Lam’s leaves

Lam's leaves on PolymerClayDaily.com

Loretta Lam keeps me coasting on photos taken at last week’s conference. These lightweight sculpted leaves are not-quite-finished samples for an upcoming European class.

Even unsanded the shapes were silky smooth. Loretta lays thin fabric-like veneers over FIMOairlight bases.

Thank you for your comments on yesterday’s post that taught me another meaning of the word goolies. While the creatures in the Christi Friesen post are cute, some goolies are certainly better kept not so free!

Taking it easy

Kassel's limp and lovely leaves on PolymerClayDaily.com

Sure, you may have been impressed by the cheeky, funny characters that Doreen Gay Kassel has been creating for her Synergy4 presentation with Donna Greenberg (Translating Your Environment into Your Inspiration). Doreen’s characters are funny and engaging and quite complex.

Then she wows us with casual, offhand leaves that look as if they floated to the ground, ready to be raked. Their torn edges and folds show off lovely layers of colors with dots hidden in the recesses.

If you’ve worked with polymer for long you know what a trick it is to make our medium look easy, unforced and really organic. How does she do that? Will she and Donna reveal all at Synergy? You may enjoy some of her inspirations on Pinterest.

Autumn leaves

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Moscow’s Natalia Leitman (madlen) gathers three translucent polymer leaves into a fall brooch.

The gently curved thin variegated pinks, reds, and oranges glow and show off the vein markings. See more of Natalia on Instagram and Flickr

Watch what you love

If you love tools and would like to forget about politics, join Craftcast’s Alison Lee and her panel of artists on tonight’s I LOVE TOOLS.

Tonight’s online show is the 10th in this popular series. It starts at 7:30 ET (Wednesday, October 19) and you can register for drawings here.

Kato’s falling leaves and new liquids

Time for falling leaves, polymer clay style. You’ll find these leaf pins on Donna Kato’s site along with some other new work including more fabulous bangles.

Speaking of Kato, I’m loving the faux lampwork beads from Sharon Solly who’s mastered using colored liquid polymer from Kato Products to simulate glass. Take a look at what she’s doing. Metallic liquids should be available soon.

Garie Sim gives his own interesting side-by-side comparison of liquid clays which he colors himself with oil paint.

Caning for fall


These autumn leaf polymer clay canes by Dora Arsenault caught my eye. This is someone who likes to cane! Can it be time for fall leaves? Look at her Flickr site for more examples. Her blog shows off some great pictures from a recent Sarah Shriver class.

Cane slice buttons make the perfect finishing touch for these winter hats that Suzy Peabody (I think that’s her real name) is stockpiling for fall and winter craft shows. She makes them from felt, fleece and recycled sweaters. See how she embellished her spice rack with polymer clay too!

My son keeps a sharp eye out for anything fimo/techno for me and spotted these Blackberry polymer cane earrings, quite a complex undertaking, by Barb Feldman featured on the Gizmodo and GeekSugar sites.

There are so many caners in cyberspace that it’s been hard to select just a few this week. Enjoy your late summer weekend.

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