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Creative Team Wednesday

Kristen, Barbe, Jane, Deryn and Kecia — all members of our Creative Team — do a lot of inspirational work! using ICE Resin and Susan’s handmade bezels that we then have cast for our customer’s creative use. Each week, we’ll feature designs from our Creative Team. Sometimes, we might even slip in some images from Susan Lenart Kazmer or Jen Cushman’s work using ICE Resin too.

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A lot of of customers have been writing the ICE Queen lately with questions about sealing images. There seems to be some confusion where people think you absolutely must seal images before putting them into a bezel and pouring ICE Resin to create a mixed-media collage look to your jewelry.

The choice of first sealing your images or not is a personal one. It’s also a personal artistic aesthetic. One of the things I find most magical about ICE Resin is how it effects paper. Some papers turn almost completely transparent when the resin wicks into the paper fibers. Others, turn a lovely translucency where parts of the image are still brightly colored with the edges fading out. Some images, particularly photographs can turn slightly grey around their edges if not properly sealed before resin is poured on top of them. When it comes to using photographs, my personal preference is to always seal the images in either packing tape or a medium such as Collage Pauge or white craft glue. 

For today’s Creative Team Wednesday, I wanted to show an image from my book. A collage focal pendant is attached to an etched brass cuff with our micro nuts and screws. When I was creating this bezel, I was going for layered collage look with bits and pieces of torn paper. I chose to seal the background book text with Collage Pauge, to keep it colorfast, as well as the cut out scrap of the sunflower. I left the tiny pieces of torn map paper and vintage sheet music unsealed, because I wanted the resin to seep into these scraps and go translucent.  

I feel I successfully achieved the look I was aiming for: Bright summer sunflower, set against a neautral background and pops of color from the map paper. The airy feeling I wanted comes from the scraps of sheet music floating near the top of the bezel.

The best advice I can give you when you first begin to create with ICE Resin is to purchase some inexpensive bezels and use them for practice. Experiment with sealing images and leaving others unsealed. Make a collage layer, pour some resin and let it dry. Do another collage layer, mix up some new resin and do another pour.

Susan recently gave ICE an acronym for what she believes her product is as an art medium. ICE: Imagine. Create. Explore. Giving yourself the freedom to do these things will most certainly take your work to new horizons.

Here’s wishing you an Artful day! — Jen