I've spent the weekend further exploring the wonders of polymer clay. I'm seriously addicted, and my new toaster oven hasn't even arrived yet. I've been a cane-makin' fool while I wait for it to get here.
Last night I made a bullseye lace cane, with the intent of using it as the center of a larger sunflower cane.
I really went to town on that bullseye piece, and before I realized it, the little "cells" were mighty small.
This morning, I made the flower petals, blending the colors from pale butter yellow to a nice rich lemon. I added some pumpkin orange lines for dimension, and put them on the cane from last night. Oh, it was beautiful! I filled in the gaps with translucent clay which, when sliced very thin and baked, should disappear. Whatever background color the slices are placed on will surround the pale yellow petals.
This flower cane was REALLY fat - nearly 3 inches across - so I started to reduce it. By the time I got it to a workable length, all the detail in the center was gone. Lesson learned.
Also, in the process of reduction, the petals elongated, and now the flower more resembles a black-eyed susan than a sunflower. I recognize my mistake here - the surrounding clay was too thin and eventually the tips of the petals reached the edge. It's still pretty, but wasn't what I had in mind.
After lunch I looked at my work station and saw the mess of odds and ends sitting there. I'd seen a video on youtube about making kaleidoscope canes from bits and pieces and gave it a whirl. Oh. My. God. This was so much fun. Per instruction, I grabbed any old scrap canes that were handy, even if I thought they didn't go well together.
It just didn't matter. First to make a toblerone-shaped cane. Cut in half and put one half next to the other.
Stretch and pinch to make it longer, and repeat the above step.
I wanted to make it square - it'll make nice tiles for a bracelet.
But then I thought I'd take the repeat even further, and then rolled it round.
What a fabulous way to make sure nothing goes to waste!
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