Polymer Cloisonné

Tennessee’s Jai Johnson has developed an interesting twist on cloisonne which she plans to pursue in 2006. She talks about her plans and has the best pictures on her blog.

Jai first created the setting with genuine gold leaf on the edges. Then she built a network of "cloisons" (cells or compartments) by forming 14K gold filled bezel wire into a pattern for the center of the pendant. Each "cell" was then painted using tinted polymer, filled gradually until she obtained the shading and coloring she wanted, with multiple firings between layers.

Head South…it’s cold in Ohio

These nicely shaped swirls from patsy monk at the Tampa Bay's September meeting caught my eye. 

Makes me wanna go Skinner and swirl.

If you're heading south this winter, you might want to check out the Florida calendar of events. Dayle Doroshow will teach Niches, Shrines and Secret Places, a one day workshop, on Wednesday March 15, 2006 in Clearwater Florida. For more info, go to the guild's web site.

Then March 16-19 Dayle presents two workshops at the Florida Tropical Weavers Guild Conference in Leesburg, Florida in March. Ancient Cultures and New Frontiers explore the versatile, exciting, and playful possibilities of polymer clay, as it is used to create artifacts, jewelry, and embellishments. Maggie Maggio will teach Smashing Color Theory for Dyers at the same conference.

Scribbler

Connecticut’s Libby Mills calls it "textural glazing" or scribbling with liquid clay. I call it fun. The colors in her Blue Split Silver are yummy and a great way to integrate techniques she learned from Kathleen Dustin into her work. Take a look.

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More Than One Fish

It’s a big sea of polymer out there and I’ve snagged another one. Judy Dunn caught word of the site and sent me a link to her work. You’ll want to be sure to take a look. If you know of some polymer artist whose work has gone unrecognized, send me a link and we’ll reel ’em in.

And today, Judy’s sent me three new links I would never have discovered. It feels like Christmas came early…what a gift! I’ll let you open them, one at a time (slowly…just like my mother doled out presents) in the next few days.

More Humbugs

We’ve been dealing with our late cat’s legacy….fleas. I suppose that’s why I’ve been drawn to all the polymer bugs. Luckily it’s winter and my red-spotted legs are hidden from view. How inhospitable is it to have fleas during the holiday season? The charmers on the left are from Karen Kozak.

Jody Bishel (right) has some great ones on her photo album site too. It’s a shame they’re so darkly printed and hard to see on the web, they’re really wonderful.

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Scrapbooking Mystery


I am sometimes mystified in the scrapbooking aisles at the crafts stores. "What is all this stuff for?" I wonder. "And why?"

I was pleased to see Geraldine Newfry’s use of these bookplate frames. She’s part of the altered books crowd that makes great combinations of altered books and polymer. Take a look at her site.

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