Colorado’s Diane Kremer packages up fall in a simple pair of earrings. Subtly textured shades of orange/red/gold circles stack like a pile of leaves.
The wire that ties it all together is featured front and center. Why not?
This week’s StudioMojo wraps up my last event as I head out for another one. We’ve been cooped up too long! All that pent-up energy has to be unleashed! Come on over and see what’s new and where it’s coming from.
Maintaining the shape of extruded polymer clay flower canes as you reduce them is nearly impossible. At a recent gathering, Minnesota’s Jenny Patterson reminded me of a clever workaround.
She extrudes her canes and slices them after they’re cured!
Jenny sells at big shows (she’ll be at the Balloon show in Albuquerque) so her production skills are well honed.
She cuts the cured extrusions once they’re cool or slightly re-warms them to make them pliable depending on the brand of clay. Try it both ways to see what your clay prefers. She punches a hole in each thin slice with hole punch pliers.
Seattle’s Sara (g.oo.d.ee) works in a digital environment. “I don’t get the chance to craft and build physical objects with my hands as I used to,” she says.
Enter polymer clay. Her hands are now happily sketching, rolling, cutting in their off-duty moments.
Check out how this free-flowing pattern that includes glow-in-the-dark clay lights up the dance floor. Sara’s only been at this since December. Look out!
In the weekend StudioMojo newsletter, we love to suss out artists like Sara who are new to clay and take to it like ducks to water. This week’s edition looks at head-turning new designs that are commanding high prices and showing up in the most fashionable places.
Wales’ Ellen Randall lets you zoom right in on her delicate works. She has a steady hand and a deft touch that position each stem and leaf and dot in its rightful place on her earrings. Not many of us can achieve such neatness.
Luckily there’s room for us more ham-handed, slap-dash types. “It takes all kinds,” as they say.
Still, Ellen’s steady small compositions reassure us that perfection still exists in a very imperfect world.
Australia’s Belinda Broughton (polymerbelinda) could have stopped right here. She applied pan pastels to a sheet of polymer. Then she scratched through the top layer of jagged triangles (technically sgraffito) to make an even more dynamic design.
Pop that baby in the oven and hang it on the wall!
I saw a painting but Belinda had earrings in mind. Either way, it was fun to watch and may make you reconsider pastel possibilities.