necklace

Winged polymer

Bardol on PCDaily

Arden Bardol takes two flat pieces of polymer, adds surprises on both sides and dots one side with color. She backs the two curved pieces against each other separating them with polymer stoppers.

Voila! Earrings that will have everyone studying them as they twist and sway. Even the space between is filled with interesting shapes.

Bardol on PCDaily

Her Wings Multi 1 earrings are part of the Artful Home fall collection. See all the items that Arden offers.

On Facebook you can see a similarly designed necklace that she created for the Rehoboth Art League Fine Craft Show this weekend.

Mountain polymer

Swetnam on PCDaily

Portland’s Laurel Swetnam has a website that I missed and her work has surged forward. It’s a treat to see how old friends have changed. Browse and enjoy.

Here are the mountain flowers that she had coming out of the oven today. They’re meant to be sewn onto a fat fabric cord. An inspiring environment can lead you in new directions.

Romantic polymer

In Sonya Gallardo’s latest collection called Loverboy/s she reflects on romantic love. You may never have seen polymer look quite so sexy and fashionable as it does in her video. “Each piece in this project consists of a pairing of two parts and what they represent reflects some of my ideals on what love is,” she explains.

This LA artist’s Golden Ardor necklace was created for the trendy Of a Kind online artisan fashion store. Sonya and Of a Kind are part of the current issue of American Craft magazine which focuses on artist-made fashion and wearables. Her work (like this two-part Amity necklace) is also sold at the Cooper Hewitt Museum shop.

When she dropped out of art school and moved into her brother’s old room, she asked herself, “What can I make that’s small enough to fit on this table?” A blogged photo of her work went viral and her aesthetic caught on. HighLow Jewelry was founded in 2011. Read her bio here (it contains some great stories).

Can cane

Voulkos fancy on PCDaily

No matter how sophisticated polymer art becomes, the color and simplicity of basic canes is still one of its most alluring and enduring charms. This week I stumbled upon this Fancy necklace from Pier Voulkos. It’s twenty-three years old and still fresh and, well, fancy! Note how she used plastic-coated telephone wire to unobtrusively attach the dangles into the composition.

The necklace now resides in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Botson (donated by Lindly Haunani).

This week I was happy to find Kim Korringa (on Facebook) mixing up 19 pounds worth of her signature canes that carry on the cane tradition. Here’s a free tutorial that shows Kim’s Fairy Wing earrings and the secret to her cane methods from my Global Perspectives book.

Kim Arden’s bright canes follow in Pier’s footsteps with the addition of translucent tricks. Laura Tabakman’s muted translucent canes veer off in another direction.

After a month on vacation, I was happy to be greeted by┬áso many reminders of polymer’s vibrant history and your continuing discoveries.

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