My first exposure was through Donna Kato's book,The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques. Donna demonstrates a couple different approaches for making ikat canes. Lindly Haunani has developed her own approach incorporating her wonderful rainbow approach to color, and I have had a lot of fun experimenting with her method. Iris Mishly has a lovely tutorial demonstrating 3 different versions of ikat canes. In addition, there are several free tutorials online. Obviously, I'm not the only person who finds this look and its variations fascinating!
I decided I had to share here some of the results of my experimenting. Hope you enjoy the show!
The leaf shape on the left is another ikat cane cut diagonally with the opposite sides flipped and butted up against a center strip of color. I had to add some wave to the edges and it has a "leafy" feel. If you find a tree this fall with leaves like this, I want to know!
The next two sets are examples of feathering with ikat canes. I have always loved the look of feathering in lampwork beads, and have experimented a bit with feathering striped polymer clay sheets. It took a nudge from Lindly, however, to make me realize I could try this with ikat. Oh, the results! I found that stretching the sheets out on the pasta machine after doing the initial feathering created a simply wonderful look. Both the lavender and the yellow sets show the results of stretched feathering.
Now for another twist: herringbone! This particular manipulation makes the clay look three-dimensional. I textured this surface for a couple of reasons. The herringbone treatment just seemed to be somewhat "rustic" and therefore more muted to me, and texturing helped ease and set the joins between the strips. Don't you love it when form and function work together!
Now run out and play with some ikat canes!