Double decker polymer

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Italy’s Chiara Curreli (Duecentogrammi) stacks two circles of extruded slices, one on each side of her ear. (Silicon earring stoppers can be built into polymer and baked in the oven.)

Chiara knows how to play and if you’re looking for hot, bright colors and carefree summer designs, soak up the sun on her Instagram site.

Take a little Italian attitude into your studio today.

Not knitted polymer

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This necklace in nubby neutrals from Portugal’s Susanne Roewekamp (Artesannus) fools the eye. It’s not the crocheted or knitted choker that you may have assumed (it fooled me). It’s textured polymer, extruded I think but now I question my judgment.

See more of Susanne’s eye candy for yourself on Facebook and Pinterest.

Tickled by feathers

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Looks like a matchy Monday, doesn’t it? This feather cane from Deb Hart of Texas comes in bright blues and greens that look good on PCD.

Deb’s an expert at feather canes and you’ll see them in most every color on her Facebook page, Pinterest board, and Instagram.

She sells her feathers as raw canes and uses them in her finished southwest jewelry designs that you can see on Etsy and learn about on CraftArtEdu. Deb is someone to follow if feathers tickle your fancy.

Summer on a string

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Thin bands of summer colors swirl around bright beads. No doubt that Spain’s Natalia Garcia de Leaniz has come up with some clever way to build these beauties.

The necklace is a sample for one of Natalia’s classes at August’s Gredos Clay Festival in Spain. She’s also devised a flat, flexible polymer bracelet that’s very wearable and mysteriously constructed.

See more of Natalia’s cheery designs on Flickr and Facebook. And have a cheery weekend.

See thru earrings

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Arden Bardol’s clever construction of these Wings earrings keeps you looking.

Her training as an architect shows in her efficient and colorful designs that show a different curve and color from every direction and include a peek-a-boo in the middle.

You can save 15% on her Artful Home offerings during their sale. Arden shows even more on her site and on Facebook.

Imitating agate

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The UK’s Claire Wallis intrigues us with another smoothly blended cane. This time her cane layers imitate a blue lace agate geode. Made into a small brooch, it cradles a small pocket of crystals in its heart.

Claire’s recent Water and Lightning canes were recently explained in a tutorial offered on CraftArtEdu. She shares her inspirations on Pinterest and more photos on Flickr.

Pods, pots and periods

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On her blog you can see how Wendy Moore’s polymer pod series developed methodically and colorfully. Her collection of pod shapes offered a great place to test the understanding of color that she picked up working through Tracy Holmes’ Colour Deck.

Wendy limited her experiments to flat, textured, cutout and stacked graphic shapes and then simply linked them together.

The proof of the pudding for the project, however, was seeing Wendy (in glasses), her mother and her sister wearing the series on her Instagram site.

Wendy also reports on the latest activities of the Samunnat ladies in Nepal who traveled by bus to Kathmandu thanks to support from the polymer community. Read about their adventure here.

Enhancements for silkscreen on polymer

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If you’re a silkscreen novice like me you’ll find the tips that Helen Breil offers in her new free tutorial particularly helpful.

Use pastels? Mix colors in one quick pass? Who knew? She demos the basics in a quick video and then moves to some clever enhancements.

Helen only started experimenting with these processes on polymer rather recently. Following her lead can save you lots of time and frustration.

What better way to start the week than with timesaving tips? There’s more on her site, Pinterest, Flickr and Instagram.

Zigzag polymer

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Even though you can detect the echoes of teachers and tutorials in Kathy Cannella’s polymer jewelry, her own voice comes through loud and clear. She puts her juju on each piece, zigging when you thought she’d zag. It’s a cool trick to retain your own aesthetic when you’re following someone else’s instructions. Kathy shows us that it can be done!

Cannella on PCDaily

Kathy crackles, veneers, textures and distresses with confidence. It appears that she has a background in sculpture. She keeps a low profile and all we know is that she’s from New Jersey. There’s more to come so keep her on your radar.

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