Playful experiments

Alessia Bodini weaves strips of her favorite scraps into a brooch on PolymerClayDaily

A browse through the photos of Italy’s Alessia Bodini is like skipping through her brain.

Alessia experiments and turns the pieces that speak to her into designs that please her. She shapes and reshapes until her eye is happy.

Alessia Bodini's earrings orbit a center bead on PolymerClayDaily

The blue extrusions were just her colors so she wove them into a brooch. The earrings are pleasantly off kilter. Thumb through her Flickr and Facebook photos to remind yourself how it is to play.

Time to restock your cane stash?

Soft, restful blue and white canes from Silvana Bates on PolymerClayDaily.com

Ireland’s Silvana Bates (silvabeads) may give you cane envy. Her blue and whites are softly patterned. Not too precise but created echoes of old tiles and well-worn fabrics.

The only cure for cane envy is fresh clay and a few blissful hours bringing your own cane designs to life.

See how Silvana puts her cane slices to good use in collages and veneers on Instagram and Facebook.

Curved petals joined lyrically

Wiwat Kamolpornwijit takes petals to his Southern shows on PolymerClayDaily.com

Wiwat Kamolpornwijit showed his latest petal necklaces at an art fair in Orlando before moving on to Houston, Atlanta and then Washington.

The curved petals fold over gracefully to reveal alternating patterned surfaces. Wiwat is known for his geometric construction tricks.

This feels like a new venture into more lyrical designs. Zoom in for a closer look on Facebook.

Transitions smooth the look


Marina Rios smooths the look with vintage and handmade spacers on PolymerClayDaily.com

This gorgeous chunky collar from Chicago’s Marina Rios (fancifuldevices) includes thirty-one handmade polymer clay beads with textures, pits, facets, and inclusions in a soft array of greens and pinks graduated in size from large to small.

To ensure a smooth visual transition between beads Marina created special spacers including vintage rhinestone rings and gemstone rondelles. The necklace is adjustable from 19 to 21 inches.

As I composed this post, her lovely spring-like necklace sold on Etsy but have a look anyway.

Marina shares some of her methods in tutorials. If you’re thinking about making faceted beads, review her free step-by-steps here on Instagram.

 

Secret sauce finishes

Adriana Allen's bumpy, bubbly, bold finish on PolymerClayDaily.com

Texas’ Adriana Allen (adrianaallenllc) has concocted a secret sauce for her new Nebula and Sunset earrings. She adds very bumpy grunge over great colors and amplifies the effect with a dash of gold.

Polymer artists continue their tradition of camouflaging the material with finishes that beg to be examined more closely. The trend is exciting and encourages lots of experimentation. Seems we’re getting bolder.

StudioMojo (the weekend newsletter) offers 6 tips for talking about our work. We look at the latest products that will help us mix up our own signature finishes and refine our personal aesthetic. Join us!

Fish for the rainforest

Ann Kruglak creates fish for the rainforest, a win-win project on PolymerClayDaily.com

Colorado’s Ann Kruglak (MysticDreamerArt) has helped save thousands of acres of rainforest with her polymer art. She has donated 100% of her earnings since 2010 to the Rainforest Trust.

The project allows Ann to put her money where her mouth and her heart are. At the same time, her art has taken leaps forward as she has created hundreds of pieces of wall art and jewelry. Her colors have grown brighter and her textures deeper on clearly defined shapes to match her energetic retro patterns.

Ann is passionate about both her art and her service project. She sends each piece off with prayers of peace. It’s a win-win use of time and talent. Here she is on Instagram. Thanks, Ann.

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