This medley of ice resin art is from Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

Joy in Ice Resin Art

Attitude Red is an example of ice resin art from Mary Ellen Beads Albuuqerque.

©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Attitude Red

Before Susan Lenart Kazmir’s Ice Resin class, I worshiped only at the church of beads. Basically I was a stringer. In those days, I would find a way to highlight textures or shapes in my necklace design, add a focal centerpiece and count as done another fun necklace for posterity. (In my world, any worship at the church of beads is worthwhile. Remember, I never meet a bead I don’t like.)

Privately, I yearned for more, to be recognized as an artist, to be sought after for creative design. But I was torn between doing what I thought others expected and giving myself over to activities that made me feel good. Then one day I realized art was about expression. Light bulb moment: I could give myself permission to experiment.

Flower on is an example of Ice Resin Art from Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Flower On Charm

In spite of my beginner position, Susan Lenart Kazmir’s Ice Resin class exposed me to creativity and possibility. Because of it, my entire approach to studio time changed. Ice Resin experiments were seriously pleasing. At first, I called members of the Collaborheartists (a creative group that meets monthly to make things as described in this earlier post) together and “we” poured resin but because of our stimulating discussions and my overwhelming flurry of ideas, I found I had to add more resin play time.

My love for found objects took hold and I began to combine elements. I took apart discarded and vintage jewelry and designed charms and whimsical pendants.  When Ice Resin called, I’d return to the studio and produce a new set of expressions. I kept notes: “this worked, this did not. What if I tried…?”

Crystal true persuasion is ice resin art from Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Crystal True Persuasion

Several months later, I found myself lucky enough to take another Susan Lenart Kazmir class. This time my focus was open-backed bezels. Again, the learning pushed my boundaries. Paint, heat gun, inks, wire, crafted shapes and more spoke to my muse.

©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Tooth Fairy Turquoise

©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Tooth Fairy Turquoise

By theme, by color, by guess and by intuition I played: gifts, sales, comments from strangers, custom orders. The fire of confidence grew until at last I realized my ice resin work had pushed me further and challenged me more than any previous project. It had grown into works of art to bring joy.

This medley of ice resin art is from Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Ice Resin Medley

You’ll find the same joy in your experiments with Ice Resin. Search for “how-to” videos here: http://www.iceresin.com/iceresinvideos/.