Camo Couture

Earrings for soldiers from Sherry Shine on PolymerClayDaily.com

Jacksonville, Florida’s Sherry Shine loves mokume gane for its random serendipity. Two of her mokume pieces were award winners in the Fire Mountain Gems’ contest last year. It’s her line of camouflage earrings that caught my eye.

Yes, she’s a proud Air Force veteran! Why not serve fashionably?

Here she is out of uniform on YouTube and Etsy

Fashion Friday

Aliza Cochran goes for drama on PolymerClayDaily

How can this tattooed and pierced young thing who looks so together be the “mother of four”? Indiana’s Aliza Cochran (velvetorangedesigns) brings us Fashion Friday.

I would want to be her but then I’d have four kids to raise. Better to be a grandma.

Aliza continually posts on Etsy and comes up with cool new designs in the middle of the night.

Her specialty is solid color cutouts with lots of dangly bits that shout, “Look over here!”

Sometimes it’s nice to leave all the techniques behind and just go for drama.

Speaking of drama, come on over to Saturday’s StudioMojo. If you’re looking to stay ahead of the curve and need a creative breathmint for the week ahead, you’ll enjoy how we dish about the latest.

Patterns that light up

MelaMelanie Allan lights up translucent kaleidoscope canes on PolymerClayDailynie Allan lights up polymer with translucent kaleidoscope canes on PolymerClayDaily

Australia’s Melanie Allan (innervisionpc) lights up her polymer! What looks like a lovely glass bottle covered with polymer cane slices comes to life when lit from within.

Melanie definitely has a “cane brain” that gravitates to very complex patterns that she brings to life in big kaleidoscope canes.

Melanie Allan lights up translucent kaleidoscope canes on PolymerClayDaily

Here’s the surprising part. Melanie zooms out from the big kaleidoscope and focuses back in on the juiciest, most spectacular smaller patterns. Those smaller patterns she features in earrings.

When you look at her IG and FB, concentrate on big pattern/small pattern to follow how she moves in and out.

Kristen Oxtoby updates the 60’s aesthetic

Kristen Oxtoby's earrings have a 60's-inspired aesthetic with a 90's soundtrack on PolymerClayDaily.com

Many of Kristen Oxtoby’s designs (These Hollow Hills) rely on extruded clay laid down together to make corrugated shapes. Here, ball chain dangles from the bottom of her Farrah earrings. And in her Circa series, the polymer strings wind around circle cutouts.

Kristen Oxtoby's earrings have a 60's-inspired aesthetic with a 90's soundtrack on PolymerClayDaily.com

Kristen’s pieces are big and bold. She calls it “…a ’60s-inspired aesthetic with a 90’s soundtrack.”

This North Carolina artist makes collections that have attitude. Get the full effect on her Instagram.

Breezy new designs

Welcoming Ariel with her bright colors and sweet studio to PolymerClayDaily

Ariel (The Clay Edit) from Norfolk, Virginia, is a new face for PCD.

You’ll recognize the shapes she’s fond of and the ways handles the clay. Her earrings are big and bold in the way that’s caught on, especially in Australia.

Welcoming Ariel with her bright colors and sweet studio to PolymerClayDaily

I can’t quite put my finger on how Ariel gives her earrings an American flavor. Her colors? Design twists? Her presence online is hip and vibrant.

Check out her sweet little studio. Note the “Do Good Work” reminder that sits above her space.

Back in a booth again


Rebecca Thickbroom makes the most of simple earring shapes on PolymerClayDaily.com

There are all sorts of “wowser” weekend posts out there but I’m stuck on the earring explorations from UK’s Rebecca Thickbroom.

She takes the football shape (or is a leaf shape a more accurate description) and combines with squares, circles, rectangles to arrive at a whole collection of earrings.

The finishes are scuffed and scratched. The colors are muted. Rebecca’s playing around makes me realize how I miss doing that.

Those of us stuck in isolation are wistful about how she enjoyed a weekend in-person, socially-distanced show (oldspitalfieldsmarket). It looks almost unreal. Here’s hoping that we can all experience that again soon.

Sometimes I don’t know…

To someone somewhere, polymer earrings that soothe on PolymerClayDaily.com

Sometimes I don’t know who made it or what it’s made of but my alarm bells start chiming and I run to see who’s at the door.

After an exhausting day, I was happy to settle on these earrings from Maria De Oliveira. (to someonesomewhere). Obituaries came up when I googled her. That can’t be right!

Instead of digging up Maria and verifying the material, I’m just going with my gut and the huge exhale I felt when I happened upon these ombre earrings. My shoulders dropped, my neck felt better. They’re what we would call Skinner blends. I’m calling it a polymer post.

There’s a bulging file folder of clickable candies just waiting for me to organize them into this week’s StudioMojo. When I feel everything’s a hot mess, that’s usually when I’m on the right track. Come see if I’m onto somthing good.

Garden inspirations

Pavla Cepelikova creates Columbines on PolymerClayDaily.com

Czech Republic’s Pavla Cepelikova (SaffronAddict) has taken liberties with her version of the Columbine flowers (at the top right of the photo).

The long tubes drape down and flare to reveal secret colors as they open at the bottom. Pavla likes these bell shapes in her garden and polymer will allow her to wear them on her ears.

What inspiration is blooming in your garden?

Pansies on the wire

Iryna Chajka drapes spectacular pansies from a hoop on PolymerClayDaily.com

At this time of year, I very much admire gardeners who can weed and prune their gardens to highlight spectacular specimens. They run to their studios to replicate them in polymer.

See how Ukraine’s Iryna Chajka suspends pansies from metal hoops.

She specializes in succulents but her pansies are outstanding.

You snooze, you lose

Brenda Billy Tan turns cityscapes into earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

I meant to bring these wonderful cityscapes from Singapore’s Brenda Billy Tan (Wherabilly} to you earlier in the week.

Now they’re all sold out.

Don’t you love how the rooftop angles are boiled down to their essence?  Whole cities are captured with cuts in the clay.

We missed how she turned them into earrings.

It’s hard to keep up with the progress of our artform! See all the goodies that I couldn’t stuff into PCD in the weekend’s StudioMojo.