Kathy Koontz uses her bargello veneer for holiday eggs on

No messy dip-dying for South Carolina’s Kathy Koontz (flowertownoriginals).

Kathy Koontz uses her bargello veneer for holiday eggs on

Her Easter eggs are covered with polymer scraps turned into stripes and then taken a step farther.

Kathy offsets the stripes to make a bargello veneer. Her resulting zigzag pattern is hypnotically, obsessively detailed.

Now what? Veneers are fun to make but it’s not always clear how to use the results. Eggactly!

If making bargello is new to you, watch this YouTube tutorial from Australia’s Jessama.

Easter heirlooms

Deb Hart shows you how to make an heirloom for Easter on

Texas’ Deb Hart gets a jump on Easter with her polymer mosaic eggs. Deb has an unusual way of filling in around her central elements and defining the spaces with thin border canes and fine repeating patterns.

No time to make them? Deb offers 50% off her own finished eggs or her tutorials until April 13. (Use promo code Easter2020.) Her workbooks are all 50% off through the end of May while we keep our families safe at home.

You’ll also find Deb’s polymer designs with a southwest flavor on Craftcast and Facebook.

Mosaic eggs

Klio Tsaliki ends the holiday with a basket of color on

This basket of Easter eggs can’t wait until next year. Let’s keep the holiday going one more day to show off the bright lovelies from Greece’s Klio Tsaliki.

She’s wrapped the egg shapes in strips of clay covered with mosaic-like bits of sunny colors. File this idea away for next year’s decorations.

From valentines to easter eggs

Meg Newberg's cane takes us from Valentines to Easter eggs on

Last week Meg Newberg (PolymerClayWorkshop) showed us her fun repeating hearts made from a bullseye. With a few additions and sleight of hand, she makes that cane work from Valentines Day to Easter!

If you look closely at the slices in the photo you’ll see hearts on the edges. By cutting the original cane slightly differently and shaping it into triangles, then hexagons, she covers a hollow egg with slices.

Don’t take my word for it, watch her give one of the quickest, cleverest classes ever. Her videos are on her Instagram.

Egg-stremely difficult

Carol Simmons can arrange one cane in many ways for an Easter treat on PolymerClayDaily

Egg-stremely difficult is how the UK’s Wentworth Puzzle catalog describes the wooden puzzle made from a photo of a grouping of polymer-covered eggs by Colorado’s Carol Simmons.

All the puzzle pieces are the identical shape which elevates the level of difficulty.

Using her rich and complex kaleidoscope patterns Carol is able to arrange a dizzying array of designs from the same cane.

Read about Carol’s egg-sperience in arranging cane slices on eggshells in this post from the archives.

Happy Easter!

Join us at StudioMojo on Saturday when we cover more polymer art, events, and ideas that you won’t want to miss out on. Sorry, no chocolate bunnies.

Hippity hoppity Nambi eggs

Sabo on

Serbia’s Nevenka Sabo covers this year’s eggs in polymer using a twist on her special Nambi technique.

Think of it as African art meets Zentangles meets Ukranian pysanka eggs.

Instead of being covered with ethnic images, these updated eggs have a distinctly modern vibe rendered in punchy colors.

Sabo on

Let’s hope your Easter basket is overflowing with trendy hippity hoppity goodies.

If you’d like a more in-depth look at what’s happening in polymer art this spring, come join us for this week’s edition of StudioMojo

Egg season

Thorp on PCDaily

We’re coming right up on polymer-covered egg season and Illinois’ Jael Thorp is way ahead of the crowd. She winds strips of polymer pattern around hollow chicken shells.

Thorp on PCDaily

This time she resisted the urge to antique the patterns with a wash of darker color and let the vibrant colors speak for themselves.  See more of Jael’s eggs on her Facebook, Flickr and blog pages.

I’m taking a brief digital sabbatical and visiting family. I’ll be back with you mid-week.

Egg hunt

Friesleben on PCDaily
Hickey on PCDaily
Ariane Friesleben Angela Hickey Jan Montarsi

Go on a little egg hunt with me today. First I bumped into Angela Hickey’s flower-covered eggs (one chicken, one quail). Hers is a traditional approach straight from her garden of flower canes.

Ariane Friesleben camoflaged her eggs with Swelligant patinas to make them look like precious metallic treasures. She offers a carved faux ivory version as well.

This Jan Montarsi egg was hiding in his Flickr gallery. His palette includes pearl clays and pinata inks (here’s the tutorial) in the mix which makes the extruded strings glow.

All of this led me back to the PolymerArtArchives and one of my all-time favorite eggs from a 1991 series by Ford and Forlano (then City Zen Cane). You can still find echoes of David and Steven’s bright graphic roots in their current work.

Even Martha Stewart was in on the hunt this year. Yep, here’s the video that shows Martha trying her hand at polymer.

Easter polymer

Tsaliki eggs

You’d better get crackin’ if you’ve got an Easter basket to fill this weekend.

Need inspiration? Greece’s Klio Tsaliki shows bowls and baskets full of polymer covered eggs in spring colors plus decorated candles.

For some of the eggs she winds a brightly extruded string of polymer round and round for a great effect. Much less messy than dyes! Here’s her Flickr collection.

Other egg-amples should turn up in the boxes below this post.