How does she do it?

Debra DeWolff has revived her blog and just set up an image page full of juicy polymer work that will capture your attention.

Debra works with felt saying that, “There’s a very pleasurable tactile quality to felt and I enjoy juxtaposing the soft fuzziness of felt with the smoothness of the clay. Her recent work also includes metalwork.

A closeup look at this mosaic bangle will have you scratching your head to figure out how she embeds seed beads in blended clay colors so precisely.

Red, white and blue polymer

In a nice turnabout, our tribute to Memorial Day comes from Pavla Cepelikova from Prague, Czech Republic. Applying foil with a USA flag image onto polymer, she cut strips and applied them to this heart pendant and added faux grout.

This new twist looks like a variation on the polymer mosaic technique first developed by Amy Helm. She cut strips, assembled and scored them to achieve the mosaic look without having to place each tile individually. (This technique was published recently. Does anybody know which book it appeared in? I need a refresher.)

Enjoy Pavla’s Flickr pages while we wave our red, white and blue.

Note: Amy Helms’ mosaic technique is explained in Polymer Clay Mixed Media Jewelry by Shirley Rufener.

About face in polymer

Inveterate polymer experimenter Dee Wilder created these new story beads using Maureen Carlson’s new small face bead molds. Here’s the back of Dee’s creations. She made not only beads but a series of rings as well.

These somber looking faces can be embellished and manipulated to make their story serious or silly or something in between.

One of Maureen’s original beads totems stares at me from the kitchen window sill. Now I can make more to poke up out of the garden. I was thinking of whipping up these plant stakes in polymer too. (I’d much rather do that than spread mulch!) Enjoy your weekend in the garden or the studio.

Classic Hyde faux fabrics

This black angel from Washington’s Susan Hyde is dressed for summer in her signature bright polymer ikat fabric. On Susan’s Etsy shop you can admire the construction (she photographs the backs) and design of these simple, stunning pieces. Her faux-fabric tutorial is a classic.

While her web site shows more, Susan’s Etsy site allows us to stay in touch with her most recent work and I was happy to stumble on it from Kathy Weaver’s Pinterest board.

Yep, I’m on Pinterest too. It’s quickly become my virtual sketchbook. Careful, it’s addictive.

Happy clash – trendsetting with polymer

Yesterday Laurie Prophater blogged about the Happy Clash trend (combining multiple patterns) that the Wall Street Journal says is occurring in fashion.

Laurie works in the decorating biz and she shares her insider’s view of fashion and design as it relates to polymer. Her links are a rich source of information.

As I continued my daily research, the next site that popped up contained this bright polymer mix from Madrid’s Silvia Ortiz de la Torre. The necklace screams, “Happy Clash!” Isn’t it fun to see polymer artists setting trends?

Look closely at Silvia’s beads and you’ll see that some have a very rough finish that’s also a popular technique. Roughing the surface changes the polymer’s plastic feel to something more pleasing to the touch, gives the beads a softer appearance, and adds another element to the riot!

Making your own polymer history

Elise Winters sent PCDaily this FAQ about October’s exhibit and activities at the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin. Elise clears up questions and tells the backstory behind this fall’s exciting debut of polymer work in museum collections.

A few recent PCD posts have skimmed polymer history. If you want a more in-depth look, you simply must visit the PolymerArtArchive site for a comprehensive look.

This Pier Voulkos early caned neckpiece from 1989 is part of the museum collection. Pier introduced polymer artists to the use of telephone wire in jewelry construction.

IPCA Retreat

A field trip to the RAM is an option during the July 13-16 international guild retreat at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Illinois outside Chicago.

At this retreat clay enthusiasts at every level come together in a relaxed learning atmosphere. The retreat is held in conjunction with the Metal Clay World Conference. Check out the events on Facebook and on the registration page.

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