Member Benefits 057: Cane Making

Polymer Clay Membership SiteIt’s TRUE! Cindy, you make mistakes so we don’t have to… but I’m glad to see you make them nevertheless. I’m always so conscious when I work the clay, even though I work alone, of what I might be doing wrong. Like grabbing this wrong, dropping beads, having to re-string things because I miscalculated, etc.. It’s nice to see you do those on camera. (Isn’t this compliment a little backward?!) Anyway, it makes me feel a little bit better that I’m so far from the perfect little artiste I want to be. So thank you. Thank you for this tutorial because it helped me to assert my instincts when I work with the clay. I had seen a tutorial on reducing canes and it said to grab it by the middle and really squeeze it. She called the technique (I’m not kidding!) ‘choke the chicken’. Well, when I tried it it just DID NOT feel right. And I kind of ended up doing it like you did here. I’m so glad you explained it so well. I was going to buy one of your earlier tutorials on this because I was just very hesitant that I was doing it right. Now you gave me enough to go on til I get to that. Thanks for everything and will report back! Love to ALL! ~Andrea-P >> Original comment was posted here: Checkered Paisley Cane

Thank you again, Cindy, for translating another difficult looking technique into something that is easy to understand. You’re awesome! ~Catherine-R >> Original comment was posted here: Kaleidoscope Canes Video

What I like about this cane is how dimensional it looks. It’s actually flat but looks textured. I have subscribed to the tutorials for a couple of years. This week is a prime example of why I continue to subscribe. Cindy tried out a couple of techniques and color combinations before the final demo. I’ve had too many experiences where I have spent a lot of time on a cane only to end up with a final result that looks muddy or does not flow. ~Anna-S >> Original comment was posted here: Snowy Tree “Pointillist” Cane

Wow Cindy! Wonderful cane and once again you solved so many things that I have been struggling with. Thanks. ~Cassie-C >> Original comment was posted here: Pirate Cane Skull Cross Bones

Cindy’s great, isn’t she?! The teardrop blend is awesome, such a great idea. And Cindy is full of great ideas, and tips and tricks to make claying easier, and inspirational projects and articles – the woman’s got it all! She makes most of her canes and other projects with small amounts of clay. She says she hates waste, but I never realized what a great benefit this is to clayers from other countries where clay is much pricier. ~Phaedrakat >> Original comment was posted here: Faux Agate Video Tutorial

Cindy, this is a great tut. Lots of good hints and tricks to make it easy too. Can not wait to see what folks here come up with due to the vast variety of cutters available. Best of all, using this method can really reduce wasted clay when trying to make canes. Best of all worlds, fun, easy and economical. Thanks! ~Jocelyn-C >> Original comment was posted here: Cookie Cutter Canes

All right! You must have genuinely read my mind! I have been dying, just dying, to make a backgroundless flower cane. And for it to be a rose, well that’s just icing on the cake! In fact, I must confess, I was on the verge of buying a tutorial on this very subject, so I am so glad my desires and your design, Cindy, came at just the right time! ~Becky-C >> Original comment was posted here: Backgroundless Shaded Rose Cane

This is one of my fav canes… so easy to make, but it always looks fabulous :) You do a great job with the site and videos. Keep up the great work! ~Laura-G >> Original comment was posted here: Extruder Mod Canes

Ok, once again the guru of clay has amazed me. This technique seems so do-able… now that I have visually watched you create this part of the cane. Cindy, thanks as always for being a great tutor. Going to work on this technique tonight… I’ll post my good and bad happenings. ~Nancy-R >> The original comment was posted here: Flower Cane Tutorial

I think I will make Fridays a no eating day. I will be too busy to cook. Better not tell my husband that though. I just love the look of this cane can’t wait. ~Ritzs >> Original comment was posted here: Spliced Cane

Love, love, LOVE the zebra cane, absolutely fantastic! I really want to make some of those cool bracelets. Great work, Cindy. As always, you make it look so easy and “do-able.” Thank you. ~Sue-W >> Original comment was posted here: Zebra Cane Animal Prints

This is so unique, I just love the shape and that the look can be changed by using different colors. Looking forward to this one, should be a fun one to learn. I was admiring the lovely dimensional bead too, I think I’m drawn to different shapes. ~DJ >> Original comment was posted here: Grape Hyacinth Flower Cane

This is the most profoundly beautiful cane ever!!!  The colors just flow into each other. Perfect colors for anyone. Especially the gals in my family. These would make thrilling gifts. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!! ~Patt-W >> Original comment was posted here: Peacock Cane

The true genius of this cane is that it gets you using most of the new premo colours simultaneously. Look… I have to be honest I made a bit of a dog’s breakfast of this cane but the colours and ratio are so stunning I ended up with some beautiful pieces anyway! ~Emily-H >> Original comment was posted here: Peacock Feather Cane

This is a fantastic idea. Can’t wait to try it. Tulips are so pretty and come in so many colors. And… that little peek at next week… WOW! I love parrot tulips even more. Thanks for the idea about cutting when hot for this. I too have trouble with wonky beads… lol. ~Pollyanna >> Original comment was posted here: Backgroundless Tulip Cane

Very pretty, will be having a go at this one today. Very clever way of keeping the shape of the outside canes. That’s really thinking outside the square, or should I say “circle”. ~Sandra-J >> Original comment was posted here: Dandelion Ghost Cane

Elaine – how scary – not to be able to see colors!!! So glad your reaction lasted only 24 hours! I cannot imagine living in a b/w shaded world. Thank you, Cindy and Doug, for an awesome tutorial, yet again. You’re right, when you said “now the magic begins” it really was magical to have that cane form like that – and as often is the case with polymer, the essentially unlimited variety and patterns that can be made by this technique are stirring my imagination to make something fun and beautiful. ~Maria-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Diamond Pattern Ikat Cane

This is the first time I’ve been online since week before last. Didn’t even have time to view last week’s tute until tonight. Now I’m caught up, yay! Cindy, I really enjoyed the tree cane. Has my mind spinning, thinking of all the other canes I can make in this style. I love making canes and this is such a neat way of doing it. ~Angela-M >> Original comment was posted here: Poinsettia Charms

I watched this video again (cause I never “get” everything the first or second time LOL) and I realized I never even commented on your Snowy Tree pendant! Cindy, it was literally the first thing that caught my eye when I watched the clip the FIRST time, then I got caught up in your words (and excited at the prospect of a book, I guess)… Anyway, the pendant is so unique, just the right size. I always have difficulty deciding when I have REDUCED my cane enough, or I forget to SAVE a piece. I ended up with earrings! Thanks again for everything you do. You’re like the (really smart) younger sister who figures everything out before I do! Yes, I have one of those… so clever, dang it! ~Monique-U >> Original comment was posted here: Polymer Art Therapy

Another great tutorial… my head is filling with ideas for this cane. Thanks again Cindy, it was awesome. ~Bonnie-K >> Original comment was posted here: Faux Wood Cane Video

This cane is just so simple, and so effective – and Cindy, I love the little tip of backing it with a sheet of pearl, am SO going to give this a try. ~Lesley-S >> Original comment was posted here: Rose Brain Cane

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