Bottled up feelings

Carole Monahan intends to bottle her feelings on PolymerClayDaily.com

Connecticut’s Carole Monahan (CuriousClayCreations on Instagram) made little emoji for her guild’s upcoming open studio.

Aren’t they totally cute? Little balls of yellow textured with the appropriate face and accentuated with paint.

Carole says the whole series will be displayed in a bottle she’s labeled FEELINGS. Who wouldn’t like these as magnets, pins, or earrings?

No translation necessary

Wakana Kobayashi builds quilted canes Japanese style on PolymerClayDaily.com

Tokyo’s Wakana Kobayashi (WakkaClay) creates crisp geometric patterns for earrings and hair accessories.

Though the online translation is rough, it’s obvious that she speaks polymer fluently.

In her work-in-progress shots on Instagram, the components appear to be extruded but they may be rolled carefully by hand. Something to aspire to on a Monday.

Covered for the cold

Sarah Wilbanks covers for a cold winter on PolymerClayDaily.com

Seattle’s Sarah Wilbanks mixes her media so I’m only guessing that these earrings are polymer. She often starts with translucent and adds metal leaf.

Sarah says the frosty colors of this pair reminded her of winter. The outer strips hang over the underlying cones like a warm sweater.

Go look at her Instagram and see if you can identify her materials. I’m usually irked when artists don’t name their media but in this case, it’s as if the material is beside the point and I’m cool with that.

Boffo color

David Forlano prepares pops of color for the Philadelphia show on PolymerClayDaily.com

Boffo colors from Santa Fe’s David Forlano start our Monday off on the right foot with this photo on Instagram.

Color is the first thing we see as our eyes skitter over the simple patterns. Everything is contained within big silver bezels that become earrings.

You might expect fancy techniques but they are loose and playful and ready for the upcoming Philadelphia show November 2-4.

You’ll spot Bonnie Bishoff and Lindsay Locatelli at the show as well.

From the rabbit hole

This is what happens when I’m writing StudioMojo, searching for cool tidbits. Right down the rabbit hole, I fall. This week I ended up in Belarus with Solar Bird on Instagram.

Aren’t Kseniya Iokhna’s cutout earrings just perfect?

Then I started thinking about my neglected Silhouette machine and how I could fire it up and start cutting polymer again. There are far too many distractions out there in polymerlandia. How will I ever get this week’s news covered at this rate?

Somehow I do get back to writing. We’re on our 376th issue! Amazing! Join us on Saturdays at StudioMojo.org where we die-hards spend some guilt-free time savoring the juicy bits that flow by.

Chunky polymer hoops

Flat polymer shapes turn into hoops from Genevieve Williamson on PolymerClayDaily.com

Pennsylvania’s Genevieve Williamson shows the chunky polymer hoops on her work table.

Subtle texturing on the polymer adds intrigue. The variety of shapes and muted colors make it hard to choose a favorite. Bending the wires to hang just right would be challenging. Genevieve was trained as a metalsmith so she jumps right in.

Look at them on Instagram. They’ll be in her Etsy shop soon.

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