This post appeared Tuesday on AJE Blog.

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)

Jewelry Elements was represented at ArtBLISS this year by Melissa
Meman!!!! Karen Totten, Jenny Davies-Reazor, Diana Ptaszynski and me!



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!

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.

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

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! 

One thought on “ArtBLISS!”

  1. Sue, thank you for the recap of our wonderful artBLISS weekend! I'm so glad you were able to make it back again this year – wouldn't be the same without you! Your pendants and components from both Stacie and Christine's workshops turned out beautifully. I admire how you are always open to expanding your horizons – from glass and enamel to now metal and polymer! 🙂

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