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.


2014 International Workshop with Susan Lenart Kazmer in Puerto Vallarto, Mexico

Resin Alchemy, Relics, Prayer boxes….and Creating your own Uncommon Objects in Jewelry

Embed 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 March 9 through 14. All of the details are HERE.

Susan Lenart Kazmer
Artist Profile
My 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.
Susan Lenart Kazmer

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.

Mixed Media Jewelry Classes with Jen Cushman at To Bead True Blue

We know you are completely true, but are you blue?

There is no need to be blue…. because Jen Cushman is teaching a variety of mixed media and jewelry classes for your designing pleasure at the fabulous To Bead True Blue.

All the fun happens in Tucson in February when Arizona’s weather is oh-so-glorious!

Jen is teaching 5 different classes so you can choose one or a bundle!

To Bead True Blue class

Sign up: Breaking Out of the Mold Jewelry

Date/time: 2 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 7

Class Description: For those of you who love treasure hunting and incorporating found objects into your mixed-media jewelry, this is a techniques-based 6 hour workshop tailor-made for you. Learn how to easily make molds of your found object treasures with non-toxic silicone molding putty and then how to make resin castings from your molds. Once the resin is fully dry, learn how to add surface treatments to completely alter your resin castings with paint and patinas. See how easily it is to replicate your found object castings with paint and faux finish techniques, or how to completely alter your castings to turn them into entirely new components. If you are someone who thinks twice about using your precious objects in your work, this workshop will help overcome that and have you seeing your treasures in an entirely new light.

To Bead True Blue class

Sign up: Mix Your Media; Resin, Wire & Paper Earrings

Date/time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, February 8

Paper is a non-traditional element when it comes to jewelry making, but the addition of a jeweler’s grade resin makes it possible to create beautiful and durable jewelry from simple wire worked forms and delicate tissue paper. Add some paper arts techniques, such as stamping, coloring and mark making and you’ll find yourself exploring a mixed-media rabbit hole of artistic possibilities.

To Bead True Blue class

Sign up: Cheerful Charms Bracelet

Date/time: 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, February 8

It’s time to rummage through your studio to breathe new life into your boxes of old charms and components.

Colorful Cold Enameling can be done on any type of metal, found object, old charm or metal bead and make it look fantastic and completely up to date. Learn how to add permanent color to metal without having to invest in a torch or kiln.

To Bead True Blue class

Sign up: Layers And Depth

Date/time: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday February 9

There’s so much more to resin jewelry than first meets the eye. This jeweler’s grade liquid when combined with art techniques of texture, color and imagery can bring an intoxicating level of artistry and sophistication to your work. Learn how to work with transparent imagery and layers of text, texture and color to harness resin’s inherent qualities.

To Bead True Blue class

Sign up: Cold Enameled Cuff

Date/time: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mnday, February 10

Are you ready to add new skills and techniques to your jewelry making toolbox? Walk away at the end of the day with not only a gorgeous forged copper cuff, but an array of metalworking, resin and new Cold Enameling techniques that will not only ignite your imagination but potentially take your work in entirely new directions.

For more To Bead True Blue workshops, click right here!


Twitter Chat with the ICE Resin Creative Team Saturday, Sept. 7


ICE Resin twitter chat september 7

Hi everyone! Jen Cushman here to bring you an announcement:

Hop aboard for our next social media stop on ICE Resin’s exciting journey to the 2013 Primetime Emmys! We’ll be doing a Twitter chat at 7 p.m. PST tomorrow (this Saturday 9/7/2013) that’s being hosted by our fabulously crafty peeps Vicki O’Dell and Tanner Bell. Not only are these two people wonderful designers in their own right — Vicki’s stuff is beauuuutiful so be sure to check out her jewelry on her blog — but they are social media gurus who know how to keep online chats moving fast and fun!

What’s in store for tomorrow’s chat is a sneak peek and also reveal of some of the handmade pretties that myself, Susan Lenart Kazmer, the 2013 ICE Resin Creative Team and some artsy ICE Resin staffers made for the Emmy’s nominate actors and actresses this year. I mean who doesn’t love the gift of handmade jewelry?! As I was tagging the pieces, taking photos and wrapping up all the jewelry yesterday, I was truly blown away again by the incredible talent of our team and how awesome ICE Resin and our Art Mechanique line of products are to create with. Every bezel Susan creates by hand for our line is intended to be a perfect little canvas for YOUR creativity. If you were to line up all the Emmy’s pieces — made by 14 different artists — you would see how every piece is different in the eyes and hands of its maker. Seriously, it gives me chills to see so much variation in creativity and styles.

On tomorrow’s twitter chat, our designers will explain how they made their pieces. It’s your chance to ask them questions and learn how to create these pieces for yourself!  You could make the jewelry of the stars! This will be your first chance to get a good look at the beautiful creations from the ICE Resin Design team. To familiarize yourself with our artisans, please click the names and links to the right under 2013 ICE Resin Creative Team. Go check out their blogs and “like” their Facebook pages. If you haven’t done so already, “like” ICE Resin’s Facebook page, as well as Susan and mine (Jen Cushman) business pages.

I know it’s a Saturday night and some of you might just be heading out for a movie or evening event, but if you love crafting and being inspired just know you have a front row invitation to participate in the Emmy’s journey along with us.  Oh, and I forgot to mention. If you want to get in on it even more and share your thoughts and/or excitement, please use the hash tags #CraftingTheEmmys #chaswag and #iceresin on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and everywhere else hash tags are used. That way we’ll be able to see what you’re up to and share as well.

Here’s all the DETAILS.

Moderated by ICEResin, Vicki O’Dell of The Creative Goddess, and Tanner Bell of A Little Craft In Your Day.

And in case you missed the original announcement:

Da, Da, Dan, Ta Da…(can you hear the trumpets sound???) ICE Resin® is going to the Primetime Emmys!
That’s right! Celebrities who are part of the 65th Annual Emmy Awards will have a brand new opportunity to show off their creative talents in DIY jewelry making.

All the details of the announcement from the ICE Queen, Susan Lenart Kazmer, are here:

Official Giveaway Rules:

Crafting The Emmys Twitter Chat Rules and Guidelines 9-7-13

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