Art Bead Scene’s Annual Ornament Blog Hop – Resin Seahorse Ornament

Resin Seahorse Ornament


I’m participating, for the first time in Art Bead Scene’s Annual Ornament Blog Hop and I created this resin seahorse ornament.



Resin Seahorse Ornament


As you may know (or maybe not if you are new here) my family and I have spent the past couple of years slowly cleaning out my mother in laws’ home.

Somewhere in the 75+ years worth of collections she had this dried seahorse, probably from the 1950′s or 1960′s. I thought it was kind of creepy and cool at the same time and knew I wanted to make something out of it.

I created a mold with Amazing Mold Putty and then filled it with Ice Resin mixed with a little brown oil paint.


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I don’t have a ton of experience with Ice Resin but I was totally thrilled with the way my seahorse copy turned out.

Once I dry brushed him with a little liquid gold leaf from Plaid I was completely smitten!



Resin Seahorse Ornament


A swirly wire hanger, a few pearls and a dark green bit of recycled sari (which makes me think of seaweed) and I have a one of a kind ornament.

Don’t be surprised if you see some of his brothers or sisters in my etsy shop sometime soon. He’s too cool not to share!



Here are some of the other FABULOUS participants in the Art Bead Scene’s Annual Ornament Blog Hop. I hope you will visit as many of them as you can.

Art Bead Scene 


Treasures Found

Song Beads

Sue Beads

Modern Nature Studio

Diane Hawkey

Suburban Girl Studio

Jen Judd Rocks

Ellie’s Bijoux

Island Girl’s Insights

Life By The Seat Of My Pants

Too Aquarius 

Shelley Graham Turner 

Artfully Ornamental

Charis Designs Jewelry

Harrison Hollow Designs

Silver Nik Nats

Bead Soup Mix

Toodles and Binks

Bead Recipes

Play Sculpt Live

BeeTree by M.E.

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43 Responses to “Art Bead Scene’s Annual Ornament Blog Hop – Resin Seahorse Ornament”

  1. Line Labrecque
    December 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Love this! You’re right creepy and cool at the same time!

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      Isn’t it funny how things can be two opposite things at the same time? Glad you liked it!

  2. December 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    This is way too cool. I can’t stop staring at it. One of my favorites in the hop!

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

      Super! Thank you Diana. That means a lot to me as there were many amazing projects in the hop. I’m glad you liked it. ~Vicki

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

      Thank you so much, Diana. I really appreciate that. :)

  3. December 5, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    I’m smitten too. As a young girl our family traveled a lot. Dad was a rock hound and I loved fossils and shells. I never passed up a chance to buy a seahorse. This is a lovely and unique ornament.

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      Thank you, Alice! :)
      Do you still have your seahorses?
      I took a geology class when I lived in NM and I LOVED it. I can certainly see why your father was attracted to rocks.


  4. December 5, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    These are cool. A tree full of ocean ornaments and a hot cup of coffee by the sea. Perfect scene. happy Holidays and Hopping. Dont forget me. I was added last minute. Ive been sick. hugs.

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      Thank you, Kimberly. I’m glad you liked it. :)

  5. December 5, 2012 at 4:23 am #

    Fascinating – love the twist!

  6. December 5, 2012 at 2:45 am #

    What a unique and lovely ornament you’ve created! And I love the ties it has to your mother in law!

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

      Thank you, Melissa. I think I’ve decided that I’m going to tie him onto a package for my sister in law. I’m sure she will love it… especially when I tell her how he came to be. ~V

  7. How cool is that?! I am so impressed that you made your own mold! and yes that ribbon does look like seaweed.

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

      Thank you, Shelley! It was fun to make my own mold, you should try it. :)

  8. December 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Wow! How cool! I am glad you were able to make something pretty out of those. I think they look way better in resin anyways ;) much less creepy! lol

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

      Hi Marie-Noel! I totally agree that he is less creepy made of resin! :)

  9. December 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Oh, how fabulous! I love my time spent by the sea! Ice Resin is wonderful isn’t it!

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

      I’ve not used Ice Resin a whole lot, Lori so I’m super thrilled with the finished seahorse. I’ll be playing with it again soon! :)

  10. December 4, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    What a sweetie he is, Vicki… ocean themes are very popular in my part of the world (Canada’s East Coast), and I can just picture this little fellow in a traditional tree, but accompanied by shell, driftwood, all manner of gifts from the sea!

    I am now following your blog.

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

      Hi Monique, I’d love to visit your part of Canada sometime.
      Thank you for following my blog. Welcome!! :)

  11. December 4, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I LOVE it! Very cool ornament!

  12. Marsha Neal Studio
    December 4, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Vicki – This is such a wonderful piece. Not only in your craftsmanship, but also because it ties to your mother, and something that she had picked up and treasured for a bit of time during her life. I cannot wait to see when you start to make more and sell them in your Etsy shop! I would love to have one for my tree (we have lots of traditions within the ornaments that decorate our tree)… I’ve pinned it so I can remember to check back :)

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      Thank you, Marsha. I appreciate your lovely comment.
      I will try to email you when I put some of the seahorses in my shop.


  13. December 4, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Vicki – I love that you found a treasure from your family’s past to include in your ornament. The resin sea horse is beautiful, I like that you went with a gilded color scheme. I could see it on a sea-theme tree with starfish and sand dollars in shades of bronze, gold and cream.

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

      Thank you, Heather. I’m glad you like it. Being my first blog hop with you I wanted to create something nice. :)

  14. December 4, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Beautiful! And even more special that the mold was created from a family item. You did a wonderful job painting it too!

  15. December 4, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Hate to admit this but I found one fo those seahorses in my drawer when I was cleaning out my parents house two years ago… mine came in a shell collection that I bought in CA in ’67. THink mine was donated to value village ! I think yours came to a much better use! Lovely ornament!

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

      Oh no! I hate it when I give something up only to find a use for it shortly afterward.
      I guess that is how hoarders are born! LOL

  16. December 4, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    He IS too cool not to share! Excellent job!

  17. Sherri Stokey
    December 4, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    He IS too cool not to share! Love love love him!

  18. December 4, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Great idea !
    The resin version will be more sturdy than the real thing.
    Since I am lover of all things ocean,I have fallen in love with your ornament
    m.e. :)

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

      Yes, Mary Ellen this resin seahorse is much sturdier than the dried one.
      I’m glad you like it. :)

  19. December 4, 2012 at 3:18 am #

    He’s adorable, bet you’re glad he didn’t just go in the trash can. I remember buying little guys like him when I was a child at the seaside, wish I’d kept one.


    (Toodles and Binks)

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      Thank you, Kay.
      Funny how we toss things sometimes and then wish we hadn’t. I know I’ve done it many times. :)



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