Polymer Clay Coffee or Tea Cup Canes

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Step 1: Make a grey to white blend (or any color blend you want). You will be slicing it according to the marks indicated. Don’t worry about size as much a approximate proportion.

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Step 2: Stat with the biggest piece.

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Step 3: Form it into the shape you want for the side of the cup. You can change the shape as you go.

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Step 4: Slice four thin slices. This part isn’t entirely necessary, but I like the way it looks. The rim should be very thin. I’ve been very particular about where I want the dark and light, so I’ve added some extra steps.

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Step 5: Lay the slices end to end with dark and light touching.

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Step 7: Slice off part of one dark end as shown above. Attach it at the other end.

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Step 8: Cut this newly arranged strip in half.

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Step 9: Add one half to the cup shape. Match dark to light and light to dark. Notice the darkest part isn’t exactly touching the lightest part. It will take some work to get it to fit. If necessary, slice off some of the edge to make it fit.

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Step 10: Pinch the side of a log of brown clay so that the end looks like a football shape.

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Step 11: Cut off the ends of this shape to make it fit and to make nice, crisp, edges. Even thought the pictures show the next three steps attached to the main project, it may be easier to make the coffee, inside wall, and rim all together first and make sure there is a smooth curved edge to add to the cup.

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Step 12: Form the next largest section into a thin, curved line that will look like the inside wall of the cup. The light and dark should be opposite from the big side of the cup. Leave room for the rim.

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Step 13: Add The rest of the rim. Make sure it looks seamless with the bottom part of the rim. Thats why I said earlier, that you may want to put these three parts together first and then make them all fit the cup together.

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Step 14: Now for the handle. Place the last two piece together with the white touching. Squish these together very well. Otherwise they will come apart. Cut off the darkest part of one end. This little piece will not be used.

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Step 15: Attach a teardrop shape of the background color to the side of the cup. Wrap this with the bend that has been formed into a handle. Make sure it’s the shape and size you want. You make have to further squish or slice some off.

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Step 16: Pack in the background. Here are a few pictures of how I did it.

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Polymer Clay Tile Cane Tutorial

Here are the stills from this time-lapse video.

Premo brand: Ultramarine, Turquoise, White.

The gold blend recipe can be found here.

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For more fun tutorials check out my etsy shop or my Cane Builder Publication!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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