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Senkata

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Hello Clay folk!
« on: October 05, 2015, 11:50:15 AM »
Hi all!

My name is Senta and I just wanted to introduce myself to the forum.  Hi!

I just started working with polymer clay a few months ago and haven't gotten any decent sleep ever since.  I am hooked and addicted!  I am a cane making maniac but plan on making some jewelry and covering vessels.  I also do stained glass and mosaics and envision some pretty cool polymer clay mosaic projects.

My biggest struggle currently is reducing round canes. So much waste clay!  I have the Judy Belcher video and have been working that technique but reducing! I'm having so much trouble with it....but I'll stick to it.  I'm very happy to join this group. Thank you!  Happy claying!

MilleD

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Re: Hello Clay folk!
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2015, 07:17:03 PM »
Welcome to the forum  :)

I'm not sure what Judy's technique is, but have you tried pressing the ends of the cane against something while you are reducing?  It makes it so the outer part of the cane has nowhere to go so should make less waste.

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Re: Hello Clay folk!
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2015, 07:44:54 PM »
Hello Senta  :)

I'm not brilliant at reducing - l am too impatient  ::)

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Re: Hello Clay folk!
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2015, 09:27:31 PM »
Welcome!
Timrċ in the north of Sweden. Always with my polymer clay eyes open.
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Senkata

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Re: Hello Clay folk!
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2015, 08:05:17 AM »
thanks for the warm welcome!

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Re: Hello Clay folk!
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2015, 05:19:00 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

Reducing canes can be annoying with all the waste. But of course, it is never really wasted - you can marble it or cut it up for abstract patterns - there are lots of cool projects for using cane ends up nicely and recycling them.

Worst comes to worst, the scrap clay is always useful inside other beads or for other projects.

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Re: Hello Clay folk!
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2015, 08:17:04 AM »
Welcome. I'm with Carrie on caning and reducing, only more so. I don't have the patience for it all. Some amazing things around made with canes though. Good luck with it.

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Re: Hello Clay folk!
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2015, 09:00:26 AM »
I think caning is easier when you commit to making a larger cane - like at least 2 or 3 small clay packs worth of material. Then you can already work to make it longer than it is wide before even starting reduction and that helps.

Small canes seem to generate a lot higher percentage of wastage.

I tend to reduce round canes from the middle, pinch them down to pretty much my desired diameter without even working too much on the ends. Then I squish my way along the cane work from the middle out. That and plenty of letting the cane rest for the clay to maintain even temperature.

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Saashka

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Re: Hello Clay folk!
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2015, 05:26:01 PM »
Hi Senta and welcome! I make mostly beads and am looking forward to seeing your creations.

Senkata

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Re: Hello Clay folk!
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2015, 10:05:00 AM »
Thanks for the tips!