Posted on | March 18, 2015 | 1 Comment
Do you love winter? Or are you counting the minutes until spring arrives? For this project, I wanted to capture some of the beauty of a winter wonderland, but also celebrate the transition of spring, which will be here before we know it, even if it doesn’t seem like it right now! In my last project, I introduced my technique for creating window layers with laminating plastic. This project also features layers, topped with a frame decorated with multicolored flowers.
Art Mechanique™ Mixed Metal Hobnail Rectangle Bezel, large
Iced Enamels™ in Ivory Relique & Turquoise Relique
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Inclusions in Opal
Art Mechanique™ Paper Sealer
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Colored paper or cardstock in an assortment of colors
Mixing cup & stir stick
Opaque Silk Ribbon Bundles (sari ribbon)
Bronze jump rings
Brass hook clasp
To get started, make a template that fits the inside of the bezel. Using the template, cut a piece of light blue card stock, which will serve as the background — or bottom — layer of the bezel; the light blue represents the sky. Coat the paper with Art Mechanique™ Paper Sealer, painting it on both sides and all edges to keep resin from absorbing into the paper.
When the paper dries, paint irregular shapes of Iced Enamels™ Medium onto it, and sprinkle with a mix of Iced Enamels™ in Turquoise Relique and White Relique to add texture and suggest clouds. You do not need to heat the Iced Enamels™ for this project.
Using the template, cut a piece of purple cardstock to fit the bezel. Use the permanent marker to draw a simple mountain design. Cut outside the drawn line; coat all sides and edges with Paper Sealer, and let dry.
Cut a piece of dark green cardstock to fit the template, and draw simple triangle shapes to represent pine trees. Cut outside the lines, and seal with Paper Sealer. When dry, paint the tops of the trees with Iced Enamels™ Medium and sprinkle lightly with the Iced Enamels™ Shattered Opal Inclusions to simulate snow.
Using as many or as few colors of cardstock as you want, draw and cut out small flower shapes, which will be used to “frame” the winter image. Coat each flower with Paper Sealer, and set aside to dry.
Mix a small amount of ICE Resin® according to the package directions, and paint a thin layer inside the bezel. Place the blue paper layer in the bezel. Add a very thin layer of ICE Resin® on top of the blue layer and place the purple mountain layer on top of the first layer.
When the first two layers have set up a bit, add a thicker layer of resin.
Once the thicker layer has set up a bit, place the paper trees on top of the thicker layer. The thicker resin layer helps to create dimension between the layers.
While the thicker tree layer sets up, use the template to cut a piece of laminating plastic to fit the bezel. Paint a “frame” of Paper Sealer around the edges of the plastic and press the flowers onto the Paper Sealer, creating a frame for the bezel image.
Paint a thin layer of Paper Sealer on top of the flowers to create a strong seal for the flowers. When it dries, trim the flowers to ensure they do not go beyond the edge of the plastic.
Add a thicker layer of resin to the bezel, on top of the tree layer, and place the flower frame layer on top. Press the edges down very gently, helping an air bubbles to move to the edges and release. Let the resin set for a few hours.
Once the frame layer is secure, add additional resin as desired on top of the flower frame layer to create a domed top.
Incorporate the completed bezel into a finished necklace or bracelet, and enjoy this celebration of the beauty of winter and spring!
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Posted on | March 17, 2015 | No Comments
As you patiently, or perhaps impatiently wait for Spring to arrive, here is a lovely layered bezel technique for you to try!
Posted on | March 13, 2015 | No Comments
Caging, Forging, Resin and Ancient Artifacts
Susan Lenart Kazmer
Art Expedition: Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 April, 2015
As a silversmith and artist of 20 years, Susan creates pieces that reference history, as well as contemporary urban life. Her work tells stories of real people living real life through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood and other mixed-media materials.
Join Susan to dig deep within and discover new ways to express yourself, take your jewelry skills over the moon, and have a fabulous time learning with this internationally-recognized mixed-media jewelry artist, silversmith and teacher.
Caging Common Objects in Metalwork
Learn the art form of forging wire jewelry pieces by creating open bezel forms using square wire and metal. Students will finish one pendant or ring and In addition, explore the cage shape and its uses as a container to hold objects.
You will learn:
- to anneal, shape and solder together a ring or pendant form.
- proper metalworking techniques for soldering, shaping and clean up.
- short cuts and ideal techniques for teaching soldering in a class room.
WIRE- Ancient techniques on New Frontiers- Forging + Brazing
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.
You will learn:
- to make your jewelry stronger, more interesting, unique, and personal by exploring new ideas for soldering, shaping, finishing and building of multiple components.
- to think beyond traditional jewelry design to create jewelry that is both sculptural and wearable while attaining techniques for hand hammering, flattening and forging of round wire.
- to control with appropriate tools, safety and shaping techniques with correct stance and posture when hammering. Sheet metal and wire used.
Resin, Relics and Ancient Artifacts
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.
You will learn:
• to build with resin using multiple thin layers
• new techniques and application for scratching, crackling, engraving, transferring of imagery, making marks and coloring surface.
• to set your finished components with filigree bezel wire…brazing presented.
Each student will leave with a few pendants and components, a journal full of ideas and a whole new direction to focus your work.
Kits and Supply List:
Caging Kit – $30.00 – Druzy stone, bronze square 16 gauge wire, 22 bronze sheet metal (you can upgrade to silver for a fee bring some in) solder materials, sandpaper, object, expendables
Wire Kit fee -$24.00 – wire -10, 16, 18 and 20 gauge wire and 24 gauge sheet metal in bronze or copper, druzy stone, (please bring your own silver if you would prefer it) expendables
Resin Kit fee $25.00 – includes bronze sheet metal, rubber silicone, a few bezels, 1 oz resin and resin to use in class, mica flakes, powders and cold enamels, solder, sand paper, wire and expendables.
Three Day Supply List:
- Wire snips
- round needle nose pliers
- chain nose pliers
- wire snips
- small hammer
- jeweler saw, size 3 blad
- bench pin or tin snips
- burnishing tool
- small file
Flexible shaft + small wood block to drill onto, metal files, hot 60 watt bulb and lamp, ( this is for drying resin so we can build in layers.), rusted found bezel such as coco lid, jar lid or any type of cup shape, meaningful small objects such as photos, inclusions such as text, leaves, sticks, herbs, sand, dried flowers. Objects to cast, (I will have some as well).
I will supply fire bricks, torches, soldering material, 2 flexible shaft, drill bits.
Ready to advance your metal and resin skills? CLICK here to register for Caging, Forging, Resin and Ancient Artifacts with me at Art Is You, Art Expedition, April 22-24, 2015.
Posted on | March 11, 2015 | 1 Comment
I have so enjoyed making this month’s project theme: A Late Winters Tale. It was quite a challenge, I wanted to make a piece on the theme but something you can wear all year round and not just for winter! I will happily admit it took a while to think of this one, but the end result turned out more than perfect for me. When I started to gather the components for this piece and laid them all out together pre-resin to make sure that it would work, it quickly morphed into what it is, and not just because I put the image in upside down, another reason to build it all up before you stick it all down! Placing the un-stuck image in the bezel upside down actually looked great and what lead me to make the brooch. I think the heart would look equally as good with a different coloured German Glass Glitter if you want to add a pop of colour to the piece.
Thanks for Visiting
Iced Enamels™: German Glass Glitter Silver
Rue Romantique: Large Botanical Oval Bezel, Rhinestone Chain
Art Mechanique® Small Hobnail Heart Bezel, Paper Sealer
Other Supplies: pliers, connectors, small leaves on chain, image, brooch back.
I have written the instructions separately but please create both parts at the same time. To create the faux druzzy hanging heart:
1: Mix the ICE Resin to the manufacturers instructions.
2: Drizzle a thin layer of mixed resin into the bottom of the small heart, about 1/16th of an inch deep.
3: Pour a generous amount of silver glass glitter on top and set aside for 6 to 8 hours to dry or over night.
4: Once dry, tap the excess glass glitter back into its pot. You actually use relatively little for the faux druzzy effect.
To create the main focus:
1: Size your image to fit the bezel and cut out.
2: Coat the front back and sides of the image with the paper sealant.
3: Glue the image down into the bezel making sure the loop is at the bottom.
4: Size up the rhinestone chain and cut accordingly.
5: When the glued image has dried, seal with paper sealer again just in case.
6: Once dry, drizzle a small amount of resin into the bezel. Place the rhinestone chain on top guiding with a toothpick.
7: Fill the centre of the bezel with more resin being careful not to go over the the rhinestones.
8: Set aside to dry for 8 to 10 hours or over night.
9: Assemble with your connectors.
10: Glue on a brooch back using strong glue or ICE Resin.
Posted on | March 10, 2015 | 1 Comment
ICE Resin’s creator, Susan Lenart Kazmer, has been making faux druze stones as part of her artwork for many years.
Clare Horner is going to place this faux druze in a hobnail heart dangle on tomorrow’s “Deer to My Heart” necklace, but for now you can watch to video of how to make it.
What color of German Glass Glitter will you choose?
Posted on | March 6, 2015 | No Comments
These gorgeous new Milan bezels were designed by world-renowned metalsmith Susan Lenart Kazmer shaped as hearts, teardrops, squares, circles, rectangles, triangles, and ovals. Each are cast in small, medium, and large are available in your choice of white bronze or warm yellow bronze.
The elegance of the MILAN line of bezels doesn’t stop with the Talisman shapes.
The textured edges are a design element in their own right, or use them as a surface to add Iced Enamels or perhaps, rhinestones.
Another striking visual element is the ribbon-like edge of the seam that fully encloses each shape.
The open back allows light to shine through when you are working with ICE Resin® .
The loops at both ends on many of the bezel shapes make them possible to use to create amazing necklaces with the motion of a bead, wire or fabric dangle as well as easy to use to make beautiful bracelets.
The Milan Line is attractively ranged in price from $8 to $16. Retail only.
“Blooms in Winter: Hope Springs Eternal” How to get the look of soldering on China with Iced Enamels™
Posted on | March 4, 2015 | 2 Comments
I think fondly of childhood winters, sleds flying down snow capped hills, snowball fights and bundles of wet clothes piled in the entry way as we came in from playing in the snow as my mother handed us a mug of hot cocoa. I loved those days. I reminisce about those days. However, as I write these words, I know that there are many snowed in, watching more snow fall down and thinking ‘When will this end?” Take heart, spring is around the corner but if you would like it now, then my Blooms in winter project is just what you need to rid your creative heart of the wintertime blues and create a soldered inspired necklace with thoughts of spring and the colors of a cool white winter.
First my thought for this project was of a snowy white bracelet with beads and iced enameled buttons but when I began something was a miss. It was too wintery, too much of what everyone is seeing right now. So my thoughts turned to flowers- what we all long for in the dead of winter. I had a piece of chipped china in my studio, just waiting to be used. It called out to me and I began to chip away at ideas. Then I turned to the beautiful ICED Enamels. German silver was just the ticket to get the look of soldering without soldering. I do love to solder but I do know that not everyone has the tools or the desire to delve into the world of silver, flux and an iron. So with the new direction, I began to hammer away at the plate until I found a shape that held enough interest. With the chipped piece in hand, a little filing made the edges ready for the ICED Enamel. Two layers (cooling time in-between) of the silver and the soldered look was achieved. After sealing the enamel with ICE Resin®, the next step was to embellish the piece. Using a part of a metal medallion, beads, vintage French wired leaves and ICED Enamel coated word of “HOPE” the necklace came together. Finishing with a beaded chain, the shimmery white from the beads took me back to the snow filled days but the focal point of the enameled china piece takes me to the future where blooms and hope spring eternal
ICED Enamel™ – German Silver Relique
Piece of scrap paper
Craft mat or tile
Adhesive – such as E6000
Bail, Metal medallion
Wire – head pins,
– optional such as French-wired beads, charms
Chain or ribbon for necklace
- Wearing goggles, place plate between towel and hammer until the desired size and shape is achieved.
2. Using the metal file, file all sides until smooth so that there are no rough edges.
3. With disposable brush, brush on the ICED Enamel medium along edges and brushing over the edges on the front of china piece.
- Place piece of china on a scrap piece of paper and pour or spoon the German silver over the piece. Tap off excess from china piece. Pour excess back into jar.
- Place china piece on craft mat or tile, using the heat gun, heat till the color has melted together and created the look of solder. Once cooled, repeat if desired
- Mix a small amount of ICE Resin® according to directions and coat china piece with resin using a small brush. Allow to dry for 12 hours.
- Snip medallion to desired size, if necessary. With beads and wire, create dangles and attach to medallion. Add other embellishments if desired.
- Adhere bail and medallion to back of the enameled china piece with adhesive.
- Once set, add chain or ribbon for necklace.
- Wear a little spring even in the midst of winter.
***To enamel the metal word Hope, coat the metal with ICED Enamel medium and apply the Ivory ICED Enamel or the color of your choice. Heat until melted. Let cool. Sand the metal until the word or image is visible and then seal with ICE Resin®.
Posted on | March 3, 2015 | 2 Comments
How do you get the look of solder without a soldering gun? With Iced Enamels it is easy and Chantal Johnson from the ICE Resin Design Team is here to show you how!
Posted on | February 25, 2015 | 1 Comment
- Soda cans cleaned
- Pages from a vintage book
- Metal shears
- Safety glasses
- Work or leather gloves
- Cuttlebug or Sizzix or Artisan Xplorer die cut machine
- Heart and butterfly cutting dies in two sizes
- ICE Resin and appropriate supplies for mixing
- Small sponge brush
- Latex gloves
- Garbage bag
Collect some cans and make sure to rinse them out. REMEMBER: use your safety gear! Safety glasses and gloves are a must for this project! With those in place use your heavy metal shears and clip off the top of the can. I clipped through the drinking hole into the softer metal then maneuvered around to clip off the entire top. Then cut down the seam or towards the back and clip off the bottom. Now you have a flat piece of metal. Rinse or clean as necessary and be careful the edges are sharp. (Use a medium grit sand paper to remove any loose pieces or sharp burrs)
- Iced Enamels in Carnelian, Turquoise, and Ivory
- Iced Enamels Medium
- Small paintbrush
- Heat gun
- Small round hobnail bezel
- Small hole punch
- Metal hole punch
- Micro screw
- Medium grit sandpaper
- Three Tim Holtz ideaology pen nibs
- White glue, like ModPodge, for paper sealing
- More ICE Resin
Now you’re ready to mix up another batch of ICE Resin. With a sponge brush seal all your enameling and pour resin into your bezel piece. Also coat the butterflies and you can also use the resin to glue the pin backs in place. Just dribble a bit on the butterfly and place your pin. The resin will do the rest! You can also put some resin in the center of the flower piece then drop your bezel into it. For my example I used some tiny heart shapes,which I added last, to steady the bezel piece while it dried.
Voila! You have lovely recycled butterflies and a flower pin to show off your love of the literary!
Until next time,
Susan M. Walls
Posted on | February 24, 2015 | 1 Comment
Here’s a couple of ideas to jump start your creativity to use ICE Resin for all your collage projects! Join me, Susan M. Walls, as I adhere paper to re-cycled soda cans and beyond!
Another tip: Paper fibers absolutely adore resin, so if you want to seal your paper first, it will soak in less resin.
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