I’m beyond excited to back on the ICE Resin Blog! It’s been awhile since The ICE Prince has made an “official” post here on the ICE Resin Blog, but for those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook you know that there hasn’t been a shortage of projects that I’ve created using ICE Resin.
For something a little bit different, I wanted to share with you a project that uses ICE Resin® more as an adhesive rather than just creating a bezel that’s set under the resin. This technique is similar to creating a faux druzzie, but substituting the new Sand Opal glitter as opposed to the thicker German Glass or Glass Shards.
Step 1: To begin, mix ICE Resin® according to instructions, and apply a thin, even layer into the bottom of the Rune Antique Bronze Shield Bezel. Use the ICE Resin® stir stick to help spread the ICE Resin® evenly, ensuring that all areas of the bezel are covered.
Step 2: For this necklace, I used an antique clip-on earring as the focal point of the bezel. With a pair of cutters, I simply cut off the clip-on backing from the earring and it was ready to go. When out ‘junk hunting’, I always keep my eyes out for the onesies jewelry because many times they’re so inexpensive and they make the best embellishments for jewelry. Before placing the earring into the bezel, I used the ICE Resin® stir stick to put a thin layer of resin across the back to avoid the possibility of air bubbles forming
Step 3: Using the new Sand Opals, liberally sprinkle the glitter into the resin. Lightly press the Opals into place and then add more Opals on top, repeating this process until there are no more “wet” Opals visible. Allow ICE Resin® to set completely, then tap off the excess Opals and return to the container.
Step 4: With round nose pliers, create the decorative closure by creating a loose spiral with an ICE Resin® Jewelry Wire, then feed the loop on top of the bezel into the middle of the bezel before closing the spiral with a pair of flat nose pliers.
Step 5: To complete the necklace, use the versatile ICE Resin® Black Leather Cording with the ICE Resin® Antique Bronze End Caps as the necklace closure – so simple! And as you’ve learned with this project, ICE Resin® is the perfect adhesive for jewelry so don’t forget to use a little bit resin to attach the leather cording to the end caps.
Simple and elegant, this finished bezel would be the perfect accessory to wear with your favorite outfit, with the Opals adding that perfect touch of bling! I hope that this project has inspired you to use your favorite ICE Resin® products to create your own stunning piece of jewerlry.
Born and raised in the Seattle area, where the rainy months give ample time to get creative and explore new techniques waiting for the precious months that the sun actually makes an appearance! When not loosing track of time in the studio while working, you can find him out scavenging at local salvage yards and antique stores or busy concentrating on a new Lego project.