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Wax On at Art Bliss

Art Bliss was great!  I took a workshop by Deryn Mentock called “Wax On”.   It was really fun.  I had no idea I would be casting and painting along with the the metal working and soldering that I had expected.  The combination of activities made for a really fun class.  I’m excited I can make my own bezels and fill them with resin and whatever I want – including encaustic wax.

I would dare to say there are very few high quality jewelry making retreats like Art Bliss where you get access, in a smaller group setting, to well known instructors like Deryn Mentock, Richard Salley, Jane Salley, Robert Dancik, Kerry Bogert, Diane Cook & Christine Damm.  Jeanette & Cindy do an amazing job organizing the event and think of everything to make the workshop experience a great one.

I need more practice making the bezels, forming the bezel wire and soldering.  It was more challenging than I had expected to be nice and neat with the solder paste and solder.  I can’t wait to make some more bezels at home!

The hobnail bezels shown below were not handmade – just filled with the casting  and the wax.   The copper bezels were all made from scratch.

 Some of the gals pictured here (not in order).  Melissa Mann, Sally Rusick, Kerry Bogert, Jen Judd, Cindy Wimmer, Anne Savage, Laura Twilford.

I wish I had more pics to share. I always feel like that after events like this. I met so many neat people and saw blog friends.  Most of all, I learned a great new skill and had fun hanging out with so many talented and creative people.

If you haven’t had the chance to take a class in person or online, make it a priority and schedule the time to learn a fun new skill.  It will bring you bliss.


Handmade Wire Jewelry 3 – More Earrings

I’ve completed another pair of handmade wire earrings from the BoHo Bliss Workshop by Deryn Mentock.   I have enjoyed BoHo Bliss immensely!  I’ve had fun trying to make my pieces look unique.

I can’t say enough for participating in workshops online or in person.  It’s so healthy to learn and connect with other like minded creative people.

          Here are Deryn’s Lodestar Lantern Hoops

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Here are my Lodestar Lantern Hoops

Pretty different!  I scaled them down in size and did not get quite the same shape. The petite size made for some challenging wire wrapping but I wanted to keep these for myself and I like smaller earrings.   After playing with all sorts of gemstones, I decided to go metal on metal.   The gold filled beads I’ve had for YEARS…  I would not be buying these today with gold at $1800 an ounce!  I used sterling silver wire for the handforged hoops and gold plated fleur-de-lis beads that have also been in my stash for a long, long time.

I am wishing I had oxidized the wrapping wire and left it almost black for an edgier more contrasting look – but I think they are cool this way too.

Deryn has closed her online workshop for now – but you can catch her live in the DC Metro Area at Art Bliss coming very soon in September.  I will be there taking some other live workshops.

Anyone want to join me?  There are so many great classes and instructors to choose from and  there is still time to sign up!