The fall colors in many parts of the country are so rich with reds, gold’s and coppers. However, in Texas, we have greens and browns, signifying the end of summer but still with summer temps and butterflies gracing our summer flowers. It’s still seems odd to be putting out pumpkins while lantana, sage and vincas are still blooming.
So with this new season coming upon us, I combined the richness of color with the remnants of summer and of course added a sentiment fitting for the butterfly and for us.
The butterfly is a wooden element that I “painted” using ICED Enamels ™in Carnelian, added a little gold leaf and then inked the edges to define the shape. For the shimmering colors in the bezel, I used one of my all time favorite techniques- Gold leaf. Using the adhesive and the mixed flakes in and on the Bezel, the colors come through giving it an elegance that the ICE Resin® magnifies. With this, there is enough contrast to also highlight the metal bezel.
Then to give the sentimental touch, I chose the word “free”, stamped it onto white tissue with Ranger’s archival ink in jet black. Once the ICE Resin® touches the tissue, the white disappears and the word seems to float “freely.”
Finishing this bezel was beautiful and easy. Choosing glass beads with the shimmer of autumn emphasized the colors in the bezel. To wire wrap the beads, I used a vintage security cable with twisted copper wire. Adding a little of the same wire to form a jump ring for the top of the bezel was perfect for the leather cord. With two simple knots, the necklace was complete.
This bezel was not only fun to make but gave me time to reflect, to see the changes not only in the seasons but in my life and it gives me freedom to try new things, go new places and see others in a new light…Now let’s gather a little gold, ICE Resin® and a few other supplies and create our Gilded Butterfly Bezel.
ICE Resin® mixing cups and stir sticks
ICE Resin® Studio Sheets
ICED Enamels® Relique Powder, Carnelian
ICED Enamels® Medium
ICED Enamels Angled brushes
ICE Resin® Large rectangle Bezel
Small sanding block
Gold Leaf flakes
Small sponge or stiff brush
Gold Leaf Adhesive
White tissue paper
Word stamp or sentiment
Archival Ink™, sepia and jet black
Leather cord, 3mm
3 glass beads
Vintage security cable OR head pins and or wire
Round nose pliers
- Using small sanding block, sand the inside and outer edge of Bezel
- Brush gold leaf adhesive to desired places on Bezel. Let adhesive dry until there is a tacky feel.
- Sprinkle gold leaf flakes in and on the Bezel. Using sponge and/or stiff brush gently press the flakes into the Bezel. Using the brush will bring the shine to the surface. Set aside.
To create the Butterfly
- Using the angled brush, brush ICED Enamels® Medium onto the butterfly. Sprinkle the Relique Powder onto the butterfly. Tap off excess.
- Using the heat gun, move the heat around the butterfly until the powder has melted and there is a smooth finish.
- Once cooled, add a little gold leaf adhesive: let dry. Once dry add a little gold leaf to the butterfly. Ink edges with Archival Ink™ in sepia
- On white tissue paper, stamp sentiment with Archival Ink™ in Jet black. Trim to fit inside the Bezel.
Now it’s time to mix the ICE Resin®
*Mix equal amounts of part A and part B in the disposable cup.
*Using the plastic stir gently fold the two parts stirring for two minutes.
*Set aside for five minutes to allow for some of the bubbles to dissipate.
- Place Bezel on studio sheet. Slowly drip the ICE Resin® into the Bezel. Place Butterfly into the bezel, gently pressing down and cover with a layer of ICE Resin®. Then add the tissue paper, pressing it down gently with the stirring stick.
- Continue to add ICE Resin® until the bezel is filled. Let dry 8-10 hours.
- String 3 beads on the wire (of choice) and attach to the lower loop of the Bezel
- Create a wire jump ring and attach to the upper loop if the Bezel.
- Cut desired length of Leather cording and string through jump ring. Tie an overhand knot at the base and then one at the ends of the leather cording.
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons…’
Chantal lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 5 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and Green Craft. She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2016 Design Team, the Gauche Alchemy Design Team and is a regular contributor to Bella Crafts Quarterly. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at email@example.com. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.