Bullseye hits the spot

Kate Lee Foley's bullseye earrings hit the spot on PolymerClayDaily.com

Some days, the trusty bullseye cane really hits the spot. Take these earrings from Australia’s Kate Lee Foley.

Nothing pretentious or complicated about these swingy cutouts. The yellow background picks up one of the cane colors. Kate calls her earrings “…a little Gustave Klimt.”

Stuck for an idea? Try a bullseye.

Cheeky slab polymer

Katie Long brings Brooklyn to Australia on PolymerClayDaily

Australia’s Katie Long (Hellotherecheeky) wakes up your Wednesday with this in-your-face color palette.

You’ve probably noticed how fond the Aussies are of what they’re calling “Slab Polymer” (google it). Lay down a base slab of clay and layer on tiny pieces of design. Flatten and cut out shapes you can use. They’ve become masters at it.

It’s the punchy, fearless colors and layers of abstract elements that set off a big YES in my gut. Katie adds a coat of resin for shine. She’s on Instagram here. This collection is called “Brooklyn”…gotta love that.

Spring blossoms down under

Fee (PickledGingerJewellery) gets ready for AU spring with these blooms on PolymerClayDaily.com

Australia’s Fee (PickeledGingerJewellery) is getting ready for spring with these mixed media hollow polymer flowers. The petals on these 3″ long blooms are made from leather.

Fee perfected the hollow bulb for her jellyfish earrings and the same shape comes in handy here.

They look like small pretty explosions. And they’re sold out already.

Floral treatments

Jana Roberts Benzon debuts her newest floral treatments on PolymerClayDaily

Utah’s Jana Roberts Benzon unveiled her most recent series of delicate florals and fans. If you look back at earlier work you can see how she’s refining her fluttery petals.

Jana started out as a floral designer and that love of natural elements and attention to balance and color still influences her creations.

She buries the wires in the clay and on the earrings at the top right, she winds a polymer thread around to cover the join.

Modelling statement earrings

Vanessa Dunn lets photos do the talking about her earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

Philadelphia’s Vanessa Dunn (XENIASTUDIO) calls these her Wave earrings. She’s paired up with a Philly-based ethical clothing company who had their model wear her abstract polymer earrings in a shoot.

Vanessa Dunn lets photos do the talking about her earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

Her earring designs blend beautifully with Voloshin’s breezy billowy cotton designs.

Vanessa sprinkles shots of her earrings on models throughout her Instagram to great effect. Photos on models say much more than a straightforward description.

She sells on Etsy.

 

 

Lightweight layers for summer

Carol DeJardine makes light layers for summer wear on PolymerClayDaily

Arizona’s Carol DeJardine (dejart_creations) makes her earrings as light as a feather for the desert heat.

Three or four thin layers of polymer in various palettes and graduated shapes swing freely from a jump ring.

The loose movements of the bright colors make them an eye-catching choice for summer.

Polymer ornithology

Marni Southam has turned a love of birds into an earring business on PolymerClayDaily.com

Australia’s Marni Southam (Oleander Avenue) has an amazing ability to turn every scrap of polymer into a bird.

Her alchemy is mesmerizing. A circle, some stripes, a triangle, more bits of color and a bird emerges. How does she do that?

Marni Southam has turned a love of birds into an earring business on PolymerClayDaily.com

Combine her knowledge of birds with a love of earrings and you’ve got a thriving business.

The story of her Blue Fairy Wrens is touching and clearly explains her obsession with ornithology. I can’t help but think of Ohio illustrator Charlie Harper whom I met when I worked for Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources.

Driven artists

Kathleen Dustin is driven, see why on PolymerClayDaily.com

This lovely picture of Kathleen Dustin’s World Traveler earrings is only half the story.

You’ll have to go to her Instagram or Facebook to see where she was working. Scan the comments to see how many others with restless hands work in their cars on their laps or with the glove box as a work surface.

That’s what I call being driven!

Stronger together earrings

See how Miss Peppy Handmade and her Aussie colleagues are stronger together on PolymerClayDaily.com

Here’s another helping of Australian goodies from Perth’s Lisa (Miss Peppy Handmade). These birdie earrings are made from Skinner blends stacked in alternating layers of light-to-dark. Carving reveals the underlying colors.

A bunch of Aussie artists gathered together for a Stronger Together giveaway. As they explain, “We don’t have to think of each other as competitors, we can also be each others’ best advocates, cheerleading squads, sounding boards. We are stronger together because empowered women empower other women.”

And the best discovery is that we have until July 21 to sign up (add your comment) for their giveaway. Uh-oh, you have to have an Australian postal address. Bummer, but an uplifting project nonetheless.

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