Sunday, July 27, 2008

Fractal Art Cane for my project...

a>Hi Everyone,

I recently finished The Fractal Murders by Mark Cohen, a book that I very much enjoyed (it's a murder mystery pulp fiction book) and decided that it was time to try to make a fractal cane. I had seen the instructions before through Polymer Clay Daily and you can find them at the Evil Mad Scientist website here (it's also a fun website for a diversion).

I decided that I would use the cane for my project so I needed to incorporate a natural element in it. Hence the use of a very old leaf cane. But to do it again I think I'd go simple and just use a skinner blend - it was tough to have the leaf maintain it's original shape and in the end you don't really notice that it's a leaf cane.

I only went to the fifth iteration and I have to say that I'm very pleased with my results.

I started off with a whack of clay and generated a fair bit of scrap, but that's because I was in a hurry and didn't want to take time to reduce carefully. I'm completely OK with that - the scrap will make amazing Judy Belcher canes.

Once you get your head around the steps, it's an incredibly easy cane and the results are well worth it. At the end, I've got about 4 inches of 1/2 inch tall cane (though I wish I had more). But I can play around a bit more and see what else I can come up with.

That's it for now. I'm off to Guild in a few minutes - today's lesson is faux dichroic which should be fun and is being taught by one of my clay buddies, Karen. She's an excellent teacher and it'll make for a pleasant afternoon.



1 comment:

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Sandy you are an amazing girl! How to take something so in-organic and mathematical and throw in a little mother nature!!!

I've seen this tute before and this is a way cool way of doing it! I love it!