No two the same

No two of Wanda Shum's snowflakes are alike on PolymerClayDaily.com

These samples are from Victoria, B.C.’s Wanda Shum. She usually uses her cane slices to cover teapots and make bowls and jewelry. Now for an ornament class.

Her Papercut Snowflake Cane workshop brings back fond memories of creating snowflakes from folded paper. Wanda’s method also appeals because it allows you to control the chaos of a kaleidoscope cane.

You’ll find more samples on Instagram and on Facebook.

Slow show, new work

La Perle Rouge found a new way to work at a slow show on PolymerClayDaily

France’s La Perle Rouge admits in a post that one of her shows was not well attended so she kept herself busy making canes and visiting nearby thrift stores.

Voila! A new way of working!

Unleashed from her usual setting, she sliced thick cane pieces and formed them into cuplike shapes that she arranged on the thrift shop finds. The results have a happy and unconstrained look.

We could use your help with the artist’s name which we couldn’t find on either the La Perle Bijoux site or Facebook page.

Thanks to PCD reader Aims Abson for the link!

Hold up to the light

Lyne Tilt loves where her journey of experimenting leads her on PolymerClayDaily

More often these days polymer artists are holding designs up to the light to see what new effects we can create.

Lyne Tilt loves where her journey of experimenting leads her on PolymerClayDaily

Here Brisbane, AU’s Lyne Tilt (lynetiltart_lyneartdesigns)holds a little experiment up to the window. “Experimenting! This little piece makes me so happy! Joy comes from the journey,” she says.

First, she created small canes with translucent centers and mounted thin slices of those canes on another translucent background layer to create earrings. See her Instagram for the in-progress shots.

Improve your writing

MaryAnne Loveless mosaics pens with cane slices to improve writing on PolymerClayDaily.com

Can you imagine the stash of small canes that Utah’s Mary Anne Loveless has at her fingertips when she starts to assemble her covered pens? And the coordinated tops are slightly flattened beads.

Little delights like this around the house bring smiles for years to come every time someone jots a note. See the rest of them on her Flickr page.

All this begins with an inexpensive Bic pen and some small canes.

Changing colors

Leslie Aja eases us into fall with Toops-inspired beads on PolymerClayDaily

These beads from California’s Leslie Aja ease us back to fall. Leslie was inspired by early beads created by Cynthia Toops.

On Leslie’s Instagram, she features several groupings of simple beads in striking colors. Their simplicity and strong colors strike just the right note as the season begins to change.

Need more? Come on over to StudioMojo this weekend where we’ll finish our wrapup of fall events and look at what products and ideas are on the horizon. 

Eye-catching fish

Lynn Yuhr builds her fish on beginner concepts on PolymerClayDaily.com

Florida’s Lynn Yuhr created this Gone Fishin’ as one of her class samples for 2019’s Bead and Button. In her post about deadlines and creativity, she wonders if the two concepts are compatible and concludes that the two are at odds until you jump in and start.

Lynn listened to feedback about her fish and even though the piece looks complicated, she based a new class on these basic shapes and beginner canes.

Her advice is particularly good for a Monday. Time to jump in and get started.

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