Saturday, March 23, 2013

New Polymer Clay Cobblestone Cane


My latest "Senior Citizen Adventure" 

I am so sore right now, my ankles and knees are sore, my back is sore and my shoulder joints are really sore... A couple days ago I thought it would be a good idea to lie down on the floor and do exercises. Now I haven't  gotten down on the floor for a couple years, I  have a difficult time getting up off the floor. When I was young I hurt myself a lot... jumped out of tree, hurt my back and cracked my tailbone. fell in a barrel and broke my hip when I was trying to jump from the top of the granary  to the top of the chicken coop and smashed my ankle when I was thrown from a horse and had a college football player land on top of me.... I was out of school for several months that time.  Anyway, I don't know what possessed me.... well in a way I do, due to the lousy weather going out for walks everyday has been hit and miss.... so I thought I could exercise instead.  I knew I was in trouble as soon as I managed to get down on the floor, I kinda plopped down in a sitting position... should have stopped there but  what the heck I was already down on the floor so why not go all the way and lie down on my back.. then I was in a real pickle... I could not get up..... gives a whole new meaning to the old lady saying "I've fallen and I can't get up".  So I found myself lying on my back in front of the couch in my "sitting room" that is off my office (I call it that because it was the waiting room when this part of the house was a dentist office)   This was at 11 AM, Heather wouldn't be here until 3 PM and Lynn was sound asleep up on the 2nd floor. (He works night and sleeps during the day, doesn't get up until 7:30)  I could yell my head off and he wouldn't hear me.  So I could either lay on the floor like a beached whale for 4 hours or figure out a way to get up.  It should be easy, right?  Turn over on my stomach, get up on my hands and knees and push up from there.... I could see it in my mind but I sure couldn't do it.... first I got on my side by grabbing onto the couch..... then I scooted over a bit and ended up on my stomach... which hurt like hell cause my ankle doesn't bend. I visioned pushing up with my arms, pulling up my legs and getting on my hands and knees but it just wasn't happening..I got one arm up to the arm of the couch and somehow managed to wiggle around into a sitting position. By now I am huffing and puffing and have to rest  in between each maneuver. Once again I used the arm of the couch to end up on my hands and knees, now my knees and ankles are being attacked by daggers of pain.  My black cat, Fritz, was sitting on the couch watching with great interest and when I would put my head on the couch to rest he would reach over and pat me on the head.... I found this annoying but  he seemed to think we were playing a game and I'm pretty sure he knew I couldn't do anything to stop him.  I'd glare at him and tell him to stop and he would turn his head from side to side and give me a quizzically  look. I'm pretty sure he was grinning. Okay, I am now on my hand and knees with my head resting on the couch.  I should be able to put my foot on the floor and push up.... I tried that and almost fell back over on my back.... time to regroup.... by now I am sweating and cursing.... and had to rest my head... for another pat pat from the cat.  I discovered by taking the pillows off the couch I could put them.... one at a time... under my knees and slowly raise myself up to where I could grip the back of the couch and finally, using all my strength, shaking  like a leaf,  I pull up to a standing position...     Thank God that was over!!   I was worn to a frazzle and as Heather pointed out, turns out I got lots of exercise by getting down on the floor.  However from now on I will exercise from a sitting or standing position.  It also reenforced my need and desire to lose weight....  I'm telling ya this getting old is not for sissies!!  

Now on to my Cobblestone Cane. Click on the photos for a closer look. 

I used my extruder to make this cane. 


I used washers in different sizes as well as the disks that came with the extruder, to make bullseye canes in a variety of sizes.


This is what is on my work table right now.... I love the scraps.


These are pieces I've made so far. 


I used sandpaper for texture on the backgrounds of the two square pieces and all over on the round one. 


This is my favorite, I made a bead to use with it.  It will look good with black buna cord or black chain.


Close-up of the round pendant.  I added "dots" of black textured clay and high lighted them with PearlEx.  There is a dark red Swarovski flatback rhinestone in the center.


I used some of the scraps to make a couple mirror image pieces and decorated with strips of textured black clay highlighted with gold PearlEx. I think it gives them a lacy look.


Today I am going make another Cobblestone Cane in different colors... with a bit of a twist ... I do hope the cane gods prevent me from over reducing... I get to pulling on the cane and just can't seem to stop myself.  Anyone else have that problem? 

Thanks for stopping by. 



23 comments:

  1. I just sooo love these! (and yes, I over reduce too!)

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    1. Thanks Donna, good to know I'm not the only "over reducer". I know when I'm doing it and can't seem to stop myself.

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  2. I over reduce way too often, yes. (not on my body, however). This cobblestone cane is COOL! You used great colors. I love the round tile you made, looks good. I am so sorry about your poor body! I hope it gives you some relief today. Definitely no more floor exercises for you for a while!! Be careful! (((BJ)))

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    1. Hehe Jackie, wouldn't it be cool if we could reduce our bodies that easily! Of course I would probably over reduce that too!! You are so right, no more floor exercises for me... that was DUMB!!

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  3. Love that cobblestone cane! And I love the scraps too... I'm the same way about ends and scraps.

    I am SO on the same page with you about getting on the floor. When did it get so far down??!?!? I haven't had the history of issues that you have, but I now realize any time I (foolishly) consider getting on the floor, I always consider who's going to get me back up, or what is close by that I can haul myself back up with. I used to shop the bottom shelves in stores by just sitting on the floor... now I'm trying to figure out how to do that by not having my fanny the most displayed part of my body!

    Hope you feel better!

    DebbieG

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    1. Thanks Debbie, scraps are my favorite part, my daughter says they are the only reason I make canes.... she might be right.

      Had to laugh at your lower shelf shopping dilemma... I know exactly what you mean... isn't life a hoot?

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  4. What a terrible exercise experience you had!!!! I hope the pain goes away soon. Your new cane is absolutely gorgeous!!! It creates such beautiful jewelry.

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    1. Thanks Sandy, I am feeling much better.... the only thing still bruised is my ego!

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  5. What a cool idea (the cane, not the exercise!!!). I'm going to have to play with this myself (the cane, not the exercise!!!) {grin}

    (Ms.) Ernie
    Gypsy Gold Studio

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    1. Oh yes, please stay off the floor.... and take photos if you try the cane, I would love to see. I checked your blog.... your paintings are beautiful!!

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  6. So glad you're not still on the floor and were able to get up and continue to make cool things like your "Cobblestone" cane. Perfect name for it. Your favorite is also mine. Just spectacular and will look great with a black cord or buna. What a smart idea to use washers with your extruder. I also especially like the delicate mirror image pieces. Glad to read that you are healing up from your "exercise" session. Lots to be said for chair yoga.

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    1. Thanks Anita. The cobblestone is a fun design, I can see lots of possibilities, Yip I'm staying off the floor... chair yoga sounds like the way to go!!

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  7. Oh dear that sounds like an ordeal! I am glad you did manage to get up! It's a cool cane I shall try and give it a go soon. Stay off the floor!

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    1. Thanks Cara. I look forward to seeing what you do with the cane, Yip no more floor exercise for me. Yesterday I got my exercise by shoveling snow.

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  8. Did you happen to make those canes while you were down on the floor?
    Glad to hear you managed to get back up!

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  9. LOL Lori.... the only thing I made on the floor was a mistake!!

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  10. Love your narrative and your cane! LOL - equally! Maybe train the cat to dial 911? Lol...at least you know your cat would keep encouraging you with the "you can do it" pats.

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  11. Thank you EK. My cat can open doors so maybe I could train him to dial 911... lol.

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  12. Loving the canes you get! The kaleidoscope triangles are wonderful!

    How does one extrude bulleye canes?

    It looks like some of them have two to four colors in them. I see the disks and washers, but am not clear in their use.

    When I put polymer clay in my extruder, it's usually in slices, so that my "bulleyes" tend to change color, rather than have the same colors throughout.

    Do you extrude a two-color "cane", then cover with a layer of white/black/other color? I'm sure your answer will make the process quite simple....

    Thanks.

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  13. Simply beautiful!



    Praise God for giving us all the colors of the rainbow and giving you the the beautiful gift of art. Your work is amazing,a pleasure to the eyes.
















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    1. Thank you very much. I appreciate the kind words.

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  14. Christine WittonJuly 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Hi
    Like you have come to polymer clay later in life. Just before retirement. I too can relate to being on the ground and not being able to get up and being in agony. My cat was not so comforting. He just wanted me get up and feed him!
    Thanks for the cobblestone tutorial. Just love its simplicity that gives opportunity for some really stunning results.

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    1. You are welcome Christine, thank you for the kind words.

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