Wintry grungy polymer

Lela Todua's winter butterflies and dreadlock beads on PolymerClayDaily.com

The roughly striped big hole beads from Ukraine’s Lela Todua (LelandJewellery) are meant for dreadlocks but could be threaded on multi-strand leather (for those without adequate hair).

Her butterflies land lightly on a sweater and her palette feels toasty as the weather turns chilly here in the midwest.

Todua's dreadlock beads on PolymerClayDaily.com

On Etsy and Instagram, her works have a dark grungy edge with a unisex appeal that’s worth studying.

Butterfly booth bush

Shum on PCDaily

Wanda Shum’s butterfly brooches alight gracefully in her booth on a round potted bush. The spring scene invites shoppers in for a closer look. A Vancouver artist, Wanda is selling her wares at a Toronto wholesale show this week.

Shum on PCDaily

It’s easiest to understand how she sketches and builds her butterfly canes by looking at her Facebook photos. You’ll also find her collections of work on Pinterest and Flickr.

Wanda’s colors are hot and her bugs and butterflies add a welcome dash of color on a cold day full of white snow.

Detmers’ vintage bugs and flowers

Kim Detmers’ test tube vases and art nouveau bugs make for a colorful Friday. She is particularly adept at combining polymer clay cane slices and vintage brass findings to make bright bugs. The mixture sounds all wrong but looks very right.

Kim is the first craft artist ever officially licensed by the University of Utah. Kim created a petition that helped local artists get a crafters license in place so that artists could sell their handmade products and be in compliance with the University of Utah licensing guidelines.

You can see more of Kim’s polymer work on her website and in her Etsy gallery. Here’s an earlier post about her as well.

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