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. $500 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.”



Wearable Art Classes at Bead and Button Show with Jen Cushman

What’s not to love about spending five full days surrounded by beads and fabulous other jewelry making supplies?

Jen says: “The Bead and Button Show is the largest show every year in the US where making fabulous works of wearable art takes center stage. The faculty is the best of the best, and I’m honored to be teaching ICE Resin and metalworking classes again this year. The students are amazing! Most of them are professional designers, teachers or store owners themselves. Their questions and creative thought processes always makes me come out of the show with new ideas to explore for the next year’s classes.”

Jen Cushman mixed media jewelry  classes

Click the links to register:

B142031 Cold Enameled Cuff

Wed. June 4 • 4:00pm-7:00pm - (3 hours)
B142051 Cheerful Charms

Fri. June 6 • 5:00pm-8:00pm - (3 hours)
B142082 Layers and Depth

Sat. June 7 • 9:00am-5:00pm (with 2 hr. break) - (6 hours)
B142040 Mix Your Media: Resin, Wire, and Paper Earrings

Sun. June 8 • 9:00am-noon - (3 hours)

Retreat into Jewelry with Susan Lenart Kazmer at The Bead and Button Show

Fabulous classes + a few buttons+ beads of all kinds = The Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee.

Bead and Button is THE place to learn and refine your jewelry making skills, meet incredible artists, discover products, make new friends, and buy an extra suitcase to take all of the treasures you created and the bezels, beads and jewels you purchased home.

There are just a few seats remaining in Susan Leanrt Kazmer’s mixed media, resin and metalsmith classes, so if you are thinking of going now is a grand time to sign up. Here is all the info:

Susan Lenart Kazmer metalsmith


Teacher Bio

Register for Classes:

B142014 Enameling: Patterns, Text, Texture, and Transparency in Glass

Tue. June 3 • 9:00am-5:30pm (with 1.5 hr. break) - (7 hours)

B142019 Resin Alchemy - Limited Seating -

Wed. June 4 • 8:00am-3:00pm (with 1 hr. break) - (6 hours)
B142021 Cold Enameling: Color on Metal

Thu. June 5 • 8:30am-3:30pm (with 1 hr. break) - (6 hours)
Sorry, but Caging Common Objects in Metalwork is SOLD OUT.

Art & Soul Classes with Susan and Linda — still a few spaces open!

Susan Lenart Kazmer and Linda Lenart McNulty are bringing their mixed media metalwork and encaustic classes to Portland and there a re still a few openings for this wonderful retreat.


Art & Soul has been host to inspirational mixed media retreats for thousands of creative souls for 15 years. It is a fine retreat– place to discover unconventional art techniques. The knowledge and camaraderie you’ll walk away with is simply priceless.

Susan’s classes:






Resin Alchemy –  Monday April 7 (Sorry, but this workshop is FULL)


Caging Common Objects in Metalwork  – Wednesday April 9 (There was a single space left at the time of posting.)














Enameling-Patterns, Text, Texture and Transparency in Glass  – Thursday April 10 (Just 5 spaces remaining at time of posting.)

Cold Enameling – Color on Metal – Friday April 11 (Sorry, but this workshop is FULL)











Linda Lenart McNulty’s classes:











Wearable Encaustic Shrines   Thursday, April 10 ( 3 Spaces Remaining)










Encaustic Daguerreotype Paintings Friday April 11












Luminous Layering in Encaustic Painting Saturday April 12












John Creighton Petersen from Imagine Crafts, and also one of our ICE Resin Creative Team members will be at the retreat giving demonstrations on:

John Creighton Petersen

New StazOn Midis
GlazOn Layer Protectant
irRESISTible Texture Sprays
Memento Luxe Ink

Bead Design Studio Magazine SLK Contest Winners start enjoying their classes at To Bead True Blue!

slk-contest-postcard1Bead Design Studio MagazinePamela Hawkins, Editor, Bead design Studio Magazine,

Front row: Pamela Hawkins, Editor, Bead design Studio Magazine, Phyllis Giberson, Allison Hammond-Murray. Back row: Linda Hartung from A La Carte and designer Christi Friesen, Susan Lenart Kazmer and Bruce Olgivy from Garlan Chain..

For the past year and issues of Bead Design Studio Magazine, artists across the country have hones their jewelry, metal work, beading and mixed-media skills as they created a necklace  following the techniques of the 25+ years metalsmith Susan Lenart Kazmer.

 Bead Design Studio Magazine wrapped up the SLK Contest this morning (Sunday, Feb.2) at SLK’s (Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Resin Alchemy Class.

To follow what fabulous jewelry Bead Design Studio Magazine  is  showcasing next, subscribe HERE.

To follow what Susan Lenart Kazmer is doing or attend a class she teaches, you can look HERE and HERE.

If you are interested in taking one of Susan’s classes at To Bead True Blue you can sign up directly at the ICE Resin booth at the bead show!



FIRST Place: Phyllis Giberson 


SECOND Place: Allison Hammond-Murray



We would like to give a shout out to Gold Sponsor: Garlan Chain

Bronze Sponsors: Parawire, T Beads, and Elephant Eye Beads

Jewel Sponsors: Bead My Love, Kabela Design, and the Urban Beader


Product Sponsors: Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements, ICE Resin, Spellbinders, WireLuxe, Alacarte Clasps & Wire Lace, Tsukineko, Tierra Cast, JHB, MyElement, christi friesen, Lisa Pavelka, Impress Art Metal Stamps, and The Lilac Wind Lampwork Beads

These generous jewelry products companies supplied treasures that went into each winner’s basket.


The blur of activity that was CHA 2014 included meeting old friends, making new ones, signing books, doing business deals, networking, sharing new products, giving classes, a team dinner, excitement, hard work, sore tootsies by the end of the day, fabulous demos, checking out the competition, Iced Enamels being chosen for the CHA Hot 20 — all in all an inescapably grand time!

Ice Resin at CHA 2014If you want to take a mixed media, jewelry, metalsmithing, or enameling class from us in Tucson, all the details are on the workshop page.

Ice Resin at CHA 2014


The ICE Resin Booth at CHA happens due to the efforts of many people — from the artists who work graded the booth, to the people who put it together, to our office staff, to the dudes with muscle! And here they are in no particular order:  Karen, Katrina, MaryAnn, Kim, Misty, Cindy CE, Cindy M, Kristen, Greg, JP, Sandy, Susan M W, Candy R, Pamela H, Danny, Susan W, Suze, Ruth, John, Tatiana, Vicki, Carol, Cindi B, Diane, Lesley, ICE Queen, Jen and Polly.

Suze Weinberg and Susan Lenart Kazmer

Suze and SLK in the Demo Area

Team Dinner!

Color on Metal with Iced Enamels™ and ICE Resin© at Winter CHA 2014

ICE Resin at CHA

Free-spirited Encaustic Classes at To Bead True Blue with Linda Lenart McNulty

If you have never taken a class with Linda Lenart McNulty, be prepared for her energy and free-spirit. If you have taken an encaustic art class form Linda and are coming back for more, you already know how much fun she makes enhancing your artistic skills.

Linda is offering four classes this year at To Bead True Blue:

Linda Lenart MC Nulty To Bead True Blue 2014Waxing Images

In this 6 hour workshop, Linda Lenart McNulty will get your encaustic blood flowing as we paint, layer and pour colorful fragrant encaustic wax onto small painting boards and into free-standing molds, which will then await our touch from our scribing tools. We can scribble ladders, kites, clouds, houses, text…all into the surface of the warm wax. Then we can paint over our marks with a new color; scrape that away, and voila! Tiny little colorful drawings in wax! This is really a lot of fun and I hope you’ll include this in your encaustic repertoire! After experimenting on a painting board, you can make two double-sided, reversible, solid wax pendants. This is the process I call Waxing Images, and it incorporates photo-transfer too, another amazing encaustic technique.

TBTB 2014 class encausticCryptic Encaustics

In this 6 hour workshop Linda and her students will be using techniques which include the layering of colorful encaustic paint; the creating of deep crevices with the use of tools and printing blocks; the concealing of our crevices under warm wax, and finally, the excavating of a gorgeous, cryptic language left on the surface of our pieces!

encaustic word shield class Linda Lenart McNultyEncaustic Word Shield

In this workshop, Linda will first let you experience Encaustic Painting to get a feel for the art form. Then, when you feel comfortable with layering encaustic paint, scraping back to reveal deeper layers of color, and metallic script writing, we will translate that painting into an Encaustic Jewelry Piece: The Encaustic Word-Shield. This is an encaustic treasure that you can wear, and it will continue to petrify over time becoming a unique wearable piece that you can take out while your painting stays at home!

encaustic shrines classWearable Encaustic Shrines

In this workshop, Encaustic Artist Linda Lenart McNulty will walk you through the construction of at least 3 gorgeous Wearable Encaustic Shrines, which will be all of your own design and imaginings.  Starting with a selection of unusual bezels, we will begin with the pouring of colorful and fragrant Luminous Encaustics Wax Blox™, followed by Encaustic Collage techniques, Encaustic Casting and Faux Finishing techniques, and finally Embedding and Assemblage. These techniques are simple yet so engrossing and satisfying; you won’t lift your head from your wax creations until you’ve made at least three of your own personal creations.

You can learn about Linda on her Luminous Encaustics Blog.




Learn Metalsmithing, Resin, and Color Techniques from the ICE Queen Herself in Tucson!

When it comes to innovative techniques in cold joins, jewelry and resin, Susan Lenart Kazmer wrote the books. She is the master metalsmith and by the end of a class with Susan students are filled with fresh ideas,  have learned to integrate new color perceptions to enhance their mixed media skills.

Susan will teach four classes at To Bead True Blue 2014 in Tucson, Arizona.

Resin Alchemy

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer

Susan Lenart Kazmer

Explore beyond pouring a bezel in this technique-based class.  Benefit from Susan’s 10-year body of jewelers grade work combining resin with metalwork. Learn the basics of resin and its properties then go beyond using ground breaking techniques such as creating and working with resin paper, producing stones such as druzy, opal and crystal, cold enameling, casting and more.

Build beautiful whimsical and playful bezels of wire and more.

Learn how to build with resin in layers by scratching, crackling and coloring each surface. Each student will leave with a few pendants and components and a journal full of ideas.

Date/time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,. Sunday, February 2

Class fee: $105 Kit fee $25.00


Cold Enameling- Color on Metal

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer

Susan Lenart Kazmer

Reminiscent of this ancient technique and colorful appearance of enamelwork.…..only these techniques are done with the application an variation of color on metal with a final coat of jewelers grade, crystal clear, glass like resin.

Using bronze sheet metal and wire learn a vast variety of unique surface and patina techniques and methods. Derive color in your work from resins, enamel paint, paper, waxes, permanent ink, caulk transfers, application of photo transfers, inclusions and text.

Cold enamel surface work includes crackle, scraffitto, matte and scratched surface. Learn cold enamel pliqué a jour and cold fired enamel. These are in depth techniques to create color design and texture in your metalwork.  Application of cold enamel on wirework.

Build in layers to create a few pendants and bring home a journal full of new ideas for color on metal.

Date/time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,. Monday, February 3

Class fee: $105 Kit fee: $35


Enameling – patterns, text, texture and transparency in glass

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer


Enameling is a very ancient craft of permanently fusing glass to metal by means of heat. It is one of the most exciting ways to produce vibrant colors, texture, patterns and images on metal.  Explore a number of practices Using kiln and torch fired techniques. Kiln fired enamels produce precision colors with multiple thin layers of enamel opaque and transparent colors. Torch fired enamels can be used to produce an organic, burnt out glass and dripping facade. Learn proper set up tips such as good trivets, drilling, stoning, finish work. Explore a variety of techniques including liquid enamels, dry sifting, wet packing, crackle, sgraffito, stencils, and milling metal in combination with clear coats and more.  Use crayons, markers and iron oxide that will survive high heat and fuse with enamels. Build pendant, rings and a variety of components and ideas to continue your work.

Date/time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,. Tuesday, February 4

Class fee: $105 Kit fee: $26


Caging Common Objects in Metalwork

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer

 Susan Lenart Kazmer

In this 6 hour metalworking class learn to anneal, shape and solder together a ring or pendant form. Create gorgeous and unusual jewelry pieces by creating open bezel forms using square wire and metal which provides an open form to view all sides of your object that you are encasing. Students will finish one pendant or ring and In addition, explore the cage shape and its uses as a container to hold objects. Learn proper metalworking techniques for soldering, shaping and clean up.  Learn some short cuts and ideal techniques for teaching soldering in a class room.

Date/time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, February 5

Class fee: $105 Kit fee: $30


Rue Romantique™ Classes with Kristen Robinson at To Bead True Blue in Tucson, AZ

Glamorous, vintage, Old World beauty with a fashion forward touch-that is what you will find in sunny Tuscon this Winter in Kristen Robinson’s classes at To Bead True Blue. Choose from three:

Iced Enamels™ and Rue Romantique™

Instructor: Kristen Robinson

To Bead True Blue Class

Iced Enamels™ and Rue Romantique™ with Kristen Robinson


Layers of Iced Enamels™ Silver Shattered Mica and ICE Resin® create the perfect centerpiece for an enameled heart (which we will create in class). All of these divine elements are nestled nicely within the confines of a Rue Romantique Victorian bezel that has been manipulated with a mandrel and hammered into a cuff. Stands of chain and beads complete this unique and stunning piece.

In class this 3.5 hour class Kristen will walk you through the process of enameling charms, using Iced Enamels™ to create faux flood soldering, as well as shaping and hammering our bezels into cuffs. Wire wrapping as well as chain construction will also be covered. Everyone will leave class with a completed bracelet!

Date /time: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 5

Class fee:  $67 Kit fee: $15



Glamour and Grunged, Etched and Soldered Cuffs 

Instructor: Kristen Robinson

To Bead True Blue Classes

Glamour and Grunged, Etched and Soldered Cuffs with Kristen Robinson


Join Kristen on a journey that truly is an alchemists dream as she shares her no fail etching techniques found in her new book Making Etched Metal Jewlery (Norhtlight 2013). Together in this 6 hour class (with a break for luch)we will complete two brass cuffs that are composed not only of amazing etched imagery but a resin charm and various baubles. In class I will be guiding you through my no fail etching process that consistently produces deep and beautiful etchings; we will also be filling Rue Romantique bezels with imagery and resin that creates not only a bit of beauty but a tale all on it s own.

A hint of soldering adds yet another layer of beauty to your ethced pieces. You will leave our time together with not only an arsenal of information but also two very personal pieces of jewelry that you are sure to cherish!

Date /time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, February 6

Class fee: $105, Kit Fee: $25



Soldered Treasures – Transforming Found Objects with a bit of Flood Soldering and Resin

Instructor: Kristen Robinson

To Bead True Blue classes

Soldered Treasures – Transforming Found Objects with a bit of Flood Soldering and Resin with Kristen Robinson


We all need a wee bit of subtle glamour nestled within the bounty of our treasure boxes, soldered treasures are just the thing. Gorgeous layers of luscious silver surround a solder embedded object in each of the two pieces we will be creating in class. The piece the sits upon a delicate filigree that enhances the depth of the centerpiece while embedded rhinestones surround the unique pendant. Custom chain composed of signature links we will solder as well as a plethora of beads will also be created.

After attending this 3.5 hour class, you will walk away with a new understanding of manipulating solder, pouring resin into non conventional open backed bezels, custom chain creation and design insight that is applicable to an array of both jewelry and art projects.

Date/time: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, February 7

Class fee: $67, Kit fee: $15


Kristen Robinson To learn more about Kristen visit To see her Rue Romantique Line click here.


keep looking »

    Ice Resin Creative Team

    Imagine Create Explore

    Copy& Paste a badge
    into your blog!
  • Ice Resin Newsletter