• Sue Hushin

Mini Mojo Retreat

This month’s meeting was one of our mini mojo retreats at the wonderful Guest House in Chester. We had a fun-filled weekend of demos, new techniques, a workshop and lots of sharing and good food.

Mini Mojo has begun!!

We started our weekend with a short meeting. We talked about having a gallery show at Little Fish Gallery in East Hampton, CT. We will show our pieces in October, from the 4th– 13th. There will be a Friday night opening reception; we can have demos during the weekends. We need to come up with a theme. We talked about how East Hampton is called the bell town because they used to make bells there as a possible theme. The gallery will take a 30% commission. There is room for a total of 30 frames to hold our pieces. If we use 5x7 black frames, you can fit 1 or 2 pieces in each frame. We will discuss this at our future meetings.

We had some show and tell this meeting. Lis-el brought her lovely dragons. Each one was unique. I wish I had taken a picture of them. They were all so sweet. Bevlynn brought a finished piece made with her double exposure photopolymer plates. She demoed the technique for us.

We talked about our ring challenge for December.

After lunch, Lis-el showed a group of us how to make Orgone pyramids. These are pyramids that are energy emitters used to enhance all areas of your life. We used resin, wire wrapped crystals, gemstones, metal (copper, bronze and aluminum shavings) to create ours. They all came out beautiful and unique. We had extra resin to make plain pyramids using mica powders. It was a fun project.

Orgone Pyramids and other Resin Pieces in Progress

Bevlynn gave a great demo on making double exposure PPPs. She had a great handout detailing the technique, where to find supplies, DIY tools, tips and a great how-to for keeping your plates hydrated.

Making PPPs using the double exposure technique allows you to make a piece with a frame. There are so many possibilities to give your pieces a new look.

Double Exposure PPPs and Completed Pendant

On Saturday, Lis-el held workshop on her crinklized dichroic pieces. We each made a piece following her technique. Another skill to add to our arsenal!! She showed us how to set small stones using biopsy punches and how to create the perfect coil every time.

Lis-el demoing her crinklized dichroic pendant

Robert Dancik came to our retreat. He brought so many beautiful pieces from his collection of work. We had a wonderful demo on faux bone, which is a PVC material that is nearly indestructible. It can be sawed into many shapes, colored, carved, heated and shaped into a bracelet. Robert gave a wonderful, detailed demo on the many uses and techniques.

Robert also gave a great demo on using concrete with jewelry making. You can color it with pigments to get interesting effects. It is a very lightweight, versatile medium. He has videos on Craftcast and Bluprint (formerly Craftsy). He sells his faux bone and concrete products on his own website.

Robert preparing concrete

Evelyn did a very good demo on soldering posts onto metal clay earrings. She showed pick soldering using a small handheld torch.

Evelyn showing us her soldering technique

Lis-el also held a quick workshop on making wands with hot glue, crystals and other embellishments.

All in all, it was a really fabulous weekend. We had a wonderful time working together on our projects. We had a great turnout for the retreat, the biggest one I’ve been to. We had some new members, and some we haven’t seen for a while. The food at the center was delicious as excepted. Our variety of snacks and libations was awesome, the dark and stormys were flowing!

Our next meeting is scheduled for May 5 in Windsor. The date for June is tentatively set for June 16.

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