Ice Resin Book Charms

ice resin bookmark fly and fearless

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 bookmark fly

ice resin bookmarks on book of wonders

MATERIALS 

ice resin bookmark materials

  • 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
  • Lighter
  • Scissors and a pencil for tracing

 

1. CUT OUT AND PASTE

ice resin bookmark glue down image

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

ice resin bookmark cutting off tips

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.)

ice resin bookmark squeezing the ice resin

Squeeze out the amount of ice resin you need.

ice resin bookmark mixing

Mix thoroughly for 1 minute.

ice resin bookmark pouring ice resin

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.)

ice resin bookmark tip and let it run

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.

ice resin bookmark bubbles

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

ice resin bookmark thread the knotting cord

ice resin bookmark tie step 2

ice resin bookmark tie step 3

ice resin bookmark seal knot

ice resin bookmark melt end

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.

bennett

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!

ice resin bookmarks fly and fearless

Comments

  1. Wonderful!! The bookmarks, the books, the history!!

  2. Love them Karen!

    I’m pretty sure the second line reads Christ Church SS, perhaps that is Sunday School? Such a cool book and that it’s been in the family so very long!

    • ialwayspickthethimble says:

      Hi Diane – I think you are right! The handwriting is so beautiful but I was tripped up on that first word! Thank you!!

  3. I think it says Christ Church… I love the bookmarks, can’t wait to get my hands on some Ice Resin! :)

    • ialwayspickthethimble says:

      I think you are right! And I bet you will really like working with the Ice Resin. It’s so much easier that the other “mix yourself” resins.

  4. 2nd line could be Christ Church Sunday School

  5. Shirley Q says:

    To help solve the mystery: the second line reads “Christ Church S S (Sunday School)”. I love old books – they are a treasure. I still like holding a book in my hands and turning the pages, too!

    • ialwayspickthethimble says:

      I’m so grateful everyone who answered – it was driving me crazy! Thank you again for solving the mystery!

  6. Cool book! I think it says Christ church SS (Sunday school). I’d like to try the resin!

  7. I’m pretty sure the second line says – Christ Church SS.

  8. That says “Christ Church SS” (Sunday School?). Love the bookmarks-especially the bird-but such a neat book owned by your Great Grandfather is the real treasure :) Very cool.

  9. Adorable!!

  10. I have found that putting a coat of diamond glaze on top of images helps seals them and then I have less trouble with the bleeding or blurring. You just have to let it dry in between that and the resin. :-)

    • ialwayspickthethimble says:

      Thank you Suzanne!!! I had a feeling something like that was what was going on. I was being stingy with my Diamond Glaze…won’t be anymore. Thank you for the tip!

  11. What a beautiful charm!!! Great choices for the images too!

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