Game changer

Ron Lehocky gives his hearts a boost with the new Teal Premo on

The new Premo teal can take your palette up a notch. Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio worked quietly for months with the Sculpey team to formulate a clay as close as possible to the industry standard cyan.

Here Ron Lehocky introduces the new primary into his palette and his hearts take on new life.

It’s not often that a product has this kind of impact. Read more in the series of posts from Maggie and Lindly on the Sculpey site. The new color is available online with free shipping on orders over $30.

I try not to promote products on PCD but I couldn’t resist sharing this development. We save tool talk for StudioMojo where we get down and dirty about promising new tools and must-have supplies. There are some delicious ones (and some duds) right now. Come and see.

When dots collide

Petra Volavšek makes dots collide into jewelry on

Have you got a “thing” for dots? Join the crowd. Slovenia’s Petra Volavšek (oceana_jewelry) is one of us!

She gathers her dots into many configurations, making them collide in an unending array of patterns. Monochrome or multicolored dots in a variety of sizes cluster to form jewelry with soothing patterns that look like they may have escaped from a chemistry lab. Let’s see where she takes her experiments next.


Polymer makeovers

Ginny Parrish gives containers a second life on

I’m stuck on vessels this week. These bumpy, tall, short, lidded, and open containers are from North Carolina’s Ginny Parrish (bluefrogclay) who’s embarked on a vessel tour of her own.

Her in-progress shots show how she gives an olive can a makeover for her spring show.

Need a change of pace? Update a lowly jar to a keepsake.

Vessel visions

Elizabeth Hamiilton envisions polymer vessels on

There’s been an uptick in polymer vessels lately. Could be that thing where you discover something and then see it everywhere. Whatever!

These vessels from North Carolina’s Elizabeth Hamilton are a couple of my favs – extrusions, dots, vessels – a trifecta of favorites.

Scan the polymer horizon with us on StudioMojo this Saturday. We pluck the most surprising, exciting ways artists are rolling with clay and drop these juicy treats in your in-box every week! 

Bugs are back

Gael Keyes mimics Mother Nature with her bugs on

Spring in this hemisphere means that creepy, crawlies are gathering. New Mexico’s Gael Keyes has taken note with her own series of marvelous creatures that wander across lapels and collars.

Gael’s versions are made from her cane bits and scraps but there’s method to her madness. She cuts slices of leftovers into patterns that match, much like Mother Nature. Here’s more explanation on Facebook. 

No particular reason

Linda Loew lets loose with bowls of balls on

As I sorted the posts and pictures grabbed for this week’s StudioMojo I realize I’ve collected exciting polymer works made for no particular reason. These bowls of balls are a case in point.

Baltimore’s Linda Loew admits that her bowls of balls aren’t very functional. She liked the colors…so why not add a few more? And some texture just for fun?

I take it back…there is a good reason. The pieces we’ll feature this week were made joyfully to please the artist. In Linda’s case, she was making bowls for a swap at an upcoming polymer conference. The point is that perfection can be tedious, driven, and controlled. Come on over to StudioMojo and watch polymer artists let loose, have some fun!

Paste and polymer

Leah Lester uses high voltage color on

Seattle’s Leah Lester (LittleLazies) started as a full-time cake decorator in a small Bakery in Virginia. She sculpted with edible sugar paste and fondant until she discovered polymer in 2010. Read her story in this Discover Geek interview.

Her mix of monsters, cuteness and high voltage colors is a huge hit and perfect for Cinco de Mayo.

Spring slotted flowers

Anne (Baublehaus_) reminds us how to draw tulips #polymerclaydaily

Did you draw tulips like this as a kid? Me too. Which may be why Seattle’s Anne (from Baublehaus_) is so absolutely right today.

Slotted shapes of leaves and flowers are slipped together to bring simple tulip blooms and leaves to life in polymer. What could be better?

Pastels for polymer

Helene Jeanclaude pulls out the pastels for soft spring colors on

These earrings from France’s Helene Jeanclaude whisk you into the weekend. What makes them so soft and soothing?

Seems Helene dusted her polymer with pastels for that soft suede effect. She credits a new tutorial from Debbie Crothers (they’re free) for giving her inspiration.

Need more juicy inspiration for your weekend? Head on over to StudioMojo for a Saturday morning jolt to your system. Loads of ideas and eye candy. Try it out and see what you’ve been missing.