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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Polymer Clay Kawaii Animal Canes

Wow!  Picture canes are hard! I tried this little fox and gave up on the rest.  Still, just in case you might want to use these, here are some patterns for cute little animal canes.  Good luck!
Kawaii monkey, elephant, fox, owl, panda, bunny, kitten, koala and penguin!






Thursday, May 1, 2014

Polymer Clay Fish Sculpture Tutorial


Step 1:
Make Skinner blend sheets at the thickest setting on your pasta machine or cut slices from skinner blend blocks.  These are small sheets.  Just 1.5" X 1.5".  You will need two sheets of each color.  This you tube video shows how to make these block blends https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtxXtbd2vaw


Step 2:
Layer the sheets so that the dark and light ends are together.

Step 3:
Make two jelly roll canes.  One cane will start rolling with the solid colors.  The other cane will start the roll along the blends.

Step 4:
Form a fish body.  For this one I used a ball of clay 1.6" in diameter.

Step 5:
Use the jelly roll with the color gradient to layer slices on the body like scales.  Start at the tail and work towards the head.


Step 6:
Flatten the other jelly roll cane.  Slice it in half.  Sack the layers and repeat until you have a very short block cane with as many layers as you want.

Step 7:
Cut slices from the layered cane.  Gather and squish one end of each slice to make the fins and tail.

Step 8:
Cut slits into the body of the fish to insert the fins.  I learned this trick from a fellow member of the Tucson Polymer Clay Guild.  If there is someone else I need to cite please let me know!

Step 9:
Add eyes and a mouth.

Here are some variations.




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.