Rattan and polymer

Victoria James embellishes baskets with polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

California’s Victoria James shapes polymer clay into bottoms and tops for her woven baskets.

Look at her Flickr site to see how she makes a polymer base to begin her weaving or fashions a lid to top off a basket.

For years Victoria was best known for her natural texture sheets made from patterns harvested from the woods. It looks like you can still buy them on her website.

Victoria’s pace has been slow and steady. Her works take time. The concept of working at your own pace will be front and center in this week’s StudioMojo where we’ll look at the tension between creativity and efficiency. Join us!

Strumming polymer

Jana Honnerova hits the right note with this polymer veneer on her ukulele on PolymerClayDaily.com

Prague’s Jana Honnerova decorates her ukulele with polymer. Her colored stripes and carved lines mirror the design of the frets and strings striking just the right chord.

Imagine the size of that veneer? Is there something in your world that would benefit from decoration?

Polymer chic

Betsy Baker brings her chic polymer to NYC on PolymerClayDaily.com

Boston’s Betsy Baker makes her Manhattan debut June 8 & 9 at the Craft New York show.

Merely visiting her site makes you feel much more chic and sophisticated. Betsy limits her palette to a monochromatic mix set against grunge textures. Often there’s a hidden bit of silver and gold sparkle that appears like buried treasure.

Betsy branched out from her Boston market to the ACC shows and now she’s taking on New York. Betsy thinks big! If you want to see what that looks like, read her site and Instagram.

Rescue polymer

Dayna Corbitt creates a weekly offering of lovingly crafted animals on PolymerClayDaily.com

Illinois’ Dayna Corbitt (Whimsycalling) raises money for animal rescue with her very popular painted polymer animal sculptures.

Her understanding of animals shines through in her meticulously painted and lovingly crafted pieces.

Dayna stocks her shop with a new batch of items every two weeks. Updates usually sell out in minutes.

Here she asks her Instagram followers which tiger or panther they prefer from this week’s (5/31/19) offerings. No commissions, no special orders. Dayna shows us what happens when you narrow your focus to what makes your heart sing.

Simple or complex

Paula Kennedy decides how simple or serious she wants to be on PolymerClayDaily.com

It’s Memorial Day in the US. These red, white, and blue polymer flipflop earrings from Texas’ Paula Kennedy are the perfect accessory for the local parade.

Paula Kennedy decides how simple or serious she wants to be on PolymerClayDaily.com

Paula usually creates much more intense and complex projects (like this silver and polymer micromosaic feather necklace) but on a day like today, it’s hard to resist cute.

You decide how serious or silly, how simple or complex you want your work to be.

Polymer hoops

Angie Wiggins winds up her polymer for weekend fun on PolymerClayDaily.com

This earring design from Virginia’s Angie Wiggins is inspired!

She loops a strip of polymer that’s decorated on both sides, anchoring the spiral with seed beads in companion colors.

The ear wires will be added but you get the gist. They’re arty additions almost ready for a weekend of fun.

Did someone say “Weekend of fun?”  Studio Mojo will bring you pictures from a great retreat and links to new tools, clothes, and makeup. Events aren’t just for learning about polymer, you know. Come party with us!

Da to metallics

Natalya Pakhomova coaxes the luster from Cernit Metallics on PolymerClayDaily.com

The translation from the Instagram of Moscow’s Natalya Pakhomova makes little sense but her beads may speak your language.

We know they’re made from Cernit metallics using what they’re calling a snakeskin texture plate to achieve this loose mokume gane pattern.

With just the right coaxing, Cernit metallics can create a soft luster that says yes (that’s “da” in Russian). Here they are as earrings.

Heirloom polymer

Kathleen Dustin turns kids' art into polymer heirlooms on PolymerClayDaily.com https://wp.me/pegT3-61j

New Hampshire’s Kathleen Dustin reinterprets her grandchildren’s artwork as polymer brooches in her newest series.

The artwork combines the kids’ loose and colorful style with Grandma’s distinctive wirework and polymer skills.

See the rest of her series on Instagram.

What could you turn into a polymer heirloom in your family?

Curvy polymer

Julie Eakes keeps pantyhose and sand in her toolbox on PolymerClayDaily

North Carolina’s Julie Eakes brought sand and pantyhose to the Virginia retreat to experiment with rounded polymer forms like this one that has a 4″ diameter.

It’s all polymer and built on a shape filled with sand that is removed after curing.

Julie Eakes keeps pantyhose and sand in her toolbox on PolymerClayDaily

Julie continued her dark, curving theme on gently rounded squares for the bowl swap.

With several successful vases and one blowout (hot sand needs to cool slowly before handling), Julie was hooked on vessels. Watch for more on Instagram and Facebook.

Me and Matisse

Cynthia Tinapple's Matisse and me earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

In a last-day flurry of activity at the retreat in Virginia, I churned out a bunch of earrings.

I rarely work quickly to produce a bunch. As I looked around the workroom, it appeared that everyone was enjoying a last-minute burst of creativity. I’m calling these my Me and Matisse earrings.

The drive to “get her done” is often one of the best motivators and a good reason to join your own gathering of artists.

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