One of a thousand questions

One of a thousand questions

Post by Irish Re » Wed, 12 Apr 2000 04:00:00



  How do you figure out how much of each color clay to use when making a
cane? How much to cover a certain item? Or just make a whole lot of it
and keep the rest for future brainstorms?

  Kim

 
 
 

One of a thousand questions

Post by Robin Rotfleisc » Thu, 13 Apr 2000 04:00:00


Hi Kim!

In my expierence you have to ask yourself several question;
1) Is this a "new pattern" ?
2) What do I want to cover?
3) If it comes out nice will I want to repeat the pattern ?
4) How thick will I cut the cane pieces and will I run them
through the pasta machine?
5) How "thick" (diameter) do I want to make the cane?

These are just the starter questions that I ask myself when I
want to make a new cane. Then of course I have to ask myself how
much money I have to by Fimo with !!

Robin
Robin's Gems

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One of a thousand questions

Post by adrienne » Thu, 13 Apr 2000 04:00:00


I will freely admit that I tend to hoard clay so I always have
lots of any given color around. If a cane is simple, you may use
alot less clay than a complex cane, especially since a complex
cane may use multiple simple canes. When mixing a "custom" color
or condition a standard color, my minumum amount is 4 oz. (or 2
bars) clay. If I know what my background color is then I will mix
even more of it than the other colors. My complex canes tend to
start at 2" deep and 3-4" across, but I understand that in the
*** world this is relatively small. I've heard of canes that
are several pounds in weight, but have never managed anything so
large. The other thing is if you are just starting out, start
small, most designs can be reproduced, especially once you get
really good at assembling and reducing canes. The other thing I
do is bake a slice of every cane I make so I have a record of my
work. I've been rather haphazard with recording when I make
something, but I'm trying to get better at it and would recommend
something like pasting the chip into a notebook with the date
noted and any important info for reproducing it--like how much
clay you used and what colors or blends.

I hope I haven't digressed too far.

Adrienne

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One of a thousand questions

Post by Irish Re » Thu, 13 Apr 2000 04:00:00


not at all. thanks
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> I hope I haven't digressed too far.

> Adrienne

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