I love to create free form jewellery items, there’s something about an organic shape that isn’t cased in by metal that really appeals to me. It is pretty much destined to couple a free form piece with the free floating spirit of a butterfly. This, I must admit, is a long project. it has many layers which makes for much drying time, but it sure is worth it in the end.
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Iced Enamels™: Shattered Fire Opal.
Art Mechanique®: Paper Sealer
Other Supplies: Laser printed image, mixing cup, stick, black acrylic paint, necklace chain and findings.
Tools: Drill, drill bit/crop-o-dile, pliers, Scissors.
1: Fussy cut from a laser printed image several internal holes and then around the edge.
2: Seal both sides with paper sealer at least 3 times making sure all raw edges are covered.
3: Mix resin to manufacturers instructions.
4: Place image flat on a plastic bag, cover with a generous amount of resin overlapping the sides.
5: Let dry for 8 to 10 hours or overnight.
6: Once cured to the touch trim the excess resin of the edges of the image, do not cut into the paper.
7: Mix resin to manufacturers instruction add in a generous amount of shattered fire opal.
8: Carefully cover the back of the image to the edges making sure the resin does not run out of bounds. Surface tension will do this naturally.
9: Let dry for 8 to 10 hours or overnight.
10: Mix resin to manufacturers specifications, add in a small amount of black acrylic paint.
11: Support image on sticks and cover the back with the black resin again making sure the resin does not go out of bounds.
12: Let dry overnight or for 8 to 10 hours.
13: Mix resin to manufacturers specifications.
(if any black drips onto the front you can sand/cut this away before coating with clear resin)
14: Carefully cover the front of the image with resin making sure it does not go out of bounds.
15: Let dry for 8 to 10 hours or overnight.
16: Drill/punch holes in the top corners.
17: Add chain with jump rings and clasp.
18: Wear and enjoy the shimmering butterfly.
Welcome to the ICE Resin portion of the Handmade Holiday’s Blog Hop! I am please to be up first and hope you are all excited and invigorated by all the projects that have been already showcased and the ones yet to come. My wonderful team mates, I am sure, will thrill and amaze you with there many talents this coming holiday season so I hope you tune back in with us over the next two days to see what they have created for you.
Today I have created for you a wonderful tree ornament, that could easily be given as a thoughtful gift to friends and relatives with as simple a change of image personalized to each person you are gifting. In my example I use a rub on but add in the instructions required for a printed photo in case you want to switch it up.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season and let me know what you think of my project!
Iced Enamels™: Relique Glitz Copper.
Art Mechanique®: Hobnail Bezel, paper sealer.
Rue Romantique: Rhinestone Chain.
Other Supplies: Vintage image, mixing cup, stick, findings, bits to dangle, lace.
Tools: Pliers, scissors.
1: Mix resin to manufacturers instructions.
2: Add in a generous amount of Copper Relique Glitz.
3: Fill the bezel to half full with the mixture, leave to dry for 8 to 10 hours or overnight.
4: Fussy cut the image close to the people.
5: If using a printed image, seal well front back and edges with paper sealer.
6: If using a rub on, press image lined up where you want it into the dry resin, rub gently into place.
7: If using a printed image glue into place with a small amount of white glue and let try thoroughly.
8: Mix resin to manufacturers specifications.
9: Fill bezel to top, do not dome.
10: Leave to dry for 8 to 10 hours.
11: Mix resin to manufacturers specifications.
12: Cut the rhinestone chain to size and balance on the edge where its final placement will be.
13: Flood the centre of the bezel with resin, it will naturally flood out to the edges of the chain and set it in place.
14: Leave to dry for 8 to 10 hours or overnight.
15: Add lace, findings and dangles. Display on your tree.
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You just knew I was going to do a dress form at some point didn’t you? The ICED Enamels are an incredible way to artify a paper dress form and make it your own. You can use so many different combination of colors to make a fancy dress. I loved the Art Mechanique ribbon as a sash and wire wrapped it and added an embellishment. THis was a fun project and so easy for you to do.
Candy Rosenberg, Living the Altered Life blog
ICE Resin: Medium
ICED Enamels Relique: Raspberry, Ivory, German Silver and Tarnished Bronze
ICED Enamels German Glass Glitter
ICE Resin Wire: Dark
Rue Romantique: Charms
Art Mechanique: Ribbon
Paper Mache Dress Form with wood stand
1. Paint directly onto the dress form in the areas that you want to cover to form a dress.
2. Sprinkle the Iced Enamels Ivory on this area and heat set.
3. Then add more medium on top in random fashion, sprinkle the raspberry to create accents and heat set.
4. Add more medium on the top and one side of bottom and sprinkle with ICED Enamels German Silver and heat set.
5. Add more medium to make the stripe accents then sprinkle the Tarnished Bronze and heat set.
6. Once you have heat set the Tarnished Bronze add medium only to that area and sprinkle ICED Enamels German Glass Glitter to accent the stripes.
7. Add medium to the wood top of the dress form stand along with the bottom straight piece. Sprinkle the ICE Enamels German Silver and heat set. This gives it a look of silver metal that is so cool.
8. Wrap the pink and silver ribbon around the waist, add a charm to the ribbon at the knot.
9. Cut a 4 inch piece of wire and then wrap around the ribbon making it stay close to the body of the dress form.
There are so many color combinations it is endless! I hope you have fun using ICED Enamels in your next project!
The “Opera Singer” is backstage in her dressing room fretting about what hat to wear in her performance tomorrow. Which one do you suggest?
Did you notice that all these hats double as rings?
Susan Lenart Kazmer created her Opera Singer as a jewelry holder.
Fibers, silk sari, hand-dyed, wool, etc. are part of what makes Susan Lenart Kazmer’s jewelry amazing.
Are fibers part of your mixed metal jewelry and bead work?
If you would like to learn more about Susan’s techniques working with resin and metal, her recent book “Resin Alchemy” and DVDs “Forge Wire Cages” and “Explorations in Jewelry Enameling” are available now.keep looking »