2018 has been dubbed The Year of Purple. Well if you want to be technical it would really be Ultra Violet. Being a February baby I have always been partial to Amethyst and Valentine’s Day. When I was young Valentine’s Day hopes would make my heart skip a beat. Will I get a card in my aluminum foil covered box? I am so in love with the holiday I even got married on February 14th. “Tell me I’m the only one” the 80’s song says. This is my tribute to Amethyst and February 14th.
Step 1: I wanted to create height in my bezel that surface tension would not allow. So I used a Milan bezel and Sculpy clay to make a “pattern”. Take the clay and position it in the bezel until you get the desired shape. Bake clay according to package instructions.
Step 2: Then use Ice Resin molding putty and create mold. Once mold is set, mix ICE Resin® according to instructions and be sure not to incorporate too many bubbles.
Step 3: Next take Ice Resin Amethyst Tint and mix a few drops in resin until you get a shade you like. Fill mold and allow to dry overnight. The next day pop heart from mold and trim away any drips.
Step 4: Use Ice Resin Milan bezel template and cut out Ice Resin foil sheet to fit in the bottom of the bezel. This will give the heart a nice shine from underneath. Mix a batch of Ice Resin and apply a small amount to adhere foil. Position heart inside of bezel and, if needed, tap with a rubber mallet to securely place.
Step 5: Use a paintbrush and “paint” a coat of Ice Resin over heart. This serves two purposes. It coats the heart for a nice shine and adds stability. All there is left to do is add a chain with beads and you have a wonderful tribute to the most romantic time of the year.
Melissa Winters (PurpleARtLoVE) lives in Granville, Ohio with her family and herd of animals. By day she works for a large veterinary distribution company. Melissa has been featured in Belle Amoire and Green Craft magazine. If you can’t come visit Canal Market District in person, you can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/purpleartlove.