It’s difficult to show you how exquisitely minuscule her threads of polymer really are. Cynthia bakes the hair-thin strands of polymer before cutting and embedding them in the base layer. Click on the images to see details and remember that the brooch is only 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ and the pendant is similarly sized.
“My work, especially the micromosaics, is technically simple but very labor-intensive,” she admits. She succeeds at telling very big stories in exceptionally small spaces.
These recycled glass medicine vials are covered with polymer and filled with good wishes and hope for health. They are distributed to cancer patients.
Cancer survivor and polymer artist Diane Gregoire began the project in 1999 in Rhode Island. The concept has spread internationally and many guilds and organizations contribute their time and art to this project.
Competition for cool BOH designs like Marji’s makes this a popular guild project. It gives you a great reason to clay with friends, learn a few tricks and spread hope at the same time.
Did you read Ron Lehocky’s story about Bali’s Jon Anderson in this summer edition of The Polymer Arts magazine? The two artists have developed a long-distance friendship. Jon regularly sends Ron canes to be made into hearts for the Kids Project.
Jon enjoys contributing to the project and seeing how Ron reinterprets his ideas into something very different.
The polymer yo-yo pictured here was tucked into this month’s box of goodies from Bali. Ron says it spins perfectly. Cool, eh?
Does Jon’s toy start your brain spinning? Google How to make a yo-yo and you’ll find lots of video tutorials that can be easily adapted to polymer.
My nightly meander led me to another polymer painting, this one from Israel’s Yehudit Yitzhaki.
She has 10 grandchildren and was an arts teacher as you might have guessed from her playful and exuberant style. Layers of patterns are topped with slices of canes that form outsized flowers and butterflies in a bustling hilly village.
Busy with her family and cooking during the day, Yehudit spends nights with her art. Sample more of it on Flickr.
It takes quite a stash of small colorful petal canes to create a bouquet like this polymer-on-wood painting by Forida’s Pamela Carman.
She’s textured the background on a 12″ x 12″ panel. The wallpaper and the red tablecloth plus the retro vase give the composition a feeling of depth and cohesion. See more of her petal power on Flickr, Facebook and Instagram.
Does Pamela’s piece make you want to create your own polymer painting? Sometimes jealousy is a good motivator.