Polymer for gardeners

Celine Charuau contrasts flower petals against white stones on PolymerClayDaily.com
Celine Charuau turns Saxifraga petals into post earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

The spiky red petals on this polymer and silver Saxifraga become dramatic post earrings from France’s Celine Charuau (GrisBleu).

She continues her garden interpretation with a few more blossoms protruding from two flat white polymer disks that she joins as a pendant.

Celine includes OctotillaErythrina, Snow Flowers and other unusual species in this year’s garden of mixed media jewels on Flickr. How does your garden grow?

Micro mosaic stories

Toops micromosaics on PolymerClayDaily

Though San Francisco’s Velvet da Vinci Gallery has closed after 26 years, the gallery maintains an online presence. Cynthia Toops was an early name on the gallery’s list of artists.

Toops micromosaics on PolymerClayDaily.com

Her polymer micro mosaics still pop up on Velvet da Vinci and on Seattle’s Facere Gallery. This Turtle micro mosaic pendant recently appeared on Velvet da Vinci’s Instagram.

The Divine Archer whose theme is based an an ancient Chinese myth appears on Facere’s recent post.

It’s difficult to show you how exquisitely minuscule her threads of polymer really are. Cynthia bakes the hair-thin strands of polymer before cutting and embedding them in the base layer. Click on the images to see details and remember that the brooch is only 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ and the pendant is similarly sized.

“My work, especially the micromosaics, is technically simple but very labor-intensive,” she admits. She succeeds at telling very big stories in exceptionally small spaces.

Simple geometry in polymer

Belliard on PolymerClayDaily.com

Barcelona’s Florence Belliard (flo’touch) brings calm and sophisticated stripes to her Helios pendant. Randomly striped veneers in muted colors circle around the center of this cutout.

Florence samples all kinds of treatments and finishes on her Flickr pages. It’s when she tackles geometry that she hits a sweet spot. Her circles, stripes and squares have a harmony about them.

Go see for yourself on Flickr and Facebook.

Lovecraft polymer

Belchi on PCDaily

Spain’s Ana Belchi plays with forms in her Lovecraft-inspired series of polymer baubles.

The bulbs and tentacles radiate out from the center of this pendant with pleasing dark symmetry. See more on Instagram, Flickr, and her site. She’ll be teaching a pre-conference workshop at this year’s Synergy4.

Thinking of introducing another dimension into your work?

Off-kilter polymer

Stavridou on PCDaily

The way these beads join looks impossible and all wrong. But that same unexpected construction makes the necklace from Greece’s Arieta Stavridou look so very right.

Her polymer patterns are a jumble of color and shapes as well with the lines clearly scribed and then accented with paint.

She has lots more examples of her upbeat, off-kilter combinations on her Big Fish Facebook page and on Pinterest.

It’s just the thing as we cruise into an upbeat, off-kilter weekend.

Join us for more behind-the-scenes frolicking through the polymer world on StudioMojo this Saturday morning. 

Textured pastels

McNall on PCDaily

With pan pastels on polymer all the rage, Virginia’s Page McNall offers us a free and easy way of combining pastels and texture. Best of all, her method also uses scrap clay.

In a quick visual tutorial, she shares her way of making the rippled polymer veneers for her Sunset on the Water pendant.

Catch up with Page on Pinterest and Facebook.

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  • I'm Cynthia Tinapple, an artist, curator, and leader in the polymer clay community for over 20 years.

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