Name West’s bio creation

Melanie West’s newest polymer clay life form needs a name. This undulating orange pod is the newest in her Bio series which has been inspired by nature’s extravagant forms, colors and patterns.

Perhaps this piece appeals to me because it looks like a psychedelic soft serve ice cream cone.

Click through the rest of Melanie’s flora and fauna inspired collection (plus her Trunkt gallery here) and help her name this baby.

Malbon faces decorating

Doll-maker and polymer artist Cynthia Malbon gives a guided tour through her Weare, NH home that will leave you relaxed and inspired. My favorite touch is her sculpted polymer clay faces used as drawer pulls on an old repainted dresser. They add surprise and Cynthia’s unmistakeable signature in a small upstairs bedroom.

Her warm colors and attention to detail make her farmhouse totally charming and that’s what you’d expect from someone who creates such lovingly crafted polymer clay dolls.

Cynthia’s been chosen one of eight finalists in an Eight O’clock Coffee contest (here’s the story and here’s her entry). If you’ve got a few minutes, go and vote for her. Signing up and jumping through a few hoops might help her win $10,000. Voting ends August 11.