To begin with, its taken forever for me to get the clay I needed for the project-- Premo has a peacock pearl clay in their new 2011 colors, but so far I've not been able to find it locally even though it was released in January. I couldn't even find it online anywhere-- stores that carried some of the new colors didn't seem to have this particular color in stock, for whatever reason. Finally, after looking and looking I found some to order online and ended up paying an exorbitant shipping price for it.
The other color I need is green pearl, which has been discontinued in lieu of the new 2011 Premo pearl colors, so that has also created a difficulty. I finally found two blocks of it locally and have been hoarding it for this project.
But ANYWAYS-- on to creating the peacock feathers:
First I mixed two shades of peacock pearl and created these "eye" canes which will be in the center of the peacock feather. Then I mixed a darker shade of green pearl and was ready to assemble the second part of the feather cane.
I have to add--I am not a caner; I have very little experience with the technique, and then its been with only the very simplest of cane designs, so I approached this peacock cane project with all the online feather cane tutorial information I could find and quite a bit of trepidation as well.
Failed cane attempts #1 and #2. Sigh. The one on the left didn't seem to have enough definition between the layers of black & green, plus the shape wasn't what I wanted. On the right, I tried using silver between the green layers for more definition and I got it-- but did not like the results.
So I decided to lighten the dark green pearl just a bit so it wouldn't blend into the black and I tweaked the cane design a little and--
Finally. A peacock feather tip. But would it reduce and still look okay? *fingers crossed*
Yay! I'm pleased with how this one turned out. I think it will work for what comes next. And its a good thing, because all my trial and error has used up the majority of the peacock and green pearl clays I had.
Now on to stage two...