Have you ever had a vintage piece of jewelry or a found object and you wish you had more of that one piece? Or do hold onto your pieces saving them for a really special project? I know I am guilty of that. One of the reasons I love working with the ICE Resin® Molding Putty is because you can take special one of a kind pieces and make a mold that can be used over and over again with ICE Resin®.
Step 1: To start, take equal amounts of the white and gray molding putty. Once you put the two colors of putty together you will want to work pretty quickly to blend them. Use your fingers to mix and knead the putty until both colors are blended together in a light gray color.
Step 2: Then roll onto a ball or oval shape and press your object into the molding putty. The mold will set up in about 5 – 10 minutes. Once the mold is set, remove the object and the mold is ready to be used.
Step 3: Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions. In a second cup add a small amount of the resin and then add the ICE Resin® Tint Amethyst. Stir to mix in the color.
Step 4: Add a small amount of the tinted resin to the mold.
Step 5: Next, add a small amount of the Ranger Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy. Keep alternating the layers of the tinted resin and the Distress Stickles until the mold is full. Set aside for the resin to cure and harden.
Step 6: Once the resin has hardened remove the resin piece from the mold.
Step 7: Sand the resin piece with a fine sand paper. It will start to look cloudy but don’t worry, by the time the crystal is done it will be shiny.
Step 8: Sand the resin piece with steel wool. You will start to notice the resin piece becoming smoother. When done sanding wash off the resin piece with some soap and water to remove any dust or fibers.
Step 9: Apply another thick layer of resin to the crystal. This will bring out the sparkle and shine. I have found the easiest way to do this is to use a brush. Once the entire piece is covered then I stand the crystal upright on the studio sheet and let the resin harden.
Step 10: Cut a piece of the leather to the desired length. Remember when doing this to add an inch to each end of the leather for creating the loops. I use a small metal clip to hold the leather loop in place and then I wire wrap with a 22Ga wire to secure the loops. Using the clips to hold the leather in place while wrapping it is very helpful.
Here is a close up of the wire wrapped loop.
Here you can see a couple close ups of the finished piece. For the resin crystal I used 22Ga wire and just did a basic wire wrap—nothing fancy. I added a feather charm and a bead dangle. To finish off the necklace I added a lobster clasp in the back.
Here is a picture with several different styles of resin crystals. I used different tints, alcohol inks, glitter, and crystal opals. On some of then I added another layer of resin, some I destressed, and some I left sanded to give more of a frosted look like sea glass.
Thank you so much for joining me today! If you have some old vintage jewelry or found objects I encourage you to try using the molding putty to create a mold. Then you can use it over and over to create beautiful projects.
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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