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Art Elements Theme Challenge - August - Swirls

This month Marsha Neal chose swirls as the theme of the month! I'm enjoying the challenges as themes. I've been giving my wrist a break because of perceived carpal tunnel, so I've been doing a lot in polymer, and by a lot, I mean when I have a few half hours of time!

Here are the swirl themed polymer items I made for this month!

This first one reminds me of a fiddlehead fern, all closed up. I painted it with alcohol inks.

This next one is the before of the ammonite hearts I did. Two of my favorite things, ammonites and hearts! Colored with alcohol inks.

 I made two, the colors turned out very different!
More spirals in the form of polymer clay ammonite cabochons. I really love mixing the paints to color these! Plus you get a gratuitous flower shot!
 More ammonites colored with ranger patina inks and alcohol inks in that order.
 My fave, I think - I love the colors! Alcohol inks.
This next one was made with acrylic paint and I tried crackle on it, didn't work out too well but gave it a texture, then sealed with liquitex.
And finally, a sort of work in progress. The idea is to looks a little like Van Gogh art, the swirls and the sunflowers. Not quite what I had in mind, but I just added it to a very short lampwork session so I'll probably explore this more - I don't have much of the sunflower cane so I have to be careful what I do!
Many of the polymer clay swirls are available in my SueBeads etsy store. I hope you visit the other blogs to see what everyone else made, and thank you Marsha for an inspiring theme!

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Jill said…
Lovely work, I especially love your ammonite hearts. Hope your wrist is better soon.
These pieces are SO cool Sue! I too have a thing for the ammonite swirls and alcohol inks and am delighted as to seeing what you've come up with. Please take care of your wrists and hands so we can continue to see you create your beautiful work without pain...
Cat said…
I love all the beads and different colors - simply fabulous!
Alison Adorns said…
I, too LOVE the pinky purply tie dye one! And wow, you must continue to explore the swirl in glass work! Great job!
Laney said…
I love the design on the first piece shown the fern style one but the colours have to go to the second heart for me, they really pop!
Karin G said…
Love your use of colors, I hope your wrist feels better soon.
Wow! You are ROCKING polymer clay. No surprise there!
Anita said…
Absolutely adore the colors in your projects, Sue! I'd love to see how the lampwork one evolves.
Caroline said…
Stunning designs Sue, the ammonites in the bezels are amazing, love the colours you chose!
SueBeads said…
Thank you all so much - I used to be able to reply to comments on Blogger but I can't seem to be able to do it right now! I appreciate all your comments!
Saraccino said…
I already loved all the sneak peaks you showed and you ammonites turned out so awesome! Yes, ammonites are also a favorite of mine!
baymoondesign said…
I especially like the spirals in the form of polymer clay ammonites and your coloring of them. I absolutely love the ones in the heart bezels. Well done!
Jenny said…
Such great colors! I love your polymer. And that sunflower glass cab is a stunner!
I am really loving all your ammonite cabs! The perfect swirl designs. Your coloring really enhances the piece.
Sarajo Wentling said…
I love your polymer clay explorations. Even though I'm not really a heart girl, I'm drooling over those ammonite hearts! So cool. That lampwork bead is really cool too... look forward to seeing where you take those ideas in the future.

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