Prints back into clay

Prints back into clay

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enlarged polymer clay bead (left); linoleum relief print/collage (right), 2009 polymer clay bead (left); lino relief print/collage (right), 2009

I mentioned that the work I was doing with collaging relief prints was working its way back into the clay jewelry. This image is a good example of what I mean.  The clay bead uses some new patterned canes that Dave made in Santa Fe (note the desert colors), as well as several “shibori” cane images that he made over ten years ago.  Color, patterning and caning are coming back into our work.

I made these two pieces independently and without being conscious of the similarity between them.  When I noticed it, I sent this photo to Dave.  His one word response back was……”Duh”.

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    1. Debbie G  - February 9, 2010 - 12:05 am
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      Isn’t it fun when you find that somewhere in your subconscious similar thoughts have been bumping around, recombining, and making new ideas? Love it.

      I sure wish I knew how you can still use 10 year old canes. Mine have stiffened into something that just crumbles, no matter how I try to warm and salvage it.

    2. Alita Porter  - February 9, 2010 - 1:30 am
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      I know what you mean Debbie! I have also been having a rake through some old canes, only about five years old in my case.

      An few have survived and are workable. I still managed to get some use out of the crumblies by layering slices on to new clay and rolling out. You get a great crackle effect. It would be good to know any secrets for salvaging old canes though.

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