Squiggly tubes

Isis Blackstock makes modern squiggles in polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

Isis Blackstock(littlepiecesjewelry) made me explore further.

It seems counter-intuitive that you can bend an extruded tube and still maintain the hole. The joys of polymer!

I’m remembering earlier variations on the idea from Lindly Haunani, Ford/Forlano, and Pier Voulkas. Oh, that takes me back.

Isis explores this concept, applying it to a wide range of bangles and necklaces.

She offers them in monochrome colors but what if you covered the tube with pattern? I’m talking to myself here. I really must try this.

Our polymer sisters


Pramila and Sharmila have tested positive at Samunnat Nepal on PolymerClayDaily.com

Pramila and Sharmila are the “eyes” behind the polymer beads in this promo shot. They were two of the early artists in the Samunnat Nepal project begun 14 years ago and supported by polymer artists around the world. Both women have tested positive.

Without vaccines and good healthcare, the country is ravaged by COVID. So far Pramila and Sharmila have not required hospitalization but the situation is perilous for all the women.

While we slowly and happily return to normal, consider those in countries where the prospect of normal is a long way off. Keep these polymer sisters in your thoughts and prayers.

To donate, scroll to the bottom of their page to an easy PayPal donate button. Follow their progress on Instagram.


A late report from Wendy Moore: Sharmila seems to be recovering but Pramila is still getting very bad headaches.

It costs NRS 1000 ($8.39) to get tested and so Samunnat is paying for all the close contacts to get tested. The centre is more than half an hour away so we are paying for transport too. We have closed the studio until we see how things are.

We had been meeting at least weekly with Kathleen (Dustin) and the girls were so positive about this. And as we speak, a parcel of prototypes is heading to her.

FRIDAY FOLLOW – Blossom and Clay

Follow Sally Kirk to see what she'll try next on PolymerClayDaily.com

Houston’s Sally Kirk (BlossomandClay) has whizzed through polymer techniques in her first year. She brings a keen eye and a steady hand to each method.

Here Sally tops alcohol inks on polymer with resin. She has a love/hate relationship with the inks that can mix brilliantly or badly without warning.

Follow her to see how this musician/teacher/gardener lets her skills and sensitivities play in polymer.

Junk food jewelry

Olympic qualifier in polymer junk food earrings from Wanda Eash on PolymerClayDaily.com

Arkansas’ Wanda Eash is enjoying her moment of fame today for the miniature Doritos earrings sported by track star and fashion icon Christina Clemons in her successful bid for the Olympics team.

Olympic qualifier in polymer junk food earrings from Wanda Eash on PolymerClayDaily.com

While we’re not certain Christina’s earrings were from Wanda, she’s been making polymer “junk food jewelry” for years.

These days there are lots of lookalikes but we will give credit to Wanda for leading the way.

Robot cake toppers

M. Held dresses up her robots for June weddings on PolymerClayDaily.com

Hey, it’s June! Where are the weddings? The polymer cake toppers? Happy couples running along the beach…without masks? It’s time we brought them back.

Florida’s Melissa Randolph (HerArtSheLoves) gets her geek on with her sculptures. She’s loved robots since she was a kid and there are newlyweds who share her passion.

Polymer, coiled wire, some paint. She makes amazing characters with a few ingredients.

I’m off to visit my grandsons and thinking this might be right up their alley…maybe not brides and grooms but robots for sure.

FRIDAY FOLLOW: Skinny Dip

Today we skinny dip with Ohio’s Morgan McGoff (skinny.dip.jewelry).

She’s grown up swimming comfortably in an ocean of technology. “The skinny” refers to remaining true to her naked, authentic self. Her studio is smack dab in the middle of her living room.

Morgan has an art and photography background. She started with polymer in 2018 gathering twelve thousand followers along the way as well as a Patreon following.

She makes sleek, monochromatic jewelry with clever twists and tweaks. She sells!

She finds her community online. Morgan is today’s polymer artist.


We’ll look at other au courant polymer artists in this Saturday’s StudioMojo. Did you know that Etsy doubled its revenue in 2020?

What do the numbers mean to you? Join us and hang on as we sort it out.

 

Studio in a go-bag

Sarah Shriver's distinctive colors shine through her new style on PolymerClayDaily.com

California’s Sarah Shriver sounds tentative when she talks about her new collection of painted circle necklaces. She’s been a polymer artist for decades and this minimalist style is a departure. One admirer said the circles reminded her of tiddlywinks, the kids’ game.

Sarah’s complex cane work and signature color palette have been distinctive. But the past year and now fear of wildfire have shifted her thinking. She has to be able to move at a moment’s notice. She’s pared down.

These circles painted with layers of Genesis and strung on silk thread contain Sarah’s same rich and luscious colors but with a nod to efficiency and minimalism.

She’s also been refining mobiles and hollow translucent beads and more. Her new directions reflect the smart, adaptive strategy that our times require.

Spectacle receptacles

Lisa Renner's spectacle receptacles help you organize on PolymerClayDaily.com

These creations from Texas’ Lisa Renner made me chuckle at her clever solution to our shared problem.

They’re the latest additions to Lisa’s  “All in Her Head” tool caddies formed from polymer sculpted over 4” tin cans. Finally, a perfect place to park your readers where they can’t be missed.

Whimsical noses can keep several pairs of glasses in place while adding a bit of humor to your office, studio, bathroom, or bedroom.

The tin additionally serves as a container for art tools, pens, pencils, markers, even make-up brushes. Or, as the title suggests, a receptacle for more of your spectacles! They’re nearly sold out on her Etsy shop.

FRIDAY FOLLOW – Sand Dollars meet Pantone

Caro adds Pantone punch to her molded sand dollars on polymerclaydaily.com

Austin’s Caro (Waraoclay) brightens up the beach with bright molded sand dollars in Pantone colors.

She includes lots of the usual shapes in her collections of earrings and jewelry. But she regularly veers away from ho-hum into uncharted water.

Caro has over 50,000 followers (how does that happen) so she’s not exactly desperate for our clicks but it may be interesting to watch where she goes next.


What comes next? What tools are worth it?

Over at StudioMojo we jam tidbits, tool talk, and treats into one luscious list that’s short on words and long on inspiration. 

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