• ICE Resin®
  • ICE Resin® Leather Cord
  • ICE Resin® Mixing Cups & Stir Sticks
  • Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint: White, Blackberry
  • Wire
  • Pearl
  • Crocheted Beads
  • Black Sand
  • Dried piece of Sea Fan, Soft Coral

  • Summer is almost here, but to me it’s a 365 days of the year endeavor as I live in the middle of the Caribbean in Puerto Rico! I will give you a glimpse into the underwater world, introducing you to a spectacular soft coral called a sea fan.  You can find them swaying under sea moving about every other current. They’re lavender, purplish, grow to various heights and are a sight to behold. The one I’m using has run its life. Believe me, when you’re snorkeling or scuba diving you don’t touch. You want to preserve the marine ecosystem as much as you can. Coral reefs are a barrier to protect the islands from heavy swells and currents.

    Sea Fan by Milagros Rivera

    Here is a photo I am sharing a photo of a black sand beach in Vieques, formed by volcanic sentiment and with a very unique property. Besides being sparkly you can put a magnet to it and it’ll grab on! How cool is that, right!

    So here’s my process for you:

    Sea Fan by Milagros Rivera

    Step 1: : I took a small amount of Blackberry and White Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint to achieve the hue of the sea fan and painted my piece.

    Sea Fan by Milagros Rivera

    Step 2: : I wanted you to be able to see up close how sparkly the sand is. It is very thin. I use a tiny Tim Holtz spoon to add the sand in the mixing cup, yes that is going to be my mold!  It happened by accident that I could unmold some excess Resin and well it’s now one of my faves! Adjust your inclusions the way you want them.

    Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions. Very slowly pour away from the sand, the Resin will eventually cover it.

    Sea Fan by Milagros Rivera

    Step 3: This is how it looks solid!  To pop it out you’ll squeeze and squeeze until you see it moving from the bottom. It will come out as a perfect bead!
    Sea Fan by Milagros Rivera

    Step 4: I then proceeded to do my wire wrapping.

    Sea Fan by Milagros Rivera

    Step 5: I found this string of colorful beads and thought they would be the perfect complement to the Ice Resin leather.
    Sea Fan by Milagros Rivera

    Step 6: Add the ICE Resin Leather Adhesive to the leather, attach your findings and let dry.

    Milagros RiveraHello! My name is Milagros C Rivera and I’m a mixed media artists who loves to explore and experiment with all kinds of mediums. I was raised in a creative home, everybody did something ceramics, sewing, baking, jewelry, wood, glass, no medium was off limits! I continue to play and learn without having to restrict myself to just one thing! I live in the sunny island of Puerto Rico with my husband, 2 amazing kids and a menagerie of pets that make my life complete! I’m currently on the Design Team and Social Media Coordinator for Relics and Artifacts. You can find me on my blog as well as follow me on Instagram, Snapguide, and YouTube.