Dancing in the dark

Sara's glow-in-the-dark earrings light up the dance floor on PolymerClayDaily.com

Seattle’s Sara (g.oo.d.ee) works in a digital environment. “I don’t get the chance to craft and build physical objects with my hands as I used to,” she says.

Enter polymer clay. Her hands are now happily sketching, rolling, cutting in their off-duty moments.

Check out how this free-flowing pattern that includes glow-in-the-dark clay lights up the dance floor. Sara’s only been at this since December. Look out!


In the weekend StudioMojo newsletter, we love to suss out artists like Sara who are new to clay and take to it like ducks to water. This week’s edition looks at head-turning new designs that are commanding high prices and showing up in the most fashionable places. 

Klimt for ears

Chelsea Rodriguez gives Klimt a makeover for modern ears on PolymerClayDaily.com

This riff on Klimt’s patterns by Miami’s Chelsea Rodriguez (Venus De Chela) shows her love of museums and fine art masters.

Chelsea has a thing for museums and she likes to play with famous patterns and palettes, focusing on elements that strike her fancy.

Her jewelry resonates with familiar pieces and parts reconfigured to hang on ears and accent today’s fashions.

Off-kilter polymer

Who doesn’t feel a shiver of delight as a Skinner blend drops down from between the rollers of a pasta machine?

I know there are millions of ways to layer, scratch, pound, and twist clay into intricate patterns. Yes, you can add bling, paints, inks, and sparkles. But for my money, nothing compares to the thrill of color.

These circles are from a blend (teal/fuschia/zinc) that I rolled endlessly today. The jaunty disks were inspired by a friend’s thrift store find. Her necklace was made of wooden disks. “Wouldn’t that look great in polymer?” I thought.

An off-center hole sideways through each of the smaller disks keeps the flat rounds bumping against each other in the most energetic way. It was so simple and it pleases me. What could be better than that?


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Fashionable fall polymer

Amanda rakes leaves for her fall designs on PolymerClayDaily.com

If it’s August (how did that happen) you know that autumn leaves won’t be far behind. Let’s get an early start with these dangling lovelies from Montana’s Amanda (speckled_designs).

Amanda gives you a leg up with a look at last year’s favorites plus in-process shots of her earring assembly. The designs are elegant and simple in a fall palette updated for today’s fashion.

Table scraps

Virginia’s Angie Wiggins takes advantage of every scrap of silkscreened polymer at the end of the day.

Sorted into colorways and backed with a layer of solid color clay for strength, the tiniest leftovers become useful and decorative napkin rings and coasters.


You’ll be surprised at what polymer clay can become in the hands of the experts we cover in this week’s StudioMojo. Discover awesome possibilities in what you thought were your most flawsome efforts. 

Back to school

Gael Keyes can't escape schools on PolymerClayDaily.com

New Mexico teacher Gael Keyes says she can’t get away from schools, even on vacation.

Gael has developed her own method of book-matching bits of scraps. Even small remnants of canes make elaborate and unique patterns. They dive under and around a found branch, happy to be back in school.

 

Vet school earrings

Clever gift for a vet school student from Debby Wakely on PolymerClayDaily

What’s the perfect attire for vet school functions? UK’s Debby Wakley (debbeadsjewellery) sent her daughter off with these dairy cow earrings, a perfect accent for any farm attire.

They began with a flat cutout from CraftyThread. Deb brought the shapes to life with some sculpting, colors, eyes, and horns. She obviously knows her farm animals.

I don’t imagine a stampede to the cutter store but don’t you love a gift that’s so perfectly suited? Polymer at its best.

Waste not polymer

Linda Loew turns dabs of leftover pan pastels into wearables on PolymerClayDaily.com
Linda Loew turns dabs of leftover pan pastels into wearables on PolymerClayDaily.com

Maryland’s Linda Loew cleaned the pan pastel residue from her sponges directly onto a slab of light clay.

Here’s the result of her abstract clean-up paired with other extraneous bits and turned into painterly earrings and pendant.

Sometimes our scraps scream to be saved.

Shark week polymer

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Hawaii’s Christi Friesen celebrates Shark Week with a special collection of her ghoulies and says, “We’re gonna need a cuter boat!”


A week with grandsons has changed my perspective and educated me. I’ll be sorting out what I learned and sharing what I fished for and caught online in StudioMojo. Suhweet edition.