When people view my work they automatically think it is painted. When I explain how the flowers and designs are formed from a "cane", it is difficult to visualize. So as part of the "How We Do It" series, I will show you how I build a cane like the ones shown above.
When I start a cane I need to choose my colors. For this one, I decided on an autumn mix of a mocha brown, chili pepper red and sunflower yellow. These are some of the special colors I mix myself. I make my own color recipes (just like a cookbook) as explained in the Mixing Colors post I did earlier.
After choosing my colors I blend them together in a sheet and then stretch my blend and roll it into a log (below left). This part is shown in the color blending post I did last month.
I then cut into my log and insert the veins and stem for a leaf pattern and put it back together again like a puzzle.
The next stage is to reduce the cane and this is done by gently squeezing and stretching it. You
can see how it has been stretched in the photo (above right) and it is also thinner.
I can keep stretching and reducing this cane to as small as I want. When I slice of a piece off you can see how the same pattern goes all the way through. I shape them into leaves that I can use for various projects.
I like how these leaves turned out and have some ideas already on what to make with them.