Make a German Glass Glitter and Gem Brad Bracelet with Kathy Cano-Murillo

Posted on | August 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

Hobail besels Susan Lenart Kazmer

Art Mechanique Gem Brads Cold Connections


It is easy to use ICE Resin® and  German Glass Glitter, create a gorgeous bracelet!

Start with Art Mechanique™ small hobnail bezels designed by Susan Lenart Kazmer in bronze and pewter.

Mix your Ice Resin and coat the inside of each bezel. Then pour in the glitter.

Before the pieces cured, I added in Crystal Clear Gem Brads, then I let  all the pieces dry overnight.

Gearman Glass Glitter and Clear Gem Brads

These are my “gold” and silver pieces.

Connect the pieces with jump rings to complete the bracelet.

ICE Resin bracelet Cathy Cano  Murillo

Kathy Cano-Murillo, the Crafty Chica



“Moving Forward”, a mixed media collage with instructions by Tatiana Allen

Posted on | August 13, 2014 | 4 Comments

Hello Everyone!

Oh my GOODNESS I am just in love with Iced Enamels and the new Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter!

A couple of weeks ago I did a Technique Tuesday video where I shared how to create an ICE Resin ocean. The inspiration for this idea came to me after thanking a dear friend for blowing wind in my sails. You can watch the faux ocean technique video here.

After completing the video, I had a beautiful night sky background and a magical blue ocean to work with. I was so excited to complete the rest of what I had envisioned, that I worked on it diligently until it felt finished. I love the way it turned out and how simple it is to make anything, including fabric, look fabulous with Iced Enamels.

ICE Resin Iced Enamels Shattered Inclusions

“Moving Forward” and ICE Resin mixed media collage.

Basically, I just cut the bird body and boat out of one of my kiddos old jeans, painted it, added the Iced Enamels Medium and Iced Enamels to the bird’s beak, hearts and the boat’s sail, heated it and viola! I then attached all of the pieces, including the cute little forks, number and heart charms with the answer to all of life’s problems, ICE Resin.

My Supply list:

ICE Resin®, 8 oz. Kit

Iced Enamel™ s Medium, 1 oz

Iced Enamels™  Ivory Relique

Iced Enamels™ : Carnelian and Garnet Relique

Opal and Fire Opal Shattered Inclusions  plus Chartreuse Mica

Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter: Sky Blue and Silver

Art Mechanique™ Connections: Gem Brads

Art Mechanique™ Charms: Brass Tableware

Art Mechanique™ Number Silhouettes

Rue Romantique™ Heart Shaped Faux Lock

Wishing you smiles and sunshine,

Tatiana Allen aka Crafty Cutie

ICE Resin + a crochet piece = mixed media jewelry a technique with Baerbel Born

Posted on | August 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

ICE Resin on crochet fabric

To make pretty jewellery with my crochet hook I have been looking for the perfect product to stiffen my yarn. ICE Resin can do the job!
I turned a crocheted flower into a piece of jewellery in no time just by adding ICE Resin.

Tip!! Like paper, the yarn will become slightly translucent if resinated. But as you can prepare your paper before resinating, you also can prepare yarn: Use some good old laundry starch in a high concentration on the yarn and let dry before you put your resin on. The yarn won’t soak the resin and won’t become translucent.

Baerbel Born

Materials you will need:

ICE Resin®

Cotton yarn: any crochet flower pattern you like

Laundry starch

Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko ‘All Purpose Ink’

Fanstsix pens

German Glass Glitter by Art Mechanique

Jump Rings and Extra Long  Brass Chain from Art Mechanique by Susan Lenart Kazmer

optional: Craft mat by Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko

Are You a Mixed Media Art Queen? Make an oh so Rue Romantique Queen Collage with Jamie Dougherty

Posted on | August 11, 2014 | 3 Comments

ICE Resin Queen Collage

ICE Resin® screams mixed media to me. Today I wanted to make a mixed media queen. I found inspiration from the paper found in the Rue Romantique Flip Book (Projects & Clip Art). I put the inspiration onto the background of my piece of work.


I collaged the papers from the Rue Romantique Flip Book (Projects & Clip Art) and Flip Book: Belles Dames Francaise. I then sketched my queen onto the paper with colored pencil. If you do not wish to draw you can also use a magazine photo and collage that over your background. Once I had my daring done I used the Iced Enamels in tarnished bronze and placed it over Iced enamels medium. I then took shattered mica in bronze and scattered it across the top of her head. I then manipulated some of the Blacken Steel wire in 20gg to create her crown. I embellished her crown with the Royal Crown Spoon Charms by Rue Romantique, bezel, Prima Bloom Collection fabric flowers, and gems. Once I had those securely down I covered the entire piece in ICE Resin® The resin brought out the rich color of the colored pencils and made them appear more vibrant.

The Resin Queen - details of Rue Romantique royal spoon charms and

The Resin Queen – details of Rue Romantique royal spoon charms and Rue bezel, plus wire work and other details.

Supplies and Tools:

ICE Resin®

Iced Enamels™:  Tarnished Bronze

Rue Romantique™ bezel

Rue Romantique™ Royal Crown Spoon Charms

Rue Romantique™ Flip Book (Projects & Clip Art)

Flip Book: Belles Dames Francaise

Blackened Steel wire in 20gg

Color Pencils



pliars/needle nose

wood panel

Thank you for joining me today.

Jamie Dougherty

Susan Lenart Kazmer Haute Couture Inspiration 3

Posted on | August 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

Long necklaces, if you have ever looked for Susan Lenart Kazmer socializing at an art event, you are sure to recognize her by the style of her mixed-media necklace.

What lengths and shapes of necklaces are in your comfort zone?

We hope this inspires beautiful you to step outside your comfort zone!

Haute Couture Susan Lenart Kazmer

Model credit: Vaiva Style

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.

5 days of Mixed Media and Talismans with Instructor Susan Lenart Kazmer at Mosaico in Mexico

Posted on | August 9, 2014 | No Comments

ICE Rein workshop in MexicoEmbed 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 April 5 -11, 2015. All of the details are HERE.

Susan Lenart Kazmer
Artist Profile
240-slkMy 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.
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.

Susan Lenart Kazmer Haute Couture Inspiration 2

Posted on | August 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

Red and black always make a bold statement.

Susan Lenart Kazmer’s shaker heart bracelet and mixed media necklace add the Haute!

If you were going to pair these mixed media pieces with clothes in your closet, what outfit would you choose?

Susan Lenart Kazmer haute couture

Vaiva Style model wearing a necklace and bracelet designed by 25+ year metalsmith, Susan Lenart Kazmer.

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.

Susan Lenart Kazmer Haute Couture Inspiration 1

Posted on | August 7, 2014 | No Comments

You may recognize the ring Susan Lenart Kazmer made from this post.

Susan’s jewelry has been featured at New York Fashion Week and in Elle Magazine.

Susan’s wire wrapped, forged bracelets adorn this Vaiva Style model’s wrist.

A lion is the focal of the necklace.

Is your Talisman a lion?

metal smith Susan Lenart Kazmer

A Vaiva Style model wearing a necklace, bracelets, and a ring designed by Susan Lenart Kazmer.

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.

DIY Rustic MY LOVE Earrings with Iced Enamels Garnet Relique by Polly Hendrickson

Posted on | August 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

mixed media cold enameled earrings ICE ResinI am a hopeless romantic, and I love hearts! I have always liked collecting them, and decided to use the Mixed Metal Hobnail Heart Bezels in Antique Silver to make a pair of earrings. I wanted them to be rustic, so to achieve the look of earrings from the old days, I used a two pieces of Vintage ceiling tiles as their base. I also wanted to incorporate the color red to add to the romantic feel of the earrings, which I did by using the Iced Enamels in Garnet Relique.

Polly Hendrickson, Jewelry Design

2 1-inch pieces of Vintage Ceiling Tiles, with sharp edges filed to smooth them
2 Mixed Metal Hobnail Heart Bezels in Antique Silver, Small
Art Mechinque Gem Brads ICE Resincold enameling Iced Enamels ICE Resin2 Multicolored Gem Brads, 4 mm, in Gold
ICE Resin®
Measuring Cups
Popsicle Sticks
Disposable Paint Brushes
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Iced Enamels™ in Garnet Relique AND Ivory Relique
Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter, Silver
Heat Gun
Black Sharpie Marker
Words from an old book or newspaper and White Glue
20 gauge Sterling Silver Wire for Ear Wires and 4 Jump Rings
Torch, for balling ends of wire
Ball Peen Hammer and Drill or Hole Punch Pliers

1) Cut out 2, 1 inch pieces of the Vintage Ceiling Tiles. Be sure to use your Metal File to smooth the rough edges.
2) Choose the words you want to use from an old book or newspaper. Tear them out, keeping their rough edges for a rustic look. Lightly blacken the edges of the words with the Sharpie Marker.
3) Inside of the heart bezels, lightly paint the ICED Enamels® Medium. Once dry, sprinkle the Iced Enamels® Ivory Relique into the bezels. Heat with the heat gun until they have “melted” and attached to the bezel bottom. Allow to cool.
4) Add one word to each heart and use a very small amount of glue to adhere them to the bottom of the hearts. Let dry.
5) Sprinkle the Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter in Silver over the words, using as much or as little as you would like. TIP: A little goes a long way!
6) Mix the ICE Resin® according to package directions. Gently stir with the popsicle stick and let sit for a few minutes to allow any air bubbles to rise to the surface.
7) Using the disposable paint brushes, lightly paint the ICE Resin® over the Iced Enamels® in Garnet Relique. This will seal and protect the Iced Enamels®.
8) Pour the rest of the ICE Resin® into the bezels being careful not to over fill, but just until you have a nice dome. Allow to dry at room temperature according to package directions.
9) Once the tile is dry, punch or drill a hole at the top of the tile where you would like to hang the earring.
10) Punch or drill another small hole at the top corner of the tile and insert the 2 Multicolored Gem Brads, one on each earring.
11) Open the jump rings and insert one in the hole for the ear wire, and add the bezel before closing it. Attach another jump ring to hang from the ear wire. Repeat on opposite earring.
12) Cut approximately 2 to 2 ½ inches of Sterling Silver Wire and use the torch to ball the end of the wire. Form the wire in the shape of the ear wire, and hammer lightly on the end and near the curve to finish the ear wire.

What kind of mixed media found object finds so you have in your studio that you could cold enamel and make into earrings?

Adding Colour to Rue Romantique Bezels with Pigment Paint

Posted on | August 5, 2014 | 3 Comments

Clare Horner uses acrylic paint from Indigo Blu (one of ICE Resin’s preferred partners) to cover the black patina on a Rou Romantique heart bezel to blue in this technique video.

Rue Romantique ICE Resin bezel

What piece of jewelry or mixed media does this paint patina technique inspire you to create?

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