Centering with Peace Pebbles

Lizzi Bizzi centers with Peace Pebble bicone beads on PolymerClayDaily
Lizzi Bizzi centers with Peace Pebble bicone beads on PolymerClayDaily

You thought I’d be all about VOTE today, right? But we’re fried and frazzled and these Peace Pebbles from UK’s Lizzi Holt (Bizzi Zizzi would feel like silky smooth soothing charms in my pocket.

There’s something magical about being able to control the swirl of bicone beads and Lizzi has mastered it.

“Take a moment to be present and become aware of your surroundings, thoughts, and your breathing. Use a Peace Pebble™ to center yourself and anchor positive memories whenever you feel anxious or stressed, when meditating or in prayer,” Lizzi advises.

So chill right after you vote. And if you want to make a bicone swirl, take a look at this little video of mine where Carissa Nichols teaches you the basics.

Justice for all polymer

Laurie Mika marks the importance of Justice for All on PolymerClayDaily.com

This 9″x12″ tarot card Justice from California’s Laurie Mika suits the serious mood today.

Laurie assembles her sumptuous mixed media mosaics from polymer, jewelry parts, and found items. The phrase from the pledge of allegiance and other words and imagery are stamped in. Rich colors and golden highlights add gravitas.

“My art continues to be influenced by the world we are living in. This is a way for me to mark this historic time in our lives,” she says. She hopes her art brings some solace.

See more of Laurie’s mosaics, reliquaries, and jewelry on Etsy.

 

Halloween scream and pats on the back

Karen Walker lets out a scream for Halloween on PolymerClayDaily.com

UK’s Karen Walker (Clayground) perfectly captures Halloween 2020 with her rendition of Edvard Munch’s Scream in Cernit. No gore necessary! We get the picture from this sleek, simple, wide-eyed character. Here on Facebook.

If you’re feeling ready for a cheery diversion, stop by tomorrow’s StudioMojo where we’ll be encouraging you to pat yourselves on the back for accomplishments great and small during these scream-worthy times. BYO Halloween candy. 

The joy of voting

Cynthia Tinapple refreshes stars and stripes at the polls on PolymerClayDaily.com

High fives to the dance parties and parades and celebrations at the polls. In the midst of terrible news, it felt good to be standing in line being proactive with lots of fellow voters.

I took apart a very old necklace to bring you today’s graphic. Isn’t it amazing how stars and stripes can be combined and recombined? Even the tail ends can be made into what looks like fireworks. There’s joy at the polls. Join the party.

Scraps of Autumn

Liga Valge combines autumn colors on PolymerClayDaily.com

Before the leaves fall and the lawn turns white with frost, let’s breathe in some autumn colors from Ireland’s Liga Valge. Sometimes scraps tell a story of their own.

Halloween will collide with voting this week. A real mishmash. It’s hard to focus. Let me know if you create something inspired.

Jumping through hoops

Cynthia Tinapple jumps through hoops on PolymerClayDaily
Cynthia Tinapple jumps through hoops on PolymerClayDaily

Extruding is my studio warm-up exercise. Polymer hoop earrings are selling like hotcakes and look easy enough. Since I’ve been peddling red, white, and blue all week, the palette was settled. I was off to try out hoops.

Lynda Gilcher’s repeat angle wedge extruder disks are perfect for striped canes. She does the math and each disk indicates how many you’ll need to make a complete circle. I assembled my 12 extruded wedge strips of color into a circle.

Insert the resulting cane back into the extruder to produce any shape you want. For the hoops, I extruded the cane through Lynda’s Arches #3 disk. Voila! Hoops!

The messy scrap is the beginning of a brooch (see Jana Roberts Benzon’s idea here). Something about this textured mess seems apropos of our current red, white, and blue. It needs an element that says 2020.

Did you notice that I slid right into tutorial mode? Friday is my day to scoop up the ideas and products that have floated by and turn them into juicy stuff for StudioMojo. Sometimes it’s a how-to, sometimes it’s a looky-looky. Come on over and see what’s in this week’s grab bag.

Rock and roll patriotic bicones

Swirling bicones from Shulamit Raanan on PolymerClayDaily.com

You might think that Shulamit Raanan creates her most exuberant stars and stripes in a small town in a midwestern American flag-waving state. You’d be wrong. “The magic takes place in a little studio, on the second floor of a house standing at the top of a hill overlooking the Yzrael Valley in the north of Israel,” she admits. She’s a prolific maker of buttons, beads, and jewelry as you’ll see on her FB page.

If you need a soothing, meditative polymer technique, try bicones like Shulamit’s. Carissa Nichols shows you how to rock and roll bicone beads from scrap in this video. It’s like learning to ride a bike (without the skinned knees). Once you get your balance you’ll be hooked.

Fill out your ballot, check it twice. You’re all set to vote!

Coming up roses

Ann Havlach-Duncan's patriotic garden grows as you vote on PolymerClayDaily.com

Illinois’ Ann Duncan-Hlavach brings red, white, and blue to her polymer roses. She swirls thin cane slices around each other and hides a pearl in their centers.

So here’s hoping that we swirl around each other and find the pearl we want in the middle.

You’ve voted already, right? That’s the best way to keep your garden growing!