Sunday, January 18, 2015

Polymeri Online 18.1.15 | Weaving Polymer Baskets, Lace and owls, Fisherman keychain, Atmosphere polymer clay, Playing with oil paint & Valentines day polymer clay free tutorials ideas


Polymer clay in basket weaving?
January was my month of crafts. 
I had an urge to try "ancient" crafts such as basket weaving.

Taking a pause from routines and looking sideways is always good for creativity.

So I started my weaving classes with a local artist (Tal Shemesh from Israel) using palm branches as the base for our baskets.
The branches are soaked in water for 24 hours prior to working and then they are pliable and flexible.
That being said, you cannot imagine my sore fingers after every single workshop. It's real hard work! 

Being a polymer clay artist, I had to give the basket my personal touch and first made rough beads, later replaced with "retro" beads. 
My teacher (never worked with polymer clay) was quite happy with the original piece ;)

The basket was supposed to be an umbrella container but after almost all our umbrellas broke (or got lost by the children) it's temporarily acting as a decorative vase :) 

Online inspiration? Let's see...

Anastasia's lacy designs
Anastasia Astafieva has a magical Instagram appearance. 
Her designs range from doll pendants, tiny embroidery clay pieces, lacy polymer, and many photos of her traveling adventures.

She is sharing some of her process photos in her blog and in her YouTube channel. 

If you're looking for clean, well photographed inspiration, follow her account.

Fisherman's keychain
Another fun Instagram find is Lyubov Elovskaya's fish keychain and elephant necklace designs. 
Although her Instagram is still in it's starting point take a look and follow.

Nevenue's jewelry
Nevenue's flickr gallery is all about texture, paints, atmosphere and rough surfaces.
Her name "Nevenue" stands for "a new avenue of her life".
She became passionate about polymer clay in 2011. It has been ever since an instrument of communicating her inner-self. (sale goes for many of us, I think)

Christine's polymer and oil paints
Christine Kaczmarek worked in many mediums but her favorite is polymer clay. She has been working with ceramic clay but keep coming back to polymer. 
Her inspiration comes from all around ever since she started, back in the 80s.
She is playing with millefiori canning as well as oil paint on polymer.



Valentine's day inspiration
Not polymer but wouldn't it be fun to create your own polymer clay Valentine's Day stones and paint them with markers? Round, heart shaped - everything goes! Great activity with children too!


A reminder to some of the Valentine's day freebies you will find in my PolyPediaOnline polymer clay tutorials page - Crocheted photo frame & a speedy heart cane! 
You'll need to enter your email address to receive the access page by email.

Have fun!

Free polymer clay valentines day tutorial
Crocheted photo frame
Free polymer clay valentines day tutorial
Speedy millefiori heart cane

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Polymeri Online 4.1.15 | Animals on your fingers, Colorful ornaments, Drawing with polymer strings, How to save burnt clay & Yarn clay bowl

How did you start 2015? 

2015 started for me with new decisions. Mostly to myself.

2014 was creative, but in a different way.
I took a pause from the intensive race and filled my time with changes: New eating habits, sports habits, sleeping habits.
I started thinking of my second half of life.

Do we ever find time to take care of your health? Physical and mental.
Now is the time.

I've made a change building my new website from scratch, learned while making (a lot of) mistakes.
Making mistakes means we are doing new things, trying new things, learning, changing.

In my studio I am learning to work with new materials, new techniques while experimenting with my known favourite ones, expanding, researching.
Taking the time to enjoy creativity.

Let us welcome the new year with optimism and hope. :)

LINKS!


Jiro's perfect polymer clay animal rings
My recent actions to save animals drew my eyes to Jiro Miura's work.
This Japanese and self-taught artist made an impressive series of rings carefully sculpturing realistic looking animals.
The items are very popular and his rings are sold under his business name "Count Blue".  He is mentioned in various blogs and websites and his spectacular perfect work is to admire.
http://countblue.tumblr.com

Kay's polymer ornaments
MyJoyfulMoments store (Kay Miller) is currently on vacation because all her ornaments were sold out for 2014.
She is getting ready for 2015 and all is enjoy and look at her sold items - my heart sings!
Those colours!
Quilted, animals, butterflies, trees, mini houses, figurines, snow flakes and many more! Don't miss it.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyJoyfulMoments/sold

drawing with strings
SilverPepper23 Russian artist was featured here years ago. Back then she was creating tiny little flowers made into jewellery. She is still using beautiful flowers in her jewellery but I came across her string jewellery where she takes colourful thin clay strings and create a full scene out of colours. Beautiful.
She is a master with wire to wrap stones and jewels.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/36999389@N05/14833118682/

Leah saving burnt sculpture
Save burnt clay? Yes, Leah can do it.
Leah created her website (Magic by Leah) as a creative outlet and a means to document her sculpting journey. Crafting, especially in polymer clay allows her to bring her fantasy world to reality.
She is one adventurous lady and does a lot of different things in her life except crafting with polymer. You can read more about her story here - http://magicbyleah.com/about-leah/
In her recent creations her clay burnt so she figured creative solutions (paint) to save her work!
http://magicbyleah.com/salvaging-burned-polymer-clay-mushroom-with-paint/
https://www.facebook.com/MagicByLeah/

yarn bowl from polymer clay
Do you also wish your yarn ball wouldn't run around the house or get stuck under the sofa while you knit?
Here is a fun tutorial by Heather Painchaud to create your own yarn bowl for your yarn ball!
If we can't eat from polymer clay bowls, we can knit with it!
http://733blog.com/2014/03/diy-yarn-bowl/

Wishing you a blessed 2015 :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Polymeri Online 16.12.14 | Playing with polymer dolls, Owl with 1000 wings, Triangular swirl beads, Tree of animals and Last minute polymer clay Christmas projects ideas


Jana's polymer dolls
Jana Lehmann has another happy collection of clay creations.
After playing with pens, mice and beetles it's time to play with dolls! 
Her smily figurines will be a wonderful addition to every jacket or scarf!
Do you know if she has a shop?
I was lucky to have a set of her jewellery when I was teaching in Germany a couple of years ago...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/feeliz/with/15259963059/

The owl with 1000 wings necklace
Polish artist VaniLlamaArt (Dorota Ka) posted a beautiful necklace made of endless wings surrounding an owl.
The owl is made ​​of white and gold Fimo along with golden pigment and was her submission to the gold and white challenge.
She sells some of her beads on Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/shop/VaniLlamaArt

Free video tutorial -
Triangle swirl beads
BijouxMonaBujoux (Migena Hilaj from Italy) posted an easy triangle swirl beads video tutorial in her youtube channel.
She takes the regular method of swirling the beads created with plastic/glass top and then force the bead into a triangular shape which gives an interesting twist.
You can find her in Etsy, Pinterest and Flickr.

Free tutorial!
Gold leaf beads
Studio Artesania (Andrijana Katavic) posted a colourful beads tutorial combining gold leaf/foil with coloured clay to create a fresh necklace to go with every outfit.
Now that it's getting colder, adding this colourful necklace to a dark apparel would be a perfect match.

Tree of animals
Anekaterina (Andrejevskaja Ekaterina) is designing a tree of animals this Christmas.
She created colourful polymer animals out of round Christmas decorations giving each of them a character and a rounded belly :)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/111482217@N03/

Last minute polymer clay
Christmas projects ideas
Last, here is a reminder of PolyPediaOnline YouTube channel Christmas projects to spark some ideas for creating gifts for yourself of loved ones!
Tree decorations, Snowman pens, Mistletos project and more!
http://polymerionline.blogspot.co.il/2013/12/christmas-polymer-clay-projects-how-to.html


Have a great creative day!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

120 reasons to start your new polymer clay adventure PLUS 50% off this weekend only!


PolyPediaOnline Students Work
Although I am not celebrating Thanksgiving holiday, it's always a good reminder to be grateful.

Thankful for what we are, what we have, thank the universe and the people around us, friends, family and you - my virtual & real friends, customers and followers.

Thank you for your long time support in my work and creations.

It thrills me to see my students' creativity and joy.
Through this year I received so many photos and thank you letters from you, enjoying their new adventure with clay.

Flowers, pendants, bracelets, necklaces - A real teachers' pride.

You are welcome to view their creations in the special "Student Gallery" page I set up - http://www.polypediaonlineexpress.com/students-gallery/
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As my personal thanks I am offering 4 days of a special "Thanksgiving-BlackFriday-CyberMonday" discount of 50% OFF all classes!

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Thank you!
Iris.

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