A bird in the hand

Edith Fischer Katz finds a crow in her clay on PolymerClayDaily.com

Israel’s Edith Fischer Katz’ crow cane started at about 6″ in diameter. On Instagram, you can follow her as she builds the crow and then surrounds it with shadow and background.

She fearlessly reduces the plate-size cane. Edith cut a thick slice at about this size and sculpted a 3D crow out of the slice.

Edith Fischer Katz finds a crow in her clay on PolymerClayDaily.com

What will she do with her murder of crows? (Yes, it’s a murder of crows.) We’ll have to follow her Instagram to see where this goes.

Edith usually sculpts in clay as you can see in her Facebook photos of small figures. This cane is an interesting departure.

Monika Busch stacks punchy colors on big hole beads on PolymerClayDaily.com

Germany’s Monika Busch (Efmoni) tells us that, ” I like to be inspired by artists like Mucha, Hundertwasser, Monet, and Klimt. The luminosity of colors and strong contrasts fascinate me.”

But you already sensed that, right?

Monika Busch stacks punchy colors on big hole beads on PolymerClayDaily.com

Monika makes big hole beads and buttons, many of them a variation on the Bettina Welker cane into which Monika injects great colors that wake up your Monday.

Underground rainbows

Gilly Scott turns a rainbow cane into budding beads on PolymerClayDaily

Australia’s Gilly Scott (clayladydownunder) makes us think spring is possible with this rainbow bud.

The winter wind is still howling but we all trust that there are fantastic forces like these pushing up to the garden surface.

I hunted for precise instructions on this cane and they are easy to find. Getting the colors clean and clear is trickier. Perhaps Gilly will share pictures of her method.

If you need a spring boost, try one of these rainbows to lift your spirits.

Wearable chips of polymer

Fiona Herbst's wafer-thin cane slices make a necklace of chips on PolymerClayDaily.com

The wonky, potato chip curls of wafer-thin beads make your eyes ricochet around these necklaces from Ireland’s Fiona Herbst. Flat white spacer beads keep the chips from stacking too closely.

Would you guess that she cut slices of one big wrapped cane that was rolled so that its size tapered on either end?

Wait, that’s a lot of chips, isn’t it? Maybe I’ll just admire Fiona’s or wait for them to come up in her Etsy store.

At the first of the year when we’re trying to stay focused It’s hard not to get thrown off-track by some fabulous looking piece. See how we deal with diversions over at StudioMojo this weekend. We found a bunch of treats as we cleaned up after the holidays.

Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg's caned tiger lily picks up the 2019 color of the year on PolymerClayDaily

This 2.25″ x 3.25″ tiger lily pendant by Connecticut’s Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg picks up on 2019’s Living Coral, the color of the year according to Pantone. Lynne Ann shows it on Instagram and lists it on Etsy.

She’s expert at leaf and floral canes and she’s on track for the new year.

Ready to think about what 2019 has in store for us? Come on over to StudioMojo. This weekend we’ll be looking at the challenges and trends ahead. If your mojo needs a push to move up a notch, this is the place. 

East meets west meet polymer

Caroline Casswell links polymer to fashion on PolymerClayDaily

UK’s Caroline Casswell has created a polymer link necklace that would be so easy to wear with any wardrobe.

It makes me want to sit down and make a whole bunch of blue and white canes that look a little Japanese and a little Willoware china. Old meets new. East meets west meets polymer.

Caroline shows these in several palettes and sizes on her Instagram.

But cane-making will have to wait until Saturday’s StudioMojo is finished. Links to great stuff from all over came sailing in this week. Organizing them and making them make sense is like reading tea leaves. Want to know what’s in your future? Join your friends in polymer over at StudioMojo.org.

Treasured bees

Jennifer Patterson layers a natural scene on Polymer Clay Daily.com

Minnesota’s Jennifer Patterson (QuiltedInClay) has been busy creating wares for her upcoming Duluth show.

You’ll have to look more closely to get the full effect of the layers here. You’ll discover the translucent bee wings that show the petals below. Remarkable.

Jennifer is famous for her extruded quilt patterns and disk sets. Here she veers off course for one-off pieces that are good for her heart and her mojo.

Oh yes, speaking of mojo, join us for Saturday’s StudioMojo where we’ll be dealing with what turtles teach us about anxiety and traveling. 

Zentangle to polymer

Anita Long brings her zentangles to polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

It was a logical progression for illustrator and Zentangle enthusiast Anita Long (neeneeree) from Indiana to translate her drawings into polymer canes. The detail and dimension in this cane have given her enough material to last through the end of her 100 Day project. You can follow along on her Facebook and Instagram.

Anita Long brings her zentangles to polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

In the last few days of the project, she’s had a burst of energy and playing with layering translucent clay, alcohol inks, silver leaf, embossing powder, and acrylic paint. Her stunning progress may make you want to consider joining in the next 100 Day creative marathon.

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