Great polymer clay cane ideas from nature

I was reading about organization (order in apparent chaos) for tissues cells and organelles with electron microscopy as a tool (transmission electron microscopy is what I have done for 40 years) and found a reference for chitin (someone’s blog i believe) and saw this picture of the layers of arrangement of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (part of a chitin chain) (second ref from Cohen 1991) which has inspired me to try similar stacks of polymer clay to see if i can create a cane which upon slicing looks like the arched (which this blogger calls artifactual… probably more a visual consequence of slightly-continuously skewed orientation of molecules at a given thickness (oh wouldn’t it be fun to be someone who knew fractal equations… as they translate into DNA code).  Anyway, below is a diagram for all you polymer clay cane enthusiasts to practice with….  cane layers on the right, and the hyperbolic curves on the left…. please have fun… I cant wait to try it.

polymer clay cane approach to hyperbolic curves in slices

Up next: margučiai (mar-GOO-chay)

Lithuanian egg art, with wax, which is a little reminiscent to Pysanka, with the use of kista and dyes. This appears to be a technique where the dyed or natural egg has colored wax applied with a straight pin in the end of a pencil (convenient) and this is used to dip into melted wax (maybe a mix of bee’s wax for melting control and crayons for color) and applied in quick rhythmic strokes.  Can’t wait to try this.  I took a lot of searching to find the name…. everything was in a language I could not understand (LOL), which says something about my lack of linquistic prowess.  See someone’s photo here which I have credited by linking the picture back to their site.  They did a wonderful job.