I enjoy reading books. My husband has a Kindle which he uses frequently, but I’m old school. I want to turn a page, not press a button. Because of this I still use bookmarks and I’m always thinking about ways to make pretty and unusual ones. These little metal charms are actually metal stamping blanks from Impress Art. Because they are light weight and have a flat back, I thought they might work well for bookmarks. There’s also an epoxy product called Ice Resin that’s been on the market for awhile that I’ve been wanting to play with and I thought this project would be a good marriage of the two.
- Ice Resin by Susan Lenart Kazmer
- Mixing Cup and stirring tool (I used a plastic pill cup and a recycled plastic knife)
- Metal Stamping blanks by Impress Art with top hanger
- Images – Commercially printed images from magazines, catalogues, scrapbook papers or photos work best. If you use an inkjet printer the inks will bleed.)
- Diamond Glaze or any other paper adhesive
- Chinese knotting cord – any size that fits into the hanger for the charm
- Scissors and a pencil for tracing
1. CUT OUT AND PASTE
Cut out your image to fit the inside of the metal charm.
Apply a thin layer of Diamond Glaze to the entire back side of the image (more on the importance of this later) and press into the metal charm. Let dry.
2. ICE RESIN – SQUEEZE, STIR + POUR
Cut off the tips. (The package includes an awesome little snap-on lid, so you don’t have to use all the ice resin at once.)
Squeeze out the amount of ice resin you need.
Mix thoroughly for 1 minute.
Pour ice resin into the metal charm. I used a drop about the size of a M&M for these charms. (To give you an idea of how far the ice resin goes – I made 6 charms and had enough to easily make about 2-3 more.)
Rotate the metal charm so the ice resin runs along and adheres to the edges, coating all surfaces equally. (See the area in lower right? That’s where it hasn’t filled in yet.)
Lay on a flat surface and let dry for 6-12 hours.
This was so easy! The ice resin creates a nice smooth and glossy finish and I really liked working with it. There were tiny bubbles in the ice resin while mixing, but they all disappeared after they dried. Except for the big bubble which you can see on the right of the owl head. I was hurrying to get to a yoga class and I didn’t really pay attention to what they looked like after I poured them. I could have easily used a pin or needle to pop the bubble or moved it out over the edge.
I do wish I had paid more attention to gluing down the images. See the darker lines around some of the edges? That’s where I didn’t use enough Diamond Glaze to fully adhere them to the back. Grrrr. But truthfully, you don’t really notice it unless you are looking at it closely. These metal charms are about the size of a quarter – if you are looking at these pictures on a huge monitor they are probably bigger than life!
3. ATTACHING THE CORD
Cut a piece of Chinese knotting cord about 14 inches long. Tie a knot at the top of the metal charm, trim the short end close to the knot and then use a lighter (or match) to melt and secure the end to the knot.
Melt the opposite end so it doesn’t fray.
p.s. ABOUT THESE BOOKS
When I first grabbed these books from my Mother’s house I was just looking for something pretty to photograph the book charms on. All I knew at the time was that they were my Grandmother’s books and I picked them because of their beautiful metallic stamped and embossed covers. It wasn’t until I finished this post that I looked at the inside cover of the green book, “Storybook of Wonders” published by T Nelsons and Sons, London, and was astonished to see this.
The book is at least 148 years old! I immediately called my Mom to see if she knew who this was because both my Mother and Grandmother were very active in tracing our family history. And sure enough, my Mother checked our family tree and verified that Richard Bennett was my Great-Great Grandfather, born in 1857. The book is composed of short stories on the “wonders in nature and art” and so we thought this was probably a Christmas gift to him as a small boy.
I can’t quite read what the second line says…I think the second word is maybe Church SS? A mystery I guess. But now I will always treasure this book!