I used a quilt pattern to make a Quilt Block Cane. Click on the photos for a closer look.
First I made the one on the left, reduced it and made the one on the right. I wish the lines were a little cleaner but it turned out fairly well.
In order to get the right consistency for the extruder I combined 1/2 Kato clay and 1/2 Premo clay.
I used the scraps to make the small cane and a pendant.
I used the square disk and the isosceles triangle disk to make the quilt cane. I had lots of left over extruded triangles so I used them to make border canes. All three of the border canes were made using the triangle logs.
Red and Silver Gray Border Cane close up.
Blue and Yellow Border Cane close up.
Green and Silver Gray Border Cane close up.
The green & gray cane looks like leaves to me so I added little flowers and made a pendant. The pendant hasn't been cured or sanded so it's a little rough. I will take more photos when it's finished.
Thats all my claying so far. I have plans for more "quilt block canes". It takes me forever to condition the clay and mix the colors, thank goodness I have a motor on my pasta machine!
Last Saturday was the annual "Highland Art on the Square" Local artists use colored chalk to create amazing painting on the streets around the square. There is also local artist selling their wares and food vendors with food, my favorite is a guy who makes the best pulled pork and home made barbecue sauce, his cherry chipotle sauce is to die for!
In the past it has always been a 2 day event, this year it was just saturday. The dedicated artists worked in over 100 degree temperatures. Here are a few of my favorite chalk paintings.
I love the colors in this one.... would make a pretty cane.
This was the only one with a political theme..... features President Obama and Governor Romney duking it out.
The artists were still working on this one. Look at the details, amazing!
Plenty of sun for this pretty sunflower painting!
This artist really gets into her work!
Here is the finished painting.
Wonderful detail on this tiger eyes painting.
More artists at work, that pavement has to be hot!
The little stuffed toy was the model for this painting.
This is my favorite... done by our next door neighbor and her daughter.
These folks were getting help from their little doggie.... not sure that is allowed! If you look up in the right hand corner you can see our house peeking out (the 2 story brick house)... it's a good location, we can see all the fun on the square from out front porch.
This was just a few of the paintings, there were over 40! We have had an extremely hot summer so I was surprised so many artist showed up. Not many vendors set up this year, only a hand full. My favorite gourd artist wasn't there which was a disappointment, I saved my birthday money to add a few of her pieces to my collection. Guess I will have to wait until next year.
Thats it for today. Thanks for stopping by.