Lucy 4-3-11

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This week I have been working on finishing up a commissioned face cane for a local jewelry artist. She asked me if I could make something for her since she did not feel confident enough to produce one in clay herself. She had found this wonderful U Tube video by one of the polymer clay masters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1aWSQ0LFEE

This is Cynthia Tinapple’s video tutorial on how she makes her face canes. I watched it and loved the idea instantly of course with a couple of twists. I did not feel comfortable making the white plug and adding the details rather I made the details and added the white. For me if I did it the way Cynthia did I would not get smooth even cuts and the cane would come out distorted looking before I even began reducing. I also told my client to give me examples of eyes and noses she liked since I would not copy the face Cynthia had used. Here are the drawings that were sent…..

Photo 1

Photo 2

Photo 3

Photo 4.

She liked Photo 2 and I began building. I reduced the eye cane that I made last week for this.

Added some lips.

A nose.

Put the components together.

Added a little more white and squeezed just a little to work out any air.

See the dent in her forehead? I dropped it and since the Kato Pearl was too soft (YES I SAID TOO SOFT) I decided to wait a couple of days to reduce. Insert the Tom Petty Song about waiting being the hardest part.

I made a conscious decision to work the cane for at least a half an hour before beginning the reducing process. This was done by just banging the thing from all sides to warm the clay before reducing. This is her after working 35 minutes.

See how her lips are not working out? This happens when using different brands of clay or clay that is the same brand but not the same consistency. I knew at this time that I needed to reduce and prepare myself for the fact that she would not reduce evenly. So I began.

See how her lips do not want to come out and play?

Also check out my cane ends. The pieces with just the eyes and brows are the first cut. Then you will notice a little of the nose showing up, and finally the face with lips.

The client has really enjoyed the process she said it was like giving birth she is the one who named her Lucy and her birthday is today. As an artist I could not ask for anything more. Client is happy and loves her faces and she is having design ideas and let me tell you they are some good ideas! If you would like to see some of her other work it can be found here.

http://www.silverandspicejewelry.com/

I am excited because I now have some cool face beads to donate to the beads swap which is due May 15th.

Enjoy your clay journey and if you ever need a face cane think of me!

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8 Responses to “Lucy 4-3-11”

  1. Jan Says:

    What a great job, and I enjoyed reading about how she was created. The finished face happens to look a great deal like a certain Japanese lady I know!
    This is inspiring. Someday I must try making a face cane! Maybe if and when that is chosen as a swap project…

    • bluedamselflyjewelry Says:

      well then if you want it for a swap project maybe you could cover a tin and add a face, some hair….can you tell I am trying to get you to make one lol.
      Thanks for the compliment!

  2. luny michele Says:

    Great blog, honey and your face cane came out really great! I also like the idea of making the components first and then packing the cane… it just seems ‘easier”. I hope we get to see what “Ma Ma” does with it!
    hugs, luny

  3. indigosbeads Says:

    i really enjoyed this post, especially with all the pictures of the process. fascinating!

  4. Gladys Ruediger Says:

    Great article, and even better face!!! I cant stop looking at her…and imagining all of the cool things I can do.

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