Dayle Doroshow’s oversized paper beads (these are each about 1 1/2″ wide) echo exotic, tribal themes.
Dayle admits they’re made from the tail ends of her polymer projects, simple tall triangles rolled onto a fat skewer and then flattened with stamps and textures. Paints and powders and whatever is handy add the final effect.
Since Dayle and I are playing together this week, we’ve decided to giveaway one of our Creative Sparks books signed by both of us. Dayle shares how she developed habits and tricks that tease her back into the studio when she’s stumped or stewing.
Leave us a comment and we’ll dash an autographed book off to the winner on Friday.
Lisa Mackin ,
I too get stewed and stumped! I’d love a copy of Creative Sparks. Your site is part of my morning ritual. Thanks for all your hard work.
When I see beautiful beads like Dale’s I am tempted to call in sick to work so I can play! I can hardly wait until I get home from work tonight! Thanks for sharing.
Love your posts. I so look forward to them each day — I’m always disappointed when I realize it’s no-post weekend! Keep up the good work. 🙂
hi!!! I’ve arrived here some days ago, and I love all the things you publish here, they’re really inspiring.
I’d love a copy of the book!
Congrats for this awesome page!
Love to see this “trashy” inspiration! What great beads! I’ve been getting into carving my trash lately.
I’d love a copy of your book! Your site is filled with so much inspiration… Thank you so much! 🙂
These are not your Grandmothers beads. lol
I love the tribal look to them . and here I’ve been throwing out my wee bits and pieces. So wrong!
I’d love to win the book as my mojo sometimes takes a hike.
Dana Jones ,
I love the beads you are showing here. Think I will have to try some myself. Would love to win the Creative Sparks Book. Love reading your post everyday…
Amy Brown ,
I would love some inspiration, when I’m in a rut my creative outlet feels too much like hard work.
Gorgeous beads!!! This blog is a daily stop for me!!
Marian Hertzog ,
I’d love a copy of Creative Sparks too! I like these beads!
You are so creative!! I’m just starting out with clay and believe me I need all the inspiration I can get!! Would love to win! Keep the great ideas coming, please!
Sandy Davis ,
what a great way to use up the odds and ends that are left. Love these beads and thanks for the inspiration!
I need all the help I can get. Polymer Clay Daily has been my main source of tips, ideas and inspiration. Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful collection of projects, techniques, tutorials and a gallery of amazing projects from all around the world. I really appreciate the time and effort you put in to giving us the only site that exposes us to a diverse collection of imaginations of these artists.
My favorites lately are, “what to do with all your scraps”. Love these “trashy” beads and would love to win a copy of Creative Sparks.
My morning wouldn’t be the same without PCD. Love the textures of these beads. Thanks ladies.
I love great ideas for ‘leftovers’. Usually I just accumulate and make Natasha beads. These will be fun to make!
These are wonderful!!! and so simply done!
Looks like a great book 🙂 I am often stewed and stumped 🙂 Am I allowed to enter from the UK?
Thanks for such a lovely blog anyway, it is a great inspiration. 😀
I can always use a method to get me working again. Right now my studio is full of garage sale selections. Step one–get the stuff outa there.
You do a wonderful thing with the daily inspiration of the site. I have many projects that have sprung from the inspiration your page provides…I would love a copy of the book…
Dakotah Flannery (dlakotaqh) ,
Trying to go from full time nurse to full time polymer clay/mixed media artist is not the easiest thing I have ever tried. Lots of “now what?” days. A book with tips for getting the creative spark going again sounds like just what I need. BTW…thank you for your website & links. It is inspiring. dlakotaqh
Cindy Walcott ,
Scraps result in the most amazing serendipitous results. Since it is “just scrap”, I think we free ourselves from expectations. (And yes, I would love the book!)
Roberta Warshaw ,
This looks like a great book. Count me in. I love your web site because I always get such inspiration. I am quite sure the book will be the same!
As always, your site is one of the first things I look at every morning. Once again your topic is inspiring. I think it is time for me to check our Creative Sparks. Thanks.
Georgia Morgan ,
I love playing with scraps–so much that I never have enough “mud”!
Janice Sears ,
These beads look like ancient buried treasure! How inspiring! I love scrap clay and this is an entirely new direction that I had not even imagined! What a great idea!
Love these trash beads…a great way to use up some end pieces! I’ve been in such a slump the past 3 or 4 years, I could really use the CREATIVE SPARKS!!!
I was lucky enough to take a class with Dayle a couple of years ago. She has a great imagination that comes thru in her work. She did such a good job at sharing her insights with us. There’s always a new way to look at an ordinary thing, and I try to keep that in mind — especially when I’m stalled.
I work with gourds and when I saw your work with wood I heard angels sing in the background!! I love love love being inspired! Ive got Creative Sparks all over me now! Thanks
Beautiful beads indeed! This site is always a place of inspiration for me. Greetings from Finland!
As a person who is trying to develop her own style, new inspiration is extremely important. I definitely will try out this method and see what happens. Love the “tribal” look!
Who doesn’t need a kick in the creative pants once in a while. I would love a copy of y’all’s book. I already use PCD as one of my daily inspirations.
carolyn stearns ,
Cynthia, you don’t know it but we have coffee together every morning! I am inspired daily, I share this site with all my students so thay will be inspired too!
Thank you for sharing!
I am learning so much from PCD, it’s part of my daily “wake up” ritual, thank you for sharing the inspiration. I checked out Crative Sparks, looks like it will be a great source of inspiration too.
Melanie J Pierce ,
I have PCD set as my “Home Page”…This is my first stop in my morning ritual!…With my coffee at hand I anticipate just what will be todays inspiration… 🙂 I am never let down! I can’t think of a better gift than to receive a copy of “Creative Sparks” from you Cynthia and Dayle on my Birthday Friday! 🙂
Leslie Marquez ,
I would love to get a copy of the book! Thanks
Love your site. Very inspirational and exciting. You are the first blog
I go to each day. I am always amazed at how people can touch others
in ways they probably aren’t even aware of. Keep up the great work.
Would love to be the owner of your book Creative Sparks.
Have a wonderful day.
Hi Cynthia, Hi Dale,
Both of you are creative sparks! I just came across my notes from Dale’s class at Synergy last year. Cynthia, you hit the nail on the head when you wrote about playing with Dale. Playing is a great way to light those sparks. I’d be thrilled if I were chosen.
Bonnie Kreger ,
Those beads are intriguing. Now I have an idea what to with clay ends. Love PCD and I have all Dayle’s DVDs. I would love to win Creative Sparks, at my age I need all the sparks I can get. :0)
What a neat idea! Hmmm. Could even make them bigger and use as pendants on Kumihimo cords.
Kathi Briefer-Gose ,
I love using my tail ends to make beads like this. Mine aren’t quite as big though
Your site is great! These beads are a great way to do something with your cane ends. Cool idea!
Norma Agron ,
Those beads are great. I love them. I was getting ready to comment and then I realized about the giveaway… Great.
Mags Bonham ,
What a great use of scraps Dayle!! I’m so jealous that you two get to play together again! I’m sure something wonderful will come of it. Hope there are pictures… And yes I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win a copy of the book!
Checking PCD is in my daily routine, I’m always looking for inspiration and these beads really made my day! And the chance of winning this book makes them extra special!
Love figuring out things to do with the scraps. A book with ideas for that and also how to get me to my messy studio when I’m in a slump would be so great.
What a terrific idea! I’ve often found that some of my favorite pieces of clay were a melange of chopped up leftovers. I’d love a chance at winning a book with this sort of inspiration.
Fantastic! Such a primitive feel! So “one-of-a-kind” and serendipitous. I have a dozen Chinese take-out cartons full of scrap clay just waiting for lightning to strike. What a great excuse to step out of my comfort zone. And, yes! I’d love to win your book too.
My scrap is usually used as “bead guts”. A friend even once sent me about 3 lbs of scrap in the mail! would love to win the book!