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« on: May 28, 2010 01:05:11 AM »

I wasn't sure whether to put this in the polymer clay section or the jewellery section... I hope I've made the right choice!

I've had a few personal problems that have been affecting my final year of Uni, even resulting in having to defer a couple of my exams...and therefore my graduation for 4months! To say thank you to the lovely lady in the office who's been helping me and has sorted out all sorts of things to help me along the way I wanted to craft her something.

I decided on jewellery a long time ago, and have been playing close attention to her tastes in every meeting since!

Since I've been playing with polymer clay for a while (making sticks and then having NO idea what to do with them!...leaving them so long they get hard.... I ended up baking them) I thought cutting thin slices and adding them to jewellery would be easy and look effective! So these are what were born
 


I saw a necklace like this in a shop not so long ago and loved the idea but not the price tag Tongue So I made my own.
I have also knotted the cord a little up each side and placed a decorative spacer in the same colouring  



The necklace is a really pretty purple, that photo just doesn't show that Tongue



I really hope she likes them Smiley

C and C's are appreciated and more then welcome
Thanks for looking
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2010 01:23:21 AM »

These are lovely! Your clay skills are wonderful!! I am sure that she will really appreciate them, as well as the thought that you put into them!
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2010 06:28:01 AM »

Those are beautiful.
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2010 09:15:21 AM »

I am certain your amazing and super thoughtful gift will be treasured for a lifetime.

I'd love to see a close up of this work. It's so detailed and lovely!

Hope to see more of your work here soon,
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p.s. Congrats on graduating soon! It makes it all the more sweet when you've had to struggle for it, and it sounds like your last year was a battle. Good for you for sticking it out!
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2010 09:27:58 AM »

I am completely in love with those orange slice earrings!
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2010 11:43:43 AM »

I love your orange slices! How did you get them so perfect? Every time I try to make citrus canes they turn out a little bit squished. Sad
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2010 10:42:35 PM »

You did such a wonderful job on these.  They all look so perfect!  I hope you had enough to make many, many pairs so you can sell them!
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2010 12:17:52 AM »

I love, love, love the little oranges!
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2010 08:23:30 AM »

I feel a little stupid and confuseled Huh... does the box contain one pendant (solid purple, domed, disk) on a purple cord, plus a number of post earrings made from cane slices?

Very nice canes though!! (is that what you mean by "sticks"?)

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...making sticks and then having NO idea what to do with them!...leaving them so long they get hard.... I ended up baking them...

Are you saying that you don't know what to do with all the canes you make?  (because there are a bajillion things you should be doing with all those nice ones!...and you seem to have gotten good at making them so not sure whether you just don't know about all the possibilities for canes or you just couldn't decide which canes to do what with)

As for "baking them," canes can actually be baked then sliced while still warm if that's not what you already did. 

If you do want to keep canes a long time before using, it's a good idea to put them in a situation that's dark, cool, dry, and so they won't be in direct contact with anything the least bit absorbent (their plasticizer will leach out even if touching waxed paper over time leaving the cane harder and less pliable). 
Some people even wrap their canes individually with plastic (baggies, etc) before putting them into a polymer-safe-plastic box, etc, inside a cabinet/etc, or even in the frig/freezer. 
Some canes may need warming and manipulating before using though (with warmth from lamps/heating pads/etc, and/or by manipulating them in various ways: compress from the end, then roll, repeat...gently twist, pull...beat on, or slam... etc.).

(There's a lot more detail on reconditioning older canes, storing clay and canes, using canes in many ways, etc, at my site if you're interested, especially on these pages:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes--old.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Conditioning.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/storage.htm                                               
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Canes--general.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes--instructions.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sheets.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/covering.htm )

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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2010 11:28:04 AM »

Thank you all for your lovely comments!
I will be putting these up on my website as soon as I get it all up and running  Cheesy ironing out a few kinks atm...
The citrus slices seem to be clear winners with everyone I've asked as well as you all on here (I have some lemon, lime and blood orange ones also) I will upload more photos soon!

Sorry Diane B. I hope I didn't confuse you too much!!

You are correct as there is one large necklace (big, round and purple) and then a dozen stud earrings in the background within one box.  Hopefully this photo is a bit clearer which I just found on my other camera  Smiley it even shows the purple a little better...


And yes by sticks I do mean canes (I knew there had to be a better word for it!)
Thank you for all of your help, and when I finally get around to making more I will make sure I browse through all of your advice once again  Grin Grin
I was previously cutting and cooking or as you said cooking and cutting, just to find out which way worked best!

I have been making a few canes every now and then (a good way to sit and watch films I find!) and as a result have a fair collection of small usable canes! I have found a few uses (earrings, insets in pendants, nail art, beads and heads on pins) but am always trying to think of new thinks to do with them!
An example is http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350653.0

Thanks again for all of the great links to your website also!

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