Cane and Bead Making Design Ideas Are Everywhere!
I love magazines! All kinds of them. And even though I am not a Quilter, I love reading quilting magazines for polymer clay inspiration! Every time I go into my local library, I pick up a stack of magazines from the quilting section. They are loaded with wonderful ideas that are easily translated into polymer clay cane designs.
Just look at the cover of the Quilter’s Newsletter in the photo above! Doesn’t that look like the making of a fabulous complex cane design to you?
Look at the use of color and pattern! Don’t you just get all wiggly with excitement when you see patterns like this? Sometimes I can hardly sleep after looking at one of these magazines, thinking of all the cool canes I could make!
One cool thing about the pieced patterns that many quilts are designed with, is that many of the patterns can be made into polymer clay canes quite simply by using a clay extruder.
Using square, triangle and diamond shaped dies in your extruder you can recreate many quilting patterns quite easily. A very simple example of a quilt pattern converted to a polymer clay cane pattern using an extruder, can be seen at this post: Polymer Clay Canes | Rainbow Quilt Design Perfect For Pillow Beads
Quilting has gotten so creative too. Quilt patterns aren’t only about geometric patterns anymore. Quilter’s are now painting and dying their own fabrics and adding embellishments and mixed media elements to their works of art.
Appliqué patterns and free form quilt patterns can also be a great source of inspiration for your polymer clay bead projects.
So next time you’re at the library or the book store, pick up a few Quilting Magazines for inspiration. Maybe you’ll have a little trouble getting sleep with all the ideas running around your brain too!