Have you ever played around with Ice Resin before? I’ve always been intrigued by the process and a little intimidated to give it a try. But after spending last weekend at the beach, collecting shells and what not, I decided to give it a try. You guys! I don’t know what I was so worried about, resin is so easy to use! The resin comes in two parts, the resin and the harder. All you have to do is mix and pour into your desired setting! Then you add whatever inclusions you want and let it sit for 12 hours to harden. It’s really that simple. I can hardly believe it!
Bezel Settings – Square Bezel, Round Bezel, Vintaj Rosemal Bezel
Stone Chips – Green Fluorite, Carnelian Agate
Sand, Shells (Collected from Ft. Flagler State Park)
Kidney Wires – Silver, Brass
24 Gauge Craft Wire – Silver, Brass
1) Mix resin according to package instructions. Ice Resin calls for 1:1 ratio. Mix by folding the two substances together and scraping the sides of the container. Be sure to that the materials are thoroughly mixed or it can cause issues in the hardening process.
2) Add a thin layer of resin to the bottom of your chosen bezel. Carefully, add the sand first, then layer any shells, sea glass (I used green fluorite and citrine agate chips) and stones. Drip a thin layer of resin onto the top of the inclusions to seal in all the parts. (Images 1-4)
3) Using the same techniques as the square pendant, fill your small round bezels for the earrings. For these pieces, I only used the gemstone chips and did not add any sand. (Images 5-6)
4) I used the same process for the Vintaj bezels, using both sand and gemstone chips. (Image 7)
5) String stone chips onto a kidney wire earring finding as shown in this tutorial (Embellished Kidney Wire Earrings.) Use 3-4 gemstone chips depending on the earring wire size and desired look. (Images 8-12)
I really love this pair and I wish it had turned out a little brighter. With the natural brass and the sand, it makes them kind of dark and it’s hard to see the details of the piece. I do like how they look like water in a riverbed. I won’t go so far as to call this pair a fail, but they definitely looked better in my head. Perhaps if I had used the bright brass version instead, I would have been happier with the result.
I tried super hard to get a good photo of this pendant but the details kept getting lost. In person, it looks just like the water on the beach, lapping up against the shore. I connected the pendant to a jump ring and hung it from some simple ball chain. I added some TierraCast spacers, a starfish charm and some large-hole beads to complete the necklace. I also hung a few beaded dangles with extra gemstone chips from a TierraCast ring to tie in the sea glass colors.
This is such a sweet little pair of earrings. I love how simple and bright they are. They make me want to grab a frosty drink and stick my toes in the water. Unfortunately, today the weather has been a little crazy and these make me long for summer! Here in the Pacific Northwest, the weather can change on a dime. Last week we had beautiful sunshine and it was so hot, while this weekend it’s going to be rainy and gloomy!
Have you used resin in your jewelry projects before? Will you spend your weekend creating while it rains outside? I think I will be doing just that! As an added bonus, right now all natural materials (hello gemstone chips!) are on sale! Save 20-30% off all natural materials, from pearls to bone and so much more! You can also save 40% off our selection of vintage seed beads. Sale ends June 13th, 2016!
I hope you all have a wonderful, creative weekend!