Wendy Malinow was decked out in polymer finery when we met up. On one arm she wore her signature antler bracelet paired with an early pebble bracelet by me (yea!) and topped off with a new birch bangle with skull, teeth and bone dangles. She has long arms! Organic with a strange, delightful twist.

The branches look separate but form one incredibly realistic stack. She admits that the piece took at least four bakings with a metal armature under the main branch to provide stability. The textures fool both the eye and the touch.

These pictures were taken late at night in the kitchen. I added a couple more here and here to give you the full effect. Check out her bracelet of thorns on her Etsy shop too.

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  • reply Christine Damm ,

    I just adore this faux birch– so much better in concept than some I’ve seen by other polymer people lately. I was going to try some but I don’t think I could do better than this. Thanks!

    • reply Anita Brandon ,

      WOW! All so realistic and eye catching and they work together perfectly. I’m in awe of the crafting skills as well.

      • reply Marilyn Davenport ,

        Wendy’s Faux Birch bracelet is so adorable. It reminds me of my faux birch table lamp with faux skin shade, using a thrift store lamp for my base.

        • reply Debbie Crothers ,

          Wow I really love this piece. It looks fantastic on. So unusual and with so much character. Thanks for sharing.

          • reply Liz Hall ,

            I just love Wendy’s work, it’s so well crafted and just out right fun! On Etsy Wendy is in my “circle” which means I can somewhat follow her, she finds the coolest stuff on there and I get to see when she adds new things to her shop, which is always a thrill. I must say if she wasn’t in my “circle” on Etsy it would be kind of boring!

            • reply debrah ,

              this is fantastic! really enjoy looking at all the work, although it is not my medium. love the faux oxidation, as well–very inspiring to look at it all-a visual feast!

              • reply Erin Fickert-Rowland ,

                This is beautiful! I love birch trees, yet never envisioned them like this!

                • reply Luann Udell ,

                  I discovered Wendy Malinow’s work through this site, and I am eternally grateful. Her work is astonishing.

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