Monday, January 16, 2017

Another Ripple Blade Cane in Pantone Spring 2017 Colors

We have been making lots of mokume design buttons for the yarn shops.  This batch was created using the Pantone Spring 2017 fashion colors Lapis Blue and Greenery.  For this mokume design we used the White Mix (recipe #1-2 in my Clay Color System) in the blend which creates lots of contrast.

After making my first ripple blade cane (see my blog post here), I had to try it again and made some with the left overs.  Because I was just testing the colors out, the pieces came out rather small but I managed to make a few buttons and snaps out of them.  This time, instead of flattening out the pieces like I did the other day, we wanted to maintain that 3-D ripple effect.

Ripple Blade Cane in Pantone Colors Greenery and Lapis Blue

Ripple Blade Cane - Decorative Snap and Button

I especially like how the snap turned out and it looks really cool on several snap base accessories such as the tube bail pendant, shawl stick and brooch lapel pin shown below.

Interchangeable Snap Accessories

Interchangeable Snap Brooch Lapel Pin

Interchangeable Snap Shawl/Hair Stick

Interchangeable Snap Necklace

I love adding a snap to special designs like these as it makes it so versatile and can be worn more than just one way.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ripple Blade Cane

I was going through our clay stash to see what I could use up and came across a stacked stripe blend.  I was wondering what to do with it and then remembered that slicing it with a ripple blade could give this really cool effect.  If you are wondering what I am talking about, just google "ripple blade cane" and you will see what I mean.  So I gave it a try and was totally in love with the results after the first slice was revealed.

I flattened the pieces when creating the snaps and because there was a lot of metallic and pearl in the colors, they really shimmer.   This is certainly a fun technique and worth experimenting more. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Finished Snaps in Pantone Colors

We finally finished off the snaps I made with the Pantone colors I showed you the other day.  You can see the post here.  They always look much nicer after they are sanded, waxed and buffed.   I like to photograph them before they get buffed with the Dremel as there can be too much glare after.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Final Review and Clay Recipe Links for the Pantone Spring 2017 Fashion Colors

Here is the final review of the Pantone Spring 2017 fashion colors.   Click on the photos below to see the clay recipes using Kato clay.  If you would like to see more clay recipes for the past Pantone fashion colors, go to the color recipe page at the top of our blog.

Would you like some recipe cards with these Pantone colors ready to print out on 4" x 6" index cards?  They have the colored dots on them but are ready to add your own baked clay chip samples.

If so, click here to download and print out by following the instructions included.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pantone Spring 2017 Fashion Colors Pale Dogwood and Hazelnut

The last two Pantone Spring 2017 Fashion colors are Pale Dogwood and Hazelnut.  Pale Dogwood is a soft shade of pink which is the opposite to the vibrant Pink Yarrow but would combine well together.  Hazelnut is the key neutral for spring with a natural earthiness.  It could combine well with the deeper Pantone colors like Kale and Lapis Blue which I will experiment with a little later.

In the meantime, remember the color combination I shared in my last post?  I went back to the same colors but this time I created a mokume blend (Julie Picarello style) adding some Pale Dogwood and white mix to give it more contrast.  I quite like this combo and plan to play around with it a bit more.  

So here are the recipes for the Pantone Spring Fashion Colors Pale Dogwood and Hazelnut using Kato clay.

Pale Dogwood

4 parts Ecru Mix # 2-8 *
1/2 part Kato Magenta
4 parts White Mix # 1-2 *


3 parts Kato Brown
3 parts Ecru # 2-7 *
6 parts White Mix # 1-2 *

* Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from my Clay Color System.

Tomorrow I will post a summary of the Pantone spring color recipes I shared along with recipe cards you can download to print out if you wish.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Pantone Spring 2017 Fashion Colors Pink Yarrow, Island Paradise and Flame

The Spring 2017 Pantone Fashion colors Pink Yarrow, Island Paradise and Flame are all vibrant shades with a tropical feel.  I wasn't thinking of combining all three of these colors until I came across a scarf I've had for a while and realized it was an almost perfect match plus it also had the Pantone color greenery!

I just love how these colors combine and was playing around with my Bargello technique and here are a few pieces I made.

So here are the recipes for the Pantone Spring Fashion Colors Pink Yarrow, Island Paradise and Flame using Kato clay.

Pink Yarrow

3 parts Kato Magenta
1/4 part Kato Orange
1 part White Mix # 1-2 *

Island Paradise

1 part Kato Turquoise
10 parts White Mix # 1-2 *


3 parts Kato Orange
1/2 part Kato Orange
3 parts White Mix # 1-2 *

* Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from my Clay Color System.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Pantone Fashion Colors Niagra and Lapis Blue

After making some leaves with the first three Pantone Spring 2017 Fashion colors I shared with you yesterday, I was wondering what to create next.  I love how the two blue colors, Niagra and Lapis, go with the Primrose Yellow so naturally keeping with a nature theme I made some flowers!  

Here is a flower shawl pin (with lady bug of course) I made using my Sculpted Flowers technique.  I show how to make the shawl pin in my Constructing Accent Pieces for Your Scarves, Sweaters & Shawls tutorial. I just happened to have a cotton scarf in the Primrose Yellow color that really makes the blue pop!

Here is a sculpted flower made from the same cane I used for the shawl pin but mounted on a snap.   The flower can be worn several ways such as a necklace or as a shawl stick.

So here are the recipes for the Pantone Spring Fashion Colors Lapis Blue and Niagra using Kato clay.

Lapis Blue

8 parts Kato Blue
1/2 part Kato Black


2 parts Kato Blue
2 parts Ecru Mix # 2-8 *
1 part White Mix # 1-2 *

* Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from my Clay Color System.