How to use Ice Resin

12 Apr

Guest Blog Post from Design Team Member Deborah Pace

Comments in italics from Deb 

Supplies:  Ice Resin Kit

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Additional Supplies:  Collage Sheets, Paper Napkins, Charms, Tiles, Tracing Paper, Glue, Scissors

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Optional Supplies:  1″ round punch, Brads, Copy Paper, Craft Felt, Toothpick or orange stick

This month I received the “Ice Resin” Kit from Blue Twig Studio.  The kit comes with the Ice Resin, Ice Resin Hardner, two pour tips for each bottle, measuring cups, stir sticks, and directions.
How to use the Ice Resin:
1.  Choose a variety of different items for your projects or just use one to start with.  I chose some collage papers, paper napkins, bezels, ceramic tiles, and copies of photos.  I wanted to experiment with different items.
2.  Once you have chosen what you want to use, mix the Resin according to the directions.  You have about a 30-45 minute window before the Resin starts to cure.
3.  For my first project, I worked with the Bezels.
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4.  I covered my images with packing tape and punched them out using a 1″ circle punch.  You could also cut them out with scissors..  I glued my images to the Bezels using glue stick. You don’t need very much, just a bit so they don’t move around.
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5.  I used the stir stick to help pour some of he Resin onto each of the Bezels, very carefully and set aside to dry on a flat surface.  Once dried, I added key rings to my Bezels.  You could also use cording or a chain to make a charm to wear.
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Paper Napkins:

I used two different techniques using the paper napkins.
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1.  For the first napkin, I used the little square ones and used the whole napkin.  I glued the layers together so the layers would not move when using the Resin.
2.  Pour some of the Resin onto the napkin and smooth it out using a sponge.  Once that side is coated, turn it over and do the same thing to the back side.  Set aside to dry.  When finished, you have a paper coaster.  I wanted to see if doing this would work on the napkin  to make a paper coaster and it did.  The picture for this one did not come out very good. Using the Resin on paper makes it translucent and so everything underneath shows through.
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Paper Napkin 2
For the second Napkin I wanted to try making book covers.
1.  Open up your napkin and decide how large you want to make your covers and cut them to size.  DO NOT separate any of the layers.  You will be using all of the layers on the napkin.
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2.  As with first napkin, pour your Resin onto the first cover and smooth it out with a sponge.  Once it is completely coated turn it over and do the same for the back side.  Repeat for the second half.  Set aside and let dry.
3.  Once your covers are dry, punch holes on both of the covers.  Cut paper to the size of your covers and matching up the holes, punch through the papers as well.  I used brads for my binding, but you could use any method you want to bind your book together.  This is what the inside cover looks like.  The Resin gives the paper a translucent quality and the paper comes out feeling like plastic.
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4.  Here is the back of the book.
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At this point, you may be running out of Resin or your Resin might be starting to cure.  If you run out or the Resin is starting to cure, throw everything out and start over with a new batch. DO NOT mix a new batch with any leftover Resin.  You will contaminate your new batch.  Use a another cup and stirrers.
Ceramic Coasters

1. I bought two white ceramic tiles from the hardware store.  You don’t need anything fancy, just the smooth cheap ones.  Choose images you want to use on your tiles.  You can use several different images or a single image for all your tiles.  When you print your image, reverse the image before you print it, especially if there are words.  You are going to flip the image over and glue the printed side onto the tile.
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2.  Cut your images slightly smaller than your tile.  Using a glue stick, apply the glue to one of the tiles, making sure you go all the way to the edge.  Carefully place your image printed side down onto the tile and smooth it out using either your hands or a bone folder.  Repeat for your other tile(s).
3.  Carefully pour the Resin over one of the tiles and smooth the Resin with a sponge.  The Resin is self leveling, so you can also use the stir stick to help move the Resin to the edges, being careful not to drip over the side.  Repeat for the other tile(s).  You can see how shiny the tiles came out.  I did not get the Resin as smooth as it could have been, but it still works. Depending on how many tiles you have, you may need to make up another batch of the Resin.
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4. Glue a square piece of craft felt the size of your tile(s), and you are done.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  The Ice Resin can be used on almost anything.  I hope you will try it out, experiment and find other uses to use with the Resin.
Deborah A. Pace, CZT 11
Multi/Mixed Media & Fiber Artist

 

You really can use it on anything! Just start experimenting with it to see what you like! And now I need to find my Ice Resin and start playing – I know I have some somewhere! 🙂

Thanks Deborah for another great tutorial. You always come up with lots of good ideas. The Ice Resin is really pretty easy to use!  

Deborah’s samples are at the shop if you want to see them up close. 

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

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5 Responses to “How to use Ice Resin”

  1. kristin April 13, 2015 at 5:25 am #

    great ideas!! loved this article!

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  2. joyofartstudio April 13, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    Thanks so much this helps me in my own jewelry I also make Eco Jewelry out of Styrofoam and love Ice Resin . Nicely done too. Joy

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  3. lynnk50 April 13, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

    Loved your projects. I have done the jewelry and domed projects, but not the size of your tiles. But had never seen it used with napkins for coasters or book covers. I will have to try this!

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    • Deb Prewitt April 14, 2015 at 7:42 am #

      At CHA we had fun just using it on some painted papers which you could then cut shapes out of or run thru a die-cut machine.

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