Sideways stripes

Meike Lucia Friemel lines up bright stripes into a horizontal pendant on PolymerClayDaily
Meike Lucia Friemel lines up bright stripes into a horizontal pendant on PolymerClayDaily

Germany’s Meike Lucia Friemel (Lucia Lucia) was trained as a metalsmith who delights in “…the difference between “slow” metalwork and “fast” clay work and also the contrast when the piece of jewelry is finished.”

These yellow and orange stripes were created for a challenge among friends. The horizontal stripes curl around the cord while the center beads have surprising open backs. It’s as if Lucia was showing her friends a couple of metalsmith tricks in polymer.

Here she is on Flickr and Facebook

Getting into shape

The shape that Vancouver’s Janet Bouey uses for her pendants is a pleasing and popular one.

Janet has synthesized what can be a complicated design to its simplest form with the use of a jump ring on either side on the top edge of the pendant.

It’s simple to construct and can still be elegant to wear. That’s a win-win in my book. Of course, it helps to have compelling veneers for your pendants too!

Spring shapes and colors

Cecilia Leonini blends inks into a spring fantasy of color on PolymerClayDaily

Thinking of spring? This pendant from Italy’s Cecilia Leonini (ImpastArte) says it all – fresh colors, delicate lines, light flowery shapes. Here she is on Instagram.

Cecilia is teaching her Comic and Chopped techniques at an April 13 workshop in Turin sponsored by Staedtler.

Cecilia Leonini blends inks into a spring fantasy of color on PolymerClayDaily

Her background is in illustration so drawing smooth blends and fine lines with inks on raw polymer suits her just fine and delights the rest of us.

Harmony through pattern

Emerging artist Amy Blair finds harmony through pattern on PolymerClayDaily.com

Now that the Baltimore show is over, one of the ACC Emerging Artists Amy Blair is focusing on filling orders and designing new collections. Here she stacks patterned angular polymer shapes into a jaunty pendant,

Amy has moved from neutrals to brighter colors and intends to go even bigger, bolder and brighter this year.

Her tag line is Harmony Through Pattern. Acquaint yourself with her on Instagram and enjoy her fresh colors as we tiptoe into spring.

Makes your heart flutter

 Lorraine Vogel makes your heart flutter on PolymerClayDaily

Florida’s Lorraine Vogel (wiredorchid) makes your heart flutter with her newest series of hearts on Flickr. They’re stamped and painted and have the look of enamels.

She captures flowers and butterflies and other designs within the heart shapes and with a beach-meets-boho style. Here she is on Instagram.

This Saturday’s StudioMojo suggests that you let your weird light shine brighter. We take a look at how polymer art has gotten edgier. Join us at StudioMojo.org

East meets west pendant

Janet Bouey's pendant contains echoes of the coasts on PolymerClayDaily.com

Asian shapes meet polymer stones and colors of Vancouver’s beaches in Janet Bouey’s newest pendant.

Janet took some of the surface treatments she learned in a Claire Maunsell class and made the veneers integral to this new design that picks up the colors of the shore.

She doesn’t say much about herself but you’ll want to keep track of Janet on Instagram and Flickr.

Monday bouquet

Floren Jewelry sends you a mini Monday bouquet on PolymerClayDaily.com

Nothing like a dozen red roses for your Monday. This small pendant was created by Belarus’ Floren (JewelryFloren).

The pendant measures 1.6″ x 1.4″ and is made from an air-dry polymer. You can imagine how lovingly this delicate bouquet was assembled on its metal backing.

While Floren doesn’t reveal much about herself online, she’s surely a romantic.

Share your favorites with PCD

Small landscapes from Siberia's Yuliya Zharova on PolymerClayDaily.com

The simple and striking pendants by Siberia’s Yuliya Zharova (WildOnionArt) show knowledge of stark winter and spring scenes. It’s challenging to effectively show so much with a limited palette and in the small spaces that pendants and earrings allow.

Yuliya was brought to your attention by Missouri’s Heidi McCullough who creates simple wildlife ornaments of her own. When an artist strikes a chord with you, it’s great to share them with PCD. Thanks, Heidi.

Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg's caned tiger lily picks up the 2019 color of the year on PolymerClayDaily

This 2.25″ x 3.25″ tiger lily pendant by Connecticut’s Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg picks up on 2019’s Living Coral, the color of the year according to Pantone. Lynne Ann shows it on Instagram and lists it on Etsy.

She’s expert at leaf and floral canes and she’s on track for the new year.

Ready to think about what 2019 has in store for us? Come on over to StudioMojo. This weekend we’ll be looking at the challenges and trends ahead. If your mojo needs a push to move up a notch, this is the place. 

Warm up with mosaic

Syndee Holt uses pan pastels for her try out of Kim Korringa's free video on PolymerClayDaily.com

California’s Syndee Holt bypassed using scrap polymer for her mosaic jewelry based on Kim Korringa’s video. See them on Instagram.

Syndee pulled out her pan pastels and created a colorful abstract for her top layer of polymer.

This may sound confusing but it’s all explained in Kim’s video of her simple and quick way to play with a bit of clay. It makes a good warm-up exercise in case you’re in a post-holiday rut.

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