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.
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.