Hollow echoes

Krichevskaya on PCDaily

This week big, rough, natural-looking beads kept popping up all over the world. We’ve got Anna Krichevskaya (left) from Russia, Kseniya Iokhna from Belarus, and Danièle Moucadel in Italy all catching the same vibe. All different, of course, but with an emphasis on light and hollow (or with big holes which is similar).

Anna calls her necklace Jeans Forever and she sells her big, earthy, informal jewelry here.

Danièle (right) refers to her heavy cord as jump rope (or that’s how it translated). The heavy cord works well with this jumble of big rings. If you can get to her Facebook page you’ll see even more in this vein.

Kseniya (Xenia) Iokhna goes under the name of SolarBird and she lives in Minsk. She calls these hollowed out round beads Druid Stones.

 Iokhna on PCDaily

Xenia pinpoints her influences – the architect Zaha Hadid and paper artist Jeremy May. It’s easy to see the echoes in her work. Whew, there’s so much to look at these days. Have an inspired weekend.

Polymer goals

These six polymer pendants are part of Angela Garrod’s personal challenge to herself to make entirely hollow forms with unusual polymer bails.

She tints mica polymer with alcohol inks for the patterned pendants. On the black ones Angela uses matte and hi-gloss surfaces to provide more subtle tone-on-tone patterns. Rivets embedded in the clay add metallic accents. You can see more views of the pendants on Flickr.

Angela’s study reminds us that we don’t have to join a group or commit to a year-long experiment. We can simply set ourselves a goal and work toward it.

The power of black

Small dots of color pop against the black spirals on this hollow bead from Janine Muller. We forget about the power of black until we see an eye-catching treatment like Janine’s

There’s no indication as to how she made it hollow. Wouldn’t you like to know? Maybe she’ll tell us. Or wander through her site and watch her experiment.

Have a splendid weekend.

Polymer coastlines

Scotland’s Melanie Muir shifts coastlines and colors with her new Reggae series. Named for its color palette, this new necklace is built on hollow forms.

Melanie has also posted some new shapes and three-dimensional pieces that reflect her studio view of Ebb Tides and Rock Pools and Whirlpools from her studio on the coast.

Her flawless finishing work brings out the best features of her designs and colors. For the most complete view of her world (and her shape templates) go to her Facebook page.

Enjoy your weekend!

Urban urchins

Montreal’s Vickie Turner makes Urban Urchins that are hollow and graffiti-covered whereas Lynda Moseley’s from last week were the green sea variety. What is it with urchins?

Vickie’s polymer sea creatures have migrated to the city. Her blog tracks her plans and sketches and you can follow her journey from the beach to the city. She’s still playing with the shape.

It’s instructive to look over her shoulder as an artist mulls over work in progress. Watch as she labors on Labor Day.

I’m off to an art fair.

Polymer carnival

The lineup at this November’s Clay Carnival in Las Vegas includes several teachers from Europe including two whose works are shown here – Daniel Torres from Spain and Sylvie Peraud from France.

It’s hard to comprehend that Dani’s Radiolarian super hollow bangles are made from polymer and not by some whiz-bang laser cutting process. It would be a rare treat to take his class and find out how these wonders are made.

Sylvie Peraud will reveal how she combines extrusion and cutters to assemble this striking pendant and other rings and earrings in her new line.

There are a few spots left at the event. Catch up with their latest news on Facebook.

Hollow polymer beads

These polymer pillow beads from Austria’s Martina Mahdavi form a delicate collar and the dramatic photo of her young neck shows the piece off to great advantage. It looks like the last of the summer sky is reflected in this cloud-like choker. Martina has a continuing fascination with making lightweight beads that you can track on her Flickr page.

When you see the photos of the Austrian and Bulgarian clay groups, it’s easy to understand the energy and fresh polymer ideas coming out of this part of the world.

Polymer garden delights

Inspired by Christine Dumont’s hollow bead online course, Kukel10 has built a big bead garden ornament that becomes even more interesting up close.

Ruffles, spikes, dots and disks, sit atop stripes and poetry. This piece will spark many conversations in her garden.

As long as we’re touring the garden, take a look at Shay Aaron’s polymer clay beets, radishes and other vegetable delights to wear.

There’s even more food jewelry on his Etsy site. If you have a hankering to grow something polymer, follow one of Shay’s tiny veggie tutorials.

Easy spring polymer

Thanks for making my job easy. I just scroll down the link list and see what’s arrived. Easy-peezy.

UK’s Pippa Chandler made the articulated polymer leaf necklace at the left after studying her daughter’s cloisonne fish pendant.

Rebecca Geoffrey's metal clay and polymer fern

The Netherland’s Els van Haasen (beadelz) created this retro volcano pendant and given the volcano in the news, it seemed only right to show it off.

A silver and polymer fern necklace from Rebecca Geoffrey is part of her newest line and a perfect look for spring. I’m off to pull weeds!