Crawling into view

Gael Keyes creates beautiful bugs from scrap on PolymerClayDaily

Albuquerque’s Gael Keyes envisions fantastical bugs in polymer. Since her retirement from teaching last year, Gael has branched out into dolls and sculpture. It’s her bugs that keep crawling onto her Instagram and grabbing attention.

Gael collects her scraps and twists the colorful bits into Natasha canes. Sliced in half, matched, and shaped, these canes become wonderful wings, legs, and heads. She adds a few beads and wires for legs and antennae.

Insects come naturally to Gael and her bugs are quite beautiful. Scroll down her Instagram to see her fall and winter creatures.

Beachwear for the cause

Randee Ketzel creates a polymer bra for the cause on PolymerClayDaily.com

Texas’ Randee Ketzel shows off her submission for the Breast Cancer Resource Center’s annual gala.

Randee made the flowers for Cancer, Don’t Bug Me in Carol Simmon’s class and added her own sculpted iridescent bugs. The creation will be modeled by Randee’s friend and cancer survivor Darla Breazle.

While it’s not exactly beachwear, a project like this gives you an opportunity to stretch your imagination for a good cause.

Join us as we cover more polymer finds and finery that will inspire you in this weekend’s edition of StudioMojo.

Polymer fireflies

Terlizzi's fireflies on PolymerClayDaily.com

Are there fireflies in your yard this summer? Melissa Terlizzi offers a great class in making your own lightning bugs for beginners to experts with her CraftArtEdu online class. Here’s the rundown of CraftArtEdu’s newest classes.

Melissa turns a simple cane, wire for legs and an LED light into a delightful summer project that becomes a cute zipper pull or decoration.

Terlizzi's fireflies light up on PolymerClayDaily

She loves to reinterpret nature’s creatures in polymer as you will see on Facebook and Flickr. Here’s a good project to engage the nature lovers in your life.

Bugs in galleries

Fritz on PCDaily

Wisconsin’s Joyce Fritz has been celebrating creepy crawlies in the most dramatic ways since 1993. You’ll see her Yipes polymer insects in crawling around the finest galleries and shops across the country.

That doesn’t leave her much time for online exposure so perhaps the best way to catch all her bugs in one spot is on Google or on her website. She’s worth tracking down. Her story is best told (and you get a better idea of the size of these critters) in this interview in her college alumni magazine.

This year’s crop of lightning bugs encouraged  me to shed more light on Joyce’s work.

Butterfly booth bush

Shum on PCDaily

Wanda Shum’s butterfly brooches alight gracefully in her booth on a round potted bush. The spring scene invites shoppers in for a closer look. A Vancouver artist, Wanda is selling her wares at a Toronto wholesale show this week.

Shum on PCDaily

It’s easiest to understand how she sketches and builds her butterfly canes by looking at her Facebook photos. You’ll also find her collections of work on Pinterest and Flickr.

Wanda’s colors are hot and her bugs and butterflies add a welcome dash of color on a cold day full of white snow.

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