Friday’s Featured Artist: Janine Müller

I saw this picture on Facebook and I was quite intrigued. So I headed over to Flickr to look at more of Janine’s work.  Talk about eye candy ! This is one talented lady. I love her use of color and organic design.

I supposed i you twisted my arm to choose a favorite I might say this one called Tiger Heart

But then there is a really good chance I might say it’s this one called Violas Garten

or perhaps these earrings becasue I adore ginkgo leaves 🙂

You can browser through all of Janine’s pictures in her Flickr Gallery

This Weeks Featured Artist: Susan Gross

What first caught my eye when viewing Susan’s Flickr album was the beauty in a simple spiral. I just love how she accents this piece with a little texture and berries.

This one is call Tropical Swirl and it most definitely makes me feel like having a fruity drink with an umbrella in it. 🙂

I also found some stunning silk screened pieces. I think you all know how I feel about silk screens. LOVE THEM!!!!!

This next piece is a shining example (literally) of translucent mokume gane done correctly. Look at the layers of silver leaf and color. Beautiful work, Susan !

But……….. I think my favorite piece is this pendant. I love the contrast of color and pattern in the patchwork design.

 

To see all of Susan Gross’ work check her Flickr Gallery.

Friday’s Featured Artist: Sonya’s Polymer Creations

This weeks featured polymer clay artist is Sonya’s Polymer Creations and she has quite the flair for organic design, which I especially like when it comes to jewelry. For example, this first piece named Cleopatra’s Bubblebath is so simple, yet it has such depth. It makes me think of sea urchins.

 

This next piece is called Driftwood. Love the connections.

I especially like this pair of earrings  called Winter Mood. The detail is incredible.

More examples of Sonya’s work

 

You can see all of Sonya’s work in her Flickr Gallery

 

Fiona Abel-Smith: Friday Featured Artist (on Saturday)

Sorry I am a day late with this post. The orders for the Helen Breil Silk Screens overwhelmed me just a bit. 🙂 I am going to be very bust this weekend.

This weeks artist makes the most amazing boxes I have ever seen ! Her name is Fiona Abel-Smith and I am in awe. They are entirely polymer clay ! !

Look at the details involved. Stunning ! Absolutely stunning !

Even the inside is finished with mokume gane. WOW!

Here is a picture of just the lid to one of her boxes. I can not even imagine how many hours of work this took to complete just the lid.

Oh, and Fiona makes dragons and jewelry too. 🙂

You can see more of Fiona’s work in her Flickr Gallery.

Friday Featured Artist & Exciting Business Venture

I know it’s been ages since I posted to my blog. My only excuse is I have been so busy making stamps and silk screen for everyone else I don’t have much time for anything else. I am here to say that it is going to change. I am going to start posting at least twice a week. Fridays will be a featured polymer clay artist that catches my eye.

My other announcement is that I have been in talks with a very well known polymer clay artist and I will soon be selling silk screens with her designs on them. I am quite sure they will be very popular, so keep your eyes here.  In the next couple weeks there will be an official announcement.

This weeks featured artist is Bénédicte Bruttin. I have been for the artist’s Flickr gallery and I am in awe of the work ! Here are just a few examples:

Here is a link to the gallery https://www.flickr.com/photos/chezbene/

When Is Viral A Good Thing?

When it’s Bettina Welker’s Pixelated Retro Blend Cane that’s gone viral!

In a recent post I listed several free tutorials you just had to try. One of those tutorials was Bettina’s Pixelated Retro Blend Cane. It’s one of those technique that just screams “Try Me !!” Even I was enticed into making a couple canes and turning it into some jewelry. It seems the tutorial has gone viral in the polymer clay community. It’s a world wide phenomenon. Just Goggle the title and you will get many links, plus there is now a group on Flickr specifically for the technique.

I found a few special pictures I wanted to share in this post that really highlight the beauty of this canes possibilities.

Inspirational Eyecandy

I have found myself in a creative slump in my jewelry making, so I began surfing the internet for some images to inspire me. I didn’t need to look very far to find some pictures of bright, colorful, inspirational polymer clay designs.

faux dichroic mokume by Carol Simmons

faux dichroic mokume by Carol Simmons

http://carolsimmonsdesigns.com/

FWille Pendants by Majda Gartner

FWille Pendants by Majda Gartner

See more work by Majda

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30374181@N04/

bangles by Oxana Volkova

bangles by Oxana Volkova

See more work by Oxana

http://www.flickr.com/photos/oksoon/

 

mosaic beads by Pavla Cepelikova

mosaic beads by Pavla Cepelikova

See more work by Pavla

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52250355@N08/

mokume gane by Daniela

mokume gane by Daniela

See more work by Daniela

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr-fimo/

stacked circles by belkomor

stacked circles by belkomor (there is a short tutorial too)

see the tutorial http://polymerclayfimo.livejournal.com/4284313.html#cutid1

miami by Natalia García de Leániz

miami by Natalia García de Leániz

See more work by Natalia

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tatana/

 "Garden in Bloom" Polymer Clay Tile Assemblage by gera scott chandler

“Garden in Bloom” Polymer Clay Tile Assemblage by gera scott chandler

http://www.gerascottchandler.com/

 new Rotella pendants and bangle by Carina

new Rotella pendants and bangle by Carina

More work by Carina

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fimorina/sets/72157604053634140/

Daniela D’Uva: AKA Alkhymeia

I am honestly in awe of this featured artist and secretly hope to someday have even half her talent. 🙂

Daniela D’Uva was born in Germany, but was raised in Italy, where she became an accredited goldsmith specializing in making jewelry. Some of Daniela’s favorite jewelry making supplies are things like copper wire, gemstones, glass beads and recycled items like broken mirrors or plastic bottles. Then she discovered polymer clay just 3 years ago and took to it like a duck to water !!!! Her style is so unique and creative. I love the mix of heavy gauge wire, the wire wrapping and polymer clay. Like the rest of us, she appreciates the versatility, consistency and range of colors that polymer clay provides.


Some of her other designs-



Check out Daniela’s project in the Orange issue of From Polymer To Art !!!!

You can find all her beautiful pieces of jewelry for sale in her Etsy shop
http://www.etsy.com/shop/alkhymeia

View a gallery of her work at Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/alkhymeia/

Read her blog ( I suggest using Google Translator http://translate.google.com/ since it’s in Italian)
http://www.alkhymeia.com/

And finally, get a taste of how she makes her fabulous jewelry with this easy to follow tutorial 🙂
http://www.alkhymeia.com/tutorial-e-w-i-p/tutorial-wire-work-and-polymer-clay/

Free Tutorial Alert: Blue Stitched Flower Cane

stitched flower cane

Kael Mijoy recently added this wonderful flower cane tutorial to her blog. I am a visual learner (and cane challenged LOL) so I really appreciate the easy to follow instructions and lots of pictures. 🙂 I may even give it a try.

Smoosher Challenge – Black & White

We were challenged to find and share anything Black & White made by our fellow Smoosher. Since I like a good challenge I gathered up a few tasty treats for you all 🙂

Black polymer clay necklace with white jade beads

Here is a beautiful necklace made by Strange Whimsy called Black polymer clay necklace with white jade beads

This gorgeous Handmade Black and White Heart Necklace is made by Sarah of CreativeArtCenter

Handmade Black and White Heart Necklace

Eagle Feather polymer clay cane

You can find this wonderful Eagle Feather polymer clay cane in ArtmakersWorlds Shop

Black and White Mosaic Keepsake Jewelry Box

Coltpizy is the artist that created this amazin Black and White Mosaic Keepsake Jewelry Box

black and white mokume gane technique

I just adore these black and white mokume gane technique earrings made by Rivervalleydesign

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