Hello, my friends!

Esther here from The Purple Cove, and I am thrilled to dive into the enchanting world of polymer clay once again. Today, let's unravel the magic behind one of my absolute favorite creations – canes!

But wait, what exactly is a cane? Picture a 3D masterpiece rolled into a swirl, resembling a delightful cookie, but alas, it's not meant for consumption. Canes come to life with a variety of patterns, starting from swirls and bull's eyes to the more technically whimsical squiggles.

To embark on this creative journey, I meticulously choose my colors, setting the stage for the upcoming masterpiece. Now, here's the challenge – polymer clay can be a bit finicky. It might be soft, hard, or even crumbly. Fear not! There are ingenious ways to tackle this, whether it's warming it up in your hands, giving it a gentle sit, or incorporating special additives to revive its pliability.

Once the clay is in its prime state, it's time to craft a beautiful sheet. Often, I find myself customizing colors because, well, why not? Other times, the natural hues of the clay work their own magic. And here's a little secret – I frequently indulge in creating "skinner blends," seamlessly blending colors to achieve exquisite ombre effects. These blends play a crucial role in generating shades, adding layers of depth to the final creation.

Now, let me share a glimpse of the process – a peek into the creation of a "sheet of clay," accompanied by snapshots of various canes and the eventual masterpiece – a "veneer."

​​​​​​​But what comes next, you ask? Excellent question! Stay tuned for the next blog as we uncover the exciting continuation of this creative saga.

Oh, and did you hear about the special treat waiting for you at my store, www.thepurplecove.com? Avail of your exclusive ILOVEYOU10 coupon and let the crafting adventures begin!

​​​​​​​See you soon!

Esther Schmidt @thepurplecove