As promised, today is my turn for the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop. There are LOTS of amazing artists participating today, so you’re in for a treat — a grand finale of crafty goodness! My project today is a petite Christmas tree trimmed in 19 handmade ornament charms and a sweet little tree topper that I cast in ICE Resin.
Before I had my daughter 4 years ago, I was a traditionalist when it came to my holiday home decor. Red and Green all the way. Having a daughter has changed me in so many ways, but the one thing I notice in my work now is that I’m attracted to pink. I thought it would be really fun to deck out a small table top tree that I bought from Michaels using a 50% off coupon with a non-traditional girlie holiday of Pink and Green and Ivory color scheme. Of course, I had to incorporate lots of rhinestone chain and also some fun crystals using Norma Rapko’s brand new fab tool the Crystyler. I now enjoy hand-setting crystals because of Norma’s tool. Before that… Meh, it was wayyyyyy too much work to incorporate pave-type settings into my jewelry.
I used the Silhouettes from the Art Mechanique line along with Iced Enamels and ICE Resin. Of course, I had to collage some of our Susan Lenart Kazmer signature Hobnail bezels from Art Mechanique. I incorporated wire work into the charms by creating the ornament hangers, as well as adding some crystal beads and crystal rondelles. For those of you who know me, you know I love love love making molds of found objects and doing ICE Resin castings for my mixed-media and jewelry work. The techniques for this can be found in Breaking out of the Mold, my DVD from Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine that released in March. I knew my little tree needed a handmade topper, and since my daughter inspired the project, I simply had to cast a Snow Baby. The glittery snow that’s peeking out from the piece is our new Art Mechanique Fire Opal inclusions. It catches the light so beautifully when embedded in ICE.
To make these charms, you will need:
- A selection of Art Mechanique Silhouettes
- Art Mechanique Hobnail bezels
- Iced Enamels Relique Powders in Raspberry, Chartruse, Ivory and Gold and Silver Glitz
- Iced Enamels Medium
- Disposable paintbrushes
- ICE Resin plunger
- Cup and stir stick
- Rhinestone chain, buttons or Crystyler from Norma Raptko and flatbacked crystals or charms from your stash
- 22 gauge bronze wire
- Crystal beads
To make things easy, I made a little video tutorial showing how to use Iced Enamels and our brass number charms.
For the larger ornament shown below, I layered these numbers on top of our circle and diamond charm after cold enameling all the components and using ICE Resin as a “glue” (just laying the numbers on the charms while the resin was wet). I added a dot of sparkle with the Crystyler. Once the charms were dry, I then cold connected them to a metal filigree piece I had in my studio with wirewrapped loops. The metal hanger was made from 20 gauge bronze wire attached with wrapped loops on each side and then formed into a three-quarters circle with my fingers. If you’re wondering why I used the number 24, rather than 25 it’s because when I was a child, my dad worked Christmas day so Christmas Eve was always what I looked most forward to.
If you are not someone who makes jewelry, you can still do this project by attaching jump rings to the enameled charms and then attaching to pre-purchased ornament hooks. These charms can be used in a multitude of ways for the holidays. You can make wine charms, advent calendars, gift tags or even necklaces for your girlfriends and family members. I hope you give Iced Enamels and ICE Resin a try if you haven’t used it before. The art possibilities are endless and the products are, honestly, addicting!
Ok, now for the giveaway on my blog. Be sure to leave a comment and one lucky handmade holiday elf will win a copy of my mold making and casting DVD, an ICE Resin plunger and a Hobnail bezel to get him or her started.
Be sure to hop on over too all these amazing blogs today. I can’t wait to see what some of my über talented friends are up to!
- Clearsnap http://blog.clearsnap.com
- Craft Attitude http://www.jonathanfongstyle.com/blog/
- Smoothfoam http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/
- Donna Salazar Designs http://donnasalazardesigns.blogspot.com/
- Walnut Hollow http://walnuthollowcrafts.wordpress.com/
- 100 Proof Press http://www.100proofpress.com/_blog/Blog
- Graphic45 http://g45papers.typepad.com/
- ICE Resin http://iceresin.com/icequeen/
- Stampendous http://stampendousblog.wordpress.com/
- Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
- Jamie Dougherty http://jamiedoughertydesigns.blogspot.com
- Nathalie Kalbach www.nathaliesstudio.com
- Jen Goode http://www.100directions.com/
- Kathy Cano-Murillo http://www.craftychica.com/site/
- Tanner Bell http://www.craftteen.com
- Jennifer Priest http://hydrangeahippo.com
- Jen Cushman http://jencushman.wordpress.com/ — You are Here
- Adrienne Ford http://bry-and-i.blogspot.com/
- Joanne Fink http://www.zenspirations.com/home/
- Vicki O’Dell http://vickiodell.com/
- Liz Hicks http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
- Denise Hahn http://inmyblueroom.blogspot.com/
- Courtney Chambers http://www.alittlecraftinyourday.com
- Tami Mayberry http://tamimayberry.blogspot.com/
- Norma Rapko http://normarapko.blogspot.com/
- Cheryl Waters http://blog.artsyfindings.com/