Humans have been adorning themselves with earrings since the first caveman pierced his ear with a bone. Ouch!
Fortunately we do not have to do that now, although we know a number of girls who had them pierced with ice and a hat pin rather than at the jewelry counter. (I, Carol, was one of them in 1977 at the tender age of 11 and man oh man, my very traditional dad was unthrilled.)
Thirty-odd years later friends can tell I am having a bad day if I do not wear earrings. I am not dressed without them!
These funky “Man in the Moon” earrings were created by Terry Matuszyk for a guest post on the ICE Queen Zine.
Our creative team members have created some fab earrings and we would like to share a few with you!
Treasures that dangle:
Do you remember your first pair of earrings? How about the first pair of earrings that you made? Do you still have them? Are they faves? Do you make earring to sell or give as gifts or both? How have your styles changed over time? If you have a bunch of “old” earrings that simply do not match your jewelry tastes but you still want to repurpose them, here is an idea from our friend, Terri O.
Do turquoise and sparkle make a Rodeo Queen?
Probably not, but I have always thought their regalia looked mighty fine — from the boots, to the chaps, to the buckle, to the dressed up cowboy hat.
The daughter of a friend (Amanda) is a barrel racer in Idaho, determined to go pro, so I made her a buckle.
Creativity sometimes needs time and reason, and I find it easier to pour a lot of ICE Resin at once because my filled-with-paper-tigers-office is also my “studio”.
On to the project!!
To begin, I used an emery board (too lazy to go to the garage for sandpaper) to roughen the shiny surface of the buckle.
Painted on the medium. (Yup, I was making earrings at the same time.) Sprinkled Iced Enamels Turquoise Relique and Silver Glitz Powders on top of the buckle.
This is what it looks like pre-heat gun:
And after heat but before ICE Resin:
Then, I let the buckle cool before I painted on ICE Resin and added the rhinestone chain “A”. The thin layer of resin worked just like glue.
The first painted layer of ICE Resin over the Iced Enamels tended to stay where I put it and despite the convex surface, it did not pool too much on the edge.
I did add one more layer of ICE Resin the next morning.
Tip: The underside of the belt buckle not flat. I used an empty sour cream container to set the buckle on and make it level.
You’ll need: ICE Resin, Relique Powder, Medium, Disposable Paint Brush, a recycled container,craft cup, stir stick, rhinestone chain, and wire cutters.
The earrings that match this buckle are one of the many lovely projects in the Romance of Mixed Media Jewelry ebook published by Cloth Paper Scissors.
The buckle that made me want to create a cool buckle of my own was none other than the one 2013 ICE Resin Creative Team Member Lexi Grenzer made and displayed at CHA 2013. I dislike the sound of drilling metal so while Lexi improvised with a hobnail heart, I chose to begin with an actual buckle (avail thru HHH Enterprises).
Now I am blaming/thanking Lexi and Homer of HHH for my need to buy (save me from myself! I just stopped writing this post and bought some!) and embellish more buckles.
Have you caught the fever?
Carol La Valley, ICE Resin Content Manager and author.
Sandy Marin made the body and legs of this so so fashionable critter out of an upcycled wooden box, paint, a ruler, an tulle for the skirt.
The body is cast ICE Resin using Art Mechainque Molding Putty.
“Hello” or “Good-bye” we, Susan, Jen, Kristen and Carol want to give a round of applause, several really loud cheers, hugs all around, and warmest wishes to (in no particular order):
Sandy Martin, Sweet Pea Jewelry
Lexi Grenzer, Shabby Calavera
JoAnna Pierotti, Moss Hill Studio
Cindi Bisson, Behind These Eyes
Lesley Venable, Flatwoods Folk Art
Thespa McLaughlin, Vintiquities Workshop
Susan Weckesser, My Sweet Earth
Jen Crossley, A Mark in Time
Susan M Walls, Charming Trinkets
Pamela Huntington, Pam Huntington
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
These creative women were truly awesome, supportive, and every-ready. We will miss them, hold them in our hearts, and most certainly see them around!
We hope you won’t forget to keep following all the wonderful projects on their blogs!
Treasures that dangle made with love…
Treasures that dangle made with love, and ICE, and everything nice by the Shabby Calavera herself, Lexi Grenzer!
The beauties on the left have Art Mechanique paper and a rhinestone.
The middle pair have Ivory Relique (Have you had fun with Cold Enameling yet?)
Those on the right are painted and have Shattered Inclusions on top–just a few to give a glimmer.
Now all they need are ear wires.
Want your Tannenbaum to sparkle?
Your Christmas tree to shine?
Your creativity to make friends remark, “You’re a genius! It looks divine!”
Lexi, Pamela, Jen, Carol, and Susan have made ornaments to spark
your Christmas imagination
on this second day of our Rue Romantique hop!
Saturday, Nov. 9
Jen Cushman http://wp.me/p1lhEq-Gb
If you missed them yesterday, you will want to spy
on Kristen, Cindy, Jen and Cindi’s blogs
for more Rue Romantique ornaments to try!
Friday, Nov. 8
Kristen Robinson http://kristenrobinson.typepad.com/kristenrobinson/2013/11/rue-romantique-christmas-blog-hop.html
Jen Crossley http://amarkintime.blogspot.com/
Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com/2013/11/08
And coming up on Sunday
We know you will just rave
When Lesley, Susan, JoMama, and Sandy show you
The beautiful things they have made!
Sunday, Nov. 10
HANDMADE ORNAMENTS KIT: Resin Bezels and Bling In the Handmade Ornaments Kit: Bezels, Resin, and Bling, you’ll get three fantastic resources for learning different mixed-media jewelry techniques. In Making Etched Metal Jewelry, enjoy step-by-step instruction for creating unique accessories with etched metal. Make your own resin-filled bezels and more in Romantic Bezels. Plus, apply the wonders of ICE Resin® to your holiday ornament-making with an included PDF on how to make ornaments. The Handmade Ornaments Kit: Bezels, Resin, and Bling also includes a wide range of mixed-media jewelry materials that will let you experiment with the techniques and methods presented in Making Etched Metal Jewelry, Romantic Bezels, and Ornament PDF without having to make a trip to the store! You’ll also receive: •2 small silver scrolled oval bezels •Large silver botanical oval bezel •Medium scrolled heart bezel •ICED Enamels® in German Silver •ICED Enamels® adhesive medium •6-pack ICED Enamels® angled brushes •1oz. syringe of ICE Resin® •Rue Romantique® 18” rhinestone chain keep looking »