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!
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!
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:
- Molly AlexanderÂ http://beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com/
- Ro Bhrun http://robruhn.blogspot.com/
- Karen Burns http://web.me.com/vintagefindings/Vintage_Findings/Blog/Blog.html
- Keecia Frazee DeveneyÂ http://www.lemoncholys.blogspot.com/
- Mary Jane DoddÂ — Mary JaneÂ http://mairedodd.blogspot.com/
- Melanie EarthenwoodÂ http://earthenwood-beads.blogspot.com
- Shea Fragoso http://www.whathappensnext.typepad.com/
- Kerin Gale http://remnantsofolde.com/posts/
- Vickie Hallmark http://fiberartglass.blogspot.com/
- Jess Italia Lincoln http://www.vintaj.com/wpblog/
- Jill Liles http://livngoodjewelry.blogspot.com/
- Heather PowersÂ http://www.humblebeads.blogspot.com/ and http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com/
- Amy Purdes http://www.spritecreations.blogspot.com/
- Stephanie RubianoÂ http://www.soigathered.typepad.com/
- Lisa Sommerville http://www.lisasomerville.com
- Kim Taylor http://sassycrafter.blogspot.com/
And then also the Objects and Elements Design Team and Susan Lenart Kazmer
- Jen CushmanÂ http://www.objectsandelements.typepad.com/jencushman/
- Deryn Mentock http://somethingsublime.typepad.com/
- Kristen Robinson http://kristenrobinson.typepad.com/
- Barbe Saint JohnÂ http://barbesaintjohn.blogspot.com/
- Susan Lenart Kazmer http://susan-lenart-kazmer.blogspot.com/
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