Polymer ribbons

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In this season of ribbons and bows, Sharyn Neuwirth (NewEarthCraftWorks) demonstrates how you can shape ribbons of polymer. I’d guess the strips are extruded and dusted with metallics.

This Washington, D.C. artist bypasses social media pretty successfully but she offers quite a selection of variations on the ribbon theme on her Flickr pages.



Hard wired polymer

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This Baobob Trees pendant from Pam Sanders is suspended in Pam’s distinctive solid and rustic black steel wire frame with matching chain.

The roughly wrapped wire matches the feel of the roughly carved and painted polymer pendant. The combination brings the necklace together with distinctive style. Sample more of Pam’s style on Flickr and Facebook.

Polymer brushes

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Yes, there’s still time to try your hand at unusual polymer gifts like these artist brushes from Angie Wiggins. A neighbor gave her some horsehair that she wanted to put to good use.

Add your handmade touch to keys, pens, bottles, utensil and tool handles, switchplates, card cases and such. If the basic item can withstand 275-300 degree temps, add polymer and you’re good to go.

Not sure? Put the undecorated item you wish to cover into the oven to test its ability to survive the heat.

Then go and be inspired by how Angie embellishes bowls and makes light pulls, business card holders and other items of delight. Time to get busy.


Tigertail in circles


Bonnie Bishoff coiled loops of tigertail (nylon coated wire) and embedded part of each coil in striped half-circles of polymer to make this light, bouncy necklace. It can be doubled into a short curly version.

Assembling it must have been tricky since the necklace would have to be constructed first and then baked. The wire adds to the graphic quality of the design. There’s another example on Bonnie’s Pinterest site.

This was Bonnie’s response to one of the Creators Art Challenges that’s traveling around online. See more of her challenge creations on Facebook and follow Bonnie on her site.

Catching Dumont’s bug

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Christine Dumont has had another outbreak of Cellularia in her studio and it’s a colorful, complex strain. These multi-layered pieces have been punctured and and stacked precisely to reveal mystery underneath. See lots more cellularia on her site, FlickrFacebook and in this FIMO video.

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Christine is the program chair for this summer’s EuroSynergy2 in France and she’s gathered programs and workshops that are guaranteed to spread enthusiasm and excitement throughout the polymer community.


Circling back again

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The latest batch of textured and segmented circle earrings and pendants from Croatia’s Nikolina Otrzan may have you running for her Etsy site….but they’re not listed for sale yet.

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Her meticulously rendered textures look as though they could be textiles. Miniscule round pops of color have rolled into the crevices. Nikolina has turned her experiments on these shapes into new pendants and earrings.

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I never wear her work without getting comments and questions and I sure hope she lists the new ones soon. See the earlier PCD features here and here.


Time for easy ornaments


No reason we can’t make a few ornaments for the tree this year. I’ve collected easy snowflake features on PCDaily each year and wistfully yearned to make my own. Now’s the time to get busy.

Heather Power’s newest holly cutout ornaments make it looks easy and she shows how.

If that’s not enough here are three past PCD features that use flat clay and mini cutters in the most clever and fun ways. Pick one or try them all.

Stealing the moon with polymer

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Think you’ve exhausted ideas for extruding? Take a look at how Virginia illustrator Joseph Barabaccia turns spaghetti-sized strands of polymer into portraits and scenes like this Raven Steals the Moon.

You can zoom in for a closer look at his tightly packed drawings on his Saatchi Art pages and follow him on Twitter and Behance.

The raven piece was Joseph’s entry into the 2016 Niche Awards where he joins Wiwat Kamolpornwijit, Doreen Gay Kassel and Christi Friesen as a finalist in the polymer category. Emily Squires Levine is a finalist in the basket category.

Start your week with unusual and intense award-winning works.




Appreciating Life in polymer

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Stephanie, one of the students in the Ohio Reformatory for Women polymer class created this lovely frame for the exhibit, Reflections from a Gated Community: Art from Ohio Inmates that opens at our local (High Road Gallery) gallery this Sunday. Reception from 2-4.

The black 10″ square wood frames were made by my husband and the inmates could decorate them with polymer however they wished. Because we can’t take glass into the prison, the mirror was added last. This frame is called Appreciating Life.

Seeing Stephanie’s children’s names and birthdays carved in the background bricks brought tears to my eyes as I typed the artwork’s label which reads, “The gifts of life, the beauty of nature and these three precious people make me who I am and remind me of what I have.”

The inmates have no internet available for tutorials, Pinterest and PCDaily.They have no tissue blades, nothing sharp, no fancy tools. They rely on books, occasional classes and their own creativity. Still their art is raw, powerful and full of conceptual content and personal meaning. In each class, I teach them techniques and they teach me about art and life.

Shout out to Lindly

I wondered why Lindly Haunani was sending PCD so many good links this month. Turns out she’s been convalescing and spending more time than usual online. She’s on the mend after quite a long siege but I know she’d like to hear from you all. Lindly will recognize that Stephanie’s been studying her color book! Appreciating Life, indeed.