Blanchard’s Illustrations

Oregon’s Jennica Elizabeth Blanchard creates pen and ink illustrations on polymer plates in her Etsy shop. While she calls them polymer plates, I’m guessing that she’s making her base pendants from liquid polymer (correct me if I’m wrong).

CraftSynergy has an interview with the artist in which she describes her work as “delicate, detailed, visceral.”

Perhaps it’s the fragility of these pieces that appeals to me in my fragile condition. I’m on the mend.

Edwards’ Monsters

I’ve been watching Dylan Edwards post his daily polymer clay monsters for months. They’re particularly relevant today when I could swear that’s what’s living in my lungs though my monsters aren’t that cute, I’m sure.

Let’s hope they scurry away soon. Meanwhile, visit Dylan and ponder this,

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

Romantic Polymer Clay Valentines

Newfry Kato Floyde

Here are three romantic approaches to polymer clay valentines and matters of the heart.

Donna Kato’s photo transfer and writing combination exudes romance and mystery embellished by a singular pearl.

Geraldine Newfry’s “Beloved” was created as a Valentine’s Day gift for her husband and is rich with the iconography of their shared lives.

Tejae Floyde tucks her hearts inside each other. She will teach her first online course on encased hearts on February 8. Here are some lovely pictures of a batch entering the oven. She was preparing for her month long exhibit opening this Friday at the Artists’ Nook in Ft. Collins, CO.

Brown’s Openwork in Polymer Clay

Here are a couple of openwork polymer clay pieces by Maryland’s Keith Brown to tantalize you this Monday morning.

After looking at this for a while I’m still not sure how he constructs his works and I’m intrigued. You can see that Keith has mastered the technique if you look at his bowls and trays.

Light and shadow, positive and negative – a mystery to start your week. Thanks to Bettina Welker who pointed out the new additions.

Kato’s Big Beads Revive Canes

Donna Kato has provided a weekend treat for us. Just when I think canes are so “over” and boring, Donna brings back canes that pack a wallop.

Her end caps are genius and her palette is simply lovely. She describes how she cuts thickish slices and bakes her big beads on cornstarch to minimize distortion.

Return to your studio with renewed enthusiasm. Thanks, Donna (and thanks to Barb Fajardo who spotted the new beads).

Young’s Lumina Leaf Tutorial

I bought some Lumina air-dry polymer clay months ago when I first saw Camille Young’s work. Camille’s leaf tutorial and the ginko leaves outside my back door are prompting me to finally open the packages and give it a whirl.

How nice of her to share her techniques with us. Camille makes it look easy…experts always fool us that way. Her colors are lovely and the compositions pleasing. Go have a look.

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