The UK’s Fiona Abel Smith is fishing for something on Instagram. This is no ordinary polymer fish pendant. Fiona added the details over a Skinner blend-covered sculpture. The stripes are patterned cane slices inlaid into the blend.
Fiona’s fish has personality and sparkle and believable tropical colors. She’s had some practice. Look at this school of fish she made a while back. Practice makes perfect.
The slim profile and clear blended colors on Deb Hart’s twist ballpoint pens put them a cut above others.
These are class samples from her second session in the RainbowBlend series. She turns well mixed Skinner blends into design elements that stand on their own.
Her March workshop for the Arizona guild features tips for making cane inlaid sculpted animals with a definite Southwest flavor.
This lily bud from Colorado’s Phyllis Pollema Cahill hints at spring. Dark veins cut through the Skinner blended green and lavender petals.
Phyllis spent years as an illustrator which helps explain her thorough planning and construction of this vase. She’s also been trying out her carving skills on this necklace from her Symmetry/Asymmetry online class with Christine Dumont and Donna Greenberg.
Phyllis carefully documents her technique and product experiments on her blog which contains lots of DIY tips and solutions.
Russia’s Karina Formanova has created flocks of small bird brooches in a huge variety of colors. You can see from her Instagram focus that Karina has studied her birds.
She distills their colors and shapes down to combinations of subtle Skinner blends and delicate canes that make her birds seem to flutter on the wearer’s collar.
This brooch is part of a new line from Spain’s Natalia Garcia de Leaniz. It’s slinky and wormy and makes you want to smile and run your fingers across the crenulated Skinner-blend surface.
Can’t you imagine bending the snakes into other shapes or making them into tube beads?