Free Tutorial Alert: Blue Stitched Flower Cane

stitched flower cane

Kael Mijoy recently added this wonderful flower cane tutorial to her blog. I am a visual learner (and cane challenged LOL) so I really appreciate the easy to follow instructions and lots of pictures. 🙂 I may even give it a try.

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Free Rock Purse Tutorial

Over at the Blue Damselfly Jewelry Blog, I believe the writer’s name is Julie, you will find a really fun tutorial on making rock purses. While not a new idea, it’s always great to have a new take on an old technique.
Rock purses are pretty much what it sounds like. You use a real rock as a shape form to bake the clay around.The possibilities are endless considering every rock is different.  🙂 Years ago I made a bunch of Rock Purses. This was after I spent many weeks searching for the perfect rocks on job sites I visited with my hubby.

This one is in Linda Geer's collection

My very 1st try many many years ago

made with Sculpey Ultralight clay

With a larger rock you can make bowls and covered dishes like these 2 I made.

A few more tutorials you can find on the web to make rock purses, vessels, bowls and boxes.

http://www.oocities.com/turkeymama/Clay/ClayPurse.html

http://beadyeyedbrat.com/interactive.html

http://members.tripod.com/PolymerClay_Interest/amacord.htm

http://www.pcpolyzine.com/august2001/fish.html

http://www.dianeb.biz/polymer/MainPages/vessels_rock-alum.foil.htm

And some great pictures of rock purses and vessels.

http://www.pbase.com/joanie/rocks

http://beadyeyedbrat.com/rockgallery.html

Made by Karin Ashdown

MAde by Jeanette Easley

Made by Tejae Floyde

Dora’s Tutorial – Building a Kaleidoscope Cane

Follow this link over to Dora’s Explorations for a great tutorial on putting together Kaleidoscope Canes.


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