Tips and Tricks

Polymer pointillism

Leah Radlett rolls polymer into a pointillist sunflower on PolymerClayDaily

South Australia’s Leah Radlett tales a different approach to mosaics. Her 4″ tiles are composed of round polymer elements.

Nice of Leah to share her in-progress shots. She starts with the background and works inward. which isn’t what you might have expected.

See more of her landscapes on Etsy and Instagram. She calls this one Joyful and says, “I’ve been blessed by so many nice comments about my work and it makes my heart happy to know that people enjoy my art.”

Polymer or glass?

Peggy Rose gets great depth with Meg Newberg's method. Or is it glass? on PolymerClayDaily.com

Spokane’s Peggy Rose, one of Meg Newberg’s subscribers, sent in her version of Meg’s newest cane inspiration. Looks like Peggy got it right!

I sometimes gush about Meg’s “cane brain” but you know she’s onto something when her followers can come up with their own versions like this.

As I read about Peggy on her FB I saw that she’s a lampworker too. I’ve messaged her to verify that this is polymer. What’s your guess?

A spin on hollow

Janet Bouey stacks up her hollow bead on PolymerClayDaily

Vancouver Island’s Janet Bouey is experimenting with the veneers she made in Claire Maunsell’s recent class.

If you stack up squares of clay and then cut out the centers with a smaller square cutter, you can add a veneer on the top and bottom of the stack and have yourself a cool and simple hollow bead. The bead will be loose, light and lovely.

Janet puts her own spin on Claire’s ideas and documents interesting results on Instagram, Flickr, and Facebook.

Southwest blends and designs

Deb Hart features Skinner blends in her rainbow designs on PolymerClayDaily.com

The slim profile and clear blended colors on Deb Hart’s twist ballpoint pens put them a cut above others.

These are class samples from her second session in the RainbowBlend series. She turns well mixed Skinner blends into design elements that stand on their own.

Deb Hart uses small Southwest canes to cover her sculpted animals on PolymerClayDaily.com

Her March workshop for the Arizona guild features tips for making cane inlaid sculpted animals with a definite Southwest flavor.

Deb is on a roll! See what she’s up to on Instagram and Etsy.

Budding vase

Phyllis Pollema Cahill's vase moves us to spring on PolymerClayDaily.com

This lily bud from Colorado’s Phyllis Pollema Cahill hints at spring. Dark veins cut through the Skinner blended green and lavender petals.

Phyllis spent years as an illustrator which helps explain her thorough planning and construction of this vase. She’s also been trying out her carving skills on this necklace from her Symmetry/Asymmetry online class with Christine Dumont and Donna Greenberg.

Phyllis carefully documents her technique and product experiments on her blog which contains lots of DIY tips and solutions.

Phyllis shows she’s ready for a new season. Watch her bloom on Facebook and Instagram.

Bowls redux

Angela Pike's retro bowl from Helen Breil's online class on PolymerClayDaily

You may have thought you’d done bowls, You remember all those little round ones we made? Then along comes the UK’s Angela Pike (BeadMeUpButtercup) with her first go at Helen Breil’s bowl tutorial.

Here’s Angela on Facebook and Instagram, The textures highlight the orange and blue glow of this retro bowl. Angela followed Helen’s instructions to the letter for her first try. Use your signature colors and your veneer patterns to put your own spin on them.

Helen is very methodical and her instructions are thorough. Looking for a no-fail fun project? This could be it.

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