Building a Master Cane: First Revision

This is a continuation of the previous post Building a Master Cane: Thinking it Through.

Some of the things I didn’t like about the original design were

  • There were colors that didn’t belong.
  • The arrangement lacked rhythm; it was more of a hodgepodge than a design consisting of interrelated parts.
  • There wasn’t enough value (light/dark) contrast within some of the canes.
  • There wasn’t enough value (light/dark) contrast between some of the neighboring canes.

The first thing I dealt with was the color issue. I had been lazy and incorporated some canes left over from a previous project. These canes are marked with an “x” in the picture.They just didn’t fit: The leaves were more olivey and desaturated than the rest of the cane and the blue had a lot of black in it and thus was too shaded to go with the others. As much as it hurt to take a step “backward,” I took those canes out.  I also took out the large trumpet shaped cane in the middle because I didn’t think it had enough value contrast.

master cane revision 1 med

At this point I started fresh, with new slices of the remaining canes, so it is “goodbye” to the above arrangement.  In the next post I’ll write about my modifications to some of the remaining canes and show you some of the new canes I added (and explain why). I’ll also show you my first efforts to create a more rhythmic design.


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6 Responses to Building a Master Cane: First Revision

  1. Carrie says:

    I can’t wait to see how this develops – thank you, Carol!

  2. Frances says:

    It is the amount of work that you put into all those canes that i find awe-inspiring! It is interesting to look at the shape of each cane component. You obviously have to plan your shapes as much as your colours and be careful to construct the cane to minimise the likelihood of a component getting distorted. I suppose a beginner can start with a smaller kaleidoscope!

    • Carol Simmons says:

      A smaler kaleidoscope and easier component canes. That’s what we do in my bracelet class. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Sue Corrie says:

    This is fascinating. Thank you for sharing your process, Carol – can’t wait for the next instalment.

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