Klimt for ears

Chelsea Rodriguez gives Klimt a makeover for modern ears on PolymerClayDaily.com

This riff on Klimt’s patterns by Miami’s Chelsea Rodriguez (Venus De Chela) shows her love of museums and fine art masters.

Chelsea has a thing for museums and she likes to play with famous patterns and palettes, focusing on elements that strike her fancy.

Her jewelry resonates with familiar pieces and parts reconfigured to hang on ears and accent today’s fashions.

Fashionable fall polymer

Amanda rakes leaves for her fall designs on PolymerClayDaily.com

If it’s August (how did that happen) you know that autumn leaves won’t be far behind. Let’s get an early start with these dangling lovelies from Montana’s Amanda (speckled_designs).

Amanda gives you a leg up with a look at last year’s favorites plus in-process shots of her earring assembly. The designs are elegant and simple in a fall palette updated for today’s fashion.

Deft touch

Ellen Randall positions bouquets of impossibly small flowers on earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

Wales’ Ellen Randall lets you zoom right in on her delicate works. She has a steady hand and a deft touch that position each stem and leaf and dot in its rightful place on her earrings. Not many of us can achieve such neatness.

Luckily there’s room for us more ham-handed, slap-dash types. “It takes all kinds,” as they say.

Still, Ellen’s steady small compositions reassure us that perfection still exists in a very imperfect world.

Scratching out and idea

Belinda Broughton cuts her pastel painting into earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

Australia’s Belinda Broughton (polymerbelinda) could have stopped right here. She applied pan pastels to a sheet of polymer. Then she scratched through the top layer of jagged triangles (technically sgraffito) to make an even more dynamic design.

Pop that baby in the oven and hang it on the wall!

I saw a painting but Belinda had earrings in mind. Either way, it was fun to watch and may make you reconsider pastel possibilities.

Cosmic polymer

Lauren of maedbymini envisions new galaxies with her latest slab on polymerclaydaily.com

This polymer look into the future is more positive and inspiring. New York’s Lauren (Maedbymini) has deployed all the colorful liquids and powders in her studio for this slab – inks, paints, sparkles and glows.

She’s anxious to whip up an other-worldly collection of earrings for the new year.

Lauren’s first baby is due any day so it’s no wonder that her current perspective is cosmic!

Holiday stress reliever

When you’re simply overwhelmed by holiday and all the hubbub, this little video tutorial from New York’s Cathryn (bluebassoonhandmade) may be just the thing to calm your jangled nerves.

Rolling little balls and then poking them with a dotting tool is the perfect stress reliever. Nothing more satisfying than mindlessly squishing dots.

Make a slab and you have your very own 2021 holiday collection! Cathryn specializes in grungeglam and farmpunk fashions.

Forced blooms

Bonnie Gilmore breathes spring into polymer earrings on PolymerClayDaily.com

Perth, Australia’s Bonnie Gilmore (Hatching Sparrows) loved making these commissioned statement earrings. They are a vibrant mix of colors, cultures, and styles. They combine ancient culture with a modern twist.

The earrings combine stories of family, history, weddings, Peranakan (Chinese) outfits, and favorite flowers. “I loved using elements of traditional culture alongside the client’s modern-day self,” she says.

Bonnie adds small sculpted polymer elements onto a slab base. Here she photographs the finished earrings laid on a magazine page to stunning effect. She gives us a breath of Spring. See more of Bonnie’s gorgeous polymer appliques on Instagram.

Need more beautiful reminders of spring? Come on over to StudioMojo for a look at what beauty these difficult times have forced into bloom. You’ll be pleased with the stories we uncovered this week.¬†

2020 moves forward

Kristi Thorndike-Kent and Jen Young make joyful 2020 hearts on PolymerClayDaily.com

There’s plenty of party left in Washington’s Kristi Thorndike-Kent and Jen Young (Go Inside and Clay).

These joyful hearts are made from bits of color, slab work, and wire. Look at their Instagram to see how they’ve skipped right ahead to Valentine’s Day. Lookout 2020!