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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Creating with Resin - Artbeads 20% Off Offer

Bracelet is Sold
This bracelet was recently created with a mixture of elements and features neutral color tones. My post today is all about creating unique and one-of-a-kind designs. The creative process is fun, exciting, but yet can also be challenging.
Ice Resin is a product I was given to try through a blogging for beaders program that I am a part of.  and if you'd like to try it out I've attached a link to a tutorial that is available through Artbeads if you're interested in trying it out yourself. Artbeads is out of Washington State and right now they are having a 20% off sale over $60 purchase on their site.  An added bonus is that they always have free shipping with no minimum order on their products.
Before in its raw state
Here is an element I unearthed late last summer while out foraging for unique finds. I like to be creative and use different types of elements and thought this would be a fun one to try.   Since I'm not only a jewelry designer by trade, but a bonifide junker as well it was a good element for me to purchase.  It was rusty, dirty and a mess.  Here it is cleaned up, but not yet treated with a protector.
During the process with just the image attached
This is what my vision was for these pieces way back late last summer when I first came across them. However, it took many months to get myself to crack open the container and give the Ice Resin a whirl.

Do you ever buy something to create with and find yourself paralyzed with fear of destroying it? Well call me goofy if you'd like, but I have a perfectionism personality, and I tend to think things through for way too long of a time. You see, I want things perfect the first time, so I over think them and/or I don't tend to tackle the technique at all.  Needless to say, I can have a product on hand way too long before I get brave enough to give it a try.   I can't say this is totally good, but I also can't say it is totally bad. The benefits of the perfectionism comes with the finishing details I put into my jewlery designs, but meanwhile I may drive those family members nuts. I guess that’s why I'm an artist. lol You're allowed to be quirky, and people figure it goes with the territory. Are you quirky in any way? I'd love to hear about it...
During the Process - setting up
Ahhh, this is the part I don't like...the wait.  36 hours of waiting once the Ice Resin is poured, about did me in.  I wanted so badly to play with these elements long before their drying time was done.
At last the finished product... 
Necklace is Sold
You may have noticed that the image in this rusty piece is different than the one featured above, but you get the idea here. I had two of the rusty style pieces, and the one of the ivory to work with. I've also since added an African turquoise cluster of drops to the above necklace as somehow I got torn away from the creation process of this piece and than had packed it up ready to be sold. It was later when I was photographing all of my jewelry for the French Flea sale that I discovered this piece was incomplete. Alas' I finished it and it was the first piece to see of the 4 day sale last week. I lovely gal bought it, so I'm thrilled to know the new owner.
I did add some African turquoise, crystals and some other dangles from the bottom hole of this design.  I obviously had gotten interrupted in the middle of this design, came back to it and packed it up and than after I photographed the jewelry realized this one wasn't finished.  It did get detailed out, and yes, it is SOLD.

More Photos of Ice Resin

Photo #1
Photo #2
Photo #3
Photo #4
Photo #5
Jewelry Designs w/Ice Resin
Example #1:
Eiffel Tower element in this necklace is shown during the process in Photo 2.  I chose to use it as a charm dangle in the above/below necklace.   Necklace is sold.
The Eiffel tower focal is repeated in the charm dangle 1/2 way up the necklace.

Necklace is sold.
Example #2:
This piece has a gorgeous dome like finish. It is shown during the process in Photo 1 above.
This necklace is sold.

Example #3:
I chose to use this ice resin as a charm in a junk style necklace.  It is shown in Photos 1 and 2 above in the during photos.  This necklace is available for purchase.
  Example #4:
Photo 2 above shows a glimpse of this Eiffel Tower black and white charm.
I love the mix of metals on this necklace.
The French theme is played out throughout this necklace with the Eiffel Tower charm, and the repetitive fleur d leis.  This necklace is sold.

Example #5:  
This bracelet has wonderful texture to its overall look. I've used just one ice resin piece in it, but it really does add to its overall look.   Bracelet is SOLD.
Here is a detailed photo of the Ice Resin piece.   This bracelet is SOLD.

Notice this cool coffee cup charm?  This was a find my dear friends, the Junk-Fest gals found in one of their junking expeditions in North Dakota and passed it on to me to redesign with.  I just love its addition in this bracelet.  Thanks Junk-Fest friends.  Love you guys!
A special thank you goes out to Duchess Erickson of Artbeads for coordinating everything she does with the blogging for beaders program.  It has been a great opportunity for me, as well as my blog to be able to try a few of these great products that I normally woulnd't of been brave enough to try.

Disclosure statement:  I have received the ice resin product free of charge from Artbeads to try and I have not been paid for any endorsement. I am giving my honest opinion of the ice resin product and the results I had with it.


  1. Gretchen, is ice resin different from diamond glaze? I've used that before and love the look it gives pendants, your jewelry as always is beautiful and so unique. I love it all... Theresa

  2. These are really wonderful. I have worked with a similar product but I don't recall what it was called.
    I found some unique treasures just this week and thought they might be turned into something special and this just might help pull some of them together. Thank you so much for sharing...your work is beautiful. ~ Rebecca

  3. Gretchen, love your creations! They just keep getting better and better!!


  4. Dios como me gusta tu trabajo es demasiado hermoso y original, si tuviera dinero serías mi ruina. Besos y feliz fin de semana.

  5. Wow, what a wonderful post Gretchen. I'm amazed at all you have done with the Ice Resin. So many creative ideas all at once.

    I did want to pass along to your readers that the 20% off coupon was only provided to our newsletter subscribers and that everyone else will see a 15% off coupon. But, since it's too late for your readers to sign up and get that coupon code, I'm going to bend our rules a little and share it with everyone here. The code is: SCE20P-SFS.

    from Artbeads.com

  6. Great post - and I'm completely addicted to this stuff as well. I find myself unable to stand the wait, and I use it for everything now - surfacing collages, you name it.

    Love the photos of your giant production of eiffel tower charms. Really nice work.

  7. SO love ALL your jewelry....did you get your charms all off the Artbeads site? I'm really in to the junk jewelry look right now. They really make a statement!
    Could you Email me on the price of the gold bracelet? Thx! info@houseandgardenboutique.com

  8. As usual, beautiful jewelry. I love the bracelet, and I see others do, too. I really love the tea/coffee cup charm. I collect tea/coffee cups and do not ever recall seeing a charm. It is so cute. I have the same quirky 'perfectionism' character trait! It's just who I am. If I cannot get it perfect, then it usually does not get done. Ex - I guess that's why i never polish my nails, even though I love polished nails! But since the polish would chip the next day, and then it looked awful to me, I had just rather leave them natural. My momma always called me a 'perfectionist', I think I used to drive her nuts as a teen! Oh well, alway have been, guess I always will be! Probably why I haven't posted anything on that blog I made . . . I want it to be perfect. Think I may be missing out on a fun thing. :)

  9. God as I like your work is too beautiful and original, if it had money you would be my ruin. Kisses and happy weekend.

    I used Babelfish translator to find the translation of Sara's comment written in Spanish earlier today.


  10. Thanks for stopping by and giving the info. I've posted on JMS before but it's been awhile, and actually thought of putting the chandelier on there. It's a great blog to go to for inspiration! Theresa

  11. So beautiful! I trie to put something together earlier, just because I had some broken necklaces and bits and pieces of junk, now I admire your work even more!Lezlee

  12. Well your article helped me very much in my college assignment. Hats afar to you post, wish look ahead for more cognate articles without delay as its united of my choice topic to read.

  13. Hi Gretchen,
    Spectacular jewels....I have never heard of ice resin so really enjoyed this post!


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