Paste and polymer

Leah Lester uses high voltage color on PolymerClayDaily.com

Seattle’s Leah Lester (LittleLazies) started as a full-time cake decorator in a small Bakery in Virginia. She sculpted with edible sugar paste and fondant until she discovered polymer in 2010. Read her story in this Discover Geek interview.

Her mix of monsters, cuteness and high voltage colors is a huge hit and perfect for Cinco de Mayo.

Hop, skip and jump into spring

Mary-Lynne Moffatt's critters hop into spring on PolymerClayDaily.com

Pennsylvania’s Mary-Lynne Moffitt hops us into Spring with a lineup of wayward rabbits and toads. They’re fashionably dressed in dots.

Mary-Lynne sees multi-media critters like these in the most unlikely places. Old paintbrushes become a troupe of arty monsters. Watch her play on Facebook and Instagram.

Having, using enough

Gael Keyes' angel bud vase from mixed media scraps on PolymerClayDaily.com

New Mexico’s Gael Keyes finds wood scraps, adds polymer sculpted hands and faces, and dresses the emerging angels with bits of Southwest patterns that turn salvaged elements into art.

She tucks a test tube into each construction and gives it new life as a wall bud vase.

Gael has encountered fantastical bugs, birds, mushrooms, angels, and more along her polymer path. Each uses scrap in increasingly inventive ways. This one, ” Suficiente”, reminds us that we have enough.

Winter baby

Enaids World sculpts fantasy creatures on PolymerClayDaily.com

One good thing about this new year is that it will soon be time for a sprinkling of good luck from fairy art and fantasy sculptures like this Winter Baby from Belgium’s Enaidsworld.

No molds, all hand-sculpted, infused with charm and luck.

She’s had a hard time keeping up with demand and plans to have more on her blog and shop this year. Her fantasy folks are pure magic!

End of the year polymer

Casey Omar Cross' warlord chick helps us usher out 2021 on PolymerClayDaily

Tired of treacly sweet holiday movies, I flipped on that new dystopian, end-of-the-world comedy (not a comedy) and this is what my eye gravitated to today. Holidays can wreak havoc on our psyches!

Florida’s Casey Omar Cross (DarkHeartKreations) captures one end-of-the-year viewpoint powerfully with his warlord chick in polymer.

Parts of 2021 were scary.  Let’s leave them behind, turn the page, clean the slate, change the channel.

Casey makes us take a good hard look.

Upcycled ornaments

Rosanna Cappelino rescues ornaments and gives them new, whimsical life on PolymerClayDaily.com

I’m stuck on the sculpture and holiday ornaments that I could, should, might be creating. Full disclosure: I have a lovely poinsettia plant on the hearth. That’s it in the decorating department.

Today’s ornaments that fall into the “I could try that” category are from New York’s Rosanna Cappellno.

She transforms old ornaments into jesters, Humpty Dumpty, pigs….you name it. Dead lightbulbs become elves! They’re quirky, whimsical, and recycled. Perfect for the tree. Oh wait, no tree.

Just because I’m not making ornaments doesn’t mean that I’m not enjoying, remembering, savoring them. I have made a few new pretties just in case the grandchildren can get vaccinated in time for a visit.

In the meantime, I’m taking vicarious pleasure in Rosanna’s site. Sumptuous!

 

Hanging out with family

Lisa Clarke makes families that hang together on PolymerClayDaily.com

Lisa Clarke (PolkaDotCottage) brings families together on the Christmas tree. Her jaunty characters have big smiles and quirky clothes.

Catching kids and pets together for a picture might be tough but Lisa gathers them into one cheery, memorable ornament that will be treasured. She’s stopped taking orders for this year so it looks like you’ll have to take a stab at a family ornament yourself.

Check out her polymer crochet hooks, tutorials, and other goodies.

Stories in polymer

Helena Bogosian pares holidays down to their essence on PolymerClayDaily

New Jersey’s Helena Bogosian celebrates Hanukkah in polymer and illustrates how families of all faiths gather for the holidays.

Simple flat circle heads with a dot for eyes and the slightest dashes for other features still read very powerfully and clearly. We know those curly beards and hair! We recognize those foods and the menorah. Helena pares everything down to its wonderful essence.

Ornamental puffins

Linda Leach adds puffins to her Christmas tree on PolymerClayDaily.com

It’s not surprising that Maine’s Linda Leach has sold out her puffin ornaments at CraftBoston. Who could resist the mix of canes and wire with a dash of color on their bills? Dangle them from the tree or stand them on the mantle.

Her flamingos have flown the coop too. She may still have a few loons left but you’ll have to move fast to catch them.

Why limit your holiday art to the usual candy canes and red/green palette? Linda shows us that all sorts of fanciful designs bring joy to the holidays.