Did you catch Bettina Welker’s new carved and textured series of polymer beads, brooches and bracelets?
Bettina’s experiments using Pardo clay, paints and carving resulted in a lively series this summer and evolved to this chunky new fall batch that’s rich with color and full of bead-within-bead movement.
I keep running into carved polymer pieces lately. Is texture the new frontier to explore this fall?
claire maunsell ,
I am so glad you featured these – aren’t they terrific? And yes, I think carving has been on a lot of people’s minds! I just can’t stand the little bitties every where…..
Christine Damm ,
I think you’re onto something, Cynthia! Just this week I made a batch of highly textured pieces but applied little bits and twists, not carved. But my Dockyard cutters are sitting here, just begging to be used so I’ll try those next.
Celie Fago taught a class in Ft. Collins about ten years ago. We combined carving with inlays to enhance transfer images. The possibilities were endless and I treasure memories of that class and the pieces I made.
Bettina’s work puts a new slant on a standard technique. Her color combinations are fabulous! (Now where did I put those dockyard tools?)
Lynda Moseley ,
Fantastic, Bettina! Congratulations on the PCD feature, too!
Thanks a lot for the feature Cynthia.
The good thing about texturing and carving is: NO sanding envolved:) It’s a fun process, all the free carving and playing with colors – you never know how your beads will look like whan you start:)
The colors and the shapes are so cool. Texture is never out of style.
Lily's Treasures ,
It is always a pleasure to discover new artists and techniques. Thank you for sharing and pretty good work !
Debbie Crothers ,
What fantastic work. I just love the textured and carved pieces. Give me texture anyday.