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...

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 :)


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!

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/

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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in the photo, Cecilia Leonini's faux ceramic jewellery
 inspired by my "Cosmic Ceramic" class,
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Polymeri Online 27.11.14 | Pam's Millefiori haute couture, Molds and cookies and buttons, Make your own sculpturing tools, Polymer belts, Masking tape to the rescue & De-stashing sale in my "garage"

Pam's Millefiori haute couture
Pamela Carmen’s flickr gallery is full of colorful animals decorated with endless blooming millefiori canes.
Fish, owls, birds, hens, frogs, all of them gets their coat of flowers.
In her owl sculpture she mentions ceramic as her base while only the veneer is canes.

Molds and cookies! :)
Nerd Ecrafter posted a video for creating your own molds using only liquid translucent clay (she is using TLS by Polyform). She took an oreo cookie, embedded it into the liquid, baked it (twice) and created her mold instantly. You can use this technique to create any mold of your choice from your found objects as long as they are oven proof! yay!

Molds and buttons
Talking about molds, here is another example by artist Elena Semin, taking a button with a nice pattern and creating 2 molds/casts to form a double-sided bead with a pre made channel –
Don’t forget to take a look at the glowing snowflake tutorial– fun and easy project just in time for winter!

Make your own sculpturing tools

Ever wanted to create your own sculpturing tools? Diane Foster‎ published this PDF file on the “Polymer Clay Tutorial Collectors” FB group showing how to transform simple tools into sculpturing tools! The ebook is written by G. Schellert.

Polymer belt necklace
Ingrid Ulrich’s belt accessory is beautifully adapted to polymer clay. Stamped and antiqued it is giving the impression of the real thing. Located in Germany she is playing with various techniques in her designs.

Masking tape to the rescue
Remove excess polymer clay powders
Christelle Van Lingen shared in her Pinterest gallery a tip she credit Christie Friesen. By using a masking tape you can take off any excess powder left on your stamped image. I learned this trick from Laurie Mika when I was her student several years ago, when she used it on extra foil left on a design. That is really a neat trick.

I am de-stashing some of my extra tools and findings, if you’re interested you can take a look of what’s left, in my FB gallery –

Have a great thanksgiving holiday if you're celebrating, and a great rest of the week :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Polymeri Online 10.11.14 | 3D polymer illusions, Ziggy the whimsical mask, Free geometric jewellery patterns, Find your findings, Miniatures stories and Animal charms donation

3D polymer clay bracelet by Tanya
Take a look at Tanya’s 3D bracelet. Looks like the shapes are popping out – right?
Tanya Mayorov is playing with shapes, textures, colors, illusions and creating big beads, small beads, big bracelets, small mosaics, all in vibrant, heavy beautiful antiqued techniques. Her colors are dark and earthy. Love it. 
Don’t miss her gallery on livemaster site –

Wonderful necklaces patterns
for your polymer clay designs
Geometric jewelry patterns are a great option when you’re out of ideas for a pendant or necklace designs. Circles, triangles, squares, pentagons and other shapes can easily and beautifully create a harmonic design.
Kokolat blog posted several options for you to try. Just print and trace!

Wendy's Wall hangings masks
Masks! A bit late for Halloween but these masks will inspire you to use yours as wall hangings.

Ziggy, Joy, Bali and Forrest are all mysterious creatures with a face, expression and a lot of humor. 
Wendy Sollod has been working with polymer clay since 1993. She is a self-taught artist, she combines her delicate patterns of polymer clay into whimsical riots of color- masks, sculptures and wearable art that are each as vibrant and individual as the customers who collect them.

Belkomor hollow polymer clay end caps
Belkomor, already featured several times in this blog, posted several of her recent designs including ink stamping; carving and creating gradient chip beads. Her inspiration for this piece was paper.
Note the hollow cone (end cap) at the end of her necklace, which she created herself. That can be an option when you are looking for matching “findings” and cannot “find” it.

Kseniya's animal kingdom
Kseniya Dolgopolova’s art room is full of fairytales and animals.
Each pendant/brooch of hers is a full story in miniature dimensions. 
Note the small details, every little thing is being planned carefully into a perfect creations.
She is a “frequent poster" in the LiveJournal forum, which is great because we can enjoy more of her creations and her previous feature was her turtle pendant.

polymer clay animal charms
donation to 269life sanctuary farm
I have been playing with some of my old designs. A sanctuary farm in my town organised a fair to raise money to help rescued farm animals. They are just starting their way and already have young cows, hens and baby lamb. 
It's amazing how friendly, peaceful and kind these creatures are. 
In all my 40 years (43 but not counting) I've never seen them so close.

To help raise money I've donated charms, keychains and pins.
They are a similar version to a set I made a year ago to a theatre show finale. Here is a video showing how I made them last time.

In every day that goes by I feel obliged to do something so the world will be a better place for us, for the animals; dog, pig or cow they all deserve respect as living beings.
polymer clay animal charms
donation to 269life sanctuary farm
In the next couple of weeks, I will be donating 10% of my site sales to the 269life farm. If you're interested in helping you're welcome aboard.

See you soon!