I've broken my promise to myself: make canes only once a week. I was warned by Alice of Polymer Clay Etc that I wouldn't be able to do it, and she was so right. I spent last week and the entire weekend exploring kaleidoscope cane construction and experimenting with shape. I've seen a lot of square and round canes, but not much else.
I really enjoyed making these. I'm not sure what I'll use them for yet, but I'm confident the final results will be lovely.
I also spent some time last week using this and found myself uncharacteristically speechless at the sight of the final piece:
This pendant is 4 inches long by 3 inches wide. The design is so full of detail that finding the perfect thing to string it on has turned into a real problem. I tried to be too clever at first and started a seed bead spiral rope using the same green, red, black, and white in the clay piece. I got about halfway done with that and held it against the pendant.
The combination was so visually noisy that I couldn't tell where the pendant ended and the rope began. It really needs a single color. I tried white: nice but a bit wimpy. Black was nice, but I don't have the right assortment of seed beads to do it right. I'm afraid green or red will make it seem too "Christmassy" and will make it hard to sell. I'll keep working on that, but it'll be a while before I settle on something.
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