Sculpted wood sprites

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This haunting 5.5″ wall piece is sculpted polymer with bark and other inclusions. Wooden Spirit Amira was made by Tatjana Raum (Chopoli) in Germany. Her woodsprites bring with them bits of bark and leaves from the forest and smell slightly of moss.

Tatjana says she has always been fascinated by faces, painting and photographing them until she discovered sculpting. She creates art dolls and what she calls wooden spirits using either ceramic, paper or polymer clay.

See Tatjana’s whole cast of characters on Etsy and her site. ‘Tis the season for elves and sprites. Some have become ornaments.

Polymer contained

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This all-polymer lidded round container is from Isabelle Bordelais (Lilaroz). By combining the hidden magic technique and Victoria James’ natural textures Isabelle developed this bark-like mokume gane pattern that resembles a map.

On her Flickr page you can see how she has moved from building small boxes to larger ones, perfecting kaleidoscope canes along the way.

Where will Isabelle head next? Even larger, perhaps? And where will your work take you this week?

Coming to blows with polymer

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Vancouver’s Joan Tayler is offering an early holiday treat. Gift yourself her 9-page polymer whistle tutorial and you’ll be able to create your own presents – useful zipper pulls, clever pendants or noisy kids’ toys.

“In spite of the simplicity of this design it has taken me years of small changes to come up with an efficient way to make a polymer clay whistle,” Joan admits.

Joan taught me her method this summer. I had success on my first try and I’ve been bugging her to publish a tutorial ever since. My nagging paid off! The tutorial spells out the steps every which way – in photos, in words, and with drawings.

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Joan turns her whistles into lovely birds and hides them under gently draped leaves. StudioMojo subscribers will hear me toot my whistles in tomorrow’s edition. I don’t often gush but making whistles is a special skill that Joan has made available for the rest of us.

Matryoshka polymer

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The winter chill makes these bundled beads look especially right. These babushkas are from France’s Sophie Arzalier (Cristalline) who’s been refining them for several years.

The cane covered beads are built over Ultralight cores and measure 2″ x 1.5″. Some become beads, some rings or brooches that remind us of the traditional folk Russian matryoshka nesting dolls. They’re available through her store. They warm us up.

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