The brains that Bordeaux’ Marina Sabio (TinySparks) sculpts in polymer appeal. I find myself trying to think up clever words to justify why her art tickles me.
No reason, no words. Sometimes we just like what we like. Maybe it’s because my extrusions often end up a ball looking suspiciously like one of these without the personality. She offers her brains in bloody and galactic.
Switzerland’s Anouk Stettler (Habetrot) looks like she’s having fun as she bends and twists ropes of polymer into earrings like these.
She explains, “I make costume jewelry. I do not use gold, silver, and gems. I am not a goldsmith. My works are made of polymer clay, leather and brass – beautiful to look at and memorable for its wearer. Its value lies in the individuality, the creative process and the time I invest in each piece.” Get Anouk’s full effect on Instagram.
After pushing ourselves toward increasingly complex shapes and techniques, it’s good to circle back to simple and delightful ideas.
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Katya Karavaeva’s (nikamiart) pendants glow with colors that are both dark and clear. Her pendants often have rings buried on the top from which she strings them to flatter each design.
This is not your usual drill-a-hole-and-grab-a-cord approach. Look at the multi-strand and braided cords that she’s paired with her beads on Instagram.
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It’s true, happiness can sometimes be found in an empty Cheez Whiz jar.
Iowa’s Lynne Rutter Gummert swears that she doesn’t know exactly what she’s doing but what comes out of her extruder shows that she understands more than she admits.
Her colors are Klimty and bright. She mixes and matches a selection of extruded patterns. Slices are applied to a glass form that gets popped into the oven and emerges as a treasured desk accessory.
It’s a no-fail approach and a daily reminder of the her creative super power. Do you have a treasured piece that reminds you of your polymer superpower?
Loose, colorful, happily twirled polymer beads popped into view this week.
Kathryn Corbin’s necklace starts with big textured peach-colored tubes on a thick cord.
In the center, bigger loops of random surface textures in springy colors overlap and crowd against each other. It’s a fresh and spontaneous look that kept catching my eye in Claire Maunsell’s weekend surface techniques class in Boston. What a great use for the samples we were accumulating in class!
Then Jean Rutka posted pictures from a weekend group event in Morrisburg, Ontario.
One photo featured thin extruded polymer strings that Lyn Tremblay twirled into flat round disks and strung into a fabric-like necklace. On her Facebook page Lyn shows a number of other fun designs that come to her when she lets the clay “speak to her”.
Is this fascination with easily twirled bits of clay a trend or just a reflection of the exuberance of spring?