Polka Dot Cottage: Evolution of a color scheme – step six

Evolution of a color scheme – step six

Posted November 25th, 2007 by

Make a nice set of canes

We’re in the home stretch now. If there are any steps you have missed, you can view them all here.

Once we have determined our final three base colors, it is time to make some canes. I consider this to be the fun part. I have a handful of standard cane designs that I make. Some of them are well-known, and others are of my own making. Some add very little white to the base colors so that they have an overall dark look to them, and others are quite liberal with the white. There are designs that seem almost textured, where the colors blend easily with one another, and then there are those where the lines are quite crisp and distinct. Seeing three simple colors used in such varied ways is very exciting to me. This is why I have no problem using clay right out of the package. By the time I’m done with it, who can tell?

Admire your results

I always make tiles when I make new canes, and this is no exception. [Ostensibly, I do this so that I have a record of all of the patterns in all of the different color schemes, but the real reason involves dumping them all out on the floor, and sorting them into piles, ad nauseum. It's fun in a compulsive color-matching sort of way...]

At this point, we have to determine if we’ve accomplished our goal. When we look at these tiles as a group, are we seeing the same colors that jumped out at us in the original mosaic? Overall, I am happy with the results. I do think, if I had it to do over, I would make the aqua more blue-ish. Even though I copied the aqua that I liked the most in the mosaic, it gets somewhat lost next to the green. More blue would help it stand on its own better. Still, I’m happy enough with it not to start over.

New buttons

Now that we have all of these canes, it’s time to start using them! I’ve made some buttons so far, but I intend to also make some jewelry and things for the shop. And here is where your assistance comes in. I can’t launch a new color scheme without giving it a name and I’d like you to name it for me. Simply reply to this post with your name suggestions by Midnight, EST, November 30. The name I like best wins one of two nifty prizes.

Give away a prize!

Judy Belcher signed this copy of her excellent new DVD, Millefiori Story (thanks, Judy!) If you are a polymer clay artist with an interest in caning, this is a can’t miss title. Even absolute beginners can pick up many of these techniques.

And, since I know I have some readers who are not clayers and others who are, but who already have this DVD, the set of 8 buttons pictured above is also available as a prize. Wouldn’t it be fun to own something made in the color scheme that you named?

Now, there are a few rules:

  • Two entries or less per person, per day, please.
  • All entries must be posted to this post.
  • All of my color schemes have one-word names, and I’m big on consistency. Keep it to one word.
  • Don’t pick something I’ve already used.

December 1st, I will announce a winner. Additionally, there will be items available in the shop featuring these colors. I won’t be responding to comments publicly, so as not to influence the contest in any way. Good luck!

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