In Honor of Pansies

I’ve always been a wallflower. Waiting to be seen. Waiting to be told that I am worthy of honor. My joys have been secret joys. Dancing in wildflowers, nostalgia, beautiful china tea cups and tea parties, fairies. Often these delights were mocked, despised; at best passed over by people I was looking to to see if I mattered. So they were hidden away in the china cabinet and never used. Recently I’ve been taking them out, one by one, every morning and honoring them again. Taking joy. Celebrating what I love. And look, it turned into something beautiful to offer. That’s what happens when you go back and dig out those things you were once despised for. It turns out it was beautiful all along. What others once held in contempt becomes the soil and seeds of your best creative efforts. This seems so grandiose for something as inconsequential as a little pansy cane. But that is the small-hearted voice talking. Nothing is inconsequential about a piece of beauty and joy.

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Window Cling Faux Stained Glass

When Shea sent me this picture of faux stained glass, it was love at first sight! I begged her to write a tutorial and we agreed to offer it through my etsy shop.

Here is the tutorial. https://www.etsy.com/listing/511149425/polymer-clay-faux-stained-glass-tutorial

One of my goals for this year is to focus more on collaboration. I haven’t tried it yet myself, but I can think of many possibilities. I love the fact that this can be customized to be the perfect fit for my space. These window clings stick right to the window. I also want to try this to cover a lantern.

sculpey-stained-glass

She even sent this little bird to me. It was fun to see it in person! My house is full of windows and lots of light.

stained-glass-bird

 

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Polymer Clay Canework Fish Sculptures

To continue with my experiments with canework animals I decided to try this month’s cane with this fish tutorial.

This post might also be helpful for those of you who want to try this crazy color scheme in premo brand clay.

Rainbow fish

For these fish I used the Reddish purple color and my all time favorite gold blend.

I also used a green blend. The dark green is a mix of 4 parts purple to 5 parts green (purple is a wonderful mix-in for more natural-looking green or a dark green that isn’t too blue). The light green is wasabi. I added that bottom strip of wasabi last minute because I new it would be too dark if I didn’t!

 

The purple is a mix of equal parts ultramarine blue and purple. Just a normal Skinner blend with white.

Polymer clay lilac blendPolymer clay canework fish

Zentangle fish

Finally, here is a variation of a kaleidoscope with this month’s canes and this color scheme.

Jewel tone clay color scheme

 

 

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Polymer Clay Canework Swan

I’ve always admired the way some polymer artists are able to cover animals. You can see some of them, and other project tutorials of mine on this  pinboard.

I honestly don’t know how some artists do such an amazing job covering their work. it’s like a puzzle to figure out how to arrange the can slices. This is what I’ve figured out for this swan. The canes are from the January 2017 issue of Cane Builder.

I started with this idea.

swan-wedding-cake-topper

I wanted a nice, strong, heavy base, so I found a teardrop shaped rock. (the Tucson desert has rocks everywhere!)

Swan sculpture1 swan sculpture 2

I put wire in to hold up the neck. You can’t see it here, but the white clay was never perfectly smooth around the neck. It didn’t matter though, because I was planning to cover it anyway.

swan sculpture4 swan sculpture3

I baked the swan with wings not pictured here BEFORE I added the canework. This yellow card stock is the pattern. I made the whole wing before I placed it on the pre-baked white wing on the swan. Any arrangement of canes would work.

swan sculpture5 swan sculpture6

Finish the head and neck by placing canes wherever they fit!

zentangle swan

 

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Zendoodle Ornaments

I used this month’s canes to make Christmas ornaments!  Here are some pictures of the process. I used this color scheme.zentangle ornament1zentangle ornament2zentangle ornament3wreath ornament1wreath ornament2

Polymer clay lace mandalas

canework ornament

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Zentangle Color Scheme

I published this month’s cane in dark red and white, but I thought I show what it looks like with other colors.

These are premo colors. The dark greenish blue is 10 parts ultramarine : 1 part wasabi the light mint color is 10 parts turquoise : 1 part wasabi  the brown is 10 parts raw sienna : 1 part orange.

Aqua color scheme

Cane Color Scheme

I added cane slices to this dragonfly.

dragonfly base

dragonfly base2

Polymer clay zentangle dragonfly

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Polymer Clay Nativity Set

Canework makes absolutely beautiful fabric!  Have you ever seen this miniature clay fabric store? It was the inspiration for so much that I do with canes. I made this beginner tutorial to show how to make beginner canes and use them as fabric.

Jennifer from Day by Day Crochet made these! The things she makes with canes are amazing!

student-nativity

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