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susan lenart kazmer

sacred talisman

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 building bezels and boxes                                


     throughout history, Talismans and prayer boxes have been worn purposely and used to enhance and bring the qualities, prayers or specific intentions imbedded into these boxes into fruition. these boxes and containers are constructed into beautiful, purposeful and wearable adornment to be carried for protection, power and love. the repetition of wearing a prayer box embeds the intentions deeply and profoundly into the wearers life. 

      in this workshop format, spread out and prepare to deeply engage in learning some of my most recent personal signature techniques and work. learn the very practical skills of of building 3 dimensional unique sterling silver bezel and box forms by soldering and constructing as well as keeping intention and embedding your personal and powerful talismans. Be prepared to open up creatively and allow yourself to create the extraordinary. 

        techniques to be covered include soldering with hard, medium and EZ solder, sweat soldering, building a hollow form, piercing with jewelers saw, clean up and finish work. Learn to work with stones and personal objects.

explore the use of altering wire to create nailheads and hobnail to adorn a bezel and make it your own.  

explore the use symbolism using the techniques of etching and engraving and throughout the medium of silver wire, thread, objects and shredded ribbon and formula for industrial patina, enamels and liquid enamels.


**Prerequisite –  general soldering skills 


Kit fee $95.00

sterling silver 24 gauge sheet, gallery wire, 16 gauge sterling silver wire,stone,  threads. all solder and expendables.


please bring - chain and round nose pliers, wire snips, small flat file 01 or similar, jewelers saw, 03 blade (or close), bench pin, awl, 

i will provide for sharing- extra tools- optional-magnifiers, small non asbestos soldering pad,  i will provide butane gas, MAPP, torch heads, flux, solder, annealing pan, paint brush, soldering pick, soldering brick,tweezers, locking tweezers, torch head,  stone for setting.

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i spent many years traveling in remote and urban areas all over the world and found a fascination in culture, ancient adornment and talismans. this core concept is used at the base of my work along with altered objects as jewelry and set in silver by fusing, soldering and cold joins. i build urban street jewelry and adornment and challenge myself to provide my viewer with a story about real life.  

— susan lenart kazmer