Cindy Wimmer (author of the new book, The Missing Link) and Jeanette Blix (owner of Fundametals) are the co-creators of ArtBLISS, a weekend retreat in Sterling, VA. ArtBLISS was created four years ago to provide three days of fun, jewelry-related classes to all of us arty-types! I had the pleasure of attending the first, second, and fourth (this) years.
Art Jewelry Elements was represented at ArtBLISS this year by Melissa Meman!!!! Karen Totten, Jenny Davies-Reazor, Diana Ptaszynski and me!
I took two classes this year: Thin Gauge Sheet Metal Workshop by Stacie Florer; and Worlds of Color Polymer Clay by Christine Damm. Stacie is a delight as a teacher, and Christine is so enthusiastic about polymer it's catching! I had a lot of fun - I have not really worked in metal before like this, and don't do much with polymer either. I wanted to expand my horizons!
Here is a photo of a pendant I made in Stacie's class - I LOVE it! I learned to cut, form and rivet thin gauge sheet metal!
And these are earring pendants I made, but they are not patinaed or tumbled yet. I am still deciding if I want to add rivets to the bottom to dangle some beads (I'm thinking yes) so I have to wait to get my little riveting gadget in the mail! And rivets... Did I mention ArtBLISS makes you buy MORE things than you already have?
There are finished beads I made in Christine's class - again, I LOVE them! I had so much fun with polymer clay.
And here are beads that are in the process of being completed. I need to order some oil crayons to use on them (there's that BUY more stuff again!!!!).
On Saturday night we had a vendor night, and got to sell (and trade) some of our beads to the attendees of the workshop.
I highly recommend you check out ArtBLISS next year - it will be their 5 year anniversary and I hear they want to plan some really special things!