Halloween reminder

This polymer witch’s finger wagged at me, reminding me that Halloween’s coming and we haven’t paid much attention! While these fingers have appeared on several sites, YoungCreative Marie’s covered Bic pen version shown here is both creepy and utilitarian! Marie also offers finger jewelry.

You must read the stories that accompany Nicole Johnson’s Mealy Monsters. Her characters are mostly grumpy misfits with issues that have a certain charm about them. This lovely lavender fellow is Gilbert. How does she give them such personality?

Turkish polymer for fall

This polymer necklace from Istanbul’s Nihal Erpeden reminds us to enjoy the last bit of the fall season this weekend. The Turkish to English translation is pretty rough but the visuals tell you what you need to know.

Look closely to see how she integrates the copper wire for the bail into the veins of the polymer maple leaf which hangs from a braided leather cord.

Broadcast Craftcast

Alison reveals a bit more about my online class in her weekly video news. This is the debut of some new treats and I’m psyched. Go take a look and have a delightful fall weekend.

Birthstone polymer

October’s gemstone is opal, right? So why not continue our quest for a convincing fauxpal recipe? This one from Camille Young has me itching for a little exploration time in the studio. Her instructions are in the photo caption.

The number of Stroppel cane experiments appearing daily tells me that I’m not the only one who can’t resist trying a new technique.

If opals aren’t your thing, browse through Camille’s art folder. She’s one multi-talented sculptor, gamer and all-round artist.

Oversize polymer

This oversized wrapped bead pendant from Germany’s Veronique Hoffman really caught my eye. Its huge hole, subtle metallic coloring and straightforward construction add up to an appealing nonchalance. Nothing you’d expect and everything you need.


Speaking of nonchalance, I casually listed a link wrong yesterday. My bad. Please follow this link to the Samunnat project website.

Traveling polymer…and you can ride along

In preparation for my November trip to Nepal, I’ve been immersed in creating easy, fashionable polymer patterns that I can teach the women in the Samunnat project. The tour will be led by Australian polymer artist Wendy Moore.

I stand on the shoulders of many polymer artists who have taught me their tricks and tips over the years. You’ll find a little Toops, a dash of Korringa, a bit of Benzon, hints of Voulkos, a touch of Tinapple and more in these new designs.

You can be among the first to test out my crazy quilt/gypsy bead, bangle, and bowl designs in a class I’ll be teaching online on Craftcast on October 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Proceeds from the 90-minute class will help support the Nepal project. Sign up!

I’m anxious to report back to you on how Samunnat and other women-centered projects affect lives. Check out The Girl Effect (here on Facebook) to learn more.The videos are stunning.

To have polymer artists involved in efforts for change is exciting. Thank you for your help.

Yin Yang brooches

It’s difficult to pinpoint what makes these polymer brooches from KatchaT so appealing. Smooth rounded edges make them touchable. The scattered dots of extruded color slices look like confetti and add a party atmosphere.

Their yin/yang colors and shapes bounce your attention back and forth.

The Voila site chose them as winners in their competition this month.

KatchaT is an au pair from Czech Repulic who’s living in Aberdeen, Scotland. See more of her work in her Voila gallery.

Good news travels fast

If you want to watch how fast information travels around the globe, count how many variations on Alice Stroppel’s scrap cane you’ve spotted in the week she introduced it.

Since last Friday’s post we’ve watched examples pop up from the US, UK, Israel and beyond. The photo at the right is from France’s CreaSof who has skillfully integrated the technique into brooch designs.

Here are a few more you might enjoy:

I hope your weekend is filled with good news.

On a tangent

From their base on the west coast of Mexico, Dan Cormier and Tracy Holmes are about to go off on a new tangent and unveil their next big idea. Join their mailing list (it’s free) to see what all the fuss is about. All I know is that they’ve been working hard and they’re giddy with nervous excitement.

Cultural icons

A Barb Feldman iphone brooch sits on the window sill in my studio. It reminds me how much polymer and Apple are entwined in my experience. Seeing this cultural icon played back as a cane slice usually makes me smile.

Today the brooch is a reminder of how technology and our craft and my family grew up together and what a debt we owe to Steve Jobs.

Deceiving deco polymer

Polymer clay bezels have moved up a notch in sophistication lately. New metallic clays, gilders pastes and other surface treatments combined with convincing faux aging techniques make it difficult to tell what’s metal and what’s not.

The bronze beads and bezels on Elsie Smith’s site (Sweet2spicy) and in her Zibbet gallery have an art deco feel to them. You’ll want to look twice to make sure that they’re polymer. Mary Ann Loveless sent in the link.

Polymer Cornucopia

It’s October! We’ll try to ease you gently into this season’s creepy, scarey polymer art with a look at Suzicq’s voodoo doll with her basket of charms. Suzicq specializes in small art dolls (check out Fred, Ethel Mae and Lola) and fairie houses. She’s new to PCD and was sent to us by Claire Maunsell.

Lance Perry (CrescentHillDesigns) offers another light look at Halloween with a candy corn cottage which is part of his Cornucopia Village.

Look for Lance’s Alfred Hitchcock Moon Man Sculpture in the current issue of Somerset Studio!