Step 1: Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions. Pour about a 1/3 of your ICE Resin® mix onto the Studio Sheet. It will move a bit so start in the center of the sheet.
Step 2: Add the ICE Resin® Tints starting with Hacienda, Beryl, Yarrow, then Raw Ruby. This way your colors won’t get muddy.
Step 3: Let the Resin sit for about an hour or until it gets to be thick like honey, then use a toothpick and slightly swirl it in the Resin to create some designs in the ICE Resin®.
Step 4: Trace out the heart from the Milan Bezel Template on a scrap piece of paper and make sure it is dark enough to see thru the paper. Also trace out the heart shape on the ICE Resin Luminous Layers. I used a light color so it will reflect light from behind the ICE Resin Heart. Then cut out the heart from the ICE Resin® Luminous Layers sheet only.
Step 5: Apply ICE Resin® Paper Sealer to the ICE Resin® Luminous Layer heart. Apply it on both sides and the edges. Let it dry thoroughly before the next step.
Step 6: Place the ICE Resin® Luminous Layers in the bezel.
Step 7: On the scrap paper that has the traced heart put a little piece of double-sided tape in the center of the heart. Take the paper off the top of the double-sided tape (if you have it on there).
Step 8: Then cut a piece of packaging tape that will generously cover the heart. Put the tape sticky side up onto the double-sided tape to secure. You will be putting your strips of resin on the sticky side of the packaging tape.
Step 9: After the ICE Resin® has cured (8-12 hours) you want to peel it off your craft sheet and cut it into 1/8” strips. You can eyeball this. You want to cut strips with strong variations of color.
Step 10: Apply the strips to the tape and alternate the colors for an interesting effect. Be sure to cover the entire heart.
Step 11: You can check your positioning by putting the paper up to the light.
Step 12: Cut out your heart shape very carefully and slowly.
Step 13: Take the paper off the back. Add just a little double-sided tape to the heart and put it into the bezel.
Step 14: Fill the rest of the bezel with ICE Resin® so it will dome on the top and you’re done. Let it cure for 72 hours and you’re ready to wear.
Sharen is a self-taught artist for the most part but was influenced by outstanding art instructors throughout her life. Sharen received her certification with the National Society of Decorative Painters. Studies included classes in Portugal and France in 2007. Sharen is proficient in several mediums and uses each skillfully to achieve the poetic romanticism which she is known for.
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• Featured Artist on Channel 2
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• Alaska Fish & Game Collection
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• The White House, Washington, D.C. 1994
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