Polymer artists have long tried to replicate the soft blurry edges that are the hallmark of copper enameled pieces.
Low fire (cold) enamel powders were rumored to be the answer but my vials of powders went to the back of a bottom drawer several years ago after some messy attempts.
Croatia’s Nikolina Otrzan makes me want to dig out my powders and give it another go. Her tutorial shows me where I went wrong. She uses liquid polymer, layers and other tricks to keep the powders under control.
Nikolina has lots more patience than I do. She loads up her instructions with photos and steps. I pare them down for my experiments to see how they fit my style.
Imitative enamels may be the next big thing. If this rings your chimes, now’s the time to explore.
All the trends point to a resurgence of terrazzo (the chips of colors you see embedded in commercial flooring and old linoleum).
South Carolina’s Kathy Koontz (flowertown_originals) shows her way of bringing the trend to polymer. She grinds and grates baked scraps then rolls the small grated pieces into a solid color of unbaked clay. Voila! Terrazzo polymer style.
She shows her process on Instagram. Who says polymer can’t be trendy?
In her latest batch of Flickr photos, Kathrin Neumaier gives us an update on her studies in coaxing liquid polymer to behave like glass.
This series appears to be solid. She says in her captions that she’s using liquid Fimo. Kathrin has also mastered using Cernit and other materials in her quest to unlock the secrets of how to imitate glass with polymer.
Do a search on PCD and you’ll see that we’ve been curious about Kathrin’s methods for years.Can you figure it out?