I do not make canes with polymer clay. It just isn’t something that I fancy for myself. I have made some basic canes (stripes, checkerboard, bullseyes) but rarely anything complex. So I’m not sure what prompted me to make canes this weekend. Perhaps it was my desire to take a break from making wine bottle stoppers. Perhaps it was the two logs of scrap clay that have been resting on my work table waiting for rejuvination. Whatever it was, here is what I did and the results:
The extruded clay was cut into 16 pieces of equal length and restacked into a 4 x 4 square. This square was then wrapped with two layers of contrasting clay, cut on a diagonal into four equal pieces and reassembled. Then I wrapped the cane again with a single layer of white clay.
(NOTE: If you do not have an extruder, you could roll your scraps into a log, 1″ in diameter, and square it up. Or use a solid color log of clay.)
I decided to add a little more color to my cane. I cut the cane vertically and inserted a sheet of red pearl clay. Then I made two horizontal cuts and inserted two more sheets of red pearl clay, compressed the cane and started reducing it.
I reduced the cane, cut it into four equal pieces, inserted a thin log of red pearl clay at the center point where all four cane pieces met, compressed and reduced it again. Then the cane was cut in half one more time and I mirrored the images for the finished cane.
And here is this cane sliced and rolled into a sheet.
It definitely has a plaid/tartan feel to it though I’m not sure what Clan would claim it as their own.
Making this cane was fun and it will make some great cloth for art doll clothing. I mentioned that I made two canes. The second cane is not yet finished. I’ll post that one later.
To see some wonderful canes made by wonderful polymer artists, visit:
Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg (Riverpoet Designs)
Karen Lewis (Klew)