On the bottle

Derc on PCDaily

Briget Derc’s polymer covered bottle will have you rummaging through your liquor cabinet! She’s covered the glass with a combination of beautiful gradations and geometric patterns.

The light glints off the smooth finish and makes you want to caress the surface. A browse through her Flickr pages shows how she pays meticulous attention to finish and she often mixes seed beads with her polymer cabs.

Her quilt inspirations on Pinterest show the striking patterns her eye is drawn to and there’s more about her work here. She’s part of the London Polymer Clay Group.

 

Polymer cigars

Smith on PCDaily

Staci Louise Smith hints that this dramatic new piece may be her Bead Dreams contest entry. These long pointed cigar shaped polymer beads are playfully carved and colored. Their marks, lines, cracks and curves seem to contain a message from some cyber tribe. The brass spacers are cured to gently separate the spiny shapes.

Now that the rush to finish her piece is over, she’s cleaning her studio and destashing. Check her site, Facebook and Etsy sites to see what she unearths from her workspace.

Two heads swivel

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When Germany’s Bettina Welker and Scotland’s Melanie Muir realized that they’d hit upon the same solution to a polymer connection problem, they got in touch with each other and had a good laugh.

No one would confuse Bettina’s latest Swiveling Neckpiece with this new Standing Stones piece by Melanie but if you deconstructed them, you’d see that the engineering is remarkably similar. They independently worked the connection conundrum out in the same way at the same time.

Swivels and rivets have been around for a long time, of course. This particular solution was a technique whose time had come.

Two takeaways here: you’re part of a community that can solve differences in a frank and cordial way, and sometimes a solution arises in several places at the same time. No harm, no foul.

We can also agree that flawless execution makes everyone take notice. We’ve been searching for ways to hide the distraction of hardware and both these artworks feature polymer beautifully all by itself.

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