Are you a collector of found objects? When you go on a vacation do you look for small items that will capture that moment in time or memories of the vacation? Growing up my husband, his mom, and some friends would go to Myrtle Beach, in South Carolina every year for summer vacation. Even after he was older and grown his mom would still go to Myrtle Beach every summer and so many wonderful memories were shared there with family and friends. My Mother-in-Law recently passed away. The shells and sand I used for the pendants are from Myrtle Beach. They hold so many memories and will be treasured keepsakes.
Step 1: To start, wash the shell with some warm soap and water and then dry. Mix ICE Resin® according to the instructions. Pour a small amount of the resin in a second cup. Add one or two drops of Ranger© Alcohol Ink, Pool and a small spoon of ICE Resin® Opals, Crystal Opal.
Step 2: Place the shell inside the box or bowl of dry rice. If you don’t happen to have rice you could also use dry beans. I have a box of the rice that I keep in my studio and it is great to use when you have objects that don’t have a flat bottom. Use the stir stick to add the resin mix into the shell. Only add enough resin to fill the shell half way. Set aside for the resin to cure and harden.
Step 3: After the resin has cured in the shell, mix a second batch of the ICE Resin® according to the instructions. Then, mix equal amounts of sand and Ranger© Distress Stickles, Clear Rock Candy Glitter.
Step 4: Slowly add a very small amount of resin to the sand and glitter mix. You want just enough resin so the sand and glitter stick together and it will be clumpy.
Step 5: Add the sand and glitter mix to the bottom part of the shell.
Step 6: Next, add the little shells to the bottom on top of the sand and glitter mix. Use a brush to add a coat of resin to the top of the small shells.
Step 7: Using a Sharpie marker and a piece of tissue paper from the ICE Resin® Tissue Paper Assortment write the word/s to add to the shell.
Step 8: Use the Tim Holtz 5 in. Mini Snips to fussy cut the words. Then use a tweezer to hold the small pieces of tissue paper. A fun thing about the tissue paper, it becomes translucent when added to the resin. Use a brush to add a layer of resin to the front and back of the paper. Then place the tissue paper on the cured resin in the shell.
Step 9: With a brush, add resin around the outer edge of the shell. Then carefully sprinkle Iced Enamels® Glitz, Gold just on the edge of the shell.
Step 10: Place the shell back in the box of rice and fill in the remaining area of the shell with resin. Set aside to harden/cure. I used E6000 to adhere a gold bail to the back of the shell. To finish off the necklace I added a gold chain and a lobster clasp.
Step 11: I used E6000 to adhere a gold bail to the back of the shell. To finish off the necklace I added a gold chain and a lobster clasp. The seashell pendants are easy to create, even for a beginner. They just take a little bit of time due to the multiple layers.
These are a few other shells that I will be making into pendants.
Hello, my name is Heidi Blankenship and I live in Minnesota with my husband Eric and two sons, Dusty and Evan. I love to create a large spectrum of projects with a broad range of styles, but I lean towards the vintage, artsy style. I have been creating for 25+ years and I’ve been very fortunate to work with some wonderful companies in the industry. I am currently designing for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Design Team, Pink Ink Designs, Tonic Studios USA Design Team, and Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin Design Team. I have been published in a variety of national and international magazines, catalog/idea books and newsletters, as well as various manufacturer product packaging and sales ads. My design work has also been featured on Scrapbooking Memories (now Scrapbook Soup), QVC, HSN, Creative Home Arts and Create & Craft TV in the UK just to name a few. I love creating jewelry, cards, altered arts, mixed media, and home décor. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, photography, floral design, painting and gardening.
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