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Using Ice Resin to Create Jewelry

Updated on October 24, 2016

Creating a New Jewelry Look

I recently started using Ice Resin for making my steampunk pendants. I previously used Diamond Glaze which is a great product for thin applications such as glazing over paper but I found that for my necklaces that it tended to get cloudy when too thickly applied. Ice Resin is a very hard, crystal clear, and waterproof resin specifically designed for use in jewelry. As an added bonus it's also non-toxic which makes it a big improvement over many other clear resins. This lens is a tutorial with several videos on using Ice Resin in your jewelry designs.

About Ice Resin

From IceResin.com

ICE Resin® is a crystal clear resin that is jeweler's grade. It can be used in jewelry, craft projects, paper arts and more. Its safe to use indoors and is the ideal use for projects you want to preserve.

I use Ice Resin to fill in a bezel that has had small watch parts glued into it. In this case the bezel in question is one I have sculpted myself using polymer clay however you can use pre-made bezels set into clay, glued to another jewelry piece, or there are many blank bezel pendants and rings available from jewelry suppliers.

If you are planning to use any uncoated paper with ice resin, you should seal if first with mod podge and allow it to dry thoroughly, this will prevent the inks on the paper from bleeding into the resin. Always glue down the objects you are sealing under resin so they will not move around when you pour the resin and make sure the glue is dry as well.

Get Ice Resin

ICE Resin Jewelers Grade Clear Casting Epoxy 1 oz Kit
ICE Resin Jewelers Grade Clear Casting Epoxy 1 oz Kit

Ice Resin 8 oz. jewelry grade resin kit. This kit has everything that you need to make your own jewelry. You've always wanted to create your own charms, necklaces, pendants and lots more. The options are endless! Ice resin provides a beautiful way to save an important memory, it is crystal clear and will not yellow or break down. Kit includes: 4 oz bottle Resin 4 oz bottle Hardener 8 - 1 oz. mixing cups 8 stir sticks Complete directions Let your creative juices flow! Sold 1 8oz. kit per item.

 

Ice Resin (left) vs. Diamond Glaze (right)

Ice Resin (left) vs. Diamond Glaze (right)
Ice Resin (left) vs. Diamond Glaze (right)

What You Need

Necessary Materials and Tools

  • Ice Resin
  • 2 Small measuring cups (included in most kits, they are marked medicine dose-type cups)
  • 1 Small Plastic Mixing Cup (3oz bathroom size works great)
  • Craft Sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Newspaper, scrap paper, silicone mat, etc to protect your work surface
  • Baby wipes (for cleanup)

Optional But Recommended

  • Disposable Pipette or Syringe
  • More craft sticks or other objects for leveling your jewelry
  • Plastic bin or similar transparent or translucent cover.
  • Latex or nitrile gloves

Basic Instructions

1. Pour equal parts of each of the two parts of the Ice Resin into separate measuring cups. Make sure you measure this carefully as you need to mix equal part to get a good cure. The manufacturer recommends mixing at least 1/2 oz of resin at a time, I've mixed less but it's a risk to do so.

2. Pour each of the two parts into the mixing cup and stir gently with a craft stick until there are no longer any streaks in the resin. Don't stir too rigorously because that will cause more bubbles to form in the resin.

3: Carefully pour the Ice Resin into your jewelry bezel, mold, of inset. You can use a craft stick or a plastic spoon to do this but I prefer to use a syringe for the most control.

4: Use a toothpick to spread the resin into the corners of your piece.

5: Allow the resin to cure at least 24 hours. If you are concerned about dust or pet hair that could get into the resin during this time you can cover it with a plastic shoebox or similar item but prop it up a little bit to allow for some airflow (a couple 1 gallon paint stirrers, under opposite ends of the box works well).

Tips

  • When pouring your Ice Resin bubbles may form. Small bubbles with generally take care of themselves but larger bubbles you should pop. You can use your toothpick or blow gently on the resin.
  • If you want a more domed effect to your resin, pour it in two stages. Pour the first layer almost to the upper edge of the bezel then allow the resin to cure. After 24 hours or so pour another thinner layer on top, make sure however that it doesn't overflow the bezel.

Cleanup

You will make mistakes and spill resin, have it overflow your jewelry, etc. You can clean up liquid resin with baby wipes or a paper towel moistened with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Once the resin sets though you can't clean it up short of using a knife or dremel to carve if away so get it while it's still liquid!

This is why it's incredibly important to cover your work space with something you can throw away when you are done like newspaper or a cut open plastic bag, or that the resin won't stick to like a silicone mat.

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      Althaea 15 months ago

      where can I buy one of your steampunk squids? Just think they are cute beyond belief! I am a squid-aholic too.

      Thank you for sharing your awesome talent!

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      Sheryl Westleigh 4 years ago from Maine

      @peggy-budfuloski: Thank you so much! I certainly didn't start that way though, me first few attempts with resin were pretty disastrous. I'm happy to share what works for me to maybe save people from some of my mistakes (one of which involved damaging the top of my desk).

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      peggy-budfuloski 4 years ago

      One of the better tutorials and your work is clean and professional, I am very impressed with your quality of production all the way around.

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      Vicki 4 years ago from USA

      Great lens and tutorials on making jewelry with Ice Resin. I love your steampunk cuttlefish necklaces! Too cute.

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      Sheryl Westleigh 5 years ago from Maine

      @anonymous: Rubbing alcohol won't hurt the resin at all, I use it all the time. Just don't mix up rubbing alcohol adn acetone, I've done that and it will eat the resin.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am creating the resin cabs before surrounding them with polymer clay. What can I use to clean off the residue from polymer clay before I bake it? Does rubbing aclohol destroy the glossy finish of the resin?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice tutorial and I love your creativity.

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      bagelmanmarc 5 years ago

      This actually looks like it would be fun to do! Great lens.

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      BeadCatz 5 years ago

      Nice tutorial and cool jewelry.

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Great tutorial and beautiful jewelry.

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      BlackSunflowerB 5 years ago

      I really like your store. Did you sculpt all of those yourself before adding the resin?

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      crazyinkansas 5 years ago

      Wow, what I great tip! I make jewelry here and there and have had the same clouding problem with Diamond Glaze.

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      RadaFrancis LM 5 years ago

      resin is pretty awesome to use for many projects. Thanks for sharing your creations.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have never really tried working with resins but I had a look at some of your jewellery on Etsy and was really impressed, the video's that you do are also impressive, you are a very clever marketer

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Love learning about products such as this! Great article. :)

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Wow. I never knew this existed! Looks fascinating.

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      Image Girl 5 years ago

      great lens! i too make steampunk jewelry, but much different. I was quite frustrated with Diamond Glaze - so I was looking for alternatives..and here you are! Thank you! :D GREAT info!

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      Beadsnresin 6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tip! I found it via Yahoo Assemblage Artists' group. I have been using stinky old fashioned 2 part epoxy for my assemblage work and am looking forward to getting some Ice Resin to fiddle with!

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Interesting tutorial- and useful too for aspiring jewelry makers...:)

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      Sheryl Westleigh 6 years ago from Maine

      @anonymous: Good question. I'm not really sure, I've been using an xacto knife and ultra fine grit sandpaper to trim overflow. Just a guess from my experience with rotary tools would be a fine diamond bit to grind down the resin then smooth it out with sandpaper (800-1000 grit).

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a Flexshaft. What tip do you recommend for cleaning off hardened resin. I am going to have some. Some bubbles were very resistant to popping so I had to bring to the edge and "thow them overboard".

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      Gayle Dowell 6 years ago from Kansas

      I've used Diamond glaze for some of my jewelry designs and had a problem with it setting to a nice hard surface. Will need to try Ice resin.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      Wow, ice resin! Had never heard of it...

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Excellent video tutorials. This is a neat artist medium to try out. I liked your tips and cautions about the limitations of the clay re: water. I'd like to try making some ornaments or jewelry with clay and ice resin.

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      the-good-stuff 6 years ago

      Cool stuff! I love the way your jewelry looks :)

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      Laniann 6 years ago

      Very nicely done, I like the look and smoothness of Ice Resin. Congratulations on being one of the best, listed in "The 2010 Giant Squid Showcase".

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Congratulations on being listed on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase! I love this idea too!

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Very engaging. Loved the last video.

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      ctavias0ffering1 6 years ago

      I love the steampunk look. A friend has just decided to take up messing about with old watches and clocks so I'll be hanging about looking for cast-off parts to experiment with. I really like the look of the Ice Resin.

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Congratulations and all the best for 2011.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Very creative! Thanks for showing us how you create such great jewelry with ice resin and congratulations on making it into the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very interesting. congratulations on making the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase...blessed and added to my December Blessings lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This jewelry is really cool with the use of the ice resin. Congrats on being one of the top 45 on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase Best of List!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very cool! Congratulations on being on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase Best of List!

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      congrats on being picked as one of the best on squidoo. Love the lens!

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      Great artwork, wonderful lens! Congratulations! Can't wait to see what your creative endeavors in 2011 will bring! I know they will be fantastic!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations for being included in The 2010 Giant Squid Showcase by the SquidTeam! How cool is that! Happy New Year, Squidhugs from Kathy

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      greenerme 6 years ago

      Congrats on making it into the Giant Squids 2010 showcase! Happy New Years!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      This is really cool. Congrat on this lens being one of the top 45 for 2010. Well done! :)

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      Margaret Schindel 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Ice Resin is a fabulous product. Thanks for putting together this excellent instructional lens!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      It's amazing what beautiful jewelry creations can be made with resin!

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      kvenice 7 years ago

      Very good information Noadi! And I love your octopus jewelry, very unique. It's hard to run into truly unique wearable art nowadays. :)

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 7 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      This is really interesting! I like your designs too. You are talented and creative. Thank you for letting me view your art and sharing your techniques using ice resin.