I am participating in the awesome bead retreat put on by Cindy Wimmer and Jeanette Blix Ryan of ArtBliss fame.  The Friday night meet and great was great fun - always wonderful to meet fellow-minded jewelry obsessors and meet virtual friends in person.  You can see a video of the meet and great on Cindy's blog here.

Today I took the Link Love course taught by Deryn Mentock.  She is an incredible artist and incredibly generous with her talent.  She has an excellent blog, Something Sublime, where I found this much better than I could write description of her work:  Her designs mingle unique, worn and well-loved finds, religious pieces and faceted, semi-precious stones as well as one-of-a-kind handmade elements, combined in unexpected ways.    You can tell by her genuine smile as I hovered for a picture what a nice gal she is!

Imagine 15 or so women with hammers and steel wire in hand as Deryn put us through our paces...it was loud!  My friend Pam provides the hands for this video:


Deryn shared many different ideas for links and clasps, using primarily steel wire, which was a fun and forgiving medium.  And soooooo inexpensive relative to other metals, I can't wait to buy some of my own and give Deryn's lessons a real work out.  Here is a quick (and slightly unfocused) picture of some of the things I made today:

I'll post better pictures soon - and that fuzzy black and blue thing is not a caterpillar - it's a fabric wrapped link!  Very fun - I might add some chain tonight and wear it tomorrow to DAY TWO OF ARTBLISS (not that I am excited or anything)...I'm signed up for Bang-A-Rang with Kerry Bogert!!!


  1. Ooh, I'd love to hear more about steel - where do you get it? home depot? is it hard to work with (i.e. stiff?)

  2. I'm sooooo jealous! Yes, loving husband is wonderful, but steel wire!!?? Haaaaaaaaaaa Have a blast and give hugs to all the gals for me!!

  3. That is so Very wonderful!! What knowledge and inspiration you must of gotten! Shucks should of stayed in Virginia! lol. Thats awesome so happy for you!

  4. It is SO great seeing you here, Elisabeth!!!! We are all having such a blast. You're gonna love Kerry! And today I get my turn in class with Deryn! :-)

  5. I am soooo jealous. I can't wait to hear about it.

  6. Can't wait to see your finished piece. So nice to meet you! What a fabulous weekend!


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