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.

Shoes to match

Keryn Wells' shoes and other polymer artists provide inspiration on PolymerClayDaily.com

Australia’s Keryn Wells was inspired by her shoes, Bonnie Bishoff, and Helen Breil when she created this necklace and bracelet to complete her ensemble.

Who else but a polymer artist makes jewelry that coordinates so well?

The folded bead necklace she learned from Helen Breil, the springy bracelet from Bonnie Bishoff. The elastic shoes are from Wild Sole and they don’t ship to the US (I checked).

Don’t you have an outfit you’d like to accessorize?

Here she is on Instagram.

Painted pod necklace

Doreen Gay Kassel's pod necklace will turn heads on PolymerClayDaily.com

Since riotous colors have emerged as this week’s theme, we’ll revisit beads that New York’s Doreen Gay Kassel made for a swap.

After the swap, Doreen created another batch of pods, ruffles, and berries and combined them into this sumptuous necklace. She builds the beads from white clay shapes and then with an illustrator’s practiced eye, paints each one in beautiful colors.

The riot of color and shapes becomes a party necklace that will make heads turn.

Using up the bits


Linda Loew recombines her veneers into jaunty jewelry on PolymerClayDaily.com

Take a closer look at how Maryland’s Linda Loew uses up her bits of veneer from a recent Lindly Haunani “Shale” class.

Linda adds cutout beads that zig and zag across patterns. The shapes add up to an exciting visual mix of companionable colors.

Do Linda’s necklaces make you want to reconsider what treasures can be salvaged from your experiments? Here she is on Instagram.

Runway polymer

Chiara Curreli hits the runway with updated designs on PolymerClayDaily.com

Whenever you’re feeling apologetic about our plastic art form and its hippie roots, take in the trendy vibes from Sardinia’s Duecentogrammi’s fashion runway photos.

This is not your grandma’s polymer…or it doesn’t have to be. Check Chiara Curreli out on Instagram.

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