H.A.M Pop Up Shop Now Open

My Handmade Art Market Holiday Pop Up Shop is now open over on the H.A.M. Facebook page. I wrote a post the other day that I was planning to offer some of my handmade jewelry for sale. I just loaded up my shop with 32 pieces of wearable art. I hope you get a chance to take a peek. The sale starts midnight Nov. 27 and runs until Dec. 13th. If you’re doing holiday shopping, I suggest you shop early in order to make the shipping in time.

The way this virtual shop works is that participating artists each have a storefront shop. Handmade items are up for sale in the shops. The first person to type SOLD in the comments section of the item and provides a valid Paypal address gets it. I will send an invoice and payment is due immediately.  I promise to send out the piece by USPS within the week. Sorry, shipping only to valid US addresses at this time.

Here is a sneak peek of many of the necklaces available.


I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Can’t wait to see you on Facebook. Be sure to “Like” my business page if you haven’t already!


Own a piece of my art


I have some fun news to share. I was invited to participate in an online juried art market to sell some of my handmade art this holiday season. Dozens of artists will be hosting an online store from Nov. 27th to Dec. 13th on the Handmade Art Market Facebook Page.  To participate, log into your Facebook account and then click to “Like” the H.A.M page. This is a limited shopping event for handmade items and you must have a Facebook account to participate.

The way it works is that the participating artists will display a photo of the item for sale, along with details like description, size, price, shipping costs in their shop on the Facebook page. The first person to type “Sold” and give a valid Paypal account will buy the piece. The artists will invoice immediately and items will be shipped out within 3 days of purchase. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Plus an easy way to do some holiday shopping in your jammies.

I often get emails from people wondering where they can purchase my work. At this time, I don’t have a virtual store for my jewelry. I just last week finally opened my Etsy shop so people can get a signed copy of my book, but I’ve always needed to keep the jewelry I make with me when I teach. That’s because I use many of the techniques I teach in the pieces I make, so when I’m demoing particular techniques I can point to components of my work for a visual reference. I do sell my work to my students and also at the vendor nights of the retreats.

But here’s the good news. I’m ready to let go of quite a few necklaces and earrings. Susan has some wonderful new products to debut next year with Ranger, so I’m going to be busy in my studio making all new jewelry (aka art samples). I also developed a lot of new classes for 2016, so you’re going to find me hunkering down here pretty soon. (Registration has begun for many of them. Check out my website and click on Workshops to see a list of confirmed workshops).

Here is a sneak peek of just two of the necklaces I’ll be selling over on Holiday Art Market. I will be sure to have pieces in a variety of price points. Since I am ready to let these babies go, I decided to not price any of my work over $100 for this special sale.



There are A LOT of amazing artists participating in this event to sell their unique work. Be sure to look around at all the shops. My jewelry might not be the thing for Aunt Martha this holiday season, but I can bet there is something wonderful to be found for just about everyone on your shopping list who appreciates handmade. Below is a picture of my shop storefront. Hopefully this makes it easy to find me.


Here’s wishing you a truly Artful day!


Art Jewelry Retreat opens today


Happy Sunday everyone. Hope you are having a great day. I just wanted to let you know the “Buy It Before You Win It” contest for the upcoming Art Jewelry Adventure Retreat is now closed. Winners have been announced. Congrats to Karen Lackey. She is the winner from my contest. Karen was one of the first 25 people to enter and she was the first person to share my information on Facebook. Trusty online app RandomNumberGenerator.org picked number 17 and made Karen the winner.

Thanks for all of the support you guys showed me in both entering and sharing of the contest. I’m so pleased with the response that I’ll be sending everyone who entered their name and email on my form a free resin project sheet .pdf that I promised to the first 25 folks. For those who entered, please keep an eye out for it in your mailboxes this coming week.

Today is the first day that online registration for Art Jewelry Adventure Retreat online opens. Illysa and Kira have made 100 goodie bags that are packed with product for those who sign up. If you’re thinking this is the right online art retreat for you next year, please click my instructor link here and make it happen.

Not convinced? Want to see a little video to learn more? Here’s one that introduces all the instructors for the event.

In case you didn’t see my last blog post, this is the necklace I’ll be teaching you how to make. Techniques include working with backless bezels, designing with transparent imagery, embedding organics in ICE Resin and, of course, guaranteed success when working with ICE for your jewelry making. I’ll also be teaching how to make a beautiful wireworked chain from my favorite metal fibers and bronze wire. This includes a handmade wireworked clasp to complete your necklace. You guys know how much I adore making (and teaching!) jewelry using 100% handmade components.




Here’s wishing everyone a truly Artful week to come!


Art Jewelry Online Adventure Contest


I have some pretty exciting news to share. Many of you have been asking me to teach an online workshop for years. I keep coming back with the response that I promise, I’m working on it. Well…this time I mean it. I will be participating in an AMAZING online jewelry making workshop that will happen for all of 2016 with 16 other incredible talented jewelry artists.

Maybe you’ve heard of — or participated in — the wildly successful Polymer Clay Adventure that’s been happening online this year. Well, Ilysa and Kira, the organizers of this retreat who’re also pretty fantastic polymer clay experts/artists (plus podcasters + authors + hosts of Polymer Clay TV) asked if I’d bring an ICE Resin workshop to their latest endeavor called Art Jewelry Adventure. Fellow travelers, hang on. I said Yes with a capital Y and I jumped on board for some seriously rockin’ fun.

Registration open Sunday, October 25th. However, these ladies have put together a really cool contest called Win It Before You Can Buy It. If you fill out this form then you will be tied to me and will be entered for a chance to win your spot in the Art Jewelry Online Adventure. Also, as an added bonus, I’ll send a free resin .pdf tutorial to the first 25 people who register with my link that comes directly from the new book Explore, Create, Resinate Jewelry.

For my online workshop, I’ll be teaching you how to successfully work with backless bezels, transparent imagery and organic material. Also how to properly use ICE Resin with guaranteed results. I’ll also be teaching some fun and easy wire link chain making (which includes how to properly and safely use a torch to draw beads on wire and create “metal fibers”.) And this is just my little ‘ole self/class. Take a peek. The instructor line up is awesome.

Lots more info on Art Jewelry Adventure Online to come here on my blog and also my social media channels. Stay tuned. For now, here’s the 411 for entering the contest. Act now because, it’s only for this week.

Remember — Click this Link. Fill out the Form. Please share this exact link with jewelry making friends and family. First 25 to sign up with this link will get a free resin .pdf tutorial.





Looking for Big Magic


The past seven weeks I’ve been working on lots and lots of behind the scenes stuff that I can’t share yet. This is always a challenge for me because my days fly by busy and working, but since everything I’m doing is for future big revels, I always struggle with updating my blog and doing my social media.

Basically, Susan and I are working on new product development to debut at the winter CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) trade show now that we are working hand-in-hand with Ranger Industries. I can tell you the process has been so enjoyable. I love the meetings because not only is there a fabulous team, but everyone at Ranger is happy, fulfilled and doing their jobs so effectively. We are loving being an integral part of a larger team and seeing how much ICE Resin is going to grow and soar with these changes. There’s lots of new product ideas, testing, sourcing, concocting, brainstorming, working with the in-house chemist and everything else that goes into bringing art products to market.

It’s been eight years since I joined the crafts industry, first as a designer and then as a manufacturer with Susan. When I look back on it, I cannot believe the changes I’ve made, the lessons learned, the information that’s inside my head and what it’s like to work each day as an insider in the industry. I truly feel as though I received a hands-on MBA, particularly in the past four years.

My days are still busy and full, but they have shifted. This means I’m also getting a lot of family time as well. It’s been wonderful to reconnect with my kids and husband in a way that’s been difficult as we were working 24/7 to grow ICE Resin.  I haven’t been doing nearly as much actual artwork as I would like to, but this is a personal choice. I’ve decided that my downtime right now is better spent on family, reading and listening to TED Talks, exploring new recipes and rediscovering myself and who I truly am as a creative being. I’ve also been spending a lot of time with my mother, and still working through the process of getting her eventually settled  in a new home.

I’m finding inspiration right now in Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book Big Magic. What a perfect time for me to be reading this new book on creativity! I’m only a few chapters into it, but, WOW, I haven’t been this excited about a book since I read Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. I feel like what I am doing now, and what we (Susan and I) are building for the future truly is big magic. It’s all our ideas coming to fruition on a grand scale.

For those of you who are looking for our Tucson 2016 classes, I’m working on getting those put together. I’ll write a blog post soon when they’re available. Also, keep an eye out here and over at the ICE Queen eZine  for some more information on some upcoming news.

I hope as I’ve been taking some time for rediscovery that each of you have been living and enjoying your Artful lives as well.

Till next time,


Bead Fest Philly classes

Ok all you East coast folks and jewelry making aficionados, I’m talking to you! This is the first time I will be attending/teaching at Bead Fest Philadelphia for the summer show. Believe it or not, I’ve never been to Philly, even though one of my bestest girlfriends is from there and her mom is always offering for me to come stay with them and visit.

I’ll be teaching four, 45-minute beginner workshops, which is also a first for me.  The image below is a screen shot from some PR Interweave recently sent out. It’s always nice to see my work being featured. Take a peek over at the Bead Fest 2015 site. They’re lots of incredible instructors and classes already sold out, but there’s also some fun to be had for those who’re much more spontaneous and are ready to say, “what the heck? Let’s go!”




August is a busy teaching month

This summerJenCushmanAUAutumnHarvest1 turned a little busier than I had originally planned. A couple of new teaching opportunities popped up in the last couple months and I haven’t even had the time to put them on my website. I’ll be in Phoenix, San Diego and Philadelphia in August teaching metalsmithing, resin and wireworking classes. Here’s a quick run down if you’re interested. Most of the classes are filling up quickly, but there’s usually a spot or two open for even last-minute sign ups.

Art Unraveled — August 4-8

This is a wonderful national mixed-media art retreat that just a happens to take place in my hometown of Phoenix in August. Yep, you heard correctly. Phoenix, Arizona and August. Why? Because the lovely large suites at the Embassy Suites are on summer rates. Linda Young has been organizing Art Unraveled for more than a decade and brings to town some of the top mixed-media instructors across the United States. People always assume that because I’m local, I must teach at other Phoenix venues. The truth is that I rarely teach locally. Art Unraveled is the one time of year I get to see my fellow Arizona art enthusiasts. I also vend during the Extravaganza so that’s the time I get to really talk to folks and catch up.

I’m teaching a class on making wire forms with resin paper. While it’s a project-based necklace, I’m doing my usual of teaching lots of wireworking and jewelry-making techniques throughout the day. In the end, students will finish as beautiful necklace and leave with a strong foundation for basic metalwork — cutting, filing, torch work, annealing, drawing a bead, dapping and doming, wire wrapping, freeform wire and working with resin. Take a peek here at the Autumn Harvest description. I’d love to see you.

I’ll also be doing my Bangle Angle class at AU. This is a fun, fast and fulfilling class where I focus on forging and annealing –major metal fundamentals. Students will make multiple organic bangles. Anyone afraid of using a torch will quickly get over any fears. This class has one seat left as of this post. It’s always one of my most popular.


Also, for the first time, the amazing artist Leighanna Leight and I will be teaming up to teach a molding and resin jewelry class. Called A Face in the Crowd, we’ll be exploring figurative work along with Cold Enameling and jewelry making.  I haven’t been able to do a lot of team teaching in the past, but I adore collaboration and am excited to be working with someone as talented as Leighanna. It’s a two-evening class where we will get to have lots and lots of hands on fun.


Next, I’m heading over to San Diego to do a wire class at the Charity Wings Art Center. If you want to spend an afternoon on August 16th learning new jewelry making skills, or wirewrapping techniques that, I promise, will take your work to the next level sign up now and join me at the art center. You’ll just need to grab your jewelry making pliers (round nose, chain nose and a sharpie marker) and the rest of the supplies and tools are waiting for you there. Bring your what-makes-you-happy drink (for me it’s a caramel iced coffee, but for some of my students it’s a nice bottle of cold Chardonnay) and a smile.


Lastly, in August, I will be at BeadFest Philadelphia teaching five introductory jewelry-making classes using ICE Resin. I’ll be posting more about this in a few weeks with pics, so for now, here’s the link to take a look at and register. These classes are limited to 20 students and three of the five are almost at capacity.

I know I’ve been pretty quiet since returning home from France. It’s the end of summer break and I’m diving in deep to motherhood and enjoying family time. I’m only working a few hours each morning (getting up really early and finishing up before my kids even wake up). We’re spending our days kayaking or going on picnics, swimming at our favorite swimming hole and hanging out in the cool waters of Fossil Springs. Evenings include watching movies on the sofa, snuggled up in the cool air and cocooning ourselves inside. My kids start school next week and then it’s back to normal life. I’m cherishing this time and am pretty happy with my decision to get off my electronic devices so I can enjoy this “staycation”.

I’ll see you next week at Art Unraveled and be ready to party after my little break.