Polymer soundwaves

Petricoin on PCDaily

Pennsylvania’s Beth Petricoin (CreateMyWorldDesigns) says that her lip is out of shape but she still enjoys playing her flute. For several years she’d been thinking decorating one of her instruments and an Etsy guild challenge was just what she needed to put her idea to the test.

She was too sentimental about her own instruments to use them so instead she found a deal on Ebay. A local music store disassembled the instrument and Beth was ready to roll.

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The keys are topped with soundwave cane patterns and the body is covered with polymer finished to a high shine using Debbie Crothers’ liquid polymer method.

Yes, the flute is playable. Don’t you wonder if the big grin on Beth’s face hampers her playing? Read all about Beth’s adventure and ponder what you could cover with polymer.

Polymer infinity

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We end the week with one more polymer experimenter. The ideas floating around at the French Lick Atelier must have shifted my brain into gear. I came home hungry to push polymer farther.

Nikolina Otrzan’s new Infinity necklace  jumped out at me. Nik has been turning geometry on its head with her recent exploration of forms. Here she alternates closed and open rectangular links to create a sleek, chic necklace.

I’m sure you’re asking, “Are the links cut out or extruded? What kind of clay and construction tricks could she be using to give this design flexibility and strength?” I have no answers. All I know is that others’ innovations get our creative juices flowing. Thanks, Nik.

Here she is on Pinterest and CraftArtEdu.

Jumping jack Thursday

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It’s Thursday so let’s dance along with these robots from Poland’s Justyna (Nibyniebo). A toy gift to her son from Grandma inspired these interactive puppets.

The polymer versions are mounted in frames and hang on the wall where they dance on command.

Justyna then added clocks with undersea settings to her Etsy offerings, all in her delightful pastel palette and built with a fresh eye and delicate touch.

“My polymer clay adventure is only a tip of an iceberg – my heart is full of paintings, miniatures, handmade notebooks, sculptures, dioramas, all those pretty things chasing me since I was small,” she says.

Justyna sent PCD her links and info (you can too) and we happily welcome her back to the polymer community. She burned the clay on her first try and abandoned it for a couple of years. Here she is on Facebook and Instagram.

Computed polymer



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Ponsawan Sila’s many experiments spilled out of her boxes and bags at the Indiana French Lick Atelier. She’s still in process with these pieces which rely on scavenged computer parts for creating mokume gane over Skinner blends.

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The finishes are layered and lustrous. On the black and white version she sews through the holes to add a dash of color with thread.

Ponsawan encourages her students to ask “what if” and if we are lucky and she finds enough parts to upcycle, she’ll explain these clever methods.

She offers a few pictures from the weekend on Facebook here and here and more work on Flickr. Sort through her tutorials and the results of her endless experiments on Pinterest. She shares her ideas freely.

Prominent polymer

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St. Petersburg’s Alisa Letsius reinterprets a Hundterwasser-like design in her brass and polymer Circle of Life brooch. The unusual mixes of metals, resins, wood, stone, clay, polymer, textiles and enamel in Alisa’s works may expand your idea of how polymer “should” be used.

Here the cane slice is mounted and featured like a gem. What if you gave your polymer designs more prominence?

Bugs in galleries

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Wisconsin’s Joyce Fritz has been celebrating creepy crawlies in the most dramatic ways since 1993. You’ll see her Yipes polymer insects in crawling around the finest galleries and shops across the country.

That doesn’t leave her much time for online exposure so perhaps the best way to catch all her bugs in one spot is on Google or on her website. She’s worth tracking down. Her story is best told (and you get a better idea of the size of these critters) in this interview in her college alumni magazine.

This year’s crop of lightning bugs encouraged  me to shed more light on Joyce’s work.

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