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« on: April 14, 2012 08:44:58 PM »

This is something I swore I'd never try.  Far to intimidating for me.  It's not fluffy!!!  But when I joined the Kids craft and swap with my son, I thought I'd buy some Fimo for him to play with.  Well, guess what.  I sat down with him and gave it a shot!  It's not nearly as hard as I thought it would be!  I'm no where near making some of the beautiful things on this board, but I even tried cane, and am kinda proud that the flowers I was hoping for came out looking like flowers!


And a few close ups Smiley
The red shoe did not turn out all that well, but you can tell its a shoe! (right?) And the pendant is rather large, but I love the sworlyness of it.  I hadn't intended it to be a pendant to start, but hey, just go with the flow!  and The robot bead was inspired by the silver fimo.  I just had to make a robot head!  The beads, bracelets and rings were made by my sons.


And the cane beads! Wewt! flowers!  Yeah, they aren't completely solid where the black meets the purple, but good first try, right?



Thanks for looking!  I'll be trying this again!
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2012 04:48:24 AM »

I've never gotten the nerve to try a cane.  Good job!  You'll be sculpting tiny plates of food before you know it.   Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2012 06:14:56 AM »

awesome first try!  Love it!  I have trouble with canes too.  I've tried but they never seem to go well.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2012 07:50:58 AM »

hehe Cheesy Thanks!
 tiny food!  yes, I should try tiny food next time...  the kids have been using up the fimo like crazy though, we've got a ton of random weird things floating about the house lol.  I'll have to buy more Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2012 08:41:38 AM »

Wow! An adorable cane on your first try?! You're already a pro, bella. Cute stuff!
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2012 09:34:03 AM »

Very nice!. . .and welcome to your next addiction Cheesy.

Love the twisted-rope spiral.  And of course you had to try a robot head (understand that completely)...now you'll just need to add a clay body under it, or put the clay head on a body made with other materials, or just add an eyepin and wear it as a pendant, etc, or just keep it in an Experiment/Inspiration bowl.

Happy to see Craftster clayers trying canes too, and your flower cane looks good!  I promise that many canes are a lot easier to make than a lot of the polymer sculpting you'll see, and they're so fun and limitless in possible patterns and uses. Your son can even do some canes (I started teaching them at my son's school in 3rd grade, but could have been even younger if one-on-one).

Btw, next time if you want to "fill" those triangular spaces/divots in the cane where the petals connect while making the cane, the simplest way is just to place a skinny snake of background-colored clay in between the tops of each 2 petal cane segments before adding the thicker layer of background clay all around the flower (you can also pinch one long side of the snake to make it fit even better into the divot).  Then you'd want to make sure to compress the cane components well and also if reducing the cane to make the flower smaller. (That cane would also make a great pattern-cane if you placed several lengths together, reduced, cut into new lengths, joined, reduced, etc, till the pattern was as small as you wanted.)

....There's more info on making flower canes too on this page of my site if you want to get more info about that and also get lessons for making other kinds of flower canes or similar ones that are more complex in leaf pattern:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/canes--instructions.htm (click on Flowers...and there will be many more flowers under the category called Translucent-Opaque Canes--those canes have transparent backgrounds)

You can also find a list of "easier canes to start with" at the top of that same page, under the category called Beginner Canes and also in my previous post here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178586.msg1852235#msg1852235
Plus, here's my previous post at Craftster about those "floating," or translucent-background, canes (with links to some examples):
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=315990.msg3637917#msg3637917

P.S.  For more on general info about making any polymer clay canes --rolling, reducing, slicing, etc-- check out these pages too:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Canes--general.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/canes--reducing.htm



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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2012 09:57:00 AM »

I think the projects you did with your son are just perfect as-is Belladune.   
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2012 10:09:05 AM »

Thanks Diane. Smiley If we ever get serious about clay, I'll have a good look.  Right now we are just playing around and having fun!
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2012 10:37:56 AM »

Recognized the shoe right off the bat, and then I looked to the left of the screen and saw Belladune?Huh I love your cane work pendant and the flower beads. Great job.
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2012 02:12:53 PM »

Thanks lovesclutter!  I know, well out of my comfort zone, but it was fun!
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