||Cat Face Cane
|The first few images are of
the components of the face. You can build your own cat using your own image.
See my "Ellie" face cane, beginning with the August
issue of Polyzine for instructions on putting together a basic face cane.
This was my first face cane and I made many mistakes but I learned a lot.
Polymer clay colors
orange, yellow, green, white, champagne,
brown, gold, silver and gray
Pasta Machine (optional)
The face components.
I used a picture of an actual cat, made each section, set it on the picture
to size it, then covered it with a thin sheet of a dark brown-gray clay.
I started with the
nose because it was close to the center, and worked around it. The stripes
on the forehead and side of the face are made of the cat's face color,
the brown-gray and a mixture of the two.
Here I'm filling
in with the basic cat color to get the final shape of the cat's face.
The multiple logs
have been pressed together carefully to keep out air bubbles, the face
is filled out, ears added. The whole face is wrapped with brown-gray
clay to give it definition.
Here is where I
realized I should have made the nose smaller. The nose is central and the
center of the cane stays closer to the same side than the outside areas.
Now for the outside
color. I chose a medium blue because I like the contrast to the colors
in the cat. I put logs into the areas that I wanted to stay in the shape
they were in.
||Step Five: To help turn the outside
into a round shape, I put it onto a saucer. Then I added more blue
as needed to keep it round and keep the cat in the center of the saucer..
||Step Six: Once I had as much of
the blue background as I wanted, I added a thin layer of gold/silver
around it just for interest. I surrounded that with a thicker layer of
the black/gray and smoothed out all the air bubbles. I didn't worry too
much about the clay edges looking a little ragged because I knew that would
be lost in the distortion of the cane ends when it was reduced.
|What I learned:
I could see that logs were pressing into
the eyes when I packed the cat. I should have stopped there and repacked
The face kept leaning to one side. I should
have straightened it all up before I packed it.
I just eyeballed the picture when making
the cane. If I had put the cane directly over the picture occasionally,
I would have had the perspective better.
Make WAY more background color than you
think you'll need. Like twice as much!
All in all, for my first face cane, I'm
still proud of it.