A Visit from the Creative Goddess

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Vicki O’Dell is The Creative Goddess

Delight in a Creative Life!™

Web site: Vickiodell.com

Facebook URL: http://www.facebook.com/vicki.odell

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Love the purple corset!

Q: If you could learn to create art in any medium you have not tried (or have not mastered), what would it be?

A: Fine Art Painting

Q: What artist you would like to study with (living or dead) and why?

A: Georgia O’Keeffe. Something about her work speaks to me, we both have an unexplainable love of New Mexico (I lived there for 7 years), and it seems that she was strong/independent like me.





Q: What key piece of advice have you learned in your creative journey that you share with others?

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A: Just keep creating. Don’t compare yourself to others… just keep moving.

Q: What adornment could you not go without?

A: Earrings


Susan Lenart Kazmer

Vicki O'Dell showcases her heritage.

Q: What 5 items do you have in your studio that you use nearly every day?

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...look at these ICE Resin and fingernail polish roses... wonder what Vicki will use them for? We shall have to wait and see!


Hot glue gun

Heat tool

My fingers



Shaking Up 1959 France

Susan Lenart KazmerThis Flickr Friday the ICE Queen brings you “Shake It Up”
by Kathy of Katalina Jewelry. Betcha somebody in 1959 would have been thrilled to wear this mixed media creation. We love it!

She used rhinestones, salt shakers, what looks like a French postage stamp or maybe a page from a map book, and ICE Resin® to make this shimmering, sparkling pendant.

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“Shake it Up” by Katalina Designs

Kathy says:

My  inspiration came during one of my thrift store
visits. I spotted the salt and pepper shakers and loved the feminine lines of
the tops. Added bonus – they were the half off ticket for the day! I didn’t
want them for shakers but still, I just had to have them, so I came up with the
idea to use them in jewelry which justified my little $2 purchase.

Be sure to become a member of our ICE Resin® Flickr Group. If
you want us to publish your work, be sure to make it so we can download the
image. (You may need to reset the photo license to “attribution no derive
creative commons” so we can pull more than a thumbnail. We understand how
important your designs are to you and will always credit you on the blog. If
you provide a link to your website or blog, we’ll be sure to add that to the
posts too.

No one knows why she married the rooster.

Ice resinThis is an older work of Susan’s featured in her book Making Connections. See how she marries fiber (horse hair), found objects (spark plug), crystal and metal.

There is a story behind each work an artist creates and sometimes the viewer sees the same vision and other times, another viewere may see something different. Each piece of jewelry is infused with the maker’s vision.

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The Rooster and His Wife by Susan Lenart Kazmer

To Susan, the rooster’s wife is pulling away to start her own journey. To one of her fans, it seemed there was electricity in their motion as they danced, spinning away from each other and back again.

So why did she marry the rooster? Well, she isn’t certain, but she knows herself, and what she desires now.

When you look at the art we feature in this blog, we hope it feeds your soul.





Selected Hammered Hobnail Bezels with open backs, hammered edges and depth for creating your perfect mixed media jewelry design, are still 20% off in the ICE Resin store through Wednesday, January 4.

“Flight Shrine Box” by Jack and Cat Curio

Susan Lenart KazmerJack and Cat Curio, aka Creative Team members Lesley Fisher
and Jack Putnam, wanted to create an altered piece that would highlight the
process of casting with Ice Resin®.

“Flight Shrine Box” evolved thusly:

ICE Resin“We created a mold from a vintage heart ornament. Using the heart as the focal point we created a shrine box to further tell a story of lost love and youth. To add depth and
dimension we also coated the butterfly wings with a layer of Ice Resin. Once the wings dried we brushed a layer of shine on top of the resin using mica powder.”

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Susan Lenart Kazmer Art Mechanique supplies used:

Bronze Bezel SLK1632, Transparent Ribbon, Mica
Sheets, and Ice Resin®.

They also used: a cigar box, vintage dictionary, plastic
doll, plastic butterfly wings, wire, wax cord, muslin, wood calendar piece,
screw eyes, a rusty hinge, copy paper, and a variety of inks, paints and more.

Susan Lenart KazmerYou can learn more about Lesley and Michael on their Web site.

ICE Queen interview with Terri Ouellette

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Craft and Hobby Association Spokeswoman Terri Ouellette (also of Super Simple)  interviews Susan Lenart Kazer about ICE Resin® in 2011.

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Susan will be posting live from CHA 2012 later in January.





Merry Christmas from Susan and the ICE Resin Team

I adore Christmas!

Business is not going on, worries are distant, handmade
gifts abound, and even though I try to scale back I feel busy.

Susan Leanrt Kazmer

Each night I make the time to sit and look at the tree with
its sparkle of lights and lovingly placed ornaments, go into myself and take a
break and feel peace.

Wishing you and yours peace and joy,


Special Gifts Are Handmade Treasures

ICE ResinSpecial handmade gifts are those we treasure for a lifetime upon receiving, or hum in gleeful concentration as we make a gift to give to someone beloved.

This year my sister Cheri, who is an artist in glass
casting, made me a cracked glass heart. She knows that my symbol right now is a
heart (a symbol art school would never allow) for walking to the beat of my

This Christmas, I hope you will give or receive a special gift from someone you hold in your heart.

Gotta run, there are cookies in the oven!

Merry Christmas Eve!


It Started with a Kiss

Carla of Quimera Designs lives in Africa where she longs to make mixed media  jewelry as her full-time occupation. (By the way, quimera is the Portuguese spelling of chimera.)

Get out the mistletoe because “It Started with a Kiss” is all about love.

Carla told us that the inspiration for her necklace did start with a kiss!

Susan Lenart Kazmer

“I was flipping through the pages of an old dictionary looking for items to put on
Ice Resin, and came across an illustration of a movie set with the two actors
kissing. It really looked like a scene from an old romantic movie, which I

“I used the colors of the photo for inspiration for the rest of the piece, with
the patinated copper and the chrysochola rondelles and used contrasting shapes
for the copper components to create interest; I wanted the fiber piece to be
bold and flamboyant, to somehow represent how you feel when you’re in love, and
torch-fired the copper disc to bring out the patina – and decided it to leave
it exactly as it came out, because who hasn’t been burnt by love and got left
with the “firescale”?”


Be sure to become a member of our ICE Resin® Flickr Group. If
you want us to publish your work, be sure to make it so we can download the
image. (You may need to reset the photo license to “attribution no derive
creative commons” so we can pull more than a thumbnail. We understand how
important your designs are to you and will always credit you on the blog. If
you provide a link to your website or blog, we’ll be sure to add that to the
posts too.

Tip for: No Leaks in Open Backed Bezels

Susan Lenart KazmerDear Ice Queen: What is the best way to keep ICE Resin from leaking out of an open-backed bezel in my mixed media jewelry project?

ICE ResinThanks for asking. You have three options: Duct tape, contact paper or clear packing tape.

I her book, “Explore, Create, Resinate”, aritst and author Jen Cushman writes:

“My preference is clear packing tape because it provides a good seal with the least traces of texture.”

Have fun exploring the different options!


“Bling Bang” by the Creative Team’s Andrea Ring

Susan Lenart KazmerCreative Team Member Andrea Ring brings us “Bling Bang” earrings which
she created from brass, sterling, bronze wire, white bronze light bulb bezels,
spent bullet casings, Ice Resin® and vintage rhinestones.

Susan Lenart KazmerAndrea says:

“I created a texture on the brass by hammering the metal over a few cracks in my concrete studio floor. I lightly dapped them and the sterling silver stars. I then riveted both pieces with a tube rivet which then created a nice setting for my rhinestone that was secured in place with Ice Resin®.

“My spent bullet casings fit perfectly into the light bulb bezels and were also secured
with Ice Resin®.

“Some flattened bronze wire connects both sections together for some spectacular ear

“These earrings were simply inspired by the bits and pieces that I leave on my workbench. There is always a fun pile there. I’ve had these empty casings from Ft.Riley Army Base for quite awhile and until now just couldn’t find the right project for them. They fit perfectly into the white bronze bulb bezels. Stars and rhinestones seemed like the perfect “POP” to finish them off.”

ice rESINYou can find more of Andrea’s work on her website: Amuck Design.

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