Patterns that light up

MelaMelanie Allan lights up translucent kaleidoscope canes on PolymerClayDailynie Allan lights up polymer with translucent kaleidoscope canes on PolymerClayDaily

Australia’s Melanie Allan (innervisionpc) lights up her polymer! What looks like a lovely glass bottle covered with polymer cane slices comes to life when lit from within.

Melanie definitely has a “cane brain” that gravitates to very complex patterns that she brings to life in big kaleidoscope canes.

Melanie Allan lights up translucent kaleidoscope canes on PolymerClayDaily

Here’s the surprising part. Melanie zooms out from the big kaleidoscope and focuses back in on the juiciest, most spectacular smaller patterns. Those smaller patterns she features in earrings.

When you look at her IG and FB, concentrate on big pattern/small pattern to follow how she moves in and out.

Succulent Skinners

Anna Nell makes blends for her new succulents on PolymerClayDaily.com

What would Poland’s Anna Nell make with the Skinner blends she showed on Instagram? A few days later she gives us the answer.

Anna Nell makes blends for her new succulents on PolymerClayDaily.com

She says she uses translucent clay, porcelain (I’m guessing she means pearl), and glow in the dark (she calls it “night effect”). She added pastels as well and some gold leaf for bling

Anna surrounds herself with a large collection of succulent inspirations so it’s difficult to distinguish real from polymer.

Layered translucents

Lynn Yuhr pushes liquid polymer in translucent directions on PolymerClayDaily.com
Lynn Yuhr pushes liquid polymer in translucent directions on PolymerClayDaily.com

Florida’s Lynn Yuhr (the FlyingSquirrelStudio) explores liquid polymers. “What if?” is her guiding principle.

In this case, Lynn dotted, painted and stamped liquid polymer over thin translucent. She wanted the metal grid behind the veneer to show through so she used a light touch and kept the patterns sparse with plenty of translucent showing.

The piece at right is the start of the veneer.

You may have seen this 2019 video before, it’s Lynn in her early liquid polymer exploration. She’s on day 63 of her 100-day 2020 excursion

Flowers and flutters

Bonnie Bishoff suspends translucent curls from wire cable on PolymerClayDaily.com

I admit to having an art crush on Maine’s Bonnie Bishoff. Take a closer look at her imaginative use of stainless steel wire. She has mastered using Apoxie Sculpt as a strong base form. Her color sense is impeccable and makes my heart sing.

And now she’s laid up with a broken foot but still, she posts sumptuous earrings to her webshop. She and her husband have crafted a great life.

Here two thin translucent slivers of clay curl toward each other as they dangle from wire cable. Light as a feather.

If you need a mid-week pick-me-up, go admire the flowery and fluttery earrings in her shop.

Hold up to the light

Lyne Tilt loves where her journey of experimenting leads her on PolymerClayDaily

More often these days polymer artists are holding designs up to the light to see what new effects we can create.

Lyne Tilt loves where her journey of experimenting leads her on PolymerClayDaily

Here Brisbane, AU’s Lyne Tilt (lynetiltart_lyneartdesigns)holds a little experiment up to the window. “Experimenting! This little piece makes me so happy! Joy comes from the journey,” she says.

First, she created small canes with translucent centers and mounted thin slices of those canes on another translucent background layer to create earrings. See her Instagram for the in-progress shots.

New twists and turns

Ginger Davis Allman gives translucent a new twist on PolymerClayDaily.com

Ginger Davis Allman showed us her twist on lampworking in polymer during her session about the current state of translucent polymers. Products from three manufacturers are combined to make Ginger’s glowing twist (one for structure, one for color, one for the finish).

Having a poor network connection and little access to news turns out to be a good thing as we focus on new possibilities. By day four of five, the creative sparks are flying.

Treasured bees

Jennifer Patterson layers a natural scene on Polymer Clay Daily.com

Minnesota’s Jennifer Patterson (QuiltedInClay) has been busy creating wares for her upcoming Duluth show.

You’ll have to look more closely to get the full effect of the layers here. You’ll discover the translucent bee wings that show the petals below. Remarkable.

Jennifer is famous for her extruded quilt patterns and disk sets. Here she veers off course for one-off pieces that are good for her heart and her mojo.

Oh yes, speaking of mojo, join us for Saturday’s StudioMojo where we’ll be dealing with what turtles teach us about anxiety and traveling. 

Polymer or glass?

Peggy Rose gets great depth with Meg Newberg's method. Or is it glass? on PolymerClayDaily.com

Spokane’s Peggy Rose, one of Meg Newberg’s subscribers, sent in her version of Meg’s newest cane inspiration. Looks like Peggy got it right!

I sometimes gush about Meg’s “cane brain” but you know she’s onto something when her followers can come up with their own versions like this.

As I read about Peggy on her FB I saw that she’s a lampworker too. I’ve messaged her to verify that this is polymer. What’s your guess?

Go deep with translucent


Meg Newberg goes deep with translucent canes on PolymerClayDaily.com

Meg Newberg has been on a translucent jag with her Polymer Clay Workshop monthly tutorials lately. If you like canes, Meg’s monthly dose of new ideas via email can fuel your cane brain at a very reasonable price.

You can glean some translucent ideas from her YouTube video (no audio) but you’ll need the written tutorial to get a complete load of goodies. Little translucent canes go a long way and Meg shows you how to stretch their usefulness.

I’m on vacation this week and while I thought I could keep up on the road, I was mistaken. Sometimes you just have to back away from the machine. No promises for the rest of this family week. 

See-through polymer

We can see through Kathrin Neumaier's earrings but not her methods on PolymerClayDaily.com

In her latest batch of Flickr photos, Kathrin Neumaier gives us an update on her studies in coaxing liquid polymer to behave like glass.

This series appears to be solid. She says in her captions that she’s using liquid Fimo. Kathrin has also mastered using Cernit and other materials in her quest to unlock the secrets of how to imitate glass with polymer.

Do a search on PCD and you’ll see that we’ve been curious about Kathrin’s methods for years.Can you figure it out?