Susan Lenart Kazmer – Day One

Wire Links –Forging with Ancient Techniques (morning); Resin, Relics and Ancient Artifacts – casting resin (afternoon)

Description and Techniques:

Morning: In this hands on workshop learn the usefulness of this age old technique reminiscent of our ancestors long ago. Using 10-gauge bronze wire, explore the possibilities of how it relates to jewelry design, form and structure. Learn the correct methods for hand hammering and alternately annealing wire for malleability and compliance. This technique of rendering round wire, flat allows for a handmade rustic look and feel. Drawing a bead for closure. Use this link bracelet as the start of a Talismans charm bracelet or for housing amulets, fringe or personal mementos. Finish at least one piece.

Afternoon: Focus on new works in jewelry and Resin as it has never been presented before in casting. Sand, scratch, 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 with foils and tints.
Learn different techniques in casting such as Dirty Casting and Glass Resin Casting. Build ancient relics.

Each student will leave with a beautiful pendant and a journal full of ideas and a whole new direction to focus your work.

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Susan Lenart Kazmer

Duration of Class:

One Day (6 Hours)


Metalsmithing/Resin/Jewelry Design

Skill Level:


Student Supply List:

  • anvil
  • hammer
  • wire snips
  • round needle nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • scissors
  • journal
  • OPTIONAL: bring meaningful small objects such as photos, inclusions such as text, leaves, sticks, herbs, sand, dried flowers. Please bring objects to cast.

Provided by Instructor:

  • Kit/Materials Fee – $35 (payable to instructor at class time)
  • Morning session: Kit includes 10-gauge bronze wire, as much as needed in class, silver 20-gauge for attaching links, expendables such as liver of sulfur and sandpaper.
  • Afternoon Session: Kit fee includes rubber silicone, finished resin component to work on…expendables such as resin to use in class, mica flakes, powders and cold enamels, solder, sand paper, wire.

Class Size:

Min # of students: 10
Max # of students: 20