I found this a wonderfully inspiring hour's viewing.
Marie uses a very clear and methodical approach in her
instructions breaking even complicated looking canes
down into manageable stages.
Not much time is wasted getting down to business and
Marie spends just sufficient time explaining the different
types of clay you could use for caning. She begins with
the Skinner Blend, taking the viewer through the stages
step by step so that the mysteries of a beautiful effect
can be clearly understood. Having grasped the principle,
it is then possible to experiment with different color
combinations for yourself.
The projects that follow are many and varied. Included
is a Plaid effect, showing the stages used to create
a tartan pattern from which a "Mobius" bead
is developed. later on, it is fascinating to watch how
a spider web cane is brought into being using ingenious
manipulations of one basic design element. Marie then
shows how the finished cane can be used in a Halloween
votive complete with black cat and pumpkins.
The more involved projects of a face cane and a complex
picture of a moon face with stars are thoroughly covered.
This section of the video would be a great help to anyone
considering creating their own designs as it explains
most of the essential do's and don'ts.
Who can resist the invitation to make their very own
signature cane? Marie demonstrates the art using her
own surname and in the process teaches how to do any
combination of letters. The cane can be kept and reduced
to appropriate scales and slices applied to numerous
projects giving a great means of identifying the work
as your own.
The video contains a balanced set of projects well
chosen to illustrate a variety of possibilities of working
with caned effects. The hope is clearly that her instructions
will increase your own confidence in manipulating the
material towards your own ends and special projects.
Altogether a fun video, complimented by some light Mozart
in the background!