I’m so jazzed to have found a new-to-me product that works Awwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeesome with ICE Resin! (Can you hear the song in my voice??? Seriously, it’s a high-pitched squeal). It’s called Craft Attitude and its a transparent film where you print images from your inkjet printer to use in your mixed media, jewelry, paper arts, craft fashion or home décor projects.
Normally, images printed from an ink jet printer will smear when resin is applied. That’s because with ink jet, the color ink feels dry to the touch but actually sits on top of the paper. Anything wet will cause the ink to run. That’s why when I teach workshops and write articles on ICE Resin, I direct people to print images from their ink jet printers but then take them to a local copy shop to get copies made with toner ink. (You can use a laser jet printer too.) I even do this for my transparencies/acetate images. BUT, I was able to print onto Craft Attitude from my ink jet printer and use it right in our Art Mechanique bezels with ICE Resin without having to seal first. You have no idea how exciting this is to me! I could wax poetic about this discovery, but I won’t since today is really a blog hop/free tutorial. I’ll save my resin and Craft Attitude findings for a future post.
Let’s get to the project!
“She Slept Through the Festivities” necklace
Supplies: Jewelry Attitude printable film, ICE Resin, disposable cup and stir stick, Art Mechanique Hobnail bezel Medium Shield, Industrial Chic by Susan Lenart Kazmer chain, 18 gauge blackened steel wire, 20 gauge bronze wire, Art Mechanique jump rings, blue crystal beads, copper heishi spacer beads, scraps from your paper stash, vintage royalty free image.
Tools: Wubbers baby round nose, Wubbers chain nose pliers, Wubbers extra large round mandrel pliers, steel bench block or anvil, ball peen hammer.
Directions: The first step involves some basic Photoshop Elements skills. Search for royalty free images on the Internet that you can save to your computer and create a collage sheet with in Photoshop Elements or your favorite digital imaging program. NOTE: If you are publishing or selling your work, it is important to use your own images, works that you have permission to use or vintage images in the public domain. For more information on images and copyrights check out this .pdf from the United States Copyright Office. A good source for royalty free images on the Internet is the Graphics Fairy.
I create my collage sheets by opening a new 8.5 x 11 file in Photoshop Elements. I then open the image I want to use and resize. I copy the image, cut it and then paste it into my new file. I resize the image so it’s smaller and will nicely fit into a bezel for jewelry. I do this multiple times with multiple images until I create a full 8.5 x 11 collage image sheet. If I’m printing something with words on it, be sure to flip the sheet horizontal so the words/image prints backwards.
Cut image from Craft Attitude to fit inside the bezel.
Rummage through your paper scraps to find something interesting to “back” the translucent image. I do this for visual interest and to add another layer of mixed media to my work. I normally would have used vintage sheet music, but this bit of 7Gypsies scrapbooking paper fit the bill nicely
I tend to collage and work on multiple bezels at once. Here you can see the image I used for this project, as well as some others in various stages of the process. After you’ve placed your images into the bezel, mix up at least 1/2 ounce of ICE Resin in a disposable mixing cup with a craft stick for a full minute. Slowly drip the resin into the bezel using the craft stick and fill bezel to the top, letting it form a nice round dome.
After your bezel is dry to the touch (8-12 hours later) and feels like glass, gather supplies to finish the necklace. Here I used Industrial Chic by Susan Lenart Kazmer chain, but altered it to add the necessary blue to the project for Fourth of July.
The Industrial Chic chain comes with the brown rosary chain and a pretty end piece of red rosary to hang down the back of the neck. I used my round nose pliers to open the links and separate these pieces to use in future projects.
Use your Wubbers X-Large Mandrel Pliers to form a Shepherd’s Hook clasp from 18 gauge blackened steel wire. Lightly work harden the middle of the clasp by lightly hammering it on a steel bench block. Alternatively, you can use a lobster clasp and attach it with jump rings. Add a jump ring to the end of the pearl chain to hook the clasp.
Use your round nose pliers to remove about three inches of pearl chain from the necklace so you can add a touch of blue.
You can make a wire bead link from 20 gauge bronze wire, metal heishi spacer beads and blue crystal beads.
Use your round nose pliers to wire wrap a 4 inch piece of wire. Make a wrapped loop at one end and then thread a blue crystal bead, a metal spacer bead, blue crystal, another washer, blue crystal, metal spacer, blue crystal and then make a wirewrapped loop on the other end to close off the link.
Using round nose pliers open each the end of the pearl rosary chain and attach blue bead link. Attach Craft Attitude and ICE Resin focal pendant to the center of the necklace using a jump ring.
Wear your pretty and patriotic necklace to your Forth of July gatherings. Just don’t be a party pooper like our vintage gal here and sleep though the festivities.
(Note: Image originally painted by Illustrator James Montgomery Flagg for a World War 1 poster called Wake Up America. )
Here’s a few more finished pics that I hope inspire you to play with Craft Attitude and ICE Resin!