I have been very quiet about my personal life over the past few months and I am finally ready to make this announcement.
Cheri Lenart Cann died on September 10th.
She was my wonderful beautiful sister and my best friend. When she was here she worked on making the world a better place. Those of you may have known her from teaching glass casting workshops at the Bead and Button Show or Art Unraveled or other art retreat events…… or because she was always with me. She was diagnosed with an inoperable cancer earlier this year, and it all happened so quickly.
Two months before Cheri’s death, I also lost my husband…my children’s father. My kids and I were trying to recover from the loss when Cheri passed, so we were all hit double. I cancelled my workshops this year at BeadFest Philadelphia, and event I’ve taught for the past 10 years, to spend the last days with Cheri and my family. I do not regret it, however, I do apologize to the people who signed up for my classes.
My son and Cheri’s only son are away at their first year of college now. (We are so proud of them in our family). It was hard for my daughter and I because our house was so quiet, so quickly. We took an amazing retreat together for two weeks in October. It gave my daughter and I renewal. I found out what it means to have loved ones on the other side.
I’m going back to my roots of building pieces with healing and love and the magic of life. I’m teaching workshops again next year and continuing my work as an artist and instructor and as the founder and president of ICE Resin. Life goes on.
I love you Cheri, with all my heart. XX
Note from Jen: While there have been amazing opportunities and events in 2013 — the release of Susan’s new book Resin Alchemy and two enameling DVDs, the Gifting Suite as part of the Emmys, wonderful growth at ICE Resin, fab new products, etc…..It’s also been a very difficult year personally in Susan’s life. All of us involved in Susan Lenart Kazmer LLC/ICE Resin are very much like a family. When one of us is hurting, all of us pull together to circle the wagons, so to speak. It is difficult to share our grief publically, but being a company by artists for artists, means we are human beings with real life blessings and real life challenges. Cheri Lenart Cann was an important part of our company. Her talent as an artist, her skill, her vision, her support has left a large space. We miss her every day.
What in the world is Susan doing?
Discover the answers in the Winter edition of Cloth Paper Scissors’ STUDIO Magazine. Available HERE and NOW. Hint: She’s adding one of her circus troupe figures to the birdcage. She affectionately calls her the “fat lady” but the real name is in her book, Making Connections.
The Winter 2014 issue of Studio also has tips for creating studio space in close quarters and business advice from experts.
You can do it!
Get inspired by the creative spaces of all types of artists and makers, including a wedding florist, jewelry maker, photographer, painter, and quilter.
Tons of bracelets (bangles, charm bracelets, and cuffs) make great stocking stuffers, two fabulous lampwork projects will keep your hands warm, and flatback-encrusted Crystal Clay™ will help you celebrate the sparkle of the season.
Don’t forget about our FABULOUS creative adventure & contest with Susan Lenart Kazmer! Join in on The SLK PROJECT for a chance to be creative and WIN BIG! Visit the SLK Project Contest Page for details.
You must register by December 1, but you have a few more days after that to upload your final project.
If you get busy in your studio there is still time to make your mixed media jewelry projects and enter to win a fabulous trip to take all 4 for Susan’s classes at To Bead True Blue in sunny Tucson, Arizona in February!
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.
Instructor: 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
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
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
Get a glimpse of the red carpet with #HandmadeBracelets, an eBook filled with eye candy for lovers of mixed-media jewelry.
Enjoy the designs members of the ICE Resin® Creative Team 2013 and ICE Resin® staff made especially for the stars of Hollywood. Get inspired by these unique designs along with several included step-by-step jewelry projects.
Each ICE Resin® artist provides a short statement about each of their handmade bracelets, explaining the creative process and the inspiration behind the piece, allowing you to get a look behind the scenes.
Jen Crossley, Lexi Grenzer, Cindy Cima Edwards, Lelsley Venable, Thespa McLaughlin, JoMama, Pamela Huntington, Sandy Martin, Susan M. Walls, Jennifer Priest, Misty Grosse, Carol La Valley, and Jen Cushman.
Susan Lenart Kazmer, creator and founder of ICE Resin says, “Prior to the palpable excitement in Hollywood the weekend of the Emmys awards, all of my design team members chose to be involved to create a bracelet of their own style using ICE Resin and Art Mechanique products for Emmys-nominated actors and actresses and celebrity VIPs. Jen and I were delighted when the pieces from the team came rolling in; Gorgeous individual jewelry that all marked their own personality and style.”
We are pleased Cloth Paper Scissors is offering #HandmadeBracelets as a ebook. You can purchase it HERE.
And if you missed the webinar, you can listen to it HERE.
Susan Lenart Kazmer wishes all the 2013 Emmy nominees good fortune at the awards!
Thanks for stopping by ICE Resin!
FINALLY! Time for the big day!
Be sure to follow the stars’ crafting experience with Susan Lenart Kazmer and ICE Resin live during the event on our fast-moving Instagram party.
We’ll be talking to you live from the event by uploading photos with Hollywood’s favorite celebs instantly for your viewing pleasure.
Also join our live Twitter chat during the event to talk about what’s going on and more chances to win swag bags and Make-n-Take kits.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Time: 11:30 am PST/2:30 pm EST
Twitter.com via #CraftingTheEmmys and Instagram.com/iceresin
Join us as we reveal the top secret
Pièce de résistance!
Susan Lenart Kazmer has spent weeks in her studio hand fabricating a
stellar, fashion-forward, wearable art gown,
fit for a Queen, ICE that is!
We’ll also be doing giveaways of actual kits of the make n take that we’re doing with the celebs on site from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday at the Nokia Theater Club. Be sure to tune in to our Twitter Chat and Instagram parties on Saturday to see all of the details, stars, and projects firsthand!
FOLLOW US HERE to be sure you don’t miss out on the action :)
And use these hashtags to see the Hollywood Stars come out to play, plus all of the swag, bling, and deliciousness from all of the companies participating in the Connected Gifting Lounge at the Primetime Emmys!
ALL the charms are different and with Industrial Chic, NO TWO will be ALIKE.
Just like our bracelets, the celebs will be creating unique works of art for themselves!
All the details of the original announcement are here: http://iceresin.com/icequeen/2013/08/ice-resin-is-going-to-the-primetime-emmys/
It’s all wrapped up, what could it be?
our Emmy’s SWAG bag,
Tomorrow’s big reveal:
a brand new phenomenal high fashion work of art Susan Lenart Kazmer created
especially created for this Emmys crafting extravaganza!
We want you to share the excitement and fun as Susan helps the stars get their craft on – you will be able to see photos on the ICE Queen’s live Twitter Chat and Instagram Party on Saturday, September 21.
To see ICEResin via Instagram, follow iceresin.
These are the hashtags you’ll want to use on Saturday to watch the stars come out in the daylight!
I have always loved numbers and I use them frequently in my mixed media art and jewelry.
I love numbers for their special significance to me:
Even numbers represent balance and stability.
Odd numbers represent risk-taking.
I use numbers as Talismans.
I can hardly believe the contestant signed up and I know that I can’t wait to see the jewelry entries into the SLK contest hosted by Bead Design Studio Magazine!
If you missed any of the magazine, don’t worry there is still plenty of time to get back issues and enter before the December 1, 2013 deadline.
One GRAND-PRIZE WINNER will Receive:
• An all-expense paid trip to the 2014 Tucson Gem Show to take all of Susan’s classes
• A CUSTOM piece of jewelry made just for you by Susan herself
• A sweet prize package filled with beady goodies from all of our sponsors
Two Runners-Up will Receive:
• A sweet prize package filled with beady goodies from our sponsors
How to Play:
1. Register at www.beaddesignstudiomag.com/slkproject between May 14, 2013 and
December 1, 2013.
2. Recreate each of the four projects, using Susan Lenart Kazmer’s techniques, as the issues
come out. You don’t need to copy Susan’s work exactly, as long as the main technique is used.
You can, for example, adjust the color, size, and shape to your liking. As you work,
upload photos of the pieces you create to our website:
• Project 1: Rice Paper Shaker Heart (June 2013 issue, on sale 5/14/13)
• Project 2: Iced Enamel Belt (August 2013 Issue, on sale 7/16/13)
• Project 3: Faux Druzy Ring (October 2013 Issue, on sale 9/17/13)
• Project 4: Hollow Lightbulb Glitter Bottle (December 2013 Issue, on sale 11/12/13)
3. After all four techniques/projects have been completed, use them to create a single SLK-inspired piece of jewelry of your own.
(Your inspirational piece must contain all four project components.) Upload your finished piece by December 9, 2013.
4. Susan Lenart Kazmer will judge the final entries and choose three winners: one Grand Prize winner and two runners up.
The winners will be announced on or about December 17, 2013.
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