While Opals may not be considered by some to be precious stones, they are certainly full of color, vibrancy and a rich colorful and somewhat sordid history. Ranging from white to green to red and to blues, opals do not disappoint in the color spectrum. Paired with silver or gold, one can truly have a different opal for every occasion (although it could get pricey) …but what if you could create your own Opal-essence? Create your own spectrum of color? Become an ICE Resin® Gemologist? Well the answer is yes, yes and yes.
ICED Enamels, Luminous Layers and our Opal inclusions are just the beginning of the Gem-inspired journey. Combining several colors of ICED Enamels, the bezel becomes a perfect base for your Opal creations. In choosing the Luminous Layers papers (available in a variety of colors), the prism quality of this paper begins to shine through and takes on different hues as you pair them with the Opal inclusions. This necklace is reminiscent of the Australian Blue or Boulder Opal with its layers of colors and movement. And once the ICE Resin® is poured, the beauty of the Opal inclusions is magnified creating the perfect “stone” for your Adventures into Opal-essence.
To finish the necklace, connecting the bezels with sterling sliver wire and Crystal beads gives the Bezels even more brilliance. And as a Texas girl, my first choice is always leather…it goes with everything from Turquoise to Opals. So it’s time to begin our journey… Let’s get our Opal On!
Step 1: Using the template, trace the desired shape of the bezels onto the back of the luminous papers. Set aside.
Step 2: Sand the inside and the outer edges of the bezels. Wipe with a soft cloth to remove any residue.
Step 3: Brush ICED Enamels Medium on the inside base, edges and outer edges of bezel.
Step 4: Over a piece of paper, spoon the Gold Glitz ICED Enamels powder over the entire Bezel. Tap off excess. Pour excess back into jar.
Step 5: Set bezel on a tile and begin to heat with the Heat Tool. As the Gold Glitz melts and is hot, add the Turquoise powder (being careful not to blow the powder away). Adding as much or as little as you like, this creates a patina look and gives the bezel more dimension.
Step 6: Repeat with all the Bezels.
Creating the “Opal-essence Stone”
Step 7: Once the Bezels are cool, adhere the luminous papers with Glossy Accents.
Step 8: Place the Bezels on the Studio Sheet. Have the Crystal Opal and a small brush ready…
Step 9: Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions. Begin to fill the bezel with ICE Resin® and then use a small spoon to add the Crystal Opal.
Step 10: Dip the small brush into the ICE Resin® and brush all around the bezel edges. Then sprinkle Crystal Opal on top of the ICE Resin®, tapping the flakes down all along the edges until the desired look is achieved.
Step 11: Let the Bezels dry eight hours or overnight.
Putting it all together:
Step 12: String 1 bead onto a head pin. Create a wire wrapped loop with jewelry pliers. Repeat with other bead. Using one of the cut pieces, thread the prism bead and create a wire wrapped loop at the top. String all 3 beads onto a piece of wire and thread the bottom loop of the small bezel, wire wrap the dangle to close.
Step 13: Thread the one cut piece of wire through the loop of bezel. Wire wrap to secure. Slip bead onto wire. Then thread wire through connecting bezel. Bring wire down and wrap around close to the bead.
Step 14: Thread the one cut piece of wire through the loop of bezel. Wire wrap to secure. Slip bead onto wire. Then thread wire through connecting bezel. Bring wire down and wrap around close to the bead.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.