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I am so happy to let you know that I am a Certified Instructor for ICE Resin®, which is just one of the perks of being on the 2014 ICE Resin® Creative Team.  I will be teaching the following workshop with details below:

I know I've talked about it a lot before, but have you heard of ICE Resin®? It’s a fantastic Jeweler’s Grade resin created by Internationally- known designer Susan Lenart Kazmer. It is fabulous to work with as it is self-leveling, self- healing, naturally doming and it dries to a crystal clear, glass-like finish in 8-12 hours with no heat necessary! It will not fade, yellow, or become brittle if properly cared for. Come join me in making 3 bezel necklaces filled with a mini-collage that you design. This collage will include charms, words, glitter, ephemera papers or really anything else you’d like to include. Students will learn how to mix ICE Resin, create the collages and fill the bezels with the resin. We will also learn to make a fabric chain for the necklaces using Silk Ribbon, Lace, or other materials in addition to handmade wire clasps. You are free to use your imagination completely, so I hope you’ll come for this fun and exciting workshop! Cost: $90.00, with lunch included.  Reserve your spot now, as seating is limited!

LOCATION:  Craft Fusion, 2986 N Alma School Suite 4, Chandler, AZ 85224.
Call 480-821-3758 and Charmaine will sign you up.
Materials Provided:
ICE Resin®, mixing cups, and stir sticks
3 Bezels, in various shapes and sizes
Silk Ribbon
Wire, in 18 and 20 gauge for wrapping beads and charms as well as fabric and clasps
White Glue and Paper Sealer
Plates to use to carry your projects home with you
Baby Wipes (for clean up!)
Disposable Paint Brushes
Students should bring:
Ephemera paper, pages from a book, pictures from a magazine
Ribbon, Lace or fabric
Glitter
Sharpie Marker and Pencils
Scissors/X-Acto Knife

Students should bring:
Ephemera paper, pages from a book, pictures from a magazine
Ribbon, Lace or fabric
Glitter
Sharpie Marker and Pencils
Scissors/X-Acto Knife
Beads, Charms, or any found objects like buttons or tags you’d like to include in your mini-collage
Chain Nose and Round Nose Pliers, if you have them
Non-Stick Craft Mat or Garbage Bags
Wire snips

 

 

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Recently I visited Philadelphia with my daughter.  I had been there before, but she had not.  We had so much fun traveling around the city and seeing the sights, and of course, shopping for school clothes for her Senior year of HS!  One morning, we were having breakfast outside at a darling Bistro, and this gorgeous red brick building was partly in my view.  It has the most wonderful patina on the window section, and of course, being a metal worker, I was totally inspired by the gorgeous copper and aqua weathered look which had come from nothing more than being exposed to the elements!

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I loved the Architecture, and  my daughter loved the tall buildings downtown.photo 1(2)Of course we passed Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles and Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

We had so much fun spending a few days there, and we made sure to try the best Cheesesteak in Philly, Tony Luke's!

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While we are used to the ridiculous heat in Arizona, we were a little concerned about the humidity in Philadelphia.  Thankfully, the weather was great with highs in the 70's and the humidity was mild.  A nice change from the dull, dry, heat we are used to!