A mobile for JoAnnA’s Guys

Susan Lenart KazmerJoAnnA Pierotti never makes the same piece twice. She likes switching from mixed media jewelry to home décor to whatever strikes her fancy when she is creating in her studio.

She used ICE Resin®, found objects and our bezels, cage tassel, hobnail and raised square, to create this whimsical mobile.

ice resinThe men in her life provided JoAnnA’s design inspiration.

“The G stands for Guys. I was thinking of my husband and my father, the most influential men in my life,  the providers,” she says. (The men in the photos are someone’s guys from an age gone by.)

Susan Lenart KazmerWhy a mesh rose? “Because guys are the ones who we love to receive flowers from.”

The pastry tin is one of several tins JoAnnA repurposed as the hanger is one she found in while antique shopping.

Using Found objects, JoAnnA  hung them from an old pastry tin.

ice resinCatch up with JoAnnA on her Moss Hill Studio blog.

 

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Biting the Mermaid’s Tale

ice resinPhoto sharing… I think we have all done it at one time or another. I keep a file  of photographs that inspire me on my computer. I have a couple of apps on my phone that have photo backgrounds for download and when I am waiting somewhere, (Patience does not come naturally) I listen to music and daydream with those pictures/graphics.

ICE Resin is a company of artists. We try hard to always attribute the artist. And now, I am going to do something naughty and not attribute this first pic.

susan lenart kazmerThe blue building is somewhere in Oregon or maybe Washington. I think. It was sent to me a year or so ago in an email and I can’t recall who sent it. It is also a lesson in immediately naming your photos or photo folders so your grey matter down’t submerge the info.

Blue Domeland… I picture it underwater as a dwelling for the folk in the picture below.

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Where do merfolk find water in the Valley of the Sun?

“Moon Mermaid” posted this on The Fireland Phoenix Faerie Festival’s facebook feed some time ago. I am flapping my fins on the water three times, suspending my disbelief that the chlorine of that pool is not going to wreck havoc on those scales.

Now tell me artsy reader, what kind of jewelry would you make out of ICE Resin®  for a mermaid?

Terri O and Susan Chat about Resin at CHA

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Terri O of Super Simple and the ICE Queen got together at CHA to talk about how easy it is to create jewelry and decor using ICE Resin® along with paper, mica, bezels, fiber and putty (for molds).

Adorn yourself in a new vintage with B’Sue

Susan Lenart KazmerBrenda Sue Lansdowne is our rock star this week. We applaud her mixed-media jewelry designing talents and appreciate her patience. Check this out:

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Convert (c) and designed by B'Sue http://www.bsueboutiques.com

Web site: B’sue Boutiques 

We specialize in American made brass stampings in six high end, designer finishes.

Etsy:  bsueboutiquesupplies

Blog:  Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Medium:  mixed media, metal, wire, collage/assembly

Your Book(s):  working on that!  I’ve got a few in me, just looking for a publisher.  It’ll come, one day!

Facebook URL: B’sue Boutiques Facebook Fan Page

Twitter Name: bsueboutiques

I teach in a very crazy, real, loose style on my  YouTube channel.

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(c) B'sue http://www.bsueboutiques.com

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

A: I’d like to loose my fear of soldering.  I do know how…..and also the jeweler’s saw.   I stink at both.  I sat at Linda and Opie O’Brien’s house all day, one day to learn to saw.  None of us were satisfied with my newly acquired ‘expertise’…oh HA.   I just couldn’t get into that ZEN moment.   I hate the saw.    As for soldering, sheesh, I use a torch all the time.  All ya gotta do is flux the dang thing and put your  solder bits in and…heat it!  JUST DO IT.  Hmmm.  Maybe I’ll do it today.   Ya never know.

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Butterfly Collage (c) B'sue http://www.bsueboutiques.com

 

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

A: Hmmm.  There’s a call.   A really good wire wrapping teacher.  Who do you recommend?  But really….I took a two day class with Susan a year and a half ago ,and was transfixed.   My dream would be to go to France for her week-long class and listen to her laugh, which is like JOY out of a champagne bottle.   I can think of nothing more inspiring for an artist than THAT.   France and Susan….oh good night, what a thought.   And…I’d like to spend a day with Jen Cushman and pick up some tricks from her, too.  But then, she’d be in France with Susan.

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

A: Do not judge your work based on anyone else’s.  Be inspired but only COPY one piece, as a learning experience.  That one goes in a drawer for a rainy day.  You never sell it.   This journey is about finding YOUR style, who YOU are, and then building a body of work to define it.  It’s not about your competition, your teachers, your peers.  It’s YOUR journey.  ENJOY IT.

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Art and Soul (c) B'Sue http://www.bsueboutiques.com

Q:What adornment could you not go without?

A: Well…..WOW.   I started in the antique jewelry trade many moons ago, before I ever made jewelry.   So my old vintage pieces by Miriam Haskell (and I only have a few) are things I would never sell.   Those, too, are teaching pieces.  I have a lot of pieces that I have made over the years that I also will never sell, they each carry their own little bag of memories.   But as for me, I’m such a slob when I’m here in my workshop, I have to remember to put on earrings.   It’s more about adorning OTHER people for me, and then…..as they say, art for art’s sake.   Adorning *me* takes TIME!  LOL

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Big Old Necklace (c) B'Sue http://www.bsueboutiques.com

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

A: ICE Resin®,  American Made Brass Stampings, my bench block and hammer, rivets, my drill, and polymer clay….ooops.  That’s six.    We sell ICE at B’sue Boutiques, as well as Jen’s book.  I preach it as the only resin worth your time…and I preach it every day.  People keep trying those cheaper resins, and then they fuss that they didn’t work.   The biggest reason for that was, well…it was the cheaper resin.  It wasn’t ICE.

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9c) B'Sue http://www.bsueboutiques.com

Blue Beauty

Susan LenartKazmerIs is the blue of a Montana sky at twilight? The blue of a courageous sea? The Smokey Mountains? Ah… we love this hue…

 

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Blue Beauty (c) Cindy Cima Edwards

Blue Beauty was designed and created by Cindy Cima Edwards.

The focal is a Vintaj Arte Metal 2 hole plate coated in Ranger alcohol inks, a bit of mica flakes and covered with ICE Resin®.

We featured Cindy on an earlier Flickr Friday  post: http://wp.me/p1MCno-AO and you can find out more about Cindy on her Live To Design web site.

 

You’re invited 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.

Cat Kerr’s has wings so come and fly!

susan lenart kazmerWe dream of flight and flights of fancy. ICE Resin® Creative Team member Catt Ker brings us two precious necklaces:

ICE ResinFaeries, fairys, the fey, sidhe, angels with a sense of humor, whatever you call the winged creatures that live in our mythic tales and imaginations, the flittering fluttering creatures that some say are guides, they add whimsy to our lives.

More specifically in this case, Cat says of her “CoMe FlY wiTh mE” mixed media necklace: “I found the words first and I quickly realized I needed to make a fairy!”

Tis true that Cat trapped her fairy in ICE Resin, but don’t worry, fairies have a way of leaving their marks then flitting off to inspire the next person.

The rub-ons “floating” between layers of resin add a 3D look to the fairy looking out of a hobnail bezel where a pretty wire wrap holds her on the necklace for all the ooh and aah over.

Butterflys are bejeweled insects that morph from catterpillar to chrysalis to a wonder of nature. To the ancient Greeks the butterfly represented the human soul. To the Chinese and Japanese the butterfly means peace and happiness.

Whe she came across the vintage image she knew just what she would create.

Cat Kerr’s “I SEe YoU” necklace hangs from gossamer ribbons stitched together.

ice resinThe triangle bezel fetchingly offsets the rhinestones and die-cut wings.

Lovely. May winged creatures grace your daydreams!

To discover more about Cat, visit her In the Light of the Moon.

Laugh, Chatter, Learn

Susan Lenart KazmerWhen you think about inclusions, I bet the first things that comes to mind are not orange peels or Coca-Cola®.

I am Linda McNulty and I am going to share the experience of my students earlier this month.

At the end of January, while a blizzard blew through the grey streets of Ohio, ICE Resin packed up and went to sunny Tucson, Arizona’s To Bead True Blue Conference to teach, teach, and teach about the joys of working with ICE Resin®.

ice resinOne of the classes I taught was Resin Basics, and it was a first time experience with ICE Resin for store-owners and designer-teachers who were already selling ICE Resin, but had never made the leap to trying it! I know how that feels. It can be hard to jump in without support. So, together, we jumped in! Everyone had lots of questions, and they all got to play. Look at them on their knees; getting at eye-level with the ICE Resin to check that their measurements are in proper proportion- 50/50!

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Finished pieces, curing on plates covered with little snips of plastic bags, of course, so nothing stuck together.

The students got to play with our new Bell Dames Franciase Flip Book Collage Paper in their Bezels, and then got to paint their leftover paper with the remaining ICE Resin from their Stir Cup, so they got to try three techniques in one: embedding collage, filling a bezel, and painting on paper. Everyone had a lot of fun in this class, because women love to laugh, chatter and learn, simultaneously. We had that in great supply and everyone thought that our Flip Book imagery looked fantastic under ICE Resin!

ice resinMy Resin Alchemy class was also a great hit with students. I found that many professional artists and teachers wanted to take their ICE Resin explorations further, but without some group support, just couldn’t gather up the motivation to make it happen on their own. So, as a team, we jumped into an Exploration of ICE Resin, to push it as far as we thought it could go…then even farther. We challenged ICE Resin to accept any alchemical mixture we could invent….and ICE Resin raised triumphantly to the challenge!

You see, unlike other resins on the market, the chemical bond of ICE Resin holds tight and cures even when introducing materials like: acrylic paint, oil paint, metallic paint, mica, plaster, copper-powder, graphite, ink, hair, pastel shavings, and fresh herbs and flowers.

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One student, Shawn, an ex-police officer added Coca-Cola and Mustard to his ICE Resin. We watched to see what would happen. Sure enough, the ICE Resin cured around the shape of the liquid soda. The Coke did infuse its carbonation into the resin, which had an interesting look, but still, it cured. With the mustard, Shawn mixed some into one batch of ICE Resin, and with another batch, he embedded the mustard, surrounding it completely. Both batches cured without a hitch!

ice resinShawn’s sister, Melyssa, cut her hair into her ICE Resin.

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Debra brought her own acorns from her grandmother’s land in Southern California, and poured her samples into them, which made them instantly into art!

susan lenart kazmerEach student made 12 samples, and then poured their favorite alchemical combination into an SLK Bezel to memorialize it. With smiles of delight and shouts of joy, many combinations were made and each student left with a signature piece!

 

 

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Ballerina on a Swing

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She is nameless yet well-traveled from the grey matter in my head to my Ohio studio to several sunny California locales where her hat and skirt of ribbons can float on a spring breeze.

ice resinHer face, arms and legs are of cast resin. My sister Linda molded the ballerina’s face.

ice resinShe is about motion, and freedom, and the lightness of being as she swings from her chandelier. The base of her swing is stacked paper, riveted.

ice resinHammered metal, and cold joins over soldered joins lend strength and gracefully contained action at her kinesthetic core. Boxes are about protection. In the prayer box at her is is holy earth from Chimayo, Mexico.

iceresinI love putting things inside light bulbs and other glass structures. On the scroll inside her belly are important notes about her wishes… my wishes… about living the life I want.

She is imperfect, incomplete but I brought her out anyway. Monet would go into museums and touch up his work so I am in good company.

ice resinShe’ll have a French name and more friends as there is a tightrope walker and at least four other figures in the circus.

When she is fully realized she will swing from her chandelier and with the spotlight on her, her shadow will dance on the wall.

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Traci unleashes doodles!

Susan Lenart KazmerA whirlwind of stylish energy entered our booth at CHA and her name was Traci Bautista. In point of fact, her name still is Traci Bautista. She is our Super Star this Saturday, here to  tell you about herself and her new book, “Doodles Unleashed”.

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If you want to know more about how Traci dreams big, check out her web site.

Click Your Heels 3 Times…

ICE ResinJulia created this simply cute Wizard of Red pendant.

She says: “The Dorothy shoes were taken from a larger digital drawing I produced in 2008 – apart from the shoes, the drawing never “worked” for me – however, when I was looking for imagery to place inside a large (30x40mm) oval bezel the dorothy shoes fitted perfectly.”

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Wizard of Red by Julia Horgan

Thanks Julia! Be sure to say “hi” to everyone at home for us!

You can 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.

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