|Deryn's Balanced Bangles|
|Deryn's Work Table and Her Tools|
|My Stash for Charms|
I took my tools, hammers, pliers, torch, wire, found objects, charms and more.
We drew beads on 14 gauge bronze wire, then hammered and annealed. Of course, there was not enough time!! I wanted to make 3 of each style! Instead I made one and part of another, taking notes, watching and hoping I grasped the concepts and skills. It is always fun to see what each person creates with the same set of instructions. It took Judi and me half the class to realize the title ‘Balanced Bangles’ had a lot to do with balancing weight.
One evening Judi and I went to a book signing with artists and their books. Each author shared a few of the inspirations. After listening to Michael Demeng discuss his experiences that led to “Dusty Diablos, Folklore Iconography Assemblage Ole” I bought it! Good reading! He does share some how to make rusty things and bottle cap Milagros but the book is about his trip to Mexico and how it changed his life. The book is filled with local folklore, Dusty’s stories and his assemblages. Good book for reaffirming how our inspiration is built on our life experiences.
I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!