Posted on | August 20, 2014 | 3 Comments
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.
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.
• 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
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:
WIRE- 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.
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.
Posted on | August 17, 2014 | No Comments
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.
You 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.
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 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! Are 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
Show 2005 will be airing on the Beads, Baubles and Jewels web site home page www.beadsbaublesandjewels.com starting August 15th .
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
Posted on | August 14, 2014 | 2 Comments
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.
Connect the pieces with jump rings to complete the bracelet.
Kathy Cano-Murillo, the Crafty Chica
Posted on | August 13, 2014 | 4 Comments
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.
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
Posted on | August 12, 2014 | 1 Comment
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.
Materials you will need:
Cotton yarn: any crochet flower pattern you like
Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko ‘All Purpose Ink’
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
Posted on | August 11, 2014 | 3 Comments
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.
Supplies and Tools:
Iced Enamels™: Tarnished Bronze
Rue Romantique™ bezel
Rue Romantique™ Royal Crown Spoon Charms
Blackened Steel wire in 20gg
Thank you for joining me today.
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!
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.« go back — keep looking »