I have had a long love affair with shaker boxes of all kinds. To me there is something both magical and mysterious about things you can shake and they move. It probably has something to do with the kindergarten teacher in me. As soon as I saw that ICE Resin had printed tissue papers, I knew I wanted to try them out to make shaker box bezels. I am delighted to say that these were easier than I imagined and turned out better than I hoped. I can tell you these will soon become one of my favorite things to make and I think they will for you also.
Step 1: Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions. Use the Distress Oxide® pad to color the edges of the bezel. You can use a heat tool to dry it more quickly, wait for it to dry or move forward like I did. Once the resin is ready, use a paintbrush to paint over the Distress Oxide® ink to seal.
Step 2: : Add some Shattered Mica to the inside of the bezel.
Step 3: Cut a strip from the printed tissue slightly larger than the bezel. I left mine the whole width of the strip so I had extra resin paper for later. Use the ICE Resin® Squeegee to spread the resin over the entire piece of tissue paper. Pick it up and flip it over and do the same on the back.
Step 4: Carefully lay the resin paper on the bezel and use the ICE Resin® Squeegee to press the paper firmly against the entire bezel. I added a few drops of ICE Resin® over the top of the tissue paper to give it some added strength. The hard part is waiting for it to cure and NOT SHAKING IT YET. I am not a good waiter so I create my resin pieces in my studio and then shut the door until I get home from work the next day to check it.
Step 5: Use scissors to trim the excess resin paper from the bezel. Add a jump ring and ribbon necklace. I also clipped off the bottom ring on my bezel and sanded it. I wanted the shaker box to be free of anything dangling from the bottom. Now I can play with it as I wear it.
This project is easily adaptable to your favorite colors, shapes and inclusions. Imagine tiny seashells and sand or a bit of lace from your grandmother’s wedding gown or even a snippet of hair from your baby’s first haircut. I cannot wait to make more of these.
I am Brooke Bock and I live with my amazingly supportive husband, daughter, 2 dogs, cat and flock of chickens in rural Pennsylvania. I collect things old, rusty and intriguing. I am a kindergarten teacher which I think spills over into my art in many ways. I love to create with whatever I have on hand and have been featured in many Stampington and Company titles such as Jewelry Affaire, Belle Armoire jewelry, GreenCraft, Haute Handbags, Willow and Sage and more. I am honored to be a Friend of ICE Resin.