Hollowed beads revisited

Haskova on PCDaily

When teachers begin to prepare for their 2016 classes, we get an early look at what’s ahead in polymer. Here Eva Haskova shows off her January 31 class samples with their graffiti-like marks and hollowed out interiors.

Eva and her students will be pushing the boundaries of the bead in her class in Prague. Wouldn’t you like to know how she uses embossing powders to achieve those spotty edges and slashes of color? See the other classes here and more of Eva’s newest work on Flickr and Facebook.

Special edition polymer warts

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Gesine Krastner sells her popular polymer Worry Warts on Etsy. She auctioned this special Star Warts edition on Ebay. Great for those who enjoy a pun.

We totally missed her polymer Advent Calendar which she released day-by-day in December. She’s wondering if she should do it again in 2016. Go have a look and tell her if you’d like her to gear up again next December.

Gesine’s animations, illustrations and sculptures are childlike and delightful. Perfect if you need a laugh and help with your worries.

Winter birds

Oskina on PCDaily

 The winter birds were fluffy on the feeder this morning and naturally I was drawn to this intricately textured bird from Anna Oskina online.

She makes polymer miniatures and lately has moved into jewelry and birds. She shares her methods (as in this chevron pendant below) in free tutorials and even though they’re in Russian, you can get the gist. 

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Her Instagram site is great to browse. Not much to read, just enjoy the photos.

Meandering polymer

Grigoryan on PCDaily

Yes, these neck pieces are polymer with an dramatic ethnic twist from Sona Grigoryan. Sona, now living in Barcelona, leans heavily on her Armenian heritage for those dark, meandering patterns that vine around necks and arms.

Her patterns weave in and out and she finishes them with dark metallic-like finishes.

Grigoryan on PCDaily

Though her construction looks delicate, she engineers the pieces to sit comfortably and sturdily.

See all her works on FacebookPinterest (see her stash of Armenian designs) and Flickr.

Brazilian bling in polymer

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After finding the polymer work of Tinisa Teixeira and her studio, Duo Atelie, (thanks to a tip from Sarah Wilbanks) we’re going to have to take a closer look the polymer art coming from Brazil. You can feel a very different polymer aesthetic.

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Tinisa’s designs are fresh and unconstrained. The metallics of the PVclay made in Rio glow with a unusual shimmer. The manufacturer claims that the material is 100% recyclable!

See the polymer clothing of Luciana Inojosa on Instagram and the surreal video of a polymer doll coming to life by Leevi Lehtinen.

Aren’t you glad we have the weekend to dive into Brazil and these exciting fashions? There’s more of Tinisa’s work to explore on Facebook.

Wrapped in quilts

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A picture of a worn old quilt caught my eye. The stripes reminded me of men’s pajamas -washed and faded ones. They showed up in this polymer veneer for a maple bowl turned by my husband.

Taking a hint from Emily Squires Levine, I’m starting to make a habit of using my scraps at the end of the day. Of course the carefree scrap vessels often turn out to be my favorites.

Tinapple on PCDaily

You can see a few in-process photos on my Instagram page.

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