Mixing your own recipe

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Ukraine’s Lela Todua says her influences are bohemian, tribal, rustic, modern, gypsy, hippie. She remixes that stew of styles into her own look, refining and paring down her designs to a few strong pieces in a range of colors.

Lela makes all her jewelry elements in polymer which keeps the design cohesive and unmistakably Lela. See her work on Flickr, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.

Gold rush

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Pennsylvania’s Staci Louise Smith created these latest crackled, rustic beads in a big hurry when she was asked to prepare an online course for CraftArtEdu.

Rather than carefully consider all that might be required, Staci said yes and jumped in. The result is gold…in a rush. Gold Rush!

She talks about her leap-before-you-look experience on the LoveMyArtJewelry blog. You can sample her class at CraftArtEdu. You’ll also find her on Facebook, Pinterest and her own site.

Staci has taught several popular classes on organic beads built on white clay. She takes the color and bling up a notch on this iteration and adds another variation to the crackle craze.

Class in a box

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Inks, textures, metals – Anke Humpert’s Steampunk beads pull you in for a closer look. The cutouts and peek-a-boo details on the layered lentil shapes tell you how much thought and care Anke took as she built these muted beauties. She shows them assembled into a necklace on Flickr and Facebook.

These beads were part of the Steampunk Transformers jewellery set, a brooch, pendant, bracelet and beads that string together on a chain and come with their own matching storage container.  It’s a class in a box that Anke devised for the Florida Fandango.

Join us on StudioMojo tomorrow for demos of tips and irresistible tools shared in Virginia. 

Wearing the sunset

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There’s great pleasure in finding  a palette that resonates and mixing the colors in polymer.

Here France’s Laure Steele (Lor et Creations) built her palette from a photograph and then assembled components into a large kaleidoscope cane in Carol Simmons’ recent master class in La Crau, France.

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See more stunning results from Laure’s Facebook and Carol’s page and site. And if you’re searching for color inspiration, don’t miss Carol’s Pinterest site.

Right on target

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Alaska’s Katie Way readies these polymer magnets for her first spring show.

Katie uses a “cut out and replace” process then adds texture and color. You can get a better sense of her methods by looking at her latest studio shot.

Katie stacked thin silver and polymer disks onto earwires to beef up her jewelry inventory.

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You can peek at the rest of her offerings on Flickr, Facebook, and Etsy.

Katie stays true to her Bullseye name and continues to find ways to expand and use her bright circles.

Tantalizing terrazzo

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Croatia’s Nikolina Otrzan can’t stop churning out new ideas!

Lately she’s obsessed with geometry, cutting thick chunks of terrazzo-like polymer patterns and stacking them together at varying angles.

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Her fan club is waiting patiently at Etsy hoping that some of these new pieces will make their way into her shop.

In the meanwhile you can see Nikolina’s work on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest and learn some of her tricks on CraftArtEdu.

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