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Dots, strings and squares

Karen Brueggemann – 1st prize - Mokume gane strings Marilyn Dobris – 2nd prize - Rare Tropical Polka Dot Flower Carole Monahan – 3rd prize - NYC Taxi cuff

Here are the three winners in the Spring Push extrusion contest! Strings, dots and squares!

It was gratifying to see a variety of extruded shapes in all the entries and to have examples from artists who otherwise don’t show us what they’re up to.

Follow the links to more examples of the winners’ polymer extrusions. The suggestions for new Global Studio Tools disk designs were terrific too. Thanks to all who played along with us. Have a playful weekend.

Good eggs

Maruri on PCDaily

Spain’s Iratxe Maruri proves that not all Easter eggs are alike. Hers are dotted, pale and smiling as they stand up straight on their bases.

Maruri on PCDaily

Then she shows us how to make a low tech, high fashion statement using only small round balls of polymer flattened, layered on a dome and accented with paint. She works in a playful and charming way.

Iratxe has a second shop full of polymer sea creatures. See the full scope of her miniatures and other work on Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr and her web site.

Converging polymer

“For this pendant I used a convergence pattern inspired by a quilting template,” says Switzerland’s Sandra Trachsel. The colors buzz against each other as the stripes alternately grow thinner and fatter.

What draws you further in  are the chunky areas of color outside the center square. There’s much to deconstruct and reassemble as you study how the pattern works. Sandra must have been a quilter in another life.

Rocky Tuesday

You may stop to admire the jewelry on Jan Geisen’s site. She mixes muted, organic surfaced polymer with geometric shapes to make her her signature work.

What stops me are Jan’s rocks. The surfaces and colors are almost superreal. They make me want to know what beach in Minnesota she’s been walking.

This series is all black and white and their rounded edges and muted colors have a soothing effect. Jan is able to achieve the same trick in many color ways as well as on her jewelry.

There’s more to see on Etsy, on Flickr and on her blog. Perhaps it’s Jan’s early jobs in photography and printmaking that gave her a sharp eye for detail.

Don’t be shy

Show us what you’ve extruded lately. Our Spring Push winners will be announced on Friday. You still have time to snap a photo of your work and send it in.

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  • I'm Cynthia Tinapple, an artist, curator, and leader in the polymer clay community for over 20 years.

    On this blog I showcase the best polymer clay art online to inspire and encourage you.

    You can find my new book, Polymer Clay Global Perspectives, on Amazon.


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