The “painterly” adjective is an easy one to attach to some works. But lately, “painterly” polymer has been pushed to a whole new level as in these Rustica Erosion beads.

Alison Sachs of BeadsByEarthTones paints, textures, scuffs, and swipes her beads into something more than you may have thought possible. “Down to earth and full of imperfect texture…like me,” she says.

Polymer is attracting more fiber artists, glass artists, ceramicists and, well, painters who bring very different expectations and sensibilities to our craft.

Thanks for piling on your comments to Dave and Steve yesterday. Speaking of painterly, I’ve looked and looked at this new collage from them and my head can’t quite take it in.

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  • reply Christine Damm ,

    That Ford Forlano piece is amazing– wish I had a jeweler to work with! The colors and forms are so different and yet all work together. That’s true mastery. Thanks for sharing!

    • reply Anita Brandon ,

      Organic and so appealing. I especially like the Imprint series.

      • reply Debbie Crothers ,

        I’ve admired these beads for a while now. So inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

        • reply Randee M Ketzel ,

          Really loving the texture–the technique puts me very much in mind of Claire Mausell, AKa stillpointworks–have a feeling these two would be good compadres.
          I was investigating Tiffany’s early work with –oh, the name escapes me–textured glass with matte iridescent finishes–but very much like this. Serenditpity

        • reply Selma ,

          I Love the texture! Really great work!!!

          • reply sandra ,

            the beads by earth tones they look real like you got some rock from the rocky Mountain.

            • reply Sandra ,

              Those beads are amazing!

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