Roman Glass and France with Claire Ramsay

Suan Lenart Kazmer


Suana Lenart Kazmer, ICE Resin

Ice Resin to the rescue!! I gave myself a challenge to fabricate 100 bezels! Here are two of them, and I intended to bezel set the pieces of Roman glass into them. But I tried and heard the heartbreaking shatter of Roman glass at the end of its life. So I got another piece of glass to replace the broken one, set up the bezels and used Ice Resin on each side as a holder and as a magnifier! I get so many compliments on my Roman glass earrings!

I love France. At first I thought I loved only Paris (and I do) but I really love France, especially the area around Toulouse.

I also love to make jewelry, hammer on metal, put resin on
paper to see what happens, and make rivets, so going to Susan’s class in France
was perfect for me. The week prior to the workshop I rented myself an apartment
in Paris and made serious collecting visits to flea markets! The rest of the
group was there, too, and we took the train together to lovely Toulouse. Then
some of us bravely drove rental cars to Durfort, and the rest of us were
passengers. (I hate to drive, even in the US).

Susan taught us techniques and provided critiques and ideas every day of class, and shared materials with us too. Then we made various pieces or parts of pieces, and ate for the rest of the day! (I am not kidding). The class was small, with lots of individual
attention and a certain amount of classmate cross-pollination. But since each
of us had brought different treasures from home AND discovered our own
treasures en route, at Paris flea markets and other important sites of
treasures (ahem, the train from Paris had PINK toilet paper with an
interesting, uh, rustic texture), we worked on an entertaining range of

The village of Durfort is small, quiet and lovely, in the Midi-Pyrenees region, where the Cathars met their unfortunate, Inquisition-driven end in about 1220. There is also a tiny running water ditch running down the middle of the street! Gwen Gibson is a friendly
and accommodating hostess. The village is nestled against a very dark mountain,
and La Cascade sits on a nice loud stream, background music for good sleeping!

Our workshop included meals cooked for us by Chef Nese – it was the height of luxury to be gently called to a meal, knowing that Nese had made some delicious but secretly healthy dishes, the table was set, the wine had breathed, and all I had to do was put down my tools and go sit down! I slept like a drugged princess, played around in the
open studio at all hours of the day and night, had field trips to local markets
and vides grenier (attic emptying-outs, what we would call garage
sales), and threw myself into the experience!

It was completely worth it – for the place, the content, the activities, the food, and the rich ambience of creativity! I cannot wait to go again!

No UV Lamp Necessary

Susan Lenart Kazmer, ICE ResinDear ICE Queen:

Do I need a UV lamp to use this product?

No. ICE Resin is a two part Epoxy resin not a 1
part UV Cure resin. They are two completely different chemical formulas. ICE
Resin cures by proper measuring and mixing of part A resin and part B
hardener. Using a UV light will not speed the curing time of ICE Resin.

Without Further Ado, ICE Resin’s Creative Team

We are so very excited that announcement day has arrived. Because
we received so many amazing applications we needed a little extra time to sort
through everything and insure we had seen and absorbed all the creativity that
was shared with us. Truly, we cannot thank everyone enough for sharing a piece
of themselves with us in this process. It is our hope all of those who were not
chosen will continue to not only create with ICE Resin but share photos with us
via our Flickr Pool.
Susan Lenart Kazmer, ICE ResinWithout further ado I share with you the amazing designers we have chosen for the 2011- 2012 ICE Resin Creative Team.
Lesley Fisher & Michael Putnam
Cat Kerr
JoAnnA Pierotti
Andrea Ring
Tina Schiefer
Take a peek at their blogs and watch for many new and amazing
creations from this group of talented individuals.

Unfettered Creativity with ICE Resin® and Paper

Susan Lenart Kazmer, ICE ResinThe beautiful thing about ICE Resin® is that it wicks into any type of paper—stamps, image transfers, old books, newspaper, tissue paper—and the technique is quite simple:

To make resin paper, have all your supplies ready on your open work space.

    • ICE Resin® kit
    • Paper – Gather your papers before doing your resin pour.
    • Plastic garbage bags – Tape these to your worktable. The oil coating on the bags keep the paper from sticking to you work surface during drying.
    • Inexpensive sponges – Cut into small pieces.
    • Latex gloves – Keep your hands from getting sticky while applying ICE Resin®
    • Baby wipes – Handy for those Oops! Moments…
Susan Lenart Kazmer, ICE Resin

Lipstick by Jen Cushman

    Step 1: Lay your papers onto the garbage bags and mix up a full mixing cup of ICE Resin®.

Step 2: Go slow and pour a small amount of resin onto the center of your paper. Use your sponge to work the resin towards the edges. Keep your application thin. You can also dip your sponge piece into the resin and begin to apply it to the smaller pieces. Within seconds of wiping on the resin you will see the paper begin to darken and become more translucent. This is good.

Step 3: Continue to cover the paper with the resin. When you are finished with one side, flip it over and resin the back. You can tell when you need to add more resin because there will be some opaque spots in the paper where the resin has not seeped into the fibers.

Tip: Whichever side you use in your artwork is the side that should dry facing up.

Important note about PHOTOGRAPHS: If you are working with photographs and you want them to retain their color you must seal the image first.

Once your paper has dried (6 to 10 hours) you can use it inside bezels, to make fairy wings, jewelry, for your scrapbook pages, in any form of mixed media art that feeds your soul. You are the unfettered artist!

The book “Explore, Create, Resinate” by Jen Cushman is available to assist you on your artistic ICE Resin path.


Susan Lenart KazmerPIQUANT is our theme this Monday and we get to explore the several meanings of the word…

Having a lively arch charm:

Susan Lenart KazmerJake von Slatt is the Proprietor over at The Steampunk Workshop. His Steampunk Vacuum Tube Guitar Amp immediately makes my mind whirl with the possibilities of what the band might look like on stage.

Susan Lenart Kazmer

Photo by Arlene Finocchiaro

La Cascade, where Susan and Jen Cushman will hold the Ruins, Relics and Resin workshop October 2-9, 2012 also has a lively charm.


Susan Lenart KazmerEngagingly provocative:

The ivy will surely make the wearer of this corset by theatrical costume and couture bridal wear designer, Theresa Blake, provocative. Theresa’s company is Rossetti.

…how about opera gloves…

Susan Lenart KazmerHere is American actress and singer
Lillian Russell in white opera gloves.

And of course,
stimulating to the palate:

Susan Lenart KazmerRazzleberry (raspberry and blackberry) Chipotle Sauce fresh from the local farmer’s market this past Saturday and gone with the last bit of this bagel. Yum!

Here’s wishing you tomorrows filled with something that makes them deliciously piquant!

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