Transforming canes

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Meg Newbergs’ transforming cane shifts colors like a treasured and worn carpet. What’s one cane looks like many.

It’s difficult to comprehend how the simple canes she constructs can reduce to be so complex. She’s got a great grasp of geometry and she sends out pages of pictures and explanations of a new idea each month.

If you enjoy caning, her monthly subscription is a good deal. This transforming cane is August’s lesson.

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Meg allows me to teach some of her designs to inmates who are delighted each time they follow her clear instructions. Not many tools are required and even the newest caners can experience success. Here she is on her site and Etsy.

Fish and waves

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Victoria’s Wanda Shum entered this dimensional Fish & Waves polymer-over-glass vase into the Sooke Fine Arts show that runs from now until August 1. The show is Vancouver Island’s longest-running juried fine art show and the island’s premier summer arts event.

Over her 18 years working with polymer Wanda has become expert at caning, often pushing canes from 2D slices to 3D sculptures and jewelry. Read about her on her website and then hop over to her Instagram page to see more of her collection.

You won’t want to miss Wanda’s signature cane and her alphabet canes. She offers unusual stainless steel and polymer chopsticks on her Etsy site. You’ll also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

 

 

Double duty polymer bail

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Syndee Holt tweaks Jan Montarsi’s easy polymer bails to get double use out of a brooch/pendant.

Syndee added a small hole at the bottom of Jan’s domed circle bail design which allows it to accommodate a pin that slides diagonally from the top hole to the new bottom hole for a brooch. Or slide a cord through the top two holes to wear the piece as a pendant.

Jan makes his bail on a domed form and uses liquid polymer to adhere it to the brooch. You’ll find more examples and clever adaptations on Flickr,

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See more of Syndee’s innovations on her Pinterest site and on Facebook.

50% off sale

My extruder disk sets and Helen Breil’s stamps and screens are all deeply discounted only on the KazuriWest site starting today (while quantities last).

Scratchy polymer sea star

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This use of Angela Schwer’s (DillyPad) polymer Sea Star wall tile isn’t really fair because it has great movement and texture in its monochrome simplicity.

What’s not fair is that today it feels like something similar is scratching the back of my throat. I guess international travel was more stressful than I thought.

So go look at the cool organic shapes Angela comes up with while I recuperate.

Lingering Euro vibes

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This jewel-encrusted polymer bead from Monica Rotta keeps my European vibe going even after I’m back in the USA.

Rich textures are topped with metal caps and faceted red beads like a sundae with juicy cherries.

Monica’s booth setup in Italy makes me sigh at her easy euro-elegance. She uses picture frames, hangers, and even astro-turf to show off her wares.

Visit her Facebook photos and breathe in the Tuscan air. There’s more on Pinterest and Instagram for your Italian interlude.

Layers of complexity

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Kathryn Corbin’s pieces in the sales gallery at EuroSynergy had usual touches  – epoxy sculpted findings (for strength), tube beads with windows, heavily textured beads made of white polymer and colored only with pastels and crayons. Her pieces have a mysterious depth and complexity.

The tube beads are rolled (not extruded) to emphasize their handmade quality. The window in the larger diameter tube reveals another bead underneath (click to see the details on the blue beads below).  Recently Kathryn added a gauzy nude portrait brooch (pastel again) that floats on a sharp geometric base.

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It was great fun to pal around with Kathryn who’s from Massachusetts and speaks French. She’s not very flashy online. You have to prowl around in Facebook to discover her treasures.

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