Tips and Tricks

Polymer mood beads

Hoover on PCDaily

These beads from Indiana’s Beth Ann Hoover will reflect your mood. She offers a whole series of Mirage polymer beads that include heat sensitive liquid crystals that change color.

How does Beth Ann do this? Does she add ink? Film? Paint? What’s your guess? Will she divulge her secret? Looking at these beads may put you in a curious mood (that’s yellow). Here she is on Facebook and Pinterest. What mood have you chosen for this week?

Correction: Thanks to all who quickly noted that these are manufactured hollow polymer beads that Beth Ann is distributing. My bad, I misunderstood and I rarely venture to wholesale bead sites. Problem is I’m still intrigued as to how this is done. So the question remains. Color my mood “red” with embarrassment.

Polymer dots and dashes

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Veronique Hoffmann’s polymer dots blink down a row of dashes of Skinner blends in spring colors.

She has experimented broadly and when she concentrates on geometry (like this one) or fabrics (one of my favorites), Veronique really shines.

She tucks lots of texture tricks and tutorials into her Flickr (and Flickrock) sites.

If you’re in the mood for simple and striking, checkout her recent work and have a lovely weekend.

Hollow how-to

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Arizona’s Amber Radosevich was all about bugs – making caterpillars, arachnids, butterflies and such in polymer.

When she started experimenting with translucent polymer, her work took a turn to amber and imitative glass. She’s come up with some innovative methods and clever solutions for making hollow beads and she’s not done playing yet.

Radosevich on PCDaily

If translucent beads have been calling you, take a look at her tutorials. I bought one tutorial to test and now I want to know all her tricks. Headpins? Disks? Bumpy beads? She continues to turn out tutorials. Here’s her Etsy shop and her Facebook page.

Hope you didn’t have other plans for the weekend because you may be distracted.

Icing on the cake

Grebennikova on PCDaily

Galina Grebennikova’s extruded beads show a positively brilliant modification of devices. She uses icing tips to get the effects she wants. Look at what she does with this ruffle tip.

grebennikova on PCDaily

Galina’s discovery got me wondering about what other clever ideas and shapes are out there.

Spring push contest

How have you used my Global Extruder Disk patterns? The dot patterns and interlocking tiles found on the disk are popping up in fashion this spring.

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Snap a picture of your item that used my extruder patterns or some combination you came up with on your own and enter the Spring Push contest. The art must consist of mostly extruded polymer. Pretty easy, eh?

Attach your photo to an email and send it in. The deadline is April 16 with winners announced April 18. Is there a pattern you’ve been missing? Let me know and we’ll try to include it in our next set.

The top winner will win a $50 gift certificate from Global Studio Tools. Second prize is a copy of the book, Polymer Clay Global Perspectives and third prize is Protect Your Memories sealant. Winners will be featured on PCDaily and pictured in our next ad in The Polymer Arts magazine. Strut your stuff! Email your entry.

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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.

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