The Masters Talisman Project 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 6:30-9:20 p.m.

Casino del Sol
Room x,
5655 West Valencia Rd, Tucson AZ

Your Invitation…

Come and participate in an adventure with multimedia jewelry experts! You will spend 40 minutes with each of three instructors of your choice—and walk away with a special, talisman necklace. Each instructor will teach 3 sessions during the evening, with a maximum of 7 students per teacher each session.

Plan to arrive at 6:30 to sample some delicious munchies and listen to a brief introduction from our celebrity host xxx.

Our instructors are Meredith Arnold (mixed media and wire); Marilyn Gardiner (chainmail); [ FULL Susan Lenart Kazmer (resin)]; [FULL Kate Richbourg (metalwork)]; Eva Sherman (cold connections); and {FULL Carrie Story (metal clay)].

What is a Talisman?

Susan Lenart Kazmer explains it well from her perspective: “I am a builder of Talismans and vibe… Long ago, in the 1990’s when parts of the world were still a mystery, it was my passion to travel and explore cultures throughout the world. I found a thread of Talismans that ran through all cultures including my own. That is why my work began as Talismans, the practice of embedding words, prayers, and energies into objects. In my work, I have built large adornments for museums and prepared small bundles for commercial lines.”

We’ve put together a Pinterest page with some beautiful examples to help you visualize the concept.

How to Register and Pay and Ask Questions

Choose and pay for 3 projects/instructors. No more, no less!
Use the Buy Now buttons at the bottom of the page to choose, and then pay for each session in USD via PayPal.

Phone Marilyn: (519) 496-4610 or Carrie: (562) 879-1572
Email Marilyn: or Carrie:

Registration is limited. Avoid disappointment—register now!

Meredith Arnold

√Dichroic Talisman

Create your own special dichroic Talisman charms or beads: playing with textures and dichroic effects along with other surface techniques to make 2-3 charms to add to your Talisman treasure is a blast. Everyone can create this “faux dichro” for glass-like jewelry without any of the weight – no previous experience required!

Meredith will supply all of the tools to use for working with this special, lightweight clay. The approach is simple, the possibilities endless and the results are quick and you won’t be able to tell the difference from glass dichroic work.

Instruction will cover tricks and tips, wire work for embellishing beads, and more. The class includes clay, surface embellishment options, a work surface, wire, handout and the use of a variety of texture sheets, shape cutters and tools.

See Meredith’s Bio and Links.



Marilyn Gardiner

√Chainmail: Southwest Talisman

Chainmail is an alternate way to play with metal and wire. For me, the beauty and value of chainmail is the ability to make components or chains that combine with other kinds of handmade jewelry components. You can combine chainmail with lampwork, metal clay, metalwork, beadweaving, polymer clay, bead stringing, and more.

You can start (or continue) your journey here with jump rings. I will have pliers for you to use as you build this Talisman. We’ll talk about different chainmail weaves, and the tools, sources, and resources for working with chainmail.

The kit for this Southwest themed Talisman includes our saw-cut and polished jumprings (copper and jeweler’s bronze), feather charms, a wire-wrapped turquoise bead, and complete instructions for making the Talisman. No experience required.

See Marilyn’s Bio and Links.


Susan Lenart Kazmer

?Resin Paper Talisman

In this hands-on Talismans project, you will learn how to personalize transparent resin paper by applying your own words, prayers, images, and text. These will be torn up and stacked into a bezel to create a beautiful prayer box with your own character. Connection includes, drawing a bead for attachment.

Hand hammer bronze wire to create a lengthy charm with movement and swing. Attach a personalized resin paper to finish the component. Your finished charm will be powerful, elegant and beautiful.

Kit includes: small square bezel, resin paper, bronze 16 gauge wire, use of expendables such as Ice resin, oil pastels—plus access to scissors, anvil, hammer, and e6000.

See Susan’s Bio and Links.


Kate Richbourg 

?Soldering and Stone Setting Techniques

Students learn basic metalsmithing techniques when fabricating this talisman. Start with a basic copper shape. and embellish with fine silver balled wires and a soldered bezel with a set stone. No experience is necessary. This project is perfect for the beginner who wants to learn the basics of soldering with a butane micro torch.

See Kate’s Bio and Links.


Eva Sherman

?Cold Connecting Mixed Metals

In this class students will cold connect pre-fabricated textured metal components to create a lovely 3 dimensional charm. Join us and get hammered! All levels are welcome, and no experience is required.

Kit contains: (1) 1″ copper disc, (1) 1/2″ textured pewter disc, (3) 1/4″ copper discs, (3) 1/2″ copper rivets, (1) brass tube rivet, (1) copper jump ring.

See Eva’s Bio and Links.


Carrie Story

√Metal Clay

Explore the world of metal clay kiln patinas! Metal clay is an extremely versatile way to make beautiful, custom components on demand. Spend time with Carrie exploring Five Star Metal Clays and their uses. Natural kiln patinas will be discussed in detail along with a full description of the metal clay processes. Students will work with pre-made bronze components to polish and enhance their natural metal characteristics. After polishing, students will string and finish their unique talismans to add to their talisman necklace.

Kit includes pre-made metal clay components, stringing material and beads. No experience required. All tools will be supplied.

See Carrie’s Bio and Links.

Some Details

Goodie bags, courtesy of our sponsors, will be waiting for your arrival. The instructors will provide all the tools and materials required to make their talismans. You will be able to sign up for classes they’ll be teaching at shows in Tucson, and perhaps purchase some items they bring to sell.

Bring eyeglasses or magnifiers for close-up work.

Fee: A total $60 Fee includes all of the materials and tools to create 3 talismans, and a necklace for showing them off.

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