Texture your trash

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.

  • reply Doris Jacoby ,

    PCD is like opening a gift everyday! Love this idea and love to find new ways to use my scraps and leftovers.

    • reply Angela ,

      WOW!! I’m speechless at the moment 🙂

      • reply Brenda ,

        I love everything about your blog – it always amazes and inspires me – there seems to be no end of great talent out there. Thankyou for your inspiration, Brenda

        • reply Sharon ,

          What a great idea for the scraps!! And the books, I’d be thrilled to win one.Thanks to both of you for your generosity and all you do for us in so many ways!! I’ve learned so much from you ladies
          Thanks again

          • reply ~JL ,

            DiTTO on ALL said, it is such a treat to see all of the talented ArTiSTs and what they come up with. Cynthia and Dayle you are both so talented, thank you for sharing and thank Cynthia for creating this great site to check in daily for new ideas.

            • reply Bette ,

              So clever – using the ends to make a whole new thing. Bravo!

              • reply Becky ,

                I love see what can be done with scrapes and ends of pieces that you don’t think can be used.

                • reply Betty Jo Hendershott ,

                  I look forward to your blog each and every day. I would love to win the book….my muse frequently plays hide and seek, maybe Dayle’s habits and tricks would help me.

                  • reply Pam Schaefer ,

                    PCD is a treat in my in-box every day! I really look forward to the fabulous examples and ideas! I can’t believe you can find so many wonderful creations each and every day! This one is a great way to use leftovers. Thank you!

                    • reply Glo ,

                      Your blog is always inspiring. I follow each and every link. Of course I would love to win the book too but just the sites and ideas you share make us all winners.

                      • reply susan berkowitz ,

                        Leave it to Dayle to find a gorgeous way to use the tail ends of things. My tail ends never look that good!
                        Thank you both

                        • reply Barbara ,

                          I attended a weekend workshop with Dayle here in Toronto, a great learning experince!

                          I just signed up for Cynthia’s blog a while ago and it’s like having a mini workshop when I see some of the pictures. My mind starts to brewing and thinking about how I could use what I see on something that I’m doing. I ahve been introduced to some wonderful artists through the blog.

                          Both ladies are quite inspirational in my opinion.

                          • reply Sheri W ,

                            I love the ideas and the artistry of this blog. I look forward to seeing the cutting edge work you showcase. These beads are fabulous. Thank you so much for the offering. Very generous.

                            • reply JeannieK ,

                              Well said! Thanks for this wonderful chance to win. Good Luck everyone.

                              • reply cad ,

                                I would like to see these beads from another angle … thanks for so many ideas

                                • reply Trusien ,

                                  Love this way of using scrapclay. Over the years I have a bucket full! So coming sunday I will be playing with scrap. My husband will be thrilled, some I already have and not something I “really, really need to buy”.

                                  • reply Linda ,

                                    What a cool idea! It’s a very doable way to use that extra clay! I think I’ll teach my grandson how to make some cool beads he can string for his mom for mother’s day! Thanks for the great ideas!

                                    • reply claire maunsell ,

                                      Absolutely love these beads, Dayle! I wish I could be a fly on the wall while you two are playing!

                                      • reply Ingrid Gas ,

                                        Great to see such a inspiring and beautiful way to use scrap clay, very valuable for me as a beginner. The book sounds great too.

                                        • reply Marcia Morton ,

                                          Always love the daily blast of polymer clay!

                                          • reply Susan Detwiler ,

                                            Love the beads! I have been a fan of Dayle’s work for a long time. I’d love to take a class from her.

                                            • reply Deborah ,

                                              I’ve made beads like these, but didn’t “flatten” them – COOL idea!

                                              Such talented ladies! I’d be thrilled to win one of their books – thanks so much for this giveaway!

                                              • reply Arlene Harrison ,

                                                I LOVE texture so these beads really talk to me. They remind me of the mini-mosaics that I’ve been working on. Similar concept with the texture, the mica powders, plus acrylic paints.

                                                • reply Cknoppel ,

                                                  Fun, fabulous and flat out brilliant, Dayle.

                                                  • reply DK ,

                                                    PCD gives me inspiration and ideas for all sorts of things, not just clay. I don’t know that I would have thought of making rolled beads like this myself, but I think they’d be really cool to make in ceramics (I’m thinking white porcelain or maybe wood-fired stoneware) when I get access to a kiln again in the future. I’ll definitely be trying it out with my clay later this weekend, though!

                                                    • reply Deborah Goodrow ,

                                                      I can always depend on Polymer Clay Daily to inspire me, astound me, pique my interest, and just keep me in love with this incredible medium. Thank you!

                                                      • reply Mrilyn Malbon ,

                                                        Good idea. Agree with other comments.

                                                        • reply Manida ,

                                                          I echo many other polymer clay artists when I say I am always looking for new ways to use my scrap clay. I don’t even like to call it scrap clay, but I am definitely always looking for ways to reclaim everything! Waste not, want not. Thanks for the great idea!

                                                          • reply Elizabeth Collins ,

                                                            Marvelous work that has left my mind whirling as to what to do with all those leftovers. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Elizabeth

                                                            • reply Sydney ,

                                                              Thank you for the opportunity – it’s always a joy to log on to your site every day!

                                                              • reply Elizabeth Dawson ,

                                                                These are wonderful!

                                                                • reply Charline ,

                                                                  I love the textures on these beads. I actually like them better than the “paper” rollup versionsQ

                                                                  • reply Barbara Mattingly ,

                                                                    How creative! As a ceramisist, I’m inspired to branch out into polymer art. The exquisite details possible with polymer clay are truly inspiring.

                                                                    • reply Barbara ,

                                                                      I’ve long enjoyed your work and appreciate every opportunity to see more.

                                                                      • reply sandra ,

                                                                        Thank Cynthia for the wonderful work you do. You always find new art to show us what we can do with polymer clay.

                                                                        • reply Judy ,

                                                                          When we were children, we made beads like these out of catalogs and magazines. Clay is more fun and you give me more ideas. Judy

                                                                          • reply sandra ,

                                                                            I like the idea using the tail end of polymer clay cane.

                                                                            • reply Patty Rosencrantz ,

                                                                              While waiting for my flooded-in Irene house to be renovated, your site has me chomping at the bit to get back to my studio.

                                                                              • reply Jeanann A ,

                                                                                I am lost without your blog! You always find the faboulous stuff.

                                                                                • reply Jenny Tavernier ,

                                                                                  Oh MY! I fell in LOVE with these! And yes, I would be salivating to win!

                                                                                  • reply Dawn-Marie deLara ,

                                                                                    How to know you’re signed up for the right class? When you randomly wander onto PCDaily after months away, click on the first thing to really catch your eye, and it’s your future instructor’s art. Can’t wait for France 2013!

                                                                                    • reply Lynn Dee ,

                                                                                      Wonderful concept. Final product is beautiful.

                                                                                      • reply Amy Mason ,

                                                                                        Fantastic idea, and so simple too!

                                                                                        • reply Sandra D. ,

                                                                                          Wow! sunning work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                          • reply Mary Federici ,

                                                                                            This nearly guarantees unique shapes, which is very appealing.

                                                                                            • reply Donna ,

                                                                                              Nice beads. I love the colors.

                                                                                              • reply Susan Higgins ,

                                                                                                Love this idea and the beads are very unique. I can’t wait to try this with some scrap clay I have now.

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