Crown Jewels for Queen Marie

ice resin jewleryThis piece is inspired by the French Queen Marie Antoinette. It has all the bling that I imagine a decadent Queen would have loved. It incorporates lots of pieces of cast off costume jewelry, all full of sparkling glass rhinestones.

Marie Antoinette jewelryThe focal image in the hobnail bezel is of Marie Antoinette herself.

Thespa McLaughlin

Vintiquities Workshop

A Queen needs more than bling. CLICK HERE and find out.

Layer Love by Cat Kerr

One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is the look and feel of Texture. One sure fire way of getting that texture, is by adding in a sprinkle of “Layer Love” to your project.

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When working on a canvas “Layer Love” can be layers of paint, paper and wax.

When working on a fabric collage “Layer Love” can be layers of muslin, cheesecloth, and handmade fabric.

And when working on a blank bezel…the possibilities are endless.

Materials used: Large Round Hobnail bezel, Ice Resin, muslin, felt, rusty bottle cap, rhinestones, clear urethane glue.

What kind of layers do you love?

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Andrea Loves Skulls

susan lenart kazmerWe all have them and our Creative Team member Andrea Ring loves them.

Can you guess?

She used our oval bronze hobnail bezels, oval staple bezel, bronze wire, ICE Resin® to make her “I Heart Skulls” necklace.

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I Heart Skulls by Andrea Ring
















She says:

“My inspiration was really the bezel itself. My first thought was an eyeball and then everything else just fell into place. I chose the color yellow because it paired so well with the bronze and the vintage rhinestones.

 “My love of skulls, I could go on for awhile, but simply we all have them and it’s a part of us that will be around for a long, long time. I love that skulls were used in Victorian times (an era I come back to constantly for inspiration!) in jewelry as a remembrance of others and also as a reminder that death is inevitable so we should live every day to the fullest!”

The necklace began with the oval staple bezel which immediately brought to Andrea’s mind an eye. She cut up an old street sign (Curve in the road) for the beautiful yellow color showing through the resin then stamped the title of the piece on the back.

susan leanrt kazmerThe skull she made by hand cutting from sterling.

The “glitter” in the skull shape is sterling dust from her bench top while brass filings gave the eye some of its sparkle.

What a great way to use every bit of your materials!






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I Heart Skulls by Andrea Ring

Andrea “barbed wired” her chain by hand and she used ICE Resin® to seal the old rhinestones into the hobnail bezels.

You can find out more about what Andrea sees on her blog.

Shaking Up 1959 France

Susan Lenart KazmerThis Flickr Friday the ICE Queen brings you “Shake It Up”
by Kathy of Katalina Jewelry. Betcha somebody in 1959 would have been thrilled to wear this mixed media creation. We love it!

She used rhinestones, salt shakers, what looks like a French postage stamp or maybe a page from a map book, and ICE Resin® to make this shimmering, sparkling pendant.

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“Shake it Up” by Katalina Designs

Kathy says:

My  inspiration came during one of my thrift store
visits. I spotted the salt and pepper shakers and loved the feminine lines of
the tops. Added bonus – they were the half off ticket for the day! I didn’t
want them for shakers but still, I just had to have them, so I came up with the
idea to use them in jewelry which justified my little $2 purchase.

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important your designs are to you and will always credit you on the blog. If
you provide a link to your website or blog, we’ll be sure to add that to the
posts too.

Art is both PERFECT and imperfect


Susan Lenart Kazmer

Book of Dreams - Art Sistas

Website and Blog: Rosa & Josie’s

Medium: mixed media jewelry artist

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Cuff of Intention

Q: If you could learn to create art in any medium you have not tried (or have not mastered), what would it be?

A: I believe polymer clay could be a fun medium to explore.

Q: What artist you would like to study with (living or dead) and why?

A: I actually have two: Miriam Haskell and Georgia O’Keeffe. I love Miriam Haskell’s use of “hand-picked” baroque pearls, rhinestones and filigree. I often use pieces of her timeless costume jewelry in many of my designs today. I have always been mesmerized by Georgia O’Keeffe’s “point of view” expressed in her minimalistic style of painting.

Susan Lenart Kazmer

My Path...

Q: What key piece of advice have you learned in your creative journey that you share with others?

A: More than any other bit of information, I share with my students, is that imperfection is required. There are NO mistakes. Mistakes will often take you in a direction you may not have ever taken. Art is both imperfect and perfect at the same time. I believe I give my students the freedom to learn to let go, and to embrace imperfection. I, myself, have Anne Grgich to thank for that!

Q:What adornment could you not go without?

A: My wedding ring.

Susan Lenart Kazmer


Q: What 5 items do you have in your studio that you use nearly every day?

A: My chain nose pliers, ball peen hammer, bench block, vintage rhinestones, and my computer (of course =)



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