Thursday, April 25, 2013

Latest Cobblestone Canes & Beads

I made a couple more Cobblestone Canes.

First I made bullseye canes in a variety of colors. The first one is light gray and black. The others are mustard yellow, purple, rose, peach and turquoise. I put a band in a darker shade of each color around each of the center colors, then a band of light gray and a band of black.

Click on the photos for a closer look.

Using the extruder I made 3 sizes of each color and cut them into 2" logs.   The center disk came with the extruder, the other 2 sizes are washers that I bought at the hardware store.  The clay has to be the right consistence to work well in the extruder so I mix Kato and Premo.... 

Here are all the finished logs.  That pile in the back on the right are scraps..... the really fun stuff. I was itching to get my hands on those. 

After sorting through the scraps I put this cane together. 

I can't show you the final cane as I used it to make items for a swap.... I'll post photos once my swap partner receives the package. 

For the first Cobblestone Cane I used the  colorful bullseye canes, rose, peach,  purple and turquoise, a touch of mustard yellow along with some green from a previous project....  none of the black & gray. 

I used the end pieces of the above cane to make Cobblestone Beads. 

Close up of the beads.  I like these beads, they are happy beads, they make me smile. 

I used the black & gray bullseye canes along with all but the rose bullseye canes to make this Cobblestone Cane. 

I then used the above cane to make these. I resisted reducing them down to make kaleidoscope canes, instead I will cut 4 slices and make tiles with a kaleidoscope pattern.  I was determined not to over reduced this time!!

More canes from the large one above. I will make tiles and beads with these too.

And finally this is a pendant I made from the scrap end of the scrap cane above.... I do love my scraps!! The background is black textured with sandpaper.  It measures 2 1/4" x  2 1/4" 

My next project is making beads.... lots and lots of beads. I have loads of canes and I need to use them, or at least some of them, before I make more canes. I am out of storage space for canes. If I get enough beads made I may open another shop on Etsy... just for beads.  I'll have to think of a shop name, that is always the hard part. 

That's it for today. 

Thanks for stopping by. 


  1. Replies
    1. You're welcome Lupe, I'm happy to like them.

  2. Such an effective technique. It really came out nice!

  3. Thanks for sharing your technique. Beautiful pieces! I love the round beads. They make me smile.

  4. How about "Bodacious Beads!"

  5. Great technique - and I love those last ones. Great use of color!