Flickr Friday: Marie Dodd

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Today’s Flickr Friday inspirational designs using ICE Resin comes from Marie Dodd, a student of Susan’s who makes really beautiful jewelry full of wonder and mystery.

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CTW – Susan Lenart Kazmer

Creative Team Wednesday

Kristen, Barbe, Jane, Deryn and Kecia — all members of our Creative Team – do a lot of inspirational work! using ICE Resin and Susan’s handmade bezels that we then have cast for our customer’s creative use. Each week, we’ll feature designs from our Creative Team. Sometimes, we might even slip in some images from Susan Lenart Kazmer or Jen Cushman’s work using ICE Resin too.

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copyright Susan Lenart Kazmer

Today’s inspiration comes from Susan in the form of her new triangle wire-and-resin paper journals. SLK first began making wearable journals when she created one as a class sample years and years ago when she began teaching the technique of making resin paper. As she continues to create pieces for her Industrial Chic craft line of charms and components that’s exclusive to Michaels, Susan is taking a look at her older work with new eyes.

“I’ve been looking around my studio at pieces I made 10, 15 years ago and, instead of them looking as my older work, I’ve been inspired by them. I find myself wanting to revisit some of this work, but still looking at it with a fresh perspective,” she recently told me.

A perfect example is the triangle wire frame shape of this piece. She created the open-backed triangle bezel in sterling silver in 2005 and had it cast for use with ICE Resin. She revisited the shape again last year when she decided to make some new mixed metal bezels. The shape naturally flowed from her last month when she spent some quality time in her studio making some new resin paper journals.

The frame couldn’t be a more perfect setting for her layers and layers of resin paper that look as if they’ve been perfectly preserved, but still excavated from a ancient and forgotten chamber buried deep within the earth.

This is just a sneak peek at some of Susan’s new work. We’re thrilled to let you know there are many brand new never-seen pieces that will be debuting in the upcoming July 2011 issue of Belle Armoire magazine by Stampington.

Ask the ICE Queen

Ask the Ice Queen Tuesday

Hi ICE Queen! I have made some earrings out of 90lb watercolor paper using a wet folding origami technique. I have been coating the earrings with multiple coats of Polyurethane varnish to add gloss and protect them from the elements. Would it be possible instead to dip these in ICE Resin? I am looking for a thicker glass-like appearance and this seems like it would be ideal, not to mention saving time.

Dear creative one,

Yes, ICE Resin makes and excellent sealer coat. Rather than dipping into mixed ICE Resin, I would “paint” it on to your paper origimi using the inexpensive plastic paint brushes you buy for something like 50 for $1 at your local dollar store. This way, you can control how much or how little you add, and because of the resin’s self healing chemisty, you should not see any brush strokes. You can also let the sealer coats dry in between and build up as many layers as you like by painting on a layer, letting it dry, mixing up a new batch of ICE and repeating the steps to get that thick glasslike look you’re wanting.

You can also try dipping the papers into mixed ICE Resin, but you will still need to have a plastic paintbrush standing by to wipe off any extra drips that form on your pieces of folded paper so they don’t dry that way.

Good luck. Hope you upload some pictures of your finished pieces using ICE Resin to our Flickr group. Love to see what you’re making.

Inspiration Monday

Inspiration Monday

Hello everyone- karen here & it’s inspiration Monday! each week I will be sharing with you bits of inspiration I have bookmarked from around the web. I hope that some of these goodies will inspire you!

spring has finally come to the northeast…. and it feels SO good :) has it come by you yet?

have you visited the graphics fairy site? she shares lovely vintage clip art for *free*!
I’m loving this feather study :)

looking to explore those (*gasp*) manual camera settings??
This is a great cheat sheet, print it out & stick it in your camera bag. source

and here’s another brilliant poster to print via idea obscura.
she even offers a hi res pdf version- so thoughtful!

i am endlessly inspired by my lovely friend nina bagley’s wonderful work.
it speaks to my heart & soul ♥

& i’m in love with these collages by valerie roybal.
it is a part of her secret language series.
i even love the name :)

 

that’s my inspiration collection for this week! see you next monday ♥

*karen

you can come visit me over here.

Flickr Friday

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Today’s Flickr Friday from the ICE Resin Flickr Group is a cute little cast baby doll by Lisa Patencio. She calls these sweet little babies “Belly Buttons” because she uses vintage buttons in their tummies. SO darn CUTE Lisa!

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CTW – Kecia Deveney

Creative Team Wednesday

Kristen, Barbe, Jane, Deryn and Kecia — all members of our Creative Team – do a lot of inspirational work! using ICE Resin and Susan’s handmade bezels that we then have cast for our customer’s creative use. Each week, we’ll feature designs from our Creative Team. Sometimes, we might even slip in some images from Susan Lenart Kazmer or Jen Cushman’s work using ICE Resin too.

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Today’s inspiration comes from Creative Team Member Kecia Deveney. What is it about hearts? Is the motif so well loved because it is well…the universal symbol of love? Or could it be the ying/yang of the shape with its rounded top and sharp pointy bottom?  Whatever it is, there’s no denying that a lot of artists enjoy using the heart as symbolism in their work. 

But this heart is not just a heart. There is something very clever about Kecia’s mixed metal pendant featured here. Her material for the little heart embedded in ICE Resin is dog food kibble. Yes, you heard that right, dog food.

Kecia’s quirky way of looking at the world is one of the reasons we were drawn to her for the Creative Team in the first place. We just love how she follows the beat of her own drummer and puts her creative touch on everything she does.

I bet next time you are feeding Fido, you think twice about letting him eat those lovely little hearts.

By the way, the raised round pendant is part of our mixed metals line here at Susan Lenart Kazmer’s ICE Resin. If you’re a store or designer with a tax id#, fill out the wholesale application online and we’ll get you set up for ordering. We’re also publishing a page on our website very soon to let customers know all the hip retail stores across the country that carry Susan’s bronze, sterling and mixed metal bezels, along with ICE Resin and our educational how-to books.

Here’s wishing everyone a truly Artful day! — Jen

Ask the ICE Queen

Ask the Ice Queen Tuesday***
Dear ICE Queen,
I want to create a beach theme with ICE Resin in my molds. Can I use it directly as a background between first and second layer or mix it with the resin for second layer? also…how long do I wait between layers with ice resin? Thank you so much for any advice. I want to make it right now…but made myself have the patience to wait for an answer and do it properly :)

Sincerely,

Patiently waiting

Hello!

Thanks for patiently waiting. :-) You can definitely pour in layers to achieve a layered effect to your artwork. Here is what I would suggest for your beach theme of using sand in a mold. There are two ways to go about it, so pick whichever is going to work best for your process.

If you have the 1oz (two-plunger delivery system) push a smaller amount of resin and hardener into a cup and mix it up. Add some sand and mix that directly into your cup so it is thoroughly incorporated into your resin. Let it rest for 5 minutes to allow the bubbles caused during mixing to dissipate. Go ahead and put this mixed resin/sand into your mold to create the bottom layer and let dry. This will take about 6 to 10 hours for it to dry. When the resin is dry and smooth to the touch, like glass, continue adding whatever elements you wish to your mold, such as inclusions like small shells, sea glass, beads, etc and then mix up a new batch and do another pour.
Another option is to mix a batch of ICE Resin and pour a layer into your mold. Make it a clear bottom layer with no sand or other inclusions. When the layer is dry, you can add the sand directly on top of your dried resin layer or mix it in with the resin as mentioned above and then pour this layer.
Sand is lovely in ICE Resin. You can also get a very similar look without the mess by cutting and using a piece of rough grit sandpaper as the background layer.
Have fun!
The ICE Queen

And a response from Patiently Waiting: Thank you! So excited about ICE Resin. Sandpaper! Why didn’t I think of that? LOL.

Inspiration Monday

Inspiration Monday

Hello everyone- karen here & it’s inspiration Monday! each week I will be sharing with you bits of inspiration I have bookmarked from around the web. I hope that some of these goodies will inspire you!

louise despontI’m so drawn into the meticulous work of Louise Despont. It’s like space age/native american/middle eastern/alchemy all mixed into one lovely style.

need a pep talk? this lovely collection of inspirational signs should do the trick. or…..

creativityhere’s some wise advice we can all use from time to time. source.

I love this tea bag quilt collage by sophie truong. It reminds me a bit of the kiki smith piece I posted last week.

sigmar polke’s perfect presentation for agates. source.

and how clever are these book paintings by Mike Stilkey? source.


I can picture this guy as a feature for susan’s Real People Real Jewelry, can’t you??? source.

that’s my inspiration collection for this week! see you next monday :)

*karen

you can come visit me over here.

 

 

Flickr Fridays

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Today’s Flickr Friday are a couple of gorgeous necklaces from Sihaya Designs Jewelry. She creates her own backless bezels from PMC clay and then uses delicate dried flowers and ICE Resin in these pieces, which she calls her Reliquary Flower series. We think they are breathtaking.

Yayyyyy, we’re up to 69 members in our ICE Resin Flickr group. I just realized there was a mix up and we’ve been remiss in updating our Flicker Friday posts. Be sure to check in every Friday to see if we feature your lovey designs.

CTW – Jane Salley

Creative Team Wednesday

Kristen, Barbe, Jane, Deryn and Kecia — all members of our Creative Team – do a lot of inspirational work! using ICE Resin and Susan’s handmade bezels that we then have cast for our customer’s creative use. Each week, we’ll feature designs from our Creative Team. Sometimes, we’ll even slip in some images from Susan Lenart Kazmer or Jen Cushman’s work using ICE Resin too.

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Did you know that you can embed all kinds of organic objects into ICE Resin? As long as the organic material you’re using is dry, it’s so simple to work with. See how Creative Team member Jane Salley used a pressed leaf and tiny pink rosebud bud as the focal art in her pendant. A teeny rhinestone crystal, placed in just the right spot add a delicate sensibility and sweet sparkle to the composition.

To make this pendent, Jane cut a background layer of paper and adhered it to our oval hobnob mixed metal bezel with a small dot of glue. Then she mixed up a small amount of ICE Resin and poured a thin layer. She added her dried leaf and flower, working them gently into place with the tip of a toothpick. She also added the rhinestone. She then pour more ICE Resin into the bezel, nudging her elements back into perfect position as they slid a little off center during the pour. She let her piece dry and voila! A gorgeous focal for her necklace!

People often wonder why the organic material must be dry. Well, its because if there is moisture in the leaves, bones, flowers, sticks, etc. this can cause the material to mold from the inside out if its been embedded in resin too soon.

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