June 2016

June 2016 Meeting: Signature Cane

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signatureOur next meeting will be Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Contemporary Arts Center at the fairgrounds.

At this month’s meeting, Penni Jo and Jane will show us how to make and reduce a cane with initials for adding to polymer clay projects when finishing.

Materials:

  • Clay: Background = at least one full block of white [2 ounces] Letters = 1/4th block of very dark clay [we used black]
    NOTE 1: To create a crisp, clean design use black and white clay (or your choice of clay with very strong value contrasts)
    NOTE 2: these two colors need to be the same brand and the same softness of clay!
    NOTE 3: If using soft, new clay you may need to leach it at home before guild.

Tools:

  • Pasta machine or playing cards for hand-rolled clay
  • Roller: a brayer or acrylic rod to square up the cane
  • Work surface
  • Blades: one rigid and one flexible
  • Optional = acrylic disks for reducing canes, or scrap clay can be added to the ends of the finished clay to reduce the cane evenly
  • Even more optional: if you have a recent cane like a heart or other very simple cane you might be able to add it to the cane.