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)


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?

“Mexi-boho” style comes to ICE via the Crafty Chica

ICE Resin is thrilled to announce that Kathy Cano-Murillo has joined our 2014 Creative Team!

Kathy Cano Murillo Crafty Chica

Kathy Cano-Murillo is a writer, artist and founder of the award-winning site, Her “Mexi-boho” style crafts have been carried by hundreds of retailers, including Bloomingdales, Target, and Michaels.

She is a former entertainment reporter for The Arizona Republic, and has authored nine books, including Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul and the novels, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter and Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing.

She has been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and NPR, and now has an extensive Crafty Chica product line.

Kathy lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, two kids and four Chihuahuas. Her mission is to spread positivity through creativity!

ICE Resin pendant by Crafty Chica

It’s pretty easy to discover more about the Crafty Chica:

Her Website:



You Tube:





shrine pendants with ICE Resin by Crafty Chica

A different view of Rue – The Romance of Mixed Media Jewelry ebook

The month of romance is upon us and has Kristen Robinson ICE Resin and Cloth Paper Scissors / Interweave put together a Valentine for the jewelry enthusiast in your life — or maybe you just need to love yourself!

Kristen selected a bevy of strikingly talented jewelry designers to help realize the projects in this eBook:the romance of mixed media jewelryThe instructions and photos for these bracelets, necklaces, brooches and earrings will fill you with savvy, trendy ideas for adorning yourself in romance.

The artists in order of appearance: Kristen Robinson, Diane Cook, Polly Hendrickson, Ruth Rae, Cindy Cima Edwards, Jennifer Priest, Carol La Valley, Lexi Grenzer, Jen Crossley, Vicki O’Dell, Jen Cushman, John Creighton-Petersen, Pamela Huntington, and Lesley Venable.

Can you match the sneak peek with the designer?

rue romantique bracelets necklaces brooches and earrings

What are you waiting for?

Explore your romantic side with the ICE Resin® artists in The Romance of Mixed-Media Jewelry eBook. Find a variety of mixed-media jewelry with a romantic antique flare that will have you inspired to create your own romantic mixed-media jewelry.

One random person who comments on this blog post between now and midnight  February 14th will win a sweet prize package!

Did you guess right? Scroll down…





1 Pamela Huntington
2 Lexi Grenzer
3 Lesley Venable
4 Ruth Rae
5 Cindy Cima Edwards
6 Jen Crossley
7 John Creighten Petersen
8 Polly Hendrickson
9 Carol La Valley
10 Vicki O’Dell
11 Jennifer Priest
12 Jen Cushman
13 Dinae Cook
14 Kristen Robinson




Hop into Creativity with ICE Resin and Walnut Hollow

SettingSail-TatianAllen-ICEWalnut Hollow… that is a fun name for a business. It sounds like a cool place to hang out with friends on on a warm day and laugh and craft with friends for hours and hours!

Fortunately, we get to do that virtually on a 2-day hop through 4 utterly different projects from their talented designers and ICE Resin’s.

WELCOME to our hop! We are so glad you stopped by!

Walnut Hollow carries wood surfaces of just about every shape imaginable and tools to carve and burn that wooden base into something amazing. We wanted to see what would happen when we combined ICE Resin and Art Mechanique products with wood.

Crystal clarity plus the strong foundation of wood.

The results? 

This pic is just a part of  the mixed media art that ICE Resin Team Member Tatiana Allen made.

Check out her blog  to see the entire design with instructions on her Crafty Cutie Site.

and then hop over to view Sara Shirman’s wonderful piece – on the Walnut Hollow Blog.

Tomorrow, Saturday the 24th,

Candy Rosenberg from our creative team and Chris Wallace from Walnut Hollow will share their creativity with you!

Biscuit Tin to Bracelet

bracelet from a biscuit tin

My Mum was gifted for Christmas the most beautiful decorative tin box full of fancy biscuits. As soon as I saw the yellow and gold baroque style pattern I knew I wanted to cut it up and make lots of pretty things from it. She very kindly gave me the tin after we all helped her eat the fancy biscuits. After reading the wonderful new book, Resin Alchemy and planning to use the technique on page 135, Resin Druzy Stones a plan popped into my head. I wondered what a bracelet would look like with a druzy stone and some enamelled pieces together. I had to differ slightly from the instructions in the book as it would not fit my needs for the plan I had.

Once I had the pieces in front of me I decided I would like it to match the fabulous new boots I received from my other half for Christmas, a match made in heaven. My bracelet looks fantastic with my new boots so I plan to make a matching necklace, earring’s and maybe a ring also. The best part about using the fancy tin means when it flips over as I move the back side is almost as pretty as the front from the decorative pattern on the tin.

Thanks for visiting

Clare HornerGot Paint in My Hair

Tools and Materials:
ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels™ Turquoise Relique
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Decorative biscuit tin
Doming block
Disc Cutter 1/2inch 3/4inch
Glass glitter
Jump rings
Toggle clasp
Heat gun
Chain from stash
1.5mm hole punch

1: Using a disk cutter and a doming block cut and dome two ½ inch and one ¾ inch circles from a decorative tin box.

2: With a brush paint the two ½ inch pieces with Iced Enamels Medium and cover with Iced Enamels Turquoise Relique powder. Shake the excess back in the tub. Heat both pieces from underneath until the powder has turned into enamel.

3: Mix ICE Resin to the manufacturers instructions

4: Using the mixing stick or a sponge coat the two enamelled pieces with resin, adding a small pool in the centre and set aside to cure in a level area with a dust protector covering them.

5: Scoop some resin into the smaller domed piece of tin so it is half full making sure all the sides are covered in resin. Shake on a generous amount of glass glitter. Set with the others to cure.

6: Pour any leftover resin in a mould or wipe onto book page so it is not wasted.

7: Let cure for 6 to 10 hours.

8: Once cured, mark all pieces equally on the back and punch 2 holes opposite each other. Attach to chain at desired length and wear it.

I used an antique copper coloured chain and toggle as it highlights the coppery coloured parts of the turquoise Relique enamel.

A Little Bit Country – Buckle Inspired Necklace

ice resinI had an old belt buckle. You know, from back in the good old days. I loved the different tones of metal and the memories the metal trophy brought back. I wanted to mix the cool and warm colors of the buckle, so I decided to use the Mixed Metals Hobnail shield to build this layered necklace.

Jamie Dougherty

Jamie’s Blog



ICE Resin®
Hobnail Shield Bezel by Art Mechanique™
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Mica in Bronze
Iced Enamels™ in Relique Turquoise
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Disposable paint brushes
seed beads
metal accents
turquoise cross
jump rings
12 gauged wire
Wire cutters
needle nose pliers
Ball peen hammer
soldering gun
heat gun

Necklace ICE Resin Jamie DoughertyTechnique

1. In the larger bezel I used Iced EnamelsTM, shattered Mica, to back the bezel then added gold seed beads and a vintage gold flower on top.

2. I filled the bezel with ICE Resin® which gave the collection of elements a cohesive look.

3. In the smaller bezel I used Iced EnamelsTM in Relique Turquoise. Using the Iced EnamelsTM medium and a brush, I painted a layer on the back and sides of the bezel.

4. Then pour the Iced EnamelsTM in and coat the medium and set the Iced EnamelsTM with your heat gun. I added more enamels to the bezel to give it a molten metal look. I added a turquoise cross the center.

5. I then heated the enamels again around the cross to fill in the bezel

6. Top the bezel with ICE Resin®

7. Once the bezels have cured layer them on top of each other and use jump rings to join them together. You can add a metal elements to add character if you like.

8. To make the wire that is wrapped around the linen, take a piece of gaged wire and hammer it flat.

9. Using soldering gun and metal to make the bead on the end of the wire.

10. wrap the piece of wire around your linen with your needle nose pliers to give it a finished look.

We are EXCITED! Iced Enamels™ are a CHA Hot 20

Iced Enamels are CHA Hot 20 itemIced Enamels™ are such a roaring success they received the CHA Hot 20 seal of approval at the 2014 Mega Show and we could not be more thrilled at the honor!

Iced Enamels are the heart of our Cold Enameling Program–Medium, Relique Powders and ICE Resin® create a permanent bond of color on metal.

Artists and crafters can easily achieve the look and feel of traditional torch fired and kiln-fired enameling with these products and an array of mixed-media techniques.

New! Amethyst, Carnelian, Garnet and Torched Copper join seven other Relique Powders and are part of  a unique, custom formulated, proprietary Cold Enameling system. 

CHA Hot 20 Jen Cushman Iced Enamels

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Memorial Candle Charms

iceresinThere is nothing quite as lovely as surrounding yourself with little reminders of family.  I love wearing my ICE Resin creations but I also like to work them into my home décor. I created a candle shrine using jewelry finding as little frames set with old family pictures and scraps of text taken from love letters.  In quiet times, it brings me great comfort to light the candles and reflect upon those who have gone before me. This project can be done using found jewelry elements or bezels from the many styles offered on the ICE Resin website.

When selecting jewelry findings, look for things that can be used as a frame like circle brooches or small rhinestone belt buckles.  I will share with you how to use both found jewelry elements and purchased bezels to create candle charms to decorate votive candle holders. There are many options for displaying your Memorial Candle Charms but they look best grouped together and in this case more is more!

Kim Williams 

Historically Haute

ICE ResinMaterials and Tools:

ICE Resin®, mixing cup and stir stick

Found jewelry elements to which the center is open and can be filled with a photo or snippet of a document, love letter, card, etc.

Rue Romantique™ heart bezel (as shown)

Clear packaging tape

Photo or text

Art Mechanique™ Paper Sealer

Disposable paintbrush (not foam)


Scrap paper

Rhinestone jewelry fragments, beads, etc.

Jump rings

Glittery elastic hair ties

Votive candleholder (I like using mercury glass ones.)

A plastic garbage bag to protect the work surface

Jewelry pliers



1. Protect your work surface with a non-stick craft mat or by taping down a garbage bag.

2. Prepare your found jewelry item by removing any elements like ear clips on old clip earrings or the pin on the back of an old brooch using wire cutters. When selecting your element check for the size as you do not want the element to be too large to dangle elegantly on your candleholder.

3. Once you have removed unnecessary elements, file the area smooth with a jewelry file.

4. Trace a template using pencil and scrap paper of the opening you plan to insert your picture or text.

5. When using a purchased bezel you can etch a template (if a pattern is not included) by placing a piece of scrap paper over the top of the bezel and using the side of a sharpened pencil. Simply press down with the pencil and rub the pencil across the bezel. The image will appear. Cut it out and trim to fit.

6. Select your photo or text. I never use original photos or text for projects. I copy my photos and text. Using your favorite photo editing application, size and edit your photo to your desired look.

7. Using your template cut the photo or text to size.

8. For the open back jewelry element, create a back by using clear packaging tape. Be careful to seal is tightly by pressing down hard to adhere the tape to the back of the element.

9. For your purchased bezel, use the template, trace your image or text, cut to size and seal with Art Mechanique Paper Sealer.  Allow to dry.

10. Place your sealed image in the bezel using your favorite craft glue. Allow to dry for a few minutes.

11. For the image you are placing in the open back jewelry element, trace it, trim it, seal it and set to the side.

12. Mix ICE Resin as per the directions.

13. Pour the ICE Resin into the sealed open back jewelry element until the resin has flowed to make contact with the entire edge of the element. Do not fill to capacity. Fill your purchased bezel to the top but do not over fill to cause flooding of the resin.

14. Allow ICE Resin to set approximately 6-8 hours. To the open back jewelry element, place your picture or text and use a tiny bit of craft glue to secure it in place. Mix more ICE Resin and fill to capacity. If you like a domed look, top off your purchased bezel with a second coat of resin.

15. Allow resin to setup completely about 48 hours and remove the packaging tape from the back of the jewelry element.

16. Using jump rings, attach your bezel to the glittery hair tie.  You may choose to dangle beads or embellish with rhinestone fragments along with the bezel for more drama. If necessary use 2 hair ties twisted for more support.

17. Slip the hair tie on your votive candleholder, light your candle and enjoy.

Color on Metal with Iced Enamels™ and ICE Resin© at Winter CHA 2014

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