Get your shine on

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Seems to be a blingy week! The over-the-top color, glitz and shine of these simple lightweight earrings from North Carolina’s Pati Bannister screamed, “Pick me! Pick me!”

Pati pulled out her gold leaf and alcohol inks as she riddled the clay with Peter Max ’60s textures and colors. See more of this series on Flickr, her blog and on Etsy. Her colors and ideas shine through on her Pinterest boards too.

Go blingy, go bold

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Locatelli on PCDaily

Some mid-week bling from Lindsay Locatelli (wazodesigns). Her edgy new works are appearing at trendy trunk shows, popular galleries and hip pop-up shops.

Locatelli on PCDaily

Lindsay’s mixed media jewels include wood, paint, thick rope, and in this case polymer and gold leaf. A turquoise color flashes on the back of the faceted earrings.

If you want to see what’s ahead for art jewelry scroll through her Instagram, take note and check back often.

What goes with gelli


Lots of us have gelli plates stashed away in our studios wondering how to use them with polymer.  Enter Syndee Holt hobbled by an injury with time on her hands. The happy outcome of her mashup – not the ankle, but the combination of rubber stamp, polymer, paint and gelli plate  – is the technique used on these darkly subtle metallic pendants shown on Facebook.

Syndee will be teaching her method at Fandango in Florida in May (not sure if there are open spots). While she’d much rather not have had the injury, it’s given her a double shot of creative juices.

And no, a gelli plate is not the serving dish for jellyfish.

Puddle of success

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Cate Van Alphen shows off her Week 15 mistake on this wavy art vessel. Her glaze made of ink in liquid polymer clay slid down the sides of the bowl into a puddle. “Next time I think I will try to set it a bit using a heat gun before curing in the oven,”she says.

But Cate wasn’t altogether displeased with her mistake/discovery. Isn’t that the way? She explains more on Flickr and her blog.

I’ve slid back home into my own post-vacation puddle. Time to get busy! 

A whale of a time

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Polymer whale courtesy of Russia’s Anna Primak (Snorkys) on Instagram.

Sealife has been my theme this week as I wrap up a vacation in the tropics. We’re back to our regularly scheduled programming on Monday. 


Tool Tuesday

Craftcast’s free I Love Tools webinar introduces us to a whole bunch of the latest tools and ideas. The ninth edition of this popular show will be online live on Tuesday. Sign up here

Don’t despair if you can’t join in at 7:30 ET on Tuesday evening, the recorded version will be available later. The live party is the best fun if you can squeeze it in.

Check out the lineup of artists and find out what tools they’ve discovered to make your studio life easier.

Polymer travels

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Here’s the latest version of the Shisha beads that the ladies in the Samunnat Nepal project have been making for California bead dealer, KazuriWest. The ethnic-inspired beads have been very popular in the US market and are now available in new colors. Shisha refers to the tiny mirrors embedded in the clay that echo the exotic mirror-encrusted saris and textiles of Nepal.

The building pictured here was built with money raised by the polymer community. You helped raise enough money to create this permanent home for the project which includes workshop space and room for temporary housing for women in crisis situations.

Samunnat building

The three stalls on the left are micro-financed businesses that the women fund as some participants launch out on their own. That’s Ron Lehocky’s gift cow grazing in the yard.

You might enjoy reading about this month’s exciting delivery of a vibrating sander (carried in a suitcase by Australia’s Wendy Moore). This has been an exciting story from the start.

Funds raised by the FIMO50WorldProject will support the project and you have until the end of April to submit your tile and join in the fun!

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