Light leafed earrings

Peaches and Keen on PCDaily

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.

Peaches and Keen on PCDaily

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.

If you need a jolt of color and a hit of crisp design, stroll through their Instagram, Facebook, and website.

Polymer under the surface

Kleist-Thom on PCDaily

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.

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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.

Autumn leaves

Screws on PCDaily

These tiny maple leaf earrings by Michigan’s Sue Screws called to me every time I walked by this display during my weekend class at Creative Journey Studio in Georgia.

Sue made these delicate cutouts for a number of types of trees in fall colors with intricate veining and realistic colors. I couldn’t resist wearing these on my long drive back to Ohio.

You can enjoy a few more photos from the weekend here and here. (Sue is hard to find on ine, try Facebook.) Back to our regular schedule tomorrow.

Curled polymer

Laryushkina on PCDaily

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.

Tribal polymer

Tabor on PCDaily

Shannon Tabor (Charleston Clay Jewelery) uses her new silkscreen sparingly on these new Tribal Series post earrings.

One slim strip of Punchinella (sequin waste stencils) highlights the African colors and patterns.

See more photos on Facebook and Instagram. You can watch her work with some of these designs on a free video on YouTube.

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