Take Time to Smile

Posted on | July 24, 2014 | No Comments

Susan Lenart Kazmer

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House Number Eight by Jen Crossley

Posted on | July 23, 2014 | No Comments

Art Mechanique Silhouettes

Tools & Materials:

ICED Enamels Turquoise Relique

ICE Resin® 1 oz. syringe

ICED Enamels Medium

Paint brush

ICE Resin® Silhouettes – Houses

Heat Gun

Sanding Block

White gel pen

Transparence

Alcohol wipe 

Technique: 

1.Firstly use the sanding block and give the House a light sand

2. Apply a light coat of ICED Enamels Medium with the paint brush)

3. Next sprinkle the ICED Enamels® Relique  Turquoise  onto the  house, then tip the excess back into the jar.

4. With a heat gun heat the powder until it melts.

5. Use the Alcohol wipe on the enamel it tones down the colour for a different   look all together

6. Mix the ICE Resin®, into a cup and then stir for 2 minutes.

7. Let the resin sit for 5 minutes to allow air bubbles to dissipate.

8. With a craft stick slowly add the resin onto the House silhouette and then allow it to lay flat on textured mat.

9. Pour any leftover resin onto the mat.

10. Let Piece dry for 24 hours and cure for 3 days.

11. Using the Stazon ink pad, rub around the edges. This creates a shadow to the edge and will make it pop. Allow to dry.

12. Use a white gel pen and add decoration

13. Add some transparencies to the window of the House.

 

I have loved house shapes for I don’t know how long, and when the new Sihouettes where brought out I had to have them. I combine these with the ICED Enamels and they looked amazing. For those of you that know me know Ii love the Number 8 for my mum it was her birthday,and also I like vintage so I toned this house down with a special technique !

Jen Crossley, A Mark in Time

 

The Deep Ocean Blue

Posted on | July 22, 2014 | No Comments

Dive in as Jamie Dougherty makes a blue ocean with some paint, a found object, ICE Resin, Shattered Micas: Silver and Chartreuse, and Shattered Fire Opal!

Susan is working on her Caged Opera Singer

Posted on | July 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Susan's opera singer finds home.

Susan’s opera singer finds a home.

Unique Staple Bezels – Special Order

Posted on | July 20, 2014 | No Comments

Instant jewelry!

The double sided prongs are what make it easy to add images and create unique jewelry with these staple bezels designed by Susan Lenart Kazmer.

Available via special orders of 12 each.

Large Almond Staple Bezel with Mica     SLK1608

 

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Come share in the process and beauty of Susan’s Mica Jewelry. Cut the Mica to fit over any artwork, text or photos that you have on hand, then lay them in the Staple Bezel and bend the staples over your work. Voila! Gorgeous, antique looking images that are all yours!

 

The open design of the Staple Bezel allows for double sided views, so let your imagination run wild! Almond Staple Bezel is approx 6.5cm x 3cm and is available in gorgeous white bronze or warm yellow bronze. One Staple Bezel and two pieces of Mica per package.

Rectangular Staple Bezel with Plexiglass, Large     SLK1632

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Make the perfect Pendant with this ingenious set! The hard work’s been done for you- all you have to do is insert your artwork between the Plexiglass, place the plexiglass into the bezel and bend the Staples over to secure it! Fill with photographs, artwork or text- anything you want to frame and preserve. The open design allows for double sided views, so let your imagination run wild! The Large Rectangular Staple Bezel is approx 5.5cm x 3.5cm and is available in gorgeous white bronze or warm yellow bronze. One Staple Bezel and two pieces of Plexiglass per pack.

Round Staple Bezel with Mica (Mica not shown), Medium     SLK606

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The Circular Staple Bezel is currently being sold with Mica rather than Plexiglass. We package it without pre-cuts, so that you’ll have to cut it yourself- but its super easy to cut and has a gorgeous antique look. See the mini staple bezels on page 2 to see the look (scroll down and click).

Make the perfect Pendant with this ingenious set! The hard work’s been done for you- all you have to do is insert your artwork between the Plexiglass, place the plexiglass into the bezel and bend the Staples over to secure it! Fill with photographs, artwork or text- anything you want to frame and preserve. The open design allows for double sided views, so let your imagination run wild! The Medium Round Staple Bezel is approx 3.3cm in diameter and is available in gorgeous white bronze or warm yellow bronze. One Staple Bezel and two pieces of Plexiglass per pack.

Square Staple Bezel with Mica, Small Pair   SLK1611

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Come share in the process and beauty of Susan’s Mica Jewelry. Cut the Mica to fit over any artwork, text or photos that you have on hand, then lay them in the Staple Bezel and bend the staples over your work. Voila! Gorgeous, antique looking images that are all yours! The open design of the Staple Bezel allows for double sided views, so let your imagination run wild! The Small pair of Square Staple Bezels are approx 1.5 x 1.5 cm each -(so cute!) and are available in gorgeous white bronze or warm yellow bronze. Two Staple Bezels and four pieces of Mica per package.

Circular Staple Bezel with Mica, Small Pair   SLK1612

staple bezels

Come share in the process and beauty of Susan’s Mica Jewelry. Cut the Mica to fit over any artwork, text or photos that you have on hand, then lay them in the Staple Bezel and bend the staples over your work. Voila! Gorgeous, antique looking images that are all yours! The open design of the Staple Bezel allows for double sided views, so let your imagination run wild! The Small pair of Circular Staple Bezels are approx 1.75 cm in diameter -(so cute!) and are available in gorgeous white bronze or warm yellow bronze. Two Staple Bezels and four pieces of Mica per package.

Square Staple Bezel with Plexiglass, Medium     SLK1610

staple bezels

Make the perfect Pendant with this ingenious set! The hard work’s been done for you- all you have to do is insert your artwork between the Plexiglass, place the plexiglass into the bezel and bend the Staples over to secure it! Fill with photographs, artwork or text- anything you want to frame and preserve. The open design allows for double sided views, so let your imagination run wild! The Large Rectangular Staple Bezel is approx  2.5 x 2.5 cm and is available in gorgeous white bronze or warm yellow bronze. One Staple Bezel and two pieces of Plexiglass per pack.

Jolly Giant

Posted on | July 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

Can you guess what project was Susan was working on in this photo?

Can you guess what project was Susan was working on in this photo? We’ll tell you in a couple of days.

 

Relics, Ruins and Resin Alchemy – France 2015 with Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman

Posted on | July 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

Susan Lenart Kazmer FRANCE WORKSHOP 2015

SLKWork2-200x300watermarkedJoin Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman for an immersion workshop where students will have the opportunity to dig deep into their work by exploring innovative design concepts and honing their metalworking skills. Relics found at Paris flea markets prior to the workshop or treasured objects brought from home will be re-imagined into Talisman pieces of unique jewelry during the week at La Cascade.

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A full range cold connection and wire working techniques will be taught, as well as color on metal, Resin Alchemy and Susan’s innovative fiber-and-wire connections.  We’ll also create a forged wire and resin paper journal so students can capture all the new design ideas and stunning beauty the South of France has to offer. Healthy and delicious meals are prepared fresh each day by French chef Nese Pelt, and dinner is served each evening family style with much joy and laughter. 

$3,200 includes double occupancy bedrooms at La Cascade, meals, instruction and a comprehensive kit to build your pieces. Space is limited. $500 deposit secures your spot.

 CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE >>–>

Susan and Jen usually get into Paris the Friday before the workshop  (often joined by a few students) and  attend the flea markets Saturday and Sunday in search of found objects and kick around Monday just enjoying Paris. Jen keeps everyone informed of the itinerary and meeting places and times and everyone is welcome to join them or go explore on their own or in pairs/small groups. For example one year a small group wanted to do the Louvre museum. Susan and Jen had seen it a bunch, so they wanted to hang out a Les Deus Maggots (a famous outdoor café) and go to the vintage clothing shops. Others wanted to walk the city and see the love locks on the bridges. Everyone spent a lovely Monday going our separate ways for the day and then met up for dinner and a sunset boat ride on the Seine.

Tuesday is a travel day to Durfort and we take the train. Tuesday evening is the first family style meal (All meals are fresh and we eat family style.) at La Cascade and students unpack their work spaces. The workshop starts Wednesday and goes through Monday. Saturday is a big market day in Revel, the next town over and it’s wonderful and amazing. Small community Flea Markets pop up while we are there and Susan and I learn about them at arrival. We all go check them out in the mornings as they appear for a couple of hours.

Jen says:

“We’ll be doing lots of high end resin work and metalworking and enameling. Susan takes everyone through their work and helps each person dig deeper into their work in order to really help hone in and influence change and growth. I’m always there for support and help in the studio during some of the off hours.”

“Pretty soon, I will open a private Yahoo group where we can all meet each other and I can give information without clogging up everyone’s emails. We “talk” lots on this group so it seems like fast friends once we all arrive. Again, as the space is limited to only 12 people we become pretty tight pretty quickly.”

 CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE >>–>

ICE Resin Vampire FX Earrings with Baerbel Born

Posted on | July 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

blood red earringsHi! Baerbel from Germany here.

I know it’s a while until Halloween, but this summer I have been in a vampire kind of mood, and maybe some jewellery crafters will keep it in mind that we can create all unusual effects with ICE Resin for all seasons.

By adding some Memento inks in a deep red tone to my ICE Resin I achieved a look like a drop of blood.

But because I am a dedicated recycle girl, I gave some broken jewellery a second life. The left overs of a broken brooche have been added to my bezels to make some vintage looking earrings. 

To level the bezel, I filled it with some polymer clay which has been baked according to instructions. By adding some colored ICE Resin to the bezel and add the brooch parts I could fixate the brooch parts and get the wet look I have been after in one step.

Small bows made with a Rue Romantique ribbon gave the final touch.

Tips:
Drip any left overs of colored resin on a craft mat and let cure. You can use the drops on your next cards or save them for Halloween.

It only takes a drop or two of pigment to color the resin. The pigment can change the chemistry of the resin and hardener, so the standard is to add color with a toothpick drop by drop.

vampire earringsMaterials:
ICE Resin
Memento ink (Imagine Crafts /Tsukineko,color ‘Tangelo’)
Bezels 
pearls and broken brooch (stash)

Little Book with Kathy Cano-Murillo

Posted on | July 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

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Have you ever had the desire to just pour out a whole cup of ICE Resin® to make one big sheet? That’s what happened to me, except I also added in some Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter too! I poured it over a sheet of wax paper and let it set overnight. The next day, I cut it to 4×4″, and cut up a bunch of scrap paper to fit. I lined them all up and drilled two holes at the top and wrapped pink and teal wire.  I added some ribbon and another charm I made with one of my drawings and ICE Resin® too! Now I have a little book that I can use for my Instagram photos, or for sketches, quotes, anything I want. I think I’ll also make a few more to give to friends!

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Paper and Charm Embellished Bottles

Posted on | July 15, 2014 | 2 Comments

Sheet music and paper from the Rue Romantique Project Book, vintage bottles and charms,  combine under Polly Hendrickson’s hands to make beautiful, decorative bottles for your vanity.

In this project ICE Resin acts as glue as well as protecting and making your paper luminous.

Tip: Use Staz-On Ink to distress the edges of the paper to give your bottles additional dimension.

Tip: Smaller bottles are great additions to necklaces!

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