Simply loopy polymer

Blackburn bangles on PolymerClayDaily.com

Ever since I took a class with Carol Blackburn in Santa Fe, I’ve had an art crush on her impossibly fastidious patterns and the way she makes it all so simple.

Carol will teach some of her clever tricks at a 3-day Purses, Bangles and Beads workshop at Galerie Freisleben in Germany in June. What a dream that would be!

In the meanwhile Carol keeps coming up with more head-slapping designs like this Loopy Links necklace. Of course these softly blended oval shapes would fit into each other.

Blackburn's Loopy Necklace on PolymerClayDaily

Why didn’t we think of that? Spring is a great time to let your own loopy ideas take shape.

Everyone is Irish today

Sevva on PolymerClayDaily.com

Elena Sevva is from Ukraine and lives in Israel but everyone is Irish today. Her polymer necklaces have a dark, woodsy, organic look.

Many of Elena’s pieces on Flickr are loosely strung on twine. You can picture a barefoot sprite in a gauzy dress dancing in the woods wearing this.

Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, right?

Makes you want to pull out your favorite beads and start knotting.

Join us on StudioMojo on Saturday morning for a look behind-the-scenes and a gentle nudge toward the week ahead.

Wild ride to Niche Award

Leach on PolymerClayDaily.com

Maine’s Linda Leach’s journey through polymer reads like a 13-year odyssey through classes and guilds and experiments in her own multi-media style. Linda’s voyage and this necklace brought her a 2017 Niche Award in the Polymer Jewelry category.

She created the necklace for #39 of last year’s weekly polymer challenge. Linda called it, “…a wild new piece that I know is over the top, but I love it anyway.” The necklace incorporates leaves bound in brass strips and brass wire with polymer clay cane work as well as her liquid clay/alcohol ink over etched copper technique. The cane repeats the design on the etched copper.

You can watch her step-by-step work in progress on her blog. Learn more about Linda on her site (Dancing Dragonflies), Facebook and Etsy.

Kudos to Linda and what she’s accomplished. Where is your art odyssey leading you?

Cascading polymer

Parshnikova on PolymerClayDaily.com

This Cascade necklace by Russia’s Tatiana Parshikova (seventh-heaven) is a feast of pattern and color. Eight strands of folded polymer beads are sumptuous and naturally eye-catching.

Tatiana has added the right mix of colors and patterns, a dash of sparkling crystal beads and touches of shimmering gold on the surfaces which take the piece to the next level.

I would not have chosen the blue of the model’s sweater but the color accentuates the beads perfectly. Tatiana has a knack for drama.

PCD featured her gold-flecked mokume gane bangle last year and it was one of the year’s most popular posts. You can catch up with her work on Instagram.  

Join us on Saturday’s StudioMojo for more sumptuous and delightful behind-the-scenes finds.

Off to Baltimore

Bishoff on PolymerClayDaily

Maine’s Bonnie Bishoff and JM Syron are off to this week’s ACC show in Baltimore. The wholesale/retail show begins on Wednesday and features more than 500 artists.

This necklace, called The Plenty is one of their new offerings. The smooth pieces are thin and glide over each easily. Though the beads are thin, they feel solid and elegant with a stunning array of colors and shapes. See the couple’s other new designs on Facebook.

Polymer is well represented at the Baltimore show. These are the artists I found. Let me know if you spot others. Let’s wish them a great show!

Mystery scrap

JScreations scrap idea on PolymerClayDaily.com

Johanna S (JS Creations) hits on all cylinders with this bright necklace that she calls Dust to Dawn. In the first place, the flat disks appear to have been cut from scrap clay (and we’re always chasing scrap clay ideas). And further, the colors are bright enough to warm the most wintry day.

So even though we don’t know who or where Johanna is, this simple necklace is a winner. She only shows up on Flickr. If you can unravel more of this mystery, let us know.

Meanwhile appreciate another cool use of leftovers.

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