I like to play with scrap clay left over from projects, and there are so many ways to work scraps into a new design as long as it is not mixed to a mud color.
I had two flower canes, but this would have worked well even if you were using the distorted ends of canes, and I had a skinner blend bulls-eye cane and a stack of stripes. I cut these up into small pieces, and chopped up pieces of clay of contrasting colours. I laid these together to create a ‘log’ – with most of the canes lying across (rather than along) the log.
I rolled this into a smooth log, and twisted it – but not too much. This is similar to the technique some use for making natasha beads, see http://www.polypediaonline.com/image/users/133688/ftp/my_files/Natashabeads_Tutorial_Irismishly.pdf?id=3237944
However, instead of slicing through the log, I rolled it flat, and cut thin slices (cut across the stripes which will appear once you have twisted it). Put two slices together to show the symmetrical image. As I cut each slice, the pattern will slowly change, so no two pieces will be exactly alike.
size – oval bead 45mm high
I made this brooch (pin) from a small, thin sheet left over from a workshop I did with Melanie Muir about two years go. The “mokume gane” design was created by staking very thin slices of different colours, pressing in one of Melanie’s stamps, and slicing off the top until smooth.
Here are the other pieces I made from this sheet. I then made the additional gold (mica shift) piece with another stamp and placed them together on a fresh thin sheet . I let this sit for a few days, hoping that would get this dry piece flexible enough to work. I think it helped, but you can see that there is still a very small crack or two. I then shaped a gentle dome by using a technique based on Dan Cormier’s technique of gently working the sheet into a raised shape through a cardboard die and I placed it on a backing sheet of clay. You can see the die I cut, and a test I did with scrap grey clay in the other picture. I’ve enrolled in Dan’s online class so am looking forward to working on this technique.
I made some earrings to match my daughter’s new shirt. After mixing the right colours, I used a simple technique to splice the colours together, as shown in this tutorial by Katers Acres.
In Australia, our Government is holding a postal survey of our views on whether same sex couples can marry. The survey is costing us over $100 million, it won’t bind the Government, and the related debate is causing harm and distress to LGBTI people. While many people opposed the survey, now it is underway the strong message is “Vote YES”.
Cornflour stopped the rainbow sticking to the log it was shaped around. The log was only removed once the rainbow was sliced. The end of the posts were bent (for better hold) and were sandwiched between a slice of “yes” cane and circle of clay in which I inserted a heart using a cutter.
Found object Necklace: polymer clay, metal paint, brass bead, vintage icing nozzle, vintage sewing machine bobbin, small plastic & brass objects, steel wire.
Some years ago I did a class with Tory Hughes. While Tory often uses imitative techniques, the topic for that class was mokume gane. One of my samples was the centre piece here, which I didn’t like much at the time. Tory encouraged me to try to make some pieces from polymer clay that would work with some of my found object pieces, which I did. So, after having these polymer clay pieces sitting around for years, I finally put them together in this necklace. The polymer clay pieces are the long brown bead (which has been painted with metal and rust effect), centre square bead, imitation ivory, and rough grey bead.
These kaleidoscope canes are very satisfying. The yellow/orange base cane here is similar to Sarah Shriver’s canes, made up of a number of stacked Skinner blends. A few other canes are added at random, formed into a triangle and then put together in a repeat pattern.
While the initial design doesn’t look impressive, it’s usually hard to go wrong once you start putting together the repeat design. However, I was glad I didn’t use up all the base cane on my first attempt. Although very similar, my initial attempt produced the design below which is not as pleasing.
This cane is not my own design but it looked like fun. Here is someone who has done it really beautifully. It was difficult to keep the shapes even. I use Kato brand which is rather firm – I don’t think I could have managed with one of the softer brands. This pendant is made from very thin slices of the canes mounted on a plan colour background and cut to shape.
I also made a cane in grey shades which shows the process. I used an extruder to make the long triangles, then wrapped the triangle pairs and combined them to make the cane.