For this month’s literature theme, there was no question which book would be my focus: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail, by Cheryl Strayed, a non-fiction work about Strayed’s early life and her hike on the PCT following her mother’s death, through which she overcame many challenges, and not necessarily the ones you would expect. In my many years of overseas postings, I’ve been in numerous book groups with friends from a variety of countries, but no book resonated like Wild. It generated the most personal, emotional book group I’ve ever experienced, in part because — like thousands of others who have been impacted by the book — I lost my non-smoker mother after a brief, painful battle with lung cancer, similar to the author. I could relate to nearly everything Strayed described in her narrative, on a visceral level. The only challenge for this project was choosing a quote to feature, as the book is full of impactful passages. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it.
Mixing cups & stir sticks
Art MechaniqueTM Paper Sealer
Clear packing tape
Art MechaniqueTM Mixed Metal Bezel
Paper components to place in bezel (map, heart, text)
Czech glass seed beads in matte mixed blues
Red white heart glass beads
Bronze clasp & soldered jump rings
Brass 20 gauge round wire
Brass eye pins
Accu-flex stringing material
Brass crimp beads
Brass bird charm
The first thing I did was create the components to include in my Art MechaniqueTM bezel.
The background image in the bezel is a topographical map of west coast, home to the PCT. I digitally manipulated the map for visual interest and to match the color palette I wanted to incorporate.
The heart — symbolizing Strayed’s love for her mother as well as the love she found for herself through her trials on the PCT — was created freehand on a computer with drawing software. The text I simply printed with word processing software.
I wanted the colors to stay bright, and the text pieces to really stand out, so I encased all the paper components in packing tape, and for the text pieces only, sealed the edges of the packing tape with a thin coat of Art MechaniqueTM Paper Sealer to ensure no resin would seep into the text papers.
Beyond creating the paper parts, the process for this bezel is quite simple. Mix a small amount of ICE Resin® according to the package instructions, and use a stir stick to put a small amount in the bezel, pushing the resin all the way to the edges and corners of the bezel. Place the map component in the bezel, on top of the resin, and press it down, pushing any air bubbles out to the edges. Add a very small amount of resin on top of the map, pushing the resin to the edges of the bezel, to act as an adhesive sealing the layer. Let that layer set up for a few hours.
Mix another small batch of ICE Resin® and add a thicker layer on top of the map, to build dimension for the heart layer.
Let this thicker layer set up until it’s firm, but still tacky, and place the paper heart component on the tacky resin.
Apply more resin on top of the heart layer, filling nearly to the top of the bezel. Let that layer set up until solid, but still slightly tacky.
Using the tackiness of the ICE Resin® to hold the text in place, position the text components. If you make a mistake in placement, simply peel the text piece up and reposition.
Add another layer of ICE Resin® on top of the text layer, sealing and securing the text, creating a dome effect. Add additional layers of ICE Resin® until you achieve the dome height you desire.
When the bezel is completely cured, incorporate into a finished piece of jewelry.
I hope this project inspires you to create something celebrating a piece of literature that’s meaningful to you!
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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.
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
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?keep looking »