i made this wall art for the 3d bird swap. my partner iisted chickens as one of her favourite birds so i decided to try and make a a rooster cane. im thrilled it came out so well, i ended up mading a faux wood frame as well as the subtle mix of colours worked much better than a single colour frame.
unfortunatly it was really hard to photograph the frame as it has a large amount of mica powers and guilders paste mixed into the clay which gives it a high shine
there were a lot of textures i had never tried to replicate in clay before so i really felt i learnt a lot from this cane
the back: i embedded large jump rings to secure the string/wire used to hang the piece
this is how i start my complex canes, its not a step by step tutorial as such but i hope it will give you some idea of my process
if anything is unclear or if you have any questions, just ask
a rough line drawing with a few notes on colour any fiddly areas such as the beak i often draw a second larger sketch so i can see the detail.
the eye cane, basicly a log of black clay which i indented with a knitting needle and a small log of white wrapped in a skinner blend of yellow to orange. the whole cane was then wrapped in a thin sheet of very dark grey.
begining to build the skin around the eye using a few sheets of maroon and a skinner blend of pale to dark rose
i used this same method to create most of the wattle and the comb, except i used a blend of rose to maroon instead of the blend of light grey to white you see here.
all still made using a rolled skinner blend. here i cut pieces of both sides of the roll as well as cut it in half and squashed the shapes a bit.
the beak cane: i made and stack a skinner blend of very pale to medium to dark grey.
the whole beak is made from one stack, the right hand side is made with a slice from the middle of the stack (ie cutting off the palest and darkest grey) cut to an 'L' shape and filled with a slice from the bottom (just the darkest to middle greys)
hes begining to look a lot more chicken like at this point
starting to create the feathers:
lets add some more:
starting on the comb:
this skinner blend will form the basis along with a few logs of solid colour
the comb from above: yep, its just stacked logs
the finished cane ready for reduction. its about 7 by 5 inches and about 1.5 inches in depth (flater canes are harder to reduce, which is something i didnt remember until i went to reduce it so try to make your canes at least 2in deep...it makes life easier.) ive packed it out with white and scrap clay around the edges. i find that the edges of my cane tend to warp more than the center, especially with largge canes like this so this helps me reduce my waste
i also made a few brooches with the cane
these i made with the scrap ends, i didnt want to make another scrap clay cane with them as they were warped but not useless
i thought the contrast in textures would be an interesting focal point