Ice 9 with Ice Resin

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We were tasked with making a project based on our favorite poem or work of literature.  This one was tough for me.  With so many great books, I did not know what direction to go.  I Love The brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Emile Zola’s letter  j’accuse is a great piece of  writing, The Road Not Taken by Frost is another favorite, but I just could not make them work.  One of my favorite authors is Kurt Vonnegut. Maybe not as poetic as Frost or as passionate as Zola, but always insightful, humorous, and thought provoking.  I browsed my collection of Vonnegut books, of which there are many and I came across Cats Cradle.  I read this book as a young girl and it left an impression on me.  For those of you who have read it, Ice 9 is the perfect inspiration for the ICE Resin® products.  For those of you who have not read it, get to it! Its a quick, easy and entertaining read.  (and look, its only 95 cents!)

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The story is based on a fictitious substance called Ice 9.  Ice 9  is a polymorph of water.  Any liquid that comes in contact with Ice 9 will become crystallized  and create more Ice 9.  It has the ability to kill instantly by turning human tissue into Ice 9, as well as freezing entire bodies of water.  You can see where the story goes….  I thought it would be cool to be able to wear a piece of Ice 9 without the threat of having your insides freeze and crystallize!

Supplies:

ICE Resin®

disposable mixing cup and stir stick

2 part molding putty

Shattered Opal inclusions

2 small eye hooks

Crystal/Rock with interesting shape

Rock salt

White pain/nail polish

Golden interference blue paint/paint brush

Beads/clasp

Instructions:

I started with a crystal I liked.  You can use any rock with interesting shapes.  Don’t worry about the color, we can fix that! Casting with  ICE Resin® allows you to keep the original item and make multiples.  The original was too heavy to use as a pendant.

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Original rock crystal

Mix equal parts casting putty until color is uniform. Place on flat surface and impress crystal into putty.  Allow putty to set for 10 minuets.

Here is a video Susan M Walls did on Casting.

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Once putty is set (test with thumbnail. If nail does not leave an impression, its set.)  Remove crystal.  Your mold will look something like this.

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Drop a few pieces of rock salt in the bottom of your mold.  Mix equal parts ICE Resin® in mixing cup and add a very small amount (about a pinch) of Shattered Opal inclusions and about a tablespoon of rock salt.  The rock salt is a crystal itself so light will reflect off of it.  The shattered opal helps the crystal reflect light. Pour ICE Resin® with inclusions into your mold and allow it to set (6-8 hours)  Once Resin is set, remove your new “crystal” from the mold.

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Cast Crystal

The crystal looks pretty good at this point but a few surface treatments will make it come alive.  I added Golden interferon Blue to the back of the piece and dry brushed a bit on the front.  This paint reflects light and gives it an iridescence.

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Then, to make the piece appear solid and opaque, I painted the back white.  I used white nail polish.  You can use white paint, it will just need to be sealed.

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Once all the paint is dry, the pieces look very similar.

I used 2 eye hooks and screwed them into the sides where I wanted the necklace to connect to.

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Now you can add beads, chain, leather, cloth or any other components you like.  I used cool blue glass beads. Its hot here in the desert, we can use a bit of Ice.   This piece of Ice 9 is safe to wear and wont bring about the end of the world, however It may cause some commotion when your friends see it!

Frozen in the Summer

When I was tasked with making a piece inspired by a blockbuster movie, I was stumped.  I’m not big on blockbuster movies.  I’m more of a Indy film kind of gal.  My 5 year old granddaughter on the other hand….well she knows the HOT movies!   If you have a young girl in your home, or you have just been out of your house in the last year, then you know what a phenomenon Disneys Frozen movie is.  I was at Disneyland a few weeks ago and every girl under the age of 20 (well maybe a few over) were dressed like Elsa.  I decided that ICE Resin was the perfect medium to create a Frozen inspired piece!

Enjoy!

Sandy Martin

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Supplies:

Ice resin, mixing cup and mixing sticks

Shattered Opal inclusions

Blue nail polish

pre-made plastic mold

Packing tape

Frozen images (not hard to find) I used packaging from my granddaughters shoes and lip gloss.

Mixed bezels- 4 small oval, 2 med. round filigree and 1 large rectangle hobnob

chain, wire, round nose pliers, ribbon and jumprings

DIY:

I started by painting my bezels with blue nail polish.  once they were dry, I dry brushed them with white nail polish.

While they were drying, I mixed 1 OZ Ice resin, per package instructions.  I separated the resin in to 2 cups.  In one cup I added a small amount of shattered opal and a few drops of metallic blue nail polish

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fingernail polish use as colorant

I poured the blue resin into the large hobnob bezel until it was 1/2 full.  I left this to dry overnight

 

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I poured the rest of the blue resin into multiple shapes of a pre-made plastic mold

 

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I mixed a little shattered opal in with the remaining clear resin and pored it into the 4 oval bezels and let them cure overnight.

frozen 4After they were dry, I mixed another OZ of ICE resin.  I painted a small amount of resin on the top of the 4 oval bezels, then dipped them into the shattered opal inclusions.

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Once it dries, it creates an ICY texture perfect for this project.

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I cut out several Frozen images from packaging.  I sealed the images in clear packing tape

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I laid one of the images into the large hobnob bezel and filled it the remaining way with clear resin.

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I used 2 smaller images in the filigree bezels and filled with clear resin.

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I took out all the pieces from the pre-made mold.  I drilled a hole in the top of each piece.  I used a small piece of wire to create a bail.  I secured the wire with a drop of resin and allowed them to dry.

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Once all the resin was dry, I used jump rings to connect the components to the chain

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I finished it off with some blue ribbon and Viola…A Necklace fit for a  Princess!!

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Elsa and Anna get frozen under ICE Resin in this necklace

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Add color to the outside of an ICE Resin Cast piece

Creative Team member Sandy Martin shares how to add color on the outside of a cast ICE Resin piece to add dimension.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKoJW1X2utU[/youtube]

Want to see how to make the bird? This is where it nests!

Shattered Opal makes your ICE Resin projects sparkle

Shattered Opal, a holographic plastic adds, dimensions to you ICE Resin project and captures the color (s) placed under it.

Sandy Martin form the ICE Resin Creative Team shows you how lovely it can be!

[youtube]https://youtu.be/Lc13hTnwHOY[/youtube]

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