January brought us an exciting celestial feast. We had two full moons hence the blue moon term and a lunar eclipse all in one month! It certainly inspired me. I absolutely love watching the sky at night and the moon was so perfect and so big both times!!! There’s a new item on the winter ICE Resin release that I had to try in all its forms. The Pacific Ocean luster works wonderful on the metal but wait till you mix it with the ICE Resin!!!
You can see why it’s called luster as it shines when you swirl it on the resin! And the new Ice Resin wires…well, I was just bursting at the seams to try them and I was in for a treat!
Step 1: First I made the bead. I have shared many times how I use the mixing cups as molds. You can find the tutorial here. Here’s the essential scoop: Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions. After you mix the resin, transfer the chosen amount to a clean mixing cup and wait till next day then just pop it out and voila you have a perfect circle to work with. For the luster I waited 30 minutes after mixing the resin to add a few drops of the color and very gently swirled it in the sticky resin.
Carefully begin wrapping the ICE Resin bead with the wires. The wires are soft and pliable and you will be able to bend them at will. Use sticky resin (45-minute wait after mixing) to secure the wires around the bead, remember you will need to thread one wire to work as your bail.
To create the bail I used the smallest sized wire and bent it in opposite directions and secured them with tiny drops of resin so they won’t accidentally open.
Step 2: Now to make the necklace. To the end caps I added 5 strands of wires in different lengths. I added ice resin to the end caps and threaded them through an empty ice resin leather spool. I left them overnight to cure.
Step 3: The next day I took the wires out of the spools and I started bending them using my own neck as a guide to shape the necklace. The wires responded beautifully to the shaping.
Step 4: I connected the two pieces with a piece of the longest wire and began wrapping them to secure. You can get totally creative with the knots and twist and swirls the wires will do your will!
Step 5: Thread your pendant, add the closures and enjoy your gorgeous new piece!!