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

Posted on | September 4, 2014 | No Comments


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.


Count Your Blessings Bookmark with Number Silhouettes,Rue Romantique Bezel, and ICE Resin by Polly Hendrickson

Posted on | September 3, 2014 | No Comments

ice-resin-bookmark-1I have always loved to read, and this year, I’m trying to be more thankful for all of the blessings in my life. I decided to make a bookmark using this gorgeous bezel from Kristen Robinson’s Rue Romantique™ bezel collection, and I absolutely love these metal scrapbooking numbers. I thought it would be fun to make something whimsical that I can use to remind me to be thankful as I go through my day, so I chose to make something that is functional as well as ornamental!

Thanks for stopping by!

Polly Hendrickson

Metal Numbers
ICE Resin®
Mixing Cups, Popsicle Sticks, and Disposable Paint Brushes
Iced Enamels® Medium
ICED Enamels® in Ivory Relique, Pewter Relique, and German Silver Relique, and Shattered Inclusions in Fire Opal, and Iced Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Silver and Copper
Heat Gun
Rue Romantique™ Large Filigree Oval Bezel
Scissors and a Page from an old book
STAZ-ON Ink Pad in Emerald City with Number Stamp
Black Jax and Green Jax
Small Eyelets and Eyelet Setter
Jump Rings and Chain Nose Pliers
Drill or Hole Punch Pliers
4 Ott Steel Wool
Organza Ribbons: Raspberry, Ivory, Brown

1) Use the Steel Wool to scrub the surface of each number as well as the surface of the Rue Romantique™ bezel.
2) Take the numbers “7” and “9” and paint Black Jax on them and set them aside to darken. Take the Rue Romantique™ Large Filigree Oval Bezel and lightly paint it with Green Jax and set aside to patina.
ice-resin-bookmark-33) Take the number “8” and paint it lightly with ICED Enamels® Medium. Allow to dry. (Once the numbers “7” and “9” have darkened to your liking, add the ICED Enamels® Medium to them as well.)
4) For the number “7”, begin with the ICED Enamels® German Silver Relique. Sprinkle it lightly over the number, and use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool. Next, use the ICED Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Copper, sprinkling a small amount over the number in the desired areas. Use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool. Add a thin layer of ICED Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Silver. Heat with Heat Gun and let cool.
ice-resin-bookmark-55) For the number “8”, use the ICED Enamels® Relique in Pewter. Sprinkle it lightly over the number, and use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool. Next, use the ICED Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Silver, sprinkling a small amount over the number in the desired areas. Use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool.
ice-resin-bookmark-66) For the number “9”, use the ICED Enamels® in Ivory Relique. Sprinkle it lightly over the number, and use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool. Next, use the ICED Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Silver, sprinkling a small amount over the number in the desired areas. Use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool.
7) Mix and prepare ICE Resin® according to package directions. Set aside. Cut the page from the old book to fit into the bezel opening. Cover the number “6” stamp with the STAZ-ON Ink in Emerald City, and stamp the number in the desired spot on the paper. Use a small amount of ICE Resin® in the bottom of the bezel and insert the stamped paper.
ice-resin-bookmark-88) Add the ICED Enamels® Shattered Inclusions in Fire Opal around the edges to frame the number. Gently drip the ICE Resin® into the bezel being careful not to over fill. Allow to set 8 to 12 hours.
9) Using the disposable paint brush, lightly paint a very small amount of ICE Resin® over the surface of each number. Allow to set 8 to 12 hours.
10) Drill or punch holes in the numbers for the Eyelets. Insert the Eyelets into the holes, attach the numbers to the Eyelet, and using the Eyelet Setter and hammer, gently tap until the Eyelet is set.
11) Attach the numbers at the number “7” to the bezel using the Jump Ring and the Chain Nose Pliers.
12) Cut Organza Ribbon into desired lengths and tie to the top of the bezel.


What are you thankful for?


Grab the stamp of your choice and make a design on metal with Relique Powder

Posted on | September 2, 2014 | 5 Comments

Did you know you can use a stamp on metal with Susan Lenart Kazmer’s cold enameling system?

Tatiana Allen will how you how.

You’ll need a stamp, some Iced Enamels Medium, Chartreuse Relique, a Heart Silhouette, and ICE Resin.


Don’t forget that in order to make a permanent cold enameling fusion, you need a layer of ICE Resin on the top of the Relique Powder pattern you have added to the silhouette.



Susan Lenart Kazmer Haute Couture Inspiration 4

Posted on | August 31, 2014 | No Comments

Fibers, silk sari, hand-dyed, wool, etc. are part of what makes Susan Lenart Kazmer’s jewelry amazing.

Are fibers part of your mixed metal jewelry and bead work?

Haute Couture Susan Lenart Kazmer

Model by Vaiva Style.


You can see Susan working with fibers as she shapes this necklace and of course, in her ballerina and other figures.

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.

Use your lariat to lasso a CREATE Dallas class with instructor Jen Cushman

Posted on | August 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

Jen Cushman teaching at CREATE ChicagoWorkshop creation usually starts in the artist’s studio nearly a year before the art event takes place. When students request a class, that process begins even before the current class is over.

Jen Cushman says, “The Links, Clasps, Components, and Chains class came directly out of a CREATE art retreat in 2013. My students in Chicago were casting in ICE Resin and they kept asking me wire-working questions. There simply was not time to teach wire working and resin, so I asked them,  If I taught a class and in it you had a spool of wire and with that spool you learned to create connections would that be fun?” 

A class is born:


Students will leave with a finished necklace and a foundation to make your own components, which will save you money.

One of the most rewarding aspects of making mixed-media jewelry is being able to see the hand of the artist in your work. Learning the skills to make gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, rings, pins and more from spools of humble wire is an art form all unto itself. Fortunately, making components from wire is not only deeply fulfilling, it’s economical on your pocketbook and easier to accomplish than one might think. In this workshop, you will learn how to make bead links, wire links, clasps and components and then how to chain them together to create one seamless and beautiful wearable work of art. The fundamental skills learned in this class will help you build a strong foundation for future work.

Registration for  Dallas CREATE classes happens right HERE.

JenCushmanJen.JournalJewelry.2-LgART JOURNAL JEWELRY (6 HOURS)

Students will leave with three finished pendants that you can make necklaces with plus some beautiful loose collage pages created from your intuitive imagery.

Art Journaling is a way to let your authentic, creative voice sing with paper, pens, paint and various other art supplies. In this brand new workshop, you will be learning to work through the intuitive process of creating colorful, spontaneous expressions of yourself. The second part of the workshop takes the art journaling process one step further with techniques to cut, collage and re-imagine your paper pages into resin jewelry. Basic jewelry skills are helpful, but absolutely not necessary for this class. Learn how to turn your journal art into gorgeous art to wear!


Students will learn new techniques for adding permanent color to metal along with a handful of completed charms to later incorporate into your mixed-media jewelry, collage or assemblage work.

Cold enameling is a new art process utilizing micas, enameling powders, glitter powders and other interesting surface mediums in conjunction with a glasslike product called ICE Resin. These mediums used in tandem with time honored metalworking techniques add color and texture to metal. Instruction will focus on various techniques of the cold enamel process and hands-on experimentation and play with the products to create gorgeous metal jewelry pendants.


Students will leave with a handful of collaged resin pendants to use a focal pendants for your jewelry or in your collages and assemblages.

Turn your eye for design into fabulous and unique jewelry. During class we will use handcrafted bezels, oodles of images, a jeweler’s-grade resin and the most important tool of all—your imagination—to make a trio of resin pendants. Learn how to properly mix and pour a two-part epoxy resin, add color if you so choose, embed small objects like rhinestones or beads and how to bling it up with glitter and mica. These images are idea samples of what you can create, but you will personalize your pendant to fit your individual art aesthetic, style and favorite color palettes.


Students will leave with a dozen new skills guaranteed to take your jewelry making to the next level.

Who doesn’t love a good lariat? These chic necklaces are easy to wear and fun to make, particularly when you create them using mixed-media techniques of cold enameling, fiber manipulation and wireworking along with traditional metalworking skills. Cold enameling is a new art process that looks like glossy kiln-fired or torch-fired enamels without the use of fire or flame. You will also learn metalworking skills of cutting, annealing, texturizing, and forming sheet metal into interesting shapes that are not only beautiful but structurally integral to the lariat design. This workshop focuses on learning new skills and techniques while still making beautiful jewelry components. If you’re new to jewelry making, don’t be intimidated. Cold enameling is a fun and easy process and Jen Cushman has some premade metal components for those who might not wish to delve into metal cutting and forming.

And just so you don’t have to scroll back up… registration for  Dallas CREATE classes happens right HERE.

Hope to see you there.

Which class will be your favorite?


Shaker Box Pendants with ICE Resinated paper by Sandy Martin

Posted on | August 29, 2014 | No Comments

You’ll find the instructions for Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Shaker Box Bezel on page 87 of her book, Resin Alchemy.

Sandy Martin, an accomplished artist and member of our ICE Resin Creative Team in 2013, was an ardent student. She made these beautiful shaker box pendants.

It’s about movement ~ dangling beads and ribbons extending from pencil bezels.


What would you place inside a shaker bezel of your own? Confetti from a special party? Sand from that Hawaiian beach? Words?


What kind of necklace would you string each of these lovelies on? Ribbon? Wire? Leather?


Geodes, Fossils and Metal – Remarkable Rings from natural stones

Posted on | August 28, 2014 | No Comments

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?



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


Button Up, a unisex ICE Resin necklace by Jen Crossley

Posted on | August 27, 2014 | 2 Comments

Whenever I am lucky enough to travel I always make time to stop at flea markets.

I used an old eyelet hook for button shoes and a tag I found in an Ohio flea market.



The double jump onto the leather cord was called for to balance the weight of the tag and ICE Resin filled bezel. I also filled it with paper torn from a bag and canvas fabric.

Silver and bronze gave the necklace a nice contrast and a masculine feel.

Mr. Siley, I wonder what kind of mail you received so long ago?

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

Posted on | August 24, 2014 | No Comments

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?

Day 3: Quintessentially Christmas Blog Hop with ICE Resin and Indigo Blu

Posted on | August 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

ICE Resin Indigo Blu Christmas projects

If you are looking for figgy pudding, you won’t find it here.

But oh! the lovely Christmas projects that are in store for you on this final day of our Quintessentially Christmas Blog Hop!

Day Three Links:

Laura Williams – http://laurawilliamscards.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Baerbel Born –  http://wp.me/p4nlri-ud

Kay Halliwell-Sutton – http://www.indigoblu.com/blog/?p=6341

Clare Horner – http://gotpaintinmyhair.blogspot.com/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html


Day One and Two Links just in case you missed ‘em:

Jenny Marples – http://pushingtherightbuttons.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Lisa Baker – http://lisabdesignsinspiration.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Kathy Cano Murillo http://www.craftychica.com/2014/08/quintessentially-christmas-gilded-butterfly-ornaments/

Jennifer Cabic http://jennifercabic.blogspot.com/2014/08/christmas-in-july-gilded-christmas.html

Nikki K – http://fairyelephantdesign.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Linda Walmsley – http://lindylou-lifeinthecraftlane.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ice-resin-blog-hop.html

Carol La Valley http://wp.me/p1MCno-3st

John Creighton Petersen http://artnewwave.com/?p=982


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