It’s all in your head

I’ve missed a few of our polymer clay nightlights from a session with Leslie Blackford last week. This will give you an idea of the silly fun you can have with a glass votive, some transluscent clay, a small light bulb and a dash of imagination.

Playing like this is a great exercise and the results are often surprising. I had no idea that a strange Walter Cronkite lookalike lived in my head. Click to see a few more twinkling samples.

And here’s Judy Dunn’s.

Summer Fun

This memory wire bracelet from Anne White Designs is perfect for end-of-summer polymer clay fun. The colorful transluscent beads are separated by hollow cording strung onto the wire. Clever, don’t you think?

Anne is from the Cincinnati area.

Spot of Color

Industrial meets organic meets polymer clay in these delicate designs by Pennsylvania’s Sharon of Nectar Jewelry Design. She takes a minimalist approach to the use of clay, using it to add a splash of color to her pieces.

Sharon’s one of those Etsy girls and I thank her for bailing me out of my post-vacation lethargy.

Saving the World

Floridian Karen McGovern is a conservation biologist who creates art and polymer clay jewelry to raise funds for wildlife conservation. "Art can save the world!" she says.

The stories that Karen tells with her jewelry are fascinating…like The Bubble Lady, a polymer clay altered art storybook necklace which it says is "…perfect for those who keep the child inside alive and well entertained." Her Climbing Woman Vine story is told by the piece pictured here.

Karen is all over the web. Find her at Etsy here and at IndiPublic here. Her blog seems to be a bit out of kilter but I’m sure she’ll get back to it and you’ll want to visit regularly.

The link was sent in by Babs Young from Michigan. Have a great weekend.

Luminous

Colorado’s Karen Sexton says that these luminous polymer clay pins she just finished are the result of a simple process. She lightly painted Pinata inks on thin alternating layers of translucent and pearl clay and stacked the layers.

She impressed the stack with various tools, mokume gane style. Thin slices of the resulting cane were applied to a pearl backing to create the pins. A deceptively simple process.

What she leaves out of this description is her lovely sense of balance and color. Karen’s one of those artists without a site and her local guild’s site is under reconstruction. The guild will have a new gallery of members work up soon but I couldn’t wait to show you Karen’s fine work.

Nightlights

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Using an upside-down glass votive, a light (from FactoryDirectCraft.com) and translucent polymer clay, we watched as Leslie Blackford created another of her fanciful and mythic nightlights.

Leslie is genuinely surprised when we tell her that not everyone can conjure up the delightful stories and animals that fill her head. We’re going to give it a try and later in the week I’ll share our results with you.

The steps for making this lamp are deceptively simple. Mix a bit of color into the clay, coat the glass with glue, drape the thin clay over the votive, create the embellishments, and cut a thick layer for the base with a hole in the center to accommodate the light. Add the feet after the rest of the sculpture is baked.

Rich

This polymer clay petroglyph bead by Klew captures interest on many levels. The image is ancient, intriguing and highly polished, the background is variegated, the base bead is bright colored and unpolished.

Klew’s addition of a coil of color framing the image adds an unexpected textural element. When she surrounds the bead with complementary glass, bone and metal beads, as in this bracelet, the effect is rich.

Klew’s clip-on magnifier glasses were a real hit. She’ll be carrying them on her site.

Loops

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This stunning necklace by Wendy Malinow shows the excitement and artistry that can be achieved with polymer clay. For a week I’ll be surrounded by works like this that stretch our minds and our talents and sharing them with you (once we get the network connection working properly).

Wendy doesn’t have her own web site but there are a couple of pages about her polymer work and her PMC work floating around. If you click on the image you’ll get some idea of the complexity of this piece. It’s filled with texture, color and sprinkled with rhinestones. It sings!

Note: You can see lots of Wendy’s work in a new book called Metal Clay and Mixed Media Jewelry

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