Contents, a paper, metal and ICE Resin bracelet by Susan Lenart Kazmer

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“Contents” a bracelet by Susan Lenart Kazmer

No. 22, Volume … unknown.

When was the first time you tore pages out of a book to make jewelry?

If you would like to learn more about Susan’s techniques working with resin and metal, her recent book “Resin Alchemy” and DVDs “Forge Wire Cages” and “Explorations in Jewelry Enameling” are available now.

 

 

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An amulet in pale earth tones by Susan Lenart Kazmer

What does this mixed media amulet remind you of… a mariner’s compass to chart unknown waters?

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Where has art taken you? Where are you taking your art?

Hammered Amethyst Necklace by Susan Lenart Kazmer

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Iron and gamma rays are built into the crystal lattice of amethyst. You can see more of Susan’s jewelry portfolio at: http://slkartmechanic.com/

Stacked Paper Ring by Susan Lenart Kazmer

slk-stacked-paper-ringSet your imagination free.

What do you think the papers are that Susan Lenart Kazmer put into this stacked ring?

What would you put into a stacked ring? Letter from a lost love? A current love? Secrets you want to keep close?

Amethyst cradled in a hammered forged bezel

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Let’s travel back in time to a bacchanal in Rome and Greece. Did you let your imagination wander into the ancient past? Are you reclined on your couch strewn with silk pillows? Good!

Now be so kind as to stretch your imagination a little bit further. Ahhh! Feels good to stretch, doesn’t it?

Are you wearing your amethyst pendant? Getting many compliments and envious glances? Wonderful!

Are you drinking out of a chalice carved of amethyst? And it is going down smooth? Fabulous!

Stretch a titch more. You now believe that wearing amethyst or drinking from a vessel carved of this luscious colored quartz will not allow you to get even  the slightest bit tipsy!

That particular property of amethyst is totally a myth, fortunately the oohs and ahhs the wearer of beautifully hand crafted jewelry hears are total reality.

This piece ws hammered and forged by Susan Lenart Kazmer, author of Resin Alchemy.

How does wearing that special piece of jewelry you created make you feel?

 

 

 

What do Susan Lenart Kazmer’s wire cages make you feel?

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When you absorb a piece of art  —   be it jewelry, painting, sculpture, or  (please fill in the blank), what do you feel?

I (Carol, the gal who puts this blog together)  have a favorite piece that Susan Lenart Kazmer made, it was in her first book, Making Connections. For me, it danced. When I asked her about it she told me a totally different story about the piece than I expected. I have another favorite piece that is in her new book, Resin Alchemy and I have not had a chance to ask her about that one, but any time I see one of Susan’s wire cages I think of this very wonderful poem by another talented artist and I feel daring:

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Geodes, Fossils and Metal – Remarkable Rings from natural stones

When a nondescript rock holds a treasure of crystals it is called a geode. Did you know they make remarkable rings?

Susan Lenart Kazmer’s eyes light up when she finds geodes perfect for  her signature prong ring bezels. She made these bezels from scratch to fit the crystal stones, but you Which one is you favorite?

 

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Geodes in prong ring bezels. Susan Lenart Kazmer, metalsmith.

 

Live on Jewelry TV – Jen Cushman shows how to make five pieces of jewelry out of our fabulous ICE Resin kit!

jewel school logoWant to make a gorgeous piece of jewelry that shimmers and catches the light through crystal clear ICE Resin?

Monday, August 25th, 10 a.m. Eastern,  jewelry artist and ICE Resin VP, Jen Cushman will be live in Jewel School on Jewelry TV!

faux druzy opal Jen Cushman ICE Resin“I am so excited for this opportunity to bring ICE Resin inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people,” Jen says. “I am thrilled to be able to show Susan Lenart Kazmer’s faux druzy technique and have a kit available so that everyone who watches the episode can easily make their own simple yet elegant jewelry. When faux druze is combined with coordinating beads and wire the resulting piece is truly stunning.”

Jen was busy in her studio this past week creating 14 pieces to showcase during the show.

You can click HERE to locate the broadcast channel in your area.

Want to watch online? At the time above, go to http://www.jtv.com/broadcast, and then under the Airing Now tab, click Watch Us Live.

chocolate-FauxDruzeJewelryTVShop Jewel School for these high end jewelry looks:

Kit#1: Faux Druzy/Faux Opal Antique Silver

1 – SLK706MED/SIL medium circle

1 – SLK710LG/SIL large triangle

1 – SLK716MED/SIL medium heart

3 – tubes of glass glitter (Silver, Chartreuse, & Amethyst)

1 – Jar Shattered Opal Inclusions

1 – ICE25

1 – package of 2 mixing cups and 2 stir sticks

1 – package of 3 SLK706SM/SIL small circle

1 – SLK713SM/SIL small square

1 – Instruction sheet

Kit#2: Faux Druzy/Faux Fire Opal Bronze

1 – SLK913BP (raised square bezel old mm style)

1 – SLK714MED/BRS medium shield

1 – SLK707LG/BRS large rectangle

3 – tubes of glass glitter (chocolate, salmon, & sky blue)

1 – Jar of Fire Opal

1 – ICE25

1 – package of 2 mixing cups and 2 stir sticks

1 – package of 3 SLK705SM/BRS small oval

1 – SLK714SM/BRS small shield

1 – Instruction sheet

Jewelry TV has beads galore to go with both fabulous ICE Resin Kits. How ever will you choose which one to use to make your new jewelry?

Two Ohio technique workshops with Susan Lenart Kazmer open for enrollment at Ginny’s Small Studio

Hi Everyone:  it is rare for me to teach at local stores, but the weekend of September 13 and 14 I will be teaching as part of a workshop series at a cool local Ohio store, Ginny’s Small Studio. Ginny began mixed media events with Art Continuum back in 2000. She was the founder of Stampers Anonymous that went on to become a huge success.

Here are the two workshops I will give at Ginny’s Small Studio:

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Susan Lenart Kazmer wire cagesWIRE- Ancient techniques on New Frontiers- Forging + Brazing 
Sign up for the class: Sun Sept. 14th 10-5pm $125 per student

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.. Through many years of my own research and ethnographic repair, I have employed these same ideas to build my own unique body of work, influenced by my fashion experience, in forged wire.

Students will be challenged to think beyond traditional jewelry design to make your jewelry stronger, more interesting, unique, and personal by exploring new ideas for soldering, shaping, finishing and building of multiple components.
RESIN, RELICS AND ANCIENT ARTIFACTS
Sign up for the class: Saturday Sept. 13th 10-5PM $125 per student

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. Focus and build with resin using multiple thin layers while learning new techniques and application for scratching, crackling, engraving, transferring of imagery, making marks and coloring surface. Set your finished components with filigree bezel wire…brazing presented.

Ginny’s Small Studio is located in Jefferson Square, 26113 Detroit Road in Westlake.

 

The DVD is out! FORGE WIRE CAGES AND OTHER 3D FORMS FOR JEWELRY MAKING with Susan Lenart Kazmer

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Want to take a metalsmithing class from Susan Lenart Kazmer but your schedule does not allow you to travel?

FORGE WIRE CAGES AND OTHER 3D FORMS FOR JEWELRY MAKING is now available as a DVD so you can learn in the comfort of your own home or studio.

Art Mechanic Susan Leanrt KazmerYou can order the DVD  or download the file from Interweave.

Stone, glass, and found objects offer endless design possibilities and Susan will help you wire them to your skillset.

Movement, encapsulate found objects, and so many more tips will help enhance your jewelry and mixed media art.

Do you still yearn for more?

Check out Susan’s:

Explorations in Jewelry Enameling: Torch and Kiln Techniques,

her book Resin Alchemy,

and The Ultimate Susan Lenart Kazmer Resin Collection kit.

 

 

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