Posted on | November 11, 2015 | No Comments
If you love jewelry then you know all about the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and the dozens of amazing independent wholesale and retail shows that take of Tucson every February. Master Jeweler Susan Lenart Kazmer is one of pioneer educators of this show. She’s been bringing her signature artistic styles and education to the To Bead True Blue Show for over a decade now.
This year Susan returns, joined by ICE Resin Director of Education Jen Cushman and two artists of our 2015 Susan Lenart Kazmer Design Team. Welcome Heather Widender and John Creighton Petersen to this year’s line up of instructors. If you are looking for top-quality jewelry making classes then save the dates now for one week and 22 classes in ICE Resin, metalwork, design, soldering, cold connections and gemology.
This year, Susan is teaching workshop over three days. Each workshop will stand independent of the others, but the techniques taught will flow effortlessly from one class to another. Taking all six ensures you walk away from the show with some stunning work inspired by Susan’s innovative designs.
Susan will be teaching in 2016:
- Caging and Brazing Hollow Forms
- Caging Structures: A Neck Form
- Free Form Structures: Resin and Wire
- Constructing + Fashioning Leather Forms in Jewelry
- Layering Transparent: Foils, Tints and Imagery in Resin
- Resin, Relics and Ancient Artifacts
Click Susan’s website to immediately register.
Jen Cushman is teaching two days of the show. Her projects and techniques include her unique style of wirework along with Susan Lenart Kazmer products and ICE Resin, of course. Since Jen is teaching the first days of the show, be sure to register early to secure your spot. There will be sign ups allowed on site at the SLK ICE Resin booth, but class space is limited t0 20 students. Jen’s teaching:
- Vivid Links: Wrapped, Coiled and Colored
- “Fly” Bracelet
- Crystal Clear Necklace
- Light as Feather earrings
Joining Susan and Jen for the first time in the ICE Resin classroom are Heather Widener and John Creighton Petersen. Heather is a creative jewelry artist and certified gemologist and John is a multi talented mixed-media artist who creates everything from dimensional beading to resin to papercrafts. If you’ve been following our company blog, you have seen a lot of their creative work this year.
Heather is teaching Extreme Layering with ICE Resin®, Ombre Effects with Iced Enamels™, Intro to Gemology (twice). John will be teaching Slide Mount Necklace, Frozen In Time, Chain Wrap Bracelet, Faux Dichro Bezels, Vintage Findings: Surface Patina and More, Mini Bezel Books and Embossed Metal Bezels.
To take a look at all the art photos and see the descriptions, visit Susan’s website. If you’re planning to take classes, please register on site and pay immediately via Paypal. Spaces are limited and registration is on a first come first served basis. Other than Heather’s gemology classes, none of the workshops will be repeated at the show.
Posted on | November 10, 2015 | No Comments
Are you having any issues properly sealing your images when you use ICE Resin? Let Chantal Johnson guide you through the technique.
Artist bio: Chantal Johnson lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 6 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and Green Craft. She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2015 Design Team. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at email@example.com. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.
Posted on | November 9, 2015 | 1 Comment
We are looking for a few fabulous designers who love creating jewelry and mixed media art with ICE Resin®
If you have personal goals as a designer and want to uplevel your skills within an incredible team, you’re invited to apply for a year-long position on the 2016 ICE Resin® Design Team!
How to Apply: Please cut and paste the questions below into an email, answer them, and send along with 3 photos of your creative designs using ICE Resin to Education Director Jen Cushman firstname.lastname@example.org and also cc Design Team Coordinator Heather Widener at HUWBijoux@gmail.com. Please include the words 2016 Design Team Application in the subject line of your email. We get a lot of emails each day and want to ensure we see your application.
Deadline is Friday, November 27, 2015.
ICE Resin® 2016 Creative Team Application:
Mailing, if different:
Please tell us what your design experience is and what you prefer to create—jewelry, mixed media pieces, paper, etc.
Why would you like to be part of the the Susan Lenart Kazmer™ ICE Resin® Design Team?
Have you been published? If so, please list publications.
How long have you been working with resin?
What is your experience with resin in addition to ICE Resin®?
Are you comfortable in front of a camera?
What are your goals in the Arts and Crafts industry?
Teaching experience – please list any venues or retreats where you have taught or will be teaching in 2016.
How often do you post to your blog? Other social media platforms? Do you agree to post for Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin and share relevant information on your social media channels?
How do you feel about cross promoting with other craft manufacturers on your blog? For example, blog hops or joint promotion opportunities.
Are you able to meet publication deadlines?
Are you technologically savvy enough to upload your assignments to our YouTube channel and also our WordPress.org blog platform?
Are you currently (or plan on for 2016) on any other design teams? Please list any past Design Team affiliations.
If selected, you are committing to 9 projects per year with instructions, step-out photos and a matching technique video, plus three potential blog hop opportunities as they arise. Does this work with your lifestyle and goals?
ICE Resin offers our team members: Generous product packages from the Susan Lenart Kazmer product line shipped directly to your home, the support of our social media and certification credentials for teaching.
Please cut and paste these application questions into an email, answer the questions and send it along with
3 photos of your resin work and a link to a video you have done (if you have one. If not, you can still apply)
Remember the deadline for submission is Friday November 27th, 2015.
New Design Team Members will be notified the week of December 14th.
Thank YOU and Good Luck!
Posted on | November 8, 2015 | 24 Comments
Welcome to the 3rd day of the 2015 Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! I don’t know about you, but around the holidays I’m always looking for quick and easy gift ideas to create for friends and family.
Today I’d like to share with you these cute pendants that are made from Scrabble game pieces. These are the perfect gift for both the men and women in your life, not to mention that they can be easily personalized with the ICE Resin® product line to make the perfect gift anytime of the year!
Getting Started Before the fun can begin, use a small sized drill bit to create a hole in the top of the game piece. Use a pair of pliers to screw in the eye hook into the game piece.
To create a basic pendant, use a paint brush to paint all sides and the backside of the game piece with the Iced Enamels Medium.
Sprinkle the painted areas of the game piece with your choice of Iced Enamels Relique Powder. Tap off excess powder and then heat set with a heat tool; allow to cool completely. Because the piece will become hot when heated, use a pair of pliers to hold the eye hook when heating.
Mix ICE Resin according to manufacturer’s instructions. Use the stir stick to apply the resin on top of the Iced Enamels in a thin coat. You can also coat the sides of the resin to help protect the enamels on the sides as well. Allow the resin to set completely. Once the resin has set on the backside, turn the pieces over and repeat on the front side of the game pieces. Add glitter and other inclusions as desired and allow the resin to set.
To create druzie pieces, coat the back and sides of the game piece with ICE Resin – you’ll be using the resin as an adhesive for this application.
Sprinkle the back and the sides of the bezel with Iced Inclusions German Glass and use light pressure to press into place. Allow the resin to set completely before tapping off the excess german glass.
With the wide line of ICE Resin supplies, it’s easy to personalize any piece for whom you’re making them for! Add glitter to the resin while its still wet, or switch colors of the Iced Enamels used.
Get even more creative! Add decorative printed papers or even copies of photographs to the backside of the pieces, and then set with resin. Cover the backside with metallic Iced Enamels, and using ICE Resin as an adhesive, add a flat-backed charm or stone to make a reversible pendent that can be worn either way!
ICE Resin ICE Resin and mixing supplies, Iced Enamels Medium, Iced Enamels, Iced Inclusions (german glass, mica, glitter)
Other Supplies Scrabble game pieces, eye hooks, ball and chain necklace (0r similar), permanent stamp ink/alcohol markers, printed papers, heat tool
Thanks for taking the time to participate in this year’s event. Now it’s time to hop on over to the other amazing manufacturers and designers to see what amazing projects they have for you.
Also, we are doing a giveaway of more than $600 in craft supplies to make your holiday crafting even better. Be sure to enter this rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win.
Thanks to this year’s sponsors. Without them, this hop would not be possible.
Posted on | November 7, 2015 | 25 Comments
I am so happy you have joined us on our Handmade Holiday Blog Hop…. I know that Halloween has just passed and Thanksgiving is a few weeks away but in the Handmade world, it’s never too early to start planning and creating our one of a kind, truly heartfelt Holiday and Christmas gifts for our family, friends, teachers…everyone on our list!!
Today is about many creative areas that I LOVE- jewelry making, paper collage, wire wrapping beads and ICE Resin®. Using beautiful papers, beads, a Tim Holtz word bands, wire and an open bezel and ICE Resin®, you can create a one of a kind necklace for the jewelry lovers on your list
In this picture-filled post and step by step techniques, you will see how easy this is to create. I love to make these with my little bits of paper left over from earlier projects. You can use any open back bezel that you may have on hand. For this project, I chose these “concho-like” bezels (I think they are actually light weight buckles) as I recently found 60 of these (for pennies each) on a treasure hunting trip in the Hill Country.
As for paper, I love all paper but Graphic 45 has some of the most beautiful and unique images, stickers and paper packs. This is a collage mixture from two of their lines. Taking little bits from the paper and the sticker page, I created a collage to fit inside my bezel. Also, with the paper, I made a large paper bead that was sealed with ICE RESIN® to give it a durable and glass like finish. Once the collage was complete, I used a simple technique to create a Resined bezel. ICE RESIN® is amazing! Being that it is a jeweler’s grade epoxy, it gives a beautiful glass like finish, it is self healing, self leaving and it is SO EASY to use in so many creative avenues!!
To complete the necklace, I chose to wire wrap my pearls, beads and charm with 20 gauge copper wire to create a contrast with the silver/patina bezel. For the word band, using flush cutters, I snipped the bottom loop from the word band as I didn’t want to add anymore beads to the bottom. To finish, I chose to use a pre made leather cord with clasp and chain. This is a great choice if you need to make more than one necklace. For other necklaces, I have created my own finish with leather cording, hand torched copper double head pins and different wire wrapping techniques. But with this necklace, some of the work has been taken out making it more holiday friendly, not holiday frenzy!
This project will help cross off a few names on your gift giving list… and will give you time to enjoy this holiday season knowing that you took a few minutes to create Handmade and heart felt….
disposable cup, stirrer, plastic trash bag, toothpick and timer
Clear packing tape
Metal Bezel (open-backed) of your choice
Small piece of Manilla folder/paper
Vintage dictionary page, optional
Graphic 45 coordinating paper/stickers or paper of your choice
paper bead rolling tool
pencil for tracing opening
scissors (a punch or die if it fits in the bezel)
adhesive of choice, glue stick
20 gauge copper wire
round nose pliers
flat nose pliers
5 pearls, 2 stones and one paper bead
2 Head pins
1 Idea-ology word band
1 pre-made leather cord complete with closure
1. To begin your collage, cut a piece of manilla folder or heavy card-stock a little larger than the opening of the Bezel. Using your adhesive, begin to collage with small strips or pieces of paper and stickers from the Graphic 45 coordinates. **Try to find smaller images as the opening of the bezel is not large.**
2. Once completed, lay the bezel on top of the collage to see where you want to trace and cut or use a corresponding punch or die if available. Create 2 collages.
3. Glue the 2nd collage to the back of the manilla folder. Now get ready for ICE Resin®
4. Set out a white plastic trash bag or craft mat. Prepare ICE Resin®- mix equal parts A and B in disposable cup. Gently stir for 2 minutes and then let it rest for 5 minutes.
5. Unroll a strip of packing tape, slight longer than your bezel. Place the metal bezel on the packing tape with the back of the bezel on the sticky side. Burnish it so there are no openings as this will keep the ICE Resin® from leaking.
6. Lay the “taped” Bezel on the plastic bag and slowly drip just enough Resin to act as adhesive for your collage. Lay collage in opening on top of Resin and gently tap with the stirrer. Now drip ICE Resin® onto the top of the collage and until you reach the edge of your Bezel. Do not pour over…..
7. Let dry for 8-12 hours.
8. Once dry, gently remove the packing tape to reveal your ICE Resin® Bezel!!
1. Cut copper wire to the length desired, thread the word band and wire wrap with the round nose pliers. Thread on a pearl and then thread through the opening of the bezel and continue to wire wrap until desired look.
2. With the headpins, create two dangles using pearls, stoned and one paper bead.
3. To attach the bezel to the pre-made leather cord, thread copper wire through the top opening of the bezel and wire wrap to secure. Add stone and then create a loop large enough to accommodate the pre-made leather cord with closure. Wire wrap the loop closed, meeting the stone as in the picture.
Here’s another little idea as you are creating your collage…
And one more time, the finished necklace!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and I do hope you’ll be inspired to put a little Handmade in your Holiday. And that during this busy time, you’ll be able to enjoy a heart filled holiday with those that make each day a good day!! Until next time, Bonjour!
Artist bio: Chantal Johnson lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 6 sweet little hens. She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2015 Design Team. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com
Thanks for taking time to visit us today as part of the 2015 Handmade Holidays Blog Hop. Now it’s time to hop on over the other amazing manufacturers and designers participating in this year’s online event.
Don’t forget, we are giving away a prize worth $600 in craft supplies. To enter, be sure to click this rafflecopter link.
As always, thanks to all the manufacturer sponsors of this annual event!
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