Have you tried – leveling tip

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Some of my favorite jewelry pieces to create with ICE Resin are when I use simple bezel rings blanks I purchase from my local craft store. When using Iced Enamels or reactive paints, I can create artist-inspired abstracts or the look of torch enameling. I have found that when it’s time to create these rings, the hardest part is where to set them so I can paint, cold enamel or fill with ICE Resin.

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Some people create cardboard holders or spends resources to find a ring holder. For me, the simple solution is to find a ball of twine and set the rings inside the top of the ball. Pushing the rings into the yard, the rings are secure and protected. Be sure to set your yarn balls on the ICE Resin non-stick craft mat to catch the occasional drip.

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I hope you find this tip useful! Tell me, do you have any good tricks for leveling your jewelry findings for resin pours? 

Blessings,

Chantal  Johnson, 2016 Design Team Artist
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Fresh Vintage Nest Home Decor Piece

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Hello ICE Resin® Fans!  Heidi Blankenship, here today.  I love creating mixed media and home decor projects and it’s even better when you can combine the two.  Another thing I love to do is take simple items and turn them in to something beautiful.  The project I am sharing with you today is a combination of mixed media, home décor and a simple item.  I used a peat pot, like the ones used for gardening and applied layers of gesso, a collage medium, Perfect Pearls™, and ICE Resin®.  Then I created a nest using some twig moss and ICE Resin®.  I added some ICE Resin® German Glass Glitter to the nest for a bit of sparkle.  I also added some light blue speckled eggs along with vintage laces and trims and a touch of bling.  When it all comes together I have sweet little fresh vintage home décor piece that is prefect for Spring and Summer.  For the most part the colors are pretty neutral with a mix of white, ivory, brown and just a touch of blue and green.

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Supplies

ICE Resin®

ICE Resin® German Glass Glitter Silver

ICE Resin® Non-Stick Studio Sheets IRA50438

ICE Resin® Mixing Cups and Stir Sticks IRA50916

ICED Enamels™ Essentials Brush

Ranger® Dina Wakley Media™ White Gesso

Ranger® Perfect Pearls™ Cappuccino

Ranger® Tim Holtz® Distress Collage Medium Crazing

Ranger® Multi Medium Matte

Ranger® Tim Holtz® Distress Ink – Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs

Other Supplies

Jiffy-Pots® 3” Peat Pot, Twig Moss – Brown, Flourish Silicone Mold, Three Light Blue Speckled Eggs, Vintage Lace/Trims – White Ivory, Ecru, Vintage Pearl Buttons, Pearl/Rhinestone Jewel Piece, Floral Ferns, Green Floral Foam, White Cardstock, Tim Holtz® Idea-ology Memo Pin, Paint Brush, Heat Tool, Hot Glue, Rubber Gloves.

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To start I applied a couple of layers of the Ranger® Dina Wakley Media™ White Gesso and then one layer of the Ranger® Tim Holtz® Distress Collage Medium Crazing to the peat pot.

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Then I applied Ranger® Perfect Pearls™ Cappuccino.  I used a brush going in a circular motion to apply the Perfect Pearls™.  In this photo you can see the crazing (or tiny crackles) from the Ranger® Tim Holtz® Distress Collage Medium Crazing start to appear after applying the Perfect Pearls™.  I love the look that is achieved by doing this technique.  The crazing give the piece a vintage look and feel, kind of like old china dishes that have the crazing or tiny crackles.

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Next I applied ICE Resin® over the entire piece, including the bottom.  The peat pots feel kind of like a soft cardboard and I applied the ICE Resin® on the entire piece so once it was cured it would become hard and I wouldn’t have to worry about part of it getting crushed.  When I applied the ICE Resin® I wore a pair of gloves because it can get a little messy.

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To create the nest I used some twig moss and shaped it in to a nest.  Then I put gloves on and added ICE Resin® to my gloves and continued to shape the nest.  I repeated this process until I had a nice coverage of the ICE Resin® on the nest.

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While the resin was still wet I sprinkled some of the ICE Resin® German Glass Glitter Silver on to the nest.  I also added some ICE Resin® to the light blue speckled eggs to hold them in place and I applied a layer of resin over top of the eggs.  Then I set the peat pot and the nest on the ICE Resin® Non-Stick Studio Sheets overnight to harden and cure.

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Here is a close up of the ICE Resin® German Glass Glitter Silver on the nest.  I love the little bit of added sparkle it gives the nest.  You can never have too much sparkle! :)

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This is the flourish silicone mold I used to create the decorate flourish piece on the front of the peat pot.

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The resin flourish piece was removed before it was fully cured so it was still a little bit flexible.  I added a couple coats of the Ranger® Dina Wakley Media™ White Gesso to the flourish.  On the last coat I pounced the brush on top of the piece to give it a little added texture.  When the gesso was dry then I bent and shaped the piece to create a curve so it could be adhered to the peat pot.

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A piece of green floral foam was added to the inside of the peat pot and used hot glue to hold it in place.  Then I hot glued the nest on the top and added some floral fern sprigs to give it a more natural look and a little pop of color.  Next I added the flourish resin piece to the front of the peat pot and I used Ranger® Multi Medium Matte for an adhesive.  Then I added some vintage laces and trims around the top and a crocheted flower to the center.  I used the vintage pearl buttons that were my grandma’s and added them in to the nest.  I thought they would look kind of like berries.  I also added the pearl and rhinestone jewel piece to the center of the crocheted flower.

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Here is a close up of the flourish resin piece and you can also see the crazing.  I am so happy with how this turned out–I know I will be making a few more of these and also using the Ranger® Tim Holtz® Distress Collage Medium Crazing on several projects.

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Here is a close up of the top of the nest.  I printed out the Eggs 5 ¢ on to some white cardstock and trimmed the end to look like a banner.  Then I inked the edges with Ranger® Tim Holtz® Distress Ink – Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs.  I curved and shaped the banner piece and then added it to a Tim Holtz® Idea-ology Memo Pin and glued the pin in place.

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I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and techniques that I shared with you today.  Look around your studio or craft room and see if you have something simple that you could alter and turn in to something beautiful.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Learn more about Heidi Blankenship:

Blog: embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/

Facebook: HeidiBlankenshipEmbellishedDreamsDesigns

Instagram: heidimblankenship

Pinterest: heidimb

 

What’s on Susan’s jeweler’s bench?

Susan has been a busy artist lately in her studio, working on samples for an upcoming segment on Jewel School (Jewelry TV). She’s been experimenting with dried flowers, sticks, glass shards that she collected from the beach, as well as ICE Resin and Iced Enamels. Because Susan is used to doing commercial work and lines, her normal resin process is to work on lots of bezels at once. When she’s in her studio, her favorite indy music playing on her iphone, she gets into the zone, as you can see here.

Be sure to follow her Instagram for more photos of her work in progress.

 

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Using a Bezel for a Home Decor Piece

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Hello ICE Resin® Fans! Heidi Blankenship, here. When you think of a bezel what it the first thing that comes to your mind? I think most people would say a jewelry. We use bezels all the time with ICE Resin® to create beautiful jewelry pieces. But bezels can be used for several other projects such as home décor, dangle purse charms, as a focal piece on a paper crafting project, and with a mixed media project just to name a few. For my project today® I am using one of the new ICE Resin® Milian Antique Silver Large Rectangle Bezels for a home décor piece. I am altering a mini lampshade and Darice® Welcome Candle Lamp. The decorative bezel will be the focal point on the mini lampshade. I found a digital image to match the print on the lampshade and then I used the ICE Resin® Milan Bezel Template to trace the rectangle image and then fussy cut it for a perfect fit with the bezel. I also used ICE Resin®, ICED Enamels™ Relique German Silver, and ICED Enamels™ Relique Glitz Silver along with a tiny Fleur Des Lis Inclusion to add some texture and sparkle to the bezel. Then I finished it off with a few beaded dangles.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Learn more about Heidi Blankenship:
Blog: embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/
Facebook: HeidiBlankenshipEmbellishedDreamsDesigns
Instagram: heidimblankenship
Pinterest: heidimb

Using a Bezel for a Home Decor Piece

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Hello ICE Resin® Fans! Heidi Blankenship, here. When you think of a bezel what it the first thing that comes to your mind? I think most people would say a jewelry. We use bezels all the time with ICE Resin® to create beautiful jewelry pieces. But bezels can be used for several other projects such as home décor, dangle purse charms, as a focal piece on a paper crafting project, and with a mixed media project just to name a few. For my project today® I am using one of the new ICE Resin® Milian Antique Silver Large Rectangle Bezels for a home décor piece. I am altering a mini lampshade and Darice® Welcome Candle Lamp. The decorative bezel will be the focal point on the mini lampshade. I found a digital image to match the print on the lampshade and then I used the ICE Resin® Milan Bezel Template to trace the rectangle image and then fussy cut it for a perfect fit with the bezel. I also used ICE Resin®, ICED Enamels™ Relique German Silver, and ICED Enamels™ Relique Glitz Silver along with a tiny Fleur Des Lis Inclusion to add some texture and sparkle to the bezel. Then I finished it off with a few beaded dangles.

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Supplies

ICE Resin®

ICE Resin® Milan Antique Silver Large Rectangle Bezel IRB50780

ICED Enamels™ Relique German Silver

ICE Resin® Glass Glitter Silver

ICED Enamels™ Relique Glitz Silver (not in supply photo)

ICE Resin® Paper Sealer
ICED Enamels™ Medium

ICE Resin® Milan Bezel Template IRA50582

ICE Resin® Non-Stick Studio Sheets IRA50438

ICE Resin® Mixing Cups and Stir Sticks IRA50916

ICED Enamels™ Essentials Brush

Other Supplies

Darice® Welcome Candle Lamp, Villa Bacci™ Mini Shade, Paris Digital Image, Silver Crown Charm, Fleur Des Lis Inclusion, Jewelry/Bead Components – Pearl/Rhinestone Chain, Silver Bead Caps, White/Champagne AB Glass Bead, Clear AB Round 6mm, Clear AB Teardrop 12mm, Silver Flower Spacers, Silver Ball End Head Pins, Tools – Heat Tool, Beadalon® Round Nose Pliers, Bent Nose Pliers, Beacon Adhesives™ Fabri-Tac™, Rubber Glove

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To start I am using one of the ICE Resin® Milan Antique Silver Large Rectangle Bezels.  Using one of the ICED Enamels™ Essentials Brush I added some of the ICED Enamels™ Medium to a few spots on the bezel.

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Then I added some ICED Enamels™ Relique German Silver and ICED Enamels™ Relique Glitz Silver.  I used a heat tool to melt the ICED Enamels™.  Be very careful when doing this the metal on the bezel will become very hot so please do not touch the bezel until it has had time to cool.  In the background of the picture you can see part of a coffee filter–these are great to use with the ICED Enamels™ and allow you to very easily pour the excess powder back into the container.

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Now it’s time to use the ICE Resin® Milan Bezel Template to trace around the image.  You can see by looking at the bezel and the template I will be using the larger rectangle.

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To used the ICE Resin® Milan Bezel Template just simply line it up with the image and then trace around the template with a pencil.   Fussy cut the image and then be sure to coat it with the ICE Resin® Paper Sealer.  I like to put a couple of coats on the front, back and sides of the image to make sure that paper is sealed.

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Here you can see the bezel with the image added to it.  I also added a thin coat of ICE Resin® and then I added the tiny Fleur Des Lis Inclusion.  Before I added the inclusion I applied ICE Resin® to the front and back.  Doing this will help to prevent air bubbles.  I also used a rubber glove when I was applying the ICE Resin® to the tiny inclusion.  It makes it a little easier to hold the tiny piece and not get the resin all over your hands in the process.

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Here you can see the tools and some of the bead and jewelry components I used to create the beaded dangles.

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Here is a look at the finished bezel .  You can see I added some ICE Resin® Glass Glitter Silver and ICED Enamels™ Relique Glitz Silver in with the ICE Resin® for a bit of added sparkle.

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Here is a look at the bottom of the candle lamp.  I applied ICED Enamels™ Relique German Silver and ICED Enamels™ Relique Glitz Silver to the base.  Then I added ICE Resin® for a top coat.

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Here is a close up of the finished mini lampshade.  I also added some pearl and rhinestone chain around the top of the lampshade.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Try to think out of the box–what kind of projects can you think of besides jewelry that you could use a bezel for?

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Learn more about Heidi Blankenship:
Blog: embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/
Facebook: HeidiBlankenshipEmbellishedDreamsDesigns
Instagram: heidimblankenship
Pinterest: heidimb

 

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