This week’s ArtFire Smoosher is Tamed, from St. Bee’s in the UK. Her passion is creating scale miniature replicas of animals as a a sort of pet portrait. Her studio is a collection of sweet creatures using polymer clay and felted fibres such as alpaca and merino.
Here’s a cute, TINY guinea pig:
An adorable Husky:
Tamed also has several listings for custom pet portraits. If you’d like a little keepsake – a mini-me of your pet – check out:
You can visit her shop at:
And follow Tamed’s clay journey at:
The Smoosher of the week is Haffina(other shop), a polymer clay artist from Mt. Barker, Australia. With five children and a ton of other commitments to online communities she helps organize or coordinates, Haffina STILL makes scads of beautiful beads and beaded pieces!
Here is a lovely focal (I’m a sucker for beads) with a sweet, sweet glossy finish:
Or what about this impressive beaded piece:
Not all of her pieces have clay in them. These pretty earrings have lovely artist made lampwork glass:
If you’d like to follow Haffina’s journey, check out her blog:
And don’t forget to visit her bead shop:
Or her jewelry (and other nifty items!) shop :
The ArtFire Smoosher of the week is Valerie of Valerie’s Stuff.Â Valerie is based in Columbus, Ohio and has been working with polymer clay for about six years now. She primarily creates beads to use in her own beaded jewelry and accessories.
A few samples show how Valerie prefers a simple jewelrymaking style that puts the emphasis front and center on the handmade clay components:
One special technique Valerie adds to her pendants is that she paints designs with alcohol inks. Here’s one of my favourites in her ArtFire shop:
You can follow Valerie’s clay journey along on her blog:
And visit her studio at: