… and now she’s left me with the kid. Yes, but no. Anyhow, The beadings have become pretty regular now; to think that when she first asked me about polymer clay necklace beads I told her, “I’d only tried it once before without much luck… or fun.” That was years ago. Now, taking the initiative to do some research, it turns out the term for the technique of making polymer clay beads is “caning” and it’s derived derived from a glassblowing technique – caneworking. It also turns out the most important tool is a “very sharp blade”.
You’ll smudge up and deform every cut you make and absolutely drive yourself crazy if you don’t have the “very sharp blade”. Can you imagine what this world would be like with a bunch of crazy people just out walking around?! Which reminds me, does sarcasm ever comes across in text? Suffice to say, with our very sharp blade, we’ve been having a lot of luck AND fun! So much fun, in fact, that I had a hard time tearing myself away to write a post about it.
Above, below the evil weevil and about to get baked, is one of my wife’s first tries. She created a cresting wave design using caning techniques found on Skygrazer (it’s also where I found the above video). She also made the swirly oval beads using scrap clay from her cresting wave cane. This clay stuff isn’t her style so you can imagine my surprise at how great her designs turned out, let alone her interest in giving it a try.
She went right from making the wave to making this little flame cane seen here with the orange border: water and fire. I plan to post the earrings, bracelets and necklaces she’s making, here in my website shop and on Etsy.
With all her successes, I was mostly curious to try making a flat sheet from slices taken from a cane. Below,you can see the 5 separate canes I made. Toward the back of the tray, the thick short cane is what they look like all combined into one. I rolled that one out long, and sliced it into 5 canes and combined those AGAIN to make the long stripey cane.
To make the flat sheet, it’s just a matter of slicing the cane into thin circles, laying them flat butted-up against one another and rolling them till they’re…
With a sheet like this, you can do all sorts of things. We used it to make a necklace and earrings.
With all the things we’ve made so far there are still some of the canes left over; it’s the nature of the beast. I’m excited to come up with ways to incorporate these techniques in my sculpting. Any thought? Ideas?
My wife HAS been out of town on a business trip and did leave me alone with the kid this past week. It’s my first time looking after him on my own. On the up side it’s been going really well, just me and the boy, and on the up side my wife says her business trip has been going “better than I could have imagined”. On that note, I have to go change ANOTHER poopie diaper.