I must say that when I started working with polymer clay, I considered that making canes is way too complicated. Luckily, I have managed to overpass this fear. Because you can do so much with a cane….
You can use cane slices to make cabochons, beads, embellish bracelets so a cane goes a long way.
Materials used: golden polymer clay, light blue polymer clay, dark blue polymer clay and cherry red (mixed with white), pasta machine, a blade and the clay extruder.
I have made a skinner blend using the light blue and the dark blue.
I have folded the polymer clay sheet and then rolled it into a log.
I have coated it with golden polymer clay.
Then I have shaped the log with my fingers to give it a tear-shape.
Then I have repeated the process with the mixture of red cherry and white (a pink shade) and the dark blue.
Then I have arranged the logs like this:
I have made a hexagon-shaped log (using the clay extruder) and dark blue polymer clay and used it for the base of the cane. I have put the three light blue – dark blue skinner blend logs over the hexagon log and then the pink – dark blue skinner blend logs on top and coated the resulting cane with a thin sheet of black polymer clay.
I coated the cane with a sheet of black polymer clay and then I reduced the cane (I rolled it from the middle to the margins to make it thinner).
And this is the result: (the reduced canes are on the left, the original cane is on the right)
I used thin slices of the cane to make a bracelet, a cabochon that I have put on a ring setting and beads for long dangle earrings.