- ICE Resin® Studio Sheet
- ICE Resin® Silk Sari Ribbon: Neutral
- ICE Resin® Findings: Sterling
- ICE Resin® Iced Enamels: Torched Copper
- ICE Resin® Brushes
- Ranger QuickCure Clay: Neutral
- Dina Wakley MEdia Brushes
- Ranger QuickCure Clay
- Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
- Nitrile Gloves
Step 1: Pull off a piece of clay big enough to fill your silicone mold. Condition it in your hands and press into the mold. Remove from mold and press a jump ring into the top and another into the bottom. Use fingers to seal the place where the jump ring cut through the clay. *Be sure to wear Nitrile Gloves and work in a well-ventilated area when working with and curing QuickCure Clay.
Step 2: Pinch off 2 penny size balls of clay, condition in your hands, and roll into beads. Slide onto skewer and roll on studio sheet to flatten slightly.
Step 3: Dip each bead into ICED Resin Iced Enamels. Try to cover as much as possible with the enamels. Remove beads from skewer. Cure with the Ranger Heat It Craft Tool on the Studio Sheet following the directions on the clay package. Rotate beads using skewer while curing. Clay will begin to smoke as it cures. The enamels will also become very bubbly as they and the clay reach the desired temperature. If all the clay is not covered with enamels, use an ICE Resin brush to brush the molten enamels into the bare areas on the clay. Allow time to cool completely.
Step 4: Cover the trilobite with ICED Enamels powders. Heat with the Heat It Craft Tool as described in Step 3. Allow time to cool completely.
Step 5: Add beads, silk, and wire wrapped crystal to finish the necklace.
Tips and Tricks:
• For this trilobite mold, I used silicone mold making putty and a fossil from my collection to make my own mold. I buy most of my fossils from a gift shop at a local cavern but I have gotten some beautiful specimens from antiques stores as well.
• Enamels can also be applied after curing the clay. Simply sprinkle the powder onto the clay piece while it is still hot. The heat from the clay will melt the powder.
• I am a bit cautious when heating things on my studio counter space. To avoid burn marks on my countertop, which is wood, I add 2 or 3 layers of studio sheets under the piece being heated.
I am Brooke Bock and I live with my amazingly supportive husband, daughter, 2 dogs, cat and flock of chickens in rural Pennsylvania. I collect things old, rusty and intriguing. I am a kindergarten teacher which I think spills over into my art in many ways. I love to create with whatever I have on hand and have been featured in many Stampington and Company titles such as Jewelry Affaire, Belle Armoire jewelry, GreenCraft, Haute Handbags, Willow and Sage and more. I am honored to be a Friend of ICE Resin. You can see more of my work on my blog as well as follow me on Facebook, my personal Pinterest, and my website Pinterest.