As promised, my long overdue book review of "Explore, Create, Resinate".
With "Explore, Create, Resinate" author Jen Cushman has created an "essential cookbook" for working with ICE Resin®, a jewelers grade 2 part epoxy resin. In addition to being a mixed media artist and writer, Jen is currently the Director of Education and Marketing for ICE Resin®, Susan Lenart Kazmer. She's also the author of "Art Choses You", a new art marketing column for Belle Armoire Jewelry and a contributing editor for Create Mixed Media.
A lot of jewelry artists love resin but are hesitant to start working with it because they are afraid its too complicated. "Explore, Create, Resinate" will help you successfully make gorgeous jewelry in no time. In the book, Jen tells you about what makes ICE different from the other "craft" resins on the market, how to properly mix, pour, color and embed using ICE Resin®. She also goes over how to deal with "mistakes" that can happen and how to fix them. Also in the book are a number of gorgeous projects, lots of step out photos and clear instructions.
Each project has examples from the ICE Resin®, Susan Lenart Kazmer Design Team, (Kecia Deveney, Deryn Mentock, Kristen Robinson, Jane Salley and me!). These extra photos show you what you can do with ICE and inspire you to have fun with resin.
If you can't take a class with a certified ICE Resin® instructor, this book will help you work successfully with resin at home. This book is a great book for anyone who is curious about working with ICE Resin®. as well as those who are looking for extra guidance and inspiration with their resin work. I have worked with many epoxy resins, and ICE is the only one that has not yellowed, turned soft or brittle over the years. You can order Explore, Create, Resinate: Mixed Media Techniques using ICE Resin the ICE Resin® website.