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.
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!
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.
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.