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Hi,my name is Anne,I am a beadaholique.I work out of my studio in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.My work is mainly mixed media with some steampunk elements thrown in for fun.I was a finalist in Beads and Beyonds"Jewelry Maker of the Year 2010" I won first prize in Smitten Beads Designer Challenge 2011. I have had my work published in various magazines and in several treasuries,online.I have two Etsy shops and a Folksy shop for my clients who do not wish to shop in US $,but prefer sterling.Feel free to look me up on twitter or Facebook.Cheers,Anne..
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CrystalRiverBeads Etsy
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15 Jul 2010

Ice Resin and mixed media.

I found the experience with the ice resin interesting.I have to admit even though it did not go 100% to plan.I will have another go on the weekend. I have just bought the latest issue of Cloth.Paper,Scissors and saw some mixed media pendants.I have seen some really fab looking bezels Theres a fab website ,Objectsand Elements.They sell all sorts of quirky bits and pieces.Been a bit of inspiration for me,especially the idea of recycling old things.Especially using bits of fabric,old keys and polymer clay together.Will keep everybody posted.
  I mentioned that I found my Araceli Booth painting in the wardrobe!I have since found out that she now resides in Spain.I bought my painting in a gallery in Alton in Hants where she used to live.It must be quite an early one as it is not on her online portfolio.I love the painting and always envied her talent.I used to teach art to residents in a nursing home some years ago but cannot paint anywhere as well.I just dabble these days.I don,t know whether,if I did scan it,would I be allowed to show it on my blog.Perhaps I will e-mail her when I get time and ask very nicely.All my love to my creative buddies,Anne.


  1. I'm so sorry your experience with ICE didnt' go as smoothly as it should have. I'm on the Objects and Elements design team and a certified Ice Resin instructor so perhaps I can give you some help.

    Since you are near Cardiff (a town I love and would love to come back to visit!), your climate is similiar to mine in San Francisco. My resin is often 'thick' too because of the cold. A trick you can do is to place the bottle of resin in a mug of hot water to "warm it up". As it resin bottle sits in its little mug, it iwll get warmer and thinner. I usually let mine sit in a mug of nearly boiling water for about 5 mins.

    Also be sure you are mixing exactly the same amounts of both hardener and resin. Stir slowly and thouroughly for a good 5 mins. I don't think ICE has very strong fumes (compared to other American Resin, but I have never used any UK resins.

    Hope that helps and your next time working with the resin will be more productive!


  2. Thanks for the advice.As a UK artist,I do not know many people here who do resin work.I will try out what you suggest!Thanks again,Anne!