Rough polymer

Sachs on PCDaily

Oregon’s Alison Sachs is still roughing up her polymer (PCD last checked in on her in 2012). She also creates some torch-fired enamel on copper pieces and it sometimes becomes difficult to tell which medium she’s dabbling in.

Alison calls her business BeadsByEarthTones and that pretty much sums up her approach. Earthy, scuffed, textured pieces.

Sachs on PCDaily

One of her recent experiments is a faux porcelain line that will make you look twice. She gives Mother Earth’s colors some competition. You can find her latest works on her Facebook page.

Spring scenes in polymer

Pasieka on PCDaily

Ontario’s Karen Pasieka replaced a career in architecture with polymer. Both careers demanded attention to SubtleDetails, her business name since 2007. Bouquets, cake toppers, ornaments and framed sculptures suit her better, she decided.

Pasieka on PCDaily

She most recently began teaching how to create 31/2″ square polymer scenes like the ones above which she mounts in deep 10″ frames. “The potential for themes is endless,” she says and they can be rearranged into endlessly interesting groups. Some scenes like this alphabet, require a larger format.

Karen’s clear palette is fresh air for your Monday morning. Take a look on her blog, Instagram, Etsy and Facebook.

Spring takes wing

Bardol on PCDaily

Last fall PCDaily looked at Arden Bardol’s triangular shaped winged beads sold online through Artful Home.

Her spring circular version of the design is even more intriguing. Colors and patterns are added on both sides of flat circles. Two circles containing four patterns are curved and joined to small beads at their centers.

Bardol on PCDaily

Gathered into a necklace, the beads turn and the patterns play against each other.

Another new design, Balancing Act, joins simple shapes in yet another way. Take a closer look at all of Arden’s award-winning designs on Facebook, Tallulah Belle’s online, nd her website.

Polymer balance

Kimle on PCDaily

This 2.25″ x 2.75″ polymer pendant by Iowa’s Patti Kimle balances light and dark in a soothing and striking way. A fine silver bail repeats the daisy pattern.

Patti’s works are reflections of the nature around her and often contain inspirational messages. Subtle repetitions and her muted palettes add to the calming influence of her pieces.

Patti’s taught for years and has written three books but she shies away from the limelight. You can search her out on her blog, on Pinterest, on Etsy and on Facebook.

April eggs

Tsaliki on PCDaily

Athens’ Klio Tsaliki winds her eggs with strips of pale pastel polymer and puts us in a springy Easter mood. The colors on her Waterfall Big Egg wash down the sides and carry away our winter blahs.

Tsaliki on PCDaily

You can also sample her egg designs on Flickr and catch her work on Etsy and Facebook.

If you’re feeling April foolish and want more egg inspiration, go sample Blanka Prskavcová’s Pinterest board for Easter decorations.

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