Relics, Ruins and Resin Alchemy – France 2015 with Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman

Posted on | July 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

Susan Lenart Kazmer FRANCE WORKSHOP 2015

SLKWork2-200x300watermarkedJoin Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman for an immersion workshop where students will have the opportunity to dig deep into their work by exploring innovative design concepts and honing their metalworking skills. Relics found at Paris flea markets prior to the workshop or treasured objects brought from home will be re-imagined into Talisman pieces of unique jewelry during the week at La Cascade.


A full range cold connection and wire working techniques will be taught, as well as color on metal, Resin Alchemy and Susan’s innovative fiber-and-wire connections.  We’ll also create a forged wire and resin paper journal so students can capture all the new design ideas and stunning beauty the South of France has to offer. Healthy and delicious meals are prepared fresh each day by French chef Nese Pelt, and dinner is served each evening family style with much joy and laughter. 

$3,200 includes double occupancy bedrooms at La Cascade, meals, instruction and a comprehensive kit to build your pieces. Space is limited. $500 deposit secures your spot.


Susan and Jen usually get into Paris the Friday before the workshop  (often joined by a few students) and  attend the flea markets Saturday and Sunday in search of found objects and kick around Monday just enjoying Paris. Jen keeps everyone informed of the itinerary and meeting places and times and everyone is welcome to join them or go explore on their own or in pairs/small groups. For example one year a small group wanted to do the Louvre museum. Susan and Jen had seen it a bunch, so they wanted to hang out a Les Deus Maggots (a famous outdoor café) and go to the vintage clothing shops. Others wanted to walk the city and see the love locks on the bridges. Everyone spent a lovely Monday going our separate ways for the day and then met up for dinner and a sunset boat ride on the Seine.

Tuesday is a travel day to Durfort and we take the train. Tuesday evening is the first family style meal (All meals are fresh and we eat family style.) at La Cascade and students unpack their work spaces. The workshop starts Wednesday and goes through Monday. Saturday is a big market day in Revel, the next town over and it’s wonderful and amazing. Small community Flea Markets pop up while we are there and Susan and I learn about them at arrival. We all go check them out in the mornings as they appear for a couple of hours.

Jen says:

“We’ll be doing lots of high end resin work and metalworking and enameling. Susan takes everyone through their work and helps each person dig deeper into their work in order to really help hone in and influence change and growth. I’m always there for support and help in the studio during some of the off hours.”

“Pretty soon, I will open a private Yahoo group where we can all meet each other and I can give information without clogging up everyone’s emails. We “talk” lots on this group so it seems like fast friends once we all arrive. Again, as the space is limited to only 12 people we become pretty tight pretty quickly.”



ICE Resin Vampire FX Earrings with Baerbel Born

Posted on | July 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

blood red earringsHi! Baerbel from Germany here.

I know it’s a while until Halloween, but this summer I have been in a vampire kind of mood, and maybe some jewellery crafters will keep it in mind that we can create all unusual effects with ICE Resin for all seasons.

By adding some Memento inks in a deep red tone to my ICE Resin I achieved a look like a drop of blood.

But because I am a dedicated recycle girl, I gave some broken jewellery a second life. The left overs of a broken brooche have been added to my bezels to make some vintage looking earrings. 

To level the bezel, I filled it with some polymer clay which has been baked according to instructions. By adding some colored ICE Resin to the bezel and add the brooch parts I could fixate the brooch parts and get the wet look I have been after in one step.

Small bows made with a Rue Romantique ribbon gave the final touch.

Drip any left overs of colored resin on a craft mat and let cure. You can use the drops on your next cards or save them for Halloween.

It only takes a drop or two of pigment to color the resin. The pigment can change the chemistry of the resin and hardener, so the standard is to add color with a toothpick drop by drop.

vampire earringsMaterials:
ICE Resin
Memento ink (Imagine Crafts /Tsukineko,color ‘Tangelo’)
pearls and broken brooch (stash)

Little Book with Kathy Cano-Murillo

Posted on | July 16, 2014 | 2 Comments


Have you ever had the desire to just pour out a whole cup of ICE Resin® to make one big sheet? That’s what happened to me, except I also added in some Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter too! I poured it over a sheet of wax paper and let it set overnight. The next day, I cut it to 4×4″, and cut up a bunch of scrap paper to fit. I lined them all up and drilled two holes at the top and wrapped pink and teal wire.  I added some ribbon and another charm I made with one of my drawings and ICE Resin® too! Now I have a little book that I can use for my Instagram photos, or for sketches, quotes, anything I want. I think I’ll also make a few more to give to friends!

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Paper and Charm Embellished Bottles

Posted on | July 15, 2014 | 2 Comments

Sheet music and paper from the Rue Romantique Project Book, vintage bottles and charms,  combine under Polly Hendrickson’s hands to make beautiful, decorative bottles for your vanity.

In this project ICE Resin acts as glue as well as protecting and making your paper luminous.

Tip: Use Staz-On Ink to distress the edges of the paper to give your bottles additional dimension.

Tip: Smaller bottles are great additions to necklaces!

Further Explorations in Jewelry Enameling: Kiln Fired Liquid Enamel and Sgraffito with Susan Lenart Kazmer

Posted on | July 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

Susan Lenart Kazmer

In Further Explorations in Jewelry Enameling: Kiln Fired Liquid Enamel and Sgraffito, outstanding jewelry artist Susan Lenart Kazmer demonstrates torch firing liquid enamels onto metalwork along with the rudiments of working with a kiln. Now, in her latest look at enamels, Susan focuses exclusively on kiln firing, the technique that gives you maximum control over the final look you can achieve.

The digital download is available July 14, 2014. The DVD is available August 13, 2014. You can get either one by clicking this Interweave Store link.

In Further Explorations in Jewelry Enameling: Kiln Fired Liquid Enamel and Sgraffitojewelry artists will:

  • Review enamel basics, use of dry and liquid enamel powder, and metal forming and texturing
  • Discover in-depth how to prepare each enamel scenario for the kiln
  • Find out how to take advantage of the kiln’s precision temperature control and readouts to create the    colors and effects you want
  • Enjoy the ease and efficiency of letting the kiln do the work for you
  • Learn to use resin as a counter-enameling option
  • Explore the use of rubber stamps and natural leaves to alter your enameled surface
  • See how to add mica powders for shimmering sparkle and depth




Extraordinary Jewelry Making Classes with Susan Lenart Kazmer

Posted on | July 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

Bead Fest is for beaders and jewelry makers of all skill levels! This jewelry making extravaganza brings the top jewelry trends, instructors and beading resources together under one roof!

Susan is teaching:

Susan Lenart Kazmer Resin Alchemy

8074, Resin Alchemy Aug. 22

Susan Lenart Kazmer enameled jewelry

8072, Enameling: Patterns, Text, Texture and Transparency in Glass Aug. 23

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8073, Cold Enameling- Color on Metal Aug. 24


The Fabulous Terri O hosted Jen Cushman on Sonoran Living

Posted on | July 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

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Jen Cushman joined Terri Ouellette on Sonoran Living earlier this week. You can watch HERE.

It is always so much fun to get together with Terri. Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. She is a goddess of the arts and crafts world and her motto is “super simple”.

Thanks Terri O!


eLit Award Celebration ~ Free “Imagine Create Explore” eBook

Posted on | July 11, 2014 | 3 Comments

We won!!

Imagine Create Explore 3 Vol Set eLit Award 2014

Our combined set of Imagine Create Explore, Volumes 1, 2 and 3, won a Silver eLit award in the Arts and Crafts category for


and we’d like you to help us celebrate!

The eBook is FREE on Amazon from July 11 – 14, 2014 and features splendid mixed media jewelry and home decor pieces of ICE Resin’s 2011-12  Creative  Team members: Andrea Ring, JoAnnA Pierotti, Cindi Bisson, Cat Kerr, Tina Schiefer, Kathy Thompson, Lesley Fisher & Michael Jack.

The fifth annual (2014) eLit Awards are a global awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing entertainment.

The eLit Awards are an industry-wide, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the electronic publishing industry.

The contest is presented by Jenkins Group Inc., a Michigan-based book publishing and marketing services company that has operated the popular Independent Publisher Book Awards contest since 1996.

The eLit Awards celebrate the ever growing market of electronic publishing in the wide variety of reader formats. Hail the revolutionary world of e-books and join the awards program that’s highlighting the best in electronic reading entertainment!

Here’s a peek a the enormous variety art contributed by these talented former team members:

eLit Award

Joanna’s Moss Hill Studio space

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Andrea ‘s Amuck Design website

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Jack and Cat Curio’s Facebook page

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Cindi’s Behind These Eyes blog



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Kathy’s Katalina Jewelry blog

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Tina’s Patina Marie blog


New Works in Journals (and more) at Art Unraveled with Susan Lenart Kazmer

Posted on | July 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

Are you ready to learn new skills and refine your artistic techniques? Check out these  Art Unraveled classes:

Susan Lenart Kazmer

Susan Lenart KazmerCaging Common Objects with Susan Lenart Kazmer on Sunday, August 3

Create gorgeous and unusual jewelry pieces by creating open bezel forms using square wire and metal which  provides an open form to view all sides of your object that you are encasing.  



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Transparent Text: New Works Done in Journals with Susan Lenart Kazmer on Monday evening, August 4 and all day Tuesday.

Create layers of extraordinary translucent pages using a collection of new ideas and techniques. Alter journal notes and paper by adding image and photo transfers, ink stamps, oil pastel and marker on tissue. Learn the beautiful art form of creating resin paper with rubs, burnings, oil pastel and colored pencil techniques.   Layer, bind and finish an extraordinary, personal journal or wearable journal and small pendant.


Earlier in the event you can explore ICE Resin and cold enameling with Iced Enamels at our Make n Take demonstrations!

Resplendent Rue RomantiqueThursday, July 31,  5:30 p.m. – Ice Resin - Resplendent Rue Romantique™ 
New to ICE Resin? It is so simple to create wonderful mixed media art and jewelry with ICE and during this demo we will show you tips and tricks 
of working with our crystal clear, jeweler’s grade, self-doming, self-healing resin. Add a little romance to your life as you create a sweet focal 
all your own with a bezel from Kristen Robinson’s Rue Romantique Line. Bring a small photograph (commercially printed) or use one of 
our images. Taught by ICE Resin Staff. 


art unraveled sampleFriday, August 1,  5:30 p.m. – Ice Resin - Luscious Color Talisman with Iced Enamels™ 
Learn how to achieve the look of torch or kiln-fired enamels on one of Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Talisman Silhouettes using Iced Enamels Relique Powders, 
a craft heat gun and ICE Resin. Oh my! Which Relique will you choose? Garnet or Citrine, Amethyst or Torched Copper, Turquoise or Chartreuse, 
Raspberry or Ivory, German Silver or Pewter, and Tarnished Bronze will delight your eyes. You will chose a shape and Relique color(s) and then create 
your own Talisman during this thoroughly enjoyable make-n-take. Taught by ICE Resin Staff. 

Saturday August 2nd: Shopping Extravaganza 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the vendor hall

Embassy Suites, 4415 E. Paradise Village Pkwy SouthPhoenix,  Arizona,  85032,  USA

Live near Philly?

You’ll find Susan teaching plus ICE Resin and cold enameling supplies at Bead Fest Philly!

Switching Gears by John Creighton-Peteresen

Posted on | July 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

ice resin layersSupplies:

ICE Resin®: ICE Resin®, ICED Enamels™ Medium, ICED Enamels Relique™ Torched Copper, Art Mechanique™ Chocolate German Glass Glitter, ICED Enamels™ Shattered Mica Bronze, Mixed Metal Hobnail Long Rectangle Bezel Large Antique Silver, brushes

IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko®: StazOn Opaque Ivory Black, StazOn Metallic Gold and Copper, GlazOn, InkBlusher

Miscellaneous: watch parts, gears, adhesive, Spellbinders®: Creative Cogs 3D M-Bossabilities Folder


1. Using a brush, cover the backside of the bezel with ICED Enamels™ Medium. Sprinkle on Iced Enamels Relique™ Torched Copper and heat set. Allow to cool down completely before repeating for the sides and front of the bezel.

2. Mix ICED Resin® according to instructions and use a brush to apply to the sides and back of the covered bezel; allow to cure completely.

3. Create another batch of ICE Resin®, this time adding a drop of StazOn Opaque Ivory Black.

4. Pour resin into the Creative Cogs 3D M-Bossabilities Folder; allow to cure completely. NOTE: If you do not allow the colored resin to cure completely in the folder, it will be “rubbery” and will tear when you try to remove it from the folder.

5. Lightly twist the embossing folder until the resin begins to come out of the embossing plate.

6. With an InkBlusher, lightly apply StazOn Metallic Gold and allow to dry. Repeat with StazOn Metallic Copper. Once dried, apply a thin coat of GlazOn.

14280003594_9f28082455_m7. Trim embossed resin pieces to fit inside of the long rectangle bezels.

8. Use adhesive to hold the embossed resin pieces into the bottom of the bezel.

9. Mix a batch of clear ICE Resin® and apply a thin layer into the bottom of the bezel.

10. Begin adding found objects into the bezel, lightly coating on the backside of each piece with ICE Resin before adding into the bezel.

11. Continue adding more gears and watch parts, along with Art Mechanique™ Chocolate German Glass Glitter and ICED Enamels™ Shattered Mica Bronze as desired.

12. Fill in bezel with ICE Resin® and allow to completely cure.

Hi Everyone! After I saw Tatiana Allen’s project a few weeks ago on the ICE Resin® blog on creating shapes using embossing folders, the ideas started to swirl in my head about what I could create! I stumbled across a project that I had made years ago in a class that used UTEE embossing powder, and while handling the project the UTEE cast piece broke and I then remembered why I avoided making projects with UTEE. And then it dawned upon me – why not use Tatiana’s technique with colored ICE Resin® to create a background for a bezel!

I’d just recently been to a flea market and purchased some fab vintage tchotchkes including watch parts and gears that were waiting to be used, so this project was born!

John Creighton Petersen, Art New Wave

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