Gail Garbe

polymer clay covered bowl and spoon set

We often think that polymer clay canes need to have as little distortion as possible. But that leaves out a whole range of possibilities. Gail Garbe used a very simple cane to create very different effects by how she chose to stretch the slices to cover these bowls. Note how the slices on the right are large and elongated, while the bowl on the left has a more compact double layer of slices.

Gail’s choice of tinted translucent as the background for this cane is also intriguing. This means that thin slices create a more ethereal feel as the light shines through them. But look what happens when she used thicker slices of these same canes to make earrings. See how the effect changes.

polymer clay earrings by gail garbe

I also want to point out the way the black-edged squiggle gives the impression that it has bled into the background. This is an illusion. This happens because the translucent green background allows you to see the edge of the black stripe through the entire thickness of the slice. This gives the illusion of the black bleeding into the background, but it’s only visual!

Gail has also used translucent canes to cover another bowl and spoon set below. It’s interesting how these bold designs (almost tribal in effect) end up being somewhat subdued by the use of translucent as the material. An interesting combination!

Polymer Clay bowl and ice cream set by Gail Garbe.

Gail was able to slice these chunky canes with the aid of her Pro Slicer. Gail and her husband Manfred (an engineer by trade) have developed a high-end slicer (similar to the Simmons Slicer) but small enough to carry in their RV.

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We normally intend for translucent in canes to be inconspicuous, but Gail has used its qualities front and center in her design. The contrast between the bold, opaque cane motif and the watery background creates an effect that is enhanced by varying the thickness of the pieces.

polymer clay earrings by gail garbe

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