Unusually this year I did not make Christmas gifts for all the family (actually I have hardly made anything this month). But I was commissioned to make a custom necklace using a given design, which now that Christmas is over I can show. It was an interesting challenge to make a cane to a specific design as I usually just make them up as I go with the only requirement being “to be pretty”. While I was confident that it could be done in polymer clay, I was slightly less convinced that I could do it!
In the end I did manage to do it by working very slowly. I made one 6th of the design which I flipped and joined up to complete the kaleidoscope pattern. I was fairly pleased with the results, although I miscalculated the height of the cane so I had to reduce it before I could cut and join up the sections resulting in some visible “seams”.
I hope you had a joyous Christmas. Wishing you all the best in the New Year.
So my first PIF (pay it forward) has found its new home. The idea is that in exchange for a handmade mystery gift you agree to spread the love and make three gifts to give to other people. I still have two available, so if you like surprises, and you love making things* comment on my original post, or follow the branches and comment on the blogs down the line.
I made this bracelet for Cara Hayman inspired by the artichoke pendant workshop by Eva Ehmeier at Polymer Pamper Play earlier this year (where amazingly Cara sat opposite me!). I love the effect – they look like empty seedpods to me (have they engineered cuboid flowers yet?) but I don’t think I’ll be making many more – they are REALLY fiddly.
* For me this roughly equates to “if you like breathing”.