You know when you have a product that you know you love but you just don't put the time in to play with it? Like when I got ICE Resin TWO years ago and then dragged my feet to play until last fall. I know it is easy to use but it is out of my paper-meets-glue comfort zone so I just don't use it. Well, the best things happen when you create outside of your comfort zone. Things like this piece, one of my new faves this year!

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This piece features ICE Resin poured into an ICE Resin hobnail bezel with glass glitter by Susan Lenart Kazmer Industrial Chic. The number and graphic are by ICE Resin for Hobby Lobby Stores. Beads by Connie Crystal (love them!). Crystals by Preciosa and applied with Crystyler by Norma Rapko (another new fave!).


  • Bezel, ICE Resin, Brass Number, Paper Ephemera, Paper Sealant – ICE Resin Susan Lenart Kazmer
  • Beads – Connie Crystal
  • Crystals – Preciosa
  • Crystal Tool – Crystyler by Norma Raspko for Walnut Hollow
  • Ribbon, Findings, Chain
  • Wire – ArtisticWire
  • Glass Glitter – Art Mechanique by Susan Lenart Kazmer

I imagine this piece with a white T-Shirt and jeans – a way to dress up casual!




I also borrowed a little inspiration from my friends Jen Cushman and Susan Lenart Kazmer. Susan's Industrial Chic line features these gorgeous tassels and I knew I wanted one for my neckalce after seing a piece she created when I met her at Art Unraveled last month. Several times Jen Cushman has shared how she wire-wraps fobers to make tassels and finish off ribbon necklaces — she of course, draws a bead on both ends of the wire to create  a really gorgeous look! I…..well, I don't know where Xaver hid the torch! LOL

So in all of this I learned two things:

  • Get outside of your comfort zone because that is where the magic happens, and
  • It is okay to be inspired by your friends. Your work will manifest itself differently because they are them and you are YOU. So be inspired!

Thanks for stopping by!


Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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