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Patriotic polymer

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Uh-oh, my holiday picnic got started early. So let me quickly send you to Doreen Kassel’s Lady Liberty for your Independence Day polymer fix.

You simply must see this FB video (starring Dan Kassel) to get the full star-spangled effect.

Sure, Doreen’s Uncommon Creatures are on Etsy, Flickr, and her blog. But if you really want to see what ornaments she’s creating and what classes she’s teaching, you’ll have to try her on Facebook and Instagram. Have a happy fourth and a great weekend.

Polymer color confidence

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Tracy Holmes’ BreakThrough Colour (BTC) Kickstarter campaign has blown past its original goal and proved that polymer artists are hungry for better color control.

Backers quickly pledged over $32,000 to get first crack at the printed version of this useful and practical system that’s aimed to appeal to both sides of your brain. A full spectrum 216-card color deck helps you choose your palette and then coded numbers assure accurate color mixing.

The BTC Colour Basics cube shown above is the simpler 3x3x3 color model that Tracy used for her article in The Polymer Arts magazine. The BTC Mini Cube below shows 152 hues, tints, and shades on the outside plus 64 tones on the inside.

Tracy says that the first print run will fulfill the pre-orders that come from the Kickstarter campaign which wraps up at noon (Mountain Time) on Saturday, July 18. “Beyond that, I haven’t made firm plans about when and where BTC will be available,” says Tracy.

For those wanting either the Colour Basics Deck or the 216 BreakThroughColour Deck, the first and fastest place to obtain them is via Kickstarter.

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Tracy will teach at Maryland’s Master Class Camp 2015 July 8 and 9. “We will make a polymer cube like this one. Then we’ll explore the colors and combos in the bigger model including color mixing experiments. We’ll investigate what we like and why we like it. And we’ll work with the newest clays and colors coming from generous sponsors.”

BTC looks like a great way to improve your color confidence. Read more about Tracy and other Cutting Edge products on Facebook.

Simple rainbows

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A trip to a local quilt festival prompted Vermont’s Mags Bonham to go all rainbow. The colored paperclips used as findings take her Skinner blended swirls a step farther. The resulting Love Wins earrings make for a simple and striking project.

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Usually Mags is busy with Beer Gear (she and her husband are brewers) which she cuts out on her Silver Bullet or Silhouette cutter.

But occasionally Mags likes to move out of her hops-centered world into something different. Follow her on Facebook, her site, Etsy and Pinterest.

From wood to polymer

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The feel of baked polymer reminds Lindsay Locatelli (wazodesigns) of wood. She carves the hardened clay to give it natural and organic textures.

“I graduated with a BFA in Furniture Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and worked mostly in wood/metal. After college, I began working in a smaller scale and I fell in love with the idea of art jewelry because there’s a component of function as well as sculpture. Polymer clay became my new medium of choice because it’s much more satisfying to work with at a smaller scale,” says Lindsay.

“Polymer clay allows me to have much more control than wood did. I’m interested in creating new textures/forms out of the material and working with it in unique and unusual ways.”

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Minneapolis has a lively emerging fashion and art community and Lindsay’s active in shaping it. The necklace here, Bleached Bones, is made of polymer, brass with acrylic paint and the ring is polymer, silver and citrine. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook as well.

Lindsay was part of the ACC’s first Hip Pop Showcase at the St. Paul ACC show in April this year.

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