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Monday, January 16, 2012

Faux Cloisonne Enamel Using Ice Resin

In the previous report I showed creative ways to use Ice Resin.This report shows how to step by step create faux cloisonné enamel made from Ice Resin.

Supplies and tools needed:
  • Pre-made bezel cup
  • Silver bezel wire (Its width should be the same height as the outside bezel’s height.
  • Ice Resin
  • Color pencils
  • Paper
  • Various colors of eye shadow or mica.
  • Toothpicks
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Mixing cups
  • Paper towels

1.   Plan ahead by making color cards. Mix a color with resin, place it on an index card, and write down what was used. 

2.   It is best to draw a design on paper. Draw it full size to what you are making.  This drawing will be used as a template later.

3.   Choose the colors for your design.  Fill in the areas using color pencils that match the eye shadow or mica you have.

4.   Place the bezel wire on its side over the template. Using your fingers bend the wire into the same shape as each line in the drawing and cut them to length.

5.   Place the formed bezel wire into the bezel cup.

6.   Mix a small amount of resin in a mixing cup without adding any colorant.

7.   Glue the bezel wire in place.
  • Place equal parts epoxy into mixing cup. 
  • Stir with a popsicle stick for the amount of time listed in the product’s instructions.
  • Partially fill all sections with the resin. This glues the bezel wire in place and seals the bottom so that when adding color it doesn’t cross contaminate the other cells. 
  • Allow resin to set for 6 hours.

8.   Mix the first color and epoxy together and fill the sections with the appropriate color. 
  • Place equal parts epoxy into mixing cup.
  • Add a small amount of colorant to the mixture until the resin is the color you want.
  • Stir with a popsicle stick for the amount of time listed in the product’s instructions.
  • Using a popsicle stick scoop up the mixed resin and drip it into the section. Allow the resin to run into each corner.
  • Use a toothpick to spread the resin throughout the section and into any corners.
  • Allow resin to set for 24 hours.  Allowing the first color to set completely helps keep the other color from mixing with it.

9.   If the first color spilled into sections where it’s not wanted cut it out using a small bur on a rotary tool or flex shaft. You only need to cut it down low enough so that the next color can be placed over it.

  • Mix the next color with epoxy and place into the sections. Here I am using black eye shadow.

  • Drip epoxy into the center areas keeping air from being trapped.

  • Use a toothpick to move the poured resin into the corners.To avoid the color leaking into other sections, fill only until they come up just under the top of the bezel wire.
  • Allow resin to set for at least 6 hours.

10.   Continue mixing colors and filling sections until all sections are filled just below the top of the bezel sections.
11.   Mix the top coat of resin keeping it clear with no color. This is poured over the whole peace until all the low areas are filled. The resin will dome towards the center.  Use a toothpick to pull the clear resin towards all edges.  Allow to setup for 24 hours.

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