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Old 03-24-2003, 05:54 PM
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Hi everybody

I've been meaning to post something up on this for ages now .... a few people have asked about what I do flower cane wise ... so here's my basic recipe.

The same principle applies to any cane at all and the more you play around the more amazing the flower petals can be. I thought I'd start with the yellow flowers. Each time I do them, I use different tones so there is not a colour number to give you as such ... what I do do though, is to aim for contrasting colours within the range of yellows/pinks/blues/whatever.

1. I start off with a clear rod of boro/pyrex and melt that up into a ball and flatten it to give a surface (a punty) on top of which I start building up the cane.

2. Then I build up a layer about 1/4 inch thick of clear moretti glass .... this of so that after the cane is built, and pulled, the waste glass at the ends isn't the cane colour but just clear junk you might not have wanted anyway.

3. then I start melting enough white onto the centre of that flattened surface area ... and shape/marver into a rod about as thick as an index finger and as long as you think you can cope with. I think start with about 1/2 an inch. You want it to be nice and round and flat at the top.

4. then get about 3 or 4 different shades of the colour eg. for this flower it was light yellow; dark yellow; and maybe a striking tspnt orange or yellow, and for this cane I also put in a bit of white. Keeping the glass on the punty rotating to keep the heat even, start adding the main colours by striping them vertically around the middle white core. I usually melt the end of the colour/rod I am about to apply, attach it onto the punty right next to the core and stripe vertically upwards along the core and melting off the end at the level of the end of the white core. Vary your colour depths evenly around the white core.

5. When all that is done and you have covered the white core completely with all the colours you want, melt the whole lot nicely and evenly until it is all smooth.

6. Start really heating the whole thing up and slowly marver and marver into a skinnier longer piece ... as you marver it and turn it, you will be aiming to lengthen the glass and make it skinnier. It doesn't matter if the vertical colours of glass gets distorted. Work it to a smaller point.

7. Grab the end with tweezers and start to twist the punty in one direction only and pull with the tweezers to make lengths of stringer which will have the pattern come out twisted.

IF THIS ISN'T MAKING SENSE ... .... JUST DROP IN AND I'LL SHOW YOU ... GO PAST THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE AND THEN TURN RIGHT ... K?

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MarieClaude , I'm confused about the initial shape, and where it is in relation to the punty??
How are you at sketching??


ps: Thanks SO much for doing this! I always love your flower cane!
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I can't get my scanner to work so I'll try it this way. Once you make a punty, start building the cane on its centre. If you are looking at the punty side on it would look like this:-

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____________| |
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punty |
____________ |
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Then you start building up the white core and it would look like this:-

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____________| |________
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punty | cane |
____________ |________|
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|_|

Then you start adding the coloured vertical stripes along the white core and it would look like this:-

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____________| |________|
| |
punty | cane |
____________ |________|
| |________|
|_|


And once the building of it is finished, if you were looking down at it, you would see the inner circle of white and the outer ring of coloured glass.

Hope that helps.

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OMG!!!!!!!! what happened to my lovely drawing .... hang on a minute and I'll try and work out what's wrong with the scanner.
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Ok, here are the scans:-



and looking side on this is what you would have:-

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Old 03-24-2003, 07:52 PM
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Very cool Marie-Claude, thanks,


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Thanks Maria, this should help many out there. I just love your petal and vine canes. Just looking at them has helped me to understand the complexity of them. T hey aren't so hard after a few and the results are amazing.

You have given me a step up!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!

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I wanna see one with one of your new butterfly murrines in it. Those colors are very vibrant. Nice work. Beth Olson




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So who did the butterfly murrine? Maria or Beth?

Whoever did it , it is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wanna be able to do that

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Thanks Marie Claude,
I "think" I got it.................LOL!
Am going to try this one!
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Shoot, I made a left before the bridge no wonder I wouldn't find you

Thanks Marie Claude for posting this, I cant wait to give it a try. I just LOVE your flowers

Beth, The other night I was dreaming about making one of your butterfly murrines I think I'll try a ladybug first

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Okay now ... who's Maria??????

Naaaaaaaaaa .. that werent me who dun the butterflies ... that's Beth! I was lucky enough to win a whole stick of Beth's butterfly murrine on ebay a few weeks ago ... no one bid on any of them cos I want more more more They are glorious !!!!!

Beth ... I made 2 beads yesterday with your butterfly!!!!!! I cut the slices way too thick and I don't like the way they turned out. Hope the next lot do ... Can't wait. Did I mention that no one's allowed to bid on Beth's butterly murrine but me?????

Thank you all for your thank yous!

I want to see what you all do ... show me please when you make stuff. I'd love to see.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to share this. Really nice.
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I am soooooo sorry Marie. I know it's Marie too. Don't know why I typed Maria twice

Please forgive me!!!!!! I'm gettin old I guess. Gosh am I embarrased!!!!!!!!!

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Hey Brenda xxxxxx not to worry ... my name always gets everybody muddles ... honest

You can call me Maria anytime ya like!

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