Autumn impulses

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 Slovenia’s Klavdija Kurent already feels fall in the air. She has a head full of new ideas and a studio full of supplies. She rummaged around in her boxes of unfinished pieces and cane remnants to create these two new pieces.

For the links she tried a new version of her liquid Kato Go with the Flow technique. Then she made use of favorite cane pattern leftovers for a new series of urban tribal necklaces.

See more of her creations for autumn on Flickr, Pinterest and Facebook. Do you get inspired when the seasons change? What is calling to you this fall?

Finding Klick

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With a name like “Klick” it would take time to sniff out this French artist’s identity (and I want to get to my studio) so I’ll leave it to you to share her proper name with us.

Her necklace turned up on FB and caught my eye. Are we color-depleted? It felt like we could use another dose and there it was. Her photo gallery is full of more great color combos.

Klick says she used Dan Cormier’s templates to make the smooth oval shapes. Each bead is a mokume gane painting. Her work pops with energy and I’d love to share non-FB links if you can find them.

Sarah Simpson Connor pointed out that Klick’s name is clearly Caroline Cornic-Isola.

Ombre orange

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A shot of orange might brighten your day! This dose of color is from Russia’s Maria Belkomor.

She punches out circles of polymer from a thin sheet of Skinner blended color and stacks the baked heishe-like disks into a beautiful ombre strand. Have you calculated how many she needed to cut out for these bracelets? Time consuming? Yes. Beautiful? Yah!

In a recent post Maria explains how she designed a similar necklace in a cockatoo palette – from sketch to stringing.

Her colors sing and she has unending patience for repeating patterns. The best overview of her work is on Pinterest and you can see even more on Flickr.

Striped surprises

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Neat and tidy stripes from Israel’s Vicka Bahana start the week. She leaves a segment of contrasting base bead peeking out from under the striped cane slices.

With just that slight surprise, an otherwise plain bead gets a whole new outlook.

Her Bengal bracelet gains a sophisticated touch from the curved corner beads with their shiny end caps.

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Vicka sells her work on Etsy and Marmelada. You can find her on Facebook too.

Could your work benefit from a slight change or a hint of surprise?

Urban chic polymer

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Geometric, minimalist, modern, distressed, urban – some of the adjectives you might use to describe the polymer jewelry of Israel’s Danna Gusman pictured wearing her work here.

The integral use of chains, the scratched and dirty textures make a chic, fashionable statement.

You can find more work like this Squares Modern necklace and Gray and Black Mandala on Danna’s Facebook and Pinterest sites as well as her Etsy siteGenevieve Williamson sent in this link and you can see that she shares an aesthetic with Danna.

Two-headed polymer

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Canada’s Helen Breil can fold, fan, shape and stamp polymer like a champ. Her two ebooks explain how to make beautiful undulating shapes and she’ll be demoing her methods at the IPCA Retreat in Columbus. Helen knows her geometry and is able to fold simple flat cutouts into surprisingly elegant forms.

Collaborating with Annie Pennington for this piece gives Helen’s folded designs an even richer and more complex dimension. Annie, an Associate Editor at Art Jewelry magazine, works in felt and metal along with polymer. Her brooches were IPCA Award winners this year.

Helen sent Annie the blue overlapping folded forms. Annie added the copper setting, the felt center and the round accents proving again that two heads are better than one.

Weathered facets

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These Weathered Polymer Bicones from Germany’s Margit Bohmer are faceted then colored in a way that makes them look like stained glass.

The colored facets are a new twist in Margit’s signature rainbow palette. She’s also added the weathering that she learned in a Staci Louise tutorial.

More and more we see techniques mutating across boundaries. You can be proud to be part of such a sharing community.

Here’s Margit’s Etsy shop.

Cracking the code

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This very large hollow crackle pendant with a carved edge from Canada’s Claire Maunsell bursts with color, texture and excitement. Claire teaches the first class at the new Galerie Freisleben in Ubersee in August.

She says, ” I think you’ll agree that we can expect this gallery to be an exciting hub for all things polymer now and in the future, and I’m just so excited to be part of it!”

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Claire is teaching surfaces in Ubersee and traveling to other venues to share her own brand of hollow forms. Claire comes from a background in hot glass so her approach to surfaces and hollow forms in polymer is quite different from others.

I’m returning to Ohio from Canada today with a renewed appreciation for the mellow Canadian vibe. My 3-year-old grandson is floating on a cloud after a visit to the top of the CN Tower in Toronto. Who knew that tickets to a tourist attraction and a ride in a glass elevator could bring such happiness? Ah, the joys of grandparenting.

Rees self portrait

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Utah’s Adam Thomas Rees thinks big. He usually covers large animal sculptures with polymer patterns but this time his subject was himself.

First he painted a self-portrait. Then he decided to continue his self study by converting the painting to a 12.5″ x 10″ cane.

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He chopped the big cane into 20 small (2.5″) square canes to minimize waste and distortion during reduction. The reduced canes were then reassembled into the finished portrait.

The process is fascinating to see (and his web site is under the weather). I’ve repeated his Facebook photos in a special gallery for you non-FB readers.

It’s not just the size and reduction that make us study Adam’s cane. What look like slap-dash layers of unexpected color build into an exciting self portrait.

That should start your wheels turning on a Monday!

Red, white and floral

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This red, white and blue is from Katarina Mravcova (Ketlin) from the Slovak Republic but we’ll snitch it for the US July Fourth because these earrings feel festive on our festive day. You can see them on some lovely models here.

Gathering bunches of delicately blended and layered petal cutouts, Ketlin creates bouquets of pastel polymer.. She suspends her mini-florals from ear wires or pendant bails.

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In her day job, Ketlin is a Geographic Information Systems research scientist who relaxes with polymer art which she sells online. Her soft, serene color sense sets her work apart and you can see it best on Facebook.

Happy Independence Day!

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