Sunday, March 18, 2012

More Border Canes & Wire Pendants

Last week I was back in my clay room happily conditioning clay when the pasta machine motor suddenly made a whining noise, the rollers slowed down and when I felt of the motor is was hot, hot hot.  I turned if off, let it cool down and when I turned it back on it heated up very quickly and slowed down again.  I shut it off  and using a paper towel I wiped the air vents on both sides of the motor...... got lots of black sooty gunk on the paper towels. Once I cleaned off all the gunk I had high hopes that it would work but no such luck.. the motor heated up again.   So I immediately ordered a motor from Mona.  I'm lost without a motor, I can hand crank a little but it hurts my wrist and takes all the fun out of claying.

So I didn't clay for several days, played with wire instead.

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I used various swirl beads as the focal beads in these pendants.

More wire pendants... no polymer clay on these.  I will hang a small bead in the center of the yellow amber pendant.... just haven't found one I like yet.

I was tired of wire .... my new motor hadn't arrived and I was itching to play with clay so I decided to try the old motor one more time.... and guess what, it works fine now.  I made a whole bunch of new border canes and it didn't heat up at all..... fixed itself I guess.  Got my new motor a couple days later, now I have a back up if the old one conks out again.  My advise is to wipe down your motor vents every so often, I know I will from now on.

Here are my border canes.

I used the top cane to make necklace tiles.

and a couple focal beads with the scraps. You may have guessed by now, I really like mirror images.

More border canes.... I haven't made anything with these as yet.

I have more canes in the works and the tute is still in the planning stage,  I will get to it one of these days.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. I'm sitting here waiting breathlessly for the tut, better hurry before I turn blue. LOL

    1. LOL, sure don't want you to turn blue! Better take a breathe tho... it may be a while. Our granddaughter is getting married April 6th and I have that on my mind.... trying to find an outfit that will look good with my Crocs LOL

  2. Beautiful border canes. The focal on the left, middle pic of mirror images looks like a baboon's face! My mirror images always come out a little

    1. Thank you, glad you like my canes. Mirror images take lots practice, many of mine turn out wonky too but I'm getting better.

  3. I am so eager for you to share your wisdom and techniques on those marvelous border canes! Think of this as encouraging rather than nagging, but I'm waiting!!! :-) Seriously I love how you do them and your color choices are so intriguing.

  4. Thank you Betsy. Right now it seems like a daunting task but I will get to it one of these days.... after the wedding. I appreciate the "encouragement" though. :))