Monday, July 30, 2012

Life Is Like A Bowl Of Polymer








When I made the last face mosaic canes, I would cut the ends off and save them.  I was then left with a full size "slice" of the cane.  I always thought these were cool looking.  I liked that the ends were not even with each other.  I had ideas going through my head of ways of adding depth and making it more like a sculpture.  So when did I finally come up with my next idea?  Right in the middle of my last project.  I was working on the next project in my fairy tale line, beauty and the beast, when I came up with this idea to create a curved surface.  Not only do you have to step back from the piece but you have to be looking straight on to see the whole picture. This was even a larger leap of faith.  I was probably 1/3 to 1/2 done before I had convinced myself that the layout was working.  When I built my previous mosaic canes it was unbaked and I could replace some of the canes later (although it was not easy to do) if a section didn't look right.  I couldn't do that this time.  It was also harder to step back from it and see the face.  The curve was hard to prop up.  But I pressed onward and finished it with faith.   Of course since it is made of extruded canes the picture is the same on both sides.  It brought some new challenges in coming up with building the piece.  I think I still have to work on some issues for the next one.  I also think I will be going bigger next time.  This one is 9 inches round by 3.25 in depth.  The one drawback is that there is no cane to reduce to use for other items.  It is a one of a kind.  But I like it and hope you do to.

11 comments:

  1. Wow, wow, wow! That is the coolest thing ever! Fantastic work, original and just plain cool : )

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  2. Wow - this is impressive and awesome! Love!

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  3. I have to be honest: I am not a lover of face canes... but when I first saw your gorgeous Botticelli cane last February (2011) I became a believer! This latest 3-D image is equally impressive (the side view is too cool). Of course, I would be excited if you posted more often, but if averaging once per month blogging equals results like this, well then PLEASE take all the time you wish, my dear!

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  4. The bowl is amazing. So glad you thought of it as I love the uneven heights of the left over canes. This really shows them off in a wonderful form.

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  5. Congratulations on this bowl! It is very beautiful and that you persevered when thinking it wouldn't work is true art. the muse spoke you followed, great work!

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  6. Waouh, it's amazing! I just saw your bowl on Polymer Clay Daily. Your work is beautiful. Now I will discover your other creations. (Sorry I'm french and not so good at English, I hope I don't make too mistakes!).
    Mellusyne.

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  7. Just can not believe something like this can be made of polymer clay. Stunning! Really admire your skills and patience.

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