Welcome back for another great month of the Pavelka Project! This month we a doing another more ‘open-ended’ project for you. Here’s what you need to do. Look through The Complete Book of Polymer Clay, chapter on Millefiori Canes, and make at least one cane. But don’t stop there! Use your cane to create ONE project. It can be anything your heart desires. I made a mixed media centerpiece mason mug in a fall theme for my dining room table. You can do whatever you’d like: jewelry, mixed media, household items, frames, the options are literally endless. Lisa offers literally dozens of ideas throughout all her books. I also have over 150 tutorials here on the site you could use to make a project.
Editor’s Note: The Pavelka Project ended Dec. 31, 2015. These tutorials are free for your use. All giveaways are over.
Top 5 Polymer Clay Tips to the Perfect Millefiori Cane
Top 5 Series Continues
with Wendy Jorre de St Jorre
I’m so excited to introduce you to Wendy Jorre de St Jorre today. She’s been an online friend for almost a year. I love her polymer clay canes, which have quite literally made her famous. Today, she’s going to share with us her top 5 polymer clay tips to making the perfect millefiori cane. Thanks for joining us today, there is much more fun planned from other polymer clay artists coming up in two weeks. Don’t miss it. Sign up for the emails here.
Welcome back to the “Top Five” series! This summer series will feature ‘top five’ polymer clay artists tips from around the globe. Today it is my honor and privilege to introduce Teresa “Pandora” Salgado. Today, Teresa is going to be sharing with us her Top Five Polymer Clay Caning Techniques.
Why throw out all those tiny little cane ends? You can still use them, even if there’s not enough for a large project. I’ve been making these little flower head pins ever since I began making my own canes. For those of you who don’t already know, I have a thing for flowers. I LOVE them. But … I live in the woods. Flowers don’t grow well here. So instead, I made a TON of flowers in the spring & summer months from clay.
This project is a fun & quick way to use up those wonky ends & slices you may have cut from your canes. Placing these flowers on longer pieces of wire will allow them to be used as plant pokeys, tied into the center of a bow for a gift, jewelry head pins, and so much more.
This spring I’ve been busily making some new canes to enjoy and be creative with. Canes are especially great when you’re trying to use up some scrap clay from different projects. All you need is some scrap clay and a few clever Skinner Blends and you can create so many awesome millefiori canes, (including butterfly wing canes); it’s truly amazing.
Welcome to another special edition tutorial! Once again today I’m traveling to East Palestine, Ohio to join with Brenda Landsdowne from B’Sue Boutiques to film a new project tutorial for you. Brenda & Christi Friesen have joined together to create a new fun filled jewelry making group Bohemian Vibe. These pendants can be adapted to fit right into your Bohemian trend jewelry creations. And, yes, we’re making a smaller version in earring form too.
There’s nothing prettier (in my opinion) than that perfect leaf cane that seems to pop & glow in all of your creations. I’ve made literally hundreds of leaf canes & I finally found a blend that makes my leaves pop & almost “glow.” You’ll have to make these for yourself and see what you think…
NOTE: I make mini-canes, enough for no more than 3-4 projects. For a bigger cane, please increase the amounts of clay shown below.
One of the most basic skills in working with polymer clay is learning how to make a Skinner Blend. Once you know how to make a Skinner Blend, there are infinite possibilities of what you can do and accomplish with that blend. Today’s mini-tutorial will show you how to make a Skinner Blend and change it into a Skinner Blend Bullseye Cane or even a log/plug. This tutorial will walk you through some of the basic steps and show you exactly how that is done.
Why yes, it has been a very long time since I did a 52 Weeks of Canes post, hasn’t it? First I should probably take a minute to tell you why. If you have followed my art for any length of time, you already know that the majority of my work is sculptural in nature. This being said, we spent all of last month making rose canes for the 52 Weekly Cane Projects. Here’s the problem, I will never use that many roses … and I’m stingy with my clay. This being said, I made 1 cane for the group in the past 4 weeks because I just didn’t need them. My ultimate goal in joining this team was that I overcome my fear of caning. Which, I can honestly & proudly say, I am not longer afraid and I venture to try any cane (that I have a tutorial for that is). Continue reading 52 Weeks of Canes: Polymer Clay Cane Tutorial – Static Cane
As anyone who has created one of more millefiori canes, you know that there are some really awesome canes and some really not so awesome canes that you have made. One of the things that I like to do is create a “library” for my canes. This idea is not my own, but evolved from a discussion in one of the FaceBook groups I am in. Many people talked about how they store, collect, and display their canes for future reference or use.