Tickled by feathers

Hart on PCDaily

Looks like a matchy Monday, doesn’t it? This feather cane from Deb Hart of Texas comes in bright blues and greens that look good on PCD.

Deb’s an expert at feather canes and you’ll see them in most every color on her Facebook page, Pinterest board, and Instagram.

She sells her feathers as raw canes and uses them in her finished southwest jewelry designs that you can see on Etsy and learn about on CraftArtEdu. Deb is someone to follow if feathers tickle your fancy.

Where the blues lead us

Mills on PCDaily

Few things can make a polymer artist more jealous than someone else’s neat stash of luscious canes. Libby Mills adds heaps of vision, skill and focus into one tidy box of blues group canes.

Then she shows us her next step, slices assembled into a sheet of veneer with some solid colors plus black and white stripes added to balance the mix.

Mills on PCDaily

She says beads are next but this is plenty for my eyes to absorb for now. To see where the blues take Libby, check FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

Wearing ornaments

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We haven’t visited Netherlands’ Patricia Beuting since last year’s holiday season. Her big beads are richly colored and heavily encrusted with cane slices. They look like they belong on a velvet holiday dress.

This one is part of Patricia’s Color Your Life series of necklaces that require a bold, color-loving wearers.

Study how she applies slices of stripes and flowers on solid backgrounds to make textured pattern combinations. There’s more to see on Flickr, Facebook and Patricia’s site.

Polymer pansies

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Maine’s Jayne Dwyer has jump on spring with this big and complex pansy cane. If you’ve ever grappled with a big cane, you’ll be impressed by what Jayne has achieved – complicated shading and graduated, textured colors everywhere. We’ll have to check back to see what she makes of it.

Dwyer on PCDaily

Jayne thinks in both a painterly and a 3D way which can be downright tricky. The canes are very clever puzzles.

Go through her Paper Moon Jewelry Facebook page and Pinterest boards to see how she uses slices of reduced canes. She translates her Spring fever into polymer canes just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

Butterfly booth bush

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Wanda Shum’s butterfly brooches alight gracefully in her booth on a round potted bush. The spring scene invites shoppers in for a closer look. A Vancouver artist, Wanda is selling her wares at a Toronto wholesale show this week.

Shum on PCDaily

It’s easiest to understand how she sketches and builds her butterfly canes by looking at her Facebook photos. You’ll also find her collections of work on Pinterest and Flickr.

Wanda’s colors are hot and her bugs and butterflies add a welcome dash of color on a cold day full of white snow.

2014 Top Five

Arden on PCDaily

PCD’s 2014 annual report shows that readers were very curious about hollow polymer forms. Here are your five favorites:

The top attention-getting post for the year was Kim Arden’s lush summer design. She layered translucent circles and leaf shaped slices over a scrap clay striped base.

There is no denying that Kim is an attention-grabber in everything she does. On Facebook she chronicles one outrageous antic after another alongside eye-catching polymer designs. Look at her latest cat cane.

My thanks to every one of the million and a half visitors who stopped by for a look at the latest development in polymer this year. Please visit often in 2015. Happy New Year!

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