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Archive for June, 2010

Dragonfly Necklace – Ice Resin Paper and Wire

June 14th, 2010 by Nikki Smith

I have been having so much fun with the Ice Resin techniques I learned last weekend from Deryn Mentock (Something Sublime)!  This dragonfly was created as a gift for my neice, Beta, who loves the color yellow.  The translucent wings on this dragonfly necklace are actually from a napkin with yellow lemons that has been treated with ice resin.

Dragonfly Ice Resin Necklace

The inspiration for this piece comes from one of Deryn’s creations which you can see on her blog here.  Deryn actually teaches a class on her “Winged Things”, and she’ll be in College Station in October at the Bead Fountain to do just that.  I fell in love with these when I saw them on her site and couldn’t wait to try it for myself!

This necklace began as a wire form sculpture with copper wire and beads.  The lemon napkin was treated with Ice Resin and allowed to cure for three days.  Then the wings were cut-out slightly larger than the wire wing shapes.  They were glued with white craft glue to the back of the wire wing shapes.  I had to add more glue twice to ensure that no daylight was visible around the edges or at the juncture with the body.  Then the necklace was arranged in a bowl of rice so that the wings were level and more ice resin was carefully added to the tops of the wings to fill-in the wire shape.  Another three days to cure and the necklace was ready to wear.  I couldn’t resist trying it on before giving it away.  Now I want to make one for myself!

I’m looking forward to Deryn’s class in October.  I’m sure she’ll have some tips to make these easier and faster!

Ice Resin Jewelry Workshop

June 6th, 2010 by Nikki Smith

Yesterday my mom Linda, my friend Andreea and I attended a fabulous Ice Resin jewelry workshop taught by Deryn Mentock (Something Sublime).  It was a blast!  Here are a few of my creations:

Ice Resin bezel jewelry by Nikki

And these were made by my mom, Linda Long:

Ice Resin bezel jewelry by Linda Long

Andreea was very creative and used some antique spoons for her bezels – I wish I had remembered to take photos when we were in the class, they were absolutely beautiful!

Below is one of my favorite pieces – I found a pair of big earrings for $0.50 at a garage sale and disassembled them.  My mom and I each used one half to create these necklace charms.  The background is some prepared ice resin paper that Deryn shared with the class.  The vintage pages become transparent when treated with ice resin – a very cool effect!  A tiny bit of glue around the edge of the paper seals it and prevents leaks, then the top is filled with more ice resin and allowed to cure for three days.  (It will set in 24 hrs, however you can still leave finger prints on it at that point – best to wait!)

Ice resin necklace 551 by Nikki

We also learned a technique for filling open-backed bezels using a bit of clear packing tape to seal it from leaks.  Here is one I made with ice resin paper and watch parts:

Ice resin open-backed bezel by Nikki

Tip: a bottle cap makes an inexpensive bezel.  Besides small images pretreated with gel medium, Mom and I also added a few inclusions like watch springs, gold leaf flakes, and flower petals:

Ice resin bottlecap with flower inclusions by Nikki

I finally got a chance to use my MRI images in a piece of art!  Here is my brain with the gears a-turning:

Ice resin charm - Nikki's brain

We also learned how to make ice resin paper for use in jewelry or journaling projects.  Today, Mom and I cleared off space on my big craft table, spread out garbage bags to protect the surface and got to work!  We had a variety of papers that we treated including maps, vintage paper from falling-apart old books, dictionary pages, foreign language text, sheet music and napkins.  Below is an in-progress napkin.  It should hopefully turn translucent as it cures.  (Vintage paper will also become transparent, but most modern paper is coated and will stay opaque.)

Ice resin paper in progress: lemon napkin

The class was a blast and I’d definitely recommend Deryn as an instructor!  If you have a moment, go check out Deryn’s blog to see her great jewelry art pieces.  Best of all, she’ll be back in October at the Bead Fountain in College Station to teach a class on “Bees and Butterflies” jewelry.  I can’t wait!

For more information on Ice Resin, see: IceResin.com