Patterned links chase each other around in this necklace by the UK’s Caroline Casswell. Rainbow colors blend into each other.
This necklace is part of Caroline’s display at Wave 7 Gallery in Wadebridge Cornwall.
The links are sturdy and there’s something fun about this play of color and pattern. But of course, it takes planning and skill to make the blends flow so smoothly. See more in this series on her website.
Rome’s Diana Crialesi (Archidee) has uploaded photos of her latest summer polymer jewelry.
She was so engrossed with making work, shooting tutorials and teaching that she fell behind in stocking her online store. Now she’s caught up and has added photos of the backlog to her shop and Instagram.
I went out looking for new friends. Not that you’re all not just lovely but who couldn’t use a few more friends?
What I found was a mystery. Two sisters, one from Texas and one from Nebraska, teamed up 12 years ago to exercise some creative muscle under the Crone Art label. They make and market buttons and pendants and earrings and whatever suits their fancy in polymer.
The sisters keep their identities on the down-low but someone out there probably knows this duo.
What words would you use to describe their Instagram? Oddball? Seriously mischevious? Minimalists? Modern?
In this pendant, they stack their round buttons in oval cups to form a pendant on a thick cord. Wearable and whimsical.
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.
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.