How to Make Beads with Paper, ICE Resin, and Wire by John Creighton Petersen

Posted on | August 20, 2014 | 3 Comments

make ICE Resin beads

It seems that no matter how precise I try to measure, I always end up with a little extra resin when I’m working on a project. And one of my favorite ways to use that resin is to create paper beads! The possibilities are endless, from simple embellishments to including them inside of a bezel or even making a bracelet!
My favorite papers to use are printed tissue papers (or make your own!) and old books because these types of paper absorb the resin so well, hold their shape, and have a beautiful antiqued finish when dry.
Patterns for paper beads can be found on the internet, but for most of my work I like to either free hand tear the paper or just free form cut a long triangle. One helpful hint is to have a good length, at least 7 or 8 inches long. This will give you enough paper to make the bead strong enough for using in your work.

ICE Resin paperSupplies:
ICE Resin®
Paper to create beads (old books, tissue paper, printed scrapbook paper, etc.)
Non- stick craft sheet or plastic bags (thin, from the grocery store)
Wire and tools
Embellishments, beads, etc.
Skewer or awl (to wrap paper around)
1. Cut/tear paper to desired width and length, approximately 7 inches long.
2. Mix ICE Resin® following manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Lay paper down onto non-stick work surface and coat with resin. For thinner weight papers, the resin will naturally soak into the paper. If using a thicker weight paper it may be necessary to coat both sides of the paper.
4. Use a skewer or tip of an awl to wrap the end of the bead around. NOTE: if cut in a triangular shape, start with the widest end.
5. Begin to roll the paper onto the skewer, trying to keep a tight tension while rolling. Once the bead has started taking shape, the skewer can be removed.
6. Continue rolling the bead until the end has been reached; add additional resin if needed to hold the end down.
7. Allow paper bead to cure completely.
8. Embellish paper beads with wire, beads, etc.
Helpful hints:
• Using a small skewer will create a smaller hole in the bead which is more helpful for stringing when complete.
• Small clamps can be used if needed to hold the ends down while drying.
• Unfold a paper clip to create a stand for curing the paper beads.
• Do not leave the bead on the skewer – it will be very difficult to remove when dry.


I hope you had fun!

John Creighton-Petersen, Art New Wave


Two Ohio technique workshops with Susan Lenart Kazmer open for enrollment at Ginny’s Small Studio

Posted on | August 18, 2014 | No Comments

Hi Everyone:  it is rare for me to teach at local stores, but the weekend of September 13 and 14 I will be teaching as part of a workshop series at a cool local Ohio store, Ginny’s Small Studio. Ginny began mixed media events with Art Continuum back in 2000. She was the founder of Stampers Anonymous that went on to become a huge success.

Here are the two workshops I will give at Ginny’s Small Studio:

Susan Lenart Kazmer lion necklace

Susan Lenart Kazmer wire cagesWIRE- Ancient techniques on New Frontiers- Forging + Brazing 
Sign up for the class: Sun Sept. 14th 10-5pm $125 per student

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.. Through many years of my own research and ethnographic repair, I have employed these same ideas to build my own unique body of work, influenced by my fashion experience, in forged wire.

Students will be challenged to think beyond traditional jewelry design to make your jewelry stronger, more interesting, unique, and personal by exploring new ideas for soldering, shaping, finishing and building of multiple components.
Sign up for the class: Saturday Sept. 13th 10-5PM $125 per student

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. Focus and build with resin using multiple thin layers while learning new techniques and application for scratching, crackling, engraving, transferring of imagery, making marks and coloring surface. Set your finished components with filigree bezel wire…brazing presented.

Ginny’s Small Studio is located in Jefferson Square, 26113 Detroit Road in Westlake.



Posted on | August 17, 2014 | No Comments

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Want to take a metalsmithing class from Susan Lenart Kazmer but your schedule does not allow you to travel?

FORGE WIRE CAGES AND OTHER 3D FORMS FOR JEWELRY MAKING is now available as a DVD so you can learn in the comfort of your own home or studio.

Art Mechanic Susan Leanrt KazmerYou can order the DVD  or download the file from Interweave.

Stone, glass, and found objects offer endless design possibilities and Susan will help you wire them to your skillset.

Movement, encapsulate found objects, and so many more tips will help enhance your jewelry and mixed media art.

Do you still yearn for more?

Check out Susan’s:

Explorations in Jewelry Enameling: Torch and Kiln Techniques,

her book Resin Alchemy,

and The Ultimate Susan Lenart Kazmer Resin Collection kit.



How to Place Eyelets in ICE-Resined Paper

Posted on | August 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

ICE Resin makes thin paper translucent, durable enough for jewelry yet you can still tear it! Just imagine the art journal possibilities. In this video you will see Jennifer Cabic show you how to add resin to paper and how to place eyelets in resined paper for any mixed media art project you feel inspired to create! ICE-Resin-eyelets ICE Resin makes thin paper translucent, durable enough for jewelry yet you can still tear it! Just imagine the art journal possibilities. In this video you will see Jennifer Cabic show you how to add resin to paper and how to place eyelets in resined paper for any mixed media art project you feel inspired to create! ICE Resin on Belle Dames Francaise Paper ICE ResinGerman Glass Glitter ICE ResinAre you ready for your paper to “resinate”? We have Belle Dames, and two glossy paper packs. You can find them here. In addition to Silver, our German Glass Glitter comes in 5 more colors: Amethyst, Sky Blue, Chartreuse, Chocolate, and Salmon.

Susan Lenart Kazmer demonstrates how she mimics enamel on metal and makes faux druzy stones on Beads Baubles and Jewels

Posted on | August 15, 2014 | No Comments

ICE Resin Show 2005 will be airing on the Beads, Baubles and Jewels web site home page  starting August 15th .

faux druze Susan Lenart Kazmer

Susan Lenart Kazmer is featured on the show  making faux stones with glass glitter, inclusions and resin, and then she shows cold surface work to mimic enameling on metal.

The show, Get Creative with Resin and Wire, will air for 7 days and is FREE to visitors on the web site.



2005 Get Creative with Resin and Wire

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.

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