“Paciorky means necklace or beads in Ukrainian,” says Christine Bondar (dzjunka online). Christine’s extruded and carved Amazon River polymer beads offer variations on techniques spread by Vera Kleist and Margit Böhmer.

You’ll see developments in that part of the world on Maria Petkova’s Bulgarian blog that features artists mostly from Eastern Europe as polymer continues to gain popularity.

I’ll be writing a book on global polymer this year and I’m interested in hearing your ideas on what the story should be about. And I’d love to learn about new artists you’ve run into. We’re off and running into 2012!

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  • reply Deanna ,

    The carved beads are gorgeous! I love the texture.

    • reply Maria ,

      Thank you, Cynthia, for this presenting of Christine and my blog! I wish to all of us many reasons to creative surprises and inspirations this year!Your future book is a great idea and I’m already curious :-)

      • reply Maureen Carlson ,

        I’m curious as to where/when/how the tipping point occurred that made the polymer clay world into one world. I know that there are still areas of the world that we do not hear from in the on-line posts, but I’m noticing on Pinterest.com for instance, and here, that posts are showing up from all over the world. It’s very humbling and very inspiring. And I believe, impossible, to follow the threads as to where inspiration originated, which just may not matter at all.

        Unless of course it’s a signature design with a name, such as the Stroppel cane, which I saw a link to when I went to Maria’s blog. FUN!

        • reply Christine ,

          Thank You very much, Cynthia! I’m so glad! :)

          • reply Mary Anne Loveless ,

            Love the muted palette and the finish work!

            • reply Nena ,

              Lovely necklace :)

              • reply suzanne ,

                this is a very beautiful necklace!
                also, so are many of her other pieces which i just saw
                on her flickr!

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