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.
I wanted a nice, strong, heavy base, so I found a teardrop shaped rock. (the Tucson desert has rocks everywhere!)
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.
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.
Finish the head and neck by placing canes wherever they fit!
I published this tutorial 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.
I added cane slices to this dragonfly.
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!
These jewel canes lend themselves to lots of fun projects! Here are some more examples of miniatures that can be decorated with polymer clay canes.
You are also invited to come see what’s happening at Cane Builder this month!
If you like this tutorial, come see what’s happening this month at Cane Builder.
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.