Challenging polymer forms

Dettai on PCDaily

The Challenge exercises tackled by participants at EuroSynergy in Bordeaux netted some of the most exciting developments at the 2016 conference.

French scientist/artist Agnes Dettai shares her exciting 3D challenge research in a post that may  mystify you. Using water soluble clay (PlayDoh) as a resist and limiting herself to one bake, she creates polymer forms that look impossible to construct.

Working with hollow forms and negative spaces has long intrigued her. Examine her results on Flickr.  Agnes asks only that you share your further 3D exploits and discoveries with her.

Dettai on PCDaily

Here are some of her pod form ready for a 2-hour baking. Once cured, the water soluble parts (purple) are washed away. Read about Agnes’ successes and failures along the way and add your own ideas to the challenge.

Sporadic polymer

PCD posts will range from sporadic to non-existent this week as we delight in the riches of EuroSynergy2 in Bordeaux, France. Please check back in from time to time. We are re-energizing.

Stories on a string

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There’s no time to browse for a post so I grabbed this favorite from the suitcase I was packing. Maggie Maggio’s circle necklace from several years ago is my must-have for the trip to France.

The thick blue/grays/green disks and slivers, all in her signature watercolor washes, are easy to wear. I love its sleek graphic quality. Each side is a different color and the effect is very architectural. Maggie was trained as an architect and it shows. She’s about to launch a whole new way of exploring color that you can sample on her site.

Maggie lives in Portland, Oregon but her parents live only a few miles from me so she comes to my town often and we’ve become close as we crossed paths over the years. She’s my roommate in Bordeaux.

Pondering my polymer jewels slowed my packing significantly as I picked favorites from the collection I’ve amassed. After a few years meeting online and traveling you’ll be surprised at the wonderful stories, characters and memories you’ll collect. That’s a big part of what polymer art is about.

Mystical polymer themes

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Italy’s Serena Pannunzio (Eala Jewels) created this Golden Leaf on the Water pendant, as a commission based on her polymer series inspired by fantasy, celtic culture and mythology.

Drops and swirls of polymer gather next to each other to form what looks like a darkly clustered design.

Paints and metallic finishes give the pendant luster and echoes of an ancient story. She shares more of her own history on Deviant Art and Pinterest. You can see how she is drawn to mystical themes that she loves to revisit and rearrange.

Taste of France

Amarena on PCDaily

I’m checking out the work of Toulouse’s Amarena to help me “get my French on” for my flight to Europe on Friday.

Digging through my scarf drawer and rooting through my earring collection as I pack for EuroSynergy2, Amarena’s vibe is guiding me.

She has an easy, self-assured way with clay and color that I’d like to pull off? Possible? I can try.

Get your first taste of France on Amarena’s Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest and stay tuned for reports from the upcoming conference.

Cut and run polymer

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There’s nothing quite as nice as a free tutorial to put you in a studio mood. This YouTube video from Monica Resta (MoClay) should do the trick.

Cutting and folding polymer is becoming her specialty and she offers several variations on this theme on her YouTube channel. A few straight cuts and careful shaping turn a stack of clay into summery earrings in a hurry. Your head will reel with ideas for variations. Read more about Monica on Facebook.

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