I lulled myself to sleep last night, thinking about how best to get the stripey look I started to experiment with yesterday. I decided the best way to get narrow stripes would be to start with narrow stripes.
Almost. I got the soft stripes I wanted, but I decided to go back on what I said yesterday and introduce more contrast.
Now that was more like it. I managed to make the resulting strip about half as wide as it was when I started (two inches as opposed to four) by pressing in on the sides before each pass through the pasta machine. I think I can afford to go even skinnier next time, but this was good enough for now.
I gave up on the idea of turning it into a cane (for now) because stacking the stripes ended up in an ikat-style look. It wasn’t a bad pattern, but not what I was going for.
So, I used the blend to try a new earring design that had popped into my head last week. I need to refine my technique, and get myself the proper materials, but this method definitely has promise.
And I also made a tile pendant, similar to those I usually make, but instead of hanging it from a jump ring, I drilled the hole through the tile and strung it directly on the cord.
You know what I like about this technique? I like the path it has taken from spark of inspiration, through experimentation, and into something that doesn’t resemble its origins much at all. That’s my favorite kind of inspiration.