Wednesday, October 1, 2014
As the days of September passed, the monarch caterpillars here spun cocoons in preparation for their metamorphosis into butterflies. While watching caterpillars on milkweed, I was inspired to do something with a butterfly cane I had made recently. Making butterfly canes is a time consuming process, and it's really amazing to watch a butterfly appear in the clay. The piece here represents the migration of butterflies, which usually occurs in October, as they head south and west for warmer climes. One of the things I like to do is to make the wing sections of the butterfly separately. This allows me to make different sizes of butterflies more easily than in a transparent clay-encased cane. I also can manipulate the wings for a nice, three-dimensional effect.