i really struggle with translucent clays. i find it very hard to slice the cane thin enough (especially when its a larger cane) that the translucent is clear not opaque plus i find layering the cane slice distorts it somewhat so ive been experimenting trimming and then baking thin slices first then pushing them into fresh clay and trim to desired shape. bake and sand. a little more work i guess but no distortion
the larger pendant (left) measures 6.5cm by 2.5cm the smaller pendant (right) measures 5cm by 2cm
a W.I.P of the original cane
and in case you have ever wondered what the back looks like...
the technique also works for old cane slices that have become to brittle to work with (just be very careful when trimming) like this puffin cane which was over a year old. could be a useful way to store cane slices indefinitely
as always comments or advice are more than welcome
if you have any questions about the technique or if something is unclear please dont hesitate to ask