Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Atlantic Puffin

We have some friends from Newfoundland and many have told us stories about their province and what they liked the most about it. One of the things they told us about was their provincial bird, the Atlantic Puffin. Since we are from the opposite end of the country, we have never seen this bird before so I did some research on the internet and discovered as you can see from the photo that he is quite cute. I thought it would be fun to make something for our friends with a puffin bird on it and so decided to make a cane. It was a little more challenging than I thought it would be but I posted some photos of the process so you can see some of the work that went into it and the end results.

I started with creating the head:

Then I formed the body and put the two together.

Now add the feet and some rocks for him to stand on....  and some blue for a background to help make reducing the cane a little easier.

Wrap some black clay around for framing and begin to squeeze the cane to make it more compact and reduce the size.

When it is half the size, cut in half and see the inside.

Reduce one of the halves to make the puffin smaller.

Now take some slices off the cane and make a pendant and matching earrings.


HORIZONS! Polymer Clay Retreat said...

Carolyn, Your puffin is so cute. You did some nice jewelery for your friends. Thanks for sharing.
Nancy Q

Kathi said...

that is a great cane you made :) Puffins are so fun to cane. I made one in the PNW Indian style.

Sara said...

Wow, I've never seen anyone make canes before.Thanks for posting the photos. What a lot of work! Your puffins look great!