Carol Mulder came up with an unusual way to surprise her friend, Ani’a Melanie Dutton, at the lauch of Dutton’s self-published novel “The Fearless Rise: The Realms of Algernon”—necklaces depicting the novel’s cover under ICE Resin at the book launch party.
Ani’a had planned a bag of perks for book buyers, and Carol thought she had been having so much fun creating with ICE Resin, why not marry the book cover she loved with ICE Resin and add to the fun?
Carol wrote: “Of course, these crazy artistic ideas came a little late, so I was under a time crunch — only 2 weeks away when I made the decision! Let me tell you…..pouring 130 consecutive bezels….wheww….that was a project. But, so rewarding. It was a surprise for Ani’a. She was thrilled and it was the perfect addition to the “goody bags” which included a bookmark, pen and button all with the book cover image on them. I made key fobs with the bezels….and then added bling to several of them for necklaces for the family and her editor.”
“Carol’s necklace and key chains were a total surprise,” Ani’a emailed us. “They went over great! I, of course, was in love at first sight. They were just so perfect! I have had a lot of people who attended the release party hold up their keys every time they are around me to show me that they are using them,” she added, calling them “a complet success.”
She wears her necklace all the time.
“Not only is it gorgeous, but it has been a fabulous promoting tool.”
Carol met Ani’a Melanie Dutton (and Ani’a’s parents) when the author was just a girl in elementary school.
“Ani’a was always buried in a book, reading…be it dinner out…a family gathering…or driving somewhere in a car,” Carol wrote. “She has always known that she was going to be a writer. She took every writing class in high school, wrote short stories and poems, some assigned and mostly just kept on writing.”
After graduating high school in 2009, she completed a two year writing course. She began writing her first book in June 2012 and finished in May 2013 and then went to work on her second novel.
One will stand.
In the realms of Algernon, prophesy among those with the sight foretells of a young warrior who will rise to unexpected heights while attempting to save her family. Ariel’s mother knows the truth of her daughter’s future long before Ariel is aware of her own destiny. The problem is, a brutal tyrant whose coup has claimed the realms as his own, also knows the truth. So when Ariel’s father speaks out against the false king, foresight becomes reality and prophecy begins to unfold.
Returning from the village to find her home in flames, Ariel is unable to save her brother, who dies attempting to protect her from an assassin. Fleeing for her life, she is forced to take refuge in the Shade, the formidable forest where myth and legend converge. Beginning with the quest to find her family, she will learn to trust a fellow warrior she detests, to gather a ragtag group of outcasts in need of compassion, and to finally realize that the needs of the many outweigh her own desire for revenge.
Would Carol do it again?
“Absolutely!” she wrote. “It was so fun to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile project. This wasn’t just a project it was a true labor of love. Ani’a is a very special talented young lady. Her focus and determination are enviable! All this and she is only 22 years old!!!! She has a long successful career ahead of her and I’m so proud to be part of the family!”
We are pleased that Carol thought to share this story with us and wish Ani’a Melanie Dutton success with her novel. You can find it on Amazon.
Take a look at this stamp:
Can you guess who on our team it belongs to?
I will give you a hint or three.
She speaks with an accent when she is not in her hometown. (Because let’s face it. One usually does not have an accent in their own hometown.)
She adores the old, the antique, the shabby, and the vintage. Once in a while she blings out, but her jewelry is usually reminiscent of travels to yesteryear.
Found objects undergo a transformation in her studio.
She thinks her designer licensed stamp came out of an old English magazine.
Here is a necklace she made with her stamp in cast ICE Resin:
Here is a mixed media journal she made with her stamp:
Did you guess Jen Crossley from Australia? If you did, you are right!
You can inquire about her stamp for your own art here or email email@example.com.
If jewelry was cake, then Stampington’s Autumn 2013 Issue of Jewelry Affaire is extraordinarily delectible Chambford buttercream icing!
Now, you know, this is the ICE Queen Zine, so I did open Jewelry Affaire first to see what pages might hold goodies made by team members–current and former– and by art friends, but there are sweet new discoveries to be made always.
I am linear, except when I’m “knot” so here goes:
Light and Life, a simply darling bracelet by Cindy Cima Edwards also from our current design team is on page 43. (In fact, I am liking this bracelet trend I am seeing!) You can find an example of Cindy’s pure stylish beading on page 89 — Pearls of Wisdom.
A 20′s Revival necklace by 2013 design team member Lexi Grenzer is on page 111. Once you see this Rue Romantique necklace you may swoon and recover only to begin longing for an elegant party to attend!
Ooh La La, a necklace by ICE’s Veep Jen Cushman is cheerfully displayed on page 126. What a fun design form Susan Lenart Kazmer’s corsett silhouette is proving to be.
Photographer Johanna Love might humbly think that she is playing with rustic wire and ICE Resin on pages 58-59, but her snowy owl pendant is stunning. Her lovely Indigo Moonrise is a treat on page 93.
Debbie Cole is an artist I have had the pleasure of getting to know just a tiny bit through emails, but somehow I’d missed seeing her finished jewelry. Absolutely worth the wait! Her steampunk flight bracelet blew me away. I am so tempted to email her and tell her I need to own it.
I was happy to see 2011-12 Creative Team member Tina Schiefer’s work in metal and texture on pages 94-97. Great job Tina!
The first page the magazine fell open to was picture of Ozden Kayisoglu’s crochet necklaces. Simple and elegant in black, red, eggshell and pink! See pages 44-46.
Loved Veronica Kurian’s Women of the 20th Century on pages 76-77.
I will certainly be looking through this issue many times for inspiration!
Jewelry magazines are keepers, don;t you think? I even found some back issues at my local thrift store for 50 cents each. Foolish pricer. Lucky me!
If you are not quite that lucky at this moment you can head on over to www.stampington.com and find current issues and back issues to satisfy your hungry artist’s soul.
September has been an exciting month for our Kristen.
Several of her assemblage pieces are featured in “A Winter’s Heart: Winter Blue, Linen and Lake Fog”, int the with one palette section of the September/October issue of Somerset Studio Magazine.
Her advance copy of the new jewelry how-to book she wrote with her good friend Ruth Rae, Making Etched Metal Jewelry: Techniques and Projects, Step by Step, arrived in the mail and she called the ICE Resin office heady with excitement.
“The book is chock full of technique and projects that are applicable to really anything you are working on, not to mention a plethora of ideas for new projects.” Kristen added.
And… some of you might recognize the vintage photo in the necklace on the front cover from the clip art included in Kristen’s Rue Romantique Flip Book.
What do those mediums have to do with designing jewelry?
Anyone who has ever been lucky enough to watch Linda Lenart McNulty animatedly talk about the art of encaustic wax knows that encaustic wax is luminous and lovely in mixed media jewelry.
Portraiture with encaustics dates back to at least 100-300 BC.
Isn’t it interesting to imagine the first person who thought to add pigment to wax and carefully melt it into beautiful results. Can’t you just see that person smiling showing off — look what I have done! or hunched over their workbench intently working on perfecting the technique. Pretty cool that you can experience that same wonder and creative surge when you try your hand at new (old) art techniques today. And you don’t have to mix your own wax to get started on your artistic journey.
She has put together a few jewelry kits, each with all the supplies needed to make one beautiful pair of earrings and one large and one medium pendant. (Just in time for those of you working early on Christmas gifts!)
One of Linda’s necklaces , a Wearable Encaustic Shrine, is in Cloth Paper Scissors along with an excellent, literal explanation of encaustics.
Grab your candle warmer and embossing heat gun and get ready to create!
Salutations! Carol here.
Much that I love my eBooks, I think I love going to my
with numbers on the back, because I know it is more often than not going to be a magazine that delightfully, the postal clerks chose not fold.
Somerset Studios recently arrived and if that was not settle-onto-the-porch-swing-with-a-glass-of-
Summer Delights… in Jewelry Affaire!
… and while it reads 120 delights, guess what, my copy magically came with more than 130! If you haven’t already picked one up in your local arts and craft store, you can order a magic copy too by clicking right here.
Our ICE Resin® Creative Team Members (past and present) were busy with submissions of lovely jewelry dripping with beads, bling,
I started reading WIRED, a tech mag – (hey! it’s a right brain left brain thing) from the back because of their Imagine the Future page and the practice has stuck. Back to front, here are a few of the treasures you will find:
Kristen Robinson’s Road to Romance with Bon Jour Notre Dame, Je Traine Vivienne and Marguerite’s Dream begins on page 124.
You will find 2011-12 team member Kathy Thompson’s Key to the Past, New Beginnings and Strength necklaces on pages 106, 96, and 93 respectively — she used Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Art Mechanique cage bezel and one of the Art Mechanique stick bezels in 2 of the pieces.
Current team member Lexi Grenzer’s Lion’s Fluer-de-lis, Guadalupe, and Bee-u-tiful necklaces start on page 98 and feature chain, bezels and more elements from Kristen’s Rue Romantique designer line as well as Spellbinders® Media Mixage™. Lexi’s opulent Three Cuffs on Pillows begins on page 79 and uses just a bit of Industrial Chic™ by Susan Lenart Kazmer™.
Another current team member, Cindy Cima Edwards, has 2 lovely necklaces, Oceanic on page 56 and Dancing Droplets on page 18 with her lovely beadwork. If you want to see what Cindy has done lately with ICE Resin look for Sea Star on her blog.
Now that I have enjoyed all of our team’s creativity, I am going to take my glass of wine onto the deck and look at all the other wonderful artist’s works that grace the pages.
Beauty = relaxation.
p.s. Bonus: delicious Rosemary Vanilla Lemonade recipe because I nabbed their pic and the beverage was tasty!
I so enjoyed being Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s guest on Scrapbook Soup!
The tools and studio scraps I used:
12, 14 and 16 gg wires and snips
hammer and bench block
fibers and ribbons
You only have from noon June 28 to noon July 5, 2013 EST to watch the episode: CLICK HERE
Susan Lenart Kazmer
Our own Jen Cushman joined the fabulous Terri Ouellette,
a few days ago to show how easy it is to make jewelry and mixed media charms.
I feel ever so much more social in a hat. Maybe it’s a talking point, maybe it’s a shield, either way I adore wearing hats. It was not until I entered this art and craft world that I understood it was allowed, nay encouraged, creatively improve on items by reconstructing them. For instance I found this straw hat in the thrift store for $3 with the original JCPenny tag on it at $27, marked down to $12. Must have hung in someone’s closet? The original arrangement of yellow and pink mums and the black satin bow were faded.
It made me happy to enliven it with a new flower bezel and a fresh satin ribbon tied on via a removable bow so I can match it to my outfit with a different romantic embellishment.
Supplies and Tools: Hat, Rue Romantique Large Etched Oval KR109 in oxidized brass, ICE Resin®, Green Tissue Paper, IndigoBlu rubber stamp, Flitter and Flitter Glue, Silk Flower, Ribbon, Scissors, Wire Cutters, File, Craft Cup and Stir Stick, Bezel Template, E6000 Glue, and a Safety Pin.
Instructions: Stamp inside of bezel with desired stamp, add flitter, Stamp tissue paper with same stamp, add flitter. Use the template to cut out the paper to fit the bezel. Snip the loop off the bezel and file the edge. Mix ICE Resin per manufacturer instruction and drip it into the bezel with a craft stick until it domes. Allow 6 to 12 hours to dry. The double stamp now has a ghostly effect as the light hits. Glue bezel to center of silk flower. Cut a length of ribbon to go around the hat twice plus enough to tie a bow. Pin bezel/flower to ribbon and the hat is ready to adorn you head!
Bye for now. I’ve work to do although, I ordered the perfect steampunk hat at the Highland Games and Kristen Robinson’s Rue Romantique bezels are calling me to hat them in an unusual way… or I could make a yellow-themed band for my summer straw.
Wishing you a life filled with jewelry-making joy,
Carol La Valley
Jen and I were quite taken with the earrings Deborah McCullough was wearing when she stopped by to say hello at To Bead To Be True in Tucson this past month.
High in protein, non-perishable and inexpensive, tuna is carried by thousands of migrants crossing the Arizona desert.
Deborah’s earrings tell the story of her volunteer work with a humanitarian aid organization in Tucson, the Tucson Samaritans.
“Everyday of the year members of our group go into the desert south of Tucson looking for migrants who are lost. It is our mission to relieve the suffering and end the deaths in the desert,” she says. “Unfortunately close to 200 people a year die in the desert just south of this wonderful city. Although the number of people crossing has decreased we are alarmed realizing that the number of deaths remains close to 200 per year. Dying of thirst is a horrible death.”
“As I walk the trails looking for those who are lost of left behind, I find these cans. Parts of a can are elements used in the earrings I make.”
She began working with the Tucson Samaritans back in 2004 when she attended a “primitive” summer camp 15 miles north fo the US Mexico border and spent the week looking for people. Throughout the past nine years she has seen the amount of people decrease and thus the amount of trash left behind. “What trash we are seeing now is food related—cans of beans, water bottles, and tuna,” she says.
While the media covers the trash left behind Deborah sees it as a found object. A small peice of a tuna can, enameled on the surface, attached to wire first became earrings. Tha opened the door to people wearing jewelry with a message behind it. Deborah also makes pendants, bracelets and shrines. She sells the jewelry she makes from these foudn objects and donates the proceeds to the Tucson Samaritans so they can leave water in the desert.
It’s mostly men the group encounters. “May of these people are supported in communities all over the country. Many have children here, were sent home and are just trying to get back to their families,” Deborah says.
More of Deborah’s work can be seen on her website.keep looking »