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Spliced flower cane tutorial
« on: July 23, 2011, 07:26:35 PM »
Thought I'd write up how to do the spliced flower cane since I was asked so nicely! Excuse the not-brilliant photos.

I'd call this an intermediate cane as it has a lot of steps, but it's not that difficult and a beginner could work through it as long as they knew how to do a skinner blend and how to reduce.



You'll need two darkish colours that go well together, and a pale colour – about 1/8 of a standard 56g block each of the dark colours and 1/4 of a block of the pale colour (divided into two).

I used Premo clay in burnt umber, a creamy colour made from mixing white and ecru, and a blue I mixed up from some scraps. I used half as much clay since it's just for this tute, so don't let my tiny cane throw you!



Make two skinner blends, one from each dark colour to the light colour. They don't have to be completely perfect.



Fold one sheet over as if you're continuing to skinner blend, but run it through the pasta machine at 90 degrees to the fold.



You'll end up with a longer sheet, with the blend more “spread out”. Repeat with the other sheet.



Roll the sheets out at a medium-thin setting to make them even longer.



Trim the light end of the strip to neaten it, and start rolling up into a tight log.



You should end up with a log which is light on the inside and dark on the outside. Repeat with the other strip, and let both logs rest and cool for about 15 minutes.



With a sharp blade, cut the log in two right down the middle.



Then cut into four in the same way. Repeat with the other log.



You now have four pieces of each colour.



Cut one piece in half.



Take a piece of log and lay it down with one of the straight sides on the table. Push the dark edge down over the light part, right the way down the piece.



You can see how some of the light colour is now covered by the dark colour.



Turn the piece over and repeat with the other dark edge.



You'll end up with a piece that is kind of teardrop-shaped in cross-section, with a curved dark edge and a light point. Repeat with all of the pieces.



The piece that was cut in half is a bit trickier to do, but again it doesn't have to be perfect.



Lay the four pieces of one colour next to each other with the light points upwards, with a slight gap in between each one.



Place the three pieces of the other colour, light point down, in between the first four pieces.



The “half” pieces go on the end.



Squash the whole thing together into a square-ish cane.



Something like this.



Pick the colour you want to go in the middle of the cane (I chose the blue), and squash that side into a point. You want to end up with a triangular cane.



Gently ease it into an equilateral triangle shape, making the point as sharp as you can.



Sharpen up the other corners as well.



Looks rubbish at the moment, but it will get better!



Reduce the cane by squeezing, wriggling, and pulling, until it measures about 10 inches.



Trim the messy ends, and reduce a little more if necessary to get to 9 inches. Cut into 3 equal parts.



See the pretty! :)



Start assembling the cane by putting two pieces together, making sure the inside colour of one piece is next to the inside colour of the other. Line them up the whole way along the length.



Add the third piece, again making sure that inside colour touches inside colour. You now have half a cane.



Cut into two equal pieces.



Put the two pieces together, adding a thin log of contrasting colour for the centre of the flower if you wish.



Push the pieces together gently but firmly, to get them to stick together.



Squeeze the corners together to make the cane round. Once it's pretty much there you can roll it on the work surface just to get it perfectly round.



The finished cane, with a couple of others done in the same way. I actually think that this one isn't as nice because it's too neat, but I like the colours. This is a cane that comes out different every time.

It's also a nice cane to experiment with – try making one of the skinner blend logs with the dark colour on the inside, make the cane without the squishing of the cut pieces, use multi-coloured blends, etc.

Let me know if I need to clarify anything! I'd love to see what you make. :)

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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2011, 07:33:24 PM »
Brilliant, Anna, thank you so much - I will have a go at that tomorrow!!!

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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2011, 08:51:28 PM »
Wow!  Anna thanks for the turorial.  Your flower canes are beautiful.   :) Mel

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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2011, 09:02:13 PM »
Great tutorial! Thanks  :)

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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2011, 09:39:43 PM »
Thanks Anna...brilliant!!!

(and your workspace looks soooooo tidy!)

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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2011, 10:19:59 PM »
Just beautiful Anna - thank you for the great tute and excellent photos and step-by-steps.

I think the canes are all lovely - they remind me of cornflowers.

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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2011, 11:01:27 PM »
Brilliant Anna thank you

i'm tempted to give it a go now!! but its getting late ahh who cares!

thanks Anna x
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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2011, 11:25:36 PM »
Brilliant tutorial Anna - your canes are lovely -  I must give that one a try -  thankyou for that

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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2011, 11:43:56 PM »
Great tutorial Anna - you must have put a lot of work into it! :)

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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2011, 12:13:12 PM »
Great tutorial Anna.  :)

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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2011, 02:42:45 PM »
OOooo fab tutorial can't wait for my new clay to turn up so I can have ago!  :D

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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2011, 03:54:23 PM »
Here's my cane, which I've just put in the fridge for a cool down. I'll make something with it this evening - I'm really pleased with the way it looks so far, although I think next time I won't squish the dark colours quite so far round the light colour, as I think I'll get more "space" between the darker colours then.

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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2011, 09:16:17 PM »
Well done shirley, its lovely colours

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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2011, 09:41:37 PM »
Thanks Anna - another brilliant tutorial  :)

Well done Shirley - 1st to put the tute into practise & a great result  :)

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Re: Spliced flower cane tutorial
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2011, 10:54:49 PM »
I had a table with Colette at a country fair today, I played with some clay whilst there and made a spliced cane. It turned out really well and I'm very pleased with it. Your instructions were very easy to follow Anna, thank you.
No pictures yet though as I'm shattered, it was a lovely day but very tiring smiling and talking to people all day. also attempted a frog.
I'll get some pictures up soon.