Changing perspective in polymer

Susie Baim lets loose with an alcohol inks and mosaics tile on PolymerClayDaily.com

Enjoy the spirit of this 6×6-inch polymer clay mosaic mounted on MDF board by Illinois’ Susie Baim.

“I’m still having fun with Debbie Crothers‘ alcohol ink technique! I used it on the tiles and the heart,” says Susie.

Having fun with a technique and adding her own spin on it comes through delightfully.

This series of non-jewelry expressions shifts our thinking to polymer art.

From veneer to bead

Dan Cormier shows how to turn veneers into finely finished pieces in his June-July online class

Here’s a first look at one of Dan Cormier’s newest beads from his initial Matrix Canes online canework master class. But what does one do with beautiful veneers?

The sequel to the story is lodged in his second online adventure, Building Better Beads which runs from June 14 to July 14.

In this next step, Dan shows you how to turn a flat veneer into a finely finished piece. Registration closes Wednesday, June 5. Hop on over to the class site to read up on the details and register.

Hats off to polymer

Syndee Holt takes her hats up a notch with decoration on PolymerClayDaily.com

Today California’s Syndee Holt expands our world of embellishment with polymer to hat bands.

Syndee has an enviable collection of hats to protect her from the California sun made more striking with the addition of a dash of color on each brim. Read how Syndee has approached her stack of hats (these and others) on her blog and Instagram.

Surely you have a hat that could use a little sprucing up for summer.

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.

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