From mountains to market

Joan Tayler's horse whistles make manly pendants on PolymerClayDaily

Finding a memento for my husband when I travel is sometimes difficult. Joan Tayler’s horse whistles make the perfect addition to Blair’s collection of polymer jewelry.

Joan sells thousands of polymer whistles in her Granville Island Public market booth each year. They’re online here and on Etsy.

We could tell when Joan was producing whistles at our mountain retreat from the test tweets that signal that a whistle is done. If you’ve always wanted to decorate your own polymer whistle, download her tutorial.

A bird in the hand

Anna Oriana offers quick tutorials to help your creativity take flight on PolymerClayDaily

Russia’s Anna Oriana quickly creates a bright beautiful bird on Instagram.

Anna’s videos of miniatures are wildly popular and she shows impressive skill in her tiny artworks and her YouTube tutorials. For a quick shot of inspiration and color, try her tutorials.

Gems by the slice

Meg Newberg reveals the secrets of faceted stones on PolymerClayDaily.com

Arizona’s Meg Newberg has unlocked the secrets of gemstones with her latest tutorial.

Make the cane and then shape each slice into whatever cut you prefer- brilliant, pear, marquise, emerald?

Meg sorted out the facets and organized them into a step-by-step for those of us who work with more malleable materials.

Meg Newberg reveals the secrets of faceted stones on PolymerClayDaily.com

Don’t love to make canes? Meg also sells her diamonds in 2″ long canes ready for slicing.

Polymer terrazzo

Kathy Koontz shows how to make faux terrazzo polymer on PolymerClayDaily.com

All the trends point to a resurgence of terrazzo (the chips of colors you see embedded in commercial flooring and old linoleum).

South Carolina’s Kathy Koontz (flowertown_originals) shows her way of bringing the trend to polymer. She grinds and grates baked scraps then rolls the small grated pieces into a solid color of unbaked clay. Voila! Terrazzo polymer style.

She shows her process on Instagram. Who says polymer can’t be trendy?

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.

Spring blossoms

Subtly striped blossoms from Pavla Cepelikova

Expect flowers this week. We’re in bloom and they’re popping up online too!

These earrings from Czech Republic’s Pavla Cepelikova (SaffronAddict) use her subtle stripe tricks from a recent tutorial. (Full disclosure, I bought the tutorial and am hooked.)

Thin slices of striped cane are backed by companion colors which are repeated in the center balls. Springy, trendy, blooming studs to start your week.

Tutorial in the works

Pavla Cepelikova promises a tutorial on PolymerClayDaily.com

These colors from Prague’s Pavla Cepelikova (Saffron Addict) vibrate against each other in the most interesting way as the strips of clay wind around in her Confetti brooch.

She promises that a tutorial is in the works. I’ll let my eyes figure out why the colors in her Manhattan brooch below stop me in my tracks. 

Pavla Cepelikova promises a tutorial on PolymerClayDaily.com

In the meantime, visit her on Flickr and Etsy.

Note that there were a couple mistakes in yesterday’s Angel post (like Ron’s address) that have been corrected.

Bowls redux

Angela Pike's retro bowl from Helen Breil's online class on PolymerClayDaily

You may have thought you’d done bowls, You remember all those little round ones we made? Then along comes the UK’s Angela Pike (BeadMeUpButtercup) with her first go at Helen Breil’s bowl tutorial.

Here’s Angela on Facebook and Instagram, The textures highlight the orange and blue glow of this retro bowl. Angela followed Helen’s instructions to the letter for her first try. Use your signature colors and your veneer patterns to put your own spin on them.

Helen is very methodical and her instructions are thorough. Looking for a no-fail fun project? This could be it.

Monday illusion

Lindsey Hansen swirls black and white into a 3D cane on PolymerClayDaily.com

Lindsey Hansen (Vivid Clay) lures us into the week with a tempting cane design that fools the eye with its 3D illusion. She covered a straight-sided jar with the slices and replaced the lid with a cork top.

Using black and white, she layers and stacks blends strips of blended clay into a square cane. 

Lindsey Hansen swirls black and white into a 3D cane on PolymerClayDaily.com

Lindsey shared her step-by-step how-to photos on the Hooked On Polymer page on Facebook. Several HOP members tried it with success and Ron Lehocky sent us the link.

If cane-building seems too much for your Monday brain, you can purchase Lindsey’s raw versions on Etsy.

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