As the summer is just beginning, there is a sense that it will be gone as quickly as one wave rolls out and another one rolls in. The sand and the shells beckon to linger just a little more, walk a little further and to pick just one more little tiny treasure. The memory of summer can be etched in our memory, in our scrapbooks and photo albums but it can also be remembered in our jewelry. With ICE Resin®, natural and organic materials such as sand, shells, feathers and flowers can last a lifetime, intact with their original splendor. Because of its slow drying time ICE Resin® allows organics the perfect place to be embedded in a bezel, in a mold or even around bottles or other base materials. You can even spread ICE Resin® on the Non-Stick Studio Sheet and then pour tiny shells or other natural elements to create a ‘paper’ that can be used for elements and ephemera for your art projects.
In this Beach Bangle, I used a silicone mold designed for bracelets, but you could also use the Molding Putty to create your own bracelet mold. To the ICE Resin®, I added sand and shells collected from many of our trips to the Atlantic coast of Florida. To give it a little sparkle, ICE Resin® German glass glitter was sprinkled on top of the poured Resin. One thing to remember is that with the drying time and gravity, the resin will pull down the inclusions so be sure to add a generous amount of inclusions and then stir the mix thoroughly and when you think you have added enough inclusions, add a little more for good measure.
So no matter the day on the calendar, the season of the year or the place that you live, it can always be summer with a little help from ICE Resin®. Gather a few supplies and let’s get summer started!
Step 2: With small plastic spoon, begin to add sand and shell mixture, slowly stirring to incorporate into the resin but not too fast so as not to create a lot of bubbles. Set aside for 2 minutes.
Step 3: Set Mold* onto the Studio Sheet.
*If using the ICE Resin® Molding Putty, follow manufacturer’s directions to create you mold. Once the mold is ready, set on studio sheet. When finished using the mold, place in an airtight container for future use.
Using the stir stick, begin to drip the ICE Resin mixture into the mold. Fill slowly so the resin will begin to flow and fill the mold. You may have to use the stir stick tohelp spread the ICE Resin®
Step 4: Once filled, set aside to dry 8-10 hours. Then unmold the bangle by peeling back the outer edge of the mold.
Step 5: At this point, check for any rough edges or uneven areas. To smooth rough edges, use a sander tip and a dremel tool. Use a soft cloth, to wipe clean.
Step 6: After sanding, create a glossy finish by mixing a small amount of ICE Resin® and then with a disposable brush, brush on a thin coat around the bangle and set aside to dry.
Your Bangle is now ready to bring Summer Love all year long!!
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.