A few of my craftalicious friends have teamed up with the idea of sharing more of our work on our blog and then also pointing our friends over to each other’s blogs by issuing art challenges amongst ourselves and motivating each other. Our first roundup has a Halloween theme. It’s no surprise to people who regularly read my blog to know that I am so NOT the best at making holiday-themed projects, unless they’re for a deadline. So when the challenge came in to do something Halloween, I was a little befuddled. But then I realized — Hey, I have some cool Art Mechanique hobnail bezels using Vintage Halloween imagery and ICE Resin in my done bezel stash from this summer when I poured a half dozen pieces for my Sept./Oct column for Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine and my column “The Mixed Media Metalsmith.”
I went to my stash and finished off a couple of cute bezels into necklaces with some chain, charms and beads. Viola! Halloween jewelry. I’m thrilled for this challenge because I now have something to wear this month and can now take my daughter trick or treating and this can be my costume. Score!
Here’s how to make these necklaces:
1. Grab one of our signature Susan Lenart Kazmer Art Mechanique Hobnail bezels from your stash. (Don’t have one? Get ‘em here, or at your local Hobby Lobby store or call your favorite local bead store and ask them if they carry the Susan Lenart Kazmer and ICE Resin line.)
2. Locate a vintage Halloween image. Personally, I’m a fan of ArtChix Studios and all of her great mixed media art supplies. Check out her Vintage Fairies images. You can get this exact pumpkin face royalty free here at Craft Jr.
3. Cut the image to fit inside the bezel. Use Art Mechanique paper sealant with a brush to seal the images top, back, sides so it stays colorfast. If you want it to look vintagey, you do not have to first seal your images, but take note that with dark images, they will go darker as ICE Resin permeates the paper.
4. Be sure the sealed images in completely dry before adding resin. If it’s still wet in spots, the image will get little dark spots on it where the resin soaks into the paper. if you want to add some glass glitter for extra sparkle, this is the time to gently shake some into the bezel. NOTE; If you use your craft glitters, they are too light and will rise to the top of your resin as your pour and, literally, sit on top of the resin as it dries. Glass glitter is heavy and will sink in the bottom of the bezels and not rise to the surface.
5. Mix up some ICE Resin, let it sit for 5 minutes after mixing to release the bubbles caused by stirring and then gently drip into the bezel using your craft stick. ICE naturally domes so it will get a pretty rounded top to your bezel if you keep slowly dripping. Be sure to stop when you see the doming. ICE Resin is self-leveling and ultra clear so there will be no bubbles in your bezel.
6. Let bezel dry to the touch, about 6 to 10 hours. As soon as it’s dry to the touch, you can add beads or wirewrapping or use jump rings to make your jewelry. For the pumpkin, I added another Art Mechanique silhouette charm that’s been cold enameled with Enameling Medium + Iced Enamels + ICE Resin in that order. I used my metal hole punch to make a hole and then added one of our adorable rhinestone brads for bling. I then attached to the bezel with a jump ring. I then used a piece of a chain and a jump ring to connect it to the top loop of the bezel. I left the necklace long so I didn’t need a clasp. It slides right over my head and will look great with jeans and a T-shirt.
For the vintage girl bezel, I used my rhinestone brads to cold connect the bezel to a brass filigree (I like to buy from B’Sue Boutiques). I used my metal hole punch pliers to create holes at the top and bottom of the brass filigree. To the bottom I added a tiny rhinestone charm and the top I attached to a piece of chain with a jump ring. I also left this necklace long so as to not have to worry about a clasp.
Now, it’s time to hop on over to all my amazing crafty peeps and see what crazyamazingwonderful things they’ve made and posted on their blogs. Check ‘em outL Eileen Hull with her line of dies with Sizzix, Jennifer Priest makes some awesome sugar skulls shoes, Tanner Bell from A Little Craft in Your Day talks about planning an awesome Halloween party on a budget, and Liz Hicks sews a sweet tote.