Bone and Ice Rings

I LOVE big chunky rings and my bezels were screaming rings all over them! Of course when I started the creative process, my mind pictured something tribal, which instantly made me grab a chunk of Faux Bone™. 

Iced enameled pearl and bone ring

Tools and Materials:
ICE Resin®
Small Antique Silver Hobnail Circle Bezel by Art Mechanique™
Iced Enamels™ Ivory Relique
Iced Enamels™ Turquoise Relique
Shattered Mica in Bronze
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Disposable paint brushes
Glitter
Various Beads and rhinestone
24 gauge fine silver wire
20 gauge nickel silver
Etchant
Jax Nickel Blackener
Nuts & 1” screw connections
Ephemera
Faux Bone™ (1/4” thick) – fauxbone.com
Medium saw blades – fauxbone.com
Acrylic Paint
Mod Podge
Piece of Styrofoam
Metal shears
Metal hole punch
Bench Pin
Wire cutters
Needle files
Tweezers
Round-nose pliers
Chain-nose pliers
Ring mandrel
Ball peen hammer
Drill with 1/16” bit
Fine grit sand paper
Dust mask
Heat gun
Torch
Bowl of water

Technique:
1. Cut a strip of nickel silver larger than your ring size so the ends overlap – what I did was wrap a strip of paper around my finger, marked it with a pencil, then measured the strip of paper.
2. Stamp and etch your metal according to manufacturer’s directions.
3. Oxidize with Jax Blackener according to instructions. Use fine sand paper or polishing cloth to remove excess.
4. Form etched nickel silver strip on ring mandrel.
(Steps 4-9 can be viewed on the February 25th Tech Tuesday video at iceresin.com, “Cold Connecting with Micro Fasteners”)
5. Mark inside of bezel where the screws will fasten to the ring shank.
6. Drill holes in bezel using 1/16” drill bit.
7. Using a black marker, make marks on the ring shank where the bezel will fasten. Be sure to line up with holes on bezel.
8. Punch holes in ring shank using a metal hole punch.
9. Attach bezel to ring shank using the nuts and 1” screws.
10. Snip ends of screws and “rivet” the end with ball peen hammer.
11. Trace shape of bezel onto Faux Bone™ and saw to shape. On both rings, I also cut out a circle in the middle of the Faux Bone™
12. File shape down to fit into bezel.
13. Using files, texture and scratch into surface of Faux Bone™, then rub acrylic paints in browns and black to color it. After paint is dry, use sand paper to remove excess paint.
14. Using a paintbrush, apply Enameling Medium to parts of the bezel you want to enamel.
15. Sprinkle enameling powder on the spots containing the Enameling Medium, then tap off excess back into container.
16. Using a craft heat gun, melt enameling powder and let cool.
17. Mix ICE Resin® according to manufacturer instructions and using a disposable paintbrush, apply a thin layer over the enamel.
18. Let dry for 24 hours.
19. Trim ephemera for the center cut out of Faux Bone™.
20. Mix another batch of ICE Resin®.
21. To make my ring steady when pouring resin, I push the ring shank into a sheet of Styrofoam I get from the craft store. Make sure the bezel is level.
22. Use a stir stick to drip a small amount of resin into bottom of bezel. Insert Faux Bone™ and let dry for at least 6-10 hours.
23. Mix another batch of ICE Resin®.
24. Use stir stick to drip small amount of resin into center cut out of Faux Bone™, insert ephemera, glitter and a rhinestone. On the oval bezel, I used shattered mica for the center instead of ephemera. After an hour, I inserted a half drilled pearl with a padded earring back stuck in it to make it rise out of the resin.
25. Let dry for 24 hours.
26. Draw a bead on the end of a (2) 3” pieces of fine silver wire and quench in water. String a bead and wrap wire around the connectors on each end of the bezels.
27. Cut a piece of ephemera for the inside of the ring shank, covering the heads of the screws.
28. Using a sponge applicator, cover with Mod Podge and run along inside of shank. Cover with more Mod Podge, making sure it is adhered well to the shank and let dry for 24 hours.

 Because I tend to stick to more earthy tones when I use this medium, I decided to use a splash of color on the hobnails of the bezels. I am in love with the look and will be making more!

cold enameled bone ring

Jennifer Cabic, Silver Peanut

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Do You Believe? Talisman Project Week 3

A word for luck.

A word to remind you what is important.

Put it on a piece of jewelry, or something else you can wear or carry with you and it becomes a Talisman.

We all need a little nudge in the right direction – do you believe in fairy tales?

you’ll have to visit Stardust in my Pocket for the story of Carol La Valley’s Talisman.

Talisman Project ICE Resin

Previous Talismans:

Jen Cushman

Donna Salazar

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

Madonna and Child

Rue Romantique Jen Crossley

 

Faith… history… art…

The Madonna and Child and the peace and love they represent are iconic.

Materials and tools:

Rue Romantique by Kristen Robinson Oval Floral Bezel KR108

Image from Rue Romantique Flip Book

Art Mechanique Paper Sealant

ICE Resin

Rue Romantique Pearl Chain

Garter Clasp

Jump Rings

Ribbon

Craft Cup and Stir Stick

Jewelry Pliers

Instructions:

Cut image to fit bezel.

Apply Paper Sealant to both sides and edges of the paper image to make it so it doesn’t fade. Place the image in the bezel and let it dry.

Mix ICE Resin per manufacturer instructions.

Drip slowly into bezel so it forms a dome. This bezel is not very deep at all, so it is doubly important to make sure the bezel is on a level surface and that you will not need to move the bezel until it is dry.

Once dry, attach clasp and rosary chain with jump rings and tie on the scrap of ribbon.

My necklace  reminds me of the Beatles’ song, “Let It Be”.

Jen Crossley, A Mark in Time

 

 

A Rose In Time with a Hopeless Romantic

hopeless romantic necklaceMaterials and Tools:
Art Mechanique Hobnail Heart Bezel, Antique Bronze
Antique Bronze Chain
Rose Pin, with pin portion removed
Raspberry Faceted Garnet Beads
ICE Resin
Small Silver Rhinestone Rhondelles
Medium Wire Cutters
Disposable Paint Brushes 20 Gauge Bronze Wire
Iced Enamels in Chartreuse
Round Nose Pliers
Heat Gun Chain Nose Pliers
Paper with ‘I love you’
Drill, or Hole Punch Pliers
Elmer’s Glue
Glass Glitter in Pink
Rhinestone Chain in Violet
‘Cameo’ Bronze Medallion
Black JAX
Steel Wool, 4 ott
2 Bronze Jump Rings

Instructions:
1) Cut the ‘I love you’ paper in the shape of the heart bezel, and place in the bottom of the bezel.
2) Place some glue along the left side of the paper and sprinkle the Pink Glass Glitter on the glue. Shake the excess out of the bezel, and allow the glue to dry.
3) Prepare the Rose Pin by removing the ‘pin’ portion.
4) Paint a light coating of Iced Enamels Medium onto the stem and leaves of the Rose and let it dry.
5) Sprinkle the Chartreuse Iced Enamels onto the stem and leaves of the rose, and heat using the Heat Gun until the Iced Enamels have adhered to the metal. Let cool before touching.
6) Mix the ICE Resin according to package directions. Let set for at least 2 minutes, and begin to gently drip the Resin into the bezel. Once there is a light layer across the bottom of the bezel, place the Rose into the bezel.
7) Lightly paint some ICE Resin over the Iced Enamels on the Rose stem and leaves.
8) Continue to drizzle the ICE Resin into the bezel, carefully, back and forth around the Rose, but not covering the Rose as this may cause the ICE Resin to overflow.
9) Fill the bezel completely, but do not add enough for a dome appearance. Allow the bezel to dry for at least 6 to 8 hours.
10) Mix more ICE Resin, again according to package directions, and let it set for at least 2 minutes.
11) Slowly drip the resin over the top of the bezel in order to create a nice dome on the bezel. Avoid dripping more resin on the Rose.
12) Cut the Violet Rhinestone Chain to the desired length (a little more than an inch), and place into the Resin around the v-shaped curve of the heart shaped bezel. The ICE Resin will act as a glue to hold the Rhinestone Chain in place.
13) Scrub the ‘Cameo’ Bronze Medallion to remove any residue and clean the metal using the 4 ott Steel Wool. Lightly paint a small amount of Black JAX over all areas of the Medallion, especially in the deep crevices. Let it set until it is dry. (More Black JAX can be added in different areas intermittently, just as it can be removed by using the 4 ott Steel Wool, see next step).
14) Lightly use the 4 ott Steel Wool to remove some of the Black JAX, and highlight the Bronze Metal. Once the Medallion has reached the desired look, drill or punch holes into the top and bottom of it.
15) Attach the Jump Rings, one to the top and the other to the bottom of the medallion.
16) While the ICE Resin is drying and curing, make the chain and the clasp for the necklace.
17) Cut approximately 4 inches of 20 Gauge Bronze Wire. Cut 5 equal sections of chain to the desired length.
18) Wire Wrap a piece of the Bronze Wire to an end of one section of the chain. Add 4 of the Raspberry Faceted Garnet Beads, followed by one small Silver Rhinestone Rhondelle, and another 4 Raspberry Faceted Garnet Beads.
19) Wire Wrap the end to the next section of chain. Continue to wire wrap the remaining sections of Bronze Wire with the Raspberry Faceted Garnet Beads and small Rhinestone Rhondelles and attach to the section of the chain until all are completed.
20) Make a clasp for the necklace using the Wire Wrapping method and the 20 gauge Bronze Wire. Attach the end of the clasp to the end of the chain, and the other side of the clasp to the other end of the chain. Lightly hammer both sides of the wire clasp for a finished look.
21) Once the ICE Resin in the bezel has dried (at least 6 – 8 hours), and completely cured (at least 3 days), using the Jump Ring from the bottom of the Medallion, attach it to the bezel.
22) Attach the top Jump Ring to center of the chain, so that the beads are evenly spaced throughout the chain.

Hopeless Romantic ICE Resin

I am a Hopeless Romantic, and when I found this Rose Pin, I knew I wanted to include it with the Heart Bezel. The heart shape is very feminine, and I found this Medallion with a picture of a woman which reminded me of a Cameo. I felt that if I added it to the piece, it would tell a story of Romance. I decided to use paper with the hand-written words ‘I love you’ moving continually across the page, and then chose some Pink Glass Glitter to compliment the Rose. I felt that adding some Violet Rhinestones for some extra sparkle would add to the Romantic theme. I chose to make a chain for the necklace portion of the piece using Antique Bronze Chain with Bronze Wire and Raspberry Faceted Garnet beads, and added some small silver Rhinestone Rhondelles to further compliment the piece.

Polly Hendrickson

Jamie’s Rose Will Never Wilt

Roses always end up wilting so why not make one that never will. I loved how I could use the crafting supplies I had in my stash to create this eclectic, steampunk inspired necklace.

steampunk rose necklaceSupplies:
ICE Resin®
Art Glitter
Heart hobnail bezel
Rue Romantique™ Flip Book (Projects & Clip Art)
Flowers and leaf
Vintage linked chain, Watch pieces

A few paper scrapbooking roses and ICE Resin® make for the perfect pair. I used one of the hobnail heart bezels and accented it with art glitter, Rue Romantique™ papers, and filled the bezel with ICE Resin®. Once it set I used resin to adhere my vintage watch piece on top.
The flowers and leaf were dipped in ICE Resin® then adhered to the watch piece. I finished the bezel with a few gear pieces and a linked chain.

Jamie Dougherty

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Charmed and Lucky with a mixed Media Jewelry Kit!

Don’t be caught without your green and lucky jewelry this month!

Lucky You charms necklaceCharm all the leprechauns in your life with this sweet necklace! cps_charmedlucky-500_1Create the luck in your life with this exclusive Cloth Paper Scissors collection! Discover how to use resin and ICED Enamels to make mixed-media jewelry with step-by-step instruction and inspiration from Kristen Robinson and the ICE Resin® team, Susan Lenart Kazmer, and the Cloth Paper Scissors Editorial Director, Jenn Mason. Not only will you learn how to use the products in the kit to make a Lucky U charm necklace but you can apply the same techniques to create bracelets and cuffs, key chains and earrings!

Retail value $79.44 but luckily for you, it’s only $49.99 over at the Cloth Paper Scissors Store!

ICE Resin Talisman project

Word of the Year

Greetings and salutations!

When Jen Cushman and Mixed-Media Artist and Designer Donna Salazar got to chatting at CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association trade show in January), Donna was wearing a necklace that intrigued Jen.

It was Donna’s “word of the year” to live by…

what Susan Lenart Kazmer might refer to as a Talisman

what some people might refer to as a lucky charm.

When Susan traveled the world in the early 1990s collecting, studying and selling beads and later helped to found the Greater Chicago Bead Society, 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. Her work in Talismans, amulets and gypsy magic and healing has been a large focus of Susan’s work for the past 20+ years. You will see the word Talisman used often at ICE Resin. It’s because we believe that words have power, and meaning. Words, combined with ICE Resin and imagery and our bezels helps others to create powerful personal artifacts — Jewelry — that can be used to help the wearer feel focused or protected or even loved in some magical way.

So begins the ICE Resin Talisman project, starting with none other than designer Donna Salazar! Thanks Donna!  Link: Discover STRENGTH necklace.

What is your Talisman?

Cold connecting with micro fasteners

ICE Resin Creative Team Member Jennifer Cabic shares off this jewelry technique:

Jennifer used a ring shank she made and connected to one the hobnail bezels designed by Susan Lenart Kazmer.

Grab your awl and drill bit and get ready to refresh your skill or try something new!

 

Kathy Cano Murillo’s Sacred Heart Necklace

Ice Resin milagrosI love milagros and even more – I love to make them myself. I made a mold of my favorite milagros from Mexico and use ICE Resin® to create them in clear, or I’ll add pigment powder to create other colors. I like to leave them clear, because then I can add designs on the back so it shows through. But in this case for my necklace, I left them clear!

sacred heart iced enamelsIn my artful world, hearts and the concept of love is a 24/7/365 thing. I’d say in 99% of my pieces, you’ll always see a heart somewhere, I can’t help it, I like to spread love! I made this necklace the weekend following Valentine’s Day. It’s a reminder that the sacred heart and its eternal flame of hope are always there to give give us inspiration, peace, hope and faith!

For this piece, I used chipboard and metal as my foundations, and added Iced Enamels™ on the borders of each, then filled in with ICE Resin®.

iced enamels sacred heart necklaceFor the middle piece, I did something a little different. I started with a metal frame, and working on wax paper, I only added a bit of resin (tinted with pigment powder) around the edges to give it a frame. Then after it cured, I glued the picture from behind. I love the result – it is very dimensional and has a cool pink framed look around the image. For the dangles, I used a mini chipboard bezel filled with glitter and my image, next I made my own resin milagro.

Kathy Cano-Murillo, CraftyChica.com

Resinate vintage paper

Shadows from the backside show though when you cover vintage paper with ICE Resin.

In this video, Candy Rosenberg shares her technique for resining the page of a vintage book.

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