Faux Dichro Blazing Sun

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Dichroic glass has a truly unique look, with solid colors blended with metallic and iridescent accents of color. I love the look, but I don’t work with glass nor own a large kiln. Today I’m sharing with you this fabulous technique for creating faux dichro pieces that I used to create this blazing sun piece that’s set inside of a bezel. You can use this technique for a variety of projects and you’ll soon be addicted to using this for many future projects!

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With plain white tissue paper, use StazOn inks to color directly onto the tissue paper with the inkpad. For the orange (lighter) piece I used StazOn Orange Zest to color both sides of the paper. For the darker piece of tissue paper, I colored one side with Orange Zest and the opposite with Black Cherry. Dry the tissue paper with a heat tool.

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Gently crinkle the colored tissue paper and spread open flat. Add a few drops of StazOn Metallic Gold ink to an InkSweeper and apply to the wrinkled paper of the paper to highlight. Apply a thin layer Creative Medium Iridescent Green randomly across the tissue paper to add the iridescent effect. Heat set the paper to dry completely.

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Cut out shapes to form the ‘rays’ of the sun. I decided to use two different shapes for the ‘rays’, one thats larger with a rounded point and then smaller triangular shapes as well. Place the cut out pieces onto a non-stick craft mat and apply ICE Resin directly onto the pieces. I found using a DoodleStix works great for this because it allows you to control where the resin will be placed because for best results you need the resin to stay only on the tissue paper. As the resin soaks into the paper, the pieces will become translucent and the metallic and iridescent colors will really begin to be seen. Allow the resin to cure completely.

Once the resin has cured, turn over all of the pieces and apply a layer of resin to the back side. To add stability to the pieces, I like to have at least two layers of resin on each side of the pieces.

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While the ‘ray’ pieces are curing, create the base of the bezel by applying a thin layer of resin into the bottom and along the sides of a Large Circle Hobnail Bezel and generously sprinkle Opal Inclusions into the bezel, followed by a light dusting of orange glitter. The opal color in the inclusions will help bring out the green iridescent color in the ‘rays.” Repeat this process for creating the centerpiece of the sun, made from a domed blank button form.

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Once all of the ‘rays’ have cured completely, begin adding them into the bezel using red line double stick tape (or something similar) to hold them into place while adding all of the pieces. Refer to the images above for placing the pieces into the bezel. In total I created 3 layers for a truly dimensional look. To keep the pieces permanently in place, carefully add resin into the base of the bezel. Use the resin to add the centerpiece of the sun into place and allow to cure completely.

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Supplies:

ICE Resin® ICE Resin, Opal Inclusions, Large Circle Hobnail Bezel

Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko StazOn (Orange Zest, Black Cherry, Metallic Gold), Creative Medium Iridescent Green, Fantastix, DoodleStix, Ink Sweeper, Craft Mat

Other  tissue paper, red line double sided tape, heat tool, orange glitter, domed blank button form

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Summertime in SoCal

Well…it’s been over 100 degrees here with humidity and the July muses would like us to focus on the summer heat. Not much of a stretch.

But there are only a couple of things that I obsess about once the days are this hot…ice cubes and the pool. So that’s what I decided to mix together and make. Ice cubes (literally) and pool colored ice cubes! (okay a couple are not the color of my pool but they are cool looking!)

 

"Ice" Cube Jewelry

 

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For this you will need:

  • ICE Resin and the appropriate mixing supplies
  • extra cups, mixing sticks, and toothpicks
  • silicone mold (I purchased mine from a professional mold maker)
  • Alcohol ink (here I used Ranger Adirondack in Lettuce)
  • acrylic paint (as shown in Golden High Flow in Teal)
  • sandpaper in various grits
  • Dremel tool with small drill bit
  • tiny eye screws
  • miscellaneous jewelry chain and findings
  • I also used some ice-like beads to fill in the piece

Ready an area with a non-stick surface then mix up your resin according to instructions. Once the resin is ready separate into two cups. Being with the alcohol ink dropping just a few drops into the cup. Stir slightly but not completely. For this project we are going for a swirled appearance.

 

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You can see how transparent it is. Do the same in the second cup with the acrylic paint.

 

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When I prepped for these cubes I poured the resin directly into the mold then dropped my ink and paint. You can do this either way.

 

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Allow your cubes to cure overnight. The next day you can pop them out. Aren’t they gorgeous!!

 

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The swirls of alcohol ink almost look like moss!

 

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And the paint stays in tiny droplets. I coated the cube on the left with a bit more resin. The unmixed paint can sit inside the bubbles and still be wet the next day. No big deal…just another coat of resin will seal it! Using the different grits of sandpaper, starting with the heaviest grit, sand down any imperfections. Sand continuously to the smoothest paper to polish your edges.

Now I molded for several days…maybe a week. Once you have as many cubes (I cheated and also made globes) sanded and prepared you can drill into them with your Dremel and a small drill bit. Use a small sharp screw to pierce the resin where you will want to drill. this will keep the bit from jumping around.

 

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Place your eye screws and create your jewelry piece to your liking. This piece is about 18″ long as a necklace but if wrapped around twice it is also a bracelet! It can be worn two ways! Now lets go get in the pool for real…it’s hot!!

 

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Susan!
Susan creates and travels with her wearable art company
Charming Trinkets and you can find her blog at:
Susan’s Art Circus Blog!

 

Summertime picnics and ICE Resin®, ICED Enamels- a perfect party time project

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Ready for the Summertime picnics with ICE Resin® & ICED Enameled Tags and markers

In the summer many of us wish for sweater weather and snow days, here in Texas our forecast doesn’t change much until maybe November. It’s summer and it’s hot!! That’s not to say on occasion, we’ve had 39 degrees in May and snow and ice in March but usually it’s only for a day or two. The saying is true…if you don’t like the weather in Texas wait a day it will change– except for the months of June through -September.   So what’s a Texas gal to do in this heat—play with ICE®.

 

This project features summertime BBQ’s and picnics with a lot of ICE- ICED Enamels and ICE Resin® with a dash of decoupage and charming embellishments. The ideas for this project came from various elements of our summertime in Texas. Even though it is hot, we still grill/barbeque nearly everyday, we are invited for outdoor dinners by the pool and a cool glass of Lemonade or Sweet Tea is always on hand. And of course ICED Enamels and ICE Resin® are perfect all year round.

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Using wood tags and a wood mason jar as the base and summertime napkins as our decoupage papers, this created an ensemble of a hostess gift, pitcher and glass markers and a recipe or menu cardholder. With ICED Enamels giving color and definition to the wood and ICE Resin® giving a dimensional finish, this wood based project is elevated beyond just decoupage. Adding a wire wrapped ICE Resined charm, metal embellishments, beads; ribbon and an ICED Enamel star charm complete the perfect addition to your picnic. These summertime elements will last many a’ summers even in this Texas heat. Take a summer afternoon and whip up a batch of ICE Resin® tags and enjoy a cool glass of Lemonade.

 

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Glass marker

Gather

 

ICE Resin®,

Disposable brush, stirrer, gloves, plastic bag/craft mat

ICED Enamels paper sealer

ICED Enamel medium, disposable brush

ICED Enamels Relique powder – Ivory or color of choice

Heat gun

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The best ICE in the summer – ICE Resin® and ICED Enamels

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gather decorative napkins, wood tags, wire for the beginnings of the perfect summertime decor

Wood mason jar, tags of various sizes – available at your local big box craft store

2 clothespins

Decorative napkins

Sponge brush

Thin paper adhesive/ collage type glue

Bone folder

Ribbon

Wire, head pins, wine charm loops/rings

Small metal bezel

Decorative paper

2-4 pearls, beads

Metal charms – such as spoon, fork and star or charms of choice

 

 

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  1. Separate the napkin. -Laying the white layers aside and only using the top layer of the napkin, spread a thin layer of adhesive onto the wood shape and then gently place the napkin on top. Let dry for a few minutes.
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Separating the layers of the napkin

Napkins are very thin and will stick to anything, be sure your fingers are free of glue.

 

  1. Once dry, gently tear or cut away excess and burnish the edges with your finger or a bone folder.

 

  1. Using a small disposable brush, apply ICED Enamels medium to the areas of your choosing for the Relique powder.
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Tapping the excess powder from the tag

  1. Over a piece of paper, Sprinkle the powder on the ICED Enamels medium area of your tag. Tap off excess back into the jar. Set aside. Repeat step 3 and 4 on all other tags.

 

  1. With heat gun, heat the enameling powder until it all has melted and looks smooth without a grainy look. Repeat this step for all tags.
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Heat enameling powder thoroughly with heat gun.

Keep the heat gun moving over the powder. If you keep it on one place, there is a potential to overheat this one area

 

  1. Once tags are cooled, prepare ICE Resin®. Pour equal amounts of Part A and Part B into disposable cup. Gently stir/fold for 2 minutes and then let rest for 2 -5 minutes.

 

  1. With gloves on, spread the ICE Resin® with the stirrer onto the tags as if frosting a cake. Set aside to dry 8-12 hours. Repeat on all tags.
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I forgot my gloves- please do wear them when spreading the ICE Resin®

To create a depth for the ICE Resin®, I applied 2 coats of ICE Resin® allowing the drying time of 8 hours in between each layer.

 

  1. Once the tags are dry, cover the back with decorative paper and seal with ICED Enamels paper sealer

 

  1. Once the back is dry, begin to embellish with wire, charms, beads and pearls.
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Recipe Card holder complete with a vintage recipe…

*To create the ICED enameled star, brush ICED Enamels medium onto star. Pour relique powder onto the star and tap off excess. Heat with the heat gun until the powder is melted and smooth. Seal with a layer of ICE Resin®

 

To create the recipe/menu cardholder, adhere two clothespins to the back level with the bottom, as this will allow the wooden tag to stand up.   Allow to dry.

 

To create a hostess gift, attach ribbon around a package of napkins with the same design. Wire wrap a loop onto the larger tag and slip onto the ribbon

 

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The perfect hostess gift-

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The complete summertime package..

Chantal Johnson lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 6 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and Green Craft.   She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2015 Design Team. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at chantal515@verizon.net. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.

 

 

“Le Petit Prince” Layered Bezel

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One of the great stories in literature is also my absolute favorite book, Le Petit Prince. I first read this book in high school French class and have loved it ever since. I just wish that I’d had the opportunity to read this book when I was younger, but definitely better late than never!

I wanted to create a bezel with some added dimensionality, and in this tutorial I’m going to share how simple it is to create a bezel by simply layering ICE Resin®. With this technique, you can truly achieve an almost 3D effect in your bezels (or other projects) where all of the inclusions seem to float in space. For this project, I used inclusions and embellishments that were taken directly from the story.

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Start by creating the base of the bezel. For this project, I used a Long Rectangle Hobnail Bezel. I printed out a quote from Le Petit Prince to place in the bottom of the bezel, which I sealed with a couple of coats of Paper Sealer on both sides and the edges first. Be sure to use the Paper Sealer on any of your projects to keep the resin from turning the paper translucent. Use the ICE Resin as the adhesive to hold down the paper into the bottom of the bezel, and then add a thin layer of resin on top. Sprinkle Relique Glitz Silver into the bezel to add some bling to the piece. Allow the resin to cure.

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For the next layer, I placed the ‘ground’ of the image (bottom) first and then added the Rose brad on top. For a little more shimmer, I sprinkled Opal Inclusions into the bezel and then added my next layer of resin and allowed to cure.

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Star charms were added for the next layer of resin.

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The Prince was added to the piece in the final layer of resin, placed perfectly above all of the other pieces added to the bezel to have the focal point on him. After the resin had fully cured, I added the airplane charm to the bottom of the bezel with a jump ring to keep with a theme of the novel.

Supplies:

ICE Resin® ICE Resin, Long Rectangle Hobnail Bezel, Relique Glitz Silver, Opal Inclusions

Prima Marketing Rose brad

Other printed quote, photocopy of image, miscellaneous  charms

The Mortal Instruments Inspired Pendant

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When I read the challenge for this month I was a little intimidated I must admit. I thought for a long time about what to created based on my favourite piece of writing. I don’t really like classics, I don’t really like the Po, Orwell, and other tortured souls that would make a really good inspiration for a piece of jewellery. Living where the Bronte sisters grew up and just round the corner actually from the Law Hill gothic school that Emily Bronte worked at, and was the inspiration for the house that Cathy was held captive in by her husband (the description in the book and the actual building is uncanny) you would have thought that would be the logical choice for me to create something based off Wuthering Heights (anyone else singing Kate Bush right now?) But no, didn’t even cross my mind until I started writing this intro….. My guilty reading pleasure is young adult Steampunk fiction, I love small novellas, like the Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross, but I absolutely adore Cassandra Clare’s young adult Shadowhunter world, even the movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones that got slated…. My secret is I went to the cinema to see it 5 times….. but that’s just between you and me! I am especially looking forward to the new TV show coming in 2016 ”Shadowhunters” which is based on the 2nd set of books, the same as the movie, The Mortal Instruments which is set in the present day. My favourite set of books is The Infernal Devices, which is the first set of books she wrote and set in the Victorian Era which has a little Steampunk twist to it I feel. The basis of the ”Shadowhunters” is power and protection from runes, the main rune is the Angelic rune which every Shadowhunter is given as their first rune. It just so happens this is a really pretty symbol and being one of the few solid ones without a break made for a fantastic casting piece. I love resin casting if you haven’t noticed! and decided to use the casting technique created by Baerbel from the 2014 Creative Team, find out how I created it below.

Thanks for visiting

Clare Horner

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Supplies:

ICE Resin®

Iced Enamels™: Shattered Fire Opal

Mixing cup and stick.

Printed rune image.

Marabu Fixo-gum or gum based flexible glue.

Fun Foam standard thin sheet and 6mm thick sheet.

Westcott Titanium knife, cutting mat.

Marker pen.

Sandpaper and files.

Chain and clasp.

Throw away brush, paint brush and vaseline.

Face mask, protective gloves.

 

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Instructions:

 

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1: Print off an image of the rune from the web and cut it out.

2: Draw around the rune image onto the 6mm foam.

 

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3: Cut the image from the foam using a knife

 

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4: Glue the thick foam to the thin foam and seal all edges with the glue.

5: Weight the piece with something heavy to dry flat.

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6: Brush vaseline all over the inside of the mold.

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7: Mix ICE Resin to manufacturers instructions.

8: Add Shattered Fire Opal to the mixed resin until desired effect is achieved.

9: Gently pour resin mixture into the mold.

10: Balance or tape down a jump ring or loop to attach to your chain.

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11: Carefully de mould once set after 8 to 12 hours.

!!!!!!!!USE A FACE MASK HERE!!!!!!!!!

12: Sand the edges smooth to achieve desired effect, attach chain.

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