For the Peacock Feather "Eye":
- 0.5 ounces Color A (Purple/Ultramarine
Blue - 1/1 mix)
- 1/2 " wide strip of Ultramarine Blue
(#1 setting on Atlas pasta machine)
- 0.75 ounces Color B (Turquoise/White -
- Chop Stick or Wooden Pencil
- Pasta Machine or something to roll
- Tissue blade or something to slice
- Brayer (optional) to flatten
- Clean work surface
Note: 1/1 mix means I use equal
parts of the colors to create the mixed color, 3/2 mix means I use 3
parts of the first color to 2 parts of the second
Step 1: Run Color A, B and ultramarine blue through
your pasta machine at the thickest setting (that's #1 on my nine
setting Atlas pasta machine). Cut and arrange the colors as shown in
the picture above.
When I blend the clay colors, I run the Skinner
blend through at the #3 setting (on my nine setting Atlas pasta
machine) - that's medium thick - because I'm only using a very small
amount of clay (it's easier for me to control a larger
Step 2: Your blended sheet of clay should look similar to this
after you are through.
Step 3: Set your pasta machine on medium thin (#5 on
my Atlas). Insert the dark end of your Skinner blend into your pasta
machine as shown above and run it through to lengthen it some
more. Then set your pasta machine on thin, but not the
thinnest (#7 on my Atlas), insert the dark end and run through the
pasta machine once more.
Step 4: Starting at the DARK end of the blended sheet
as shown on side A, begin rolling into a jelly roll as shown on side
Step 5: Continue rolling until you run out of the
darker clay and you've wrapped the spiral log with
one complete revolution of the Turquoise/White mix
and then STOP.
Step 6: At this point, turn the cane over and fold
the sheet back onto itself. Wrap it halfway back around the
log in the reverse direction and
Step 7: Continue reversing back and forth on the same
half of the log making each wrap about 1/4 inch shorter than the
last one as shown above. STOP when you have about 2-3 inches
of the sheet remaining.
Step 8: Flip your cane over (if it isn't already) so
it looks like the picture on the left. Pick up your pencil or
chopstick and lay it centered on the half where the Skinner blend is
folded back and forth. See the picture on the right. Now push!!!
Squish the chopstick or pencil into the log until you have a nicely
defined channel. It will flatten the log, but that's okay. Set your
chopstick or pencil aside.
Step 9: Now, begin folding the turquoise mix back and
forth ONLY in the depression you just created with the chop stick or
pencil. This is a picture of the completed log... it's rather
squished at this point, as a result of pressing in the chop
stick/pencil to create the indentation... but don't
Step 10: Roll the log (horror! You've been told not to
roll canes, but please do this time!) on your work
surface to smooth it back into a round log shape. Don't press
too hard... you do not want to reduce this log, you only want
to smooth it back into a round shape...
This is the rounded cane sliced. Notice how
the dark area is slightly off center. Voila, you now have your
"eye." Looks pretty cool, huh? Now set this cane aside
to rest while we create the rest of the Peacock
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