Went to Bali and Made a Bracelet

While in beautiful Ubud Bali last month I discovered the Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Center which offers private classes in traditional Balinese art & culture to travelers.

A list of classes can be found on their website http://www.pondokpekaklibrary.com/classes

I decided on the Silver jewelry making class although fruit and vegetable carving sounded fun. The teacher was from a close by town that specialized in jewelry making. After deciding on a bracelet design I went to work.

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The tools were handmade and were really comfortable to work with. The torch ran on petrol and was kept going by pumping a bellows.

Demo of using the torch. A real challenge for the uncoordinated (me)

Demo of using the torch. A real challenge for the uncoordinated (me)

Small beads were added by placing them with a thin wooden stick on top of a layer of glue made from the seed of a local plant..the glue was only good for a day.

Small beads were added by placing them with a thin wooden stick on top of a layer of glue made from the seed of a local plant..the glue was only good for a day.

Once the paisleys were finished the band was added directly to the edge

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After I oxcidized the background I polished it and it was added to my collection of bangles

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