Polymer mwah

We end the week with a big juicy kiss from Kathleen Dustin. It’s one of her signature polymer evening bags, of course.

Two of Kathleen’s purses were donated for an exhibit at Amsterdam’s Museum of Bags and Purses and will be part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Technical Note

Did you know that the folks at Sculpey changed the name of Premo Frost to White Translucent? (I had it turned around earlier…oops.) Frost and White Translucent are the same.

Iris Weiss from Polyform clarifies the situation explaining that, “We had to rename the two ounce bars for the larger craft stores because consumers didn’t understand what Frost was.” Thanks to Ronna Sarvas Weltman for bringing the switch to our attention.

Retro bangles

Seth Savarick introduced these new bangles on his Facebook page along with a couple of brooches.

While everyone else is gushing in their comments, Seth remains silent and mysterious about his latest creations. Way to keep us on our toes, Seth. What gives? There’s a cool retro look to these bangles, don’t you agree?


Perhaps a polymer version of lolcats will brighten your mid-week. This feline brooch from TZ is bright and simple and fun. Spiraled extruded strings of clay are cut out in a kitty shape and enhanced with texture. A few dabs of clay form the cheeks and eyes. Add a tongue and whiskers and voila.

TZ shows off other cats on his site. It takes a while to load but it’s worth the wait.

The cat’s away today. You mice play in your studios.

Note: The translation confused me and I originally attributed this incorrectly. There’s much more art and a proper explanation on the artist’s site here.


Embellished with extrusions

These beads from Belgium’s Carolina Pazos Michel (malospazos) use extruded canes as embellishments in a fresh way. She adds strips of extruded canes on top of subtle blends. Not satifised with that, she shapes the beads into flat donuts and tops them off with cherry-like rounds in the center.

Her combinations are a riff on Bettina Welker’s retro cane and have a spontaneous vibe that energizes them.

Split ring polymer

Maggie Maggio will be in person and online Wednesday night at Craftcast teaching her split ring technique. PCD has featured her innovative technique and you’ll find people imitating her idea all over the polymer web. Maggie has expanded on her original idea and shares lots of new tips for construction and for successful color.

Maggie’s a great teacher and if you’ve ever wanted to meet her and ask her your questions, this is your chance. No matter where you are, you can login and join the group for a 90-minute workshop (and keep a copy of the recording for future reference). Sign up here. Check the rest of the Craftcast schedule (including my class on October 10).

Polymer coastlines

Scotland’s Melanie Muir shifts coastlines and colors with her new Reggae series. Named for its color palette, this new necklace is built on hollow forms.

Melanie has also posted some new shapes and three-dimensional pieces that reflect her studio view of Ebb Tides and Rock Pools and Whirlpools from her studio on the coast.

Her flawless finishing work brings out the best features of her designs and colors. For the most complete view of her world (and her shape templates) go to her Facebook page.

Enjoy your weekend!

Fetching polymer

Dawn Schiller has just published her Faemaker book that shows you how to make standalone character figures with polymer clay. Dawn is partial to making dragons, treefolk, witches, wizards, fugitives from fairy tales, and figments of the imagination. Her tiny creatures peer out impishly from nutshells, seashell, pocket watches and other small spaces and they all share their stories.

Dawn has graciously sent me a publishing assistant, Fetch, (shown here) to help me finish the book I’m working on. “Just keep him supplied with sesame seeds,” she says. You can see more and buy an autographed copy on her Etsy site. Catch up on her latest delightful creatures on Facebook and her blog.

Going around in circles

Midweek is the perfect time to be going around in circles. Vienna’s Izabela Nowak shows us how with her bright Planemo spiral up bangle. Thin strips of layered colors are wound around and around into tall cones, each topped with a silver bead. Here the cones are applied to a plain polymer bangle base to create a spiky bangle.

Izabela has been experimenting with acorn-shaped beads, rings and clusters that you can study on her Flickr site. She’s the queen of spirals!

Skulls with style

It’s not easy to create polymer skulls with style but two chic versions caught my eye. Richelle Hawks of Shipwreckdandy definitely has a pirate’s eye for treasure.

These stamped and painted beads could be mixed with some jewels to make a darkly fashionable piece. Here she is on Etsy. “I also sell used and rare books and write articles and essays about esoteric, occult, and cultural topics at various online venues,” she explains.

Lynn Lunger usually steers clear of themed beads but she makes an exception for skulls. “I like to use a minimum of manipulation, preferring to quickly provide just enough detail to – although odd with this subject matter – bring the face to life,” she says. She also makes head pendants and admits that heads and skulls appeal year round. Here’s her Etsy site.

Woodland charms

Malinow woodland charms

Kindred spirits Wendy Wallin Malinow and Leslie Blackford will team up to teach a polymer class at this year’s Clay Carnival Las Vegas in October (not sure if there are any spaces left).

Wendy’s polymer antlers, bones, eggs and acorns will meet up with Leslie’s birds, snakes, sticks and stones. This “Garden of Earthly Delights” workshop will introduce students to an incomparable variety of woodland charms from two charming artists.

Wendy’s Tumblr site chronicles her own “bone a day” progress. Her mixed media Woodland Goth Choker is jaw-dropping. And Leslie’s Carneys and Freaks will melt your heart. What in your autumn environment speaks to you this Monday?