Tools and Materials:
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Opal
Art Mechanique™ Jewelers Grade Molding Putty
Liquid Gold Foil
Acrylic Paint Pens
Beacon Liquid Adhesive
After creating my own frame mold using the Jeweler’s Grade Molding Putty. The video can be seen here…iceresin.com/icequeen/2014/03/organic-and-inorganic-objec…
I wanted to make something to use on one of my art pieces––A whimsical piece.
I hope you find some inspiration from this post. Happy creating.
Jamie Dougherty, Designs
1. I poured the frame as a centerpiece.
2. Once I poured the mold with ICE Resin® I painted the back of the frame with Liquid Gold Foil. It gave the resin frame a soft frosted look.
3. I accented elements on the front of the frame and painted them as well.
4. Adhere the frame to the canvas. Even if you down draw or paint you can add this to an existing canvas to add a mixed media, dimensional element.
5. I used the Iced Enamels™ Shattered Opal as a way to catch light on the canvas. They add a whimsical effect.
Do turquoise and sparkle make a Rodeo Queen?
Probably not, but I have always thought their regalia looked mighty fine — from the boots, to the chaps, to the buckle, to the dressed up cowboy hat.
The daughter of a friend (Amanda) is a barrel racer in Idaho, determined to go pro, so I made her a buckle.
Creativity sometimes needs time and reason, and I find it easier to pour a lot of ICE Resin at once because my filled-with-paper-tigers-office is also my “studio”.
On to the project!!
To begin, I used an emery board (too lazy to go to the garage for sandpaper) to roughen the shiny surface of the buckle.
Painted on the medium. (Yup, I was making earrings at the same time.) Sprinkled Iced Enamels Turquoise Relique and Silver Glitz Powders on top of the buckle.
This is what it looks like pre-heat gun:
And after heat but before ICE Resin:
Then, I let the buckle cool before I painted on ICE Resin and added the rhinestone chain “A”. The thin layer of resin worked just like glue.
The first painted layer of ICE Resin over the Iced Enamels tended to stay where I put it and despite the convex surface, it did not pool too much on the edge.
I did add one more layer of ICE Resin the next morning.
Tip: The underside of the belt buckle not flat. I used an empty sour cream container to set the buckle on and make it level.
You’ll need: ICE Resin, Relique Powder, Medium, Disposable Paint Brush, a recycled container,craft cup, stir stick, rhinestone chain, and wire cutters.
The earrings that match this buckle are one of the many lovely projects in the Romance of Mixed Media Jewelry ebook published by Cloth Paper Scissors.
The buckle that made me want to create a cool buckle of my own was none other than the one 2013 ICE Resin Creative Team Member Lexi Grenzer made and displayed at CHA 2013. I dislike the sound of drilling metal so while Lexi improvised with a hobnail heart, I chose to begin with an actual buckle (avail thru HHH Enterprises).
Now I am blaming/thanking Lexi and Homer of HHH for my need to buy (save me from myself! I just stopped writing this post and bought some!) and embellish more buckles.
Have you caught the fever?
Carol La Valley, ICE Resin Content Manager and author.
Misty Grosse, our ICE Resin Booth Manager and a gal with an all-around bubbly personality sent us a text:
“Look what I created! It has not been sealed yet but I am loving Iced Enamels!”
And then she sent this darling little dress in Carnelian Relique:
Here is a finished necklace:
General materials and tools you’ll need:
Relique Powders : Carnelian, Amethyst, Ivory, Raspberry
(As of April 23: Carnelian, Amethyst, Garnet and Torched Copper Reliques are available!)
Belle Dames Francaise or Art Mechanique Collage Image Pack
Iced Enamel Medium
Connections, such as Art Mechanique Micro Screws
Cup,Sstir Stick, and Brushes
Rhinestone Chain, Lace, Buttons, etc.
Hole Punch or Drill
Play! Have fun! Plan how you are going to use the negative space as you layer your dresses.
Prepare the surface of your silhouette and add your choice of Iced Enamels Relique Powder. The video for how to do this is HERE.
Drill and connect your silhouettes.
Will your dress grace someone’s neck? Will it dangle from a bracelet? Could it become a pin attached to a card? We’d love for you to share with us on Twitter!
You can find Misty teaching in Southern California’s Orange County: http://www.meetup.com/Sassy-Crafty-Jewelry-Group/
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 Wavekeep looking »