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Here are the steps to making a moonrise landscape cane. I like it because of the way the craters on the moon are made.
Start with a blend.
Cut off some of the light part of the blend. This is for the moon.
Marble the light part very slightly. Don’t mix or swirl it too much. Make it into one large ball and a few smaller balls.
Take what’s left of the blend, stretch it out, and make it into a stack.
Set the stack aside. Put creators in the moon like this.
Wrap the blend around the moon. Cut the curves off to make it square.
Reduce the square a little. Cut it in half. Add a while stripe to one side.
Use the left over dark clay to insert lines in the water for ripples in the reflection.
Here is my latest contribution to color blend experiments.
Sometimes you will need a blend with a lot of contrast. Sometimes you will want a very small change in color. For the most contrast in a color blend, use even amounts of each color. The line across with be at a 45 degree angle from the sides.
The dark in this blend was made with Premo colors. 1 part alizarin and 1 part ultramarine blue.
To make a dark blend with less contrast use less white. The angle of the line between the colors determines the contrast. If the line were straight across, there would be no contrast. It would just be a solid-color mix. Now the line is slightly more horizontal and therefor there will be less contrast.
To make a lighter blend with less contrast, use the same angle but use more white.
Unfortunately I’m fairly clueless when it comes to making my own jewelry. However, I love to upcycle thrift shop finds by embellishing them with polymer clay. (See these dangly earrings from a previous post.)
Remember, some plastics will react in strange ways with the clay, or melt in the oven. Unless you know what you’re doing it’s best to stick with metals, wood or glass.
These projects feature Confetti Canes from this month’s issue of Cane Builder!
Cane covered animals can be so beautiful! The trick is to find ways to cover the curves and contours. In the past I’ve written up free tutorials for a fish, lizard, or seahorse.
This snail is made with canes from this month’s issue of Cane Builder.
Step 1: Make a roll with scrap clay.
Step 2: Flatten one end so that the shape is tapered and also gets wider at the same time. When the snail shell is rolled up, it looks better if the center is farther out. So the center is smaller but wider.
Step 3: Wrap ribbons of cane slices around this shape. Ideally the patterns will get smaller and smaller as the shape tapers down.
I capped the very end with black. Next time I would continue with smaller and smaller patterns.
Step 4: Smooth out the seams and work the slices into the scrap clay. Roll up the snail shell very slowly and carefully. If you go too fast the pattern will stretch and break.
Here are a few things you can make with round polymer clay millefiori cane slices!
Form the cane slice over different size marbles for miniature bowls. Bake the clay around the marble and then pop it off after it has cooled off.
These are all from the April 2016 issue of Cane Builder, but you could use any round cane.
These blends aren’t aren’t as involved as most of the blends on my color blend pinboard.
Just the mixed Premo color and white.
These are all mixes of cadmium red and ultramarine blue. Red and blue are supposed to make purple right? And isn’t there already a purple premo clay color? Yes and yes. I specifically chose these two colors because the red has a lot of orange in it. This makes a neutralized purple. That means it’s a muddy, or less intense purple. Or if you add more red, it’s like a brick red. I don’t always like ALL my colors to be super bright.
If you DO want to see some bright color recipes, check out this month’s canes!
This one is 4 parts cadmium red : 1 part ultramarine
This one is half and half
This one is 4 parts ultramarine : 1 part cadmium red
Here are two more blend recipes for the pinboard!
Yellow blend. Premo colors 3 parts raw sienna and 1part orange / yellow/white
Here is the printable recipe pattern.yellow and rose
Rose blend 1 part red and 1 part purple / fuchsia / white
I used these two and the turquoise blend for this cane from the Quilt Kaleidoscope Tutorial.