Feathers float you through the week

Debbie Crothers combines patterns for upcoming feather classes in the US on PolymerClayDaily

These patterned feathers on Instagram from Australia’s Debbie Crothers will take you right over the mid-week hump.

Debbie loves her veneers and surface treatments so I’m betting that she’s made herself a stash of veneers for source materials.

Assembling them in perfect balance like this is no quick project but they’re worth the effort. The occasional splice on the edge and bend in the shape gives each one distinct look.

On Facebook, Debbie says she’s refining her methods and these are prototypes for her sessions at Clay Out West from September 30 to October 3 in Albuquerque. Registration opens February 1.

Debbie offers a few clever hints about her methods in her blog post today.

Deb Groover’s poolside polymer

Deb Groover adds some warm sun to her polymer paintings on PolymerClayDaily

It seemed as though Florida’s Deb Groover (Debortina) was taunting us with this swimming pool painting that showed up on Instagram.

It turns out that she and Tina themselves are stuck in snow in Virginia.

Deb is working a little differently here with more small polymer elements in her works. The composition has a David Hockney feel to it.

Deb works on wooden panels and adds the background as the last element in her large paintings. If you need some bright sun, visit her on Instagram. See her work in person by checking her schedule for an event near you.

Handy polymer accessory

In my neck of the woods, it’s mighty cold. This woman-covered flask/bracelet from Alice Stroppel looks like a handy accessory for those who dare to brave the weather.

But wait a minute, Alice lives in Florida! A beach accessory for staying hydrated perhaps.

Start your week with a smile!

The yin and yang of polymer

Kate Lee Foley big tube bead necklaces on PolymerClayDaily.com

Australia’s Kate Lee Foley makes big freeform single tube bead necklaces as a relaxing interlude to making tight, complex canes.

On Instagram you can see how she dances between chaos and control, enjoying both impulses.

Kate Lee Foley big tube bead necklaces on PolymerClayDaily.com

This Saturday on StudioMojo we’ll look at others who like to nourish both sides of their brains. Some artists wrestle with their vision with a singular focus.

What does it take to keep your muse happy and your mojo working? Come on over and find out.

Chopped polymer painting

Angela Bahrenholtz chops her clay into polymer pointillist masterpieces

Israel’s Angela Bahrenholz shows us another way to paint. Her Frida Kahlo painting measures 6 3/4″ by 9″  and is made entirely of chopped polymer.

No glue, no paint, just polymer. She doesn’t say if she’s using a food processor or chopping by hand to achieve her polymer pointillism.

Either way, her compositions are exciting. You will find her versions of masterpieces Flickr and  Etsy.

Angela has developed a number of scrap techniques and tutorials if you’re looking for more ways to use your polymer in innovative ways.

Virtual collaboration

Nancy Nearing's slinky bracelet brings ideas together in a new way on PolymerClayDaily.com

Neighbor Nancy Nearing shared this spiral bracelet with our coffee group and it brought smiles all around.

Nancy’s bracelet is a combination of what she learned from Kim Korringa’s scrap tutorial and Maggie Maggio’s flattened split rings (see videos here and here). The piece started with Nancy’s scraps.

The mod look of this virtual collaboration takes the ideas in a different direction. Mixing and matching ideas keeps our community evolving.

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