Category: Year of Clay

Week 8: Sunflower Canes

I needed a new batch of sunflower canes for my shop (and my own use!) and I wanted to make some with a little more visual interest than my usual ones. I like how these turned out with the extra colour pop and wilder petals. Now, if only the real world were sunflower weather.

A little tired of the winter weather here.

Week 7: Making Pens

I don’t make pens very often anymore and I should. It’s such a nice little project that creates useful items. I had stopped because it was harder to find good, cheap pens that worked. They changed the formulation for the Bics that were my go-to and I was stuck experimenting with random discount brands afterwards.

I know you can buy great pen kits or even use better quality refillables for this. These were always a bulk, inexpensive project for classes or smaller shows, for me.

Anyways, I tried another dollar store brand this week with some success. I’ll probably make a few more with one of my upcoming classes so they can give some for Mother’s or Father’s Day gifts.

This is an in progress for this batch. I slice a pile of canes and then start placing the slices. After I have what I want, I smooth them in. After baking, they’ll get a little sanding and buffing. These will also get their ends painted out since I didn’t cover them with clay.

Week 5: The Doors Continue On

I finally finished the fairy doors Chloe left for me to do. They’re adorable and they’re a fair blend of our styles. I of course went a little crazy adding cane slices when she would have likely stuck to sculpted and textured details. I suppose that’s what stylistic differences are.

All of them need their backs finished with a coat of paint and a little antiquing and detailing on their fronts. I’m working on incorporating a little more judicious paint in my work in 2018. You can add clever details with paint that are difficult to do with clay only and I should really improve my skills there.