On the mend

Hot and bored and slightly grumpy…impatient for my body to mend. It's time to cruise the online galleries and get jazzed up about new designs. Let's look over the shoulders of the other artists. Here are four jewelers who got me thinking about polymer clay in new ways.

Plus the latest Ford/Forlano sighting at the Signature Shop Gallery. Start your week off right with some fresh ideas.

Winners

The winners in the Bead and Button "Bead Dreams" competition, polymer clay category have just been announced. Looks like you can't view the winners on the Bead and Button site until next week but here they. Congratulations to all.

It's grand to be getting so many comments from abroad. I've been using Alta Vista Babelfish for translations which are often quite quirky. You get the gist of the comments and have to guess at the entire meaning. Linda Crocco wrote to suggest dictionary.com as a better alternative.

I may be able to hear you better in any language after yesterday's surgery on my ear. All went well and I'm rather proud of my temporary Van Gogh look. Finally, I'm a real artist! Have a great weekend.

Dalliance

Talking about France yesterday got me in a traveling mood so I took a mini-vacation to France via the web. Madeleine Songe's site shows her polymer jewelry that reflects the romantic abandon that I enjoy in French designs.

Following Madeleine's links (liens) feels like a trip down a quaint back alley. The links take you to her community of friends.

I'm a bit anxious today and this was the perfect dalliance…a look at the larger world to make me look beyond my small one.

Teamwork

Sarajane Helm and Judith Skinner put out the word that they needed quilt canes for their upcoming book, "Adapting Quilt Patterns to Polymer Clay".

To illustrate the book they were were building a miniature quilt store to be stocked with polymer quilt fabrics. Among those who responded to the call for help were the artists at the national guild retreat at Shrine Mont who sent well over a hundred "bolts". Nice teamwork!

If you scroll down Sarajane's page you can watch the shop fill up with fabrics. The book is due out this fall.

 

Back and Front

I love it when polymer clay pieces are as interesting on the back as they are on the front and these new pieces from Judy Belcher don't disappoint. Hollie Mion brought these gems and lots of pictures home from the national Shrine Mont conference.

Judy doesn't have a web page so I've put a few pictures on a temporary page for her. She says she's working on a new book with Ranger Industries that features projects using their inks and embossing powders with polymer. It'll be out in July.

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