How does polymer stack up?

Hyperreal miniature Bremen Town Musicians from Kerri Pajuti on PolymerClayDailly

Oregon’s Kerri Pajutee’s extraordinary miniature mixed media sculptures popped up on a submissions call to the polymer community.

This piece is her version of the Bremen Town Musicians based on a fairy tale. Kerri created it for last fall’s Miniature Masterworks show.

Kerri is motivated by the desire to replicate the beauty and energy of animals in 1:12 scale. She developed a technique to combine polymer clay with layers of natural fibers: wool, alpaca, cashmere, and silk. The best place to see her process is on Facebook.

IPCA is looking to feature polymer hyperrealism in their upcoming publication. They used Kerri’s works as an example. The deadline is April 21 and an email to editor@theipca.org will put you in the running.

Polymer that grew faster than expected

How Boe Holder's succulents took off on PolymerClayDaily

The popularity of Boe Holder’s sculptures took her by surprise. “I made them for myself, but they ran away with me. I can’t make them fast enough,” says the young UK mixed media artist (thiswaytothecircus) of her popular polymer mini succulents.

They come in sets of five and each set is cleverly named after one of more than 2,000 varieties of cacti. See more on Instagram and Facebook.

Boe’s latest is a collection of slightly less mini jungle islands like the one shown here that contain the same Seussian aesthetic. Succulents are all the rage and it may help that you can’t kill these delightful polymer versions.

Adopted artwork

Jacobs on PolymerClayDaily.com

New Zealand’s Amba Jacobs (TheLittleMew) makes small sculptures and charms based on games and comics and popular culture icons. Here the 2.5″x3″ Dusky Sky Lantern Dragon’s body and feather-like scales are rendered lovingly in pastel sunset colors. It was one of three sculptures auctioned off recently.

When she was a child, Amba liked to rescue kittens, drawn by their vulnerable mews. “My spirit charms are also small, sweet and fragile creatures who want to be adopted,” she says.

She sells her creatures in several online venues (Etsy, Facebook, Instagram, her blog). She shares her methods on her YouTube channel.

Her attention to detail is apparent not only in the carefully crafted works but also in her approach to placing them in good homes. Do you feel like your artwork is up for adoption?

Home sweet polymer home

Black on PolymerClayDaily.com

Nashville’s Lindsay Black (oddlyandcompany) creates home portraits in polymer. “Home is the memories we make on the inside. The outside is a symbol of those memories,” she explains.

In her miniature versions, the grass is mowed, the flowers are blooming and all is right with the world which is a comforting thought.

You can walk through her tiny custom scenes on Instagram, Facebook, and Etsy.

Does this make you want to create your own real estate?

Give thanks for

Blackford on PCDaily

Enjoy Leslie Blackford’s Thanksgiving dinner and your own feast if you’re celebrating in the US today.

In many families, going around the dinner table with each person saying what they’re thankful for is part of the day’s traditions.

I am very grateful to you for joining me to make the world brighter and more colorful. Thank you for being part of PolymerClayDaily.

May love, joy and happiness be yours in abundance this holiday season.

Tricks and treats

California’s Caroline McFarlane-Watts (tall-tales.com) makes some of the scariest 5″ broads you’ve ever seen.

Her miniatures are custom made for use in film, TV, editorial, advertising and for personal collectors. See these good and bad witches in process on her site.

Caroline shows more of her tricks and treats on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Happy Halloween!

Pets in polymer

Violet on PCDaily

The commission list for 2017 is full but you might make the 2018 wait list for your miniature polymer pooch from HelenViolet.

In the meanwhile look at the in-progress videos of her sculpting, texturing and then painting Who’s Your Doggy pets in polymer and see past works on Instagram.

“If we could be a little more ‘dog’, we would love more, we would play more, and rather than ‘try’ to be – We would just be,” Helen says on a interview on Outlaw Kritters.

Could you be a little more ‘sculptor’?

Polymer landscaping

Tarasenko on PCDaily

These miniature polymer landscapes look so well kempt at a time when a glance out the window shows mine in disarray. We’ll focus on the bucolic ring from Russia’s Evgeniya Aleksandrova and the succulents from Ukraine’s Daria Tarasenko and leave my outside chores for another day. 

Aleksandrova on PCDaily

The bluish greens and hint of pink in the succulent planter/pendant look quite springy and fashionable. Daria has added some embellishment to mugs that you might find of interest too. Here she is on Pinterest and Etsy.

Evgeniya puts loads of texture into the smallest acreage and creates a feeling of a peaceful home to wear on your finger. There are more seasons and scenes on Etsy. Thanks to Karan Cross for sending the link along.

Polymer mini-munchies

Kilgast on PCDaily

You can enjoy all six scoops of this pendant from France’s Stephanie Kilgast (PetitPlat). She makes mouthwatering miniatures in polymer.

Stephanie’s finely detailed work was featured on Ufunk this month. That post leads you on a miniature binge to earlier posts highlighting two other miniaturists, Shay Aaron and Fairchildart.

Their little feasts are so incredibly realistic that you may head out of the studio and into the fridge after viewing their mini-munchies.

Thanks to Mary Hargrave (Maryclaires) for sending the link to PCD and making my day easy.