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It’s not too late! There’s still time to register for one of Susan Lenart Kazmer’s workshops.

Register for Free Form Structures with Wire + Resin on Thursday, August 18th from 8:30am – 11:30am.

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:

  • Anneal, forge and shape small gauge wire
  • Overcome difficulties of pouring liquid resin into extreme open back
  • Create extreme open back bezels
  • Transparency techniques in resin
  • Correct safety tips with forging heavy gauge wirer

Using Wire and Resin Students will be challenged to think beyond traditional jewelry design to create jewelry that is both sculptural and wearable while attaining techniques for annealing, hand hammering, flattening and forging of round wire to create unique bezel forms. Learn control with appropriate tools, safety and shaping techniques with correct stance and posture when hammering heavy gauge wire on an anvil. Collage, Mix and pour resin into the ultimate open back bezel created from multiple layers of hand hammered wire. Students will finish at least one component pendant filled with Ice Resin. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Basic metalsmithing skills.

Materials you are required to bring:
Please bring, hammer, small anvil, round and chain nose pliers, wire snips.

Click here to register.

Make sure to bring the $5 Weekend Expo Pass below with you and have full access to the show for the weekend! Make sure to note the Referring Exhibitor as ICE Resin :)

Be sure to tune in this weekend for behind the scenes posts from the show!

Relics, Ruins and Resin Alchemy – France 2015 with Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman

Susan Lenart Kazmer FRANCE WORKSHOP 2015

SLKWork2-200x300watermarkedJoin Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman for an immersion workshop where students will have the opportunity to dig deep into their work by exploring innovative design concepts and honing their metalworking skills. Relics found at Paris flea markets prior to the workshop or treasured objects brought from home will be re-imagined into Talisman pieces of unique jewelry during the week at La Cascade.


A full range cold connection and wire working techniques will be taught, as well as color on metal, Resin Alchemy and Susan’s innovative fiber-and-wire connections.  We’ll also create a forged wire and resin paper journal so students can capture all the new design ideas and stunning beauty the South of France has to offer. Healthy and delicious meals are prepared fresh each day by French chef Nese Pelt, and dinner is served each evening family style with much joy and laughter. 

$3,200 includes double occupancy bedrooms at La Cascade, meals, instruction and a comprehensive kit to build your pieces. Space is limited. $1800 deposit secures your spot.


Susan and Jen usually get into Paris the Friday before the workshop  (often joined by a few students) and  attend the flea markets Saturday and Sunday in search of found objects and kick around Monday just enjoying Paris. Jen keeps everyone informed of the itinerary and meeting places and times and everyone is welcome to join them or go explore on their own or in pairs/small groups. For example one year a small group wanted to do the Louvre museum. Susan and Jen had seen it a bunch, so they wanted to hang out a Les Deus Maggots (a famous outdoor café) and go to the vintage clothing shops. Others wanted to walk the city and see the love locks on the bridges. Everyone spent a lovely Monday going our separate ways for the day and then met up for dinner and a sunset boat ride on the Seine.

Tuesday is a travel day to Durfort and we take the train. Tuesday evening is the first family style meal (All meals are fresh and we eat family style.) at La Cascade and students unpack their work spaces. The workshop starts Wednesday and goes through Monday. Saturday is a big market day in Revel, the next town over and it’s wonderful and amazing. Small community Flea Markets pop up while we are there and Susan and I learn about them at arrival. We all go check them out in the mornings as they appear for a couple of hours.

Jen says:

“We’ll be doing lots of high end resin work and metalworking and enameling. Susan takes everyone through their work and helps each person dig deeper into their work in order to really help hone in and influence change and growth. I’m always there for support and help in the studio during some of the off hours.”

“Pretty soon, I will open a private Yahoo group where we can all meet each other and I can give information without clogging up everyone’s emails. We “talk” lots on this group so it seems like fast friends once we all arrive. Again, as the space is limited to only 12 people we become pretty tight pretty quickly.”


Jen Cushman joined Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2015 — 25 videos to fire up your creativity!

Jen Cushman is excited to announce that she’ll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2015, run by Nathalie Kalbach. If you’re not familiar with CJS, it’s a one-of-a-kind online event to fire up your creativity in Jan 2015.
Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with artists and crafters.
Throughout January participants get 25 videos from 23 featured artists. I’m proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:
Head on over to Nathalie’s site to sign up and for more details:
You get 25 videos for just $25 (USD).
Here’s a coupon code for $5 off to sweeten the deal!
The coupon code cannot be combined with any other coupon codes out there for CJS :) The code is good until Jan 15,2015
So what are you waiting for? Sign up here
CJS 2015 is proudly sponsored by Liquitex.

Get a little insight into Jen Cushman’s teaching style

Artist Jen Cushman is an engaging instructor who has been sharing her love of mixed media for the past 5 years with students across the county who want to break out fo the mold in colorful and exciting new ways.

Here she is showing our friend Terri O how to make druze bangles:


And here’s Jen sharing how to make resin paper as part of  Stampington’s Guest Artist Series.


Register for upcoming classes with Jen: CHA in Anaheim, California and To Bead True Blue in Tucson, AZ.


5 days of Mixed Media and Talismans with Instructor Susan Lenart Kazmer at Mosaico in Mexico

ICE Rein workshop in MexicoEmbed magic into your work using a jewelry art form that is reminiscent and utilizes ideas of past cultures on relics, Talismans and your own power.

You are invited to join me  in a hands- on intensive 5 day retreat to learn, explore and construct jewelry components using and altering mixed media and uncommon objects while building practical metalworking skills in bronze and silver.

Susan Lenart KazmerAs a student you will build distinctive personal metal structures and learn practical skills such as soldering and brazing, cold connections, fabricating sheet metal and wire while incorporating altered mixed media objects into jewelry.

In many ancient cultures open and closed forms or containers are meant to hold special prayers, Talismans or messages, and bring them to fruition.

This 5-day workshop is April 5 -11, 2015. All of the details are HERE.

Susan Lenart Kazmer
Artist Profile
240-slkMy work is real… It is energetic, sometimes figurative and always about real life. As a silversmith and artist of 20 years, I create pieces that reference history, as well as contemporary urban life. My work tells stories of real people living real life through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood and other mixed-media materials. I create expressive pieces that come from heartwarming memories of my own or my collector’s lives, or from re-purposing objects and components in a manner that aid the owners of my pieces to take desired risks in their lives, or attract more abundance such as harmony, love and laughter into their world. These components can be raw in their authenticity, but always beautiful in their uniqueness.
RECENTLY – I’m the author of RESIN ALCHEMY, a best selling book which is my ten year body of work and compilation combining resin and metalwork, Also, author of Making Connections- A Handbook for Jewelers and Mixed Media Artists. I also create a best selling commercial line called, Industrial Chic and am working on a commercial line for the Emmys. My museum work is a series of circus troop figures that holds removable and wearable jewelry. In my work, I explore the way different cultures and people live, dress and pray and how these characteristics are incorporated onto their lives. I learned many ways on how people use and embed magic in their lives, all cultures use magic,….. even my own. I am a builder of Talismans, amulets and relics of all kinds…… I embed magic into my work.
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