Grab the stamp of your choice and make a design on metal with Relique Powder

Posted on | September 2, 2014 | 3 Comments

Did you know you can use a stamp on metal with Susan Lenart Kazmer’s cold enameling system?

Tatiana Allen will how you how.

You’ll need a stamp, some Iced Enamels Medium, Chartreuse Relique, a Heart Silhouette, and ICE Resin.

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Don’t forget that in order to make a permanent cold enameling fusion, you need a layer of ICE Resin on the top of the Relique Powder pattern you have added to the silhouette.

 

 

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Susan Lenart Kazmer Haute Couture Inspiration 4

Posted on | August 31, 2014 | No Comments

Fibers, silk sari, hand-dyed, wool, etc. are part of what makes Susan Lenart Kazmer’s jewelry amazing.

Are fibers part of your mixed metal jewelry and bead work?

Haute Couture Susan Lenart Kazmer

Model by Vaiva Style.

 

You can see Susan working with fibers as she shapes this necklace and of course, in her ballerina and other figures.

If you would like to learn more about Susan’s techniques working with resin and metal, her recent book “Resin Alchemy” and DVDs “Forge Wire Cages” and “Explorations in Jewelry Enameling” are available now.

Use your lariat to lasso a CREATE Dallas class with instructor Jen Cushman

Posted on | August 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

Jen Cushman teaching at CREATE ChicagoWorkshop creation usually starts in the artist’s studio nearly a year before the art event takes place. When students request a class, that process begins even before the current class is over.

Jen Cushman says, “The Links, Clasps, Components, and Chains class came directly out of a CREATE art retreat in 2013. My students in Chicago were casting in ICE Resin and they kept asking me wire-working questions. There simply was not time to teach wire working and resin, so I asked them,  If I taught a class and in it you had a spool of wire and with that spool you learned to create connections would that be fun?” 

A class is born:

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Students will leave with a finished necklace and a foundation to make your own components, which will save you money.

One of the most rewarding aspects of making mixed-media jewelry is being able to see the hand of the artist in your work. Learning the skills to make gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, rings, pins and more from spools of humble wire is an art form all unto itself. Fortunately, making components from wire is not only deeply fulfilling, it’s economical on your pocketbook and easier to accomplish than one might think. In this workshop, you will learn how to make bead links, wire links, clasps and components and then how to chain them together to create one seamless and beautiful wearable work of art. The fundamental skills learned in this class will help you build a strong foundation for future work.

Registration for  Dallas CREATE classes happens right HERE.

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Students will leave with three finished pendants that you can make necklaces with plus some beautiful loose collage pages created from your intuitive imagery.

Art Journaling is a way to let your authentic, creative voice sing with paper, pens, paint and various other art supplies. In this brand new workshop, you will be learning to work through the intuitive process of creating colorful, spontaneous expressions of yourself. The second part of the workshop takes the art journaling process one step further with techniques to cut, collage and re-imagine your paper pages into resin jewelry. Basic jewelry skills are helpful, but absolutely not necessary for this class. Learn how to turn your journal art into gorgeous art to wear!

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Students will learn new techniques for adding permanent color to metal along with a handful of completed charms to later incorporate into your mixed-media jewelry, collage or assemblage work.

Cold enameling is a new art process utilizing micas, enameling powders, glitter powders and other interesting surface mediums in conjunction with a glasslike product called ICE Resin. These mediums used in tandem with time honored metalworking techniques add color and texture to metal. Instruction will focus on various techniques of the cold enamel process and hands-on experimentation and play with the products to create gorgeous metal jewelry pendants.

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Students will leave with a handful of collaged resin pendants to use a focal pendants for your jewelry or in your collages and assemblages.

Turn your eye for design into fabulous and unique jewelry. During class we will use handcrafted bezels, oodles of images, a jeweler’s-grade resin and the most important tool of all—your imagination—to make a trio of resin pendants. Learn how to properly mix and pour a two-part epoxy resin, add color if you so choose, embed small objects like rhinestones or beads and how to bling it up with glitter and mica. These images are idea samples of what you can create, but you will personalize your pendant to fit your individual art aesthetic, style and favorite color palettes.

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Students will leave with a dozen new skills guaranteed to take your jewelry making to the next level.

Who doesn’t love a good lariat? These chic necklaces are easy to wear and fun to make, particularly when you create them using mixed-media techniques of cold enameling, fiber manipulation and wireworking along with traditional metalworking skills. Cold enameling is a new art process that looks like glossy kiln-fired or torch-fired enamels without the use of fire or flame. You will also learn metalworking skills of cutting, annealing, texturizing, and forming sheet metal into interesting shapes that are not only beautiful but structurally integral to the lariat design. This workshop focuses on learning new skills and techniques while still making beautiful jewelry components. If you’re new to jewelry making, don’t be intimidated. Cold enameling is a fun and easy process and Jen Cushman has some premade metal components for those who might not wish to delve into metal cutting and forming.

And just so you don’t have to scroll back up… registration for  Dallas CREATE classes happens right HERE.

Hope to see you there.

Which class will be your favorite?

 

Shaker Box Pendants with ICE Resinated paper by Sandy Martin

Posted on | August 29, 2014 | No Comments

You’ll find the instructions for Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Shaker Box Bezel on page 87 of her book, Resin Alchemy.

Sandy Martin, an accomplished artist and member of our ICE Resin Creative Team in 2013, was an ardent student. She made these beautiful shaker box pendants.

It’s about movement ~ dangling beads and ribbons extending from pencil bezels.

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What would you place inside a shaker bezel of your own? Confetti from a special party? Sand from that Hawaiian beach? Words?

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What kind of necklace would you string each of these lovelies on? Ribbon? Wire? Leather?

 

Geodes, Fossils and Metal – Remarkable Rings from natural stones

Posted on | August 28, 2014 | No Comments

When a nondescript rock holds a treasure of crystals it is called a geode. Did you know they make remarkable rings?

Susan Lenart Kazmer’s eyes light up when she finds geodes perfect for  her signature prong ring bezels. She made these bezels from scratch to fit the crystal stones, but you Which one is you favorite?

 

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Geodes in prong ring bezels. Susan Lenart Kazmer, metalsmith.

 

Button Up, a unisex ICE Resin necklace by Jen Crossley

Posted on | August 27, 2014 | 2 Comments

Whenever I am lucky enough to travel I always make time to stop at flea markets.

I used an old eyelet hook for button shoes and a tag I found in an Ohio flea market.

 

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The double jump onto the leather cord was called for to balance the weight of the tag and ICE Resin filled bezel. I also filled it with paper torn from a bag and canvas fabric.

Silver and bronze gave the necklace a nice contrast and a masculine feel.

Mr. Siley, I wonder what kind of mail you received so long ago?

Live on Jewelry TV – Jen Cushman shows how to make five pieces of jewelry out of our fabulous ICE Resin kit!

Posted on | August 24, 2014 | No Comments

jewel school logoWant to make a gorgeous piece of jewelry that shimmers and catches the light through crystal clear ICE Resin?

Monday, August 25th, 10 a.m. Eastern,  jewelry artist and ICE Resin VP, Jen Cushman will be live in Jewel School on Jewelry TV!

faux druzy opal Jen Cushman ICE Resin“I am so excited for this opportunity to bring ICE Resin inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people,” Jen says. “I am thrilled to be able to show Susan Lenart Kazmer’s faux druzy technique and have a kit available so that everyone who watches the episode can easily make their own simple yet elegant jewelry. When faux druze is combined with coordinating beads and wire the resulting piece is truly stunning.”

Jen was busy in her studio this past week creating 14 pieces to showcase during the show.

You can click HERE to locate the broadcast channel in your area.

Want to watch online? At the time above, go to http://www.jtv.com/broadcast, and then under the Airing Now tab, click Watch Us Live.

chocolate-FauxDruzeJewelryTVShop Jewel School for these high end jewelry looks:

Kit#1: Faux Druzy/Faux Opal Antique Silver

1 – SLK706MED/SIL medium circle

1 – SLK710LG/SIL large triangle

1 – SLK716MED/SIL medium heart

3 – tubes of glass glitter (Silver, Chartreuse, & Amethyst)

1 – Jar Shattered Opal Inclusions

1 – ICE25

1 – package of 2 mixing cups and 2 stir sticks

1 – package of 3 SLK706SM/SIL small circle

1 – SLK713SM/SIL small square

1 – Instruction sheet

Kit#2: Faux Druzy/Faux Fire Opal Bronze

1 – SLK913BP (raised square bezel old mm style)

1 – SLK714MED/BRS medium shield

1 – SLK707LG/BRS large rectangle

3 – tubes of glass glitter (chocolate, salmon, & sky blue)

1 – Jar of Fire Opal

1 – ICE25

1 – package of 2 mixing cups and 2 stir sticks

1 – package of 3 SLK705SM/BRS small oval

1 – SLK714SM/BRS small shield

1 – Instruction sheet

Jewelry TV has beads galore to go with both fabulous ICE Resin Kits. How ever will you choose which one to use to make your new jewelry?

Day 3: Quintessentially Christmas Blog Hop with ICE Resin and Indigo Blu

Posted on | August 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

ICE Resin Indigo Blu Christmas projects

If you are looking for figgy pudding, you won’t find it here.

But oh! the lovely Christmas projects that are in store for you on this final day of our Quintessentially Christmas Blog Hop!

Day Three Links:

Laura Williams - http://laurawilliamscards.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Baerbel Born -  http://wp.me/p4nlri-ud

Kay Halliwell-Sutton - http://www.indigoblu.com/blog/?p=6341

Clare Horner - http://gotpaintinmyhair.blogspot.com/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

 

Day One and Two Links just in case you missed ‘em:

Jenny Marples - http://pushingtherightbuttons.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Lisa Baker - http://lisabdesignsinspiration.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Kathy Cano Murillo http://www.craftychica.com/category/blog/

Jennifer Cabic http://jennifercabic.blogspot.com/

Nikki K - http://fairyelephantdesign.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Linda Walmsley - http://lindylou-lifeinthecraftlane.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Carol La Valley http://wp.me/p1MCno-3st

John Creighton Petersen http://artnewwave.com/?page_id=468

 

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Day 2: Quintessentially Christmas Blog Hop with ICE Resin and Indigo Blu

Posted on | August 22, 2014 | 20 Comments

“Helen Louise’s Happy Christmas” a mixed media collage using ICE Resin and Flitter Flakes by Carol La Valley, ICE Resin Content Manager

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When I began this project I knew I wanted to try painting Flitter on a photograph. Our hop is Christmas-themed, so that helped, but I really did not have in mind anything specific in mind other than altering a photo. Now I understand why occasionally designers groan when asked, “What was your inspiration?” Helen Louise, like most of us, evolved and emerged as the day went on.

art-mechanique-essentialsICE Resin materials:
ICE Resin®
Craft Cup and Stir Stick
1 Sheet from Art Mechanique™ Collage Paper Pack
Art Mechanique™ Paper Sealer

Indigo Blu materials:
Yorkshire Dales Flitter Flake
Flitter Glue
Piece of Flitter Scrubby
Vodka Martini, Goldfinger, and Miss Moneypenny English Cottage Acrylics

IndigoBlu-ICEResin-collage-1Other materials and tools:
Burgandy Suede
Paint Brushes
Tooth Picks
Scissors
Flat Stick-on Pearls
5×7 inch Hard Canvas
Vintage-looking Photo (I found her on Graphics Fairy!) Tip: I printed a couple of duplicates just in case. (She might have become a card, but I did not have any red paper the right shade!)
Non-stick Craft Mat
Gloves: I did not use gloves, but if you have manicured nails you might want to as my gelicos are now truly due for a manicure. My thumb and forefinger are now leafed! I’m proudly telling anyone who asks I am crafty and artistic.

Instructions, commentary, tips, and a song for “Helen Louise’s Happy Christmas”:

Art Mechanique Paper Sealer1.  Use a flat bush to paint Vodka Martini on canvas in a slightly swishing motion. Let dry.

2.  Seal front and back of Collage Pack paper with Art Mechanique Sealer. Let dry completely.

Tip: You can seal one side and flip it immediately and brush sealer on other side.

3.  Use fine tip brush or a toothpick to paint Flitter Glue on the parts you want to highlight in photo. In this case, I chose to do the pine boughs the model was holding.

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Tip: The photo to the left is an example what happened when I used a fine tip brush and the Flitter Scrubby on the photo. What I learned: When you stamp with flitter, you “kiss” the paper with the stamp. Brushing the flitter on added a bit more glue than I might have liked, but I couldn’t bear to throw it out.

4.  Add Flitter Flakes. Shake off excess. IndogoBlu-ICEResin-collage-3

5.  Gently use Flitter Scrubby to “polish” the flake.

Tip: Gently. Scrub outward to inward. I tell you this because I didn’t and so I transferred a bit of flake where I didn’t originally plan. Ha! An excuse to fussy cut!

Alternative: The photo below is an example of using a toothpick to “paint” the Flitter Glue on the boughs. The trick to having the glue “kiss” the paper is taking a piece of non-stick craft mat, placing it on top and then pulling it off straight and quickly. You can use a baby wipe to clean the glue of f of the mat.

 

toothpick-ICE-Resin-Indigo-BLu I also found that if I used my fingernail rather than the scrubby to take off the excess flake, the result gave me pine boughs with a little bit of dimension. Woo hoo!

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6.  Fussy cut image while singing, “Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches.” This is sure to:

A)  Make you feel good about your project.

B)  Make anyone who hears you ask why you are singing Christmas songs before Halloween.

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7.  Paint pinecones with Goldfigner and Miss Moneypenny. Let dry.

Tip: I went ahead and sealed the edge of my photo because I cut it.indigoblu-iceresing-colllage-6

8.  Add pearls to pine boughs.

9.  Mix ICE Resin per manufacturer instructions. (One-to-one ratio of resin and hardener, stir gently and thoroughly stir for 2 minutes.)

10.  Paint a thin layer of ICE Resin on the canvas with a disposable paint brush.

11.  Place the paper in the center of the canvas. ICE Resin is your glue at this point. Paint a thin layer of ICE Resin on the paper.

12.  Place the girl on the paper.

indigoblu-iceresin-collage-713.  Paint a final layer of ICE Resin on the project and let dry 8 to 10 hours.

14.  I decided to embellish the edges of my piece with burgandy suede lace as I was still yearning for that pop of red.

15.  If you wish to hang your piece, you can affix a hanger to the back or you could take the glass out of a 5×7″ frame and place your collage in the frame.

 

                                                                           Christmas is just four months away (at the time of this hop).                                                                          When will you begin decorating and hang up your project?

I am lucky to hop with these exceptionally talented creatives. I know you will adore their projects:

 

Day Two Links:

Nikki K - http://fairyelephantdesign.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Linda Walmsley - http://lindylou-lifeinthecraftlane.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

John Creighton Petersen - http://artnewwave.com/?page_id=468

Carol La Valley YOU ARE HERE ALREADY :)

Day One  Links just in case you missed ‘em:

Jenny Marples - http://pushingtherightbuttons.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Lisa Baker - http://lisabdesignsinspiration.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Kathy Cano Murillo –  http://www.craftychica.com/category/blog/

Jennifer Cabic –  http://jennifercabic.blogspot.com/

 

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Quintessentially Christmas Blog Hop with ICE Resin and Indigo Blu Kick-Off

Posted on | August 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

ICE Resin Indigo Blu Christmas projects

Are you stoked? Ready for brilliant art, fabulous jewelry, Christmas decor, and gifts made with love?

You have landed on the right page! We are thrilled you are here.

Day One:

Kathy Cano Murillo http://www.craftychica.com/category/blog/

Jennifer Cabic http://jennifercabic.blogspot.com/

Jenny Marples - http://pushingtherightbuttons.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Lisa Baker - http://lisabdesignsinspiration.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

 

IndigoBlu-ICEResing-teaseAh the anticipation of opening presents… Hear is a sneak peek at Day 2.

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