Gray to great polymer

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No matter how many times I watch Rebecca Watkins dust her bright unbaked polymer work with her special mix of dark PearlEx powders, it feels so wrong. There’s no way you can pull this ugly gray thing back from disaster.

But she does. With a bit of sanding she reveals a dramatic tile for the Fimo50 World Project. Read all about Rebecca’s methods in my book and catch up with her online on Facebook, Instagram, her blog, and Etsy.

Boxes of tiles have been sliding through my mail slot at a furious pace and I’m afraid to talk to the postman until next week when the package tsunami ends. You still have time!

Spring shapes emerge

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London’s Olga Perova used oil paint with Cernit polymer to wind this 6″ x 7″ vessel into its elaborately layered and sculpted shape.

Olga experiments with many techniques and objects, occasionally leaving jewelry to craft small bulbous vases that express her feelings about events and places. Her series of vases leave the viewer wanting to know and see more. You can follow her on Flickr, Etsy, Instagram and Facebook.

Are there shapes that you find yourself trying again and again?

Polymer love story

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France’s Stephanie Kilgast has found a way to keep the cat that she had to put down recently. She created a palm-sized polymer version of Arya that can be popped into a pocket or gazed at on a window sill.

This was a heartfelt departure from the fruits and veggies that Stephanie usually creates. She documented the sculpt with the video below. It’s a love story in polymer.

There are more videos on Stephanie’s YouTube channel and Facebook as well as her site.

Get your shine on

Bannister on PCDaily

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

Locatelli on PCDaily
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

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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.

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