- Good introduction, left with questions Review by NULL NULL
Susan Lenart Kazmer has a wonderful artistic sense and I just love her aesthetic. This video (I purchased the download version) is a great introduction to using resin in not only jewelry but other art as well. The title talks about "resin" in general, but in reality, she only discusses and demonstrates one type, Ice Resin, which as far as I can tell, is her own branded non-toxic, 2-part epoxy product. In the video, though, she notes that she found it and that use of the product has been tracked back 40 years without yellowing. In passing, though, she did say that you can use any type of resin....it's just that everything she discusses and demonstrates is with the one brand. There's not much wrong with that, since I prefer Ice Resin myself, but if you're looking to use different kinds of resin you may find that some of the information won't apply. It was great to watch some of the ways she works with the resin, and lots of tips she tosses in as she talks are fantastic. I can't really give this a super high rating, though, for several reasons. First, one of the problems that I had with this video is that she tends to talk a LOT about herself. I couldn't tell if it was nerves or not... but it was enough that I really noticed it. One of the phrases she uses the most is, "...in my work." Now, don't get me wrong, I like to hear these jewelry artists talk about their methods, tips and tricks, but for the first half of the video it was a little frustrating to listen to her. It got much better later in the video, but there was a lot of use of "I, me and my" in the video. It seemed a little bit self-serving and promotional for her own products. Again... I love the products and use them myself. However, if this is a video I'm paying for, I don't necessarily want to listen to an hour long commercial. In the 60 minutes, she also managed to promote her *other* interweave video as well as her "Making Connections" book. Again, that's not all bad, but all together, it just seemed a bit too promotional for a tutorial video that I paid for. Now, something else that bothered me is that she doesn't always fully explain things. At one point she points to a an object on her table and, "This is a setter." Okay... great, but what is it used for in this type of work? In the entire video, as far as I can tell, she never actually used that tool. Another object she discussed are baby wipes for clean up. Now, I don't deny that using them is essential, however, she distinctly said they were alcohol-based baby wipes and how she uses "alcohol wipes" to slightly dry certain objects... but the ones she showed aren't actually alcohol free. I wish I could post a screen capture of the close-up shot of the package of wipes (05:51 in) where it distinctly reads, "Alcohol Free" on the lid. There are also just some minor continuity issues with her communication. Again, I think it may just be a nerve thing... or perhaps the plan/script for this video wasn't fully developed? For example she says at one point, "As I said before, I keep my resin files separate from my metal files." Well, the problem is that she never actually said that. She *did* say that she uses different drills for resin, but not files. As a viewer that can get confusing. Despite some of the annoying aspects and errors in the video, it's still worth viewing if you want to work with Ice Resin. Don't expect to know everything about it though when you're done. I was left with a lot more questions after watching it, so much so that I ended up buying a book on Ice Resin instead, which was far more informative.
(Posted on 11/25/11)