A Past Controversy

polydogz 021712 350x273 - A Past ControversyHere is a post with some food for thought as you go through your weekend. This post was one of my most active. The discussion in the comments revolved around whether to consider this polymer art because although it is mostly polymer, the focus and all the color is painted on. I found it very interesting to hear people’s thoughts on defining polymer art and the idea of polymer purity. You can return to the original post here. There was also a follow-up post a little later that revived the conversation a bit, which you can read here.

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The original post was from February 17, 2012:

I fell for the colors when I saw this brooch, then I looked at the bezel. Then at her gallery and all her really creative bezels … and the pretty colors. Artist is Susan Waddington of Polydogz.

You can find more of her work on Flickr and Etsy.


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A Bundle of Bails

Let’s talk bails. Some kind of contraption or addition or subtraction to a piece must be formed for pendants to do their hanging about a person’s neck. There are many approaches to this, with a good majority making the bail or connection either invisible or an accent, if even that. There is nothing inherently wrong with these approaches, but I just think its fantastic to have the bail as part of the pendant design. If it’s going to show, then let it shine.

I consider Susan Waddington of PolyDogz a kind of master bail-er. Although most of her bails are pretty simple in construction, they look like a necessary or at least a complimentary addition to the pendant’s design. Here is just one of her many interesting bail solutions. This one is directly integrated into the design–the pendant would be but half as stunning without it.


Different forms, overlaid shapes, textures, colorations, and ways of introducing the cord make her site a kind of treasury of bezel ideas. Oh … and her pendants are pretty darn fabulous, too.

I shall not waste any more of your time blathering away. Your time would be better spent exploring Susan’s website for ideas and inspiration.



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