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« on: July 07, 2008 02:27:03 PM »

I don't make canes very often but I did one for a component for one of the swaps I am in  and since you can do SO much with the cane slices, I went a bit crazy and made some jewelry pieces. Smiley

Butterfly pendant: 1 1/4" tall, almost 1 3/4" wide




Butterfly pin/brooch: (has a bar pin back glued to the back) 1 1/2" tall, 1 3/4" wide


Butterfly wing earrings: wings are 3/4" tall, 1/2" wide



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The original cane was a circle approx 1 inch in diameter and I reduced it down to different sizes, the smallest was reduced all the way down to 1/8" for some super tiny earrings that I have yet to photograph. Smiley Thanks for looking!

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tiny pendant, this one is backed with an additional layer of black clay on the back: a bit larger than 1/2" tall and a bit smaller than 3/4" wide


the super tiny butterfly earrings that are also backed with an additional layer of black clay ( I still need to put posts on): size is almost 1/2" tall and 1/2" wide


thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2008 02:33:31 PM »

Fabulous! I have yet to tackle canes, but these are inspiring Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2008 02:53:25 PM »

Fabulous! I have yet to tackle canes, but these are inspiring Smiley
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I don't do canes often because they hurt my head just to think about all that goes into them But this one was just made from skinner blends and bullseye canes. Smiley
Hope you decide to give it a try! Look how beautiful they can be!
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2008 02:54:46 PM »

Gasp! I am not a huge fan of butterflies but I would totally rock this. It's beautiful and creative. Great job
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2008 02:56:33 PM »

Gasp! I am not a huge fan of butterflies but I would totally rock this. It's beautiful and creative. Great job


Me neither but this is a pretty cool butterfly! LOL MY swap partner is a fan of butterflies so I went with that challenge! Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2008 03:00:52 PM »

Beautiful kishcrafts!!! I love the colors!
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2008 03:16:13 PM »

Beautiful kishcrafts!!! I love the colors!

thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2008 04:22:42 PM »

Lovely! I love the colors, and is the pendant translucent, or are my eyes playing tricks on me?
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2008 04:26:37 PM »

Lovely! I love the colors, and is the pendant translucent, or are my eyes playing tricks on me?

Thanks! No it is not transparent, that is just a bit of glare from the light hitting the high gloss glaze. Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2008 08:53:14 PM »

Gorgeous Kish! I love the colors!
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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2008 08:59:46 PM »

Gorgeous Kish! I love the colors!

thanks! i may attempt another with more realistic butterfly colorings. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2008 11:53:57 PM »

Oh my goodness! It's beautiful. So many lovely colours in it too <3

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« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2008 06:14:05 AM »

The first butterfly pendant is really beautiful! We love the bent wings!
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« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2008 06:31:29 AM »

Oh my goodness! It's beautiful. So many lovely colours in it too <3

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thanks porge! Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2008 07:53:26 AM »

these are soooo lovely kish!
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« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2008 08:17:57 AM »

Oooh! Rainbows!
I absolutely love those butterflies!
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« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2008 09:32:35 AM »

oooh! these are sooo cutesy! Smiley

now, im going to sound very silly, but what exactly are "canes", because what I call canes doesn't look much like this!
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« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2008 10:15:09 AM »

these are soooo lovely kish!

thanks pinky!

Oooh! Rainbows!
I absolutely love those butterflies!

thanks SO much!

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« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2008 10:15:31 AM »

oooh! these are sooo cutesy! Smiley

now, im going to sound very silly, but what exactly are "canes", because what I call canes doesn't look much like this!

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« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2008 10:23:16 AM »

Very cool! Love the butterfly. Thanks for sharing your work.
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« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2008 10:24:52 AM »

Very cool! Love the butterfly. Thanks for sharing your work.

thanks for taking the time to comment on my little clay creations. Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2008 08:48:05 AM »

Nice cane, kishcrafts!  And love the bend you put in the slices... a quite different look than flat wings.

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im going to sound very silly, but what exactly are "canes", because what I call canes doesn't look much like this!

fairies-in-disguise, first I really want to know what you've been seeing as "canes"... maybe they're something entirely different and wonderful!

Secondly, it's not silly at all to be unfamiliar with what "canes" actually are as they relate to polymer clay unless you already know about glass-work or its history since that's what they're mainly based on (but glass cane patterns can be taken a lot farther when using polymer clay). 
Canes can be very simple to make, btw, or all the way up to difficult.

A clay "cane" is basically comprised of long pieces of clay of at least two colors or two variations of one color, and often different shapes, that have all been laid then pressed together. 
A completed cane will end up having the pattern or "picture" created running all the way through its length.  This allows "slices" to be cut from the cane; each slice will still contain the same pattern or image no matter how thin it is (think of how a jellyroll cake can be cut crosswise at any point but its spiral pattern will still show --in fact, "spiral canes" are made with polymer clay in exactly the same way).  The slices can then be used in all kinds of ways.
Canes don't have to be round like a jellyroll cake though... they're often square or triangular, and they can actually be any shape but then may be harder to slice nicely.

There are a few "basic" ways of putting clay colors and shapes together to end up with a cane (which often looks like a long or short-fat log, but not always). 
Rolling up two sheets (one laid on top of the other) into a spiral cane are one way, for example, like the jellyroll cake (these are called spiral canes or jellyroll canes). 
Making a "stack" of sheets is the main way to create a "stripes" cane.
Another way is to "wrap" a sheet of clay around a log of clay --these are called wrapped canes or bullseye canes. Additional wraps can be added as well (kishcrafts used an additional black wrap).
Canes that end up with more complex geometric patterns or even actual "pictures" are created by placing various long shapes or sheets of clay side by side (the long way) into a bundle; they are then pressed or rolled together to smoosh them into a cane. 
There are other basic ways too, like cutting out some portion then replacing it with another color/shape, or folding long strips of 2 or more colors into patterns, and more. 

(There are so many variations of those main techniques of putting different-colored shapes of clay together that the number of different canes possible are totally limitless!).

After a cane of any type has been made, if desired it can then be cut into a few lengths which are laid together and pressed/rolled to create a new cane ...this new cane will have many images of the same pattern in it but each one will be smaller than in the original cane.  Or lengths of the same type of cane but created each in a different color can be used --like what kishcrafts did for the butterfly wing. 
Or, entirely different canes can be laid together to create a multi-cane  cane.

You can read more about all the basic types of canes and how to make the easiest ones in this previous thread here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178586.msg1852235#msg1852235
And if you want loads more lessons and info  on many more canes (as well as tips on slicing them, how best to "reduce" them or make them smaller, and the history of the first glass canes), check out these pages:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes-whatarethey.htm (what are "canes"?)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Canes--general.htm (basic info on making clay canes)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes--reducing.htm (making canes smaller)
MAKING SPECIFIC CANES --lessons, examples
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes--instructions.htm


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« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2008 05:18:41 PM »

that is beautiful. my roommate would love jewelry like that.
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« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2008 05:45:56 PM »

that is beautiful. my roommate would love jewelry like that.

thanks! rainbow stuff makes ppl happy!
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