Saturday, November 5, 2011

Working with Master Craftswomen

Little Angel, Raw Cane, by Clay Images

I mentioned in my last post how inexperienced I am at caning, but that I felt I needed to enter the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy's monthly challenge using the caning technique anyway. I had to expand beyond my comfort zone even though I would be competing against some expert caners.

This angel cane by Berit of Clay Images is a great example from one of those caners. Berit creates canes to use on her own work and she also sells raw canes to other artists. This angel isn't her challenge entry, but a new cane she just finished. The photo shows "reduced" canes. Below you can see how the cane looked before she started to reduce it. It is amazing how the separate pieces go together to become one without losing any detail.

Want to see more cane work: the PCAGOE challenge is still open for voting until Nov. 7. If you vote you could win one of these fabulous prizes pictured below.

unreduced cane

sliced and baked cane on a crochet hook

                       1st row, L-R: Arrowdale Art Studio, NKDesigns,  Juliespace,
                        2nd row, L-R: JKay Jewelry, Clay Images, Polymer Clay Creations,

If you would like some more information on getting started with caning, check out these articles on the PCAGOE website.

Free Flower Cane Tutorial
The Emotional Thrill of Polymer Clay Caning


  1. Amazing, those canes that Berit makes! Too detailed for me, lol! She's very inspiring, though. Nice blog post. :)

  2. Thanks, Jackie. I certainly don't have the patience for it.

  3. Thank you so much, Marie, you are very kind for writing this! I have learned this cane making technique from Layl McDill, who is my idol. :)

  4. I'm totally in awe here, wow! Had to swing by and let you know that if I ever get a tip on the easy thing I'll shoot you an email about it. At least I know that I'm not the only one!


Ooh,a comment! How delightful.


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