Gather your supplies! For this project we’ll need ICE Resin parts A and B. ICE Resin Molding Putty parts A and B to create molds. ICE Resin Tints you can use your favorite, so many to choose from! I’ve used Hacienda and Beryl. As you can see on my sketch I’m going for a circle theme and I want to cast common objects available to anyone in different sizes!
The red circle belongs to a bottle of spray WD40 it caught my attention because of the size and indentations!
Grab equal amounts of grey and white putty, I find it’s easier to gauge the exactness if you quickly roll them into a ball and then compare them side by side. That way you’ll know if you need to add or remove a pinch or two!
Blend the two components together in your hands until you have one color. This process is quick and once it’s mixed you don’t have a lot of time to work so have your chosen object ready!
Press your object inside the ball you mixed and leave it there for a few minutes until it sets. If you prepared enough putty you can do various casts at the same time!
This is the way it looks once you remove the objects from the putty. I’m already excited that I will have one cool looking bead from this mold! Look for everyday objects that may have a recycling logo, or unusual markings that appeal to your aesthetics. I can tell you that the bottom of the glass bottle of Tim Holtz reinkers makes a very cool bead! Mini Mister caps, Glossy Accents caps, it’s all fair game, and really, one of the coolest beads will come from the deep indentation made by the Glossy Accents cap!
These are my molds, some of them I’ve used in other projects, the one on the left with the numbers and the dots is the glass Reinker bottle I told you about! See the cool letters and numbers? Some are new and will give me the sweetest surprise once casted! You’ll see in a few more steps!
Time to measure the Resin and have some fun! Measure out equal portions of the A and B resins into the cup provided in the kit.
Gently fold the two parts into one, until you don’t see any cloudiness. You’ll see it transform in your very eyes and see the swirls moving as you fold them into one. You will have some bubbles that’s why you need to wait, let it rest after it’s mixed!
Begin pouring gently in your molds, don’t overfill! You’ll see it come out slow and thick like honey!
I’ve filled all my molds, wait they are all clear? Whatever happened to the colors and the tints you say? Well I’m here to show you some pretty cool techniques right?
On your Studio Sheet squeeze a few drops of tint.
Using a wooden skewer on the pointy side touch the drops of tint and add them in a swirl to your mold! You’ll be using the tiniest amount of color, the tints are highly concentrated and you really don’t need much!
Add less than a drop of the Beryl color straight from the bottle or if you’re more comfortable use the tip of the wooden skewer to guide you. I’m going off center. Can you see the delicate hue of blue out of the deep cobalt from Hacienda? That’s why I told you to swirl just the tiniest bit!
Use a new skewer for a different color. Now gently swirl and fan out the color with the sharp tip of the wooden skewer. I love the way it starts to resemble a Venetian glass bead!
I’ve dropped a drop of Cobalt Blue on the top one and swirled blue like a marble on the next! Can you see all the possibilities in these!!!
This is my first batch of beads left to cure overnight, I know it calls for patience, but you will be rewarded for it! It should settle in approximately 12 hours, but it will continue curing after that until it will harden like glass!
While the beads cure you have other stuff to make right? Do the dishes, clean and organize, cut a choker, phew now we’re talking! Chokers are all the rage right now, in fashion things come and go but hey even the ladies in the Victorian era wore them! I can tell you my daughter is uber excited I’m doing one. So this choker is fast forward to present time. I’m using a piece of leather that I will die cut using a Sizzix die designed by Tim Holtz.
Fold the leather just almost to the end, you want one full piece if you take it all the way to the end you’ll have 2 pieces not what we’re going for here!
See the cool intersecting circles we get to fit with our theme? Plus you get extra diamonds to play later on!
The very first time I made Ice Resin beads I was determined to drill holes in them to add them to a necklace I was doing. That was until I popped them out of the molds and they were irresistibly luscious and I felt drilling them would be a sin. So my next best thing was to lovingly wrap them in wire and hope for the best. I prepare a second batch of IceResin to help me fuse the beads to the wires. It happens with time so I use tiny clothespins to help me grab the wires until they seal. Then I leave them to dry.
A special treatment for a special bead! Remember the red cap? Well once I popped the bead I had the perfect spot to secure with some resin a piece of wire! And do you see how the small ones look like yummy hard candy you just want to eat!!! And you can also see I started a second batch of beads. Another swirl and a very dark cobalt blue to complement the one with the dot!
Can you spy the organic form I swirled previously? The first part of securing the wire in the center is done, part two is securing the wrap around wire for my pendant project!
Now that my beads are all wired it’s time to arrange them and fuse them together with more resin. It’s kind of a cold soldering process where you drop a bit of resin in all the places you want to be fused together!
Add a bail directly to the leather die cut in the center using jewelry pliers.
Before squeezing it closed, add the main bead that holds the pendant together.
Using your pliers squeeze two pieces to add a chain to your choker.
Add the necessary length of chain to fit your neck, or your daughters 😉
You are now ready to either wear it or give it to your daughter… can you hear the mommy please here!!!!