I recently set to work creating an iris cane, from an ikat cane, from a checkerboard type cane..it is what is known as a complex cane! It was a fabulous activity, and resulted in some new pieces.
First up – the cane –
Really a very cool looking cane!
Next I made some beads from the ‘ends’ – the bits one smooshes up. There was quite a bit of ‘smooshed’ in the end.. which made some very cool beads and pendants..including my first attempts at a Vernal Twist. They were hugely successful vernal twists – but the beads were still cool. For the first time in a while I actually made them into jewellery instead of listing them on BeadsByHaffina.
This is just a fairly simple pendant made with a slice of the iris cane, backed with black clay and then a wire wrapped bail added and strung on black leather. Would be quite wearable by both guys and girls.
This one has a great pendant that looks a lot like waves crashing on to rocks, and it finished with Amazonite, Czech crystals, miracle beads and silver findings. It is probably my favourite bead from those that I made.
I have a couple more cabs that I made at the same time, both of which I have plans for – namely – one wirewrapped and the other seed beaded..I just need to sit down and do it.
There was one more thing I did with the iris cane. I have been playing around with sculpture. I wanted to do a face. My first nights work was not exactly great….
It is very very pink..but its scrap clay.. colour wasnt really a consideration. The next day I reduced a piece of my iris cane down to a very small size – about 2mm wide.. cut a couple of slices and added them to the face, then worked on the features some more. And now we have this….
Quite proud of it really. I might paint it to make it less pink, and more skin coloured.
So that is some of what I have been up too… amongst the rest of my hectic life. I really should try to blog more here.