Go deep with translucent


Meg Newberg goes deep with translucent canes on PolymerClayDaily.com

Meg Newberg has been on a translucent jag with her Polymer Clay Workshop monthly tutorials lately. If you like canes, Meg’s monthly dose of new ideas via email can fuel your cane brain at a very reasonable price.

You can glean some translucent ideas from her YouTube video (no audio) but you’ll need the written tutorial to get a complete load of goodies. Little translucent canes go a long way and Meg shows you how to stretch their usefulness.

I’m on vacation this week and while I thought I could keep up on the road, I was mistaken. Sometimes you just have to back away from the machine. No promises for the rest of this family week. 

Interlocking polymer

Izabela Nowak plays the polymer slots on PolymerClayDaily.com

Berlin’s Izabela Nowak’s new line of Slice Up jewelry takes us back to interlocking paper constructions of childhood. These round beads are assembled from flat disks so they must be put together after baking.

She continues with other treatments, playing with shapes and colors that reveal different colors and patterns on each surface.

Look at Izabela’s growing collection of color-shifting beads on Flickr.

Did PCD miss a day? Why yes we did. Let’s say it was in celebration of summer and in an attempt to clear my desk before leaving for family time out west. StudioMojo is fresh and ready for your Saturday enjoyment but that Thursday post slipped right by me. It happens. If you feel you’re missing out, join us!

Mini-book class story

The mystery of Lucy Frykova's mini-book on PolymerClayDaily.com

 The mini-book samples like this red one from Lucy Frycova came out of a recent class taught by Spain’s Fabi Ajates.

The cover swivels on a screw (I’m guessing) to show the book’s hidden message. Lucy shows several other versions on her FB page. This one is mysterious and multilayered.

Fabi designs the coolest projects that retain their freshness no matter that they’re samples from classes. How does she get her students to do that?

 

In a NY-minute from Moscow

Galka Vasina reveals her graphic tricks in a NY minute on PolymerClayDaily

This superfast video from Moscow’s Galka-Vasina starts the day with a most welcome kick in the pants!

I had admired how foggy and amorphous her graphic-patterned terra cotta beads looked. One glance at the video and you’ll be smacking your forehead like I did. Nuff said!

Looks like they’re soon doing a live online event about these methods if you care to figure out the time change.

Small piece, big story

Colorado’s Phyllis Pollena-Cahill mixes her media in this polymer and copper brooch.

Phyllis Polema-Cahill stacks up patterns in a small graceful brooch on PolymerClayDaily.com

The patterns flow into each other and keep your eye darting between the variations in the layers that cup forward. The copper accents hint at even more complexity.

It’s a delight to take in this big story in a small space. Nice start to the week, eh?

Find more of Phyllis’ story on Instagram, Facebook, and Flickr.

Polymer that begs to be rescued

Boofant showed up on Amy Koranek’s Facebook page. Amy couldn’t resist Boofant’s request to be taken home from the gala weekend at Creative Journey Studios grand opening in their new Atlanta location.

Christi Friesen rids her mind of gremlins, grouches, and goofballs by capturing creatures like BooFant in polymer. They seem pretty harmless and are very endearing – especially with the plea to be rescued (clever marketing). Christi knows how to let her imagination and her humor run wild and that’s a talent.

Join us over at StudioMojo.org for this Saturday’s deep dive into events and ideas that give us ways to release tensions and help keep us sane and busy

Garden party polymer

Debby Wakely wears her high contrast garden on PolymerClayDaily.com

The UK’s Debby Wakely’s graduated round summer beads have a crisp summery feel. Look closely and you’ll see polka dotted petals and a dab of red at the center of each dark blue flower on the clean white background.

Debby has only this one post on her Instagram (and the BritishPCGuild’s page) so she’s off to a good start! Earlier works show up on Facebook.

Are you ready for tea and scones in the garden?

 

Tooting Terlizzi’s horn

Melissa Terlizzi's memorable teacher's gifts are winners on PolymerClayDaily.com

“My daughter moves on to high school next year,” says Virginia’s Melissa Terlizzi, “so I’m scrambling to finish notebook covers for the teachers she’s had for the past three years.”

This would be the band director’s, right? How cool is that?

Melissa wins PCD’s best teacher’s gift award! Let’s hope she posts more of them on her Facebook page.

Polymer with a teasing twist

Italy’s Alessia Bodini makes spiral beads with a sideways mokume gane twist. She nicks off bits of the sides of the beads to reveal the layers underneath.

Alessia Bodini extrudes, twists and carves her extrusions on PolymerClayDaily

Could be a triangle extruded shape. Are you itching to figure it out too? Alissa likes to tease us on her Instagram and Flickr and Facebook.

Living with polymer

Alev Gozonar renovates with polymer in the kitchen on PolymerClayDaily.com

Turkey’s Alev Gozonar moved from Istanbul to Ayvyalik, a small historic village 270 miles south. As part of the makeover of her old stone house, Alev added a polymer backsplash in the kitchen.

Alev Gozonar renovates with polymer in the kitchen on PolymerClayDaily.com

She covered vertical 10″ ceramic tiles with baked polymer veneers in an assortment of bargello-like patterns. She glued the baked veneers onto the tiles with superglue.

Integrating polymer into your home decor adds your very personal touch – plus it’s inexpensive. Got a backsplash that’s in need of an update? Think polymer.

See more on her Instagram and Facebook and follow her renovations there.

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