Polymer paired

Rios on PCDaily

Marina Rios (fancifuldevices) was born in Uraguay and lives in Chicago. Perhaps that helps explain how she’s able to reconcile colliding worlds, patterns, materials. Here’s what she says of her assemblages that often include polymer.

Balancing opposites is how I think of the universe and how I make jewelry. Old is paired with new, feminine contrasted with masculine, rustic mixed with refined, western enriched with tribal, functional elaborated with decorative…all these dualities and more are synthesized into an artifact that tells an alternative story of our past or perhaps a myth for the future.

On Pinterest you can see her polymer on a single board. On other sites (Etsy, her blog) your eyes have to search carefully to pick out which components might be polymer.

She says of her cosmic Victorian tribal jewelry, “To me they are a magical key to an imaginary realm.”

And the Oscar goes to…

Tinapple on PCDaily

My slightly wonky bowl from a slightly wonky and very snowy weekend at the combined Ohio guilds’ event (Buckeye Bash) weekend. I cheerily combined stripes and chevrons from scrap plus extruded flower slices. No sanding and not a bit of worrying went into this little pedestal bowl. I’m adding this to my growing collection of playful objects which make me happy.

Tinapple on PCDaily

Meanwhile I ignored the computer and didn’t troll through your latest work. I have no choice but to feature myself if I want to watch the Oscars on tv with my husband.

The red carpet wins. You’re oggling the gowns and the jewelry too, right? Back to work tomorrow.

Same, same but different

Lehocky on PCDaily

Ron Lehocky took my folded inchie suggestion and ran with it! This is his Ronnie Gane applied to thin 1-inch squares that have been folded into beads. The necklace has lively movement that looks like kerchiefs fluttering in the wind. Isn’t it fun to chase a design from Margit Bohmer to Ford and Forlano to Lehocky in one week? Same, same but very different.

Lehocky on PCDaily

Here’s Ron’s mokume gane method applied to rolled beads. The high contrast makes the beads pop. He’ll be teaching his technique this morning.

Tool freaks

What’s the first thing we do at a conference? Shop!

There are some terrific new gizmos and gadgets. I cover this side of events more thoroughly in StudioMojo on the weekends.

Next Wednesday tune in for a free ToolTime presentation over at Craftcast. I’ll show off my new set of extruder disks there plus you’ll find plenty of other tool temptations. Reserve your seat.

Tight formations

Thorp on PCDaily

Jael Thorp’s small polymer compositions combine caning and mosaic and texturing in intense formations. Every space is beautifully covered.

There’s a tiny bit of collaboration cane from Ivy Niles (IKandiClay) in these busy scenes. My favorite is the stones and stream-themed shape.

Thorp on PCDaily

Look for more of Jael on her blog, Flickr and Facebook.

I’m off to the Buckeye Bash that’s held at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (speaking of tight formations).  What treasures will turn up? Check tomorrow!

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