Isn’t Valentine’s full of romance? A time of love renewal and giving your heart to another?
How about a glittery enameled vintage version for your neck?
I love vintage pieces and parts. Sometimes I buy them when I find them even though I haven’t a clue how I might use them. They end up in the studio staring back at me for months. These are bank safety deposit keys that called to me during a visit to a local flea market. Flat and perfect for Iced Enamels!
1 small rectangle hobnail bezel in brass
Iced Enamels in Garnet and Amethyst
Iced Enamels medium
ICE Resin® (of course)
1 tiny wooden heart
Red glitter (i used basic craft glitter that I had)
About 1 yard of silk ribbon (Mine was white then i dyed it with spray ink)
Words cut from a vintage dictionary
1 vintage safety deposit box key
Miscellaneous jump rings and brass wire
Vintage beads and crystals from my hoard
Using enamels brush a light coat of medium all over your rectangle bezel, all over! Then dip into enamel powder, tap off excess. I put Amethyst Iced Enamels everywhere but the back of the bezel. Brush medium on the tooth section of the key and dip that into Garnet enamel, shake off excess. Normally I work over a sheet of paper so that any excess powder can be easily swept back into the container.
With your embossing tool heat each piece until enamel melts. Be careful they get hot! Leave until cool. Tip: Work over an inexpensive ceramic tile found at any home improvement store! Saves your counter top from marring with too much heat.
Glue/seal your dictionary words onto the key with two to three coats. Brush white glue onto your wooden heart then dip into red glitter, let dry. Place your third tiny glittered heart into the bezel.
Prepare your ICE resin according to direction. I am using the 8 ounce bottles of ICE resin so I need to mix equal parts in a small cup. Before pouring I always add line with marker to let me how much I need. Those little lines disappear fast when the liquid hits the cup!
Pour resin into and over glitter heart making sure you coat all areas that have enamel to seal and give you that shiny enamel look. Coat over enamel portion of key. Allow to dry a minimum of 12 hours.
When it’s cured use your favorite beads and embellishments to put together a romantic, from the heart necklace!
I hope you get a chance to make one for yourself!
Until next time,
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?
Want to see more of Susan Walls’ creations? Dance your way over to her Art Circus.
Toothpicks, sandwich sticks, craft sticks, long flat sticks (cut in half) are Susan M. Walls’ favorite tools for placing, dripping and nudging ICE Resin exactly where she wants it to go in a bezel.
You can discover more about Susan on her Charming Trinkets blog.
Susan M. Walls has been involved in arts and crafts ever since she was little. She was sewing by the time she was 6, painting tempera wildlife scenes soon after that, and has created countless handmade gifts for friends all her life.
During college she took a left turn into the restaurant business and stayed there for the better part of 20 years but her dream of living a more creative life won out in the end.
Now several years later with 2 children and 3 other art related businesses, “Charming Trinkets” is the main focus of Susan’s attention.Susan is a one woman show, designing and hand creating each jewelry piece herself. Her distinctive themed pieces allow you to show off your crazier side and all the things you love. Susan’s motto is to never create anything too serious and hopes everyone that comes in contact with her jewelry will find a reason to smile.