Cranberries in polymer

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Are you thinking cranberries? Even if you don’t like the taste you gotta love the color. The UK’s Clare Lloyd captures mouthwatering berry colors beautifully.

From deep pinks through reds, burgundies, and dark currants, each of Clare’s colors is luscious.

A look at her palettes on FolksyPinterest, Instagram and Facebook may prompt you to mix your own batch of winter reds.

Curio Curious?

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Can you imagine cutting these polymer pieces by hand? Today’s die cutting machines make delicate cutting much easier. Join me for a Craftcast online class this Saturday to see how.

Taste of France

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I’m checking out the work of Toulouse’s Amarena to help me “get my French on” for my flight to Europe on Friday.

Digging through my scarf drawer and rooting through my earring collection as I pack for EuroSynergy2, Amarena’s vibe is guiding me.

She has an easy, self-assured way with clay and color that I’d like to pull off? Possible? I can try.

Get your first taste of France on Amarena’s Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest and stay tuned for reports from the upcoming conference.

Pods, pots and periods

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On her blog you can see how Wendy Moore’s polymer pod series developed methodically and colorfully. Her collection of pod shapes offered a great place to test the understanding of color that she picked up working through Tracy Holmes’ Colour Deck.

Wendy limited her experiments to flat, textured, cutout and stacked graphic shapes and then simply linked them together.

The proof of the pudding for the project, however, was seeing Wendy (in glasses), her mother and her sister wearing the series on her Instagram site.

Wendy also reports on the latest activities of the Samunnat ladies in Nepal who traveled by bus to Kathmandu thanks to support from the polymer community. Read about their adventure here.

Wearing the sunset

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There’s great pleasure in finding  a palette that resonates and mixing the colors in polymer.

Here France’s Laure Steele (Lor et Creations) built her palette from a photograph and then assembled components into a large kaleidoscope cane in Carol Simmons’ recent master class in La Crau, France.

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See more stunning results from Laure’s Facebook and Carol’s page and site. And if you’re searching for color inspiration, don’t miss Carol’s Pinterest site.

Polymer molecules

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The young Czech colorist, Dana Phamova, wants to try her Molecule earrings in every color combination. A look at her Instagram and Flickr pages shows you how she plays with color and replicates shifts of light.

It’s no secret that I like to ease into the week, starting with something simple that teaches me how colors work as I look for combinations that sing. These delightful color studies would be a perfect (and very wearable) way to begin. Dana shows more of her studies on her site as well.

Almost edible polymer

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This is one of Lindly Haunani’s sample bracelets for a July master class which is aptly named Incredible Almost Edible Color. 

The curved tube smoothly fits the back of the wrist with the bouquet of folded petals and leaves stretching across the front. Designed like a wrist corsage, I’m betting that this is comfortable to wear. (But not edible.)

Registration for the 6-day Master Class Camp intensive sessions opens today. The July 8-13 classes in Laurel, Maryland, feature some of polymer’s most accomplished artists. Follow Lindly on Facebook as well.

Eclectic online tonight

Craftcast snatched Staci Louise Smith for an online class as soon as she saw Staci’s faux fossils and painted talisman necklaces. Tonight online Staci will paint and crackle, wire wrap and string an ecelectic mix of fashionable fun while she describes each step.

Oh, this will be fun. Register here to watch live and play the recording again when you need a refresher.

Spring polymer palette

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Bring out your Spring Palette as Carol Beal (BeadUnsupervised) does with this Kandinsky-like bracelet.

You can see what she’s cooked up for spring on her Flickr page and on Etsy. Carol mixes her media in delightful ways.

I’ve been unsupervised all weekend and am not quite ready to return. Talk amongst yourselves.

Polymer rainbow roses

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Ann Duncan Hlavach knows her roses. The color tricks she learned in a recent class in Chicago with Lindly Haunani took her flowers to a new level. “I think my head may have exploded,” she says.

Rainbow roses are a real phenomenon. Here’s a tutorial on how to tint a natural white rose.

But I prefer Ann’s translucent petals with their contrast tinged edges and jewel centers. You can enjoy them for a whole lot longer. You’ll find more on Etsy, Facebook and Pinterest.

Polymer with sweet mud

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Lindly Haunani has hit the color sweet spot with her latest series of brooches which she produces in a range of color blends. Mud, gold Premo and a Rolls Royce of a pasta machine have helped her along the way.

Of course a degree in printmaking, years of creating art and teaching polymer and a supreme color sense also contribute to her masterful combinations.

But back to the mud. A dollop of gray/brown clay is mixed into some colors to mute them ever so slightly. Gold added to others brings out a lovely luminosity. She mixes a 9″ x 12″ sheet of rainbow colors, tweaking it until the colors sing.

“The rest,” she says, “is a meditative process of making thin veneers, cutting them, combining them, flipping them so that dark-to-light butts against light-to-dark.” Once the patterns are assembled, she impresses them with 120-grit sandpaper to give them a soft, textile-like surface.

Lindly sold these brooches when she was teaching in Europe recently to help finance her new electric dough roller (like this one). “It’s like driving a Rolls Royce,” she admits.

You can learn some of Lindly’s color secrets in the book she and Maggie Maggio wrote. See where she’s teaching and see more of her color magic on her site and on Facebook where these brooches have started a buzz.

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