Tumbling blocks of polymer


Three shades of each color make up this faux dimensional cuff from Petra Nemravova of the Czech Republic. Such happy colors! Petra shows her step-by-step color-mixing and assembly process free on her website.

Of course you’ll want to spend some time in her tutorials and tools departments! There are a couple tutorials in her Etsy shop too.

When ideas crystalize

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Stephanie Kilgast didn’t intially reveal where she was headed with her collection of polymer crystals. She offered a great little YouTube video of how she made these other-worldly minerals. She usually creates incredibly realistic miniature foods. Crystals pointed to change.

Her clusters of cave growths reappeared mounted to a dimensional canvas trailing a blue wash of color. Stephanie explains her sculptural painting and talks about her burst of creativity on her site. She hints at more changes to come.

See what other big steps Stephanie is taking on Patreon and Instagram. They’re brave and inspirational steps!

Surface soulmates

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California’s Syndee Holt and Ontario’s Helen Breil share a love of surface techniques on polymer. Syndee gravitates to paints, transfers, markers, and gelli-plates (mono-printing). Helen has developed her own line of silkscreens, texture stamps and shapes.

It’s not surprising that when the two artists’ set up their worktables near each other, their interests spontaneously merged. Here you can see Helen’s silkscreen patterns in gold over light delicate paints applied via Syndee’s gelli-plate.

They cut simple shapes and oven-cured the pieces on gently curved surfaces. They each brought the other a slightly different approach to surface decoration and expanded their options. See more examples here and here.

Share your favorite techniques with someone who works with polymer like you do and the possibilities grow exponentially. 


Aspen memories

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Maine’s Bonnie Bishoff translated her quick sketch of the surrounding aspens, snowy mountains and puffy clouds into a 7″ x 10″ polymer landscape. It’s her way of taking a bit of the Colorado mountains back to her east coast home.

You can see more of how Bonnie builds her paintings in this weekend’s StudioMojo (sign up here) along with lots of photos of works by names you know plus products and tools for your studio that you may not have discovered.

Thanks for following along while I traveled. Back to the usual PCD schedule next week.

Totem towers

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Bonnie Bishoff’s totem pieces are each made of three ovals gently bent and joined together. She’s combined bits of her signature striped veneers to make her geometry jaunty.  They’re on a string in the photo. Tomorrow we stack them.

Here’s more of Bonnie and her husband J.M. Syron’s work. Bonnie often uses two-part epoxy clay to create very strong bonds between her metal and polymer jewelry pieces. They’re very lightweight and extremely strong.

We’re anxious to see how the totems from our group of artists with very different styles will mix and match.




Moose mapped mosaic

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Florida’s Alice Stroppel created a polymer moose which will be framed in a 5×7 frame and sold in our group’s auction later in the week.

Alice has developed a clever way to make a thin cane mosaic by placing a photo or drawing under glass and following the image, placing cane slices onto the glass. The completed polymer “cane mapped” mosaic is placed in the oven and removed from the glass after baking.

Alice has developed a number of streamlined versions of the usual methods and created interesting variations which she’s gathered into an online school which you can test out for free here.

You’ll also find information on her site, on Facebook and on Instagram.

Rocky Mountain cactus


It may look like a photo from the desert, but it’s Kim Korringa’s display of her blooming polymer cacti. Each year our group has a swap and this year we’re swapping “totems”, big beads which will stack up and be displayed on rods as sculpture or garden art.

Everyone receives one big bead from each participant to remember our event. Kim scooped up some gravel from the path to display her charming totems. Come back later in the week to see the resulting wild mix of polymer art on a stick.

The network is weak in the mountains where our group meets and then my mail domain had issues. Things are conspiring for a light online week social media-wise but the creative ideas are flowing so stay tuned. 

Sculpture to wear

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Donna Greenberg shows us Blue Bird Biscuit choker, her version of twisted and sculpted polymer on a cord.

Donna includes work-in-progress photos that give you insight into her thinking for this series of organic, flowing shapes. More complex versions link with one another to form chains.

Donna and Christine Dumont and Ronna Sarvas Weltman offer a series of 5-week online creative design courses to enhance each student’s design skills and bring vitality and impact to the work while exploring what it takes to develop their own distinctive series.

The classes start in September. Read all about the courses here.

Twisted polymer

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In the original picture these knots and curls from Lindsay Locatelli (WazoDesigns) are photographed laid on top of an Art Jewelry Forum article on contemporary jewelry. Our medium’s sculptural flexibility and color possibilities place polymer squarely in the mix for the future.

Uninhibited gestures like these move us in new directions. They’re also reminiscent of macaroni necklaces that every kid makes.

Lindsay’s Instagram post got me thinking. You too?

See more of her recent mixed media pieces on Facebook.

Mentoring as Art

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Washington silversmith Sarah Wilbanks says that the jewelry in her current show contains the most polymer she’s ever used in her pieces. The backs of the silver bezels on her necklace of pods are as interesting as the polymer fronts.

Two other features kept me prowling through her Etsy, Facebook, and Pinterest pages — her series of carved translucent pieces (she documents her process in photos) and the title of her current show at Water Works Gallery in the San Juan Islands.

Called Mentoring as Art, the show highlights the artists who have studied in Micki Lipp’s studio over 27 years. It explores the role of mentor and mentee in the hopes of creating a new generation of mentors. What a smart idea!