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Wow – have you ever had one of those mornings when you need coffee just to make the coffee?  First I forgot to put the coffee in the maker – so I was just heating up water.  Then I put in too much (I guess – it’s REALLY strong).  Then I poured it on my cereal.  Sigh.

Well, at least my cane making has been going better than that – WAY better!  Long ago, I tried making a rose cane that, well, looked cool, but was not very rose-like.  So, last Sunday I spent some time studying the lovely roses that Marcia Tzigelnik makes.  It took a bit of concentration for me to get the idea of how to make these flowers look 3D, but I really like how they came out.

Purple Rose Cane

Peachy Rose Cane

I used the scrap from my purple rose experiment to make some nice springy filigree pins:

Spring!

And then, yesterday, I suddenly HAD to work on something I’ve wanted to try for a long while.  The Kuna people (the women, anyway) of Panama wear beautifully vibrant reverse-appliqued fabric panels on their blouses. Here’s an example:

Geometric Mola

Check here for more fabulous examples!

Since I was introduced to this lovely craft (in a Piecework magazine article, years ago), I’ve wanted to make one.  Thing is, although I love needlework of all kinds, I’ve never had the patience to try it in fabric.  Somehow, I have more patience for fiddly stuff in polymer clay, so here’s my first pc mola (I decided to try one a bit less complex than the example above):

Parrot Mola Cane

The small picture in the upper right is the image I was copying.  Needs some work, but I’m really happy with it.  Can’t wait to start the next one…but I have to go get some more clay first!! :-)