Thursday, January 21, 2010
The "Cane Mutiny"
There I was, ready to honor my pledge to only make polymer clay canes once a week. Then, Marble Man decided he was going to watch the UNC basketball game last night. "Great!", I thought. "I'll go to my studio and get some work done."
Well, I sat down, and the pasta machine was right there, ready to go. I made a skinner blend with black and terra cotta. I wanted to do something "different" - most of the blends I've seen have been white and some other color. The sheet was quite nice, and I set about to make a leaf cane.
Turns out, I make questionable choices late at night, when I'm getting tired. This was a seriously ugly leaf. But, I'd gone ahead and made it, so I'll use it.
Anyone who knows me, understands I'm a perverse creature. Tell me to do something one way, and I'll do it however I want. Up until now, I've had great success creating beauty from the clay. Each time I set up the first triangle set of elements for a kaleidoscope cane, I do that internal shudder at the sheer ugliness of the composition. Then, there's that magical moment when I see the final thing and I think, "Huh! That's really quite nice".
When I woke up this morning, I saw that ugly leaf from last night's session, and wondered if it's even possible to make a truly ugly cane. I pulled together the weirdest collection of elements and colors to see if I could do it.
Yup - that's an ugly start! I started pinching and dividing, and... Wow!
I love how that hideous leaf is now a quiet striped area. Now I know that it really is impossible to screw this technique up. Maybe I should end each day by doing one of these to finish on a beautiful note.
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