Tuesday, September 25, 2012

ARTBliss - what a wonderful weekend!

I cannot even begin to convey what an absolutely wonderful weekend I had at ArtBliss!  Now, I have never met most of the creative minds in my "virtual world" that are behind the blogs and Facebook commentators that I visit on a daily basis.  But, this weekend I finally did!  I did not take many pictures, as my mind was literally going a mile a minute, but the fun began at the Friday Night Meet and Greet. 
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Jeanette Blix, Cindy Wimmer, Jen Judd, and Kerry Bogert (lousy pic, I know!)
My main reason for attending ArtBliss was to take classes from two artists - Kerry Bogert and Stacie Florer, both of whom are phenomenal in their respective fields.  But, I picked up some goodies, too! Sorry about the quality of the first two pics-I used my IPhone instead of my camera... 

Gorgeous lampwork made by Kerry Bogert

I so wanted to take a class with Erin Siegel, but there was only one of me!  But, I brought my copy of her book, Bohemian Inspired Jewelry with me and got her autograph!  I also picked up this earring kit!  I had insomnia the whole weekend so I made these on Saturday morning.  I loved them so much that I bought a second kit (which I made Saturday evening when I could not sleep) and am giving the second pair to my niece Rachel! Erin's mother-in-law came with her - they are quite possibly two of the sweetest ladies I have ever had the pleasure to meet!
Jenny Davies-Reazor had a trunk show....yes...I was there!
My first class was with Kerry on Saturday, where we learned how to colorize metal via embossing.  Then, we made a cold connection bezel using one of her most awesome cabochons!  The project is from her newest book, Rustic Wrappings (which I love!!).  The thing that impresses me the most about Kerry is her exciting use of color.  It's more than just looking at a color wheel and deciding "what goes together" - it is instinctive.  Kerry was a wonderful teacher and I expect to use these techniques and expand on what I learned from her.
The cold connection bezel I made in Kerry's class is no-where near perfect.  But, I am okay with that.  I learned so much from her that I know that I can - and will - perfect this technique!  She is also a sweet heart and a such wonderful teacher!
My Saturday Evening class was with the wonderful Stacie Florer.  The woman is a magician with metal work and I strongly urge you to visit her site!  I still cannot believe this was her first time teaching!  Saturday's class entailed making what she calls Heavy Metal Beads.  So. Much. Fun!!!  The beads are made from sheet metal (copper) - this entire bracelet I made was with sheet metal and wire and I LOVE IT!
I finagled the length of the bracelet by adding extra jump rings near the clasp.  I am always amazed at what liver of sulfur and a few hours in the tumbler can do to copper!
Sunday's class, also with Stacie, entailed creating the Elemental Bracelet.  This is the class that has really opened up my eyes to how I view my jewelry design.  So many techniques....so little time! 
I snuck a picture of Stacie into my collage...
My bracelets together - I love them!
My sincerest gratitude to Jeanette Blix and Cindy Wimmer for coordinating such a wonderful event.   I have not only gained much-need skills to aid me in my jewelry-making venture, but I have met some fantastic, like-minded women whom I hope to meet up with again!
In my next post, I will share pictures of beautiful handmade charms made by some of the lovely women I met this past weekend.
Thank you so much for stopping by!


  1. What a lucky girl!!! Your classes sound wonderful and the bracelets are fantastic! I love the bezel. I have Kerry's book and I can't wait to try some of the things in it. It sounds like you had a great time!!

  2. Wonderful application of those bezel beads...it was pure pleasure sharing the space with you, as well as our little heart talk at breakfast...

  3. I felt the same exact way at Bead & Button this year ... so exciting! I love your purchases and creations!

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  5. Sounds like so much fun!
    I just purchased Bohemian Inspired Jewelry and really like it.
    I love both of the bracelets but really love that Elemental bracelet - gorgeous!

  6. Patti! Those bracelets and the bezel look like you have been doing them for years! All 3 pieces are wonderful(plus the Insomniac's Delight). Looks like ArtBliss really was just that :-)

  7. Awesome bracelets, it sounds like it was so much fun! Someday I'll get to go too!

  8. Patti, I so enjoyed spending some time with you - although not enough! You are such a positive and supportive person in our art jewelry community and I'm so glad you enjoyed the artBLISS weekend. I know I sure did too ....it was amazing meeting even more people from online that I had never met before. And reconnecting with old friends too....and taking a few classes from fabulous instructors. What could be better??! Thanks for sharing your pictures and your projects - they all turned out beautifully!

  9. Your creations look great Patti and you can tell from the tone of your post that your weekend excited and inspired you...in fact you're making me want to go and dig out my sheet metal! Glad you had a great time and I look forward to seeing some new designs from you.

  10. I don't often miss living in NoVA, but this is one weekend I wished i still did!
    Looks like you had a fabulous & productive [if sleep deprived] weekend.
    Lovely work Miss Patti, thanks for sharing~

  11. I love the cold connection bezel you made in Kerry's class! And the bracelets are really amazing-well done Patti! This was my first year at ArtBliss and I had the most wonderful time, such a fun event in so many ways. Can't wait for next year!

  12. Wonderful work! I'm heartsick I missed the class.

  13. Thank you for sharing this weekend with us on your blog. I LOVE both of your bracelets especially the second one. Also thanks for adding the information so we can visit their blogs too. Your work is a joy and inspiration. Looking forward to more!

  14. Gorgeous love all your works of art!!! The classes were so much fun!! I can't wait until next year already!!!! Hugs, Dawn