I don’t know about you, but I could use a break from the snow and the red and green holiday frenzy. It’s warmer more laid back in Melbourne, AU, where Peaches and Keen make their graphic, translucent, gold-leafed earrings.
I’m not even sure that their thin “plastic” earrings are made from polymer. But they could/should/might be and that’s good enough for me today.
These wintery leaves from Germany’s Vera Kleist-Thom rely on extruded polymer strings for their color. The oblique cuts at the edges reveal Vera’s palette of dark reds and blues highlighted with a dash of bright yellow. Like the leaves at our feet, seemly simple leaf earrings are more fascinating upon examination.
Look at her Flickr pages and you’ll see that cut, gouged and sanded extrusions figure prominently in all Vera’s experiments. She likes to reveal what’s under the surface. Look on Etsy and Facebook too.
Cut it out
Yes, you could cut this shape out by hand, slowly, carefully, patiently in polymer. But once you see what a die-cutting machine will do, you may reconsider. Join me on Saturday at Craftcast to see what’s happening in the world of die-cutting.
Alisa Laryushkina’s (LiskaFlower) flowers and birds are made of delicately shaped curls of polymer in pastel colors. Her process combines aspects of paper quilling and braided soutache (traditional decorative braid or passementerie).
Alisa learned all kinds of embroidery as she grew up in Russia. She spent years creating flowers and then poured what she’d learned into her own polymer style.
The jewelry that Alisa has recently created updates the color, decoration and traditional parts of her heritage into a trendy and fashionable variation.
These two-tone post earrings are my favorite. Which of her works do you prefer? Refer to Etsy, Instagram and Pinterest to see all her styles.