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JUDY BELCHER & TAMARA HONAMAN

POLYMER CLAY MASTER CLASS
Exploring Process, Technique, and Collaboration with 11 Master Artists

SUppLIES polymer: 6 oz. 6 oz. making sure they remain straight throughout the cane. Reduce the cane so each of its sides is 1/2 inch (13mm). create various hues of lime green polymer and. to create a gradated cane.) pasta machine cutting blade 1. To create a master cane that will be recombined into many tessellated or mirrored canes. and list the various ways your original cane can be recombined. with the pasta machine. Or exercise the right side by smashing and morphing the original cane into a new triangle and create dozens more tessellations. (170g) white.TESSELLatED CaNES BY JUDY BELcHER Much of the jewelry I create celebrates both left-brain and rightbrain ways of approaching the creative process. if you combine the pieces gently. as it holds even minute details clearly during the caning process and firms up quickly so I can immediately slice the cane. combine the wedges. you can take them apart and try different combinations. Cut off the distorted ends of the cane. Build at least 3 variations of the tessellated design. Stack each strip. mirror. as they will add interest to your finished necklace. While you may not have enough of the master cane to create all of the combinations that follow. 6 oz. Similar left-brain/ right-brain strategies can be employed when making the tessellated canes for the Twirling Necklace. (170g) yellow (I used Kato Polyclay. roll each color to a 1 x 3–inch (2. Choose a point of the triangle and use your fingers in a pinching motion to refine the point and press down against the work surface to flatten the opposite side to form it into an equilateral triangle. (170g) turquoise. Use the left side of your brain to cut. ending with the original color. Using the Two-Color Skinner blend technique.5 x 7. that are lovely when repeated. Turn the cane and continue to refine. 3. Repeat to create a gradated cane in turquoise. Compress the cane. 2. as they will not mirror well. as they will form curved elements . folding over any edges that stick out.5cm) strip on a medium thickness. Note: Each of the 5 variations of tessellated beads shown in steps 4–8 requires segments from this master cane. Turn 1 gradated cane on its side and cut 3 triangular-shaped wedges. Repeat for the other color. Work toward a form that loosely resembles a triangle. beginning with white and gradually getting darker.

Reform this new. mirroring the same 2 sides. Seven canes are shown here.4. Choose a different side to mirror and piece these segments together as you did before. . mirroring the side of the triangle that is different from the first 2 variations. cut two 3-inch. paying close attention to the center point to ensure that the new pattern is different. cut six 1-inch. The image shows only two of these variations. Cut two 3-inch. paying close attention to the center point. Piece these segments together as you did before. 7.(7. Put 2 triangles together so the sides mirror each other. look at the side of one of the triangles mirrored in the first cane.(7. diamond-shaped cane into a square cane by pressing with your fingers and rolling each side with an acrylic rod. (Use the technique in step 3 to form the new equilateral triangle. Tessellating the master cane is the most fun part of the process! For the first design. and mirror again as in the first 3 variations. depending on which sides of the master triangle you chose to mirror for the first part of the step.5cm-) long segments from the master cane. and mirror one side of the triangles.5cm-) long segments from the master cane. White center point: For the second design. This complex cane can be done in many variations. Complex: For an even more complex pattern. Mirror these segments so the centers meet and all sides mirror each other to form the tessellated square cane.5cm-) long segments. Square: The master cane can also be recombined into tessellated square canes.) Stretch and reduce the triangular cane so each side is 1/2 inch (13mm) wide. Repeat. but by manipulating the master cane. Think about all the combinations that this method of mirroring can produce. mirror one side of the triangles. Cut the new square cane into 4 equal segments. Stretch and reduce the square cane so each side is 1/2 inch (13mm) wide. for the other 4 segments.5cm-) long segments of the master cane.(2. still using 6 segments. and reform them into a new triangle. hundreds more of these beautiful canes can be built. Cut the cane into six 1-inch. 5. Blue center point: This design also uses 6 segments. 6. Piece these 3 new segments together so the centers meet and all sides mirror to form a hexagonal cane.(2. 8.