Tips and Tricks

Magpies collaborate

Lehocky on PCDaily

This new batch of Picarello/Lehocky hearts was too beautiful to pass by. Julie Picarello tidied her studio and forwarded those pesky tail ends and bothersome bits to Ron Lehocky.

Ron never met a polymer scrap he couldn’t use. Look at the lovely collaborative patterns that he melded into hearts (more here). He’ll peddle the pins for the Kids Center during Julie’s 2-day class in Indianapolis. Here are Ron and Julie on Facebook.

Picarello on PCDaily

The yellow pieces below are Julie’s samples for Magpie Mokume. In this version she adds leaf and inks and anything within reach into her stacks of clay colors.


Palette knife polymer

Stroppel on PCDaily

Florida’s Alice Stroppel smeared bits of polymer onto a glass pane placed over her sketch of a woman. She bakes right on the glass then removes it.

I wish I’d paid attention to the finer points of Alice’s palette knife process. The next time the small painting appeared it was dramatically matted and framed and artists were excitedly bidding on it.

Only go to Alice’s blog and Flickr and Etsy sites if you’re willing to be distracted and have time to jump into her world. She uses polymer in unusual and uncomplicated ways that beg to be tried.

Knots and ribbons

Veesuel’s Knots and Ribbons series are created using Sculpey’s Souffle clays which have a distinctive suede-like texture. Because Souffle is not sticky, patterns made with it can be manipulated in unusual ways to make ribbon-covered bracelets, rings and pendants.

“The idea was to simulate the feel and flexibility of fabric,” says Veesuel. She made the black and white curved base of regular Premo that she sanded and polished. Watch out, she’s got lots more ideas that you can find on Facebook and Pinterest.

The red, white and blue (well, purple) looks so festive that we’ll keep it around for the US Labor Day coming up! Thanks to Libby Mills for alerting us.

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