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Archive for April, 2013

Since there seems to be a lot of conversation about originality lately, I thought we’d focus on that idea for a bit this week (which is a great excuse to just bring the most stunning work I can find to post for you!) Finding your own original voice versus copying or following trends has been […]

This is always so fun for me. Putting out the cover of the upcoming issue. It means we’re almost ready to go to print! Plus it’s still just really cool to share it with you all. The art on this cover is a collaborative piece by our prolific Christi Friesen and glass artist Sharon Peters. […]

Earlier this week I received an email from one of our readers, Dara Meunier who came across an article and quote by Luann Udell that she thought we all might enjoy … “Take what speaks TO you; tranform it into what speaks OF you.” I had to wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment. Whether we are cognizant of it or not, […]

In this last post on translucent and polymer I thought I ought to touch upon one of the oldest ways to use translucent polymer… creating faux semi-precious stones. I don’t know if there is any semi-precious stone we can’t emulate in polymer. There are so many options and with some of the new materials we […]

Of course polymer work in translucents has been heavily inspired by glass art. Glass was the original crafted translucent art material. Glass making can be traced back as far as 3500 BC but it wasn’t recognized as an important decorative art until the 19th century. So although glass art is not nearly as young as polymer, it […]

Although many of us may be mesmerized by the jewelry possibilities of translucent clays, we should not forget just how wonderful they can be on decor, especially pieces for which light is integral such as lamps, candle holders and night lights. Below we have a beautifully detailed example of just what translucents offer when covering […]

It’s funny how many comments and emails I got on Monday when I mentioned that I had untouched blocks of Pardo translucent clay in my studio. There is such a demand and yet so little available. I have had email conversations with a contact at Viva Decor but I never got a straight answer as […]

Translucent layering is a wonderful way to add depth to a bead or, in the case of this piece below, a little polymer painting. Roberta Warshaw isn’t too happy with this  polymer painting but I think she has accidentally ended up with a better design than she might have if she had been able to […]

This week I thought I’d focus on translucent clay. Why? Well, maybe because I was in my studio looking at the as yet unopened bars of Pardo translucent I ordered a while ago that I still haven’t had a chance to play with. I do love writing about polymer art but, sheesh, it’s keeping me […]