Just Because Kaleidescope Beads Look Complicated, Does Not Mean They Are All Difficult to Make:
The polymer clay kaleidoscope cane design on the pillow bead in this photo has a fairly complex pattern. To a non-polymer clay person, making something like this out of solid blocks of clay, would seem like an impossible task. But not for you…
Although these kaleidoscope canes appear complicated, they are actually fairly simple to create. In fact, this design was made using odds and ends and left-overs from other cane projects. If you look carefully, there are pieces of a gerbera daisy flower cane, a rose cane, and a bulls eye cane along with a lime green leaf cane and some black clay as an accent color.
What makes a kaleidoscope cane work is its triangular blocks of repeated patterns. You can pretty much take any patterned cane or collection of canes and shape them into triangular lengths. Then arrange these lengths together to form your kaleidoscope cane.
For the design to work however, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- When combining old canes to make kaleidoscope canes, make sure they are of all the same firmness otherwise the cane will not reduce evenly.
- ‘Test drive’ the pattern by laying the sections on a mirror to see how the mirror image will appear. Keep turning the sections and combining in different ways to get new patterns.
- Don’t forget that the colors and patterns of the original canes will become more concentrated as they are reduced. To get a sense of how the cane might look after reduction, use a pair of binoculars facing the wrong way to see what the cane will look like super tiny.
- You may want to have canes with bolder images or brighter colors included in your kaleidoscope.
- Imperfect canes you made as a beginner can look fantastic in these types of ‘combined’ kaleidoscope canes… one more reason to never ever throw away polymer clay projects that didn’t turn out quite as planned.
So tell me, are you interested in learning how to make polymer clay kaleidoscope canes? I can put together a video course on it if I get enough people interested. Let me know…