See How to Make an ICE Resin® Ring Featuring Power Words

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I spent a great deal of time thinking about this challenge of “Power Words.” I made lists of possible words, words that are fierce and powerful words. Words that are gentler, but just as influential. I wanted to find the perfect series of words. I thought about what power words are driving me currently: gratitude, love, kindness, survivor, fly, grow, and listen. I thought about the words as I completed daily tasks like driving, showering, cleaning, and just before I fell asleep. I realized every time I tried to choose the perfect word, it had changed based on my mood, interactions, and challenges. Then I realized that power words are like art. I need to create with the words that are moving me at that moment, and they will resound with those they are meant to. So I took a few pages from a discarded book, and clipped out a few words that made me smile. I wanted a way to carry these words with me daily. A ring that was strong and clear and true was the perfect way to remind me in faltering moments of what I need most. I worked those snipped-out words into several samples for this challenge. I can wear the one I need each day. Each of us has our own struggles and trials. I hope you find your own power words, and that they move you forward through your own battles successfully and bring you strength.

I am excited to share my first video as an ICE Resin Design Team member.

I would love to hear how you are using ICE Resin® in your own work!

Learn more about Brooke Bock:

Blog: artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com

Pinterest: brookebock96 and artistendeavor

Power Words: ICE Resin® Power Rings

These rings are an artistic reminder of strength and courage.  You can personalize them with whatever your power words are as well as your favorite colors and design elements.

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Let’s gather the supplies you will need:

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ICE Resin®

Mixing cups

Wooden stir sticks

Small paper cup

Ranger® Inkssentials™ Non-Stick Craft Sheet™

Sculpey® Premo Clay in Granite

A marble

Toaster oven dedicated to craft use

Iced Enamels™ Medium

Iced Enamels™ Relique Powder in Turquoise

Small bits of moss

Page from discarded book (or newspaper)

Scissors

Paintbrush

Ranger® Heat it™ Craft Tool

Rebar wire

Side cutters

Needle nose pliers

Ring mandrel

Toothpicks

First, condition the clay and roll it into a ball about the size of a nickel.  Press a finger in the center to make a dent. Use a marble to make a well in the center of the ball. Gently pull the edges up around the marble. Remove the marble and bake in the toaster oven according to manufacturer’s instructions. While it is baking, cut your favorite power words from a discarded book page and carefully trim the edges. Set words aside.

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Once it has cooled, use a paintbrush to paint some Iced Enamels™ Medium where you want it on the bowl.  Gently press the bowl into the Iced Enamels™ Relique Powder, and tap off excess gently. Place the bowl on the non-stick craft sheet, and use the Ranger® Heat it™ Craft Tool to heat and melt the Iced Enamels™ powder.  If you want to add any to the bottom of the bowl, repeat on the bottom once it has cooled.

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Mix your ICE Resin® according to manufacturer’s directions, being especially careful to mix thoroughly and scrape the sides and bottom frequently while mixing. Mix for the full two minutes. Once mixed, allow the ICE Resin® to rest for five minutes. While you wait, use the stir stick to drizzle a little ICE Resin® into the small paper cup. Add the moss and mix to coat it thoroughly with ICE Resin®. 

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Use the wooden stir stick to add the moss to the clay bowl. Carefully drizzle the ICE Resin® into the bowl until it is full. Dip the tip of a toothpick into the resin and touch it to the power word to lift the text, and add to the resin. Use the toothpick to submerge and arrange the word where desired.

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Allow the ICE Resin® to cure and fully dry. Once completely cured, you can add it to make a ring or pendant. Unwrap about 18 inches of rebar wire and wrap it twice around the ring mandrel at your desired ring size. Unwrap another 18 inches of wire and use side cutters to cut it from the roll. Twist the wires together 2-3 times. Begin to wrap them in concentric circles around the polymer bowl until you have it wrapped and caged. Tightly tuck ends under another piece of wire.

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Use a paint brush to paint some Iced Enamels™ Medium where you want it on the wire, or any place it may have chipped off the bowl. Gently press the wire into the Iced Enamels™ Relique Powder, and tap off excess gently. Place the wire onto the non-stick craft sheet, and use the Ranger® Heat it™ Craft Tool to heat and melt the power. Paint another thin coat of ICE Resin® over the clay and the wire to seal the piece.


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If you prefer a necklace pendant instead of the ring, simply bend the ring loops up and add silk strips or a chain through the loop.

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I hope you give some of techniques suggested in your work. Adding botanicals to ICE Resin® is easy, and yields gorgeous results.

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I would love to hear how you are using ICE Resin® in your own work.

Brooke Bock lives and creates with her husband and daughter in rural Pennsylvania. She shares her home and studio with 2 dogs, a cat, a few fish in ponds and tanks and a flock of chickens. She collects things old, rusty and intriguing.  She is a regular contributor to many Stampington and Company publications.

Learn more about Brooke Bock:

Blog: artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com

Pinterest: brookebock96 and artistendeavor 

Take Your Time with Polymer Clay Bezels

Susan Lenart KazmerDear ICE Queen:

I want to use ICE Resin in the polymer clay bezels I create. Can I pour the resin in the bezels before I bake them to save time?

 

Answer: 

While we understand the desire to save time, the answer is no. The
oven temperature needed to cure polymer clay is too high for ICE Resin®. ICE Rsin® can’t be heated above 110 degrees Fahrenheit, anything higher will turn the resin yellow and could possibly cause it to burn.

Art is both PERFECT and imperfect

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Susan Lenart Kazmer

Book of Dreams - Art Sistas

Website and Blog: Rosa & Josie’s

Medium: mixed media jewelry artist

Facebook URL

Susan Lenart Kazmer

Cuff of Intention

Q: If you could learn to create art in any medium you have not tried (or have not mastered), what would it be?

A: I believe polymer clay could be a fun medium to explore.

Q: What artist you would like to study with (living or dead) and why?

A: I actually have two: Miriam Haskell and Georgia O’Keeffe. I love Miriam Haskell’s use of “hand-picked” baroque pearls, rhinestones and filigree. I often use pieces of her timeless costume jewelry in many of my designs today. I have always been mesmerized by Georgia O’Keeffe’s “point of view” expressed in her minimalistic style of painting.

Susan Lenart Kazmer

My Path...

Q: What key piece of advice have you learned in your creative journey that you share with others?

A: More than any other bit of information, I share with my students, is that imperfection is required. There are NO mistakes. Mistakes will often take you in a direction you may not have ever taken. Art is both imperfect and perfect at the same time. I believe I give my students the freedom to learn to let go, and to embrace imperfection. I, myself, have Anne Grgich to thank for that!

Q:What adornment could you not go without?

A: My wedding ring.

Susan Lenart Kazmer

Believe

Q: What 5 items do you have in your studio that you use nearly every day?

A: My chain nose pliers, ball peen hammer, bench block, vintage rhinestones, and my computer (of course =)

 

Jenny’s Harmony (plus an Industrial Chic® give-away)

Susan Lenart KazmerSusan Lenart KazmerWhen a woman puts on jewelry she is giving
the people she encounters a glimpse of how she feels about the day she believes
she is opening the door to face. How many days could we all use a little more harmony?
Imagine for a moment, wearing Jenny Davies-Reazor gorgeous fall-colored, mixed media “Harmony” necklace.

Ahhh… (Come on now, sigh with me!
Release any tension with your breath and believe that your day will be—oh! let’s
go for the whole week—filled with harmony.)

Jenny sculpted the Japanese lantern from
polymer, accented
with mica powders, baked, and set in with caulk. Seed beads were also added to
create the blossoms and lantern base and used a Sharpie to write the Chinese
character for harmony. She used ICE Resin to finish the bezel.

Susan Lenart KazmerWe found this necklace on our Flickr page. Jenny created the necklace in
August. You can catch the whole story on her blog.

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INDUSTRIAL CHIC GIVE-AWAY!!!

Win a mystery box of loose Industrial Chic charms and goodies for your
mixed media projects just by leaving a comment on Technique Tuesday and Flickr
Friday blog posts from October 7 through October 28. A total of seven winners
will be chosen at random-one for each bloggy day. Winners will be announced on
the blog and on Facebook on October 29.

ICE ResinGood luck!

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