Tips and Tricks

Leaves of the world

Leonini on PCDaily

Each side of Cecelia Leonini’s (ImpastArte) leaf-like beads provides a separate canvas. She uses very different geometric patterns on each surface to create her Leaves of the World necklace.

You may like her in-process photos that show how she shaped each of the 3-sided beads on a single gently curved wire. Here she is on Etsy and Facebook.

This more complex and updated worldview of fall leaves is right on target today. Have a great fall weekend.

Topped tubes

Halvorsen on PCDaily

Kristin Halvorsen’s newest beads from the Hooked on Polymer Facebook page match my FIMO50 party mood.

Kristin’s from Norway and her tube beads are formed from a wild patchwork of bright cane slices. The beads are are made uniform with color-matched metal grommets baked into each of their ends. Here’s Kristin on Pinterest.

The Symposium classes have started and I’m suffering from FIMO FOMO with the rest of you because I’m still adventuring in the city. I’ll join the festivities in earnest on Friday. Meanwhile check the great pictures all over Facebook.

What is FIMO FOMO? It’s the Fear Of Missing Out on the party. But fear not, there’s more coverage to come. 

Vacation pin ups

Cordillera on PCDaily

It’s the end of vacation season and if you’re looking for a way to hang onto those memories, take a hint from Puerto Rico’s Sylma Santos-Santori.

It’s not often that a super simple project strikes our fancy but these little polymer magnetic containers with spidery air plants look fashionable and celebratory.

Marble a ball of beach-colored clay, indent a space for a plant, cure in the oven and glue a magnet to the back. Instant scrapbook,

Quick, preserve a little bit of your summer. See what other designs Sylma has devised on Instagram and her site.

Tumbling blocks of polymer

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Three shades of each color make up this faux dimensional cuff from Petra Nemravova of the Czech Republic. Such happy colors! Petra shows her step-by-step color-mixing and assembly process free on her website.

Of course you’ll want to spend some time in her tutorials and tools departments! There are a couple tutorials in her Etsy shop too.

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