Tigertail in circles

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Bonnie Bishoff coiled loops of tigertail (nylon coated wire) and embedded part of each coil in striped half-circles of polymer to make this light, bouncy necklace. It can be doubled into a short curly version.

Assembling it must have been tricky since the necklace would have to be constructed first and then baked. The wire adds to the graphic quality of the design. There’s another example on Bonnie’s Pinterest site.

This was Bonnie’s response to one of the Creators Art Challenges that’s traveling around online. See more of her challenge creations on Facebook and follow Bonnie on her site.

Coincidental polymer art

Watkins on PCDaily

Rebecca Watkins simplifies our Wednesday and reminds us that it’s still possible to create colorful, cheery, fashionable art by stringing big round polymer balls on a cable.

Artybecca’s beads are colored with dots of shared colors and textured with circles. A dark wash of paint brings out the lines.

The colors are “coincidental” (as she explains on her blog) and happen to match everything in her closet. She wears them here.

Nothing forced or fussy about this necklace. No laborious techniques. A smooth finish and a nice polish and they’re good to go.

Take a deep breath, lighten up on the expectations, and have some fun. See more of Rebecca on Facebook and Flickr. You may enjoy reading about how she “blew up” a perfectly good cane to get back to the big patterns she prefers.

Fantastic folded beads

Mayorova on PCDaily

Tanya Mayorova brings her own mokume gane colors and patterns to Helen Breil’s smart bead design. Ovals of polymer patterns fold over to become graceful beads. Helen offers a free tutorial that gets you started.

Tanya’s results blend into a five-strand boho gypsy necklace that’s assembled to reflect her own aesthetic. Here’s her work in a different color way and single strand design.

She shares her work on Instagram, Facebook and on Flickr.

Triple texture

Rotti on PCDaily

Bugle and seed beads are embedded among the collaged areas of textures on Monica Rotta’s three-medallion necklace. The neutral colors make this piece both wearable and dramatic. Here’s a closeup of the textures.

A look at Monica’s Flickr and Facebook pages is like an instant vacation as you browse through her rustic northern Italian market stall and look at the glamourous women modeling her jewelry.

Rotti on PCDaily

Want more? Here’s an earlier PCD post about Monica.

 

Winding homeward

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Wiwat Kamolpornwijit admits that coming up with his new designs has been fun and finishing them, assembling them is not his favorite part of the process.

While he has folded and sculpted polymer in his art, this ribbon-like necklace and another spiraled link necklace point to a departure and new experiments.

Wiwat won top honors in the 2015 Niche Awards in the professional polymer category. He maintains a rigorous schedule of shows and also supplies a long list of galleries with his works. Here’s more of Wiwat’s work on Smith Galleries’ site.

You can follow along with his new developments on Facebook.

Summer vacation

Did you miss me? It was a long drive home from Minnesota with a stop to visit family in Chicago and seemed a good time to unplug for a couple days. I’m back! Hope you’re enjoying some down time and summer fun too.

Cellular winner

Maryland’s Eugena Topina unveiled her Openwork tutorial back in October (here’s the PCD post).  Now her cellular-like designs are winning prizes.

Her Openwork Necklace (the white one at right) won top prize in the polymer category at Bead Dreams 2015.

Staci Louise Smith picked up the other two top prizes which you can see on Bead & Button’s page (scroll down to the polymer category).

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