Illinois’ Ann Duncan-Hlavach brings red, white, and blue to her polymer roses. She swirls thin cane slices around each other and hides a pearl in their centers.
So here’s hoping that we swirl around each other and find the pearl we want in the middle.
You’ve voted already, right? That’s the best way to keep your garden growing!
Chicago’s Ann Duncan Hlavach brings us an end-of-the-summer flower. She tucks them in her outrageous garden among their more perishable, less flamboyant cousins.
If you need a pleasant diversion (and who doesn’t), take a stroll along Ann’s garden path.
I was about to hang an “out of order” shingle on the blog today. I have 24 swap items that need to get in the mail tomorrow.
Why not let you see my kitchen counter/studio in a frantic mess as I cut out my flowers? A couple of tools I need are in the “real” studio, of course.
It’s a flower theme. These are flowers that will be put on wires/stakes to grace gardens. We try not to be competitive but who are we kidding? I made my own templates from takeout containers. (I seem to have a lot of those.) That’s a story for later.
Twelve more cutouts and I can go to bed. You’re not seeing the finished product. With any luck, I can group them for a shot tomorrow. Yawn! Wish me luck. Procrastinators unite!
Czech Republic’s Pavla Cepelikova (SaffronAddict) has taken liberties with her version of the Columbine flowers (at the top right of the photo).
The long tubes drape down and flare to reveal secret colors as they open at the bottom. Pavla likes these bell shapes in her garden and polymer will allow her to wear them on her ears.
What inspiration is blooming in your garden?
At this time of year, I very much admire gardeners who can weed and prune their gardens to highlight spectacular specimens. They run to their studios to replicate them in polymer.
See how Ukraine’s Iryna Chajka suspends pansies from metal hoops.
She specializes in succulents but her pansies are outstanding.
You probably have some questions about how France’s Cécile Bos (11prunes) creates these delicate canes.
How big are the original canes (these seem impossibly small), what’s her inspiration?
Cecile intends to mix up these canes. The white background surrounding each of them ensures that she can combine the elements into a larger botanical image.
Here’s a previous similar cane to give you an idea where she’s headed. Cecile brings a fabric designer’s sensibility to polymer. We are used to kaleidoscoping and repeating designs. These are complex canes from a different perspective.
Utah’s Maryanne Loveless has been creating a garden of earrings for her 100-day challenge. No shy, shrinking violets here.
She arranges flower petal and leaf cane slices a backing shape and then adds texture, pods, and dotted details. They hang head up or down. She arranges a garden of delight from a handful of small canes.
Maryanne and her mother started long ago making salt dough creations and she carries on the tradition. Here she is on Etsy.
A cane like this one from Israel’s Ronit Golan mimics a fabric print. All the patterns are surrounded by the same background color so that the elements can be combined into one larger unified design.
This kind of big idea/small pattern cane is becoming popular and it’s on my shortlist of canes to try.
How are some of the new clays being used?
I don’t know where Olga is from or much about her. Fill me in if you know more.
For those of us who are timid about testing and trying new products, it’s instructive to watch others explore.