Scrappy pots

Carol Lessans uses up scrap and gets a jump on spring on

Maryland’s Carol Lessans got a jump on spring and used up leftover veneers and canes by applying them to flower pots. Yes, you can fire clay pots in the oven. A little glue or liquid polymer will make the bits and pieces hold firmly.

In her preparations for the season, Carol has also covered a birdhouse and other garden items. You may recall that she embellished her mailbox years ago and it survived a number of snowy winters. More on Facebook.

Need more wild ideas? Sometimes I hesitate to put edgy, out there polymer in the daily posts and I save them up for the weekend StudioMojo where the die-hards hang out. Walk with us on the wild side each Saturday!

Carried by color

These breezy, summery earrings from Spain’s Elena Fernandez Guijarro are made from scrap clay pieces laid next to each other in an easy, casual way.

Sometimes we forget about easy and casual. Color carries Elena’s design forward.

Try going simple and let color carry your work along.

Traveling scrap

Anderson/Lehocky on PCDaily

Scrap from Jon Anderson’s studio in Bali made its way to Ron Lehocky’s workroom in Louisville.

Through all sorts of serendipitous connections and with a great deal of fun and intrigue, Jon’s polymer scrap is raising hundreds of dollars for the Kids Project in Kentucky.

Lehocky on PCDaily

You can see pictures of more of Ron’s results by clicking on the image.

He nearly discarded Jon’s canes that had welded themselves together in transit. What are you doing with your scrap? Are you overlooking treasures?

There’s more to the story! Jon is sending another batch of what he calls polymer cheese (more securely packaged this time) when Barb Alexander’s tour arrives in Bali soon.

Tokens from scrap

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Jewel-like scrap hearts from Quebec’s Claire Maunsell get us in the proper holiday mood. What mementos and love tokens will you make this week?

Claire says she’ll soon offer a tutorial about the way she uses her scrap to get the dramatic effects you see here.

Maunsell on PCDaily

In the meanwhile, you can learn about her methods of using Pan pastels, inks, paints and some unusual tools with translucent Pardo clay on her new Craftcast class.

Watch how she teases the clay into shape (she was a glass artist before polymer), and applies layers and layers of texture and color until she’s pleased with the effect.

I learned a new way to anchor the probe on the thermometer. It’s often the little tricks you learn in a class that come in most handy. See more of Claire on Flickr, her site, Facebook and in her online Zibbet and Etsy galleries.


Scrap habits


While we’re focused on ways of working, I noticed that Emily Squires Levine accumulates her cane slices and in a designated scrap bowl and at the end of each studio session, she makes coasters from the day’s surplus.


Clay that isn’t used in the coaster collage is blended into backing to add thickness. What a good way to get rid of scraps regularly so that they don’t nag at you from an ugly  pile that clutters the studio.

See more of Emily’s studio here and on Flickr.

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