|Woodland Owl Dagger Necklace|
The first thing I did was to set aside all the leftover canes from my owl design. I figured that I could use them as accent pieces for whatever I decided to put together. Next thing to figure out - what to do with all the left over cane ends and pieces of scrap that are an inevitable part of the caning process. Well that one is easy enough thanks to Alice Stroppel - I made a "Stroppel" Cane. The one nice thing about using cane scraps is they make GREAT "Stroppel" canes. You can see my left over owl parts canes and my "Stroppel" cane below! I know I'll be using this for multiple purposes because of the wonderful color palette.
|Whimsical Owl Bangle|
Next, I wanted to give my try to some larger tapered focal beads. I started out with the center bead. Using a faux ivory background, I added leaves, branches, and my owl to make a fun woodland bead. I made two slightly smaller beads with my "Stroppel" cane, tapered them and then added a faux ivory ribbon and some left over cane accents. The three together make a fabulous trio on a simple buna cord.
|Tapered Woodland Bead Set/Necklace|
Of course, the "Stroppel" Cane and scraps by themselves make some pretty lovely things, too! Here is just a sampling of the wonderful creations made with leftovers that could have just as easily ended up in the scrap jar. The frugal artist in me absolutely loves this! And hopefully I've inspired you to think more about your leftovers, too!