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.
Posted on | February 20, 2015 | 2 Comments
Join 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. $1800 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.
“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.”
Posted on | February 19, 2015 | 5 Comments
The world has lost an amazing artist and we’ve lost a talented member of our ICE Resin Creative Team.
Sending love and light to Joanna’s family,
Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman
Posted on | February 18, 2015 | 1 Comment
By The ICE Prince, John Creighton Petersen
With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, I decided to get creative with some of my favorite ICE Resin® supplies to make a fun Celtic bezel necklace that could be worn anytime of the year besides March 17th. I’ve been working with embossed, colored metals lately in my work and thought I would share this with everyone on the blog. This technique can be easily changed using different embossing folders that are used with die cutting machines, and it’s simple enough to use different colors with this project.
1. Cut metal down to shape – for this bezel, I used a circle die through a die cutting matching that’s the same size of the bezel. If you cut after the metal has been embossed, the pattern will be flattened out.
2. Use the Celtic Knot embossing folder to emboss the cut piece of metal.
3. Color the metal using StazOn inks with GlazOn layer protectant. With an InkBlusher, color the entire piece of metal with StazOn Cactus Green and allow to dry. Apply a thin layer of GlazOn. Repeat (alternating StazOn followed by GlazOn) with Emerald Green and Forest Green, then highlighting with Metallic Gold.
4. Mix ICE Resin® following instructions.
5. Use stir stick to apply a thin layer into the bottom of the bezel. Coat the back of the colored metal piece with a light layer of resin and then place into the bottom of the bezel.
6. With a brush, apply a thin coat onto the inner sides of the bezel.
7. Sprinkle inner sides of the bezel with Chartreuse German Glass. Tap off excel and allow to set.
8. Mix a second batch of resin, enough to fill the bezel.
9. Apply a thin coat of resin onto the back of your inclusion and place into the bezel.
10. Fill the bezel with ICE Resin® and sprinkle with Gold Glitter. Allow to cure.
11. Embellish bottom of bezel and add to necklace chain.
You can change the look of your bezel very easily simply by changing the colors used. Instead of a gold bezel, switch to a silver colored bezel. Once the same green StazOn colors were used to color the metal, slightly sand off some of the color to expose the metal.
ICE Resin®: ICE Resin®, ICED Inclusions Chartreuse and German Silver, ICED Inclusions Gold Glitter, Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Art Mechanique® Circle Hobnail Bezel Medium sized, stir sticks and measuring cups
IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko: StazOn (Cactus Green, Emerald City, Forest Green, Metallic Gold), GlazOn, InkBlushers, Fantastix
Celtic Knot embossing folder, circle die cut
Other Supplies: rivet and brad (inclusion used in project), ball and chain with DMC floss for necklace
Posted on | February 17, 2015 | No Comments
Learn how to make this Celtic themed bezel with your favorite ICE Resin® supplies, complete with an embossed metal background with layers of color on metal.
Sign Up Now for 3 Days of Caging, Forging, Resin and Ancient Artifacts with Susan Lenart Kazmer at Art-is-You
Posted on | February 15, 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 jewlery 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 skill? CLICK here to register for Caging, Forging, Resin and Ancient Artifacts with me at Art Is You, Art Expedition, April 22-24, 2015.« go back — keep looking »