Join 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.
“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.”
Further Explorations in Jewelry Enameling: Kiln Fired Liquid Enamel and Sgraffito with Susan Lenart Kazmer
In Further Explorations in Jewelry Enameling: Kiln Fired Liquid Enamel and Sgraffito, outstanding jewelry artist Susan Lenart Kazmer demonstrates torch firing liquid enamels onto metalwork along with the rudiments of working with a kiln. Now, in her latest look at enamels, Susan focuses exclusively on kiln firing, the technique that gives you maximum control over the final look you can achieve.
The digital download is available July 14, 2014. The DVD is available August 13, 2014. You can get either one by clicking this Interweave Store link.
In Further Explorations in Jewelry Enameling: Kiln Fired Liquid Enamel and Sgraffito, jewelry artists will:
- Review enamel basics, use of dry and liquid enamel powder, and metal forming and texturing
- Discover in-depth how to prepare each enamel scenario for the kiln
- Find out how to take advantage of the kiln’s precision temperature control and readouts to create the colors and effects you want
- Enjoy the ease and efficiency of letting the kiln do the work for you
- Learn to use resin as a counter-enameling option
- Explore the use of rubber stamps and natural leaves to alter your enameled surface
- See how to add mica powders for shimmering sparkle and depth
Bead Fest is for beaders and jewelry makers of all skill levels! This jewelry making extravaganza brings the top jewelry trends, instructors and beading resources together under one roof!
Susan is teaching:
8074, Resin Alchemy Aug. 22
8072, Enameling: Patterns, Text, Texture and Transparency in Glass Aug. 23
8073, Cold Enameling- Color on Metal Aug. 24
Are you ready to learn new skills and refine your artistic techniques? Check out these Art Unraveled classes:
Caging Common Objects with Susan Lenart Kazmer on Sunday, August 3
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.
Transparent Text: New Works Done in Journals with Susan Lenart Kazmer on Monday evening, August 4 and all day Tuesday.
Create layers of extraordinary translucent pages using a collection of new ideas and techniques. Alter journal notes and paper by adding image and photo transfers, ink stamps, oil pastel and marker on tissue. Learn the beautiful art form of creating resin paper with rubs, burnings, oil pastel and colored pencil techniques. Layer, bind and finish an extraordinary, personal journal or wearable journal and small pendant.
Earlier in the event you can explore ICE Resin and cold enameling with Iced Enamels at our Make n Take demonstrations!
Thursday, July 31, 5:30 p.m. – Ice Resin - Resplendent Rue Romantique™
New to ICE Resin? It is so simple to create wonderful mixed media art and jewelry with ICE and during this demo we will show you tips and tricks
of working with our crystal clear, jeweler’s grade, self-doming, self-healing resin. Add a little romance to your life as you create a sweet focal
all your own with a bezel from Kristen Robinson’s Rue Romantique Line. Bring a small photograph (commercially printed) or use one of
our images. Taught by ICE Resin Staff.
Friday, August 1, 5:30 p.m. – Ice Resin - Luscious Color Talisman with Iced Enamels™
Learn how to achieve the look of torch or kiln-fired enamels on one of Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Talisman Silhouettes using Iced Enamels Relique Powders,
a craft heat gun and ICE Resin. Oh my! Which Relique will you choose? Garnet or Citrine, Amethyst or Torched Copper, Turquoise or Chartreuse,
Raspberry or Ivory, German Silver or Pewter, and Tarnished Bronze will delight your eyes. You will chose a shape and Relique color(s) and then create
your own Talisman during this thoroughly enjoyable make-n-take. Taught by ICE Resin Staff.
Saturday August 2nd: Shopping Extravaganza 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the vendor hall
Embassy Suites, 4415 E. Paradise Village Pkwy South, Phoenix, Arizona, 85032, USA
Live near Philly?
You’ll find Susan teaching plus ICE Resin and cold enameling supplies at Bead Fest Philly!
Trailblazing metalsmith Susan Lenart Kazmer shares her signature wireworking techniques in a new workshop focused on wire cages and other dimensional ways to use wire in jewelry. Showcase found objects, add an organic look, and embrace your wired side with Susan’s creative design ideas.
The digital download is available now! Click HERE.
The DVD is available August 13, 2014. You can get either one by clicking this Interweave Store link.
In Forge Wire Cages and Other 3D Forms for Jewelry Making: Capture Stone, Glass and Found Objects, artisans will:
- Learn how to anneal and hammer wire of all gauges, with complete control at all times
- Build several wire cage designs using a combination of soldering and cold connections
- Ball wire ends and use these components for structure and decoration
- Achieve motion in your designs with links and hinges
- Combine fiber and wire in the same pieces for texture and color galore
- Play with paint and various finishing options
If you follow Susan’s work, you will know that the creme de la creme of her ring designs are the Pronged Ring Bezels. Now she has taken the work out of them for you by making them available, complete in design, and ready to take hold of whatever you choose! The Small Pronged Ring Bezel can hold anything from a Geode to Sea Glass, Found Object or Cast Resin. After annealing the prongs to soften them, just place your object into the bezel and fold the prongs in to grab the object…Voila! An instant piece of Art!
Pronged Ring with Small Bezel SLK1819
The bezel size is 1 cm x 1 cm; the prongs are each 1.5 cm with a small supportive wire about .5 cm up from the base of the bezel; the ring band is adjustable. After annealing the prongs to make them softer, just place your object into the bezel, and fold the prongs in to grab the object…Voila! An instant piece of Art! Available in gorgeous white bronze or warm yellow bronze.
Pronged Ring with Large Bezel SLK1821
The bezel size is 3 cm x 3.5 cm; the prongs are 1 cm and 2 cm for grabbing uneven objects; the ring band is adjustable.
SPECIAL ORDER: These Bezels are available as a special order of 12 or more pieces of any one style and metal (either all white bronze or all yellow bronze). Special orders require a deposit of 50% down. You generally need to allow about three to six weeks for a special order to be completed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to place a special order. Thank you.
When I first began working with resin 12-plus years ago, I could not find one that satisfied my needs as an artist so I designed my own signature, proprietary product — ICE Resin.
Three years ago, I brought to market the plunger delivery system for resin, which takes the measuring out of the equation. Customers have been requesting a cap that’s easier to open and replace. As I was looking into the new delivery system options and worked with my chemist, I became aware of some new advancements in two-part epoxy resins since I first developed ICE Resin in 2007.
I am pleased to share my new ICE Resin® plunger with an easy-to-use twist cap with all the qualities professional artists and serious crafters have come to love when they make heirloom jewelry and mixed media art projects.
My company is committed to quality and continuing to meet the needs of our customers. I hope you’ll be as pleased as I am with the enhancements.
Susan Lenart Kazmer
- Pleasing new scent / Low odor
- Jeweler’s Grade
- Crystal Clear
- Naturally Doming
- Cold Cure
- You may wear your jewelry as soon as ICE Resin® is dry to the touch.
- 2-part epoxy resin. Part A is the Resin. It has a slightly blue tint. Part B is the hardener. It has a very slight yellow tint. Part A and Part B must be poured with a one-to-one ratio and mixed gently but thoroughly for ICE Resin to dry and cure properly.
Cold Surface Work
Susan says: “This is surface work on metal that looks like enameling. I call it cold enameling.”
Check out the video to see how she uses surface treatments on metal to achieve the look of her signature jewelry.
Susan also shared techniques with ICE Resin in the Jewelry Lab. Love druze stones but not the price? You can make your own.
The shows air the week of May 1. Here’s are a couple of handy links:
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