Around the curve

Elizabeth Hamilton curves her design with tube beads on PolymerClayDaily.com

North Carolina’s Elizabeth Hamilton has restrung this necklace three times already in her attempt to find just the right look for her newest collection. “Brass beads, black cord, chunky brass chain?” she asks.

“I may still tear it apart and try again,” Elizabeth admits.

Here she combines vintage round painted cork beads with tube beads that she made after a surface treatment class with Claire Maunsell. She calls it her Nothing New collection even though her treatment gives the piece a very new and trendy look.

Curved tube beads are easy to create in polymer and this 3-strand approach is a new one to my eye.

Curved and pinched beads with color and texture


Carol Beal adds surface texture and color for a comfy cohesive look on PolymerClayDaily.com

Look closely at this necklace from Kansas’ Carol Beal (BeadUnsupervised) to understand the multi-colored, bubbly, bumpy surface of her beads.

Her simple shapes turn out to have a mysterious tactile quality. Low fire enamels on polymer? Textured paint? Who knows? They put me in mind of a PCD post and tutorial about chunky heishi beads by Marina Rios.

The rounded beads and pinched spacers give Carol’s necklace an appealing cohesiveness.

Tomorrow’s StudioMojo will include an interview with Lindly Haunani about how she teaches and about what she learned from her day-long session with the inmates at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. Sign up at StudioMojo.org to join us. 

Pin up polymer

Bonnie Bishoff pins up potential pieces for her newest series on PolymerClayDaily.com

As one reader commented, Maine’s Bonnie Bishoff’s pinned up work-in-progress has a little voodoo edge to it.

But mostly it’s a wonderfully smart way to figure out how a neck piece hugs the body. In what direction does your eye travel? Where do your eyes stop? What’s balanced? What’s not?

See how Bonnie has solved these riddles with the finished necklaces on her Instagram and website.

Sky blue links

Anarina Anar draws 60" of sky blue links on PolymerClayDaily.com

Greece’s Anarina Anar wakes us up this Monday with a 60″ necklace in bright blues.

The long thin polymer rectangles are covered with a variety of complementary patterns. Anarina’s tools of choice are colored pencils on raw clay.

Every strip is delightfully different so that your eyes want to search them all for similarities.

This item is in her Etsy shop and on Instagram.

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.

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