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30
Oct
11

Dem bones, dem bones, dem fish bones! Part 2

This tutorial post is continued from

Dem bones, dem bones, dem fish bones! Part 1

Spooky fish skeleton that is not just for Halloween.

At least that is what I think anyway.

I love this cane.

I hope you have fun making it too.

You will need:

Black Cernit

Opaque White Cernit

Porcelain Cernit

Biscuit Cernit

Clay slicing blade

Clay machine

Ruler if you wish

I mixed the black clay with Biscuit and the white clay with porcelain in equal parts

Condition and roll out the black in to a sheet on the thickest setting in your clay machine.

This is the last picture from part 1 here

Dem bones, dem bones, dem fish bones! Part 1

Add a sheet of white to the center of the cut on one side. The sheet will be rolled out on the 3rd thickest setting.

Put the stack back together with the white sheet in the middle…

Roll a 1/2″ coil of the white clay and press in to a triangle with your thumb and forefinger.

Add the triangle point up to the fish bones. Like this.

Roll a 3/4″ coil of black.

Press that coil into a triangle too.

Make the points of the triangle pretty sharp.

Trim the triangle black piece to fit the stack of rib bones.

Cut that triangle piece in half.

Make the points even sharper if you have too.

Add one half to one side of the tail and the other half to the other side of the tail. Press in to the tail evenly.

Add a sheet of black clay rolled out on the thickest setting in the pasta machine to the bottom of the tail.

Like this!

Roll a 1″ coil of white clay and trim to the length of the stack of bones and tail.

Press this in to a triangle shape and see if it is the same size as the stack of bones and tail.

Cut straight down and cut off one point of the triangle.

Like so!

Place a bamboo skewer or brass rod on the cut side of the big triangle on the top 1/3 of the triangle.

Press the rod gently in to the triangle.

Add the other cut sections right back to the triangle with the brass rod still in place.

Form the 2nd cut half around the rod to form a half circle cell in the both pieces of the triangle.

Peel the one section off the other section and remove the brass rod.

Roll a coil of black clay the size of the brass rod about 1/8″ and place in the channel of the big part of the white triangle.

Cut off the black coil so it is the length of the white triangle piece.

Place the smaller section of the triangle together with the larger one leaving the black coil inside.

This will be the eye for the fish bone cane.

Using your blade again cut into the opposite side of the cane at more of an angle. Cut all the way through to the bottom edge of the white triangle.

Like so.

Pull off the small section with never changing the orientation of the pieces.

Roll out some black clay on the 3rd thickest setting and place a strip about 1/4″ in width on the length of the small cut off white piece of the larger triangle.

This piece will slide under the bigger white piece of the triangle, so the black strip will go along the outside edge of the small piece.

Like so!

Using your thumb and forefinger compact everything together. Shaping back in to a triangle and pressing the small piece with the black together with the large piece of the triangle as if it is one piece.

Place the triangle head in the center of the bones on the stack.

Roll a black coil that is 1 1/8″ in diameter and the length of the stack of fish bones.

Press in to a triangle shape and cut the pieces in half.

Make the points of the triangle more defined.

Place one half on each side of the head of the fish.

Wrap all sides with a sheet of black rolled out on the thickest setting.

Reduce by compressing all sides one at a time with the palm of your hand and then flipping the cane from end to end and compressing all 4 sides of the cane again.

Repeat this slowly and gently until the cane is smaller by half the size.

It is best to be more forceful in the center of the cane to force the inside of the cane out.

As Katherine Dewey once told me “Oh, you are pressing on the “x” and the “y” axis which forces the “z” out through the center”.

EXACTLY!

This is the inside of that cane using that method!

Enjoy and have a safe and fun Halloween!

Boos and hisses!

26
Oct
11

Dem bones, dem bones, dem fish bones! Part 1

Mrs. B is extending the giveaway for the bat and pumpkin cupcake necklace I made giveaway until the 1st of November so if you still want a chance you can hop on over there and add your name to the bunch.

http://www.confessionsofapagansoccermom.com/2011/10/giveaway-from-marie-segals-art-from-my.html

You can see the necklace in the picture below the cat picture.

Thank you for your votes on the Fave Crafts Blog Hop. I did not win, but I feel great about bringing a ton of new people and unique votes to their web page and I could not have done it with out all of you. Blessings all over all of you.

Spooky fish skeleton that is not just for Halloween.

At least that is what I think anyway.

I love this cane.

I hope you have fun making it too.

You will need:

Black Cernit

Opaque White Cernit

Porcelain Cernit

Biscuit Cernit

Clay slicing blade

Clay machine

Ruler if you wish

I mixed the black clay with Biscuit and the white clay with porcelain in equal parts

Condition and roll out the black in to a sheet on the thickest setting in your clay machine.

I cut five sheets in black 2 1/8″ by 1 1/2″.

Roll the white clay out on the 3rd thickest setting.

We will cut down the white sheets to size but these are a great size to start with.

Cut out 5 sheets of the opaque white 2 1/8″ by 1 1/2″.  You can use a black sheet as a template.

Cut off 1/8″ from each side of the long side of the white sheet.

Lay a black sheet down and place this white sheet in the very middle of it.

Take another sheet of black the same size as the ones above and rolled out on the 3rd thickest setting like the white sheets above and cut off 1/8″ from the long side.

Place the black strips on the side of the white sheet on both sides.

It will be like there is a whole sheet that is 2 1/8″ by 1 1/2″.

Add one of the 5 black sheets that you cut in the beginning to the stack above.

It will look like this from the side.

Cut off a little strip that is a bit bigger than the first ones ( 1/4″) you cut. Do this from both sides of the sheet.

Place in the middle of the sheet of black that you just placed on the stack.

Cut off strips the same size as the ones you just cut off of the white sheet out of the black clay rolled out on the third thickest setting.

It will look like this.

Add another one of the first black sheets that were cut.

Cut off a strip on each side of one of the white sheets that you cut before, these strips will be a little bit bigger than the last strips.

Add the white sheet that is left to the stack in the middle.

Add strips of black clay rolled out on the 3rd thickest setting to the sides of the white sheet.

Then add another one of the first black sheets that you cut in the beginning.

Cut a bigger strip from each side of the next sheet of white.

Add the white sheet to the stack in the middle of the stack.

Add black strips to the sides of the  white sheet.

Add one of the original cut sheets of black to the stack.

You can guess what happens with the next white sheet right? I knew you could.

Cut strips on both sides of the white strip that are bigger than the last strips and add that to the stack.

Add black strips to each side of the white sheet.

Stand the cane stack on the end like you see it and cut through the center of all of the sheets.

Here is another view.

Add a sheet of white to the center of the cut on one side. The sheet will be rolled out on the 3rd thickest setting.

Put the stack back together with the white sheet in the middle…

Stay tuned for part 2.

14
Oct
11

Tin can pumpkin box part 1- DIY

I thought you would like to see how I make the can boxes.

Never throw another can away again.

LOL!!

You will need:

4 ounce Ortega chili can (You can use any can size but the cutters I am using are for the 4 ounce size can) to find the right circle cutters, put a cutter inside the lid top to see which cutter will work and then use the nest size up for lid top.

Cernit Clay in

Orange

Light Green

Gold

Caramel

Opaque white

Black

Poppy red

Yellow

Large block of Biscuit

1/2″ Oval Kemper cutter

3/16″ round Kemper cutter

1 1/8″ round cutter

2″ round cutter

2 1/2″ round cutter

2 3/4″ round cutter

Clay slicing blade

Knitting needle or bic stic pen

I mix all of my colors equally with the same amount of biscuit.

Condition to one color.

Cut off top of can with a side cutting can opener.

Put a thin layer of the Ultimate glue on the lid and the bottom of the inside of the can bottom and the top.

Roll out orange on the thickest setting.

Cut out 2 circles that fit in the top and the bottom of the can and the lid.

Place Orange clay circles in to the bottom and the top and start pressing gently in the center of the circles and working your way out to the edges to press out air bubbles. It will also push clay to the edges if you have a little bit smaller clay circle.

Now use the next cutter size up from the one you used to fill the top and the bottom and cut out one of those.

Place on top of the lid.

Press into the clay already in the lid and fold over the edge just slightly.

Roll out a strip of orange clay on the 3rd thickest setting and cut off the bottom for a straight edge.

Make sure it will wrap around the whole can. I forgot to measure it. ;-D

Place a layer of glue on to the surface of the can with your finger.

Cover the sides and the bottom edge.

Wrap around can and over leading edge to make a slight mark so you know where to cut the strip.

Press out air as you wrap around.

Cut just inside the line close to the can.

Match edges together and smooth with finger or tool.

Hold blade at an angle and trim around the top of the can.

See how blade is angled down and rotate the can and trim.

Even out the edge and press to the top of the can side.

Turn the can over and press the side clay to the bottom of the can clay.

I use a 1/8″ metal rod to make indents in the side of the can like the indents in the side of the pumpkin.

I make 3 close together for registrations marks.

Like so. Some of the lines do not have to go from the top to the bottom and can be just marks on the top side or the bottom side.

Using the rod again, place the lid on the can and mark from the side of the lid where a top mark on the can starts to…

The middle of the can.

You can see my three lines for registration already marked on the top of the lid.

All the top side marks continued on the top of the lid to the center of the lid.

Place you blade in to the side of the lid and gently pop off the can.

Take a 1″ ball of Opaque white and mix with a 1/2″ ball of caramel till one color.

Pinch off enough for a 1″ ball and roll till smooth.

Roll into a kind of bowling pin shape.

Flatten around the top edge on the smallest side of the “bowling pin”.

Put a Little dip in there.

Now flatten out the bottom.

Pull out little pinches of the bottom and roll between your fingers to lengthen.

I made five little fingers in the bottom all of varying lengths.

Place in the center of the lid and use the metal rod to mark up the sides of the stem.

I start in the dips between the little fingers and go up the side of the stem.

Stay tuned for part 2…

14
Aug
11

Fave Crafts Blog Hop- Black and White Canes #2 Atomic age influence part 4, and Happy Monday!!

It is time again for the Fave Crafts Blog hop- finished on the 15th.

 You can click on the link/logo to take to you to a Fave Crafts page with all of the other artists participating in this.

Welcome to my site.

I am in the midst of a tutorial on Black and White canes with Cernit polymer clay.

A cane is a method of making images in rods of clay by layering different colors of clay together to form that image.

Then cross sections are cut of those rods and used in many applications like jewelry, and application to many different things like light switch plates, silver ware, glass, and ceramics just to name a few. The possibilities are endless.

It is an adapted technique from ceramic and glass, in ceramics it is called neriagi and in glass it is called millefiori.

You can see a wonderful example of neriagi here by Ito Sekisui V, make sure you scroll down to see the flowered vessel:

http://www.e-yakimono.net/html/ito-sekisui-v.html

Here is Wiki’s definition with pictures of Millefiori in glass:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millefiori

And now for the tutorial…

Continued from Part 1: http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/08/black-and-white-canes-2-atomic-age.html

and Part 2:

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/08/black-and-white-canes-2-atomic-age_09.html

and Part 3:

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/08/black-and-white-canes-2-atomic-age_14.html

You will need:

2 blocks of Opaque White Cernit

1 block of Black Cernit

Porcelain White Cernit big block

Clay machine

Clay Slicing blade

ruler

Links lead to my husband’s store http://www.clayfactory.net/.

Thank you for looking or buying, we appreciate it very much. It helps us eat and pay the bills.

Mix the small blocks of Opaque white with equal amounts of the porcelain white.

Then mix the black block with an equal amount of the porcelain white. It will look slightly lighter, but bakes up a beautiful black color.

1. Trim off the ends of your cane (so far).

2. Stand the cane on one end.

 
 


3. Add the round cane rods that you cut in part 3 to the block you have standing on end.

They go at the four points of the diamond image.

Trim off the excess from the four round rods.

4. Like so.

5. Roll a small coil of white clay about 3/16″ and using your thumb and forefinger press in to a triangle shape.

6. You will need 8 of these as long as your image block is high to go around the small rods in white wrapped in black.

7. Tuck one of the points of the triangle in to the space under the coil, just enough to fill that space, not enough to move it.

8. Press them in like this. I have this turned on its side so I can show you how it is done. You do not want to lay this on the round cane and press it in, it has to be standing so you do not flatten the round rods.

9. Fill all of those spaces on the image block.

10. Roll a coil of white clay that is about 3/4″ in diameter and a little bit longer than the length of the image block. Trim off one end so it has a flat edge.

11. Cut the coil in half through the length.

12. Add one half flat side in, to the top right side of the image and add the other one to the bottom left hand side of the image flat side against the image.

13. Roll another coil that is the length of the image block’s height.

14. Now cut that one in half through the length. Add those to the other diagonal spaces. The top left and the right bottom of the image block.

15. Roll out a coil of white that is about 3/8″ in diameter. Press it into a triangle shape.

16. Add those triangles to the left and right side of the image right in the middle of the two half coil on each side.

17. Roll out another small coil of white about 3/16″ and press into a triangle.

This you will use to fill in the two spaces on the top and the bottom of the image block where there is a dip on the top and one the bottom.

You will need four of these triangle pieces.

18. Here the image block is filled in all the spaces with one left to trim off. It is basically in a rectangle shape.

19. Pinch the block in the top corners and in the bottom corners to make them more defined and more like a rectangle. Pinch them all the way down the image block side in all 4 corners.

20. Roll out a sheet of white on the thickest setting in the clay machine. Trim off the leading edge for the straight edge. Lay the rectangle image block on that edge.

Trim off the right and the left side of the block to make the sheet that width.

Wrap the sheet around the rectangle image black sides.

21. Wrap it up and trim the other end of the sheet to match the beginning of the sheet. Smooth the seam with your finger.

22. Press on the side of the image block to compress together and reduce. Go slow and use the flat part of your palm (or the flattest part) usually the heel of your palm. That heel of your palm is the strongest too. Press down as evenly as you can.

Turn the block 1/4 turn to another side and press again the same way.

Turn the block 1/4 turn to another side and press again the same way.

Turn the block 1/4 turn to another side and press again the same way.

You have now done all four sides.

Flip the cane(image block) from end to end and proceed to do all 4 sides again. then repeat, doing this over and over until you have reduced the cane down to about half the size.

23. When I have reduced the cane down far enough I then I hold the cane with one hand and use my upper palm and slide my hand down the cane to lengthen it.

Always turning it one-quarter turn now and again and then I flip it from end to end and do the same thing from the other side of the cane. This makes it smooth and stretches it out. I am gliding the top of my palm over the clay.

24. When you have reduced it down to about 1″ by 3/4″ cut it in half.

Tah dah!
Come back for the next one we are going to cover a votive in all the black and white canes we have made so far.

09
Aug
11

Black and White Canes #2 Atomic age influence part 2

Just a note:

All of the sudden my Blog is working wonderfully, I hope your is too!! In IE8. Wooooooooooo Whoooooooo!!! Thank you Blogger!

 

 

This design is from a web site called Lamp in a Box

Here is where this design is

http://lampinabox.com/liab/product.aspx?pid=253

Great Idea!

 

 

 

Continued from Part 1:

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/08/black-and-white-canes-2-atomic-age.html

You will need:

2 blocks of Opaque White Cernit

1 block of Black Cernit

Porcelain White Cernit big block

Clay machine

Clay Slicing blade

ruler

 

Links lead to my husband’s store http://www.clayfactory.net/.

Thank you for looking or buying, we appreciate it very much. It helps us eat and pay the bills.

 

 

Mix the small blocks of Opaque white with equal amounts of the porcelain white.

Then mix the black block with an equal amount of the porcelain white. It will look slightly lighter, but bakes up a beautiful black color.

 

 

1. Stand the cane on the end so you are looking at the 1″square end. Roll out some of the black clay on the 5th thickest setting in your clay machine.

Cut down through the cane right in the middle.

 

 

2. Leave the one half standing where it is and take the other half and place it on your black sheet of clay. Remember the orientation of this one because you are going to put it back exactly the way it was.  

 

3. Trim away the black so you have a sheet of black on the white half.

 

 

4. Put the one half back with the other and lightly press them together. No smooshing here. Lightly tacking is good!

 

5. Next cut you make is going to fan out slightly on the left, maybe a quarter-inch, maybe less.

 

 

6. Take away the cut section and place it on the back sheet and trim away so you have a black sheet on this section.

 

7. Place that section back with the block. Tack together again.

 

8. Now make the same size cut on the right of the black. If you stand up when making cuts and look down over the top of your block as you cat you can make sure the blade is going straight up and down.

 

 

9. Place it on the black and trim a sheet to go on the white and place it back together and tack it together.

 

10. Make another cut on the left side.

 

11. Black sheet again and put it back and tack.

 

12. Cut on the right side.

 

13. Trim the black sheet to match and put back together with black and tack together.

 

14. Press gently on one side of the block with the flat part of your palm.

 

15. Rotate the block one-quarter and press gently on the side with the flat of your palm.

You are press on the sides not the ends with the image you made on them.

 

16. Rotate the block one-quarter and press gently on the side with the flat of your palm.

 

17. Rotate the block one-quarter and press gently on the side with the flat of your palm.

 

18. And then back to the beginning. Now flip the cane from end to end and do the pressing steps all over again.

This is slow and even. Flipping the cane block from end to end when you do all four sides.

The cane block will start to get smaller and longer in length.

Once it starts to get about and few inches long you can hold one end and slide you fingers over the side to lengthen. Do all four sides and then flip from end to end again.

You want to do this until the cane block is about 6 and a half or seven inches long.

Continued in part 3…

14
Jul
11

Fave Crafts Blog Hop- Black and White Canes- Atomic age influences part 3

Well it is that time of the month again! Yes, it is the 15th of July now.

Time for the Fave Crafts Blog hop “Finished on the 15th”. http://www.favecraftsblog.com/finished-on-the-fifteenth-favecrafts-blog-hop-for-july/

Welcome, welcome, I hope you all are having a wonderful summer.

I am also having a giveaway here if you want to join in. https://mariesegal.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/time-for-a-giveaway-this-is-20-071211/

Mine has been crazy, but I do have a project going right now!!

It is the Mid-Century Atomic age influenced Black and white cane series.

Part 1 is here: https://mariesegal.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/black-and-white-canes-atomic-age-influences-part-1/

Part 2 is here: https://mariesegal.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/black-and-white-canes-atomic-age-influences-part-2/

And this is going to be the 3rd part.

You will need:

Black Cernit 1- 2.2 ounce block
Opaque White Cernit 1-2.2ounce block
Porcelain White Cernit large block (Just says White, not Opaque white)
Clay blade SB
Clay Machine
Ruler
Mix the black and the opaque white with equal amounts of the porcelain white until it is one color. You do not have to do this but I like the consistency of the Porcelain white and it keeps my colors soft and pliable. If your porcelain white is not soft this will not work.

All links above lead to my hubby’s store www.clayfactory.net
as always, thank you so much for looking. We both appreciate you immensely.

25. Roll out a coil of white that is at least 6″ long and 3/8″ in diameter.

26. Flatten coil only on one side to get a teardrop shape with your thumb while holding the other end with your finger so it will not lengthen as much.

Cut away from your work surface with your clay slicing blade and turn from end to end and flatten again while holding the other end with your forefinger.

Flatten it out to about 3/4″ wide in a teardrop shape.

27. It will look like this.

28. Add to one side of the other cane like so.

29. Here is a better picture of it.

Cut the whole thing in half.

30. It will look like so.

31. Put the two halves together like this with the teardrop shapes both on the same side.

32. Lengthen and stretch out the cane till you have 15″ at least.

Do this slowly, you will want the black clay lines to show on the bottom of the cane. You will also want to do this slowly to keep the distortion to a minimum.

33. I had some of the white clay move over the black lines when I reduced it so I trimmed away the white clay.

34. It looks like this when the end of the cane is trimmed off.

35. Cut 7- 2″ sections.

36. Pinch the side with the lines together to make them a little smaller.

37. Place the sections around the spiral center. You may have to pinch them thinner to make them all fit.

It should look like this. ;-D

38. Roll another coil of white that is 1/4″ in diameter and flatten on one side of the coil again to make a shorter teardrop shaped coil or cane.

39. Flattening the coil/cane in one side.

40. Press on the side so the one edge is pointed.

41. Cut sections of the smaller teardrop shaped coil/cane to the length of the cane you have put together.

42. Place the little sections in to the cane. Move apart the sections if you have to, to fit them in.

43. It will look like this.

44. Pinch the cane in the middle with the finger and thumb of one hand in the north and south position on the cane and the finger and thumb of the other hand in the east and west position on the cane, start in the middle and move to the top end of the cane. Turn it a little at a time and pinch and move up a little at a time.

Flip the cane over and starting in the middle position your fingers and thumbs in the same position and press and work to the other end of the cane. Reduce this way until you have reduced the cane to half its size.

45. Roll the cane on the table to smooth and lengthen. Roll your hands forward and the clay should turn more than 360 degrees.

Roll your hands back and the cane should turn more than 360 degrees. Keep it moving and fluid while you move your palms away from each other.

Reduce down to about 3/4″ in diameter.

Tah- dah!!

15
Apr
11

Fave Crafts Blog Hop- April 15thAfrican Trade beads and giveaways

Welcome all Fave Craft Blog Hoppers. This is the April Blog Hop and you are all so welcome to my blog.

And a Hey Ho to my regulars. I hope spring will bring me springing out to the world with bells on my toes!!

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying spring or fall depending where you are.

This month and part of last I was working on African Trade Bead tutorials. I have 8 of them so far and they include the canes, or primary patterns, for the beads and then how to make the beads also. I also have several giveaways going on, see below.

The first flower cane

I am really late today! ;-D

Slept the day away yesterday.

YAY! I feel like I have a hangover today, maybe too much sleep?

You can find the giveaways here.

Here is the 1st give away,

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/04/african-trade-beads-part-9-giveaway.html

Here is the 2nd giveaway,

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/04/african-trade-beads-part-9a-second.html

Here is the 3rd giveaway,

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/04/african-trade-beads-part-9b-third.html

Here is the 4th giveaway,

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/04/african-trade-beads-part-9c-fourth.html

Here is the 5th giveaway

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/04/african-trade-beads-part-9d-fifth.html

You still have time on the first one, it closes today at 6 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

The 2nd Flower cane

Here are all the tutorials for this series.

you can see part 1 here,

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/03/african-trade-beads-part-1.html

you can see part 2 here,

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/03/african-trade-beads-part-2.html

you can see part 3 here,

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/03/african-trade-beads-part-3.html

you can see part 4 here,

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/03/african-trade-beads-part-4.html

you can see part 5 here,

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/03/african-trade-beads-part-5.html
you can see part 6 here,

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/03/african-trade-beads-part-6.html

you can see part 7 here,

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/03/african-trade-beads-part-7-continued.html

you can see part 8 here,

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/04/african-trade-beads-part-8.html

The 3rd Flower cane

I hope you enjoy these tutorials, they are from the bottom and top of my heart.

Have Easy, Joyful, and Glorious Weekend.

The 4th flower cane

 

This one is coming soon!

 

 

The 5th cane, coming soon!

 




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