cane

Hypnotic polymer

Jeanclaude on PCDaily

You may need coffee to steady your nerves before you start on this optically challenging polymer cane from Helene Jeanclaude (Les ethiopiques).

Her free video tutorial makes this Checkered Hypnotic (Damier hypnotique) cane pattern deceptively simple and her step-by-step photos are clear enough that you do not need to speak French to follow along. (I know because I tried it.) She gathers soft edged hollow pillow beads made from the patterns into the necklace and ring shown below.

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You’ll find much more on her blog (she offers a whole library of tutorials), Facebook, Pinterest, and on Flickr. Helene offers this new instruction as a bright spot in the dark days they’re experiencing in France. Merci!

Yesterday’s lucky earrings are available for anyone who needs them. Go Bucks!

 

Microscopic imitations

Topina on PCDaily

Maryland’s Eugena Topina ratchets up our fascination with hollow forms with her new Openwork Pendants: Under a Microscope series. Though their paper thin cell-like walls look fragile, they’re actually quite strong.

Your mind may be racing if you like microscopic images and undersea creatures. Eugena offers a new tutorial on her site (at 20% off today) that clearly shows how to achieve these effects.

Topina on PCdaily

Long known for her distinctive imitation cloisonne work and flawless resin surfaces, Eugena moved toward hollow constructions this year with openwork bracelets. The lacy pendants take the concept to a new level. You’ll find her on Etsy, Flickr and her own tutorial shop.

Polymer hunters

Forlano on PCDaily

David Forlano models his newest tube necklace. This version is spiked and curved with striped surfaces. Gouges carved out of the tubes reveal the inner contrasting colors of the tusk-like shapes.

Four layers of polymer claws make the piece bushy and lush and suitable for an African hunter…or a New Mexican artist in this case.

FordForlano on PCDaily

The new design will appear in Ford & Forlano’s upcoming shows.

Watch how they work by viewing their YouTube videos. Catch up with them on their site and on Facebook.

Hola senorita

Eakes on PCDaily

Julie Eakes is getting in touch with her inner Spaniard as she prepares for EuroClay Carnival in Madrid in September. This cane was initially designed to be an inchie!

Inspired by Adam Thomas Rees’ multi-part cane, Julie built her flamenco dancer as two 4″x4″ squares (top and bottom) which she reduced separately.

On her blog Julie explains the troubles she encountered with this senorita and how she turned flaws into features.

The filigree and beaded touches inserted into the bottom of the pendant add additional flair. See more of Julie on Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest.

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