I promised in my previous post that I would make a pink, black, and white cane, and photograph the steps I used in its construction. This color combination was inspired by a pair of Comanche seed bead earrings I made recently. As usual, I didn’t have a particular ‘plan’ other than to try to keep the design principles of value and contrast in mind. Here are some of the canes I made:
I wasn’t too excited about most of them, to tell the truth. I thought the round kaleidoscope ‘starburst’ one with the zig-zags at the edges (bottom photo on the right) was the best of the bunch, although it could’ve used more contrast (more black and white, less pink). Unfortunately, I could not recall how I made it, except that I combined a chevron cane with a Skinner Blend roll ! Eventually I will figure it out (I hope!), and when I do, I’ll post the steps, although I might try it with a different color trio.
So, instead I decided to make the cane to the left of the round one. I don’t know what to call it, it looks sort of like a basketweave design, but it’s not really the same pattern as what is usually referred to as a ‘basketweave cane’, such as this one by Jana Roberts Benzon.
Here are the steps, beginning as usual with my Skinner Blend colors. Sorry for the small captions under the photos, but repeated attempts to fix them were unsuccessful !
Blend after 20 pasta machine passes. The ragged edges were trimmed before proceeding further
This is the blend after 30 passes. I folded it again, then turned it 90°, with the dark pink side facing down and ran it through the pasta machine at medium thin setting to lengthen the blend.
Here's the lengthened blend. I rolled up this sheet starting at the white end.
After making the jellyroll blend I wrapped it with a very thin sheet of dark pink (#7 Atlas thickness), followed by a #7 thickness of white, and finally a #7 thickness of black. I took slices from the jellyroll so you could see the progression. The actual jellyroll cane was about 3/4" in diameter and 6-7" in length.
The jellyroll was flattened and cut into 4 pieces, then stacked like this.
This stack was then reduced to form a cane approximately 6-7” long and ¾” square.
The cane was then cut in half. Each half was cut corner to corner to make 2 right triangles, for a total of 4 pieces.
Each of the triangle 4 pieces was placed on the work surface, with the wide part of the triangle on the bottom, and the point of the triangle at the top. The cutting blade was lined up along the point of each triangle, then the triangle was cut to the bottom. This resulted in 8 small right triangle pieces.
The 8 triangles were arranged like this before putting them together.
Here are the pieces put together to form the ‘base cane’
The base cane was then reduced to a length of approximately 6-7”, then cut into 4 pieces
Here are the 4 pieces put together to form a ‘base cane x4’ variation.
Here the cane was further reduced to make more variations. Note the different orientation of the squares in the cane on the far left. I made this by taking a piece of the ‘base cane x4’, cutting it on a diagonal, then putting the 2 pieces ‘back to back’ to form a triangle, cutting the triangle in half, and putting it the pieces back together and reducing. It goes on and on and on, doesn’t it?
I decided to stop here before I reduced too much !!!!
Maybe I’ll make beads with these canes, or cover a box….but most likely they will sit in a #5 plastic container with my other canes for a long time to come !