fernli Designs Laser Cut Diamond Shape

Treasure Gold in Pewter

Bone Folder/Burnisher

Mixing cup and wooden stirrer

Soft Cloth/Tissue

Silver Ball Chain

Large 10mm Jump Ring

Crop-o-dile

1: Take an old paint brush and cover the wooden piece inside and out on all edges with a good coating of Treasure Gold in the Pewter colour. Buff off any excess with a soft cloth/tissue and create a high shine.

2: Take a suitable length of packing tape and stick it to what will be the back side of the diamond shape. Make sure every part of the diamond is covered and burnish down really well making sure all edges are adhered to the tape.

3: Following the manufacturers instructions mix a small amount of ICE Resin®. Once mixed, set aside for two minutes to let any air bubbles rise and pop on their own.

4: Using a small spoon drop a small amount of Iced Enamels Shattered Opal into the mixed resin. Mix in carefully, add more until you are happy with the reflectiveness. Remember you can always add more you cannot take away.

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5: Gently drip the resin mix into each of the openings of the diamond shape so they are all level. Set aside to cure for 6 to 8 hours or over night. Pour any excess resin into a mould or make resin paper.

6: Once cured gently pull the packing tape off the back of the piece then punch a hole into one corner of the piece with a sturdy hole punch such as a crop-o-dile. Attach a large jump ring and thread with ball chain. Wear your piece.

 

 

 

Learn how “Shattered Opal” becomes a “Diamond” in this ICE Resin video tutorial with Clare Horner

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You can make this  fun and funky dazzling diamond pendant.

ICE Resin’s crystal clarity allows the light to shine through the Shattered Opal  flakes!

Creating Graduated Window Layers in ICE Resin by Heather Widener

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What’s better than color? Layers of color! Create a series of windows to highlight a focal area where you can feature an image, word or symbol that’s meaningful to you. My focal point is a small heart-shaped window of sparkly ICED Enamels™ German Glass Glitter, but the options are endless!

Supplies-reduxSupplies

Art Mechanique™ Mixed Metal Hobnail Heart Bezel, large
ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels™ in Garnet Relique & Turquoise Relique
Iced Enamels™ German Glass Glitter in Silver, Salmon, Chartreuse, Sky Blue & Amethyst
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Mica in Bronze & Chartreuse
Laminating plastic
Modge Podge
Permanent marker
Mixing cup & stir stick
Scissors
Disposable paint brush

Bezel Outline

Place bezel face-down on laminating plastic; trace around edge of bezel. The laminating plastic is what you’re going to use to form each of the layers in the bezel. Cut the plastic to fit bezel, and use the plastic as a template to trace and cut as many — or as few — layers as you want to place in your bezel.

Heart with Layers Inside

Place the first layer of plastic into bezel; draw a “window” onto the plastic. The “window” is the part of the plastic layer that you will ultimately cut out to reveal the layers below, so the first window needs to be small, with subsequent windows growing bigger as you add each layer of plastic. Place the second layer of plastic on top of the first; draw a slightly larger window using the layer underneath as a guide. Repeat for each layer. In the photo above, there are eight sheets of plastic stacked on top of each other. Remove all of the layers from bezel, and cut out each window inside the lines you drew; set aside.

Glitter Base Layer

Paint the inside of the bezel with Modge Podge. Coat with silver glass glitter and shake off the excess.

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While the base glitter layer dries, paint the first plastic window layer with Modge Podge; coat with ICED Enamels™ Garnet Relique. Do NOT heat the Iced Enamels™. For this project, the Iced Enamels™ are functioning as a powdered coloring agent, rather than their normal cold enamel function. Repeat for each layer & color.

Window First in Bezel
Mix a batch of ICE Resin®; paint a thin layer on the glass glitter in the bezel. Place the first window layer — the smallest window — in the bezel and press gently to release any air pockets or gas bubbles. Let it rest for 15 minutes.

Window Second in Bezel

Paint a thin layer of resin on the first window layer, gently press as before to release air pockets, and apply the second window layer.

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Repeat until all the layers are in the bezel.
Paint a thin layer of resin on the top layer. Leave the bezel open to highlight all the textures (as I did), or fill & dome with resin.

Thanks for reading about my colorful windows project; they make great picture frame layers, too! See you at the next project!

–Heather

Gem Fabulous

How to Use ICE Resin, German Glass, Glitter, and Relique Powders to make multiple layers in your bezel.

Heather Widener shares how with just a little patience and some laminating film she deeply layers her bezels with sparkle and rich color.

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Check out the blog tomorrow for step by step instructions for a layered heart.

Create tissue paper magic with ICE Resin® for your Valentine by Chantal Johnson

 

Translucent tags, art dangles and natural elements

Translucent tags, art dangles and natural elements

Seeing for the first time what happens when white ephemera (tissue paper and feathers, to be specific) and ICE Resin® meet, was both magical and tragic.   Tragic in the sense that when I put one of my little hens’ white feathers in as a element in a pendant it disappeared as if it wasn’t even in there! Trust me, I’ll only do that once. But the magic happens with white tissue paper and stamped sentiments or images that are embedded or coated with ICE Resin®. It as if the stamped image is floating in the ICE Resin® and the viewer is able to see what is in the background. Coating the tissue paper with ICE Resin® both front and back to make resin paper, you can create translucent tags or dangles in any art or jewelry project. Trust me again; I’ll do this over and over!

As a gatherer of the natural elements from the ocean shores, my shell collection is vast and it is housed in beautiful glass jars all through out my home. I do pick many to be used in jewelry pieces, home décor and even for saltcellars and candle holders. To me, keeping the integrity of the shells is important- I don’t usually paint them different colors as I believe the Creator’s paintbrush is far superior to mine- So in keeping the natural, I found that a little tissue paper stamped sentiment and ICE Resin® can impart a timely word and keep the shell timeless. Using the ICE Resin® to adhere the tissue and then allowing it to cure, the shell has a beautiful gloss that won’t discolor over time and the natural beauty is in tact.

In my first design team project, I combined the love of the natural, the love of tags, wire and words, and the love of ICE Resin® to create tissue paper magic.

Have fun!

Chantal Johnson, Wishblooms

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ICE Resin®

Disposable measuring cup

Wood stirrer

Sponge

Small paintbrush

Disposable gloves

Craft mat or plastic trash bags

White tissue paper

Stazon Ink pads – your choice of color

Stamps

Seashells

Wire 26-28 gauge

Scissors

Round nose pliers

Small beads, charms,

Vintage seam binding Ribbon

Eyelets and eyelet setter such as a Crop –a- dile

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  1. Lay out tissue paper and select stamps and sentiments.
  1. Using Stazon ink, stamp images onto the tissue.

**I work with smaller pieces of tissue so I can create small collages or word choices. Leave a border around the stamped images so once coated and cured with ICE Resin®, you will be able to cut around the imageIMG_6075-web

  1. Once images are stamped, set up the craft mat or trash bag in a clear area with a constant temperature. I use the kitchen counter, as my studio gets too cold.
  1. Mix ICE Resin® according to directions, using equal parts A and B.   Set a timer to stir for 2 minutes if needed and then let it rest for 5 minutes – I use a timer for both and my results are fabulous!
  1. IMG_6068-webTo create sentiments on seashells or various elements, use the paintbrush to paint on a thin coat of ICE Resin®, and then place the trimmed tissue stamped image or sentiment onto the object and brush on another layer of ICE Resin®.
  1. Allow to dry for 12 hours. I like to do this step at night so I will not touch my projects to see if they’re dry. When I wake up in the morning, it’s all finished!!

To create the ICE Resin® Tissue paper, prepare the paper as in Steps 1- 4.

Then beginning on the backside of the paper, using the sponge, spread on the ICE Resin®. Once the back is coated, repeat the process on the front of the paper.

Place the coated tissue paper on the trash bag and allow curing.

**Once dried, be careful and remove the tissue paper slowly from the trash bag/craft mat.

IMG_6077-webTo create the tags,

Trim the ICE Resin® tissue paper to desired size.

Using eyelet setter- set an eyelet for the ribbon and ephemera

Using handheld punches, punch out desired shapes from tissue paper.

With the thin gauge wire, create beaded dangles and ICE Resin® tissue paper charms.

Can you imagine the stamps and colors you will use to make your own?

 

 

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