Brazing Bold- Resin & Silver

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Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry. Susan’s work includes building talismans, prayer boxes, amulets and magic for the fashion, museum, gallery and commercial world for over 20 years. Early on in her career, Susan built a handmade and commercial line of jewelry for Henri Bendel, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, as well as various independent and upscale boutiques. She recently built the successful commercial line of components called Industrial Chic. Susan’s work has been in numerous traveling exhibits including the Smithsonian Museum and the Art Institute of New York. She is the author of Resin Alchemy, which was on Amazon’s 2013 best seller list. It includes a pioneering ten-year body of work combining metal and ICE Resin®, a jeweler’s grade resin she developed and brought to market. Susan authored her first book Making Connections: A Handbook of Cold Joins for Jewelers and Mixed-Media Artists in 2008. Susan’s innovative new work can be seen in the March 2014 issue of U.S. ELLE magazine as she re-enters the fashion world and on the runway in New York and on her website at

Currently not available.
Location: To Bead True Blue
Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $75

In this workshop, start by focusing on hand-making a sterling silver bezel by braising a simple open back bezel form using gallery wire. Learn practical metalworking skills in brazing, filing, sanding and finishing to create a small open form bezel of traditional bezel wire.

Later, 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. Add resin, foil, tints and learn scraffito techniques.

Learn proper mixing, application, combining and pouring layers and safety tips. This hands on workshop offers many foundational techniques from filling hollow bezel forms with photo text, foil and layering of materials. Finish an extraordinary pendant.

$34 Class Kit Includes:
Sterling silver gallery wire, silver wire to create a shank, ice resin, foils, tints, All soldering materials and expendables.

Pliers-round needle nose, chain nose, wire snips. Burnishing tool, Sandpaper, metal file. Photos, pictures images dried flowers.

I will supply tools such as fire bricks, torches, soldering material, flexible shaft, drill bits, torches, gas, sandpaper, instructions. I will have extra tools in the classroom.


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