Shape-shifter polymer

Minne-Khou on PCDaily

This pendant from Florence Minne-Khou (creationmyway) resembles the patriotic bunting that’s festooned around my neighborhood. It’s not likely that a U.S. holiday was her inspiration since Florence is French but still…

She swoops extruded flat ribbons of polymer from one side of a wire to the other, using holographic beads to hold everything in place and to add accent.

Shape-shifter designs have been jumping out at me (this one’s a year old) so we’ll declare that our theme. If you wander through her Pinterest page, you’ll see what speaks to Florence as she plays with shape. Admire more on Facebook.

Tidying for the summer weekend


If you breathe deeply you may catch a whiff of fresh, line-dried laundry as you study these silk-screened pendants from Spain’s Noelia Contreras Martin. Or at least that’s how they impress me – clean and crisp and summery.

Enjoy the rest of Noelia’s bounty on Instagram, Facebook and Flickr.

As we head into a sunny weekend, let me tidy my desk and share a couple of late-breaking news items with you.

Clearing my desk

Christi Friesen is test-driving the concept of using her Pinterest board to promote and sell (it’s all the rage). Take a look at her Sakura Pinterest page, a one-week art event that includes projects and tips and giveaways as well as art for sale. The online pop-up party continues into next week.

Speaking of parties, there’s one in the mountains of central Spain (Sierra de Gredos) this August 5-8 with teachers Robert Dancik, Natalia Garcia de Leaniz, and Olga Castuera. Sign up and get ready to add these new skills to your toolbox.


Seeing through Cernit

Segal on PCDaily
Segal on PCDaily

Here in the US, Marie Segal is creating a buzz with her experiments with Cernit’s translucent clay. Look at how the layers from these sample canes read through each other and retain their vibrancy.

Marie has put together a 12-bar translucent starter kit of Cernit if you’re in a mood to try something new. The kit contains 8 bars of translucent plus one each of Cernit’s four translucent colors –amber, emerald, ruby red and sapphire.

Usually Marie starts by mixing 2 parts translucent to 1 part color and adjusts from there to create the desired effect. Here’s her recipe for the colors used in this piece. You can examine more of Marie’s efforts on Facebook.

You may also be interested in the Cernit color mixes that Spain’s Ana Belchi has been sampling in her studio. You’ll find them on Instagram. If you need to know more, Ginger Davis Allman (BlueBottleTree) discusses the properties of Cernit in this review.

Quirky loops

Bodini on PCDaily

Just when you think you know where Milan’s Alessia Bodini is headed with her extrusions, she swoops in a different direction. On this blue necklace, she flattens an extrusion into a ribbon, loops it over and over, adds her own marks and threads it onto a choker.

Bodini on PCDaily

She extrudes graduated purple polymer and joins lengths of the resulting triangles into a square pendant that teases the eye. It’s as if Alessia simply has to put her own quirky stamp on each design.

She’s gathered lots more examples on Flickr and Facebook.

Palm Beach weekend


Thanks to Scotland’s Melanie Muir PCD readers hitched a ride to Palm Beach, Florida last weekend. Melanie was teaching and exhibiting at the Norton Museum’s Bijoux Show. Melanie’s show collection is cataloged here.

She caught up with Kathleen Dustin at Palm Beach Fine Craft Show. Melanie shares more than 20 snapshots of Kathleen’s new work including the pendant at left, part of her carved Tribal Queens series.

It seems that Melanie missed Deb Groover’s large polymer wall art at the show but you can see Deb’s work on her site and here on Facebook.

Thanks for the vicarious thrills, Melanie.

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