One of my greatest joys is collecting vintage treasures. These treasures include buttons, keys, jewelry bits and baubles, hardware, industrial bits, silverware, vintage bottles, game pieces and so much more. I have them stored in vintage canning jars in my studio cupboards and in printer’s trays in one of my rolling shelved carts. I love to let the things in the cupboards make their way into my art. I knew I would be using buttons and keys and rhinestone chain for this challenge, but I was trying to decide what to use as the bezel itself. I realized I wanted to use something new that everyone would have. Vintage book pages were the natural choice as I love how ICE Resin® plays with paper….
Let’s gather some supplies for the book page bezels:
ICE Resin® Ephemera Image Assortment or Vintage papers such as sheet music, ledger sheets, etc.
Circle punches 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch
Scrap of Card Stock for pattern
Stir Sticks/Mixing Cups
Small strong clamps
Drill/Small drill bit
Clear Packing Tape
Vintage bits such as keys, hardware, metal jewelry bits, lace, fibers, crystals, safety pins
Begin by making a template from card stock. Punch your hole to see where the best placement is. I slid mine in the whole way so I could do it the same each time.
Tear out your book pages. Lay your pattern down on your page and line the ruler up with the side edge. Tear your pages into strips using this method. I like the texture of torn pages. If you prefer a crisper edge, use scissors or a paper cutter. Create a stack as thick as you like. Be sure it is thicker than your thickest item you will place in the bezel. Punch a hole in each page.
Smooth a piece of clear packing tape onto the back of the bezel. Use 2 small clamps to clamp 2 sides.
Mix your ICE Resin and allow it to rest 5 minutes. Pour some in each bezel. You may place your items in the bezel at this time to ensure the correct placement. You can use any small treasures such as rhinestone chain, tiny keys, charms, frozen Charlottes, buttons, lace, etc.
Pour ICE Resin® into bezel and allow it to cure 6-12 hours.
After the ICE Resin® cures, some of it will have soaked into the pages of the bezel. This is what we want to happen. Once it is fully cured, peel off the packing tape. Cut a small square of the sponge and while wearing gloves coat the entire piece with ICE Resin®. Allow the resin to fully cure.
Now the pages are sealed and we can pour the resin into to fill the bezel. So mix another batch of ICE Resin® and pour it in to fill each bezel. Allow time to cure.
As I did my final fill on these bezels, I layered buttons and lace along the edges of the bezels.
The buttons can also be used to cover any imperfections after the bezel cures.
To finish those off, I just used a drill to drill a small hole in the top two corners so I could add a jump ring.
But then I got to thinking….What if I did not make the bezel go all the way through? What if only the top pages were punched with a hole and the back was left unpunched? And what if I turned them into little books?
So I gathered a couple more supplies: some leather scraps, leather cord, a leather punch and heavy duty cutters.
Then, I followed the directions above to make new bezels but this time I left half the pages unpunched. I was also careful not to add too much extra dimension to my embellishments because I want my books to close. I layered some pieces from the ICE Resin® Ephemera Image Assortment pack either on the top of the bezel or punched a face image and placed it into the bezel. Once the bezels were completed, I cut a leather cover for each bezel and rounded the corners. I made it slightly larger than the bezel all around. I also used a marker to darken the cut edges of the leather.
I added some ICE Resin® to glue my bezel in place inside the book cover. Once cured, I dipped each book in water and then folded the cover over.
Secure each cover with rubber bands so the books will appear more closed. Allow the leather time to dry overnight.
Remove rubber bands and punch a hole in the top spine of the book. Add a jump ring, chains, keys, crystals and anything else that catches your imagination.
This is where things get fun. You can use whatever little trinkets and baubles you have collected.
It would be easy to make these personalized for someone special by using things that have special meaning for that person.
As another variation, I cut the top off one of the books so the leather is just on the back of the bezel. I used a drill to drill 2 holes in that one for hanging.
I would love to hear about what you are doing with ICE Resin.
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 & Company publications.
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Hello everyone! Heidi Blankenship, here. Today, I have a technique to share with you using ICE Resin®, Iced EnamelsTM, glitter, Ranger Perfect PearlsTM Pigment Powders, and various types of paper from vintage sheet music to paper flowers. I have to say I just love the look of ICE Resin® on paper! It doesn’t matter if it is vintage paper or newer paper, sealed or not sealed, it always has such a beautiful and unique look. I mixed up some of the ICE Resin® and then added small amounts of the resin to different cups. Then I used few different colors of Perfect PearlsTM, and added it to the resin. I used the stir stick to mix the ICE Resin® and Perfect PearlsTM. Doing this created beautiful pearl colors. I used a paintbrush to add the pearly resin to the paper flowers and leaves. When the ICE Resin® cures, the flowers have a beautiful crystal look to them, and they become hard from the resin. I also added some of the Iced EnamelsTM Relique Gold glitter to the center of the larger flowers and the edges of this leaves for a bit of added sparkle. Once the ICE Resin® has cured, the flowers can be added to all kinds of home décor and DIY projects.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and thanks so much for stopping by today!
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Hello everyone! Heidi Blankenship, here. Today, I have a technique to share with you using ICE Resin®, Iced EnamelsTM, glitter, Ranger Perfect Pearls, and various types of paper from vintage sheet music to paper flowers. I have to say I just love the look of ICE Resin® on paper! It doesn’t matter if it is vintage paper or newer paper, sealed or not sealed, it always has such a beautiful and unique look. I mixed up some of the ICE Resin® and then added small amounts of the resin to different cups. Then I used few different colors of Ranger Perfect PearlsTM and added it to the resin. I used the stir stick to mix the ICE Resin® and Perfect PearlsTM. Doing this created beautiful pearl colors. I used a paint brush to add the pearly resin to the paper flowers and leaves. When the ICE Resin® cures, the flowers have a beautiful crystal look to them and they become hard from the resin. I also added some of the Iced EnamelsTM Relique Gold glitter to the center of the larger flowers and the edges of the leaves for a bit of added sparkle. Once the ICE Resin® has cured, the flowers can be added to all kinds of home décor and DIY projects.
ICE Resin® Iced EnamelsTM Relique Powder in Turquoise
ICE Resin® Iced EnamelsTM Relique in Gold
ICE Resin® Iced EnamelsTM Medium
ICE Resin® Paper Sealer
Mixing Cups and Stir Sticks
Ranger Perfect PearlsTM in Pink Gumball, Sour Apple, and Turquoise
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Other Supplies Used
Small Fancy Wood Frame
Bingo Butterfly Girl Vintage-style Image from ArtCult.etsy.com
Vintage Sheet Music
Wild Orchid Crafts Paper Flowers and Leaves
Vintage Book Paper
Ivory Flat Back Pearls
To start, cut vintage sheet music to fit the size of the frame. Then apply paper sealer to the vintage sheet music, and apply the sheet music to the frame.
Apply a second coat of the paper sealer to the vintage sheet music once it is on the frame.
Apply paper sealer to the front and back of all the paper flowers, leaves, and image. Set aside to dry.
Brush on the Iced EnamelsTM Medium to the scroll outer part of the frame and then apply Iced EnamelsTM Relique Powder in Turquoise. Do this one side at a time and use a heat tool to melt the Iced EnamelsTM before moving on to another section.
Next brush a thin coat of ICE Resin® on top of the vintage sheet music, and apply another piece of vintage book paper.
Apply ICE Resin® to the entire frame. Use a brush to apply the resin to the scroll parts of the frame. Also apply resin to the butterfly wings on the image. Sprinkle Iced EnamelsTM Gold glitter around the outer edges of the paper on the frame and the butterfly wings.
Mix up the ICE Resin® and then add Ranger Perfect PearlsTM in Pink Gumball. This will tint the resin and also give it a pearly sheen.
Mix up a few small batches of the ICE Resin® and add different colors of the Perfect PearlsTM. I used three colors of the Perfect PearlsTM: Pink Gumball, Sour Apple, and Turquoise. I also applied Iced EnamelsTM Relique Gold glitter to the center of the larger flowers and the tips of the leaves.
I applied craft foam to the back of the image using Scor-TapeTM, and then adhered it to the frame with more Scor-Tape. I like to use craft foam when adding dimension to larger pieces, because then it is smooth across the entire piece.
I used hot glue to apply all of the flowers and leaves, and create a small flower cluster at the top and another larger cluster at the bottom of the frame. I just love the look of the flowers with the pearly tinted ICE Resin®! They have the appearance of crystal flowers. Some of the areas weren’t completely covered with the paper sealer so they have a bit of a translucent look but I love that too. It just adds more to the crystal like appearance of the flowers.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and remember ICE Resin® isn’t just for jewelry. You can use it with paper crafting too!
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
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