Wedding Day Dreaming

Gettin’ hitched.

Wedded bliss.

Dreaming of the DAY.

Crafting elements of your wedding will add a special meaning to the day and keepsakes beyond the ceremony.

Here are a few ideas:

Wouldn’t this be a pretty post-wedding necklace for the moms and grandmothers of the bride and groom?

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Bouquet of Memories http://wp.me/p1MCno-2we

This wedding cake topper also serves as a keepsake memento or ornament to remember the couple’s special day.

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Forever One Wedding Cake Topper http://wp.me/p1MCno-2Ar

Fun with bridesmaids!

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Snarky Princesses http://wp.me/p1MCno-2jS

 

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Hello, Good-by and a mixed media giraffe

Art Mechanique molding puttyThis little mixed media giraffe seems to be saying hello to the 2014 ICE Resin Creative Team — the  members will be announced December 13.

Sandy Marin made the body and legs of this so so fashionable critter  out of an upcycled wooden box, paint, a ruler, an tulle for the skirt.

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The body is cast ICE Resin using Art Mechainque Molding Putty.

“Hello” or “Good-bye” we, Susan, Jen, Kristen and Carol want to give a round of applause, several really loud cheers, hugs all around, and warmest wishes to (in no particular order):

Sandy MartinSweet Pea Jewelry

JoMama, ShopJoMama

Lexi Grenzer, Shabby Calavera

JoAnna Pierotti, Moss Hill Studio

Cindi Bisson, Behind These Eyes

Lesley Venable, Flatwoods Folk Art

Thespa McLaughlin, Vintiquities Workshop

Susan Weckesser, My Sweet Earth

Jen Crossley, A Mark in Time

Susan M Walls, Charming Trinkets

Pamela Huntington, Pam Huntington

Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design

These creative women were truly  awesome, supportive, and every-ready. We will miss them,  hold them in our hearts, and most certainly see them around!

We hope you won’t forget to keep following all the wonderful projects on their blogs!

 

 

ICE Quick Tip – Casting and Finishing

Susan M Walls grabbed her dremel plus a bit, her file and safety glasses to finish this lovely molded bracelet.

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See how she did it:

Fabulous ICE Resin Hobnail Hair Tie

ICE Resin hair tie

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!

ICE Resin hair tie back

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

* Scissors

* Art Mechanique Paper Sealer

* gem or crystal to bling it out

* ribbons of your choice

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Susan’s Charming Trinkets

Fabric Friendship Bracelets with Iced Enamels

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:

Friendship Bracelets

Iced Enamels friendship bracelet

Turtles signify longevity.

You’ll need:

* Scrap pieces of fabric cut to wrist size and 2 in wide
* Half inch end clasp findings
* Jumprings
* Art Mechanique small bezels and silhouettes
* Assorted paper ephemera
* ICE Resin®
* Scissors
* Sewing machine (can be hand sewn)
* Iron
* Pliers
* Beads (optional)
* Jewelry tools
* Thread
Art Mechanique Paper Sealer
Instructions:

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.

Iced Enamels

Friendship Bracelet DIY

Good ideas!

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!

Susan Walls

Susan’s Art Circus

What could you make with your daughter? or Son? or Grandchildren?

Interested in more mother-daughter projects? Check out these stunning bookmarks by Susan Walls, this memory with Tina Schiefer, and this moment between another Susan and her daughter.

 

 

The sparkle of crystal…

Jen CushmanLove the diffusion of color that happens when light hits crystal facets and explodes? We do too!

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!

Susan M Walls – Art Circus

Thespa McLaughlin – Vintiquities Workshop

 

Tin Can Flowers

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…

ice resinMaterials & Tools:

•Soda Cans

•Bottle Caps

•Artisan X-plorer machine by Spellbinders

•Heart -shaped die cutters

Art Mechanique screws and nuts

•Iced Enamels™ multiple colors

•Clip Art

•ICE Resin®

•Mod-Podge

•Pin Findings

•E-6000 glue

•1/16 hole punch and small circle punch

ice resinInstructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Casting Buttons with ICE Resin and Art Mechanique Molding Putty

My buttons don’t match

What am I to do?

Have a nifty button you want to use more than once?

Susan Walls shows you how to cast a button with Art Mechanique Molding Putty and ICE Resin!

She made black ones to match her pants, but the color possibilities abound.

 

The Power of Three by Susan M Walls

Mixed Media Light box: ICE Resin®, a Cereal Box, and three sisters.

ice resin mixed mediaMany times tapping into the mixed media muse means working with family history. It makes everything more meaningful and gets you over the “where to start” fears.

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.

ice resin lightboxI 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

Susan’s Art Circus

Look Exceptionally Glamorous in the Studio

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?

Yes?

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.

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