Friday, October 21, 2011

Exciting day in the workshop

The day got off to a rousing start due to some naughtiness by a couple of unnamed class participants.  Carol Simmons has developed a phenomenal cane slicer with a very sharp blade, and some creative folks decided to "illustrate" the potential risks of using it.  We all waited expectantly for Carol to see our work, but she kept walking by the slicer without seeing what was there.  Finally we heard a shriek and knew that our trick was a success.

Bloody severed finger
For the last two days we have been frantically creating component canes to go into our kaleidoscope cane, and today, everything started to come together. 

A bunch of component canes

Laying out cane slices to figure out the design
Fabulous job of interpreting inspirational fabric
Partly assembled cane
Laying out my cane
My cane before reducing


  1. Oh my goodness - I have learned so much just from this blog post! I'd never have thought to lay out can slices on a template like this! Wonderful boost to my caning future! :)

    me<>< (aka Cindy Matthews)

  2. Okay. I can't figure it out. What is 'cane'?

  3. A cane as tall as a can of coke! I bet that was fun to reduce ;)

  4. Hi Kat. A cane is a log (or can be square or triangle) with the same design running through the entire length. They can be very small to really BIG, like these are. You know that cookie dough that comes in a tube and has say, a pumpkin running through slice off pieces and you get the same design each time, that is a cane. the beauty of polymer clay is you can reduce (make smaller) and still have the exact same design through it! hope this helps. Amy

  5. Thank you so much! I found a site that explains what different techniques are (what they mean), etc. This has helped a lot. I just started working with color- Sculpey III, & it's very pliable compared to the old oven bake I've worked with. Going to take MUCH practice to get a decent cane! Again, thank you for the help!