My daughter just graduated with a degree in Marine Biology. She had a fantastic four years at a wonderful college. One of her most special experiences was caring for a common octopus named Poseidon. She helped to build the tank, acquire the octopus and took care of him for the short time before he died. He was quite old when they got him and very friendly. He preferred females to males in the lab and had lots of little toys in the tank to play with. Octopus are VERY smart. I recently ordered some fabulous metal octopus pendants and wanted to make some of my own. Molding Putty from ICE Resin® was the perfect way to do just that. I want to share with you how to make your own mold and then apply it to make a very special pendant.
Step 1: Mix equal parts of molding putty and mix until the color is uniform and no striations are visible. Roll the putty into a ball and press it flat about the size of your pendant. Then press the pendant into it. Set it on the studio sheet and allow time for the putty to harden.
Step 2:Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions. Remove the pendant from the mold. Pour ICE Resin into the mold. Use the stir stick or toothpick to swirl Perfect Pearls down in the resin while in the mold. Do the same thing with a few drops of ICE Resin® Lolite tint. Allow the resin to cure 6-12 hours.
Step 3: Remove resin from the mold. Use scissors to trim the excess resin from the top if needed. Mix a small amount of ICE Resin® according to the manufacturer’s directions and allow the indicated wait time. Spread ICE Resin® onto foil sheet.
Step 4:Lay bangle bracelet onto the foil. Be sure there is resin the entire way around the bangle. Place Octopus pendant in the bangle on top of ICE Resin®.
Pour a little more ICE Resin® around the inside edge of the bangle to get a really good seal.
Step 5: Mix some sand with the Crystal Opal.
Step 6: Use stir stick to sprinkle into the bottom of the bangle under the octopus. Add sea shells. Use stir stick to pour more ICE Resin® over sand and seashells. Allow it to cure 6-12 hours. Use scissors to trim edges of foil off outside bangle.
Step 7: Use a bit of resin or strong hold adhesive to adhere the bail. Add chain.
I am especially fond of how the octopus seems to almost blend into the water…just as a real one would. He makes me remember my daughter’s smart and special friend Poseidon.
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.