Polymer persistence

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France’s Irene Hoiles keeps a low profile online. The snippets and clues she leaves on Facebook and Pinterest point to someone who knows how to persist until she finds a solution.

About the earrings at the left Irene says, “When you’re not Julie Picarello and your mokume gane doesn’t go quite as you planned…dot it.”

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Consider how those dots salvage the pattern and take it in a new direction. Sort of aboriginal.

Fine extruded strings wind around to make dramatic caps for Irene’s mokume gane beads at right. They needed another element for drama.

What a good way to start the week. Let’s channel Irene’s no-fail approach to her polymer designs. What’s on your work surface that needs a little TLC to make it sing?

  • reply Sylvia Valentine ,

    I believe you call a Yorkshirewoman ‘French’ at your peril . . .

    I don’t know how she does it, but with her, each additional layer of complexity actually clarifies the design. The dots map the randomness of the MG, and the strings put a frame around what you see, focusing attention.

    And as someone on the Internet once said, falling down isn’t failing. Not getting up is.

    • reply Elizabeth ,

      I would happily not call either of these fails, before or after their fixes. What lovely, playful designs for a Monday.

      • reply Ginger Davis Allman ,

        These examples perfectly showcase the extra step needed to take a familiar technique and turn it into a finished design. It makes it all come together in a perfect, finished design.

        • reply Lorrene Baum-Davis ,

          Great post today Cynthia. Thanks.

          • reply Debbie Goodrow ,

            …Making it her own… beautifully.

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