Sunday, May 20, 2012

Summer's Coming!

Yea!  Summer is just around the corner, and it's time for some bold new colors on your wrist! Here's a new cane made up on brass cuffs in some of the latest colors for the summer season.  Can't you just picture the outfits to match?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sweet Little Floral Jewels

I have really enjoyed making these little flower and jewel earrings.  When they're all lying on a mat together, they make the loveliest garden!

The colors for the canes are all custom mixed, and I'm really pleased with the way they turned out.

I left the flowers and leaves with a matte finish to provide contrast with the shine of the beads, crystals, and pearls which form the centers of each flower.

You'll see different flower designs:  trumpet styles, closed flowers, calla lilies and a fuchsia. Do you have a favorite?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New Flower Shape

I enjoy making flowers in polymer, especially when they're blooming all around me outdoors.  And I love manipulating clay shapes to see where they might go.  As I was playing with petals, and shaping them into flowers, I tried pushing and folding the clay and came up with a new shape and flower.  I realize this is probably a shape someone else has also "discovered" yet it's new for me, so I'm calling it "my" shape.

I've used it in both 6 and 8-petal flowers. The 6-petal flowers remind me of trillium.  Perhaps the 8 petal flowers are a new strain of dogwood? There is an example of this shape in my April 27th posting. I like the 2 layers of petals, and their differing sizes.  I also think it's a perfect application for the "crushed wedge" cane I like making so much.

As you can see, I had to start experimenting with the center of these flowers, too. Great place for a rose!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Roses, Roses, Roses

May brings intense lime green leaves to our trees here in New England, and they are a brilliant accompaniment to the spring flowers in bloom everywhere.  Nature is definitely influencing my polymer work these days, as you can see by the photos here.

Today I'm sharing roses.  They always remind me of Mother's Day, which is just around the corner.  The best thing about these roses is they never fade.

I've been mixing some colors which are in keeping with the new palettes for spring and summer.  That's another thing I love about polymer - there is no end to the colors you can create.  I'm especially enjoying  the purple and lime combinations.

I hope you are enjoying a lovely spring, wherever you live.