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.”



Sign Up Now for 3 Days of Caging, Forging, Resin and Ancient Artifacts with Susan Lenart Kazmer at Art-is-You

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Caging, Forging, Resin and Ancient Artifacts
Susan Lenart Kazmer
Art Expedition: Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 April, 2015

As a silversmith and artist of 20 years, Susan creates pieces that reference history, as well as contemporary urban life. Her work tells stories of real people living real life through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood and other mixed-media materials.

Join Susan to dig deep within and discover new ways to express yourself, take your jewelry skills over the moon, and have a fabulous time learning with this internationally-recognized mixed-media jewlery artist, silversmith and teacher.

Caging Common Objects in Metalwork

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Learn the art form of forging wire jewelry pieces by creating open bezel forms using square wire and metal. Students will finish one pendant or ring and In addition, explore the cage shape and its uses as a container to hold objects.

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You will learn:

  • to anneal, shape and solder together a ring or pendant form.
  • proper metalworking techniques for soldering, shaping and clean up.
  • short cuts and ideal techniques for teaching soldering in a class room.

WIRE- Ancient techniques on New Frontiers- Forging + Brazing

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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.

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You will learn:

  • to make your jewelry stronger, more interesting, unique, and personal by exploring new ideas for soldering, shaping, finishing and building of multiple components.
  • to think beyond traditional jewelry design to create jewelry that is both sculptural and wearable while attaining techniques for hand hammering, flattening and forging of round wire.
  • to control with appropriate tools, safety and shaping techniques with correct stance and posture when hammering. Sheet metal and wire used.

Resin, Relics and Ancient Artifacts

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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.

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You will learn:
• to build with resin using multiple thin layers
• new techniques and application for scratching, crackling, engraving, transferring of imagery, making marks and coloring surface.
• to set your finished components with filigree bezel wire…brazing presented.

Each student will leave with a few pendants and components, a journal full of ideas and a whole new direction to focus your work.

Kits and Supply List:

Caging Kit – $30.00 – Druzy stone, bronze square 16 gauge wire, 22 bronze sheet metal (you can upgrade to silver for a fee bring some in) solder materials, sandpaper, object, expendables

Wire Kit fee -$24.00 – wire -10, 16, 18 and 20 gauge wire and 24 gauge sheet metal in bronze or copper, druzy stone, (please bring your own silver if you would prefer it) expendables

Resin Kit fee $25.00 – includes bronze sheet metal, rubber silicone, a few bezels, 1 oz resin and resin to use in class, mica flakes, powders and cold enamels, solder, sand paper, wire and expendables.

Three Day Supply List:

  • Wire snips
  • round needle nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire snips
  • small hammer
  • anvil
  • vice
  • awl
  • jeweler saw, size 3 blad
  • bench pin or tin snips
  • burnishing tool
  • sandpaper
  • small file

Flexible shaft + small wood block to drill onto, metal files, hot 60 watt bulb and lamp, ( this is for drying resin so we can build in layers.), rusted found bezel such as coco lid, jar lid or any type of cup shape, meaningful small objects such as photos, inclusions such as text, leaves, sticks, herbs, sand, dried flowers. Objects to cast, (I will have some as well).

I will supply fire bricks, torches, soldering material, 2 flexible shaft, drill bits.

Ready to advance your metal and resin skill? CLICK here to register for Caging, Forging, Resin and Ancient Artifacts with me at Art Is You, Art Expedition, April 22-24, 2015.


Announcing Milan – the new line of gorgeous, textured, open-back bezels from Susan Lenart Kazmer


Susan Lenart Kazmer is thrilled to announce her new Milan Bezels.

Milan by Susan Lenart Kazmer

They will premier and be available for purchase first in the ICE Resin booth at the To Bead True Blue show in Tucson.


These beautifully textured open back bezels come shaped as hearts, teardrops, squares, circles, rectangles, triangles, and ovals. They range in price from $8 to $16.


Susan and Jen had an amazing time teaching, connecting, and reconnecting with ICE Resin friends at CHA 2015 and we have the snaps to prove it!


Creativity requires Energy – Wishing you an amazing 2015!


This is a close-up of  Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Talisman necklace “Energy”.

Wishing you all the energy you need to accomplish your creative goals in 2015!

Organic Shapes 2 – Mixed Media Metalwork with Stone and Bone by Susan Lenart Kazmer

miscellaney-2I spy…

A rock that looks like a Christmas light, two wobbly hearts, the impression of a leaf…

What do you see this Christmas Eve?

You’ll find Organic Shapes 1 right HERE.


Organic Shapes 1 – Mixed Media Metalwork with Stone and Bone by Susan Lenart Kazmer



Which shape attracts you the most?

Look for Organic Shapes 2 on Christmas Eve, because one of those pendants suggested Christmas to the blog mistress (probably not at all what Susan was thinking, but maybe…)

Hand Forged Hobnail Heart Necklace Clasp by Susan Lenart Kazmer



How you clasp a necklace is part of its beauty.

180 degrees from the Elf on a Shelf…


Resin, Fiber and Photgraphs: Journal Pages Close-Up


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