Puzzling polymer

Ivana Svobodova puzzles her scraps together on PolymerClayDaily

Czech Republic’s  Ivana Svobodová makes a game of collecting all her thin, tiny scraps and then sitting down for a game of assemblage. Nothing goes to waste as she creates a series of puzzled brooches.

The face parts mixed in with all the patterns add an element of surprise and mystery.

Ivana Svobodova puzzles her scraps together on PolymerClayDaily

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.

Monday zigzags

Greece’s Katerina Strouggari (@mepolymeraki) zigs and zags her polymer earrings, tucking in balls of clay for an imitative soutache design.

She starts with one long strip of black and white, adding alternating colors of balls between each turn.

Soutache is the narrow braid embroidery associated with military and band uniforms.

See how she creates the same effect on pendants on Facebook

Confounding Monday twists

Carol Blackburn twists black and white in new ways on PolymerClayDaily.com

We thought we’d seen black and white manipulated and stretched and combined in every way possible. Then UK’s Carol Blackburn took another look and came up with this Barcode necklace.

It’s made of her hollow tetra beads, dimensional shapes that remind me of small cream containers and fancy tea bags.

So not only are the striped patterns confounding, but the shapes add another layer of difficulty. The most magical thing is that her methods are actually elegantly simple. Here’s hoping she adds this to her upcoming classes.

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.

Interest in the background

Carola Greiser's Norwegian knitted background on PolymerClayDaily.com

Caner Carola Greiser (polymerclayshed) from Texas starts our week with a black and white background cane. Carola made the cane specifically to frame her moose cane.

But who wouldn’t welcome the sketchy dashes and lines of this composition to enhance a larger design? It has the look of a Norwegian knitting pattern.

Carola uses her designs to cover crochet hooks, card cases,  pens, and other small items that you can see on Instagram and Etsy.

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