Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hola Señorita. Or........ What Was I Thinking?

I have two titles for this post.  The first, Hola señorita, because I want to pay homage to the country of Spain that I will be visiting soon.  The second for my mistake of using a skinner blend in the background and worse trying to add to it.  This post is about how I fixed my screw up.

In about a month my sister and I will be heading to Madrid, Spain.  I will be attending my first EuroClayCarnival.  If it follows the format of Clay Carnival here in the states there will be an evening of "inchie" swapping.  I will be honest I don't usually put this much effort into my inchies but with the trip to Europe it felt special so I wanted the inchies to be special too.  I came up with this drawing for my flamenco dancing woman.

I went about making my cane.  I didn't have a real purpose in mind other than my inchies so I made the cane very short, about an inch in height.  I didn't want endless amounts of cane when all was said and done.  Then I came up with the brilliant idea to have the background be made using a skinner blend.  This gave the appearance of a spot light on the dancer.


I was really liking the way this cane was turning out.  I started thinking that I would really like to take some of this cane and add a skirt to it.  It was about this point in the building of the cane that I stumbled on the web page of artist Adam Thomas Rees.  For his self portrait he cut up his completed cane into sections and then reduced the sections separately. (Here is a post about him in Polymer Clay Daily) Now I very often take parts of my cane and make it larger and then reduce that section to be worked into the final cane.  I had to do this with her hand in order to get the detail of her fingers.  I should have realized that this wouldn't work too well since I didn't create the whole cane. Then throw in the problems that arise from working with a skinner blend in a cane and I should have known I wouldn't be happy with the results.  But hey thinking is not my strong suit.  I pressed on.  I reduced the completed square cane, put some aside for my inchies and started on her skirt.


After putting the two sections together I reduced the cane down to about 1 by 2.5 inches.  Here is the whole enchilada.  :)

You can see where the join of top and bottom just don't meet up as well as I'd like.  So what to do now.  I decided to take the if you can't beat 'em join 'em tactic and slice and adjust each cut so that bad join lines seem intentional.

This will require cane slice manipulation for each piece but it will make the finished piece so much better.  At least to me it does.  Here is the sanded and buffed completed piece.  Now to figure out what to do with the rest of the cane.


  1. Wow. Gorgeous! I want to go to EuroClayCarnival just to get one of your inchies! The end result is stunning.

  2. Amazing cane! And I love how you "fixed" it... brilliant! I too wish I was going to EuroClayCarnival just to get one of your inchies! Thanks for sharing!

  3. What to do with the rest? I have a piece of your black profile lady so why not have this one too? ;) LOL it's gorgeous as always and with the final result, thinking is your very strong suit!

  4. Félicitations, c'est un superbe travail !!!

  5. Unbelievable... gorgeous... and such an honor, as Spaniards, that you have created this amazing piece, Julie!!!

  6. You are the most amazing artist Julie! Make simple pendants and I'm sure you won't have any trouble getting rid of them.

  7. Super to see such a courageous project, Julie!
    What a GREAT cane!

  8. Mind blowing piece. you are very creative Julie.