Thursday, October 28, 2010

FLOWER CANES ON CLAY DAY

My friends have been after me to show them how to make flower canes.  We get together in my studio at least once a month for about 7 hours and do clay.  We do break for lunch.  Today was our clay day so we did flower canes all day.  I have my own way of packing a flower cane and I might write up a tutorial for it but I haven't decided yet.  They were so happy because thier canes turned out great and they loved the new packing method.  I've done some with translucent clay but found that if you don't cover what ever color is on the outside (especially black) it leaches into the translucent.  Today we covered the outer edge with white before we did translucent but I did my canes in black.  I used Premo and my clay was kind of soft.  I should have leached it between paper before using it but didn't take the time.  Here are the pictures from today's clay day.


This is my finished cane with the black packing.

This is a Natasha bead that I made with the scraps of everyone's flower cane.  Not baked, sanded or buffed yet.






Love this cane, Evelyn has a knack with colors even though her eyesight is so bad.  She has macular degeneration and is having a really bad time with it.

We try to help her as much as we can but she gets very frustrated.  I don't know what I would do if that happened to me.............................

3 comments:

miramecreations said...

Beautiful, canes...all of them! You will have to write up a tutorial on this, Bonnie! I would love to learn how to make them. I like the canes in black, the colors really pop out!

Cherie said...

Agree with Lupe; the canes are fabulous and we'd love to learn how to make them.

Cherie said...

I love the natasha bead. Pretty colors.