The weather has finally turned cold, one source of inspiration for this project. I love to explore the scientific possibilities of ICE Resin®, and it’s optical characteristics provided another source of inspiration. ICE Resin®, when formed into a dome, creates a magnifying effect on whatever is under it, and this project takes advantage of the magnification phenomenon to highlight a mix of tiny snowflakes.
Mixing cups & stir sticks
Art Mechanique(TM) Mixed Metal Hobnail Bezel
Silicone dome mold
Acrylic paint in several colors of your choosing
Cut a piece of metallic paper to fit in the bottom of the bezel. Mix a batch of ICE Resin® according to the package instructions, paint a very thin layer into the bottom of the bezel, and press the cut paper into the bezel, taking care to ensure the edges are sealed. Let it cure for at least 45 minutes.
Pour the rest of the mixed ICE Resin® into your molds, and let it cure for at least six hours, or until quite firm.
While the molds cure, create your snowflakes. I printed mine on transparencies made for my inkjet printer, and cut them out. I printed a mix of two sizes to fit the flat tops of the molds. You can create your snowflakes by any means you like. If you prefer to draw them by hand or print them on paper, that works, too. Just make sure they fit the flat top of your molds.
Mix a small batch of ICE Resin®, and divide it among four cups, one for each color you want to use in your project. Tint each cup with a tiny amount of acrylic paint.
Pour each color of tinted ICE Resin® into the bezel, one at a time, taking care to keep the colors separate. I poured each of the four colors into a separate quadrant of the bezel.
Carefully tilt the bezel to spread the resin to the edges of the bezel. To create a swirled effect in the tinted resin, tilt the bezel in a rolling circular motion. Take care not to over mix the colors, or they will become muddled. Let the tinted resin cure overnight.
Mix a small batch of ICE Resin®, and apply very small amounts on the molded domes, to act as an adhesive layer for the snowflakes.
Use the stir stick to pick up and place each snowflake on the flat top of each molded dome. Center the snowflakes on the domes.
Place a very small drop of ICE Resin® on top of each snowflake, to seal it onto the domed resin. Let the snowflakes cure overnight.
When the snowflakes are cured to firmness, pop the domes out of the mold.
Mix a very small amount of ICE Resin® and paint a thin layer into the bezel, on top of the swirled paint layer. This thin layer of resin will act as an adhesive for the snowflakes.
Carefully place each snowflake dome onto the wet resin, and press gently to secure them.
Once all the snowflake domes have been placed, press the domes onto the resin periodically during the first one or two hours of curing to ensure a good seal between the snowflake domes and the ICE Resin® in the bezel. Let the bezel cure overnight.
You can incorporate the finished bezel into an ornament, as done here, or a piece of jewelry.
This ornament was inspired by a vintage style Christmas tree and the need for a contemporary ornament that fit that style. It was also inspired by the use of a silver napkin ring as a bezel. The ornament has 2 sides, the one with the vintage baby picture and the other side has a vintage rhinestone brooch shaped like a snowflake embedded in ICE Resin. The heart bezel drop has glittered scrapbook paper, words cut from a dictionary, and a vintage rhinestone button.