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. 

6 comments:

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

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

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

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  4. How about "Bodacious Beads!"

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

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