The race to find a cure is nearing an end! The check is in the
mail! Well, okay, its finally time for the rest of you swappers to
watch for the mailperson, the pendants are in the mail! Please
confirm that you've received them, I would also be interested in
knowing what materials everyone used and I would like to hear about
anything you learned from doing your pendants that would benefit
the rest of us. I also would love feedback on my own.
When I started the swap I had no pendants made other than Henry
VIII. But by the end of the swap I had many. I have been slicing
off some pendants of each design I make and then reducing it
further for the big order that I have to fill right now. So I had
several to choose from and my husband kept asking which ones I was
going to send out. I kept saying I hadn't decide yet.
My "Green Eyed Jester" that you'll be receiving was completed 5
days ago. It was a giant cane (to me) over 5" wide and the depth
of a clothes pin (about 3"). You can laugh all you want about the
clothes pin but it was a great measuring tool. Unlike a ruler,
which I've used in the past, I didn't have to mark the measurement
first and then move the ruler before I cut, I could simply lay the
clothes pin on or beside the clay and then cut around the ends. I
constructed the whole cane in two days and reduced on the morning
of the 3rd day and again in the evening. The first half of the
cane yielded 37 slices (whoopee!). I like that part, its like
doing art work that reproduces itself! My husband says its his all
time favorite (but its not my fav) so he talked me into sending it.
When I was reducing it I had a lot of waste on the ends. I used
such a mish mash of different kinds of clay; mostly Fimo but also
Sculpey and Promat. I'm trying to use up the clay that I have so
that it doesn't get old and hard and also so I can order CFC. Some
of the clay that I used for the jester was nearly rock hard so I
mixed it with sculpey, and some of the sculpey was too soft so I
mixed it with promat (rock hard yellow and fimo). I taught my new
15 year old neighbor to mix, and knead it in exchange for clay
lessons. I think we were both happy. She also shared with me what
some of her peers like to buy in PC. This was insightful and I
never would have guesses it (***agers, go figure)!
One of the foremost things in mind while mixing was consistancy. I
really tried to make the flesh clay soft. I mixed fimo and sculpey
but then knowing that it would reduce less than the rest (being in
the center) I actually add a bunch of sculpey translucent. I also
drew the design with the face a bit small in anticipation of this
problem. The face still was stiff and test slices during the
reduction process revealed that the face was not reducing like I
wanted so I squeezed the middle of the cane in, to try and force
the face clay to get moving (it looked like an 8" tall hour glass)
and then work to reduced the rest working out toward the ends. I
couldn't simply roll it to reduce it because the outer clay was
reducing but not the inner. You can see that I didn't end upwith as
much of his hat as I would have liked. The ends had black and white
jelly rolls but they're so small you can't really tell. Next time
I try this design, in different colors, I will choose hard clay for
the hat and background color.
When I sanded and hand polished it (with the T-shirt I was wearing)
I noticed that it didn't seem as polished as my solid fimo canes
usually are so that may have been due to this mixture.
It actually is a very simple face (design). I usually like to
"cheat" by cutting the face in half and putting the two sides
together to make one whole face but I wanted to try a different
nose design this time. Since the nose was a bit hard to do, I made
the other elements of the face kind of simple.
I mentioned, above, that I will eventually try this design again.
I have learned more through the repetition of canework designs than
I have learned from any class.
I would expect that your pendant packages will be arriving Thursday
but wouldn't it be great if they came tomorrow!
What fun this has been! --Rebecca