May Day polymer

Rosica Mohamed from Sofia, Bulgaria brings us a branch of spring buds realistically sculpted from polymer. I’m guessing that this was part of her May Day attire. Can’t you just picture a maypole dancer wearing these blossoms as she weaves a streamer over and under?

Rosica’s updated blogs  and Facebook page make it easy to watch her progress to increasingly refined work and experiment with putting a Bulgarian spin on standard techniques.

Bowl of bold beads

There are no wimpy colors or shy designs in Barbara Bechtel’s bowl of beads. (It was a grab bag and it’s gone.) While she specializes in beads inspired by tribal fetishes and netsukes, Barbara gives her polymer versions strong contrast and updated colors with fashionable flourishes.

It may take you a while to make the rounds of all the web addresses this prolific artist uses on Etsy, Facebook, and for her blog.

Read the artist interview with her on ArtBeadScene where she says, “I like that my work has remained true…I think it has always been a reflection of myself….a documentary, if you will. I can look back at both the good work and the bad work, and I can see what was going on in my life at the time.”

Twisted polymer

Helen Breils' bails

In some of her recent work Canada’s Helen Breil facets and twists polymer and gives it a metallic or glass-like surface treatment. This particular pendant, part of her Creative Bails series can be hung two different ways.

See just how twisted Helen has gotten herself lately. And see how quickly students make fashionable textured bracelets in her workshop.

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