Balanced reds

Pat Bolgar balances a bouquet of polymer pods on PolymerClayDaily.com

A splash of red from Ohio’s Pat Bolgar (AccessoryArt) rounds out the week.

Pat perches a tight bunch of delicate pods on silver circles. Their balance and fine details make them a perfect lead in to Valentine’s Day.

Let the reds and the hearts begin! Here’s Pat’s work on Instagram.

How did we get to Friday already? We’ll parse the developments that rocked the polymer world over at StudioMojo tomorrow morning. Join us!

Piles of possibilities

Laura Walthen designs pieces from this pile of possibilities on PolymerClayDaily.com

Savor the soft pastel shades in this pile of parts and pieces from UK’s Laura Wathen (ClaytimeDesigns).

The advantage of making a big batch of polymer shapes from a set palette is that the possibilities for building jewelry pieces are gloriously endless.

Laura coats each piece with resin before she starts her assemblage.

Don’t you want to scoop some up in your hands and let them rain down?

Essential hearts

Fi-mons strips hearts to their essentials on PolymerClayDaily.com

You’ll have to fill me in on the name behind Spain’s Bisuteria Creativa (fi-mons). All I know is that Valentine’s Day is approaching and her slightly wonky hearts speak love to me. You too?

Her simple circles are delightful. Everything is stripped down to its essentials. Pure, simple and totally trendy.

Track her around on Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr. Can you find her name?

Peekaboo Tuesday

Fabi Ajates mixes a new palette and patterns for ACE on PolymerClayDaily.com

Class samples are the best! Teachers take good photos and have great ideas.

These are Spain’s Fabiola Ajates’ prototypes for the October 6-10 Atlantic City Escape (ACE).

Look at how the underneath patterns peek through the cutout of the top layers. The thrill of peekaboo hangs on through adulthood.

Fabi has mixed an all-new retro 60’s palette for her class with 33 colors and patterns that make me giddy.

Seductive Monday tutorial

Juliya Laukhina shares a super simple pod tutorial on PolymerClayDaily.com

You don’t need to speak a word of Russian to understand Juliya Laukhina’s pod tutorials that she offers free on her Instagram. Just watch closely.

She makes creating this black and white one look oh so seductively easy and fast.

Juliya has covered wonderfully colored bead bases with cane slices for years. Now she’s moved to larger pod shapes.

It’s generous of her to share their construction with us to start the week right.

Turning old into new

Bettina Welker shows how to mix old and new elements into modern marvels on PolymerClayDaily.com

Germany’s Bettina Welker arranges textured elements on a black spiral doodle of clay to form a thoroughly modern pendant/brooch.

Bettina is teaching this workshop in her hometown. Students bring favorite elements they’ve made or gathered. They evaluate and sort their finds and learn to arrange them into something new and better.

You can see more in this series on her Etsy site.

Upcycling and making old into new is another of the trends we’ll look at in this Saturday’s StudioMojo. It’s a heads-up for where our work may be headed in 2020 and beyond. We’d love to have you join us.

The polymer rabbit hole

Lynn Yuhr falls down the rabbit hole with her liquid clay class samples on PolymerClayDaily.com

“The rabbit hole is deep,” Florida’s Lynn Yuhr cautions as she prepares her class samples for the Bead and Button show.

You may have seen Lynn’s intro video that we snapped for StudioMojo last year. She demos the basics here.

Since then Lynn has fallen down the rabbit hole as she expands her skills for her Getting Wabi Sabi with Liquid Clay class.

Very loose. Very retro. Very cool.

Polymer in Japan

Yukari Tateuchi offers a taste of Japanese polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

Japan’s Yukari Tateuchi (ycollection) was introduced to polymer in 1995. That was about the time when Nan Roche and Kaz Kono were busy in Japan though there may be no connection. I like to think that’s when polymer seeds were planted. 

On her class page, she notes that, “It is even better if you bring your own slippers. The workplace is small and dirty,” There are interesting stories here!

These disks covered with monochromatic canes have a soothing, minimalist and modern feel about them. Go explore her aesthetic on her pages.

Buckle up bracelets

Delphine Vignoble makes simple stylish with this buckled bracelet on PolymerClayDaily.com

Check out these belted bracelets from Belgium’s Delphine Vignoble.

This one sports an imitation green python texture with mahogany buckle.

Delphine composes her bangle entirely in Cernit to make simple and stylish arm candy.

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