Polymer rocks!

The response to our polymer clay and wood works at the local artfair (a few more pix here) was rewarding beyond our expectations. An article in the local news prompted old friends and neighbors to come see what we were up to.

The debut of my polymer clay rock line (called the Wilma Flintstone collection by my husband) was so enthusiastic that even the little rock cairns I created to enhance the displays ended up being hot items.

They’re not just my rocks, of course. I blame Kim Cavender for first showing me some rock tricks, and Tracy Holmes for her west coast versions. Betsy Baker makes great pebble earrings and Tory Hughes is widely recognized as the creator of the finest faux. Thanks to all of them and many others for their inspiration.

Gazzera no-holds-barred polymer

Just what we need for the weekend, a bit of saucy, no-holds-barred polymer clay jewelry from France’s Sandrine Gazzera. It’s been three years since we visited her site which is filled with great fashion shots and dazzling color. No translation needed!

I’m ready for my show this weekend but it hasn’t left me much time for you, dear readers. Ronna Weltman sent me the link to Sandrine which was just the thing. A creative breath mint!

Buhrman’s polymer mandalas

Texas’ Susan Buhrman (Three Eye Studio) designs dimensional polymer clay mandalas on 7″ squares. She explains that her work, “…reflects the soul’s yearning for balance and symmetry.”

I’m particularly frazzled today as I prepare for a weekend art show. Susan’s mandala pictured here, Just Before Dawn, caught my eye and calmed me down.

Take a look these unusual polymer constructions on her Flickr and Etsy sites. Her dream is to complete an installation of hundreds of mandalas for public view.

Patriotic polymer

There’s talk of fireworks and picnics and I’m feeling all red, white and blue. Stars and stripes canes make simple, fail-safe beads. Look at these simple little ones from Arizona’s Barbara Handy who does a brisk business in summertime polymer clay flip-flops.

Lance Perry’s (Crescent Hill Designs) polymer clay Uncle Sam and Firecracker sculptures will, he hopes, “…ease one’s growing pains by taking them back to their childhood, if only for a moment.”

Flower cane focus

A reader recently reminded me that I don’t often feature polymer clay flower canes. Busted! I’m a geometric kinda gal and it was good to be reminded to change my focus from time to time.

Today I happened upon these detailed flower canes from France’s Petit Poucet (Nathalie Duval) who makes stunning canes and assembles the beads into blooming fashion statements.

You’ll note that she mixes her flowers with geometric canes….which suits me just fine. A compromise, n’est pas?

Her waif-like face canes mix nicely with the flowers as well. Browse through her collections for a fresh floral perspective.

Another look at polymer deviants

tetris_beauty_spot

This tetris bracelet (based on the computer game) from Ukraine’s BeautySpotCrafts lured me into the Deviant Art site. Her gallery is full of unusual polymer clay designs (check out the piano key theme) and following BeautySpot’s links will lead you to other treasures like the gallery of Meella (Camille Young).

Newspaper earrings

My web connection is down today and I’m hitchhiking on a friend’s network. Start your week with a bit of exploration. I’ll wait for the repairman. Thanks to Lindly Haunani for helping me out with today’s link.

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