Sunday, June 13, 2010

Leaf cane continued - week 23 of canes

Hi Everyone,

I had a great huge pile of scrap clay from yesterday's efforts with the leaf cane. I decided that I would try to do something with it. Since it's related to canes I've decided that I get to call this blog entry a caning entry.

At the last guild meeting Cynthia had one of Jana Roberts Benzon's laser cut pendants. It was wonderful to see the pendant up close. I've been an admirer of the technique for a while so I decided to play with it a bit.

I purposely didn't print off any pictures, I wanted the feel of the technique, but didn't want to imitate too much.

I also borrowed a bit from Gera Scott Chandler, I love the little people in this particular piece of hers.

This took a bit of time, and most of that was figuring out how I wanted it to look. I was haphazard in my approach. I would try an element, place it, and if I went "wow!", it got to stay there. I didn't sketch anything out to begin with. So it became a bit of a challenge as I placed more and more on the piece.

I would say the piece is about 90% done. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it or if I will add any more embellishments. I don't wear pendants or brooches and it really doesn't go with a whole lot in my wardrobe. I might give it to someone if they want to finish it. Or, I suppose I could use it to cover a tin, I haven't done one of those in a while. It would also give me the opportunity to use up more scrap clay which I barely touched.

For now, I'll let it percolate in my mind a bit. The photo doesn't do it justice, it really is quite pretty and I'm happy with it.