Wednesday, March 27, 2013

More fun with Cobblestone Canes

Before I show you the new canes I made I want you to see the beads and a pendant I made with the last cobblestone cane.

I cut a fairly thick piece of the cane, ran it through the pasta machine a couple time to get the shape I wanted then added the end of the cane and dots of textured black clay highlighted with bronze PearlEx.

I used bronze chain that compliments the bronze accents of the dots to completely the necklace.  The back is a solid black.

I used a triangle of the cane to make beads.  First I made black beads and covered then with slices of the cane.

I used two slices on each bead.  I cut them a little thicker than usual to give a more textured look to the beads.

I am not going to sand them. I may buff them a bit but I like the matt finish.

I made the next cane much like the first one, only this time I controlled myself and did not over reduced.  Three cheers for me!! Rah, rah, rah!!  This time I used olive green, mustard yellow, orange and grape for the colors.  I'm not sure I like the orange.... maybe I should have used turquoise or a lighter orange...

The two square canes are made from the triangle cane.  I am liking the orange better now.

I had a pile of  bullseye cane ends from the extruded canes I used in the cobblestone cane, when I put them together this is the result.  It's not a very long cane but  I should be able to get several nice slices.

And of course I had to make at least one mirror image tile from the scraps.

I love this cane.  I use the same colors as the one above but I added 3 sizes of bullseye canes in gray and black, I am  thrilled with the result.

Here it is before reduction

After reduction.... and once again I did not over reduce!!  Yeah!!

I made a slender border cane in gray and black to use with it.

This is the first pendant I made... it has not been cured or sanded yet. I has a bit of a pinwheel effect.

And here are all the new canes together.  Be sure to click on the photos for a closer look.

I have more pendants in the oven.  Lots of possibilities with these canes !!   Plus I need to make more cobblestone canes in different colors.  Monochromatic might be nice.  That's it for today.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Tina- CreatedWithFireMarch 27, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    That is amazing, love the pictures and can't wait to try to find this tutorial !

    1. Thank you Tina. As far as I know there is no tutorial.... not sure why Tonja put it in the tutorial section.... I just used my extruder to make different size bullseye canes and put them together in a pleasing manor.

  2. well done my friend well done. Loving these canes!

    1. Thanks Kath, I thought you would like them !!

  3. BJ - I'm really impressed with this cane! Awesome and the colour combo is really effective.

    Did you extrude each color?? I'm totally stumped as to how you could extrude in such a controlled way as to get the color in the middle and the black and white outlining on the outside.

    Thanks for sharing!


    1. Thank you Elsie, I'm glad you took the plunge.

      It's easy to do, I make the bullseye canes in each color before I extrude. Then I extrude each in different sizes. Arrange them in a pleasing pattern and reduce.... clear as mud, right? If you like, after Easter, I can post a tutorial.

  4. Thank you for the info! How clever is that!! :)

  5. Great canes, love the colors, and the design is so interesting!!

  6. You are amazing. That cane is incredible. I sent this to all my polymer clay ladies in my beading club and they went crazy. I bet next week there is going to be a ton of Cobblestone Canes in the beading room. LOL I want to touch those beads, they look so silky. What kind of clay did you use for this cane and when are you moving to Arizona????????

  7. I don't know much about polymer clay, but i want to learn. I have a lot to learn from you. Your work is beautiful! Thanks for posting it.

  8. Wow, such a beautiful cane! Congratulations on your amazing work!
    Hope you don't mind if I'll try it too :)

    1. Don't mind at all, I would be delighted to have you try it..... please post photos when you do.

  9. Please let me know if you ever made a tutorial,this is gorgeous & I'm a little cane/extrude challenged! Lol!