Maunsell’s transfers

Maunsell"s circle transfer beads

These soft-focus egg-shaped polymer beads are signs of spring from Claire Maunsell. The effect is achieved with transfers of her artwork applied to a light pearl base. She swears that dark transfers are tricky but always work on warm soft clay.

Her latest hollow lentil transfer beads at the right were commissions that look like barely decipherable mysterious relics.

Maunsell's transfer relic beads

Claire’s friend, Genevieve Williamson, led me to these new works. Read Genevieve’s post about “Making the Jump” from metal to polymer. It’s the most eloquent explanation of the lure of polymer that I’ve read in a long time. Both friends switched to polymer (from glass and metal) when they found themselves without functioning studios.

Have a sunny weekend.

  • reply Jeannie ,

    I love her star thorn beads. You have to check them out. Transferring images onto clay and be tricky and takes some practice. These are wonderful and the lentil beads look like something from nature you would spot on the ground hiking a trail.

    • reply Sherry Bailey ,

      Man, I’d have sworn those beads were felt! Faux felt, yet another polymer imitation!!!

      • reply Deb Tuchsen ,

        So wonderful! They look like they’d be soft to touch – very clever!

        • reply Lynda Moseley ,

          Congratulations, Claire! Beautiful transfers. It can be very tricky making transfers to black and dark backgrounds, but these are fabulous. They have an iridescent effect and appear to be almost glowing. Great job!


          • reply Elizabeth ,

            Beautiful work to lead us to the weekend!

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