Carved polymer bangles

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These carved polymer bangles from Celie Fago jangle with silver, polymer, beaded and gemstone charms. The designs and totems add to the allure and make the wearer instantly exotic.

Celie offers a 4-day polymer and PMC class in October to create these bracelets in her Vermont studio. See how Celie integrates polymer into her very sophisticated metal work to create fabulous jewelry. You’ll find her on Etsy and Facebook.

Breezy polymer

Stokes on

On a hot day, the graceful, spare designs from Ohio’s Grace Stokes are like a cool breeze.

Grace says that her work with polymer was born out of frustration. "I did not want to be limited by the color or pattern or size of a stone," she says. " Polymer allows me the versaility to create elements and qualities exactly to the specifications that I want for my designs."

Time for a mint julip!

Fago’s polymer bangles

Celie Fago adds carved and textured metal rings, bands, and beads to her mokume gane polymer clay bangles. Can’t you just hear them jangling? Aren’t they exotic and just a little gypsy?

My 103-year-old aunt died recently and left me a beautiful bracelet whose links and charms tinkle and clink. I swear I can smell Aunt Mary’s perfume when I hear it clatter on my arm. Celie’s pieces are rich with sounds and stories.

Stokes’ Winterfair works

Ohio’s Grace Stokes‘ polymer clay work is featured on the promotions for our big Winterfair show in December. You’ll find her newest works, elegant combinations of metal clay and polymer, on her Crafthaus page.

Because group sites have made it so easy to upload photos, many artists are updating their profiles and adding new work to their page within the group instead of freshening their individual formal sites. The upside is that we’re seeing new works faster.

I count seven polymer artists in the show program. Looks like a good year.

Russell’s polymer/pmc combinations

Maryland’s Kelly Russell has resurfaced on the web with a new blog, Beadfuddled. If you’ve ever been skeptical about combining polymer clay and precious metal clay, Kelly will remove all doubts.

On her blog she prepares for workshops and works through problems and house renovations. She’s a fine craftsman and a fearless experimenter.

Kelly’s new at blogging so leave her a comment to let her know you’re watching.

Rediscovering Russell and Pavelka

I stumbled on Lisa Pavelka’s spiffy new site as I was looking for the lowdown on the second Cabin Fever Fest (looks like it was a smash). Lisa’s site showcases her growing line of polymer clay tools and products.

I also rediscovered Kelly Russell ( Kelly’s first love is precious metal clay and I’d overlooked her dazzling polymer clay work which has been included in many books and magazines.

Start your week with their colorful inspirations and the latest tools and techniques.

PMC/polymer trends

I snapped this picture of Hollie Mion’s PMC pendants as she revealed polymer clay through holes in the designs and added additional seed beads. The effect was colorful and festive.

When I sneaked online (my vacation mates frown when I spend too long at the computer), I found that Cindy Silas has a new site up with many examples of how she is pushing the interaction of polymer and fine silver. Thanks to DailyArtMuse for the link.

I spotted Celie Fago’s sumptuous new PMC/polymer work on Etsy and David Vanover’s metal/polymer combinations there too. Shoot, I’d love to look for more but my computer time’s up. You’re on your own.

Mills’ new polymer/silver combinations

Libby Mills has redecorated her site and freshened her pictures with some great new work, including more silver and polymer combinations. The graphic feel of her polymer designs is mirrored in her treatment of the silver.

Each time you refresh her home page, you’ll be rewarded with a different photo. Like Pavlov’s dogs, I sit and click again and again for a treat. There are some new pieces on her Flickr page and a peek into friends’ studios as well. Have a treat-filled weekend.

Wiggins mixes her media

No better way to start the week than with snappy, crisp, snazzy polymer clay designs from Angie Wiggins. Angie ventures into metal, fiber, glass and found objects but she can’t resist the lure of polymer. Polymer clay "solves my intense color needs," she admits.

"I was taught to embroider at the age of five. I have been a detail freak ever since," Angie reveals. Her jewelry, platters, and containers sing with color and will get your week humming.

The link is from Ronna Weltman. Many thanks.