After the show, new ideas

Genevieve Williamson's tubes pop with color and other surprises on PolymerClayDaily.com

The pop of spring colors against the black background gives an element of surprise to Genevieve Williamson’s extruded tube necklace. (I’d extrude but maybe she rolled them by hand.)

Genevieve says she’s home from the ACC Baltimore show and ready to jump back in and refine this design. The tangle of loops on one side adds to the surprise. Let’s watch and see how her idea develops.

Join us tonight for the 15th I LOVE TOOLS on Craftcast

Speaking of new developments, you’ll want to be sure to attend tonight’s free I Love Tools podcast on Craftcast at 7:30 ET. I’ll be there covering some of the hot tools for polymer artists. Mags Bonham will cover the latest developments from the Silhouette side of things.

It’s free and fun and available later if you’re too many time zones away. Bring a beverage and party with us tonight!

Hints of spring

Loretta Lam's colors and shapes hint at spring on PolymerClayDaily.com

Patterns and colors skip around this necklace from Loretta Lam. A dark oval focal bead anchors the piece.

No dramatic shapes or crazy textures but a subtle mix of earthy colors that draw your eyes in with hints of spring.

 

Challenges – the more the better

The links, the beads, the dangles are all polymer in this necklace from Vermont’s Christine Damm.

Only a few spacers and jump rings are from other materials. Making all the components is a challenge and Christine’s not finished yet.

Christine Damm challenges herself to an all-polymer necklace and more on PolymerClayDaily.com

Every year about this time she also challenges herself to sketch some hearts fast and freehand. “I do these very rapidly, so my right brain gets to play without editing from the other side,” she explains. She makes new templates from these sketches and uses her stash of veneers to cut out new hearts.

How many hearts can you draw in two minutes?

Parade of hearts

Anarina Anar draws and shades her hearts in surprising colors on PolymerClayDaily

It’s nearly February and time for the valentine parade to begin. Greece’s Anarina Anar leads us off with a new necklace.

Her hearts are assembled from several shapes, made of light clay shaded with pencils or inks. A black backing also serves to outline her bright colors. A bit of texture and some teardrop elements make hers an unusual treatment.

The hand-drawn colors and changing shapes keep your eye skittering around this gathering of hearts. You’ll find them on Etsy and Instagram.

Need a little more polymer love? Head over to StudioMojo for a taste of the wider world – lots of tidbits that we couldn’t cram into PCD. This week we hunt down the experimenters, track the exhibitionists and find new ways to keep your muse happy and your mojo working.

Wearable chips of polymer

Fiona Herbst's wafer-thin cane slices make a necklace of chips on PolymerClayDaily.com

The wonky, potato chip curls of wafer-thin beads make your eyes ricochet around these necklaces from Ireland’s Fiona Herbst. Flat white spacer beads keep the chips from stacking too closely.

Would you guess that she cut slices of one big wrapped cane that was rolled so that its size tapered on either end?

Wait, that’s a lot of chips, isn’t it? Maybe I’ll just admire Fiona’s or wait for them to come up in her Etsy store.

At the first of the year when we’re trying to stay focused It’s hard not to get thrown off-track by some fabulous looking piece. See how we deal with diversions over at StudioMojo this weekend. We found a bunch of treats as we cleaned up after the holidays.

A polymer bird in the hand

Ukraine’s Darya Podorozhna (sofoxyclay) gathers a flock of polymer birds on a delicate chain for bird lovers to wear and admire.

While these little beads don’t require much clay, they do demand a keen eye and attention to detail. Birders know their birds. You can catch them on Etsy and here she is on Instagram.

The first week after vacation has rushed by and already I could be back in the holiday frenzy. Over at StudioMojo, we’ll try to slow it down and move into the holidays with grace, a smile, and gifts from our hearts. Join us.

This way and that

Same color, different shapes strung together by Genevieve Williamson on PolymerClayDaily

These big-hole tube beads from Pennsylvania’s Genevieve Williamson are sculpted and carved into pleasant shapes that stack together in an unpredictable way that makes the eye search for symmetry and pattern.

Same color, different shapes strung together by Genevieve Williamson on PolymerClayDaily

Color is the unifying element and soothing shapes are the icing on this cake.

She shows them off on Instagram.

Tame and wild polymer

Pilar Rodriguez Dominguez mixes tame and wild for effect on PolymerClayDaily.com
Pilar Rodriguez Dominguez mixes tame and wild for effect on PolymerClayDaily.com

Spain’s Pilar Rodriguez Dominguez (El Rincon de Amatista) layers flower slices over tiger and leopard cane designs to produce an effect that’s both tame and wild.

Pilar Rodriguez Dominguez mixes tame and wild for effect on PolymerClayDaily.com

The combination seems odd but it works in this necklace.

Isn’t that often the way it works? If it makes sense in your world, follow that and people will stop and take note.

East meets west meet polymer

Caroline Casswell links polymer to fashion on PolymerClayDaily

UK’s Caroline Casswell has created a polymer link necklace that would be so easy to wear with any wardrobe.

It makes me want to sit down and make a whole bunch of blue and white canes that look a little Japanese and a little Willoware china. Old meets new. East meets west meets polymer.

Caroline shows these in several palettes and sizes on her Instagram.

But cane-making will have to wait until Saturday’s StudioMojo is finished. Links to great stuff from all over came sailing in this week. Organizing them and making them make sense is like reading tea leaves. Want to know what’s in your future? Join your friends in polymer over at StudioMojo.org.

Polymer persistence and style

Lucie Blaauw brings her own voice to each class on PolymerClayDaily.com

The Netherlands’ Lucie Blaauw has taken classes from an impressive list of polymer artists. This recent necklace and earrings set is from a Nikolina Otrzan tutorial.

If you click through Lucie’s Instagram photos you’ll see her style change and her techniques improve as she continues to explore. Her works have become bolder and more dramatic and she injects what she creates with her own voice, no matter whose methods she’s trying.

Best of all, she finishes a piece in each workshop so she can track her progress. Most of us have a drawer full of abandoned efforts. You’ll like her style and love her persistence.

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