Monthly Archives: July 2014
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 .
6. I reduced this and… Voila, a finished cane .
In my next post, I will be showing you what I made with it.
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.
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.
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.