Monday, January 11, 2016

Helen Breil's Polymer Clay Silk Screens Giveaway

By on Monday, January 11, 2016 60 Comments

Helen Breil is a wonderful polymer clay artist whom I've featured before. What's more, she is a fellow member of the Grand River Bead Society and a friend.  Once she discovered polymer clay, there was no going back.  Her passion for polymer clay and in particular for surface techniques led to her creation of novel designs as well as unique texture stamps and  silk screens.


The jewelry designs shown here utilize her latest idea of integrating magnets into polymer clay lariats.  She wanted to preserve the "elegant, artfully displayed curves" of necklace cording rather than let the cording react to gravity when worn.  

Helen explained, By attaching magnets behind the 2 components it served 2 purposes. I could vary the position of the components and their relationship to each other to allow for many unique ways to wear the lariat. As well, the cording becomes an important (and also variable) design element, adding sweeping lines and complementing the two components."  There is a third benefit - the magnets also do not affect clothing like brooches where the pins pierce the garment.

Helen used neodymium magnets which are very strong (but best not used by those with pacemakers).


As you can see, her designs are fluid, modern and unique.  The lariats can be worn in many ways.


All the polymer clay pieces shown here were silkscreen ones using her own silk screens. They are all handmade by her husband Mike and sold world wide.  The list of global retailers is here.


Helen's collection includes 8 very different contemporary designs (click on any of the images below to see a larger version).  Check out Helen's free demo if you are unfamiliar with how silk screens are used in polymer clay. 5 lucky readers will win a silk screen design each in this giveaway.










Helen is teaching a polymer clay wrap bracelet class on Craftcast on January 20, 2016.  Check out what Helen is up to on her Facebook.

Giveaway
If you'd like to win 1 of 5 of Helen's Silk Screens (your choice of silk screen design)  please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international. 

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, January 18 , 2016. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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60 comments:

  1. Wow! Those lariats are gorgeous!
    Donna J datmine2009@hotmail.com

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  2. bobbieforman@yahoo.comJanuary 11, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    These are amazing. Their versatility,designs and use potential open up whole new possibilities. It may be the start of a new trend
    of enhancing the look of necklaces.

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  3. I "Have Never Seen Such Beautiful Jewelry Pieces." I always wanted to Learn but don't know where to start Besides not having the money. And I don't control the Money!where we live. Maybe some day I'll get a chance to "Learn".

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  4. I didn't know this technique ! Thank you for the giveaway,
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  5. Very clever and beautiful. g_bollivar@hotmail.com

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  6. I love Helen's designs and would proudly wear any of her jewelry. I have some of her designs on my jewelry inspiration board. schwabmom@gmail.com

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  7. Peal, I just pinned this to my giveaway board.

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  8. Wow! Beautiful! I love the use of magnets in the design.

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  9. Thank you for this giveaway. Would treasure one of Helen Breil's silk screens!

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  10. What a brilliant idea to use strong magnets! I'll definitely be thinking about ways I can introduce magnets into my work.
    And as for the silk screens, they're all beautiful! I think Spring Dance is my favourite, though... today, at least!
    I'm a subscriber: lauraproudman@gmail.com

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  11. These are beautiful and fascinating!! I imagine good for arthritis and the like too... I'm a blog follower and subscriber, can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com

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  12. Love Helens designs. Signed up for the January class. Would love one of her silk screens. Amy.alpert@comcast.net

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  13. I love her use of symmetry to create stunning designs!

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  14. I lovr lariats but Helen takes them many steps further!! Not only she creates fluidity in her design but she actually makes the cording a fluid part of her design. Love them!!
    Will subscribe right after this!
    nicolaoumaria82@hotmail.com

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  15. I love Helen's silkscreens- I'd love to add to my collection! Love this Magnet idea :)https://www.facebook.com/PatRobertsThompson?ref=hl

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  16. Gorgeous Helen!
    I would love to wear a piece of your art.
    Jan Williams

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  17. Love Helen's work! I'm taking the Craftcast class on the 20th. I love her silk screens.

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  18. Love how Helen has created such a versatile piece of jewellery...stunning!

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  19. Helen is forward thinking as usual! What a visionary in both jewelry structure and design - gorgeous pieces!

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  20. I love Helen's creations .... I'm a big fun of her

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  21. Ich liebe diese Silkscreens
    Michaeladannehl@yahoo.de

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  22. How wonderfully creative.

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  23. Great giveaway! The designs (all of them!) are really inspiring! I started thinking about how I would use them ... I would love to receive any one of the designs! thank you!
    judy@rosewind.ca Judy

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  24. This silkscreens are fabulous!!!
    silviabori@hotmail.com

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  25. These are gorgeous. I love her technique. Would love to win one.

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  26. Just tweeted about your post & giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/686642132816285696

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  27. I think Helen is a genius! She never stops developing something new and that's a true artist!

    I've always had a hard time deciding just what pattern to buy because all of hers are just so yummy!!

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  28. t a wonderful idea to keep the fluidity of a piece in place rather than letting gravity have it's usual way. Helen manages to develop some amazing pieces using ingenious methods. Great.
    Susan Samuel
    shw_samuel@sky.com

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  29. Greta gdmar@comcast.netJanuary 11, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    These are beautiful designs. I especially liked Irresistible Rhythm. I found it very calming. I hope to win one. I am a blog subscriber.

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  30. Love Helen's Silk Screens. . .
    Sharing in my Facebook Account here...
    www.facebook.com/laxmij

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  31. I would LOVE to win a Helen Breil silk screen design. All of her work is awesome!

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  32. Hey Pearl. these are beautiful. I love the silk screen idea and Helen's designs are wonderful. I really like the Cabaret set. Thanks, Patricia B

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  33. Helen's stuff is gorgeous as usual. Silk screens a wonderful. Maybe I'll win. smamabird@aol.com

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  34. What a cool idea of using silk screening with polymer clay! Also the use of the magnets in design. I hadn't run across Helen Briell's designs before but will look out for them from now on.

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  35. I love Helen Briell's designs too, and would be delighted to win this giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  36. Such stunning pieces and I love the idea of using magnets...bravo!! Please include me in your giveaway!

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  37. Very gorgeous jewelry! I have a hard time picking a favorite. alikat2004 on Ravelry.com

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  38. Amazing. I would like to participate. Nuriapuigcalvo@gmail.com
    Thanks!!

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  39. Colymerplay@gmail.comJanuary 12, 2016 at 3:39 AM

    These are amazingly elegant and beautiful! I would love to learn to silkscreen, and love all her designs.

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  40. Always a fan of Helen's work. These are way cool!

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  41. Thanks for the chance! I've shared on my Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/rossana.malvani ) cianciamalvi@hotmail.com

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  42. I would love to try these out, Helen Breil is wonderful and her products are very imaginative.
    https://www.facebook.com/raluca.vacaru.5

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  43. Just tweeted about her gorgeous works again.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/686997707668361216

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  44. Tweeted again about her great work and the giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/687386126500270081

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  45. Amazing...
    kvijayshri2006@gmail.com

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  46. So elegant and beautiful! I love the magnets idea, it's awesome!

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  47. Absolutely gorgeous and unique!! Love these designs!!
    cstonefield6@gmail.com

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  48. I love these pieces and her work. Just tweeted again about it.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/688010063345246209

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  49. Wonderful idea! And wonderful designs!Sharing on facebook and G+ anabrabal72@gmail.com

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  50. I only have to say that she is my favorit designer in polymer clay. The elegance... everything is good.Me fascina!!!

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  51. a.p.brad@rogers.comJanuary 17, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    I love Helen's designs. They are all beautiful. II would really like to try working with polymer clay and this Silk screen giveaway would be a great start.

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  52. ooh I hope I made it in time, I love Helen's designs. I have some of her tutorials already.
    me email is marlib8@live.ca

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  53. What an interesting and creative use of magnetic connectors. And I just love Helen's designs.

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  54. ooh I hope I made it in time, I love Helen's designs. I have some of her tutorials already.
    me email is marlib8@live.ca

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  55. I sooo love these. Just tweeted again about this.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/689206352397209600

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  56. Helen's designs are gorgeous. I love how she takes a simple shape and pattern to create such unique pieces.

    Enter me via e-mail, please.

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