Tips and Tricks

Topped tubes

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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

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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


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.

When ideas crystalize

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Stephanie Kilgast didn’t intially reveal where she was headed with her collection of polymer crystals. She offered a great little YouTube video of how she made these other-worldly minerals. She usually creates incredibly realistic miniature foods. Crystals pointed to change.

Her clusters of cave growths reappeared mounted to a dimensional canvas trailing a blue wash of color. Stephanie explains her sculptural painting and talks about her burst of creativity on her site. She hints at more changes to come.

See what other big steps Stephanie is taking on Patreon and Instagram. They’re brave and inspirational steps!

Add drama with paint

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Polymer artists like Texas’ Shelley Atwood continue to show us what you can do with textures and paints. Shelley bends the textured ribbons of polymer for additional movement on these dangling earrings.

The red of the bottom medallions is a surprise. Gold paint unifies the look which is topped off with the big loops of the earwires.

Look at her Flickr pages to see how Shelley pumps up the drama of her work.

Complex simplicity

Niese on PCDaily

Michigan’s Sandra Niese (DandyBeads) eases us into Monday with a simple pendant. On its own, the spiral would have been too simple.

By embedding those metal pins into the edge of the design, Sandra makes us stop and take in the texture and the metallic finish and ponder the piece.

The dance between complexity and simplicity is a tricky one. See more of Sandra’s organic and slightly grungy works on Facebook, Pinterest and Etsy.

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