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POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY => Polymer Clay: Completed Projects => Topic started by: maxxev on February 15, 2016 10:46:43 PM



Title: celtic maze canes
Post by: maxxev on February 15, 2016 10:46:43 PM
 this geometric design was a little different from my usual bird or face canes. i had a lot of fun combining the basic cane tiles to create a variety of patterns. the challenge was working out not only where the pattern repeated but the easiest place to join the cane slices.

these are 3 bracelet tiles showing the different patterns. the two bottom tiles are my favourites.


the fished bracelet and a pendant.


bangles. i put the cane slices end to end to create a long strip, then joined it to cover the bangle core stretching the outer edge as i did so. this is easier than trying to reduce the cane to two particular sizes and shapes to fit the changing circumference of the bangle while still aligning the pattern


here, the cane


Title: Re: celtic maze canes
Post by: BeaG on February 16, 2016 12:27:56 AM
I am always in awe of your talent!
Gorgeous!


Title: Re: celtic maze canes
Post by: Onyxnox on February 16, 2016 03:00:14 AM
You're level of artistry and precision is just stunning - love the bangle especially!


Title: Re: celtic maze canes
Post by: kwality570 on February 16, 2016 06:34:12 AM
You're like a wizard when it comes to these.  Absolutely gorgeous!!!


Title: Re: celtic maze canes
Post by: Padester on February 16, 2016 09:07:37 AM
That is sooooo cool. Makes me want to do polymer clay again! (Not that I am any good at it, but I try!)


Title: Re: celtic maze canes
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 16, 2016 09:32:37 AM
Just gorgeous!  Clay artists amaze me...it is fun to see how your canes turn into such beautiful pieces!


Title: Re: celtic maze canes
Post by: BeaG on February 16, 2016 10:29:47 AM
I always wonder...
How do you prevent distortion of the slices of clay when you turn several/lots of them into one smooth surface?
(I know I can Google this, but I'd rather hear it from an expert.)


Title: Re: celtic maze canes
Post by: maxxev on February 16, 2016 11:00:58 PM
thank you  :)

I always wonder...
How do you prevent distortion of the slices of clay when you turn several/lots of them into one smooth surface?
(I know I can Google this, but I'd rather hear it from an expert.)

try to get each cane slice the same thickness. you can buy a slicer but i put them all in a row and slice against a thick metal ruler to take of any excess, this way when you cover it with deli paper and rub to smooth the surface it should minimize any distortion. depending on the design, usually i rub in a circular motion but if the design has lines running in one direction i go will the lines. you can also gently pull the finished sheet in the direction of the lines to help stretch out any kinks. i hope this makes sense.


Title: Re: celtic maze canes
Post by: BeaG on February 17, 2016 12:00:27 AM
Thanks for your explanation, maxxev!


Title: Re: celtic maze canes
Post by: rackycoo on February 18, 2016 07:56:29 AM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! (https://www.craftster.org/blog/february-18-2016-featured-projects/)  ;D


Title: Re: celtic maze canes
Post by: kittykill on February 18, 2016 12:02:30 PM
Wow! These are so pretty.


Title: Re: celtic maze canes
Post by: flyghte on February 19, 2016 06:06:12 AM
Oh wow, those bracelet tiles are so nice! Looks really great all strung together.


Title: Re: celtic maze canes
Post by: cackle on February 22, 2016 06:57:45 AM
Stunning as always. The quality of your work is precise and beautiful.