Polymer brainstorm

Shannon Tabor paints through the storm on PolymerClayDaily.com

Shannon Tabor’s (CharlestonClay) series of squares shows her abstract paintings combined with polymer to great effect!

Were her swirling images inspired by the storm? She’s from South Carolina and I’m hoping she’s dry.

The polymer mokume gane pieces are mounted with lifts that make them appear to float above the canvases. The triptych will be sold as a set. See them on Instagram.

Shannon’s brainstorm enlivens her paintings and shows us a tantalizing twist.

Gilded leaves

Tina Holden adds glitz to fall with metal leaf on PolymerClayDaily.com

Wednesday could use some seasonal glitter and British Columbia’s Tina Holden (Beadcomber) provides it with her colorful sparkling leaves. Looks like metal leaf, right?

Usually, she sticks to beach themes that reflect the world around her. But in the fall the leaves put on quite a color show that Tina takes up a notch with inks and glitz.

Chunky polymer hoops

Flat polymer shapes turn into hoops from Genevieve Williamson on PolymerClayDaily.com

Pennsylvania’s Genevieve Williamson shows the chunky polymer hoops on her work table.

Subtle texturing on the polymer adds intrigue. The variety of shapes and muted colors make it hard to choose a favorite. Bending the wires to hang just right would be challenging. Genevieve was trained as a metalsmith so she jumps right in.

Look at them on Instagram. They’ll be in her Etsy shop soon.

Waffled beads

Vera Thom Kleist makes a waffle weave for fall on PolymerClayDaily.com

Germany’s Vera Kleist Thom twirls extruded strings around a ball of clay and carves (or maybe she just textures) the surfaces so that they look woven. The result is a necklace with a thermal waffle weave accentuated by its muted winter colors.

Vera has perfected her woven methods and I’m only guessing about how she makes it happen. Go to her Flickr page to study how she applies similar strategies to vessels, disks, and other beads.

As the season changes, Vera shows us how to shift our palettes and our wardrobes.

Katie does Klimt

Lizzie Campbell brings Klimt to polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

UK’s Lizzie Campbell (Clay Disarray) created what most of us have thought about, a clay version of a Gustav Klimpt painting.

His glittering patterns and his geometrics are perfect for our medium. Lizzie brings off her complex painting in style. 

Lizzie Campbell brings Klimt to polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

Enjoy a closer look on Instagram (lots of in-process shots) and see her other polymer illustrations on her site. She’ll put this one on her Etsy site soon.

Join us on StudioMojo this weekend where we’ll find out where else polymer has crept into the culture. It’s everywhere!

When you need to feel safe

Sometimes a neat, tidy, geometric polymer pendant hits the spot.

Spain’s Zazu Polymer Clay Jewelry convinces us that everything is under control when the news and the weather tell us anything but that.

If you need safety and predictability, see how Murcia Aranzazu (Zazu) creates sleek, bright, controlled jewelry on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Her Pinterest page lets you roam around in her inspirations.

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