Pattern swapping polymer

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Exhale, take a break and let Francoise Haon’s (Arliane) colors wash over you. On this Onéida cuff, her mokume gane is interrupted by stamped panels. Color and textures shift and change.

Francoise has developed her own way of handling mokume gane and in this necklace she crackles some of the surface and swaps circles of pattern while gracefully curving each bead. There’s lots going on! I hope there’s lots going on in your weekend.

Miracle polymer

Cynthia Wolff’s Waiting for My Miracle earrings look as if they’ve been dredged up from the wreckage of an undersea ballroom. Then she adds this tantalizing verse to her Etsy offering:

My efforts sometimes are futile…I am clumsy, I am inefficient…I fail more often than I succeed. But everyday I show up…and hope for a miracle.

These earrings are a cumulation of all my skills thus far. The making of my own beads, certainly a chapter in itself, has changed me once again.

I am not the same…I am moving and evolving….and sometimes I want to quit…because it doesn’t come easy to me…but sometimes.

These earrings sum it all up…two years of work…showing up…they are filled with me.

Though this California artist has been collecting bits and making jewelry for years, Cynthia just picked up polymer in July. Friends around the globe gave her tips and showed her the ropes. See how she’s moved and evolved on her Pinterest board, her blog, and her Etsy shop.

Hidden openings

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We move from funny things to secret things. Madrid’s Fabiola Perez Ajates makes inros in surprising shapes with hidden openings.

These are from her April class. Her class photos are practically a class in themselves. You can oggle all all the tools in the background and admire the techniques the students are trying.

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Fabi’s story is a fascinating one. Did I mention that it’s in the book along with a step-by-step of one of her ingenious creations?

More funny things

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Julie Eakes helps keep our Funny Things week going with a class sample and a funny blog post. “It’s a cross between an organic piece and a framed piece,” Julie says. She hasn’t decided.

Her Las Vegas Clay Carnival class centers on Delft-like patterns. “You know Delft pottery,” she says, “that blue and white pottery that makes you think of tulips, wooden shoes and the boy with his finger in the dike.”

Her challenge is to use only blue and white polymer and very few canes. The variations come from taking slices at different stages of reduction and recombining them. You can see more of her samples and read the hilarious descriptions on her site.

Don’t you wish you were going to learn about this one-cane wonder? Me too.

Polymer funny things

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Australia’s Debbie Crothers starts the week with some Funny Things. Together her series of wrapped natural items becomes a mixed media wall installation.

Debbie’s been experimenting with faux ceramic effects, wrapping white polymer around natural coral and palm fronds. Forged artistic wire and rounded cane slices accentuate some of the pieces.

Flip through Debbie’s pages of work to see how she’s progressed, improving her skills, circling back and bringing funny things to a whole new level. Anna Winter sent the link and encouraged me to look at Debbie again.

IPCA Awards

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Beginning October 1, you may submit photos of your art into the IPCA’s Polymer Clay Awards, the world’s largest juried contemporary polymer art competition. The awards will be presented at the 2014 EuroSynergy in Malta in May.

Full disclosure: I’m one of the three judges and we want to dig up the best art possible. We’ll be hounding you from now until the submission deadline in January so you might as well get used to clicking on this call for entry icon.

Garden polymer

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Russia’s Tanya Mayorova tightly winds thin strips of polymer round and round until their layers of muted color form a dense flower-like composition that is accented with dots of metal.

She pairs these polymer cabbage roses with rough cords, leather or even scarves for a very romantic and sophisticated look.

Tanya is such a trickster with texture that even when you zoom in on her work on Flickr, it’s hard to figure out how she could have packed them so densely. Have a lovely weekend.

Polymer I-Reliquary

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If you love your electronic devices as much as I do, you’ll totally understand Georg Dinkel’s newest polymer I-Reliquary, a comfortable throne for your iphone.

This elaborate mixed media housing for an iphone is a shrine to technology (though Georg doesn’t own an iphone). He admits that his family uses ipads and Macs.

PCD featured his first shrine some time ago. He’s added more and more complexity to his pieces and skillfully documents how he builds the gilded fretwork out of polymer.


Georg was a photographer for Staedtler Products (the maker of Fimo) for years before he ever opened a package of polymer. You’ll also sense that he’s long been a student of architecture.

Georg’s work-in-process shots are fascinating even if you don’t know German. A 3-minute video shows his creations. Here’s one on YouTube. The in-process shots are on his website.

Dramatic polymer

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If there’s anyone whose polymer art captures the heat of August, it’s Greece’s Anarina Anar.

The hot colors of her decorative shapes are made more intense as they bounce off the irregular black background on this wide bangle. To unify the look, both surfaces are roughly textured and accented.

She uses the same technique on pieces for necklaces, earrings and more for an effect that’s pure drama. Her Flickr and Facebook pages are full of these striking examples.

The proof is in the pod

Veronique Hoffmann (Fimomaus in Belgium) has taken Claire Maunsell's (StillPointWorks in Canada) hollow pod examples from the Global Book and given them her own spin.

Veronique provides a shining example of how techniques bounce across the globe, picking up other influences as they travel. View more of her work here.

Speaking of traveling, I'm in Arizona with a new grandson! Excuse me while I babysit and cuddle these lovely little ones.

Polymer on the farm

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Christine Damm has uploaded a new batch of her distinctive polymer art. These paddle-shaped modern relics dangle provocatively from a curled wire.

Christine lathers on the color, adding and subtracting layers until it suits her. She divulges her coloring process in my new book (yep, it's in the stores).

If you want to catch more of her boho spirit, she'll be teaching at ArtBLISS outside Washington, D.C. in late September. She's also decided to start teaching twice a year at her Vermont farm. Her next small intensive Vermont workshop is scheduled for October.

Picture yourself in her Bonnybrook Farm studio with Battles Brook running nearby and think about fall in New England. What a great vision to start the week. Here she is on Flickr too. Oops, had a broken's Christine's blog.