completely forgot to post this one
the finished brooches, because the cane was large and complex i didnt want to reduce it too small and lose the detail so these pieces measure 7.5cm and 5.5cm in length
oval pendant on memory wire necklace.
its not a tutorial as such but it gives an idea of how i created the cane.
i start with the eyes, even the pupils arnt solid black but a mix of dark greys
i originally tried slicing into the cane and inserting thin strips of black (you can still see these closest to the yellow part of the beak) but it proved impossible to get the 'hairs' fine enough so i went for a mosaic of solid strings of different coloured clays which gives a good effect recreating the harsh ratel hairs around the eyes and beak.
each of the feathers on the chest is a separate cane
finished cne ready for reduction, i placed glass plates on the ends to prevent it collapsing inwards and contributing to image distortion.
successful reduction, some distortion but im pretty pleased with how this went