Tips and Tricks

Computed polymer



Sila on PCDaily

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.

Sila on PCDaily

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.

Calming colors

Tajvidi on PCDaily

Afsaneh Tajvidi (JooJoo) is a Toronto illustrator/designer but sometimes she can’t resist making polymer miniatures. This is her first go at adding color gradation to polymer. Is it a blend or paint?

You’ll find tutorials for five of her little cacti featured in the spring 2016 issue (#65) of the British magazine, Mollie Makes. Or you can bask in the sweetness of her creations on her Instagram, Flickr, and blog.

Something about Afi’s colors and delicate shapes transmit a calming warmth. Her illustrations send the same vibe. How does she do that?

Enhancements for silkscreen on polymer

Breil on PCDaily

If you’re a silkscreen novice like me you’ll find the tips that Helen Breil offers in her new free tutorial particularly helpful.

Use pastels? Mix colors in one quick pass? Who knew? She demos the basics in a quick video and then moves to some clever enhancements.

Helen only started experimenting with these processes on polymer rather recently. Following her lead can save you lots of time and frustration.

What better way to start the week than with timesaving tips? There’s more on her site, Pinterest, Flickr and Instagram.

Gold rush

Smith on PCDaily

Pennsylvania’s Staci Louise Smith created these latest crackled, rustic beads in a big hurry when she was asked to prepare an online course for CraftArtEdu.

Rather than carefully consider all that might be required, Staci said yes and jumped in. The result is gold…in a rush. Gold Rush!

She talks about her leap-before-you-look experience on the LoveMyArtJewelry blog. You can sample her class at CraftArtEdu. You’ll also find her on Facebook, Pinterest and her own site.

Staci has taught several popular classes on organic beads built on white clay. She takes the color and bling up a notch on this iteration and adds another variation to the crackle craze.

Tantalizing terrazzo

Otrzan on PCDaily

Croatia’s Nikolina Otrzan can’t stop churning out new ideas!

Lately she’s obsessed with geometry, cutting thick chunks of terrazzo-like polymer patterns and stacking them together at varying angles.

Otrzan on PCDaily

Her fan club is waiting patiently at Etsy hoping that some of these new pieces will make their way into her shop.

In the meanwhile you can see Nikolina’s work on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest and learn some of her tricks on CraftArtEdu.

Cutout and go polymer

Mills on PCDaily

These mismatched black and white striped cutout earrings are lightweight, fashionable and show a clever use of graduated templates. They’re from Connecticut’s Libby Mills who shared a work table with me in Virginia.

Libby’s fond of clean, simple designs and all last week I admired her growing collection of canes. Look at more of Libby’s works on Flickr, Pinterest, and Instagram while I catch my breath after a lovely road trip.

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