Susan M Walls grabbed her dremel plus a bit, her file and safety glasses to finish this lovely molded bracelet.
See how she did it:
My daughter has long hair…I mean really long hair almost to beyond her hips! She hates traditional hair ties, goofy ribbons, and all things boring or too girlie. But she is an art fan and LOVES one of a kind things. Lately she’s been asking me to braid her hair and I surprised her with this!
Materials and Tools:
* Art Mechanique Medium Hobnail Bezel – Round
* Flat button with shank
* fabric covered hair tie
* Assorted paper ephemera
* ICE Resin® , craft cup and stir stick
* Art Mechanique Paper Sealer
* gem or crystal to bling it out
* ribbons of your choice
- Mix a small batch of ICE Resin according to instructions. Use it to glue the button upside down to the back of the round bezel. Allow to cure.
- Cut a circle to fit bezel from your choice of papers. Using ModPodge glue in place then coat 2 to 3 times to seal. Let dry completely.
- Prop bezel into a small cup full of rice or beans until level. Mix another batch of Ice resin according to instructions and fill bezel until you get a beautiful dome. allow to cure.
- Attach fabric hair tie to the button shank by looping it back onto itself. Cut small lengths of ribbon and tie to each side of the bezel, glue a crystal or gem on the front.
You now have a one of a kind hair art piece!
Susan M Walls
When school began, my daughter was looking for an interesting way to give memorable gifts to her friends commemorating the start of a new year. Here’s what we dreamt up using scrap fabrics, Art Mechanique Silhouettes and Iced Enamels:
* Scrap pieces of fabric cut to wrist size and 2 in wide
* Half inch end clasp findings
* Art Mechanique small bezels and silhouettes
* Assorted paper ephemera
* ICE Resin®
* Sewing machine (can be hand sewn)
* Beads (optional)
* Jewelry tools
* Art Mechanique Paper Sealer
1. Cut fabric into desired wrist size width and 2 inches wide. Fold both long sides one half inch towards center and iron. Fold down the middle and iron again.
2. At sewing machine or by hand, sew decorative stitching lengthwise on each bracelet. Trim threads.
3. Insert end into clasp. Use pliers to flatten, encasing the fabric.
4. Chose paper ephemera to fit a small bezel. Seal into place using Paper Sealer.
5. Mix ICE Resin according to instructions. Poor into bezel. Allow to dry overnight.
6. Using jumprings to attach bezel to bracelet end. Add extra jumprings to fit, then add lobster clasp for closure.
Make lots of them!!!
Cutting out several bracelets at a time, sewing multiple pieces, and finishing with clasps means you can make lots if bracelets in very little time.
Also remember that making multiple bezel pieces saves time too!
What could you make with your daughter? or Son? or Grandchildren?
Jen Cushman wire wrapped two Connie Crystals to accent an Art Mechanique Hobnail Bezel with a vintage stamp image.
Our creative team had a few Connie Crystals after the Emmys and decided to do a few projects. You can see Susan Walls’ and Thespa McLaughlins’ on their blogs today. We are sure they wold love it if you popped on over and took a look!
Hello! Susan M Walls greeting you today.
From so many years of working with the public I seem to always have faces on the brain. They sneak into everything…
I actually had all of the ingredients for this on my studio desk when I happened upon a video from another artist putting together similar flower pieces. After watching it I was racking my brain to try and figure out what else to do when it hit me… Cold Enamels!
So off I went and did some experimenting. When I turned my back a Snark jumped on the table…hmmm…
•Artisan X-plorer machine by Spellbinders
•Heart -shaped die cutters
•Iced Enamels™ multiple colors
•1/16 hole punch and small circle punch
- Wash out soda cans, cutting off the tops and bottoms of the cans. BE CAREFUL!! The edges can be very sharp. Once you have sheets of metal, use your heart shape die to cut pieces through the Artisan X-plorer machine. You’ll need five large hearts and 3 small hearts for each flower.
- Using Iced Enamels, colors of your choice, enamel according to enameling instructions. Once enameled you can shape each heart by rolling top edges over a pencil or dowel.
- Mix ICE Resin according to instructions. Prepare bottle caps by pouring a shallow layer of resin of plastic inside bottle cap. Allow to cure overnight. Next day punch faces or other clip art to fit bottle caps. Seal picture on top of first resin pour with 2-3 coats of mod-podge. When dry fill with additional resin. Coat each flower petal with resin to seal and create your enameled surface. Allow to dry overnight.
- Punch a small circle from leftover can pieces to use as a washer for your mini screw. Punch small holes at pointy base of each heart and the center of your washer piece. Place round washer onto mini screw then large hearts followed by small. Place nut onto screw and tighten. As you tighten, arrange hearts as you would petals of a flower. Clip extra length of screw with heavy duty wire cutters. Using E-6000 to attach bottle cap to flower center and pin finding onto back. Allow to dry.
Wear your fun piece proudly!
Mixed Media Light box: ICE Resin®, a Cereal Box, and three sisters.
The little gal in the chair is my Mother. The two standing are her sisters. One has since passed but my Mother and my aunt are well into their eighties.
I knew when this picture surfaced a few years ago that I wanted to be able to give it a place of honor in my home. I call it “The Power of Three”. An homage to three women born in the 1920”s who saw every detail of growth and society to present day. And they belong in my family.
Thanks for letting me share,
Susan M Walls
Your eyes are the windows to your soul and allow you to express your creative gifts.
Do you drill, or use a torch when creating mixed media?
Then safety glasses are for you!
Safety does not happen by accident
Safety is First Aid to the uninjured
Working safely may get old, but those who do practice it.
Please think about the other instances where you need to protect your eyes when you are unleashing your imagination.
Safety glasses are not glamorous, but their use certainly adds a layer of prtection for your gorgeous peepers.
You can thank Susan M Walls for this video and catch up with her at Susan’s Charming Circus.
Mixed Media: Re-Affirm My Climb
Along life’s path we could all use a bit of encouragement, a word or two to help us get through challenging situations. We need to know we are worthy of our tasks and can believe in ourselves. This piece echoes all of those sentiments for me.
In approaching a new situation I needed a reminder that I could read and hold as a tangible object while I went through it. The different components really created themselves as I trusted my intuition to choose the words for me. I’m a rebel in that I don’t follow traditional guidelines. Many a day I am far too serious. Both things I need to keep an eye on (pun intended). My inner soul needs to continue to fly forward and climb no matter what my fears may be. Silencing my inner critic knowing that whatever it is I WILL figure it out!
Make yourself a re-affirmation work of art. Remind yourself you are enough. Keep climbing!
Susan M Walls
My Art Circus blog
This piece was made using: transparent polymer clay, laser printed images (these are from Tumble Fish Studios & my own collection of vintage photos & words of my own choosing) water, ICE Resin®, Art Mechanique staple bezels: pronged eye and rectangular shapes, sheets of mica, vintage chain, various charms, beads, and jewelry findings as necessary, scissors, basic jewelry tools.
How to Work with Staple Bezels and Mica:
Condiment containers are not just for condiments. Enter Susan M. Walls’ studio and see how they become a tools when pouring ICE Resin® into ring bezels.
Want more info on Susan Walls? Check out Susan’s Art Circus.
(Yes, that rectangular bezel on Susan’s workbench is from Kristen Robinson’s Rue Romantique line.)
What would you do with a Charming Trinket?
This gal with the crown, snarky princess that she is, wouldn’t stand for mayhem she did not instigate her own sweetly-tart self. She has no idea she appears this way because of the creative mind and hands of Susan M. Walls (and might not admit it, except to her closest confidants, if she did.)
Here she is, joined by her Ladies in Waiting, all captured in ICE Resin®. Pray tell, what shall be their fate?
Would you link Her Highness with a jump ring to a chain with royal purple beads, or a royal purple ribbon? (Oh my, the ladies are arguing over who gets what color ribbon.)
Art journals anyone? Cards? Tags? Scrapbook page? Lamp decoration? Tops for push pins?
Maybe 2 could be made into earrings and the rest a bracelet – but best take care when choosing the women for earrings as they may chatter non-stop. LOL
Right now, the lady with the full-on smile is going on and on about Prince Charming and her frenemie (teeth bared) is disagreeing, “He’s a Toad.” (Do you think she is really jealous?)
What are The Ladies in Waiting saying to you right now?
Which Lady is that butterfly poised to carry away?
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