Polymer in delicate balance

Hughes on PCDaily

The delicate balance of this 16″ polymer mobile entitled Nara from Santa Fe’s Tory Hughes makes its mid-air dance look easy.

But the suspension of the varying colorful shapes and the distribution of their weight is tricky and precise. It’s part of Tory’s newest series and she finds the challenge exciting. “We all love to look up, enchanted by the light and air above us,” she says.

The mobile comes in several colors and you can see more examples and designs on Facebook and her website.

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Cutting up

If you’re interested in what may be a next big thing in polymer clay art, join me on Craftcast this Saturday and we’ll explore the possibilities of cutting raw clay precisely with a Silhouette cutting machine.

The online class begins at noon on Saturday and will be available for download.

Thanksgiving tokens

Millican at PCDaily.com

Who better to get us in a thankful mood for Thursday’s Thanksgiving than Florida’s Heather Millican (Swoondimples)? These charms and tokens remind their owners to pay attention and breathe deeply.

Need more inspiration? Try Heather’s work on Instagram, Facebook, and Etsy.

What do you have to be grateful for?

Off-kilter polymer

Stavridou on PCDaily

The way these beads join looks impossible and all wrong. But that same unexpected construction makes the necklace from Greece’s Arieta Stavridou look so very right.

Her polymer patterns are a jumble of color and shapes as well with the lines clearly scribed and then accented with paint.

She has lots more examples of her upbeat, off-kilter combinations on her Big Fish Facebook page and on Pinterest.

It’s just the thing as we cruise into an upbeat, off-kilter weekend.

Join us for more behind-the-scenes frolicking through the polymer world on StudioMojo this Saturday morning. 

Tolerant polymer

Heba Barazi, symbols of tolerance

The spectacular physical beauty of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque inspired Heba Bazari to create polymer art that celebrates islamic design elements. Fantastical flower designs are inlaid in the floor and the columns of the mosque.

The flower sculptures symbolize love, tolerance and mutual understanding and are a fitting feature for International Tolerance Day which is celebrated every November 16.

Heba Barazi on PCDaily

An American-Syrian artist Heba is a metalsmith and polymer clay artist with a Ph.D. in molecular biology. After living for thirty years in Virginia, she is currently an assistant professor of science working and living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Heba spoke at this year’s EuroSynergy in France and received the 2016 Crafthaus/Arrowmont scholarship. Read more on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Juxtaposition in polymer

Jeanine van der Linde's big angular beads, aluminum and polymer

The Netherlands’ Jeanine van der Linde (Argilo) makes her big dark polymer beads look warm next to the chunks of aluminum tube in her latest work.

The polymer has a rich mottled patina that contrasts with the hard aluminum spacers.

Is it the jaunty angles bumping into each other that gives the necklace its energy?

Go to Jeanine’s Flickr and Facebook pages to follow her. She likes to experiment.

Strong polymer women

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With strong women so necessary these days, Debbie Jackson’s  striking portrait of a Nubian woman in polymer expresses the sentiment we’re looking for. Clearly defined, unabashed woman.

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The brooch is part of Debbie’s new mudcloth collection that she’ll unveil at the upcoming NOBO show in Ohio.

Women figure prominently in Debbie’s new series. You can sample it on Facebook.

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