Another male in our midst

Jon Anderson’s "FimoCreations" is an Arizona family business that’s been around for over ten years. A prolific artist, Jon’s animal sculptures appear in galleries all around the country. His animals are densely covered with exceptionally intricate cane work in muted colors.

His work is nicely photographed on his web site and it’s a pleasure to browse. Thanks to Robin Johnston for bringing the site to our attention.

Self Portrait

Just for grins….Dan Cormier’s self-portrait "Astronaut Inro" was made for the "Moves in Polymer Clay" invitational at The Brookfield Craft Center in Connecticut in 2003. The space boy is Dan at age 6.

This is the most complex and ambitious inro project Dan says he’s ever tackled. It even has its own ‘flying saucer’ display stand, complete with glass bell jar astronaut chamber and 2.5 rpm motor.

"Astronaut Inro" open shows the four interlocking chambers, and the helmut lid.

Read about Dan’s recent work and upcoming classes in the current issue of PolymerCAFE.

Backfilling


I saw pictures from a Carol Blackburn demo given at the San Diego guild’s 2005 Sandy Camp and I couldn’t figure out how this technique was being accomplished.

(To see the demo pix, go to the Sandy Camp pictures and scroll down to her demo.)

Carol’s secret is backfilling. She cuts into raw clay with cutters or blades, bakes and then backfills into the baked clay. Or she makes impressions in the raw clay, bakes and backfills. It’s a simple technique that Carol has taken to a whole new level.

A British guild member, Carol first arrived at Sandy Camp in 2004 when she couldn’t return her airline tickets purchased for the canceled national show that year. She’s been coming back ever since. Carol makes great tassels as well…but that’s for another day.

Bead and Button Classes

There are some great polymer clay classes listed during the June Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee. The picture at the left shows a sample from Nan Roche’s extrusion class. Other teachers include Celie Fago, Christi Friesen, Diane Villano, Jackie Truty, Lindly Haunani, Lisa Pavelka, Kim O’Neill, Julia Sober and Pat Kimle.

I was looking for a class that would teach me how to construct those bountiful bracelets from yesterday’s posting. But they’re filled already! Book your classes online now.

Finger Weaving


Perhaps it's because my knotting, knitting, and weaving skills suck that I'm so intrigued by the bountiful bracelets I've seen cropping up on sites like Janet Farris'. When I read "use a simple figure-8 finger-weaving technique…" it gives me hope. Could I possibly learn something new?

This technique makes very simple canes and beads look quite sumptuous. I'm jealous. The roses bracelet is by Cheryl Harris. Very springy!

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