Tricks and treats

California’s Caroline McFarlane-Watts (tall-tales.com) makes some of the scariest 5″ broads you’ve ever seen.

Her miniatures are custom made for use in film, TV, editorial, advertising and for personal collectors. See these good and bad witches in process on her site.

Caroline shows more of her tricks and treats on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Happy Halloween!

Showing off the results

Steele on PCDaily

What do you do with those magnificent pieces of cane? Sometimes it’s a challenge.

Here France’s Laure Steele (LorEtCreations) makes pieces of a master class cane into a stunning pendant by elegantly joining two shield shapes. The accents she uses are subtle and effective.

See more of her sleight of hand on Pinterest and Facebook.

I’m in a cane class with Marie Segal in Kentucky and my eye is searching for ways to show off the best bits. Join the StudioMojo group for a Saturday morning report.

More geometry

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If you like your geometry with a dash of chaos, take a look at California’s HighLowJewelry.

Sonya Gallardo mixes her chaos with geometry and adds a heaping spoonful of fashion.

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Here some squiggles of polymer on black clay roll out into an abstract creation. There’s plenty to admire on her site, on Instagram, and pinterest. This is geometry for minimalists.

Back to geometry

Minne-Khou on PCDaily

This Geometrik neckpiece from France’s Florence Minne-Khou represents the tip of a pyramid-shaped iceberg. There’s a trend emerging that takes us back to geometry class.

Florence usually likes curves and the sharp cuts represented a challenge. The possibilities make it worth the effort.

Look at the way the light changes the color on each surface. See more of her experiments on Facebook and her blog.

if the move toward geometry makes your brain buzz, you might want to look at Nikolina Otrzan and Dana Phamova for a couple more examples.

 

Colorful chaos

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New Mexico’s Barb Fajardo rolled out a new series of Controlled Chaos pendants that combine a smorgasbord of techniques. She shows off a mix of work in her recent posts on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Her inundation of new pieces feels like the grand finale at the fireworks. It’s exciting and leaves us wondering, “Is there more?”

The southwest colors and simple shapes play a big part in the success of the pieces. Studio chaos is sometimes a good thing.

Spontaneous polymer

Ortiz on PCDaily

Look at the scratches and scribbles on LaLa Ortiz’ beads. She digs right in and gets to work.

While we sit here thinking about what materials she used, she’s carved (maybe…and/or drawn) with abandon. Energy and spontaneity make these beads interesting.

LaLa picked up the technique for these big hollow beads at Sandy Camp. There’s more on Instagram and Facebook.

It’s Monday. Let’s not think too much and dive in.

 

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