• ICE Resin®
  • ICE Resin® Mixing Cups and Sticks
  • ICE Resin® Tissue Paper Assortment
  • ICE Resin® Studio Sheets
  • Dandelion
  • Clothes Pins
  • Plastic Toy Capsule
  • Small Pebbles or Uncooked Rice
  • Small Dish or Bowl
  • Toothpick

  • I was one of those kids that believed in magical things: Unicorns, gnomes, fairies and other mystical creatures. I used to spend hours examining the forest closely looking for signs of them. I don’t know that I ever truly outgrew those beliefs and I find myself still looking at times closely at moss and twigs and stones. So it is not surprising that one of my favorite things to do is still to make a wish on dandelions. The magic of those little puff balls becoming tiny individual parachutes still makes me grin. The magic of a free wish still makes me fantasize for a moment before I make that wish…
    I have wanted forever to make a dandelion paperweight using resin. Because of the fragility of the dandelion puff, I always assumed it was a very difficult process to submerge the dandelion without the seeds dislodging. This turned out to not be true at all. I do pick my dandelions when the yellow part of the flower is spent and they are closed with the yellow petals still shriveled at the top. Then I take them into a place where they will not be disturbed and hang them individually to dry and puff. Truth be told, this batch was hanging for about a month and it still worked. The hardest part of this whole project was obtaining the toy capsules that I used for the mold. Luckily for me, there is still a store in town that sells the big ones for 50 cents each. I went armed with a pocketful of quarters and came home with 7 balls so I could cast multiples at one time if I wanted to. I will warn you, this is addictive…

    Dandelion Paperweight by Brooke Bock

    Step 1: Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions. Allow it to sit and rest for 5 minutes.

    Place the plastic capsule in the bowl of kitty litter to stabilize. Pour resin into plastic capsule.

    Submerge the dandelion carefully into the resin. Be sure it is fully submerged. You can carefully poke it with the toothpick if needed to fix the placement of it.

    Dandelion Paperweight by Brooke Bock

    Step 2: : Allow the resin time to dry. When fully cured, pull the edges of the capsule to loosen it slightly. Then hit it hard repeatedly on a table with the opening on the bottom. Eventually it will begin to come loose and move towards the opening. When it pops out, it is like magic…

    Dandelion Paperweight by Brooke Bock

    Brooke Bock 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. You can see more of my work on my blog as well as follow me on Facebook, my personal Pinterest, and my website Pinterest.