Ice Ice (Resin), Baby!

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Ok, only a few of you will actually get the Vanilla Ice reference in the title- but I couldn’t resist! Today I’m talking about Ice Resin, a 2-part epoxy resin that is jewelry grade. The beautiful people at Objects and Elements told me it will never yellow, and the best part is that it’s labeled non-toxic!

I received a sample at CHA Winter 2010, and I really couldn’t wait to get it back home to try out. It’s one of the first goodies I played with, and folks… I’m lovin’ it!

I have some limited experience with traditional 2-part resins, and I found them fussy and stinky. I’m pleased to report that Ice Resin was not really odiferous- a mild aroma, at worst. I measured out equal parts of resin and hardener, and commenced to folding it together with the included craft stick.

I started off by doing a traditional pour, using molds. I got a few bubbles, which I am OK with…but I know if they were out of hand I could use a flame to clear them right up!

I had some quite a bit of resin left, so I tried the painting technique using some butterfly wings I’d saved from a nature walk this summer. Using my non-stick craft sheet to protect my surface, (like the kind bakers use), I carefully dabbed Ice Resin onto the wing with a paint brush. When I was satisfied that it was covered, I gently turned it over with a bamboo skewer and dabbed the other side. Interestingly, the wing went completely transparent!

Application: brushing resin onto surfaces

I also brushed some resin onto paper, and on top of some polymer clay pieces. Take it from me, if you are brushing Ice Resin onto the surface of an object, less is more to start with! I had a bit of an issue with the resin running down the sides of my pieces and puddling on the sheet. I figured I’d have to “wait-and-see” just how this would turn out!

Well, I came back to my resin pieces the next morning, and did my de-molding. They popped out like a charm, and the pieces on the craft sheet peeled up, to problem. I did have some little puddles and drips to contend with, but I found I could cut this resin with my regular ol’ scissors, no sweat! Then I used a bit of sandpaper to carefully sand down my rough edges. Wow! That was easy!

Lastly, I took my biggest risk and tried using a 1/8 hole punch to make a hole in the butterfly wing. It worked! I got a nice, clean hole, ready for an eyelet! Amazing!

In sum, I’d have to say that I’m a convert. I love my UV-curing resins for top coats, but Ice Resin proved to be much less finicky overall. It had a nice working time of about 30 minutes in my studio, and the fact that it was easy to finish makes it hands-down my choice for molds!

If you’d like to see what other folks are doing with Ice Resin, visit the Blog Hop that’s going on this week! Here are some other folks you’ll want to check out:

And then also the Objects and Elements Design Team and Susan Lenart Kazmer

Rings and Pendants made with Ice ResinHappy Hopping!

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22 Responses to “Ice Ice (Resin), Baby!”

  1. Deryn Mentock Says:

    I shouldn’t admit this but I got your Vanilla Ice reference…darn it! Nice work with the resin. Don’t you love it?!

  2. kecia Says:

    just popped over from FB (saw your status) very interesting article on start to finish with the Ice Resin. i really enjoy using the stuff as well! i’m in the blog hop too, so stop by and see how i used the ice resin in my project.

    kecia

  3. heather Says:

    love the great review – uh the butterfly wings are stroke of genius my friend! Thanks for sharing your creativity. I too loved that the resin could be cut with scissors. Sweet.

  4. Lori Paximadis Says:

    I love the Ice Resin! If you ever get a chance, take one of Susan’s workshops — she has some great techniques for working with it.

  5. Vicki O'Dell Says:

    Great review. I want to try some of this. I also enjoyed the blog hop. I’m blown away by the creativity of these people!

  6. mary jane dodd Says:

    i love what you did with it! the butterfly wings are gorgeous… i had plans for something natural and fragile but i think someone in my family thought it was a bag of trash – agh! and the candy hearts are too cute!

  7. Vickie Hallmark Says:

    I’ve been considering trying this with butterfly wings, but was afraid that I’d lose all the iridescence. You said they went transparent — did they dull? Guess I should just try it!

  8. Jill @ Liv'nGood Jewelry Says:

    your butterfly wing turned out gorgeous! what a great experiment

  9. Jen Cushman Says:

    Love the way you painted ICE Resin onto the butterfly wings and then punched a hole. You’re right, an eyelet here would be perfect. The cool thing is that you can wear your real wings now and they will never fall apart.

    As for the bubbles, this just means you are really good at following directions! :-) ICE Resin must be thoroughly mixed, but you can froth it a bit when mixing. If it has a lot of bubbles after a mix, set it aside under a warm task light and leave it for 5 minutes before you pour. This lets the self-healing properties of ICE to dissipate the bubbles. You have a 1-hour pot life so waiting a few minutes is just fine.

    Anyway, I LOVE that you are a now a “Convert”. Have to say, Jenny, you are our favorite convert from CHA!

    – Jen

  10. Karen Burns Says:

    Wow! Look at that butterfly wing! Awesome.

  11. Molly Alexander Says:

    What fun pieces – I love the butterfly wings, and the fact that you can use your 1/8″ hole punch on them. Beautiful work!

    :-) Molly

  12. Jenny Says:

    I know, right? These folks are brilliant!

  13. Jenny Says:

    Awww- you sweet talker! I <3 you guys, too!

  14. Jenny Says:

    They did lose a little iridescence– but the colors got bright and vivid, not dull at all. I’m pretty happy with them….!

  15. Jenny Says:

    I’d LOVE to take a class with Susan- she is such a hoot! I might just have to go out and get her DVD with some of my mad money…..

  16. Melanie Says:

    Fun conversation heart pieces! And I love the way you used the resin on paper. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Marfa (crafting marfa) Says:

    I admit that I got the Vanilla Ice thing too…lol Anyway, I had never seen Ice Resin before, now I am dying to try it! It’s never enough, is it? they keep coming up with more and more fun products. I would LOVE to make some jewelry using the Ice Resin with pigments and make a lot of fun stuff. Thank you!. It’s going on my wish list.

  18. Tami B. Says:

    Fabulous tips. Thank you so much for going through what you learned about it. Love the butterfly wings.

  19. Sarah Liberty Booker Says:

    Every time I walk down the aisle that has the resin, I bite my lip and wisk by quickly! LOL! I want to try it but I know it will be another crafting addiction. Your butterfly idea is so ingenious! We have a monarch butterfly refuge near where I live. They stop there to rest during their migration. I’m almost guaranteed to
    find some wings there. I may now have to slow down in the resin section next time at the craft store and pick up a bottle of this product to play with now ^_?? Trying it on polymer clay sounds fun too!! Great ideas.

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