Creating polymer heirlooms

Ioana Weber from Rotterdam quiets the week with her White Noise series of polymer brooches. This Dutch mixed media artist had been collecting vintage laces and looking for a way to use them in a project. “Some are so delicate and old, it’s almost impossible to make something with them,” she explains.

Ioana came up with the idea of making them timeless by impressing them in polymer and using the resulting texture plates to create delicate polymer brooches. With no surface enhancement and no color the lace patterns speak for themselves. Some are embroidered with matching cotton thread.

I’m trying to remember where my grandmother’s box of tatting tools and remnants is stashed. My nieces might cherish a brooch with a family history. Do you have heirlooms hiding in your attic that could be shared with future generations in polymer?

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  • reply Wave of Life Surf Studio ,

    What a lovely & classic set!

    • reply Marian Hertzog ,

      What an awesome idea! I have lots of old linens. I have incorporated one piece in a brooch and have been thinking about what else I could do with them. Thanks for the post!

      • reply Anita Brandon ,

        What a terrific and beautiful way to utilize vintage laces!

        • reply Susan O'Neill ,

          I agree with Anita – what a wonderful idea! It’s funny that you mentioned tatting, Cynthia – I have boxes of tatted lace that my Grandma made. She tried to teach me, but all that I could do was make knots 🙁 Oh well, guess that I’ll have to stick to polymer.

          • reply genevieve ,

            I love that she left them completely white…you can just enjoy the texture that way.

            • reply Lisa Heller ,

              I have been snowbound all week and now I have a new and totally different project to work on. I have been collecting crocheted doilys (or is it doilies?)and edgings for years-intending someday to make curtains from them if I ever figure out how to do that. This is a wonderful idea- one could even offer custom pieces to the customers from their own grandmothers items. Thanks for sharing this, Cynthia and thanks for my every morning inspiration.

              • reply Randee M Ketzel ,

                With all the screaming color available to us in PC, it takes a great deal of restraint to simply work in white—and such a lovely, soporific effect it has, too. (This despite the fact that in reality, pure white is the most difficult of colors–shows the slightest contaminants–and demands almost clean room conditions to come out perfect.) I recall that at a major PC conference a few years ago, an artist—a man, I simply can’t remember the name– presented his new collection of beads all in white, and it just blew everyone away. This collection is such a wonderful reminder of the power of simplicity; pattern stripped down to its most quintessential form. Good show!

                • reply Linda B ,

                  Lovely! Years ago I bought an angel from an artist in Arkansas, who pressed vintage lace into white clay and formed the angel’s dress and wings.

                  • reply April Blue ,

                    Rolling lace into clay has been around for decades. I like her artistic style though and I am glad to see her work! Your webpage has inspired me to create some family heirlooms of my own now! LOL Thanks for such a wonderful feast of polymer clay artists each and every day here on polymerclaydaily.com! It is always such a joy to come here and see polymer eye candy so sweet!

                    • reply lily ,

                      You could put the lace onto a snowflake shape perhaps!

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