Picking polymer winners

Elaborate hats, roses and horses are all part of the tradition at this weekend’s Kentucky Derby race. Ron Lehocky’s polymer heart pins may become part of the tradition too.

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft is now among the galleries that carry the pins and the new Women Creative Gallery also sells them. If you’d like to support the project, write Ron with your color preferences and he’ll make a selection for you.

Ron has created and sold over 15,000 hearts with all proceeds going directly to the KIDS Center for Pediatric Therapies. We’ve followed this amazing project for six years and you can read more here.

Ron’s project is a “sure thing.”

Polymer appliques

Germany’s Eva Soehjar’s polymer embroidered earrings bring a breath of spring to begin your May.

White pear shaped bases are appliqued with dainty flowers made of tiny pieces of clay which are layed on and shaped with a needle tool. Eva treats the polymer beads as canvases for painting on her Etsy site.

We last visited Eva a couple of years ago (here) with two other artists, Jennifer Morris and Italy’s Marina Lombardi who both work in similar techniques. See how all three have progressed.

Thanks to Marian Hertzog for reminding us to take a second look.