Tres Reyes in polymer

Olga Ayala puts her culture in her art on PolymerClayDaily.com

These Tres Reyesmake up an exotic three kings ornament set from New York’s Olga Ayala.

Olga calls herself a Nuyorican (Puerto Rican New Yorker) who grew up in the heart of Spanish Harlem in New York City.

Influenced by the music and cultures around her, she infuses her polymer works with those same rhythms and colors. Here she is on Facebook.

Feliz Navidad!

This week on Saturday’s StudioMojo we’ll be figuring out how to leave a few breadcrumbs around the studio so that when the holiday hubbub settles down, you will enthusiastically follow them back to your art. 

Snow stars

Celine Roumagnac brightens the morning with her snow stars on polymerclyadaily.com

Enjoy the bright colors of these Snow Stars from France’s Celine Roumagnac. They’re a fresh way to start your week.

Celine takes the usual holiday red and green to new places as she combines pieces in fractal-like stacks of shapes.

See her seasonal polymer delights on Instagram.

No two the same

No two of Wanda Shum's snowflakes are alike on PolymerClayDaily.com

These samples are from Victoria, B.C.’s Wanda Shum. She usually uses her cane slices to cover teapots and make bowls and jewelry. Now for an ornament class.

Her Papercut Snowflake Cane workshop brings back fond memories of creating snowflakes from folded paper. Wanda’s method also appeals because it allows you to control the chaos of a kaleidoscope cane.

You’ll find more samples on Instagram and on Facebook.

Thanksgiving house tour

Take Lindsay Black's tour of homes on PolymerClayDaily.com

Happy Thanksgiving! Nashville’s Lindsay Black (oddlyandcompany) will finish this season’s orders before December 1. Isn’t that impressive?

Her custom home ornaments, small replicas of houses are highly sought after and she limited her production this year to have more family time. Give her a hand for making a plan and sticking to it.

If you’re like me, you’re telling yourself that you’ll make yourself one of these someday. I think we’d all be surprised at the skill and dexterity required. But it is tempting to try.

On a lazy Thanksgiving afternoon, take the tour through Lindsay’s houses on her Instagram.

Cutting loose

Cover girl Doreen Gay Kassel rips and tears on PolymerClayDaily

Doreen Gay Kassel lets loose with some torn polymer and vivid color experiments. She rips and tears with an abandon that’s refreshing.

Cover girl Doreen Gay Kassel rips and tears on PolymerClayDaily

I’m guessing that Doreen is giving herself some playtime after months of hard work including her feature on the cover of Cloth Paper Scissors. The November/December issue is dedicated to creating gifts with meaning and you can preview it here.

Mojo working…

If you want to know what other artists are trying and how they chug through the winter doldrums, join us at StudioMojo on Saturday morning.

Hanging polymer

Fedoruk on PCDaily

“I must have been an elf,” says Canada’s Ken Fedoruk, “It’s the only thing that explains my affinity and passion for developing Kenfolks, an assortment of handcrafted figures that I’ve been crafting since 1989.”

But not all Ken’s figures are your typical elves and Santas – as in this sparkly ornament called Christmas Elf – Sweetie Ice Cream Swirl

Oh, you’re going to have a good time browsing through Ken’s huge collection of polymer Christmas characters on Instagram, Facebook and the Kenfolks site.

Makes you think about the family members you might want to hang on the tree.

This elf needs to get back to her studio.

Ornamental/elemental polymer

Blackburn on PCdaily

Yes, this cut and folded ornament was made in polymer by London’s Carol Blackburn. Based on a clever paper or felt geometric pattern, Carol proves that the same design can be done in polymer. Her gold and silver metallic blends pump up the drama.

See how she assembles even more pieces into larger wall art in this picture on Facebook.

Gay-Kassel on PCdaily

Ornamental/elemental classes

If Carol’s precision is too much of a challenge, ease into new ideas with one of this week’s Craftcast classes. How would one of Doreen Gay-Kassel’s jiggly jointed characters look dangling from your tree? Join Doreen’s class tonight (Nov 30) at 8:00 ET.

You say you’d rather use your brain for jewelry? Jump into Lorrene Baum-Davis’ class on Saturday, Dec 3 at 12 noon ET. Using Skinner blends, brain canes and other tricks, you’ll learn tricks to create consistent sizes and add rich new looks to your work.

A tutorial under your tree

Lehocky on PCDaily

Dr. Ron Lehocky apologized for being late in sending PCD readers this free holiday tree tutorial. He explains that he’s been busy making over 1100 heart trees since November. He’s turned his signature heart upside down and added some bling in keeping with the season.

lehocky_frozen_blue_trees

Ron offers the tutorial as a thank you gift to the polymer community who have so wholeheartedly supported the heart project and the Fimo 50 effort which both benefit the Kids Center. He’s also celebrating having made 33,150 hearts. (Can you imagine?)

Ron extruded so much green polymer that he tired of the color and created a blue Frozen series of trees. They sold out quickly. Unwrap your present from Ron at this link. Follow him on Facebook where you can see his fans decked out fashionably in hearts.

Ornamental diversions

Miller on PCDaily

With no children visiting this holiday we’ve gone minimalist in our decorating. Maybe that’s why I find myself lingering over ornaments and admiring the neatly sculpted and brightly colored tree decorations from Missouri’s Kay Miller (JoyfulMoments).

If you haven’t hit holiday overload yet, take a look in her Etsy shop. No worry, her shop is closed so you can’t be tempted to buy,

Miller on PCDaily

Kay is a multi-media artist and you’ll find her cards and gifts equally compelling diversions. Take a moment to smile over her quaint visual treats.

 

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