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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tangled Sun Motif Polymer Clay Cane

This is one of many ways to build a cane with a sun motif.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

How to cover a glass ball ornament with square cane slices

Using polymer clay millefiori cane slices to cover a round surface seems daunting.  However, it's not quite as hard as it may look.
There are endless ways to cover an ornament.  This is one that works well for me.  You could use any square cane.  This one is a quatrefoil cane.  There are lots more intriguing cane tutorials in my etsy shop.

 Covering the bottom like this provides a guide for the rest of the slices.  Because this is an octagon, each row will have eight slices.  By slightly squishing the triangle, you could use a shape with 6-10 sides depending on what size you want each slice to be.
Look at the sides of each cane slice as you add them to the ornament.  They should make a straight line from the middle of the bottom to the middle of the top.  This is all you have to do to ensure that everything fits.

Some times I very carefully slice off uneven seams.  This is a dangerous and unnecessary step, but I thought I'd show you.

Remember, you are in charge of the clay.  Squish and stretch it any way you need to to make it fit.  Try not to be a perfectionist.  I think you'll be happy with the results no matter what.  Truly, a little practice goes a long way.  Don't expect your first ornament to be a master piece.  I think you'll e surprised by how fast you learn if you keep practicing.  Each ornament I make gets easier.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Polymer Clay Canework Seahorse and Lizard

These seahorses and lizards can be made with any square cane.  This one is made with a gemstone cane

To make a lizard, follow the same steps and them form this lizards body according to this post.
This lizard was made with a fractal cane.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Polymer clay 3D cube cane

Roll out logs of clay by  hand.  Make sure you use firm clay.  At each stage, you may have to let the clay set for awhile.  This cane won't work with soft, mushy clay.
Be sure to check out these other op art canes.

Check out this post for checkered geo beads!