Contrast, contrast, contrast!!
If you’ve been following the ICE Queen eZine for a while now, you will know that our amazing Design Team members are always pushing the envelope with this magical, jeweler’s grade medium. In today’s video Susan Walls challenges you to think outside the box. Take a peek and let us know how is your favorite way to use ICE Resin?
Susan creates and travels with her wearable art company Charming Trinkets and you can find her blog at: Susan’s Art Circus Blog!
by The ICE Prince, John Creighton Petersen
When we were given the creative theme of “Contrasts” for this project, I automatically began to think of obvious things like light/dark, black/white, hot/cold et al. Then the light bulb went off in my head and I remembered back to my college days experimenting in the darkroom with a similar idea of creating contrasting prints that were actually opposites. Let me explain a little….
On the left is a photograph I took of Gasworks Park in Seattle, capturing the grunge with the bright paint and the city in the background. I almost always shot all of my images on slides back in the day when cameras actually took film LOL Images captured on slides are a positive in CMYK, while those images on film are a negative in RGB. When I was bored one day in the darkroom, I thought that I would ‘experiment’ a little bit and I decided to try developing a print from a slide but with the process for film (negatives). The result was the image to the right, an opposite contrasting print!
With this process in mind, I thought that I would go back to my photography roots and create a project for this theme using image transfers onto metal, sealed with ICE Resin®. I imported some images from a trip to New Orleans into Photoshop. To create the contrasting opposite of the images, I used the “Invert” command and then flipped the image 180˚ to create the mirrored image (optional). I then combined the images onto one page and made color copies. Your images have to be toner based for this project so don’t use your inkjet prints. And remember that if your images have any text in them, make a mirrored copy on the color copier so that the words won’t be backwards when you’re finished.
Spread Creative Medium evenly over the surface of the dog tag.
Place the dog tag face down onto the image that is facing up. I found it easiest to do it this way so that you can line up the image best.
Carefully lift up the dog tag placed onto the image and turn over. Use a Mini Squeegee as a brayer to ensure that the image is adhering to the dog tag while at the same time this will remove any excess Creative Medium. Allow to fully dry.
Once dry, place the dog tag and image into a shallow container filled with warm (preferable) water and allow to soak in the water until the paper is transparent enough the the image is showing through. Once this has happened, use your thumb with light pressure to begin rubbing away the paper.
Once all the paper has been removed, your image should look like this. If you’re finding that the image is coming off of the dog tag, try using less pressure or allowing more drying time for the Creative Medium before placing into the water.
Allow the image to fully dry onto the dog tag. Use a small hole punch to remove the paper that is over the hole in the dog tag. Mix ICE Resin and apply from the edges inward, paying close attention around the hole. Let the resin fully cure.
These are the contrasting images that I used for a couple of the dog tags I created showing the front and backsides of the tags. The process is the same for creating double sided dog tags for the image transfers, with applying the resin to one side and allowing it to set before applying onto the other side of the tag.
ICE Resin® ICE Resin, mixing supplies
Imagine Crafts Creative Medium, Sheet Metal Dog Tags, Palette Knife, Mini Squeegee, Craft Mat
Other Supplies toner based images, shallow container with water
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Technique Tip: To use a backless bezels, place a piece of packing tape (use a good quality brand to minimize glue residue) and place it on the back of the bezel, sticky side facing up. Be sure to burnish the edges well with your fingers or a bone folder, spoon or craft stick to keep the ICE Resin inside the inner bezel wall. Mix up at least 2 oz or half of the calibrated mixing cup of ICE Resin and drip a small amount into the bottom of the bezel, creating a layer of resin on top of the tape. Add your images and inclusions and then fill bezel to the top and put aside for 6 to 10 hours to dry. Once the resin is dry to the touch, pull the tape off the back, and viola! beautiful charm.
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There is nothing like taking advantage of ICE Resin’s inherent transparent qualities. Today, 2015 Design Team Member John Creighton Petersen teaches you how to do photo transfers on metal pendants and seal with ICE Resin.
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