Good eggs

Parshikova's easter egg on PolymerClayDaily.com

 If you’ve been resisting the whole Easter egg thing, the eggs from Russia’s Tatiana Parshikova (SeventhHeaven) may change your mind.

Mix your palette and load up the extruder. Spiral the the strings of extruded clay and let yourself snake around and doodle in the in-between spaces.

Tatiana Parshikova doodles with extruded polymer on an egg on PolymerClayDaily.com

Tatiana knows how to create drama with her striking colors. PCD has featured her before here and here.

Take a closer look at the accents and inclusions on Tatiana’s Instagram.  It’ll be fun and a lot less calories than a chocolate rabbit.

Good eggs

Maruri on PCDaily

Spain’s Iratxe Maruri proves that not all Easter eggs are alike. Hers are dotted, pale and smiling as they stand up straight on their bases.

Maruri on PCDaily

Then she shows us how to make a low tech, high fashion statement using only small round balls of polymer flattened, layered on a dome and accented with paint. She works in a playful and charming way.

Iratxe has a second shop full of polymer sea creatures. See the full scope of her miniatures and other work on Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr and her web site.

Polymer painted eggs

Kapono on PCDaily.com

Polymer eggs, chicks and bunnies have been popping up online which means we’re closing in on Easter. Have a look at this lushly covered egg by Missouri’s Chris Kapona (Mandarin Moon).

She makes her bejeweled creations using small polymer balls, twisted snakes, a few textures and accent paint. In effect, she doodles with clay.

Chris tells a cautionary tale about how she nearly ruined it all by buffing the baked piece with new, unwashed denim. Plus she adds a few other tips. She’s also active on DeviantArt, Etsy and Facebook.

Angry birds

wennberg pissed off chicks

Sweden’s Lena Wennberg adds a few angry polymer birds in with her Easter eggs this year.

“My hens are in menopause, probably got PMS as well,” she says, “And they are sick of giving and giving. They are keeping their eggs this easter. They won´t be beautiful, they won´t be nice.”

If you can appreciate an alternate view of the holiday from a few outspoken chicks visit Lena’s Etsy site.

Polymer curves

The lovely curves of Jana Lehmann’s newest polymer pens are offset by crisp, quirky designs layered over sensuous Skinner blends.

Those shapely pen bases must only be available in Germany. They would certainly have been snapped up by polymer enthusiasts if they were available in the U.S. Does anyone have a source? 

Even Jana’s Easter eggs show off her graphic sensibility. She has a whole gallery just for pens and polymer objects on Flickr. Jana sets a high bar for design.

Egg Hunt

Carol Simmons has been hunting for the best technique for covering eggs with veneers of polymer cane slices.

Now that she’s perfected her system and created a machine that will cut consistently thin slices, she’s pondering applying cane slices to other shapes and items.

Read about her pattern-choosing, color-selecting method here. Here’s an earlier PCD post with more information. Have a Happy Easter!

The secrets of good eggs

These polymer covered eggs are remarkable not just for cheery seasonal fun but because they were created by students using an ingenious, no-fail method developed by Carol Simmons.

On the groups’ Facebook page, you can examine these eggs and other objects created last weekend at the Buckeye Bash in Dayton. Using kaleidoscope-patterned canes, Carol’s students created consistently successful veneers.

Her egg formula involves four strips of cane slices, some math calculations and a template. Unfortunately I left before all the secrets were revealed. The Ohio class was Carol’s dry run for her new class called “Intricate Cane Veneers.”

Western Easter

Margaret Regan's polymer eggs

Montana’s Margaret Regan is one of the pioneers of polymer. If you’ve ever made a bangle bracelet on elastic, you can thank her for the idea.

These polymer covered eggs look so like my vacation terrain that I just had to add them. Margaret’s been making them for years and the raven cane is one of her signatures.

Her web site hasn’t changed much and she doesn’t promote herself much so you may have missed these treasures. Her work continues to be impeccably precise.

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