The Masters Talisman Project

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

To Bead True Blue Show
Cottonwood Room, Doubletree Tucson Reid Park,
445 S Alvernon Way, Tucson AZ

Your Invitation…

Come and participate in an adventure with multimedia jewelry experts! You will spend a half-hour 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.

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 through out 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: 312-978-6131 or Carrie: (562) 879-1572
Email Marilyn: or Carrie:

Registration is limited. Avoid disappointment—register now!

Meredith Arnold

Magic Bottle: Patina and Wire Wrap on Glass

Discover how adding patina onto glass will create a subtle elegance or colorful transparent delight – whichever you choose.  Next add a magic glow, a bit of sparkle and trap some treasures inside with wire wrapping on top which will double as a way to hang your piece.

Meredith’s student kit includes (2) small glass vials with corks, optic papers, paints, mediums, collage papers, sequins, images printed on acetate, fiber, glitter, wire and other fun stuff!

See her Bio and Links.

Marilyn Gardiner

Chain Mail Celtic Star

This star Talisman can symbolize a particular goal you’re reaching for, or an accomplishment you’ve achieved.

The kit to create the Celtic Star will include printed instructions, three sizes of jump rings in two metals, a hammered copper link, and a bead/headpin to wrap. I’ll also provide a materials list for 2 more sizes—perfect for creating earrings, bracelets, pendants or necklaces. For all levels, no previous experience required.

See her Bio and Links.

SESSIONS FULL 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.

SESSIONS FULL 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.

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 her Bio and Links.

Carrie Story

Metal Clay

Metal clay is an extremely versatile way to make custom components on demand. Spend time with Carrie exploring Prometheus metal clays and their uses. A detailed description of the metal clay processes will be discussed. Carrie will provide a pre-made metal clay component for students to patina and finish. Each student will select a gemstone and learn to bezel set. Then select complimentary patina colors and create a beautiful finish on their metal clay component.

Kit includes pre-made metal clay component, selection of gemstones, patinas, beads and findings. No experience required. All tools will be supplied.

See her 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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