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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Kaleidoscope and Flower Canes

 Here, as promised are some more experiments with kaleidoscope canes. I've also made more flower canes, and made some beads I'm rather pleased with - and some I'm not so pleased with!
I thought I'd start with one I think came out rather well.  A few tiny air holes but I should be able to deal with them when I use the cane though I'm not sure yet what I'll use it for - it's quite small and I don't want to reduce it much or all the detail will go.
Ok, you can laugh - I did.  I'm not sure what exactly I did wrong here but kaleidoscope it ain't!!  That one went into the scrap clay bag.  Scrap clay is useful,  I've made a lot of lentil swirl beads from bits of scrap, and it makes a good base for the pillow beads I've made using various cane slices.
These haven't been varnished or polished yet and I'm not sure of the quality.  I've sanded them lots but they just aren't very smooth so I've yet to decide what to do with them.
The first beads I made with this method were better but I messed up drilling holes and some of them cracked - so I'm keeping this necklace:
The previous beads were a larger version of these and the small beads I made to go with them are fine so they can be used with something else.
 Flower canes, here is one before reduction, with its various components,
and here it is reduced to several different sizes, I'm pleased with this one.
This one seemed really promising, but went a bit  wonkely when I reduced it!
I think It is worth keeping though. I may reduce some of it even more and use it in a kaleidoscope cane.
I'm really enjoying myself trying out all these new skills and techniques.  I'm finding inspiration in books and tutorials and hope over time to produce better and better work.  I hope soon I'll get some jewellery into my Folksy shop.  So far most of the jewellery I have produced has gone into the Arteria exhibition but when that closes what hasn't sold can go into the Folksy shop. 


dawn said...

Great cane work :) I think you pink flower looks really good! The top cane was also gorgeous, great bright colours! :)

Sharon said...

you may think that last one went wonky but I think it is fab! certainly puts what I do to shame LOL!

Jo said...

Oh wow, I just love ALL these beads!! They are simply gorgeous: the combination of colours and the designs you've created with them are just fab! Soooo clever!
Hugs xx

Sugarmice said...

They are really pretty - I think the bright pillow beads are great!

FeltersJourney said...

Very pretty! I LOVE the top cane!
And your necklace is gorgeous, very individual.

VintageMilly said...

OOh they are lovely, the top one especially is so intricate and very pretty. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment,
best wishes to you,

OddSox aka Thesockgarden said...

The blue flower cane is super! I'm not laughing at cane 2 - I think it's great, it reminds me of owls :)
I recently saw an Etsy shop that sells canes for people to chop up as required. Not a bad idea...

Miss Mary Elliott said...

these are gorgeous- really effective! I love the top ones, well done :)

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Heather Woollove said...

The top photo is exquisite...but really, you are altogether amazing with clay!!

Beth said...

Ooh I love the canes!

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