Dark iridescence

The long thin shapes of these iridescent purple and blue feathers from Natalya Aleksandrova form a most graceful and stunning Midnight Crown bracelet.

Natalya Aleksandrova's feathers glow with dark, magic on PolymerClayDaily.com

The bracelet will be available as part of the  “Night Time Magic” show of the Soul Sisters United group on Facebook on June 3-4.

Natalya’s textured feathers glow as their narrow shapes fit comfortably on the wrist. Look more closely on Facebook.

Saying so much with so little

Cynthia Toops tells her story with 14 charms on PolymerClayDaily.com

A cupcake, a garden spade, a piggy bank, an organizer, pizza, hand soap, a swiss army knife, “isolate”, micron pens, puzzle pieces, her husband’s sisters, beads, Campbell’s soup, distancing.

How cool are these charms on this Covid 19 bracelet from Seattle’s Cynthia Toops?

She’s summed up what she’s going through with just a smattering of black and white clay. Can you believe how powerfully she describes her experience with so little?

Join us over at StudioMojo where we’ll spell out the week in polymer art with a breezy but deep look at the most exciting finds that wouldn’t quite fit on PCD.

Moving hands move you

Wiwat Kamolpornwijit shifts his perspective with a new bracelet on PolymerClayDaily.com

Virginia’s Wiwat Kamolpornwijit calms his jittery nerves with a new spring line. This bracelet with magnetic closure reads differently depending on your perspective.

Patterned circles bend to reveal black and white graphics. “I’m too tired of being worried,” says Wiwat. “I started getting my hands on polymer again, and it really helped getting my mind in the right place.”

Would your mind feel better if your hands started moving?

Spikey bracelet for a weaver

Rebecca Thickbroom weaves coastal influents into polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

London’s Rebecca Thickbroom created this “Spikey Isle” bracelet for weaver Camilla Thomas.

Rebecca picks up the subtle colors, designs, and shapes of this fiber artist for Camilla’s commission. Even the findings could have been washed up onshore. It’s a combination of ancient coasts, quiet colors and modern patterns.

Explore the two artists’ sites to see how their aesthetics mesh.

Mix and match playful bangle


Valérie Bodino-Nazet builds a wonky, fun bangle on PolymerClayDaily.com

France’s Valérie Bodino-Nazet hits the spot with this mix-and-match segmented bangle to wrap up the week.

Black and white stripes are a no-fail pattern to break up the tiny flowered pattern, the black and white leaf-like section, and the graphic black and white piece with just a splash of florals. Here on Instagram.

It’s hard to tell if this is one solid bangle or if the bracelet is in three sections of tubes that stretch apart at the stripes. No matter, it’s a playful and slightly wobbly Friday treat.

If you’re in the mood for more treats, join us over at StudioMojo where the value of a playful approach to polymer art is one of the big keys to success. Come join us. 

Polymer on demand

See how Christine Damm makes a successful design last and last on PolymerClayDaily.com

Vermont’s Christine Damm worked and re-worked strips of bright summery veneer with layers of paint and crackle and whatever media suited her fancy.

She liked the resulting sheet of designs so much that before she adhered the polymer to this brass cuff, she scanned the image into her computer so that she could print the successful design onto scarves, pillows or any number of other items.

Go to ShopVida.com to see how one veneer translates into many items on demand.

Long-running projects

Watch Cristina Garcia Alvarez challenge herself for 100 days on PolymerClayDaily.com

Spain’s Cristina García Alvarez (espiralarte) gives us a window into her journey through a 100-day project on Instagram.

On day 20 she took a turn that you may like when she paired Skinner blends with Bettina Welker-like retro canes. She added quirky textures and sped along with variations on the days that followed. Cristina gives us a window into her world as she continues to explore these designs. Click through her days and watch her progress.

We’ll be looking at how artists grow and change in the StudioMojo weekend newsletter this Saturday. Instead of sulking about how I haven’t participated in 100-day efforts like Cristina’s, I’ve decided to celebrate that StudioMojo has been perking along for 408 weeks. Yikes! It’s my own kind of long-running project that you can join at any time!

Combined artforms

Mickey Kunkle weaves her art together on Polymer Clay Daily.com

Maryland’s Mickey Kunkle straddles the worlds of fiber and polymer in her jewelry. At Clayathon in New Jersey, Mickey was working on designing a woven polymer bracelet using a kind of loom she made by drilling holes in a round base. It’s a hybrid of fiber and polymer influences.

Mickey Kunkle weaves her art together on Polymer Clay Daily.com

Mickey extruded round pegs that she cured and inserted into the holes in the base. She then extruded long strings to weave around the pegs to form a bracelet. Her prototype is strong and colorful and wearable. She’s still in the “Whatify” stage.

In her gallery video, Mickey explains her struggles as an artist and how she has learned to combine her talents to suit herself. Can’t decide between your favorite artforms? Maybe you don’t have to.