Inspiration has a funny way of finding you. I had a spark of maybe using a couple of gears to create a steampunk inspired necklace. Little did I know I would find so many of them, enough to actually do a full necklace with them! Combining them with a Vintaj pendant and some handmade ICE Resin beads was just a matter of seconds!
Step 1: Grab equal parts of both components of the ICE Resin putty, mix them until they are uniform in color and create your mold. It’ll be done in minutes and you’ll be ready to cast endless beads with them! Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions, I filled them up with a fresh batch of ICE Resin and then, using a skewer tip I mixed them individually. The reason I do this is to achieve different depths of color in my beads to create interest. As in nature you won’t find such uniformity. Ancient Root Tint will give you different amber tones that look amazing! You can then add the inclusions, I’ve used ICE Resin German Glass Glitter in Chocolate.
Step 2: : The new ICE Resin Tissue is fabulous, the different patterns will make you fall in love with them and it even includes colors, so I’m using brown to match my beads. Making ICE Resin paper is simple and with the new ICE Resin squeegee tool even simpler, just pour ICE Resin over your paper, very little is needed as the squeegee will make the work fast and efficient. Just pull the ICE Resin with the squeegee, flip it over and repeat, let dry. Seriously it’s that easy!
Step 3: Take your Vintaj pendant and sandwich it between a Vintaj metal embossing folder. After you run it through your die cut machine you’ll have a perfect relief work. Using a sanding block bring out the bright tones of the brass work.
Step 4: Start sorting your gears. I’ve gone perfectly symmetrical in sorting mine, creating a mirror image right and left. I even decided on using a big one along with a key as a toggle closure for my necklace.
Step 5: Using your jewelry pliers, connect all the gears into a continuous chain.
Step 6: Once the beads are dry I wrap them with wire, the process needs an extra day but it’s well worth it, I recommend you make extra beads whenever you have excess resin, that way you’re ready to tackle any project. And it’s another reason I tint directly on the molds, I can have turquoise, pink, red and ancient root going on at the same time! The wrapping helped me fit them inside the gears with the help of a bit more ICE Resin to secure them in place.
Step 7:Your ICE Resin Paper should be ready to work now. Cut it to size, to fit the tiny book pendant. Using a piercer make the holes according to the book and close them with rings.
Step 8: Using the jewelry pliers, attach the three jump rings on the book to the end of the necklace.
Here is how the closure works. The key acts as a toggle and the long chain adds interest to the back!
Hello! My name is Milagros C Rivera and I’m a mixed media artists who loves to explore and experiment with all kinds of mediums. I was raised in a creative home, everybody did something ceramics, sewing, baking, jewelry, wood, glass, no medium was off limits! I continue to play and learn without having to restrict myself to just one thing! I live in the sunny island of Puerto Rico with my husband, 2 amazing kids and a menagerie of pets that make my life complete! I’m currently on the Design Team and Social Media Coordinator for Relics and Artifacts. You can find me on my blog as well as follow me on Instagram, Snapguide, and YouTube.