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While I was browsing workshops to attend when I make my pilgrimage to the Tucson Jewelry Show this February, I came across this description of Cold Enameling vs. Hot enameling - as if there was a comparison-  I was amazed how far another professional artist can take the term "glass like" to compare glue to vitreous enamel and call it enameling just to promote a workshop -  I think we all need to call out Susan Lenart Kazmer and educate her on the Art of Enameling and its history. Glue is glue - and should remain so!


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Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer is an artist and jeweler of over 26 years. Susan’s work has been on exhibit with American Craft Council, Smithsonian and artistic works has toured museums nationally and internationally. Although Susan is known as a master of metalwork, her new groundbreaking book, Resin Alchemy, combines metalwork with Resin and is published June, 2013. Susan is also designer of a successful commercial line called Industrial Chic composed of jewelry and mixed media.http://www.susanlenartkazmer.comhttp://www.iceresin.comSkill Levels: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Workshop Fees: $65, Kit Sponsored by ICE Resin®
Explore this exciting new medium in the jewelry arts. Hot enameling is a 
process of melting transparent or opaque glass color onto metal. Where as, 
Cold Enameling in its own artform is done by first applying color to your metal 
and then sealing it with a glass like substance. My glass like substance is a 
jewelers grade super clear resin. Every step of the process in cold enameling is 
done without heat. Using cold enameling techniques you can work in layers 
adding text, images, texture, photo transfers, glitters and lots of color to build 
onto your metalwork and create dimensional and beautiful finished pieces. If 
you are a color lover in jewelry, cold enameling is a wonderful way to bring 
excitement into your work. 
Also, color will be derived from a variety of techniques including enamel 
paint, paper, permanent ink, caulk transfers, photo transfers, rub ons, oil 
pastels, crackle enamel, traditional patinas and more. To register visit or contact Ice Resin at 440-963-0387 or

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Comment by Trish White on July 11, 2014 at 6:41am

Here it is -  The new "Cold Enamel" made in Germany -  Buyer beware!

I translated the copy from the German-

Design material with many advantages HyCeram hybrid ceramic is a new material that combines the benefits of high-quality ceramics and modern, 3D-crosslinked polymers. Through a sophisticated manufacturing process micro ceramics, polymers and pigments are chemically bonded. Together they form a new group of materials with best features - the hybrid ceramic.  The striking functional and optical property profile of HyCeram:  · Bubble-free, homogeneous surfaces · Tough, scratch resistant and resistant surfaces · Thermal resistance (up to 200 ° C) · High color stability · Opaque, Perl and Stone Effect · Chemical bond to (precious) metal · UV stable · Biocompatible and hypoallergenic · Can be sterilized · Pleasant haptics

Comment by Gisela Brill on July 10, 2014 at 8:29am


I just came across an article in the German Goldschmiede Zeitung 'GZ'. There a new Hybrid Ceramic is announced. This seems to be a candidate to watch as this material potentially might be labeled as enamel. It's not yet done in the article but I thought it might be good to know what is out there.

Here is a link to the webpage of the manufacturer Unfortunately the webpage is in German or French only. However the pictures kind of speak for themselves.

Greetings Gisela

Comment by Trish White on February 8, 2013 at 10:33am
Thank you Barbe for your comments. And yes, several enamel artist friends have stated the same thing to me, "that it has been around for many years"- but allowing the name "Cold Enamel" to even get started by resin companies should have been corrected at its inception. What is the problem with associating "resin" with "cold enameling" is the fact that the public does not know the difference - and I have been to shows where artists are pushing their work off as enamel, when in fact, I ask specifically if it is "glass" and only then will they admit it is "resin". And many enamel artists have stated that the public is NOT educated on glass enameling vs resin.

I find it disturbing that when a well known artist is exploiting another art to promote her own and has been asked to step forward and be a leader in changing the term "Cold Enameling" and promote it as it really is, she looks the other way. And, her PR response, patronizing at best. I would have thought better of SLK and her partner.
Comment by Barbe Saint John on February 5, 2013 at 11:41pm

Not to play the devils advocate, but the term "cold enamel" has been around for many years. I think the problem is SLK is using it to profit from her resin company.For transparency reasons I will let you all know I have know SLK for about 8 yrs, was on her design team for three years and use to be her assistant and general operations manager. I am not associated with her in any way, shape or form at this moment.  

Anyone who knows jewelry making knows that cold enamel isn't REALLY enamel.  It is colored resin used to MIMIC vitreous enamels. I think we've all seen this on cheap costume jewelry.  I found this book from the 70's on the topic on Amazon-

In the UK you can buy "Cold Enamel" jewelry making kits

I agree with you that she is using it to promote her own business and sales, no doubt. I also understand how you felt when you read the reply, the PR response laughable at best.

The only thing you can do is educate the public about what true enameling is.


Comment by Mary Rose on January 29, 2013 at 1:35pm

Thanks, Trish for the information.  Mary Rose

Comment by Trish White on January 24, 2013 at 3:36pm

Thank you Lauretta for your comments - Sad but true - "A rose by any other name is still a Rose" a glue by any other name is still a GLUE!!

Comment by Lauretta Bell on January 24, 2013 at 3:12pm

A friend of mine has taken several classes from Susan Lenart Kasmer and has now taught hundreds of resin classes herself. She respects Susan's artistic creativity but had this to say about Susan's use of the term "cold enameling":

"Why must it be called anything other than resin?  That's what it is.  There is no difficulty level of learning,  it is a product that has been used for years and years in many businesses and products,  and the definition resin is exactly what it is,  a plastic covering.  I mean they can call it preserving or doming or whatever,  but it is NOT enamelling,  and it is not anything but plastic pouring with a low need for instruction!!  One cannot become an expert at it.  It's how you USE the finished piece that makes it part of mixed media."

Comment by Trish White on January 22, 2013 at 3:40pm

COLD ENAMEL ANSWERS BACK with their letter!

( see my Blog up above for reference)

to my letter..... 


Dear Trish,

Thank you so much for your email and for sending over your concerns regarding our brand new Iced Enamels program, which Susan and myself developed to work in conjunction with our signature jeweler's grade ICE Resin. I do our marketing and PR for the company, so I would very much like to address your concerns.


Firstly, please let me say that we are in no way minimizing or making light of the great strides enamelists, silversmiths, goldsmiths and professional jewelers continue to make with the ancient and beautiful fine art medium. As a professional silversmith and jeweler of 25 years, Susan has worked for many years building pieces with enameling and teaching the process of kiln-fired and torch-fired enamels across the U.S. and internationally. She and her sister Cheri Lenart, a glass artist, have done traditional glass casting and have also taught numerous workshops together as well.


You are correct in stating that the term "cold enameling" is not used in the fine art field of enameling. Susan and myself have carefully developed this term to be an entirely new medium for the craft and mixed-media market. Our customers in the craft market are not the artists who would automatically desire to be a part of Grains of Glass. Your organization is the highest level of education and development of the glass enameling medium and something we support wholeheartedly as jewelry artists.


While I agree with your equation of resin being chemical bonding, I'm not in agreement of calling it "glue". Epoxy resins by chemical composition are much more involved than a simplistic view of glue. The bonding nature of epoxy resin is much stronger and long lasting than anything a white craft, dimensional glaze or even something along the nature of a silicone e6000-type glue produces. ICE Resin is a glasslike appearance and, used in conjunction with our powders, creates a surface where color is easily added to metal. It is not, and never will be, meant to replace the fine art of glass enameling and the incredible artists who've dedicated their lives and livelyhoods to the fine art form. If anything, as we've found over the past seven years of working with our resin in the craft market, our new cold enameling program will help crafters and mixed-media artists to fully understand the dedication and committment that goes into the Art of Enameling. We are in the process of putting together an extensive certification and education program to work in conjunction with our new Iced Enamels and I would like to extend an invitation to you to help provide FAQs to our people to fully explain and educate them on the very important differences between the two mediums.


Susan and I will be at the Tucson To Bead True Blue show and would very much love to set up a meeting time with you and any others in your organization to discuss your concerns and to show you exactly how this new program is of benefit to the good of the whole in the craft market.
Best regards,

Jen Cushman
Vice President and Co-Creative Director
Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin
Author of Explore, Create, Resinate




 A Major Lack of creative thinking  during  product development leaves them sellling out the word "enameling" to sell the product!

 In order for this company to promote their product line and increase their profit margin without guilt,  they need us to believe its really out of respect for the art of enameling. 

Remember what she said " our new "COLD ENAMELING" program will help crafters and mixed media artists to fully understand the dedication and commitment that goes into the Art of Enameling."

Smooth talkers: Public Relations People- they will say anything and hope you believe them.


Comment by Rudolf Molnar on January 20, 2013 at 11:22am

Unfortunately this term "cold enameling" use also Cooksongold-

Comment by Rudolf Molnar on January 20, 2013 at 3:09am

Glass like??? - THIS??? -

My friend - chemical enginner told me that the worst chemical of this type is resin made from 2 parts and when mixed looks like "glass" resin.

Flash Point: 485 °F (PMCC) (251´C) - Autoignition temperature: > 300 °C - smokers jewellery:)

Is it not glue,this is poison!












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