Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Outstanding Polymer Clay Inspirations

If you've been reading Inspirational Beading for awhile, you probably already know that I enjoy admiring the designs of artists who work with materials that I can't - or won't - use. I suppose it's one part envy as well, especially when the art is as incredible as this.

Spring Rose Windows Necklace
by Silvia Ortiz de la Torre

I've been a huge admirer of polymer clay since it made its truly big splash in the art world, and came dangerously close to being referred to only by a particular brand name. Back then, everyone just called it Fimo. Everyone wanted Fimo incense burners and macrame jewelry with Fimo beads.

Today, there are many polymer clay brands that stand out, each with their own qualities that make them suitable for different artists' needs. And there are so many amazing artists out there putting them to the best use. These are just a few examples of the types of polymer clay designs that take my breath away, and make me wish - only briefly - that I hadn't sworn off all plastics that aren't thread.

Timeless Opulence by Sabine Spiesser

Rainbow Cat Face Cabochon by graphixoutpost

Polymer Clay Necklace by Silastones

Curley Knot Necklace by Kathleen Dustin

Cyan and Yellow Rose Beads by Rolyz Creations

Little Dove Necklace by Piper Pixie Designs

Tropical Flower Beads by tooaquarius

Mehndi Elephant Necklace by Moonsafari Beads

Out of the Blue Necklace by Design Theory

Dreaming Necklace by Dandelion Jewellery

Butterfly Beads by SevenWestDesigns

Otherworldy Necklace by Silvia Ortiz de la Torre

It would seem I'm particularly fond of millefiori - especially abstract designs - and polymer clay applique. Do you have a favorite style or technique for polymer clay designs?

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  1. love the detail in some of these

  2. I love them all! I can't do anything with polymer clay. I tried. I was very bad! I so admire people who can do this. There's a French artist whose work is very mod and fresh and colorful. And I can't for the life of me remember his or her (single) name. If I think of it, I'll send it on to you.


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