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Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Note About Ice Resin

I've been working with resin as it relates to jewelry making for many years. In fact, my experimentation with resin came long before the current resin craze which has taken the world by storm. During that time, I had the opportunity of trying several different resin products, but hands down - my absolute favorite resin for jewelry making is Ice Resin. Yep, Ice Resin.

 I've got to admit - I am a bargain shopper - and the cost of the Ice Resin was initially a deterrent to my purchasing the product. At a cost of $24.99 for an 8 ounce set, it is double the price of a readily available competitor on the market, Easy Cast. But once I tried it, I was hooked. Have you ever heard of the old saying, "You get what you pay for" ? Well, it is absolutely true when it relates to this product. I've noticed that jewelry designs I made several years ago using another brand of resin turned yellow. That's right, yellow. Now, if that's the look you're going for, that's great, but I normally like my Catholic jewelry creations (complete with images of the Virgin Mary, Jesus and the saints)to be true to color. I like to capture the bright images inside of crystal clear resin. One selling point I use when promoting my jewelry designs is that they are heirloom pieces which can be passed down from generation to generation. Obviously, that's not a possibility when the piece yellows with age and degrades the beauty of the initial design. 

Another attribute to Ice Resin that I really love is that it is self-doming. This makes all of the difference in the final outcome of the product. For many of my pendants, I like the softly rounded look and feel of the surface. It adds depth and a nice finishing touch to the design.  The pendant below was made with Ice Resin; the doming effect of the resin really made this piece pop.  Unfortunately, you can't see the dimension in the photograph, but it really added to this creation.

By the way, I should also mention that a little resin goes a long way. This morning, I made 30 pendants like the ones shown below with just one 1 ounce cup of resin.  When completed, these will be sold at my EBay and Etsy stores and at a local boutique here in Northwest Arkansas.
If you haven't tried Ice Resin yet, you are in for a treat, but I warn you - once you experiment with it, you will be hooked.


Gaby Bee said...

Your pendants look fantastic! Very inspiring! I'll give it a try asap:)

Wishing you a wonderful, art-filled week!

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

I'm with you girl, I adore Ice Resin, can't get much better when it comes to quality. Hope you are doing well. Hugs!

Catherine Flynn said...

I've spent a few hours on your blog reading all your tips, and really value all the knowledge you share, especially about resin and polymer clay. Thank you so much for taking the time to share what you learn. I love your creations!

Cindy Cima said...

Great post! I am hooked on ICE as well!

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