Hang it or wear it?

Shelley Atwood puts her spin on the traditional ogee shape on PolymerClayDaily.com

Her head was decorating the tree but her fingers were making earrings.

Texas’ Shelley Atwood says it was unintentional that her latest earrings look so right for the season. She textures the surface of embellishments with a stitch like pattern and stays away from the traditional holiday palette.

The ogee shape is based on Roman designs but today it reads like a delicate holiday ornament. Wear it or hang it? Ether way, it’s lovely.

Bird in the snow polymer

Colorado’s Jenny Sorensen (WishingWellWorkshop) was inspired by a twig she picked up. The result was this charming cardinal on a snowy polymer perch. It makes a lightweight tree ornament or a visual seasonal treat hung from a shelf.

The trick is the smooth surface of the snow and the just-right color and shape of the tiny bird. A sweet and easy-to-make gift to start your week.

Christmas in a cup

Sparkling polymer with your Christmas coffee on PolymerClayDaily.com

Merry Christmas! These Christmas trees from Ludmila Eveeva sparkle with jewels.

They are decorated with rhinestones, Swarovski pearls, and pendants. She tops them with ribbons and stars. Ludmila is an instructor with the Deco Craft Academy in Russia.

Enjoy a touch of elegance with your Christmas coffee and see the rest of her bejeweled polymer decorations on Instagram.

Getting your house in order

Lindsay Black commits homes to memory on PolymerClayDaily

Though many of us consider creating our home as a piece of polymer art, few of us get started in April as Tennessee’s Lindsay Black (oddlyandcompany) does.

The early start leaves her time to work on small details like the birdfeeder, the shrubbery, and the cats.

Go to Lindsay’s Instagram to see her step-by-step. It’s oddly comforting to watch her in-progress shots. She says there are details she misses even after staring at the piece for hours on end.

Patriotic polymer

Kassel on PCdaily

Uh-oh, my holiday picnic got started early. So let me quickly send you to Doreen Kassel’s Lady Liberty for your Independence Day polymer fix.

You simply must see this FB video (starring Dan Kassel) to get the full star-spangled effect.

Sure, Doreen’s Uncommon Creatures are on Etsy, Flickr, and her blog. But if you really want to see what ornaments she’s creating and what classes she’s teaching, you’ll have to try her on Facebook and Instagram. Have a happy fourth and a great weekend.

Doodled polymer ornaments

Thorp on PCDaily

Filigree meets mosaic meets polymer in these ornaments from Jael Thorp. The dark reds and bright accents add richness, hinting at traditional patterns and including canework then veering off into more contemporary doodles in clay. Their meandering intensity winds around to weave a complex story.

Thorp on PCDaily

This style started when Jael was doodling with clay as she made a batch of inchies. Read more about how she got carried away in this post and on her blog, on Flickr and Facebook.

Sculpted wood sprites

Raum on PCDaily

This haunting 5.5″ wall piece is sculpted polymer with bark and other inclusions. Wooden Spirit Amira was made by Tatjana Raum (Chopoli) in Germany. Her woodsprites bring with them bits of bark and leaves from the forest and smell slightly of moss.

Tatjana says she has always been fascinated by faces, painting and photographing them until she discovered sculpting. She creates art dolls and what she calls wooden spirits using either ceramic, paper or polymer clay.

See Tatjana’s whole cast of characters on Etsy and her site. ‘Tis the season for elves and sprites. Some have become ornaments.

Polymer warren

Bates on PCDaily

Silvana Bates has been mixing her patterns too. She’s using up her bits of polymer to make ornaments. One cookie cutter gives her a warren of gleeful leaping bunnies that show off their spring finery.

But that’s not all! She just uploaded a mixed bunch of spring beads made into a Flower Power necklace on her Flickr site

Real polymer santas

Kassel on PCDaily

This 3-inch round santa is built over glass and painted with oils in multiple coats by Doreen Kassel. Her 2013 ornaments were awarded a 2013 Niche Award. A former illustrator, Doreen loves to tell stories with polymer characters.

Read more about Doreen’s Uncommon Creatures and her own story. There’s a whole box of Santas on her Facebook page.

If you were skeptical about Santa being real and the story being true, look no further. We wished and hoped for the funds for the Raise the Roof project and you Santas delivered.

We’re nearly three quarters of the way to the goal in only a few days. The Santas have come disguised as polymer artists, as the international guild and as friends of friends who’ve never heard of polymer clay. Lots of you bought tools on Cyber Monday which gave us a big boost thanks to Lee Ann Armstrong.

Please join the Santas and help with that last quarter push to the goal.

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