Sometimes the most exciting part of going to art events is taking classes that are out of your comfort zone. Art Unraveled always offers a lot of these types of classes for me ~ not necessarily the girlie stuff with lace and fluff that I tend to gravitate toward but classes that require hammers, fancy french scissors and flaming torches! Definately technique infused and not so much kit driven, one never really knows what the end of the day will bring but I've never been one to shy away from a challenge. I do love an art adventure, especially one that has "Unraveled" in the title!
This year (yes, this is my second!), I took two classes that involved tools that were not part of my usual arsenal. DIfferent gauged wires, sheet metals, special shears, torches, hammers (about 5 of them to be exact), and dapping blocks were just a few of the items that filled my TWO very heavy craft totes. Class one was with the oh so talented Riki Schumacher ~ The Tangled Heart. Riki taught us how to create these beautiful "cages" by twisting and turning wire and then more wire and then adding pretties with more wire until we had all created these lovely wire shrines filled with treasures.
I forgot to mention dripping solder with torches too. You can see my not so smooth blobs if you look closely (but don't do that ok?). Of course, as with inking the edges in my scrapbooking days seemed to fix everything, once our hearts received a little patina bath all was well.
Day Two and Class Two was Repousse Hearts with Diane Cook, another amazingly talented artist. Let's just say when I test my limits, I only go with the BEST instructors! Diane explained to us that Repousse is the art of creating ornamentation and shaping by hammering from the reverse side of an object and after a hands on demonstration, we got to work playing with her techniques using a dapping block to create this effect.
AND we got to make TWO!! Of course, all that cutting metal sheets, hammering and shaping looks a lot easier than it really is. I went from really puffy heart to not so puffy heart and then back again a few times always remembering the feared "Don't overwork your metal". I was NOT going to be that girl! At one point, my partner in crime and I started coming up with all sorts of silly sayings, my favorite of which was "Dap It Down" anytime we thought we were making strides. One can't get too confident when using a forming hammer the first time!
Then we learned to add on embellishments without E6000. No way, right? Even though these were classes outside of my box, there was going to be bling and lace one way or another. Can you see the little screws holding the vintage pin in place? Such loveliness.
and there were tassels and pretty elements like this old watch face so it felt a bit more like me. . .
It was such a wonderful thing to learn so many new ways to create something beautiful from these two talented artists. I may just have to Twist and Dap It Down again sometime soon!