Christmas is coming and it’s the perfect time to accessorize. Here’s your chance to create a unique piece for yourself or to give as a present or both! It’s also an experiment in mixing elements together to see what works!
Step 1: I had just finished sealing some final pieces in Resin when I found a bag of barrettes waiting for their turn to shine. It was the perfect opportunity to use almost solid resin to act as glue to hold the bezels to my barrette. (I have a mixed media table, can you tell? LOL!)
Step 2: Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions, allow the indicated wait time. Pour some ICE Resin into the small circle cavity of the ICE Resin Jewelry Mold and allow to cure 6-8 hours. Remove from mold. Let the rest of the resin sit until it is almost solid. Attach three bezels (2 small and 1 medium circle) with the almost solid ICE Resin to the barrette, leave overnight to dry.
Step 3: Mix up another batch of ICE Resin and fill another small circle mold. Let cure and remove from mold. Flip over the foil paper and use the Industrial Bezel Template to measure and cut out two small circles.
Step 4: Using a paint brush, apply the Paper Sealer directly on the bezel to adhere the foil underneath.
Step 5: Pour a small amount of resin and pop your resin circle inside the bezel.
Step 6: Put a small amount of Quick Cure Clay in between a piece of parchment paper, using a rolling pin to flatten it.
Step 7: Mind you, this was the experimental part and I will be honest with the results. I had initially used a Sizzix die with Quick Cure Clay by pressing the die on the clay and then cutting it out with a craft knife. This time I wanted to use the machine and push it further.
Step 8: My findings: If the die is open, like the big part of the poinsettia was, cutting the clay with the machine was perfect. The problem is on the petal veins. That’s a good thing for paper but not clay. Although, with some patience I was able to extract most of the veins to put over the flower.
Step 9: Here are the details. I discovered was that the clay ends up being really thin and cures in seconds! For the leaves: in my fingers I pushed the clay by pressing the die over the clay and then cutting with the knife. Notice how thick that material is. All in all, I was very pleased by the results of machine and clay.
Step 10: After curing the clay with a Ranger Heat It Craft Tool, I used Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls and Gold Mixative to color my poinsettia.
Step 11: Here’s how the color looks, that Crimson Alcohol Pearl is absolutely gorgeous!!!
Step 12: I finished the sides dangling jingle bells with jump rings for a fun finishing detail.