Go deep with translucent


Meg Newberg goes deep with translucent canes on PolymerClayDaily.com

Meg Newberg has been on a translucent jag with her Polymer Clay Workshop monthly tutorials lately. If you like canes, Meg’s monthly dose of new ideas via email can fuel your cane brain at a very reasonable price.

You can glean some translucent ideas from her YouTube video (no audio) but you’ll need the written tutorial to get a complete load of goodies. Little translucent canes go a long way and Meg shows you how to stretch their usefulness.

I’m on vacation this week and while I thought I could keep up on the road, I was mistaken. Sometimes you just have to back away from the machine. No promises for the rest of this family week. 

See-through polymer

We can see through Kathrin Neumaier's earrings but not her methods on PolymerClayDaily.com

In her latest batch of Flickr photos, Kathrin Neumaier gives us an update on her studies in coaxing liquid polymer to behave like glass.

This series appears to be solid. She says in her captions that she’s using liquid Fimo. Kathrin has also mastered using Cernit and other materials in her quest to unlock the secrets of how to imitate glass with polymer.

Do a search on PCD and you’ll see that we’ve been curious about Kathrin’s methods for years.Can you figure it out?

 

 

Light and layers

Alev Gozonar floats translucent layers of patterns and touches of color on PolymerClayDaily.com

Wafer thin slices of cane float toward you from this latest wall piece by Alev Gozonar made during her art residency in Ayvalik, Turkey.

The combination of translucence and dimension keeps your eyes diving down to see what more there is to discover.

If you’re a cane fan, Alev’s selection of canes both colored and patterned may make you want to make new designs for your own supply.

Study Alev’s way with large polymer and mixed media wall art on her portfolio and on Instagram

The allure of layered translucent clays

Lisa Gauthier looks into translucent possibilities on PolymerClayDaily

These samples come from Connecticut’s Lisa Gauthier, a student in Marie Segal’s Cernit Translucent 2017 class. Glass-like layers that reveal more color below remind us of the possibilities of the clay and may make you want to try your hand at it.

The flower and butterfly cane slices appliqued on came from another student, Seana Bettencourt.

Study these and other samples from Lisa on Facebook. “Thanks to Marie Segal and Cernit I can create colorful, bright things in these cold dark winter days,” says Lisa.

Lured by complexity

Learn complex geometry from Jana Honnerova on PolymerClayDaily.com
Learn complex geometry from Jana Honnerova on PolymerClayDaily.com

Czech Republic’s Jana Hannarova can’t stay away from complex, layered, lustrous patterns. When she’s really excited she challenges herself with hollow forms and translucent clays that reveal even more complexity. The reticulated necklace here can be worn three different ways.

It’s a good thing it’s Friday because you may need some time to examine Jana’s Flickr, Instagram and Facebook galleries of work. Join her Facebook workshop group if you’re interested in the online workshops she will offer this year.

On Saturday you can join us over at StudioMojo where we suck up inspiration from all kinds of concepts, tools and eye candy that floated by during the week. Your year is off to a great start and StudioMojo keeps the momentum going. Try it!

Can’t mute Meisha

Meisha Barbee goes for granite on PolymerClayDaily.com

Meisha Barbee takes her bright colors down a notch for this recent series. She admits that she’s found a new love in Premo Gray Granite with its speckles buried in a rich translucent polymer.

She’s fond of thinning sheets of granite and overlaying them on other colors for depth. You’ll note resonances of Jana Roberts Benzon in the dimensional shapes and find other influences in the graphic stamps and stripes.

Still, the composition is unmistakable Meisha. If you want to see more, come on over to StudioMojo this weekend for video of some of her tricks and shortcuts.

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