Monthly Archives: July 2014

Kaleidoscope cane Part 2 -The finished pieces

I was quite happy with how my first kaleidoscope cane turned out
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Here’s what I made with it

Kaleidoscope – A simple and effective cane using 2 colours ( part 1)

Making a kaleidoscope cane has been on my list of things to try for a while. Although I had no end idea in mind, yesterday I needed a bit of creative therapy, and to get back into a bit of work routine, so I decided to give it a go.

My personal style is more towards textures than busy patterns, so although I loved my multi coloured kaleidoscope when I was a child, I thought I would keep the colours simple and chose dark blue and beige.

1.The first step was to make very simple jelly roll canes( in English it is called swiss roll) , bullseye canes,and striped canes, and put them together to make a right-angled triangle shape.

2. Then I reduced it down in size using my hands, and cut it in half, giving me two identical pieces

3. These were then joined together to make a square, by putting the sloped sides together(the hypotenuse if I remember rightly from maths class).

4.This can be the finished cane, but I wanted to make it more detailed, so I reduced it until I had a square sausage, which I cut into 4 equal pieces.

5. These I then stacked to make a square.

It is important to get the pattern right, and that they mirror each other.
There is a choice of which way to put them, as long as the 4 corners that fit together in the centre are the same pattern
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6. I reduced this and… Voila, a finished cane .

In my next post, I will be showing you what I made with it.

Get busy crafting, or get busy blogging ….

After my last post , I was pretty busy getting everything ready for my exhibition which started on July 1st, and did not have time to write.
Everything was ready in time , and I was satisfied with how it looked for my first show.

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I was also pleased that it started before my parents arrived on the 4th July, as once they arrived all making and creating ( and blogging) came to a stand still.

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My workroom has been my bedroom for the last few weeks, but today it is back to being a work room again. I am looking forward to getting back in there tomorrow.

Since my last post I have started a Facebook page called Art & Craft Portugal where I will be posting regular updates on what I am up to. Please take a look by clicking on the Facebook link to the top right hand side of this post. Don’t forget to ” Like” my page whist you’re there.

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