Back in February I took a fantastic class with Susan Lenart Kazmer, Founder and Creative Director of ICE Resin®. She is not only a fantastic teacher, metal smith and artist but also a fantastic friend. One who shares her insights, knowledge and heart! For the class we took wires of varying lengths and using torches created beads at each end and then we were to form a desired shape by bending, hammering, etc. Once that was achieved, we were then to use the transparent tape technique to fill this open back wire shape we created. I have done this technique many times on flat open back bezels or even frames and love it …. but on this day my project went a little sideways…actually, my ICE Resin® (IR) went sideways and dripped out of the bezel, leaving it a mess. But no worries, this is where my Oops became Ooh la, la!
Once the IR had dried (most of it was on the craft mat), I sanded down the rest leaving some of the IR and the ICED Enamels® Inclusions of Shattered Opal and the German Glass Glitter on the edges of the wired heart. I love how it sparkles and shimmers; it goes with many outfits and will not loose that luster over time!!
When I use torches and metal work in my jewelry, I often think of how could someone incorporate the ideas of this piece without the flame, flux and so on.
While going through my jewelry the other day, I came across a set of thin wire bangles that I had bought years ago. I no longer wear them and wanted to give them new life and to see if I could achieve an Oh La La with just a few supplies. So with simple wire cutters, flat nose, round nose pliers and a sanding block, I set to create more wired hearts…. It worked!! Then instead of creating a filled bezel, I loved the look of the shimmer on the hearts, so I brushed ICE Resin® on to the edges and sprinkled the ICED Enamels® opal and glass glitter, pressed it down slightly and then let it set overnight.
Now these hearts are ready to be added to a necklace chain, leather or even an art collage! I hope you’ll try this simple wire technique and then add the beautiful effects of ICE Resin® along with the German Glass Glitters and the Shattered Opal inclusions! Now let’s gather what we need to get started…
Thin Bangle Bracelets
Round nose pliers
Flat nose pliers
Sanding block or jeweler’s metal file
Small hammer, optional
ICE Resin® mixing cups and stir sticks
ICE Resin® Studio Sheets
ICED Enamels® Inclusions
ICED Enamels Angled brushes
- Using the wire cutters, snip the bracelets in half. Choose the desired amount of wire. 4-6 pieces will yield a good thickness for the shape.
- File the edges with the sanding block.
- Begin to bend to the desired shape, using your fingers first and then using the pliers to create bends or round edges if needed.
- Pull and wrap some of the wires around the edges to secure in place. Once the desired shape is achieved, with flat nose pliers, begin to tuck the ends of the wire so as not to have them snag or get caught on clothing or any other surface.
- Set your wire shape on the studio sheet. Now it’s time to mix the ICE Resin®
*Mix equal amounts of part A and part B in the disposable cup. *Mix one batch of color at a time for best results*
*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.
- Using the angled brush, brush the ICE Resin® onto the wired shape. Covering as much or as little of the edges ad desired.
- With the ICED Enamels® Inclusions and a small spoon, sprinkle onto the wired shape. With the IR stick, gently press down the inclusions and glitter.
- Allow wire shape to dry 6-10 hours.
** Warning: these become so fun to make that it may be your new favorite art creations***
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.