A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Please remember to SEARCH before asking a question that may have already been answered. Thanks!
Total Members: 296,740
Currently Running With Scissors:
657 Guests and 24 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1] 2  All
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: The Kiwi Timeline - From Bad, to Okay, To Great!  (Read 2217 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
monsterkookies
Monster Kookies
Offline Offline

Posts: 564
Joined: 21-Jun-2007


View Profile WWW
« on: September 09, 2008 02:04:33 PM »

I just wanted to shed a little bit of inspiration on those craftsters who have wanted to get into Polymer Clay but think that it is just too hard or don't have enough patience for it. Or for those who believe they suck!



This is a picture of Kiwis. The first Kiwi is ghastly ugly, but guess what? It was my first attempt.

The second one? A better attempt, but not so great!

And than... the third one. My final attempt!

It just goes to show. If at first you don't succeed - get pissed off, stomp around a bit, and than try again.
With a little bit of PRACTICE, you will EVENTUALLY get things right.

There was hope for my Kiwis!
Now I can do it, no problem!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

*RoSeSaReReD*
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2008 02:21:12 PM »

ooh very nice. i want to make clay fruit now Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Diane B.
Offline Offline

Posts: 5061
Joined: 01-May-2004

GlassAttic --polymer clay "encyclopedia"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2008 02:31:50 PM »

Quote
craftsters who have wanted to get into Polymer Clay but think that it is just too hard or don't have enough patience for it. Or for those who believe they suck!

Thanks for showing that, monstercookies!  ..a picture is worth a thousand words  Grin

Caning, just like any other technique in polymer clay, can be done by anyone --no exceptions.   It does take just a little bit of knowledge that can be learned to speed things up, or one can learn on one's own.  I would say that attempting a complex picture cane the first time out isn't especially advisable, but I've taught caning (3 simple canes) to 3rd graders in just over an hour and they all were totally successful... I think that says a lot.

P.S.  How much of the improvement you had was just in learning how to reduce a cane successfully??  Cool


(For anyone interested in starting with some of the simpler canes --which btw can still be made into very complex or sophisticated patterns-- check out this previous message:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178586.msg1852235#msg1852235
...and for reducing canes:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118142.msg1130574#msg1130574 )


Diane B.
   

« Last Edit: September 09, 2008 02:36:12 PM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
few of my photos
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
shaints
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2008 03:39:20 PM »

Oh my god! Just like the Cookie Monster you are turning to healthier snacks!

They're great, just as cute as all of your other stuff. And to be honest, this last kiwi slice and the citrus ones I saw earlier all look like they're the yummiest candy!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Come visit Craftster's English-Spanish Dictionary! ~> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265119.0
angeltreats
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2008 12:15:34 AM »

You are getting so good at these canes, I am very impressed!  The third kiwi is really great.

I did my first cane yesterday too Smiley  But mine was only an orange, nothing as fancy as a kiwi.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

monsterkookies
Monster Kookies
Offline Offline

Posts: 564
Joined: 21-Jun-2007


View Profile WWW
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2008 12:28:12 AM »

How much of the improvement you had was just in learning how to reduce a cane successfully??  Cool

So true! I'd say that learning to reduce WAS the reason why they turned out so well. But I also baked the cane and THAN sliced it. As opposed to the first one in which I cut, tried to reshape back into circles because they were squished (haha!) and than baked the slices. Oh my, such a tedious and uncalled process, it was! But now I am wiser. Woohoo!  Wink
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Diane B.
Offline Offline

Posts: 5061
Joined: 01-May-2004

GlassAttic --polymer clay "encyclopedia"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2008 09:55:35 AM »

Quote
But I also baked the cane and THAN sliced it. As opposed to the first one in which I cut, tried to reshape back into circles because they were squished (haha!) and than baked the slices.

Slicing a cane after baking (or anytime a baked cane is quite warm) with a sharp blade is a great way to get no distortion and also get sharp edges on the slices.  But just letting a cane rest overnight can firm it up enough to get good slices too (using a sharp thin blade) though admittedly that's always easier when not using a soft brand of clay for the cane. 
Slicing after baking doesn't allow for placing the cane slices on other clay as onlays or rolling them into background clay though, but does work well for little cane slices that will just be dangles.  Lotsa possibilities!   


Diane B.
« Last Edit: September 10, 2008 10:01:52 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
few of my photos
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
ShammyCrafty
Offline Offline

Posts: 303
Joined: 25-Jan-2008

www.etsy.com/shop/explodingnoise


View Profile WWW
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2008 10:23:31 AM »


It just goes to show. If at first you don't succeed - get pissed off, stomp around a bit, and than try again.
With a little bit of PRACTICE, you will EVENTUALLY get things right.



I second that Monstercookie- that is the only way to learn anything. Screw up, learn from that mistake, and give it another go.
I tried to make a striped cane the other night, as soon as I cut into it, it got all distorted, and turned into more of a weird tie-dye-ish cane, and less of a striped one. Sad Hopefully, I'll have a timeline of my striped cane evolution soon!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

PorgeCreations
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2008 12:04:19 PM »

Awww that's great, you're really getting good at those canes aren't you? And it's really encouraging to see that with practice anyone can get it Smiley I might have another go some time soon

x~PORGE~x
THIS ROCKS   Logged

***Only people who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible***

http://www.etsy.com/shop/PORGEcreations <3

http://porgecreations.deviantart.com/ <<< Open for commissions <3
mandajane
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2008 04:03:17 AM »

am i the only one that loves the second cane? lol
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2  All Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
How to Make Avocado Mousse
Raw Vegan Raspberry Tart Recipe
Vegan Mint Chip Ice Cream Recipe
A Simple Recipe for Roasted Fruit
Cheesecake as Ice Cream at Enduro
Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Art Pen Case
Sock It To Me!
Meatless Monday: Kale and Edamame Salad

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.