Hello Fellow Jewelry Makers, I recently took four fantastic classes from Jen Cushman at CREATE in Dallas, Texas. I painted, played, “resined” and enameled everything I brought including the paper towels that were intended for clean- up, feathers from my sweet little hens and white tissue paper. As Jen said “I was hooked – line and sinker.” By the third class, I was experimenting with the painted paper towels that now were also stamped and torn to fit inside the bezel, iced enamels/resin and my feathers.
My first attempt was trial and (a few) errors. I discovered that the metal shield was too dark and that the paper towels didn’t show. I placed 2 feathers in the shield, one white and one black with white stripes. To my surprise, as I poured the resin, I gasped as the white one totally disappeared as if it had never been there. What to do? The result was ok but not the wow that I had envisioned. So during the fourth class, I started over and began to correct the darkness, find the light and create that one of a kind piece using my painted and stamped paper towels and my little feathers once again.
To lighten the shield, I used Ivory Iced Enamel Relique as the background. Once I placed the paper towels on the cooled background- there was light and it was good! I decided that one feather was enough for the focus and chose a striped one once again. Adding a little torn piece of white tissue stamped with “love” was just the word I needed. The rhinestone chain added another element of light. As I poured the resin, the light was there, the feather was there and it was all very good!!
To complete this piece, I used a silver chain with ribbon and lace woven through the chain. Keeping the light feathery feel, I used pearls and both clear and serene blue crystal beads. One heart dangled from the chain to bring the idea of love full circle.
I love to use the things around me that bring a smile to my face and give light and life to the heart. My style has been described as sweet sentiment with strength. With ICE Resin and Iced Enamels along with found and loved objects such as my feathers, ribbons and words, I am able to create those pieces that accomplish both.
Chantal Johnson is a mixed media artist living in Rowlett, Texas. She is married and has three children. Her work has been featured in Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Somerset Home, Green Crafts and Somerset Studio. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com
Hi Everyone: it is rare for me to teach at local stores, but the weekend of September 13 and 14 I will be teaching as part of a workshop series at a cool local Ohio store, Ginny’s Small Studio. Ginny began mixed media events with Art Continuum back in 2000. She was the founder of Stampers Anonymous that went on to become a huge success.
Here are the two workshops I will give at Ginny’s Small Studio:
WIRE- Ancient techniques on New Frontiers- Forging + Brazing
Sign up for the class: Sun Sept. 14th 10-5pm $125 per student
Wire and fiber has been a prominent medium in ethnographic jewelry and adornment for centuries and used for binding, connecting, decorating and building of components.. Through many years of my own research and ethnographic repair, I have employed these same ideas to build my own unique body of work, influenced by my fashion experience, in forged wire.
Sign up for the class: Saturday Sept. 13th 10-5PM $125 per student
Focus on new works in jewelry and Resin as it has never been presented before…sand, scratch, cast and scraffitto your way into creating unique objects and ancient artifacts in jewelry in combination with metal. Focus and build with resin using multiple thin layers while learning new techniques and application for scratching, crackling, engraving, transferring of imagery, making marks and coloring surface. Set your finished components with filigree bezel wire…brazing presented.
Cloth Paper Scissors Art Lesson Number 12 is taught by Karen. It’s all about mixed media: “conjuring up a cozy cottage or tall townhouse.”
Does making jewelry and mixed media art in your studio make your soul sing? Did you follow the ICE Queen to the Emmys?
Do you have personal goals to reach as a designer, love creating with ICE Resin®, and want to learn, network and grow with an incredible team?
That’s fantastic! You are invited to apply for a year-long position on the 2014 ICE Resin® Creative Team!
You might wonder what we are seeking in a Designer.
We are looking for someone with not only a keen eye for design but also a strong understanding of trends. We desire individuals with the ability to think outside of the box while remaining cutting edge, trendsetting and true to their own style. Keep in mind, while we are seeking artistically minded Designers we are not necessarily narrowing our vision to those who are widely known in the industry. Rather, it is our hope to create a team of Designers with various skills in jewelry, artwork, assemblage, and design aesthetics.
While our Designers are provided with products, we are looking for compositions that stand on their own with fresh ideas not replications or interpretations of what is trendy in the Arts and Crafts industries at this time. It is important to keep in mind ICE Resin® is not just for creating jewelry, but rather multiple applications such as Mixed-Media Assemblage, Paper Arts, Scrapbooking and more!
What to Expect: As an artist-based company, ICE Resin offers designers periodic boxes of hand-selected items from our line of amazing products such as bezels, chain, fibers, and of course, ICE Resin® and our new Iced Enamels®, compensation for publication, trade show design opportunities and the support of our social media.
Each designer is asked to create:
- 28 projects per year
- 7 short “How To” videos over the course of the year
- several blog hops
Each year we participate in various trade shows and workshops; for these events we rely on our Designers to come up with artwork, jewelry and assemblage to be used in our displays for which they receive compensation and/or credit.
How to Apply: Please cut and paste these application questions into an email or Word document, answer them and email it with your photos to Carol@iceresin.com by Friday, October 25, 2013.
ICE Resin® 2014 Creative Team Application:
Mailing, if different:
- Please tell us what your design experience is (whether it is simply creating for yourself and others or publishing, etc.) and what you prefer to create—jewelry, mixed media pieces, paper, etc.
- Why would you like to be part of the the Susan Lenart Kazmer™ ICE Resin® Creative Team?
- Have you been published? If so, please list publications. Also, what are your publishing goals?
- How long have you been working with resin?
- What is your experience with resin in addition to ICE Resin®?
- Are you comfortable in front of a camera?
- What are your goals in the Arts and Crafts industry?
- Teaching experience – please list any venues or retreats where you have taught or will be teaching in 2014.
- How often do you post to your blog? Other social media platforms? Are you open to posting for business purposes?
- How do you feel about cross promoting on your blog?
- If selected, you are committing to 28 projects per year with instructions (8 of those with step-out photos), and 7 videos. Does this work with your lifestyle and goals?
As an artist based company ICE Resin offers our team members: Generous product packages shipped directly to your home, compensation for publication, trade show designs and the support of our social media.
Please cut and paste these application questions into an email or Word document, answer them and email it with your photos to Carol@iceresin.com by Friday, October 25, 2013. New Creative Team Members will be notified by November 11. Mid-December we will announce our new Creative Team to the industry.
If you applied to the team back in June, we do have your application on file and you are still under consideration.
What is ICE Resin®/Art Mechanique™? ICE Resin is an amazing jeweler’s grade two-part epoxy resin that contains no VOCs (volatile organic compounds), is low odor and non-toxic when cured. It was created by Artist and Metalsmith Susan Lenart Kazmer, and remains her signature product in the Art Mechanique line. The Art Mechanique™ brand consists of craft products created by Susan and ICE Resin’s first Designer line, Rue Romantique by Kristen Robinson.
Which Emmys nominee would you want to wear which bracelet?
If we reach 50 comments on this post by midnight Pacific time, Thursday, Sept. 19, we will chose a random winner to get one of our Emmys’ SWAG Bags — to see what they are, you will need to keep checking back to the ICE Queen Zine as we will reveal the stellar SWAG bag later this week!
Purple. Charismatic. Alluring. Energetic. A royal color.
This necklace is about all that.
I enjoyed making it and I hope you will too!
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Triangles two bezel – bronze MB2-003
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Triangles three bezel – bronze MB2-004
Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine
Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Circles One Dies MD1-007
Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Triangles two Dies MD1-009
Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Texture Plates Grate Works three MT1-005
Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Texture Plates Grate Works One MT1-001
Art Mechanique Bronze wire 20gg
Antiqued bronze wire 20gg
Brass Jum prings
Handmade hook clasp
Scrapbook paper and cardstock, purple
Metallic ink pad, purple
Swarovski crystal flat backs, amethyst
Permanent marker, purple
White Craft Glue
Beads: Various sizes and shapes of purple beads, amethyst seed beads #6
Use the Artisan X-plorer machine to cut desired images from scrapbook paper and cardstock with the die templates. Emboss with texture plates and use a metallic purple stamp pad to lightly go over embossed areas. Glue into bezels with craft glue. Use purple permanent marker to color sides of bezel and rub a small amount of Renaissance to protect.
Fill bezels with ICE Resin.
After ICE Resin is fully dry (6 to 12 hours),use E-6000 adhesive to glue flat back crystals where desired.
String 3 seed beads onto a brass jump ring and use to connect top and bottom bezel. Cut three lengths of chain and connect to bottom bezel using a brass jump ring.
Create beaded links using bronze 20 gauge wire to string desired beads and create wrapped loops. Connect beaded links together for both sides of the necklace using brass jump rings. Connect each side of necklace to pendant using brass jump rings. Connect hook clasp to one end of necklace and a large brass jump ring to the other end.
Creative Team Entries are now open! Here is the link with all the information.
Check out the SLK Contest! Your jewelry could win you a trip to To Bead True Blue!
Way to My Heart, a Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Necklace created by Cindy Cima Edwards
A heart is not a toy, but the shape certainly lends itself to the creation of lovely jewelry.
Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine MMM-001
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Bezels – Silver MB2-006S
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Three MD1-009
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Texture Plates Grate Works One MT1-001
German glass glitter, turquoise: Ice Resin
Sari Ribbon, teal
Blackened Steel Wire, 20gg WIREBS
Rue Romantique Rhinestone cup chain, gold KRCHAIN
Picasso rondelles, 5 cream and 6 teal
Gunmetal chain: SLK Industrial Chic™
Swivel lobster clasp, silver: SLK Industrial Chi™c
Choker necklace, silver: SLK Industrial Chic™
10mm silver Jumpring: SLK Industrial Chic™
2 Black headpins
Swarovski crystal flatback, turquoise
Music scrapbook cardstock
- Cut image from scrapbook paper using the Artisan X-plorer™ Machine and die template. Run through the machine again with the texture plate.
- Glue into bezel with craft glue and coat with paper sealer. Sprinkle some turquoise German glass glitter into bezel. Prepare resin and pour into bezel. (Use a toothpick to move glitter to where you desire). Let dry overnight. Cut a length of rhinestone cupchain and glue around the heart using E-6000. Glue arrow charm and Swarovski crystal to top of bezel.
- String a cream picasso rondele onto a headpin and make a simple loop. Connect to bottom of the bezel. Cut the head off a headpin and make a simple loop. String a turquoise picasso rondelle and make a simple loop. Connect to the top of the bezel. Set pendant aside.
- Wrap choker necklace with Sari ribbon and tape the ends with some clear tape. Remove tape from one end and begin wrapping wire around to secure. Wrap part way down the necklace then start stringing rondelles onto wire keeping the beads to the outside of the necklace. Remove the other piece of tape once the ribbon is secure.
- Remove the end cap of the choker and add the first of three links of gunmetal chain then re-attach the cap. Repeat for the other side of the necklace using 8 links of chain. Attach the lobster clasp to the three chain link segment by opening the last chain link as you would a jumpring.
When your muse strikes, where do you sketch and write your artistic ideas?
Do youe believe that writing down you dreams and visions helps bring them into reality?
Hi! Josephine “JoMama” Jones, from the ICE Resin® Mixed Media Design team here to share with you My Idea Journal.
To create this journal cover I began with an assortment of fabric scraps, and of course, a blank journal.
I added a pocket to hold a pen or pencil.
I used an MB2-006 bronze Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Bezel as my closure, with a ribbon attached to the back cover, then brought around the front to tie.
A piece of notebook paper fits perfectly into the bezel when cut with the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Dies (MD1-010) in Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine (MMM-001).
The bezel is filled with a layer of ICE Resin®.
I hope you are inspired to get in touch with your muse and journal some amazing new pieces!
If receiving the Spellbinders® Media Mixage™ box wasn’t enough of a creative kick with the bezels designed for the line by Susan Lenart Kazmer™, Spellbinders’ new Artisan X-plorer™ high pressure cutting and embossing machine was also in the box! Wow! The problem is there are not enough hours in the day to create everything I would like!
The box spilled out with so many creative blanks but the first one my minds eye saw were the dog shapes.
Seeing that my family owns probably the goofiest, oddest animal on the planet, I immediately decided he needed some of his own jewelry. The best part is the pieces resemble him! Plus we love him and giving bling shows love, right? Right!
Susan M Walls
Materials & Tools:
My Dog – Tyler the canine model!
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Dogs One, MB6-005
Media Mixage rectangle shapes
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Bezels – Bronze, MB2-006
Iced Enamels™ in Ivory and Turquoise and Ivory Relique Powders
Iced Enamels™ Gold and Silver Glitz
Laser printed photo
Vintage dictionary and word ephemera
Key chain finding
Various jump rings
Craft cup and stir stick
Spellbiders Artisan X-plorer Machine, MMM-001
Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Rectangles One Dies, MD1-003
Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Dies, MD1-010
Iced Enamels™ Medium plus application brush
Art Mechanique Paper Sealant
StazOn inkpad in black
Ceramic tile or other heat resistant surface
Blank paper, a couple pieces
Needle nose pliers
Dremel or other drilling tool
- Gather all your Media Mixage pieces, Iced® Enamel colors , enamel medium, heat gun, heat resistant tile, and a piece of paper.
- Use the Spellbiders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine to cut your photograph with the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Die (makes the perfect size, no guessing).
- Seal photo into the Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Bezel with paper sealant, underneath and on the top of the paper. Be sure to seal into the edges.
- Use the Spellbiders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine with the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Rectangles One Dies to cut a piece of metal flashing.
- Stamp the words “my humans” on a piece of paper with StazOn Ink, cut them out, and seal/glue on the bezel in the same manner as the photo.
- Paint the enameling medium on the tops of each blank to be enameled then sprinkle the enameling powder over your pieces and over a piece of paper (the paper saves any over sprinkling so you can pour it back into the container for another creative session!). I used Turquoise Relique for the dog, Ivory Relique with Gold and Silver Glitz for the dog shape with the cutout belly, and Ivory for the bone.
- Place your pieces on the tile, then using your heat gun and angling from the side, begin to heat your pieces. As the metal heats up you can bring the heat gun to the top of the piece. Be careful! You’re metal will get hot! You will see the powder change from matte to shiny as it melts. Continue until you’ve done them all. (If you missed any spots or want to put another color next to or on top of what you’ve done repeat the process.)
- Stamp the name of your pet onto the dog shape as shown.
- Mix ICE Resin® per manufacturer instructions.
- Paint ICE Resin® onto the top of your shapes. Use the resin as an adhesive and add rhinestone eyes to the blanks. Add the bone to the rectangle shape.
- Use the craft stick to drip ICE Resin® into the bezel until desired dome forms. Also paint a thin coat of resin over your words.
- Allow 6 to 12 hours to fully dry.
- Drill holes and hang on keychain finding with jup rings.
- Attach to your dog collar and take your stylin’ dog for a walk to show of his or her new bling!
Welcome to Day One of Spellbinders® Explore Beyond Blog Frenzy!
The child within can be a Talisman for an artist. It is as children, with minds growing and the whole world before us, that we first discovery creativity. Let’s play dress-up!
Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine, a high-pressure rolling mill MMM-001
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ forSpellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Texture Plates Grate Works Three MT10-005
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Houses One MB6-002
Sandpaper, 320-grit Extra -fine
Drill with 1/8th Bit
Chain Nose Pliers
Non-stick Craft Mat
Hammer and Steel Bench Block
Nail Polish, White
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™Ephemera Papers One, MP1-002
Rhinestone Chain pieces
Art Mechanique Rhinestone Brads
Art Mechanique 18-gauge Wire, Bronze
Corsets, dresses, birds, butterflies, frames, houses, trees, turtles, flowers, and dogs are all blanks (with corresponding dies) in the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Line that I designed so that you can set the child within free to imagine and explore the possibilities in mixed media, scrapbooking, art journaling and jewelry.
Embrace your creativity! -Susan Lenart Kazmer
Madame Marguerite’s Field Journal, Volume 3
At the turn of the past century Madame Marguerite travelled the globe in search of wonder. Volume 3 of her field journal/sketchbook was discovered in a trunk in the attic of the family home by her niece, Aimee. Aimee was trilled to read this legacy of her famous aunt, and is determined to follow the clues Madame Marguerite left as to where volumes 1, 2, 4 and 5 are hidden.
I am a metal and silversmith with a body of work spanning more than two decades. Forged, hammered wirework with cold join attachments in my signature style, are the foundation of this journal. I distressed and riveted in place the piece of patterned brass on the cover—a cold join jewelry connection that is often seen in my book “Making Connections”. The 3 rivets you can see sticking up are industrial nuts and screws. I added silk ribbons in ivory and blue and antiqued the pages in blue and brown. A vintage chandelier crystal hanging from the dress.keep looking »