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Let's Make Something Beautiful Together: An Alberta-Inspired Mug Holder/Hanger

Prepare to be amazed by the incredible tale of Diana, the artistic genius who helped transform a man's dream into stunning reality using ICE Epoxy's ICE BOARD. Picture this: a unique, one-of-a-kind keepsake holder designed specifically for his beloved Mom's special mugs. But Diana didn't stop there – she skillfully provided innovative solutions every step of the way, resulting in a breathtaking work of art. Brace yourself for a story that showcases the magical collaboration between Rob, Diana and ICE Epoxy, bringing creative visions to life like never before.


Diana and her passion for art, in all its forms


Diana has been passionate about art for as long as she can remember. From painting to sculpting, creating art brings her joy and fulfillment unlike anything else. She loves the challenge of transforming a simple idea into something unique and beautiful. When it comes to working with ICE Epoxy, Diana finds it especially rewarding because she knows the work will last for years to come.



The Vision

Alberta-Inspired Mug Holder/Hanger


Barnwood and Treasures display holding the family branding irons.
Family Branding Irons

Rob, the visionary, had just completed a Barnwood & Treasures project with his brother to display the Family Branding Irons. As his Mom admired the display she ruminated on her mug collection, given to her over the years, and how nice it would be to show them off as well. This sparked Rob's imagination, he had an idea for a keepsake holder to display her special mugs, using pieces of maple burls he had seen in D's woodpile. His Mom was born in Alberta, loved the mountains, and wildflowers. These are the things he wanted reflected in this piece. He wanted something unique that would stand out. He had experience using ICE Epoxy's ICE THIN, but he was interested in trying ICE Epoxy's ICE BOARD for this project.



Working together to turn the vision into reality


Rob and Diana worked together to bring the vision to life, using ICE BOARD as the medium. Rob provided design/vision and hands-on work throughout the process, while Diana offered helpful solutions and guidance. With her expertise and passion for art, they were able to create a beautiful keepsake holder that exceeded their expectations.


The process of creating the keepsake holder with ICE BOARD


With meticulous attention to detail, we embarked on a step-by-step process to create a breathtaking masterpiece. Our journey began by handpicking wood pieces and skillfully arranging them to form a majestic mountain range, elegantly spanning a 42"x10" mould.


To breathe life into the scene, we poured a blend of blues and whites to represent the boundless sky. Layer by layer, over the course of three days, we expertly added clouds using a silicone mould, allowing us to shape them in various forms. This not only added depth and perspective but also cleverly concealed the screws holding the French cleat in place, ensuring a secure and seamless wall display.


Our dedication to detail extended even further as we carefully placed pressed and dried wild crocuses, collected from our very

own garden, at the foot of the mountains.


Once the piece was gently removed from the mould, Rob took over, meticulously sanding it to perfection. Starting with a coarse 40 grit, he progressed through finer grits of 60, 80, 100, and 120 to create an impeccably smooth surface. Finally, to make the holder truly shine, we applied a final coat of ICE THIN, enhancing its brilliance.



The finished masterpiece and its beautiful details


Through our careful craftsmanship, we created a captivating masterpiece that captures the essence of nature's grandeur. Its vibrant colors and detail gave the piece a life of its own. The blue sky and white clouds created an illusion of depth, making it look like one was standing at the base of majestic mountains. The wildflowers added a pop of color that made the entire landscape come to life. When hung on the wall, the holder was both beautiful and practical. It was a perfect reflection of Rob's vision and craftsmanship (with a little help from D). With ICE BOARD epoxy, this one-of-a-kind art piece will last for years to come.


Alberta-Inspired Mug Holder/Hanger.
Finished Mug Holder/Hanger

The success of this Alberta-Inspired Mug Holder/Hanger was due to the collaboration between Diana and Rob. Diana was able to understand Rob's vision and provide helpful solutions throughout the creative process. They communicated frequently through every step to ensure that their vision was being realized. The ability for them to work together closely was key in turning a simple idea into a masterpiece. Diana's commitment to making sure that the customer was happy with the result is what made this project possible. Through her hard work and expertise, she helped to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake holder that will be treasured for years to come. This story shows how Diana and ICE Epoxy can help to bring creative visions to life.


What is your favorite element of the mug holder/hanger created by Diana and Rob?

  • Mountains

  • Clouds

  • Wildflowers

You can vote for more than one answer.


Bring your creative vision to life with Diana from D's Epoxy Creates! Contact us today and let's get started on making your dream project a reality. Click here to get started! Let's make it happen!


This article is for informational purposes only. Please use caution when attempting projects at home. Seek professional guidance if necessary.

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