Circling Back

veronica jeong 350x339 - Circling BackOver the next several weeks I will be all over the place–traveling, teaching, entertaining foreign (polymer) dignitaries, readying the family home for sale, and making the final move for the business at the end of it all, I needed to pull a few things off my plate during this period. Not doing the blog was an option but I didn’t want to leave you without your regular creative shot in the arm so I am, instead, scheduling out a series of posts that were originally on my Facebook page back before the blog was born. That is actually where the blog started but most of you will never have seen them so I thought this was a good opportunity to share some of the most popular posts from back then while I take care of things in my present day world.

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Okay, onto the pretties. Here was my post from February 28, 2012:

Sometimes you just want something simple … here is a black & white pendant from Veronica Jeong. Eliminating color forces the artist to focus on form and texture and can result in wonderful things. Find more of her work on Flickr


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Outside Influence: Sugar Sheet Flowers

As you might know, there is a lot of cross over between cake decorating and pastry art and polymer art. We use many of the same tools. In fact the D.R.E.A.M. machine you find at Polymer Clay Express is being used by fondant artists along with those great big extruders PCE sells. We form and shape in simliar manners when it comes to sheets of our chosen material. But there are restrictions in cake decorating that we don’t have. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Limitations make one creative in other ways.

Like knowing when to keep things simple.

This simple flower of black sugar sheets and white wafer (edible) paper by cake artist Deborah Stauch is just such an example. Here you get drama and sophistication without using any visual texture or surface treatments. Just the white accenting the black, repeated to bring on a sense of texture and richness of form. Nice.

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If you are so inclined, you can even learn to make one of these on Deborah Stauch’s blog here.

One thing I am thankful for … no one is likely to eat your creation. I can’t imagine making something so pretty knowing it will be consumed. How depressing to think of that. I think I should go have some cake now to keep me from getting any sadder.

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