Tips and Tricks

Extrude and cane for the 4th

Tiffany of SmithAvenueClay waves the flag on PolymerClayDaily.com

Kansas’ Tiffany (SmithAvenueClay) waves the flag in her latest earrings on Instagram. Her designs are parade-worthy.

The fourth of July was made for extruder lovers and cane-making fans!

So squeeze out some stars and layer up some stripes!  It’s just around the corner!

FRIDAY FOLLOW – Grace Oliver

Grace Oliver ties polymer in knots on PolymerClayDaily.com

That’s what we’ll do with Friday! We’ll find somebody fresh and new and off the beaten path to keep our eye on.

This week follow the UK’s Grace Oliver (grace.oliver.designs). She’s only been in business since June 2020 and already she’s a standout with her extruded sculptural knots and decorative big letter garlands. Oh yeah, she’s got earrings with a twist too but she’s a free-range girl who tries lots of paths.


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Beach polymer

Ginnie Parish brings the beach to her studio on PolymerClayDaily.com

North Carolina’s Ginnie Randolph Parrish (parrishginnie) transports herself to the beach and upcycles a tin can.

Sandy colors, shell shapes, spirals, and stripes take your mind to the beach without the need for sunscreen. What a great way to avoid traffic and crowds in the cool comfort of your workspace on the holiday.

A lid and legs take Ginnie’s tin can way beyond its humble beginnings.


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Buds from the garden

Seana Bettencourt works out how to assemble buds on PolymerClayDaily.com
Seana Bettencourt works out how to assemble buds on PolymerClayDaily.com

It’s been a fruitful week for Ontario’s Seanna Bettencourt (thepolymergarden) as she launches into week 2 of a 33-week challenge. She devoted this week to improve the process. Seanna’s cane-slice petals gently cup the buds.

First came the design and petal making. Assembling was too fiddly and intensive for production. She refined and refined until, like Goldilocks, she got it just right. Here’s the finished product.

Thin glowing polymer

Sunny days may inspire you to dig out the translucent clay like UK’s Belinda Ashton did.

Light streaming through thin colorful polymer is a wonderful Monday project. Belinda has gone thinner and brighter with each of her experiments. These flower petal shapes glow.

Hello, Monday!

Ear buntings

Maryland’s Ali Bojanowski (bycamelliadesign) drapes red, white, and blue into patriotic earrings for Memorial Day.

Granted, it will take longer than the few seconds that Ali shows here.

But fast forward to the end of May, and you could be sporting these flag buntings on your ears in the town parade.

Folded, draped, and wrinkled polymer is quite fashionable this year.

Ali Bojanowski drapes ears in flags on PolymerClayDaily.com

Puzzling polymer

Julie Eakes puzzles through another collaboration on PolymerClayDaily.com

Julie Eakes loves to pixelate images. In many of her works, she divides an image into squares and reassembles the pieces into a whole again. That’s the way her brain works.

Thirty-six polymer artists were given 3″x3″ drawings to replicate in the polymer colors and techniques of their choosing. Follow the pattern that you are given. “I’ll screw it up,” each of us thought. It’s a daunting task. It will never work.

But it does.

All those hands, all those colors and textures pull together. It’s a 36″x36″  proof of what we can do.

This is Julie’s tenth group puzzle and they keep getting better.

Summer baskets

Basket weave polymer gives Phoebe's earrings a summery feel on PolymerClayDaily.com

Phoebe (Otie & Co) introduces breezy basketweaves into her swingy earrings.

The texture adds hints of lazy days, picnic baskets, and porch furniture.

Phoebe started making boho baby art when she first started. That quickly morphed into baby mama jewelry and art.

Visit her IG for a taste of summer.

Hidden secret

Donna Greenberg makes the back as interesting as the front on PolymerClayDaily.com

New Jersey’s Donna Greenberg adds a secret to her scrappy leaf earrings. On the front, she adds dots for interest.

Donna Greenberg makes the back as interesting as the front on PolymerClayDaily.com

Only the wearer knows that the back is as interesting as the front. Donna added an overlay of cutout clay. It’s like a private message from the artist.

Donna reminds us that the back is as important as the front.

Friday thimble terrors

Brooke Duckart's thimble terrors are ready for the weekend on PolymerClayDaily.com

These characters from Oregon’s Brooke Duckart jumped right out at me. Recognize those screwy grins and bulging googly eyes?

Yep, it’s Friday and somebody’s had too much screen time. We know just how Brooke’s finger puppets are feeling.

Brooke uses thimbles as the form for her thimble terrors.


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