Polymer mini-munchies

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You can enjoy all six scoops of this pendant from France’s Stephanie Kilgast (PetitPlat). She makes mouthwatering miniatures in polymer.

Stephanie’s finely detailed work was featured on Ufunk this month. That post leads you on a miniature binge to earlier posts highlighting two other miniaturists, Shay Aaron and Fairchildart.

Their little feasts are so incredibly realistic that you may head out of the studio and into the fridge after viewing their mini-munchies.

Thanks to Mary Hargrave (Maryclaires) for sending the link to PCD and making my day easy.

Khaleesi stemware in polymer

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Game of Thrones fan Marie Segal felt compelled to make an iconic goblet that reflects her favorite show’s sensibilities. She piles on the flourishes and adds vining leaves, fleur de lis, hearts and other insignia in polymer.

Washes of metallic and dark paint give the glass a heavy ancient air and make it fit for the Khaleesi. What a great gift for a special occasion!

Here’s the glass up close. You’ll find more Marie on Facebook, the Clay Factory, and Etsy.

Matchy Monday

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Perhaps we should call the first posts of the week Matchy Mondays because it’s on Monday that I’m most drawn to polymer works that coordinate with PCD’s colors.

Consider these beautifully graduated and sharply creased beads from the Czech Republic’s Dana Phamova. She plays with the light and shadow caused by the bent surfaces. Here’s another of her light/shadow experiments.

Her beautiful Skinner-blended colors are accented by a few judiciously placed light colored dots. A close look shows that the texture is created with hand-applied pin pricks. She shows a work-in-process shot here.

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Dana calls this series Dreaming Cucarachas. Cockroaches? That title breaks the zen mood, doesn’t it? You can catch the vibe again (lots of polymer scratching and distressing) on Facebook and Pinterest.

Brotherly love in polymer

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This city scene shows the Philadelphia skyline compressed into a colorful and small (7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ deep) 3D polymer wall piece.

It’s the first time Veruschka Stevens has attempted wall art (though she’s created lots of diorama necklaces) and she challenged herself further by limiting her tools to a knife, a blade and a roller.

She’s looking for your input about framing her creation. Here are four possibilities that you can comment on. Which do you prefer?

Veruschka likes big, bold statement jewelry that she photographs in sunny, fashionable settings. You may consider jazzing up your wardrobe after seeing how her models vamp with attitude in her colors. She has a board on Pinterest dedicated to her models.

Poke around the vibrant website of this fearless artist (yep, she sent PCD her link so you wouldn’t miss it…hint, hint). There’s more to see on Facebook and Pinterest.

Polymer art genesis

Christine Dumont sent in a link to the remarkable work of her students in the Genesis course. The works above and many others are showcased on the Voila site and are the result of this spring’s four-month online creativity course. The virtual exhibit demonstrates how students got in touch with their creative ideas and learned how to turn those ideas into an original body of work.

You can see that Christine brought out the best in each artist as they grew their studio practice and expanded their vision. Subscribe at the top of the right hand column on the Voila site so that you can be notified when the next class begins.

Follow along on Christine’s Facebook page to see more work-in-process photos and comments on the class. These works are by students Sabine Spiesser, Claire Maunsell, Lee O’Connor and Katarina Mravcova.

Gardens in polymer

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Tennessee’s Veronica Hahn spent summers working in the garden with her grandmother as a child. Those days had a big effect on Veronica and now she sculpts in polymer what she learned among the roses and at the pond’s edge.

Vines and flowers and ferns cover the shutters which open to reveal her Meadow Mirror at the right.

Her Feathers and Pinecones Bowl (below) is encrusted with leaves and branches. Here’s the side view of the bowl. Veronica’s polymer jewelry is covered with dense foliage as well.

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Thanks to Kathy Bradley for leading the way to Veronica’s site which doesn’t link to any social media and would have been difficult for me to find without help. The responses to yesterday’s request for links makes means I can back away from the computer, head for the studio and enjoy a mini summer vacation. This is great. Keep those links coming.

Digging up artists

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Margarita Repsiene (from Lithuania now in Singapore) developed her own batik methods for the sea urchin earrings and on the fabric-like belt buckle on the right.

Batik is definitely on the rise again and this version bounced around the world and landed in my lap via Irena Lapasinskaite, Margarita’s friend.

You’ll find a whole bunch of intriguing items on her Flickr, Etsy, Pinterest and Facebook pages. I studied them and kept asking myself, “How is she doing that?”

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If you dig up a polymer artist who rings your chimes or piques your curiosity, please send her/his name to PCD. You readers are my eyes and ears in the crazy, huge internet/social media world. I can’t possibly keep up on my own and I count on you. Thanks!

Polymer pocketmen

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Could you use a friend in your pocket this Monday? Serbia’s Milos Samardzic (Tramps and Glams) creates polymer Pocketmen that he markets on Etsy. He’s been recreating silent movie stars, circus performers and book characters into offbeat polymer and wire sculptures since 2008.

The eyes and hands of the 1 1/2″ x 3″ brooches are designed to peek over the edge of your shirt pocket. “They can be shy, they can be silly, they can even be grumpy at times, but they are always devoted and honest friends,” says Milos.

See the whole cast of characters on his blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Patriotic polymer

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Uh-oh, my holiday picnic got started early. So let me quickly send you to Doreen Kassel’s Lady Liberty for your Independence Day polymer fix.

You simply must see this FB video (starring Dan Kassel) to get the full star-spangled effect.

Sure, Doreen’s Uncommon Creatures are on Etsy, Flickr, and her blog. But if you really want to see what ornaments she’s creating and what classes she’s teaching, you’ll have to try her on Facebook and Instagram. Have a happy fourth and a great weekend.

Polymer color confidence

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Tracy Holmes’ BreakThrough Colour (BTC) Kickstarter campaign has blown past its original goal and proved that polymer artists are hungry for better color control.

Backers quickly pledged over $32,000 to get first crack at the printed version of this useful and practical system that’s aimed to appeal to both sides of your brain. A full spectrum 216-card color deck helps you choose your palette and then coded numbers assure accurate color mixing.

The BTC Colour Basics cube shown above is the simpler 3x3x3 color model that Tracy used for her article in The Polymer Arts magazine. The BTC Mini Cube below shows 152 hues, tints, and shades on the outside plus 64 tones on the inside.

Tracy says that the first print run will fulfill the pre-orders that come from the Kickstarter campaign which wraps up at noon (Mountain Time) on Saturday, July 18. “Beyond that, I haven’t made firm plans about when and where BTC will be available,” says Tracy.

For those wanting either the Colour Basics Deck or the 216 BreakThroughColour Deck, the first and fastest place to obtain them is via Kickstarter.

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Tracy will teach at Maryland’s Master Class Camp 2015 July 8 and 9. “We will make a polymer cube like this one. Then we’ll explore the colors and combos in the bigger model including color mixing experiments. We’ll investigate what we like and why we like it. And we’ll work with the newest clays and colors coming from generous sponsors.”

BTC looks like a great way to improve your color confidence. Read more about Tracy and other Cutting Edge products on Facebook.

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