Furry polymer

Helen Violet sculptures on PolymerClayDaily.com

Toronto polymer sculptor Helen Violet has a full schedule of commissions for 2017. In late summer/fall of this year she’ll open a shop for those pet lovers hoping to get on the 2018 list and you can read the details of her ordering and pricing here.

Previously an illustrator, Helen created her first polymer and acrylic sculpture in November 2015 as a gift. She was quickly swamped with orders for the 7″ to 8.5″ replicas of favorite pets (like Brutus here) which you can see on Instagram and Facebook.

“This is not a ‘business’ to me, but an opportunity to connect my love for animals with my love for creating and share that with wonderful people who have been touched by their fur friends as well,” Helen says.

What a treat to see polymer art that hits the sweet spot on so many levels!

Warbling character

Terlizzi on PolymerClayDaily.com

This simple sweet warbler from Melissa Terlizzi continues our review of characters. She was so anxious to hear songbirds again that she made her own. Zoom in close and you can almost hear him singing.

A smooth base shape, some marbled polymer cane feathers neatly arranged and some color details for the head, eye and beak. Melissa knows her birds!

Turns out this is one of the samples for a CraftArtEdu class that Melissa is working on! He may have to be slightly smaller to perch on your lapel.

Have you followed along on FB as Melissa drilled us on our ABC’s? She spent 26 days sculpting a most exotic alphabet.

Polymer paintbrush guy

Stroppel on PolymerClayDaily.com

Alice Stroppel’s Brush Man is part of a new series of Found Object Character classes at her Studio 215 in Florida. Repurposing objects is not new to Alice. Who can forget her Alice tea service?

Alice has been hosting more and more events in her facility. She credits finishing ideas learned in Doreen Kassel’s Pods and Flowers class at Studio 215 for enlivening her characters.

Looks like this might be Character Week on PCD. Don’t you have weeks when your eye gravitates to a style? See one and then see them everywhere? Why fight it? Is there a brush in your basement waiting to be rediscovered?

Polymer Om

Kantur on PolymerClayDaily.com

A quick liftoff for the week! This serene polymer doll is from Barcelona’s Elena Kantur.

Elena’s text is hard to translate but the graceful hands and meditative posture of the horned creature make her seem hopeful and calm. We can leave it at that.

The delicacy of Elena’s characters’ hands and faces inspire. See all her sculptures on Instagram and Facebook. Happy Monday!

Prickly polymer

Locatelli on polymerclaydaily.com

One more edgy post to round out PCDaily’s week. Lindsay Locatelli (WazoDesigns) shifted into production mode and cranked out 14 pairs of these spiky dangles one evening. 

Locatelli on PolymerClayDaily.com

Maybe it’s her background in wood that makes her unafraid of chopping, carving and prickly bits. There’s raw energy in the pieces on her Instagram and Artful Home sites. Her audience loves the roughness.

These pieces remind me of the pointy spring shoots bravely poking through this weekend’s snow. Join us on StudioMojo for more budding news.

Wild ride to Niche Award

Leach on PolymerClayDaily.com

Maine’s Linda Leach’s journey through polymer reads like a 13-year odyssey through classes and guilds and experiments in her own multi-media style. Linda’s voyage and this necklace brought her a 2017 Niche Award in the Polymer Jewelry category.

She created the necklace for #39 of last year’s weekly polymer challenge. Linda called it, “…a wild new piece that I know is over the top, but I love it anyway.” The necklace incorporates leaves bound in brass strips and brass wire with polymer clay cane work as well as her liquid clay/alcohol ink over etched copper technique. The cane repeats the design on the etched copper.

You can watch her step-by-step work in progress on her blog. Learn more about Linda on her site (Dancing Dragonflies), Facebook and Etsy.

Kudos to Linda and what she’s accomplished. Where is your art odyssey leading you?

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