Posts Tagged ‘polymer clay canes

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.

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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.

14
Jul
11

Black and White Canes- Atomic age influences part 2

From the Kibster Vintage shop on Etsy, vintage Atomic Bowls

http://www.etsy.com/shop/kibster

This is continued from the Black and white canes, part 1 is here: http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/07/black-and-white-canes-atomic-age.html

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.

11. Take the 6″x 1″ strip and trim all of the edges so they are straight. if you already did this, yay!

12. Lay the strip on top of a white sheet that has been rolled out on the 4th thickest setting in the clay machine.

Trim the white sheet to the top, the bottom, right side and the left side of the black sheet.

13. Lay the black and the white strip on top of the extra white sheet.

14. Now trim the bottom white sheet to match the one you have laid on top of it.

15. It will look like this.

16. Roll a coil of black that is 3/16″ in diameter and the length of the stacked sheet you just made or 6″ long.

17. Place the coil of black on one end of the stacked sheet.

18. Roll out some more white on the 4th thickest setting in the clay machine. It will need to be at least 6″ long by 2 1/2″ wide.

Place the stacked sheet and coil on top of the sheet of white.

19. Trim off the left edge of the sheet to match the stacked on and the coil.

Trim the top and the bottom to match the top and the bottom of the stacked sheet and coil and fold the sheet and the stacked one and coil over to the right on the new sheet of white. You will be covering the stacked sheet and the coil.

20. It will look like this.

21. With a knitting needle or pointed tool run it down the length of the sheet where the coil is. Do not press very hard, just push the clay in there. Do both sides of the new covered stack.

22. It will look like this.

23. Cover the whole thing with another sheet of white clay that is rolled out on the thickest setting.

24. It will look like this.

Very nice job.

Stay tuned for part 3…

11
Jul
11

Black and White Canes- Atomic age influences part 1

I found this beauty at No Pattern Required a great blog written by Retro Ruthhttp://www.nopatternrequired.com/?p=12883

I thought I would start another cane series while I had some spare time ;-D and I thought that playing in black and white would be great fun for me and hopefully you will enjoy it too!

I love black and white, simple, clean, and only two colors to purchase.

I am fascinated by the Atomic age designs in the 50’s. You can find examples by searching “atomic prints fabric” in google images, fun stuff, reminds me of the Jetson’s. They first aired on TV in 1962.

You can find some great examples of mid-century wall paper designs here http://www.nopatternrequired.com/?p=12883

I spent just a little time in this blog with all of their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s stuff and I feel better. A walk down memory lane for me. What a Blast.

Mind you, I disliked this stuff very much as a kid growing up with it, but I feel comfort in it now and miss it a little.

This reminds me of security, not having to worry, and black and white TV! It is like “comfort designs” instead of “comfort food” ;-D

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.

1. Roll out the black on the 3rd thickest setting in the clay machine and cut two strips 1″ wide by 4″ long and one 1″ wide by 6″ long.

2. Put aside the 6″ long strip for a bit and roll out some of the Opaque white on the 4th thickest setting. Make the sheet of white at least 8 1/2″ long.

Place the black strip on the white clay.

3.Trim the white clay on the left and the right side of the black strip and then trim the bottom edge. Fold the black and the white section over on the white sheet.

4. Trim around the black strip again and cut off the end too. Your strip will be covered like this.

5. Tuck the end that is covered with white (the end that I am holding in the picture above) in and roll up the strip like a cinnamon roll.

6. Like this.

7. Press the outside edge that is white to the coil.

8. Pinch a little waist in the middle of the coil(cane) by placing the thumb and forefinger of one hand in the north and south position on the cane (coil) and the thumb and forefinger of the other hand in the east and west position of the coil/cane. Push together on all sides at once and rotate the coil/cane up and to the right or left a little(which ever feels right to you). Pinch again and continue rotating and moving up the cane till you get to the end. Turn the cane/coil over and starting the middle work your way up the other end of the coil.

9. When you have reduced the cane/coil to half the size roll on the work surface to smooth and lengthen while extending. Roll out to about 6″ in length, roll down to about 3/8″ in diameter.

Cut the coil/cane in half.

10. Trim off the other end till the distortion is gone.

You will need 2″ for the cane we are going to make.

Put the rest of the cane/coil aside for later use.

Stay tuned for part 2…

Happy Monday.

09
Jun
11

Flower cane and Bottle of hope- part 3

This is the next flower cane and it will have a background to it. It is
continued from part 2 here http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/06/flower-cane-and-bottle-of-hope-part-2.html

Also in case you haven’t noticed, I have added colors and
amounts to this and the last “you will need” list.

You will need:

Violet Cernit- 1,
2.2 ounce packages

Opaque White
Cernit- 3, 2.2 ounce packages

Black Cernit-1, 2.2
ounce packages

Yellow Cernit- 1.
2.2 ounce package

Blue Cernit- 1, 2.2
ounce package

Porcelain White
Cernit- large package 1.1 pound

Clay
Machine

Clay Slicing
Blade

Acrylic roller

Ruler

All links lead to my hubby’s store http://www.clayfactory.net/ 

Thank you so much for looking, we appreciate that.
;-D

Mix all of the colors, even the black and opaque white with an equal amount
of porcelain white.

45. Take another section of the 1/2″ diameter petal cane that you rolled down
from the instructions in part
2
.

Cut 5- 2″ sections.

46. Make a pinch in the end of the 2″ section where the black lines meet on
one side.

Turn to the other end and make a pinch in the same side on the other end of
the 2″ cane section.

Sometimes the pinches will line up along the length and sometimes they will
be off like this.

Rock the ends of the cane back and forth to line the end pinches up.

47. Like this! Do this to each of the 5 sections.

48. Now lay them on your work surface and press them into petals.

Place one of your fingers at the end of the cane and use the finger on the
other hand to press the coil in to a teardrop by moving towards your other
finger holding the end of the cane.

I do not show this here, but that is how I do it.

I need one hand to take the pictures though.

Press only on one side of the length of the section.

Make the point of the petal into a point down the length of the 2″
section.

Do this to all 5 sections.

49. Place three of the petals together in a fan shape with the points of the
petals in the middle leaving a little channel in the center of the points.

50. Place a small coil of yellow in to the channel that you have made. This
little coil is about 1/8″ in diameter.

51. Put the other two petals in place in the grouping. Move the petals around
so that they are coming out from the center of the cane center equally and
evenly.

Turn the flower over and do the same thing to the other side of the
flower.

Set this aside to work on the next part of this cane. We are going to be
making another shaded cane out of blue and white to pack the outside of this
flower with.

52. Roll out some of the white you have in the clay machine on the thickest
setting.

You will want a sheet of white that is double and 2″ high and the width of
the clay machine.

I always make the sheets the width of my pasta machine so they don’t get all
wonky on my while I am rolling them in the Skinner Blend Process.

53. With your blade start at the top in the left corner and 3/4″ down on the
other side cut out a triangle section from the top of the double thick white
sheets.

54. Condition and roll out a piece of the blue and double that.

55. Use the white triangle that you cut away from the white rectangle sheet
to measure and cut a blue triangle.

56. Place the blue double thick triangle where the white one was cut away to
make the rectangle whole again.

57. Roll the sheet together with your acrylic roller.

Place in to the clay machine on the thickest setting across the rollers. Do
not spread the sheet by rolling just roll the two colors together.

Press on the top of the sheet where the blue is as you roll through the
machine.

Bring the sheet out of the bottom of the machine and turn your hand with the
sheet 1/4 and fold the sheet left to right, always matching the ends of the
sheet not the top.

Place the fold in to the machine and roll through again. Bring out of the
machine turn the sheet 1/4 and food from left to right.

Place the fold in to the machine and roll through on the thickest
setting.

Do this same step as described 20 more times until the sheet is blended from
light to a darker blue.

58. The sheet will look like this.

Fold in half again from left to right. All the light will be on one side and all the dark will be on the other side. Keep it that way when you fold the sheet too!

59. This is the picture from the purple shaded cane in part 2. I forgot to
take the blue picture like this, sorry!!

Place the end into the clay machine right next to the right edge and roll
this way though on the thickest setting.

Turn down the machine to the 5th thickest setting and roll this sheet through
again on the thinner setting to lengthen some more.

60. Trim of the end of the length on the light side for a straight edge and
mix the trimmed off part in to one color.

61. Roll onto a coil and make it the width of the d sheet. Lay it across the
end of the light edge. Roll the coil and the sheet up as tight as you can into a
larger coil.

Squeeze and turn as you move up to the one end and then turn it over and turn
and squeeze top the other end of the coil. Reduce the diameter this way until is
half the diameter it was.

Roll on the work surface to lengthen out in to a long coil that is 1/2″ in
diameter.

62. Cut off sections of the blue shaded cane that are the same length as the
flower cane you just made. You will need 5.

63. Press in to a triangle shape with one hand while hold in the opposite end
with your finger so it does not get longer.

Do this to all 5 sections.

64. Flatten out the triangle some more. Do this to each one.

65. Stand the flower on end and place each one of the blue shaded cane
triangles in each dip between the petals before pushing them in.

66. Cradling the cane log in your hand you bring the edges of the triangle
together with the last one.

Do not force this, go around the cane and press them together and then turn
the cane from end to end and press them together again.

This is another one of those pictures where 2 hands should be in here, but I
need one of my hands to take the picture.

67.  Squeeze the cane in the middle to put a waist on it and then turning and
pushing as you move up the cane itself.

Flip the cane over and start in the middle and work your way to the other end
by turning and pushing a little at a time again.

Work the cane down to half the diameter before rolling  the cane on your work
surface.

Star with your hands in the middle of the cane and rolling it 360 degrees or
more forward and then backward as you move your hands away from each other.

Reduce down to 3/4″ and then do a rolling cut by rolling the cane forward and
moving the blade forward at the same time. It should look close to this!

68. Here are two of the canes we are going to use. These two and the petals
we made by themselves and the shaded blue cane too!

That will be continued in part 4…

05
Jun
11

Flower cane and Bottle of hope- part 1

I am going to start a new flower cane with a skinner shaded cane and the go
to covering a Bottle of hope.

1st we will start with the shaded cane to make the flower.

You will see that when we build this it is pretty close to the African Trade
bead canes
but using Skinner shaded canes. This is a technique that Judith
Skinner came up with to make our cane (or rod of clay) shade from one color to
another. She, with this technique changed the Polymer clay world.

You will need:

Violet Cernit- 1, 2.2 ounce packages

Opaque White Cernit- 2, 2.2 ounce packages

Black Cernit-1, 2.2 ounce packages

Porcelain White Cernit- large package 1.1 pound

Clay Machine

Clay Slicing Blade

Acrylic roller

Ruler

All links lead to my hubby’s store www.clayfactory.net

Thank you so much for looking, we appreciate that.
;-D

Mix all of the colors, even the black and opaque white with an equal amount
of porcelain white.

1.   Roll out a sheet of the opaque white clay on the thickest setting in the
clay machine and fold in half to double the thickness and the sheet. Cut the
sheet so it is 2″ high and the width of a 5 3/4″ machine. If you have the longer
machine you and use a 2″x 1″ magnet to make the rollers small in width.

2.  Roll out a sheet of the violet and fold it in half to double the
thickness of the sheet. Place the folded edge against the cut edge of the
white.

Trim off the right edge so it is straight up and down.

3. Trim off the top edge of the violet sheet to form and complete rectangle
with the white sheet being half and the violet sheets being half.

4. 2″ high by width of the clay machine and half white and half violet.

Roll these together with and acrylic roller.

Place the White side into your clay machine and roll through on the thickest
setting.

Bring the clay out of the machine every time the same way and do not change
directions ever.

When you get used to this you can play with flipping it around and not lose
you way. I bring it out of the machine with my left hand and rotate my hand 1/4
to lay the sheet in front of me on my work surface.

5. I fold the sheet from left to right every time.

6. Always match the edges I am pointing to, not the top or what will be the
top when you place this in the machine rollers.

7. Place the fold in to the rollers, see the top edges are not even and
matching.

Roll through the machine on the thickest setting.

Bring it out the same way we did in step 6 and fold from the left to the
right again always matching the side edges.

Place the fold in to the machine again on the thickest setting and roll
through again.

Do steps 6 and 7 twenty more times.

8. The sheet will look like when it is blended completely.

Fold from left to right one more time and…

9. Turn the folded sheet up on the end and roll through the machine on the
thickest setting.

Turn the dial down to the 5th thickest setting and roll the length through
again to stretch out the length again.

10. You will have a long strip that goes from light to dark.

11. Trim off the light end of the strip for a straight edge.

12. Mix the cut off part until it is one color.

13. Roll the cut off mixed up part in to a coil that is the width of the long
skinny sheet of white to violet. Place it on the sheet.

14. Roll up the coil and the sheet together.

15. Roll all the way up and roll on the work surface to smooth a little but
not reduce.

16. This is what the end will look like and it will be light in the middle
and darker on the outside.

Part 2 coming…

03
Jun
11

New earrings for me!

I have pierced ears and I have large holes in my ears. I can wear 10 gauge
wire in my ears. I ripped my ears when I was younger wearing very heavy earrings
all of the time, hey it was the 70’s, it was what we did. My favorite pair of
earrings were from India, made out of brass about 12 gauge square wire and had at
least 200 tiny little beads wired on the dangles which were at least 2 1/2 inches
high and wide… big! I was told by a piercer that if I wore a heavier gauge
wire that they would not rip anymore. He was right and they are good.

 

I wear captured bead hoops all of the time. They are plain and when you get
up to the thicker wires they are heavier than standard ear wires. Mine are not that thick, they are heavier though.

They are hard to change because the ball snaps in to the ends of the
wire.

Well, I have been wearing these plain ear wires for years.

I wanted something a little different to wear. I never wear my clay earrings
anymore and that was all I used to wear. So I made myself some dangles to add to
the wires.

 

 

I love these, they are about 2mm thick and very, very light so I can wear them
with the captured ball earrings. They 1 3/4″ high and 1″ wide.

New earrings, yes!

All they are is thin slices of Skinner shaded cane placed in to decorative
pattern with African Trade bead slices on them. They weigh less than the hoops.

I am testing them out now!




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