Meeting your quota

Lehocky on PCDaily

To meet his quota of 10-12 polymer heart pins each day, Ron Lehocky has to get up early (we shot this video at 7:00 a.m.) and take advantage of every spare moment.

Funny how that daily quota has added up to 27,000 hearts in 9 years! All the proceeds support the Kentucky Kids Center where he is also a physician.

Used to the routine, Ron’s hands moved gracefully and effortlessly as we chatted. He’s refined his process to 3 steps which he shows in this demo. A few hundred hearts are always waiting for sanding and finishing which he does as he watches TV or listens to music. To purchase hearts, contact Ron on Facebook or via email. Watch the video here.

In this weekend’s StudioMojo, Ron continues talking about his studio habits, his motivation, and his own designs. Join us on StudioMojo if you’d like more.

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Sunday school

Those of us who love both technology and polymer are ecstatic that Mags Bonham will teach an online Craftcast class that explains how to cut polymer using the computer and a Silhouette Cameo printer/cutter. That’s on Sunday at 12:00 noon (EST). I plan to be in the front row (virtually) with the rest of you artist/nerds.

Polymer costumes

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Reinhard Fritz’ people always look dressed for Halloween. He creates small polymer sculptures that capture his subjects’ essence…right down to the pink Crocs on this interpretation of a tourist.

Visit the party his characters are having on Flickr and read more on Facebook.

He shows how he works over foil and wire armatures. Everyone is fair game (including himself) and he loves looking at the world with a wink and a smile.

Balancing composition

Hughes on PCDaily
Hughes on PCDaily

Tory Hughes has long been fascinated by linear compositions. What better place to play with balance and color than in making mobiles? Tory is working on an edition of ten Red Dot mobiles that measure 24″ across. The first one sold to a Santa Fe collector.

Another of Tory’s mobiles was suspended in the exhibit at Carthage College. It fluttered like a celebration of colored wings above guests at the show.

See more mobile photos here and here and on her Facebook page. She will teach in Portland, Oregon November 7-9 with a few seats still available in one of the classes.

Big gestures

Palumbo on PCDaily

Jill Palumbo’s big beads have an unselfconscious flair that’s part tribal, part fashion flash.

The layers and layers of pattern on these big beads have an appealing gestural quality as if she confidently shrugged her shoulders and flung on color. The fuzzy fiber cords fit right in with her “more-is-more” attitude.

If you’ve ever tried collaging with abandon, you know what a trick it is to tread the line between just right and too much.

Jill often finds inspiration in art challenges and does some of her best pieces when she’s reinterpreting great works of art. Here are her Pinterest and Flickr pages.

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