|My First Polymer Cane by York Avenue Studio|
I have to admit, I'm feeling jumpy with excitement after attempting to make a polymer clay cane! It's one of those moments as an artist that I savor! The rush, the feeling like I'll bust if I don't have somebody to share this adventure with! This is why I love to create, to get that "peak" and see myself accomplish something that I feel is beautiful! Ahhhhhhh! Ok, here is what I did and why......
I follow several blogs and love to see the projects that other artists and designers are sharing online. One inspiring blog is written by Charters, who welcomed me warmly to her blog and has a lovely manner with her words and designs. Her blog, Charters Jewellery, has inspired me to try my hand at polymer clay beads. I've never tried this before, and her beautiful photos of colorful beads along with her comments on tips for finishing the beads stirred up some ideas in my mind and I dug out my polymer clay supplies.
In my craft box, I had the colors blue, black, brown and white. I also knew that I had some spare gemstone beads that are half drilled, in the same colors. Lapis Lazuli, Tigers Eye and Pearl. The design started forming in my mind to use polymer clay, the gemstone beads and also use silver metal clay.
I searched online for some tutorials for making polymer clay canes. I found the website called Beadeyedbrat.com with tons of tutorial links and great basics for polymer work.
After scrolling thru the titles of canes, I decided to try the tutorial by Mia Rox called Swirly Brick Cane.
Throughout the cane making process, there was no indication that it was working. I formed the pieces, step by step, hoping the design was building inside the log of clay! All I could see was the black clay wrapped on the outside.
When the cane was done, I was intimidated to slice it, so I picked a spot near the end. I'll have to read up on how to slice this cane properly without flattening the log. Even so, LOOK WHAT WAS INSIDE!!!!
|First Polymer Cane by York Avenue Studio|
Now, what do I do!!!??? As I work on this new project, I'll post the updates. I plan on making beads, tubes, etc plus finish and polish to shine like stone. I can't wait to see how the gemstone beads fit in the design and what parts will be made in silver metal clay! Plus, I have another opportunity to use my new logo stamp from the Charm Factory!