Wakeup polymer

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Emilie Bouillie provides our Monday wake up call with these Skinner blended stripes. Touches of pure white provide the contrast we need to snap us into a new week.

We tend to think of blends as muted but Emilie shows us another way with her bright lentils.

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Need another jolt? Look at Parole De Pate’s teapot challenge. This hot colored entry is from Lila Reve

Finding movement in polymer

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Cat Szetu’s shawl pins swoop and curve more than you might think possible. That’s what may first catch your eye on her Etsy shop.

If you look on her Flickr page you’ll see she’s starting to apply those same movements to vessels, containers, desk sets. The clay whips around as if the wind had blown it.

This former Connecticut packaging and communications artist is experimenting and having fun with her Nestled Vessels. Be sure to see her cane slicer built from Legos too!

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Undercut polymer

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Jan Montarsi gives us a fine example of undercutting a veneered shape technique that Ron Lehocky showed last week. Instead of a heart outline, Jan uses a shield shape for his Carnivorous lapel pin.

The edges slope gently because he’s angled the craft knife to remove excess underneath. (Watch Ron Lehocky here if you need a refresher. See step 2 at 2:40 and 3:56.)

Of course Jan’s way with metallics makes the shape even more dramatic and with this before-and-after sanding picture, he demonstrates how that extra step adds richness and depth.

Long ago Jan shared his methods of tinting metallic clays with alcohol inks to achieve clear, warm colors. You can still find his tutorial here. See more examples on Flickr, Pinterest and Facebook.

Blurry polymer

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No need to wipe your screen or clean your glasses. It’s not you. Polymer has gotten blurry.

There’s Wendy Jorre de St Jorre and her Hedges cane that’s a pointellist’s rendition of Australian trees and bushes, the 45th cane in her weekly series. This one started at 4 inches square.

Read the excellent interview on Blue Bottle Tree and you’ll understand her intensity. Wendy’s cane designs have become more impressionistic as they’ve gotten more complex. Prepare to be awed by her canes on Flickr, Pinterest and Facebook.

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Then the UK’s Cate van Alphen (Fulgorine) put out what she’s calling her Spectrum beads with vibrant colors that move like an oil slick. They’re made with Fimo’s True Colors. The first batch was intriguing and successive offerings are more mystifying. Look at Flickr and Facebook.

Used to be we wanted crisp edges on our polymer designs and now we’ve gone all soft and blurry. Figuring out how is going to be fun.

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