Thursday, November 5, 2015

Book Review &Giveaway | Resin Alchemy

By on Thursday, November 05, 2015 52 Comments

Resin is arguably an underrated technique.  It has so much more potential besides its ability to enclose embedded objects into a glass-like finish. Resin is an excellent glue in itself, a sealer, image preserver, surface protector and so much more.


Resin is a particularly wondrous product for mixed media artists.  One of the best known is silver smith Susan Lenart Kazmer who developed and introduced jewelry grade ICE RESIN® to the jewelry making community back in 2006. I received her latest book,  Resin Alchemy: Innovative Techniques for Mixed-Media and Jewelry Artists for review.  It is published by Interweave.

The book shows how resin can be used in many creative ways - some of which handmade jewelry artists may not have thought about. As a metal smith, the author also instructs on basic metal working techniques which can be used to broaden design possibilities.


One thing stood out -  the author's amazing experience with resin. I especially enjoyed the sections of the book where she covers special effects and surface treatments.

In the first section, she shares many tips about how to use resin. Like how resin needs a temperature of 70° F (21° C) to cure.  So if you have a cold studio, curing resin needs to take place somewhere else!  

I've always hesitated adding liquid paint to resin in case the addition disrupts the polymerization. But  Susan explains all you need is a drop of either acrylic or even oil paint - one gives a transparent effect and the other an opaque one. She even goes further and suggests  more unconventional inclusions, such as dirt, sand and spices!


Some of her innovative ideas include how to introduce interior crack effects as with the bezel project below or engraving the resin after it has cured.


The basic metal work techniques taught include how to use eyelets, rivets, metal sheets and wire in designs.


The author has her own style of mixed media designs and inspires others to incorporate all sorts of materials such as found objects into jewelry pieces.


One outstanding section of the book, and a favorite, is when resin is coupled with wire! She instructs on how to create wire bezels as shown with her Heart Wire Bezel project and the Resin Coated Paper Leaves bracelet below. 



Many artists would encase dried flowers in resin. But Susan takes a different approach with her Resin Coated Rosebuds  project.  She shows how individual dried rosebuds can be stabilized with twine, coated in resin and then set into an end cap. She also has the following inspirational design where the rosebuds sit in a trough like bezel :


Her stacked paper ring project makes use of resin coated torn up sections of paper.


The instructions show the used of wire with a balled up end (torch balling).  However, the final project photo shows how a wire loop can be used instead - a point which was not mentioned.


The penultimate part of the book deals with mold forming.  The author covers how to use silicone molding putting to create molds from a small object.  My favorite cast resin project has to be the one where she first creates a mold for a lock and then uses resin to make the copy!


The cold enamel, crackle surface effects and how to create resin based plique-à-jour in the last part of the book are also excellent ideas.  She even shows how cold enameling, resin wire can be combined to create cloisonne designs! No firing needed!

Shown below is the project which uses crackle nail polish.  Resin is used to seal the surfaces.


The book showcases Susan's distinct design style.  While the style may not appeal to everyone, the instructions on how she achieves different effects is the foundation of the informative and instructional book.

Some of the final design photographs are inspirational - she does not always show how those particular pieces are made.  But the techniques are shared on simpler technique projects so readers can use them in designs of their own.

This book is for resin artists who wish to advance beyond the basics and create true mixed media art.

Giveaway

If you'd like to win a copy of  Resin Alchemy: Innovative Techniques for Mixed-Media and Jewelry Artists please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international.
If the winner has a non-post box US address, the prize will be a physical book.  Otherwise it will be an eBook.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Thursday, November 12, 2015 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

Disclosure
I receive books and products for review.  I do receive a small fee for any products purchased through affiliate links.   The opinions expressed are solely my own.  They would be the same whether or not I receive any compensation.

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52 comments:

  1. Of course, I love resin! Especially Susan Lenart Kazmer's! I'd love to win the book.

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  2. I love working with resin but often struggle with finding new ways of how to use it and varying my project type enough-I love these ideas and it looks n sounds like this book would be the go to bible for me! Would love to win it. Can be contacted via retro-grrl@hotmail.com and and am blog follower and subscriber.

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  3. I have done a little with resin, but would love to do more. Thank you!

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  4. Wow, my head is swimming with ideas just from your review. I would love to have this book!
    Bev

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  5. This looks like a fantastic book full of inspirational ideas. If I don't win it, I think a purchased copy is definitely in order.

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  6. This looks like it is THE "go to" book for resin projects! I would love to have this book!!!

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  7. I have a kit of Ice Resin and have never used it. This book looks amazing for helping me learn how to do resin. I would love to win it.

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  8. Love her style! I am blog subscriber, FB follower and pinned the give away:
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/365987907197706991/
    zanc@att.net

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  9. I've been wanting to work with resin but was never sure if I could do it. If I win this book then I'll be starting with the best education of all! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  10. definitely want to win this book it's on my Amazon wishlist Ms Kazmer is such an inspiration as she stretches the media to do things you would not have thought possible if you'd just done things by the book I'm not only a subscriber to your blog but your Facebook linked in and mailing list

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  11. This might just get me over my apprehension with resin. Blog follower: zoowatcher10@yahoo.com.

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  12. I would love to learn more about resin, I hope I win. I love your blog. Im a follower for a long time. smamabird@aol.com

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  13. Would love to win this! grinchswoman@hotmail.com

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  14. Resin is such a great medium, what a great book! Blog follower, would love to win.

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  15. Resin is one of those things I've always wanted to try, but never have taken the plunge (probably because I'll love it!) I'd love to read the book.

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  16. "If you have a cold studio".... yep - that's me. In fact even on the warmest summer days the nights here are chilly and probably not the temp needed to cure resin. This was something I discovered after I bought everything I needed x 2. Great. Moving to a smaller area that is warmer....in this barn....uh......Think I'm going to have to create something that applies a constant temperature and then make sure everything is level. Why doesn't anyone really talk about your table being level??

    Chuck my name in there my friend....I'll give that wheel of chance a spin.

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  17. Susan is such a creative person with an ability to stretch whatever we ordinary people think possible. I hope this continues for many a year. Would love to win this to see how resin is developing within mixed media.
    shw_samuel@sky.com

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  18. I just love Ms. Kazmer's style. The book looks wonderful. I'm a blog follower, btw.

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  19. Hi Pearl, I would love to win this book to learn this technique - Jill Norman - beadbugs@ihug.co.nz

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  20. I never tried resin, I just don't know where to begin ! This book would be a great help.
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  21. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance! I am a blog subscriber.

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  22. Hi this book looks very informative ! I am new to resin so I hope I am in the running for the book. Thank you Judy
    judy@rosewind.ca

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  23. Wow what great uses for resin, and what great project ideas. I'd love to have this book!

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  24. This looks like a great resource for resin jewelry. Would love to add this book to library.

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  25. This looks like a really interesting book. Would love to win this book and give resin a try. Thanks, Pearl, for this opportunity.
    donnacorn@juno.com

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  26. Books and resin! Looks inspirational! nellielaan.weebly.com

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  27. Hello! I am a follower of your blog, twitter and FB. I would like to participate in this giveaway and explore the possibilities of resin. I shared on FB and Twitter. regards!

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  28. Yes!
    Subscriber
    robininseoul@gmail.com

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  29. I find out so many things by following your blog. Resin has been something I have always wanted to try. Looks like there are a lot of interesting projects in this book. Would love to see them all.

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  30. I would love to win this book and try resin. Thank you for the opportunity. joanie_99@hotmail.com

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  31. I adore Susan's work and it was a great privilege to work with Ice resin on their creative team this past year. Resin has so much potential and I feel as though I have barely scratched the surface. I would love to read this book to know more

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  32. Hi Pearl! Thanks for hosting another wonderful giveaway! I have never tried resin but I would love to. I follow you on your blog, FB and love all the excellent information you share.
    msd.katz@hotmail.com Debra

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  33. I'd love to learn how to use resin more creatively (currently I just mix and pour!). I'm a blog follower and a FB follower too! Cheers, Melissa (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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  34. Ha, I'm not sure if my comment went through or not. So I will try with my google id rather than wordpress. I'm a resin-dabbler, would love to learn more from this book! And I'm a blog/FB follower too. melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com

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  35. Chuck

    I have something unique to embed in resin...

    A Mac addict at Mac com

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  36. I would love to try some of these projects! I never would have thought to add sand or spices! Sounds like fun!

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  37. I love working with resin, and this book shows there is SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN!
    judyklarson@gmail.com

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  38. I have had my eye on this book for a while, it looks fabulous!

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  39. I have tried resin a few times without great success, so I would love to win this prize so I could learn to do it right!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  40. I save little scraps of everything thinking one day I can use it. This book shows so many ways to do that. I would love to learn it.

    ginhuntoon@comcast.net

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  41. This has been on my wish list. Delighted to see the review. Winning it would be awesome!

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  42. This is an awesome book!

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  43. I've never tried working with resin, but the beautiful photos in your post have convinced me that I have to try this! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. This book LQQKS fantastic!

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  45. What artistry! Very inspiring work that makes me want to incorporate resin into my designs. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  46. This looks like a great book to use for inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  47. Resin is so much fun! This looks like a great book to expand on what I already know (not much really)!

    I'm also a blog follower!

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  48. Wow, what neat things you can make. I appreciate the chance to win it.
    pglenda@yahoo.com

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  49. I am a long time subscriber to your newsletter. I would LOVE to enter this giveaway, but I cannot. Once I enter and hit submit (or post) it requests a Google identiity. I don't have one nor do I wish to create another user name and password. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong?

    via email

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    1. You do not need a Google identity. Just use Name/URL and leave URL blank if you do not have an online identity.

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