Locally grown polymer

Philadelphia’s Veruschka Stevens proudly buys local produce. This polymer commission was for something inspired by the beauty of living food and her farmers’ market became her inspiration. Avocados (“palta” in Quechuan) are featured prominently.

See her earlier polymer gardens on PCD here and here.

Miniatures aren’t just for doll houses, you know?

Small world polymer

The interview with UK polymer clay miniaturist Betsy Niederer on ClayLessons.com gives you a glimpse into the big passions that motivate a very small world.

Betsy got started when she thought her two sons would benefit from a Barbie house. The boys promptly lost or destroyed all the little plastic foods that came with the set and Betsy felt compelled to make more.

She discloses her four very helpful rules of thumb: use translucent, look closely, use chalk pastels, go easy on the gloss. You can get more miniature tips on the CDHM.org site.

The little video of Betsy’s work totally charmed me. Enjoy the interview and link thanks to Eni Oken.

Polymer gourd miniatures

On our first crisp and gray fall day, this little basket of squashes mirrors the season. Linda Cummings makes perfect polymer Turks turbans, sweet dumplings and butternut squashes that nestle in a tiny basket. They look just like the ones at the Saturday morning farmers’ market.

If you need more fall reminders, go to Linda’s blog to see her baskets of bread and tables of pumpkins being carved. All 1/12th scale miniatures, of course.

Aaron’s little polymer picnic

Shay Aaron’s tiny polymer July 4 picnic looks like Martha Stewart shrunk to 1/12th size. The blueberries, the star cookies! He’s a master of the miniature.

How can anything so small give me such great pleasure?

Perhaps it’s because the first time I touched polymer was with my daughter as we made food for her dollhouse. She’s flying in for a visit today. If you note changes on the PCDaily blog, you’ll know we’re tinkering. We still play together, only now it’s digital!

Visit Shay’s sites and enjoy all the small pleasures that your weekend brings.

Small polymer pleasures

Little things count at this time of year. I’m trying to finish my chores so that I can try something from my stash of miniature holiday polymer clay designs. Maybe you have time to play.

The teensy gingerbread house is from Israel’s Shay Aaron. The stocking earrings are from Croatia’s SandrArt. Both tree designs look jolly. The stacking ones are from Australia’s Amanda Hunt. The other one is California’s Kim Korringa’s. Little things sometimes bring big pleasure.

Sahl’s winter wonderland polymer

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When Sharon Sahl unveils her polymer clay gingerbread houses, I know the holiday season has begun. Sharon’s attention to detail is phenomenal and her knowledge of Christmas cookies and candies is comprehensive. Every butter cookie and ribbon candy is mouthwateringly accurate and the scenes are magical (so much so that I keep mine on display all year long).

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The houses are decorated with candy and cookies and icing, requiring multiple bakes before the bases are started. Finishing the bases with paths, fences, trees, gingerbread men, snowmen, candy gardens and perhaps a pond or stream is the last step,” she says.

Sharon’s only made ten of these beauties this year. Please buy them quickly so that I can stop obsessing. She’s been making ornaments and sculptures since the 1970s, first in bread dough and in polymer since 1983. Her long-time collectors are happy she’s moved back to Ohio.

Enjoy her winter wonderlands and have a wonderful weekend.

Playful experts – Bohmer and Aaron

Taking a playful approach in the studio has drawn me to others’ playful polymer clay works.

For instance, this loop necklace from Germany’s Margit Böhmer is colorful and carefree with a few bead surprises tucked in the centers. Or you could interpret this as a primitive piece made from rainbow steak bones. Either way, it’s unselfconscious and fun. A browse through Margit’s Flickr site reveals more of her adventurous and capricious spirit.

Israel’s Shay Aaron posted a tiny tutorial of his miniature fish cane. You’ve got to be a bit of a kid to make tiny fish. His sandwich earrings, pizza charms and totally believable small foods are big fun.

Note: In response to your requests, I added a couple of “after” pictures to Friday’s post.

June is polymer topper time

It’s June, the month for weddings and polymer clay cake toppers. Australian born Mary Tempesta (MaryMade.it) lives in Italy and has a particular flair for capturing personalities in her cake toppers.

Though the faces and shapes of her creations are simple, she builds character definition through distinctive clothing, hair (the hairstyles are particularly fun) and setting.

You’ll see loads of her finished works on her site along with jewelry, animals, and keepsakes. A browse through her site will put you in a happy June mood.

Tajvidi’s minis and a freebee

Toronto polymer clay artist AfsanehTajvidi (JooJoo) makes such charming miniature sculptures that I could hardly believe my eyes. Can cute be that perfectly done? I ordered some from her Etsy site and can report that the answer is yes.

The mini-sculptures that you see best on her Flickr site are as flawless and charming as they appear. In an interview she reveals that she draws the sculpture first and is satisfied only when the clay character matches the drawing.

You might guess that she’s also an illustrator/painter/computer artist. She and her sister have a website for their digital works which offers a great free treat – computer icons and wallpaper for jewelry afficianados like us! I am delighted with the turquoise earrings that dangle on my “polymer” desktop folder. Look here under “goodies” for a fun freebee to start your week!

Kewy’s clay babies

Greek artist Tina Kewy starts our week with a basket of fresh spring possibilities. She has been making polymer clay babies since 1999 and her expertise shows.

Tina has sculpted more than 1000 dolls of all sizes including realistic premature babies for hospital use. Her attention to accurate anatomy is remarkable and you can see it all in her self-published book about sculpting which features her recent work. See my previous posts about little polymer clay sprouts here.

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