Bohemian scraps

Pilar Rodriguez Dominguez masters her scraps on PolymerClayDaily.com

The Canary Islands’ Pilar Rodriguez Dominguez has mastered building canes and all the polymer basics. Now her work has taken a leap forward and what’s the reason? Scraps, of course!

Playing with scraps is often a freeing experience. There’s no wrong way and often you stumble into some very right accidents, especially when you have a strong color sense like Pilar does.

These bohemian beauties appear on her Instagram. You’ll see similar methods on her Etsy, Facebook, and Flickr pages and videos here and here.

Feeling stuck or restless? Go explore your scraps!

It’s Synergy time! We’ll be digging through the pre-conference scuttlebutt for this weekend’s StudioMojo. I’ll be reporting from the front lines so PCD posts will be juicy and fun and probably not on the regular schedule next week. 

Picasso polymer

Cecelia Leonini unleashes Picasso on polymer

Italy’s Cecilia Leonini (ImpasteArte) prolongs the bright colors of summer with this pendant inspired by Picasso’s Two Girls Reading.

On a 2.75 x 2.5″ area, Cecilia makes a collage of colors and sketches in the characters then colors the scene.

By using lots of colors and shapes piled on each other in a small space, Cecilia creates the illusion of a much bigger canvas. See more on Instagram, Facebook, and Etsy,

 

Lucky mysterious polymer

Elephants revisit Inga Rozenberga's studio (Kni-Kni) on PolymerClayDaily.com

Something about the simple striped cut out embellished with delicate appliques of tiny leaves and flowers adds up to a sweet mystery.

Inga Rozenberga’s (Kni-Kni) Latvian site doesn’t unravel the mystery or the meaning of the elephants that recur in her art. Do they indicate luck, good fortune, wisdom or something else entirely?

No matter! Her art enchants. What mysterious clues do you hide in your art?

Tribute to illustration

Veru Stevens makes a fashion statement in polymer

Hang onto summer with these Tribute Earrings from a new collection by Philadelphia’s Vee Stevens (Veru Designs).

Each of the designs in her series is inspired by illustrators. In this case, the designs at Deny Designs provided the push to pinks and peaches which Vee reinterpreted in layers of graphic cutouts.

“Don’t let the earrings’ simplicity deceive you! They were more time consuming to make than I thought,” Vee admits. And yes, they’re big. These are 2.75 inches long and 1.7 inches wide.

See more of what Vee is up to and what inspires her on Facebook and Pinterest.

Heishi how-to

Marina Rios gives you a heishi how-to on PolymerClayDaily

Who doesn’t like to start the week with a free tutorial? You showed such interest in the mid-July PCD post that featured chunky heishi beads by Marina Rios that she responded with a 1-minute video on Instagram.

Watch carefully! She bakes the round tubes before she cuts the facets. She paints them and then splatters the surfaces with alcohol inks. A second batch she covers with several colors of stained glass paints.

She cuts the tubes into disks when they’re baked and off the rods. Thanks for the tricks, Marina!

If cutting cooled clay into disks becomes difficult, you can pop them back into the oven to warm again. They cut like butter when warm.

Monstera for a garden party

Switzerland’s Anouk Stettler (Habetrot) breezes into the weekend with a new flowery dress to complement her Monstera leaf earrings.  A simple flat polymer cutout is perfect for a garden party.

Breezy is Anouk’s style as you’ll see on her Instagram. “Jewelry alone is boring. Yes, honestly! Jewelry must be loved and worn. Underline a style, be a statement or subtly add an to an outfit,” she explains.

Go ahead, treat yourself to a quick polymer accessory that will spruce up your weekend wardrobe.

We’re gathering over at StudioMojo for the weekly roundup of ideas and inspirations. Come join us!

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