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Category Archives: Polymer Clay

sylvie peraud’s new polymer clay jewelry

Scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook the other day I was delighted to see a post from Sylvie Peraud showing her new work.

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Inspired by seed pods, the polymer artist created a collection of necklaces that make bold statement pieces.

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They appeal to my love of all things organic. One small part of some of her pods remind me of a Grant Diffendaffer technique I’ve been experimenting with since 2007.

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Yes, I am still (and seemingly always) in the experimental stage so I tend to get excited when I see an artist move well past that stage and burst onto the scene with stunning work!

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I also like how she incorporates the clasp into the design of each piece – clever. I look forward to seeing more as Peraud moves in this new direction.

 

Sylvie Peraud’s website

joe fig’s polymer clay and mixed media sculptures offer insight into the creative process

Joe Fig sought out more than 50 artists at different stages of their career, interviewed them, took photographs of them and of their studios and then he did something amazing.

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Working on the Chuck Close sculpture. Photo by Sage Sohier

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Chuck Close

He chose 20 artists and reproduced their studios to scale in miniature (1 inch = 1 foot), sculpting the figures and most of the details using polymer clay and paint. Some pieces, like tools and roof shingles, are store-bought and transformed. Please click on each image to see it full size – the details are amazing on these miniature table sculptures.

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Eric Fischl

Fig’s goal was to seek insight into the creative process and he developed a questionnaire of specific questions for each artist to answer. He hoped their answers would help young artists at the beginning of their journey. He shares detailed images of the sculptures and interviews in his book, Inside The Painter’s Studio.

A few of the questions from the questionnaire:

When contemplating your work, where and how do you sit or stand? How often do you clean your studio and does it affect your work? Did you have a plan for the layout of your studio or did it develop organically? What time do you get up? When do you come to the studio? Do you have specific clothing that you change into?

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Each sculpture takes between one week and four months to create depending on the size and level of detail.

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According to this article, what Fig learned from this endeavor is that there really is no formula for success as an artist – but the most successful ones all worked regularly and kept steady hours in the studio.

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Leonardo Drew
26.5″ x 17.25″


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Leonardo Drew, detail

Joe Fig’s website

 


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kerri pajutee: miniature polymer clay animal sculptures

Wow. That’s about all I can say after reading how Kerri Pajutee creates her miniature animal sculptures.

pajutee_donkeyBurro and Foal
polymer clay, acrylic paint, border leicester wool, alpaca fiber and flocking

Pajutee, who only makes a limited number of sculpts a year to ensure she is able to keep balance in her life, covers aluminum foil armatures with polymer clay, bakes the 1:12 scale miniatures (1″ = 1′) and then gets busy. Very busy.

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Standard Poodles
polymer clay, acrylic paint, processed wool yarn

The artist describes her process:

“When I have finished detailing the sculpt, I will smooth the surface using sandpaper, wipe it down with acetone on cloth, and finish off with a bath of mild soap & water. 

After washing, the sculpture is handpainted with acrylics, and a permanent fiber coat is methodically applied (layer by layer) using tweezers and glue. 

I prefer using natural fibers of alpaca, wool, mohair, cashmere, cotton, or silk depending on breed type. 

Many of the fiber coats will be uniquely blended by hand by mixing strand colors prior to application to achieve a desired shade.  

In addition, I make my own ‘flock’ (fiber that has been cut to a powder-fine consistency) using very sharp scissors to snip from the same mixed batch of fibers.”

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Great Dane, raw polymer clay

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Great Dane

OK. So did I say Wow? Yeah, Wow.

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 White Stag

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 White Stag, detail

 “The entire process from inspiration to final scissor clip is tedious, exacting, and requires numerous hours to complete, but, the difference between ‘good’ and ‘great’ lies in the details.”

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Pocket Kitty

Creating true-to-life miniature animals does not lie solely in the application of a fiber coat, but in closely replicating the anatomy & breed characteristics in the base sculpture.”

Kerri Pajutee

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