Who says you can’t wear holiday decorations? Kansas’ Becky Miller wears her polymer flower creations year round. This Heavenly Holly necklace was featured on Fire Mountain Gems’ site as a finalist in their 2015 Jewelry-Making contest.
Read more about Becky’s garden-inspired works on Facebook, her blog and site. Click here to see how the model looks decked out in Becky’s polymer.
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.
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.
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, Flickr, Facebook and in this FIMO video.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.