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Silvana Bates turns salvaged cane bits into charming soap dishes on PolymerClayDaily.com

You may have thought you’d seen enough polymer bowls. Ireland’s Silvana Bates’ soap dishes pulls us out of bowl overload.

For her jewelry designs, Silvana creates batches of canes in her favorite palettes that lean toward faded colors and homey patterns.

By joining the tail ends of canes and shaping random bits into bowls, she accentuates their charm in a way that hints of soft old quilts in cozy cottages. She made these to hold her daughter’s collection of soaps.

Browse through her photos on Facebook and don’t miss the video of her woodsy creations that will be part of November’s Into The Forest exhibit.

Can you salvage bits of your favorite pieces and create a signature bowl?

The appeal of build-your-own

Melanie West adds a new twist to her Bones necklace on PolymerClayDaily

Melanie West wore her new Bones necklace at Synergy4 in August. One night it was a long chain, the next she quickly reconfigured it as a choker and bracelet.

Melanie West transforms a necklace into a choker and bracelet on PolymerClayDaily.com

The genius of Melanie’s design is the way the links are connected with o-rings held in place by the bulbous ends of each snakey bead.

A more recent version of Melanie’s necklace shown at left includes curled sections, a play on vine-like necklaces by Maggie Maggio. In true Synergy spirit, Georg Dinkel joined in and suggested adding contrasting dots on the end of each link! And she’s not finished experimenting.

Has Melanie’s build-your-own bright idea started your wheels turning?

Join us over at StudioMojo where we mull over the new designs and keep the synergy going every Saturday morning. 

 

 

Endangered melonious

Endanged melonious by Katrin Lukashuk on PolymerClayDailycom

Who knew there were watermelon people? Ukraine’s Katrin Lukashuk knows them and has captured them in polymer!

She’s also produced mixed media gorgons, fireflies, stones and other creatures from her imagination which she shows on Instagram and sells on Etsy.

Watermelon people have been a hit on the Art Toy Gama Collective that features toys and urban arts.

Fans speculate that melonious people are endangered because they’re so delicious!

Hospitable polymer

Arieta Stavridou invites you in for tea on PolymerClayDaily.com

Arieta Stavridou’s polymer-covered teapot will perk you right up. The colors dance all over its round squat shape.

This Cyprus artist tops off the effect with a wash of dark paint to highlight the details. See this pot from all vantage points on Facebook and enjoy her whole stash of teapots on her BigFish page.

There’s something homey and hospitable about these joyful pieces.

Baleia Azul

Renan Florindo gets to the heart of the matter on PolymerClayDaily.com

Renan Florindo from Brazil keeps us thinking of the wild oceans. His Baleia Azul (Blue Whale) is sculpted in curving flight.

Renan added details with paint and mounted the polymer sculpt on a watercolor background. You can watch him add the details on Instagram.

The subject matter for Renan’s art is usually anatomical hearts which he sculpts and draws in incredible detail and unusual settings. I wish I understood more about his focus on hearts but his writing is sparse and the translations from Portuguese don’t help.

This powerful endangered blue whale requires no translation.

Monster Monday

If you tracked monster storms all weekend you may be in the mood to purge your world of all its monsters.

Monster Monday courtesy of Anthony (Ace of Clay) on PolymerClayDaily.com

Watch as Michigan’s Anthony, Ace of Clay, turns his demons into pins. With ferocious teeth, of course.

Some texture, a few wrinkles and a dusting of dark shadows around the eyes heightens the ominous look. Some have sunlight color-changing eyes, others glow in the dark.

Anthony also keeps switch plates, phone cases and sculpted figures in stock. If you’re squeamish, you’ll prefer his colorful imitative sugar skulls. Look on Instagram, Etsy, and Facebook.

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