Oooo i love the pot thing at the bottom! I absolutely love the effect of canes, but i can never get them to look right
I'll keep on trying though!
I had the same thing when I started. Two tips:
1) The freezer is your friend. I would shape the leaf cane kind of how I wanted it, then freeze it for a while. Like at least 15 minutes probaby. I was working on a few projects at once so I was rotating the freezer time. This keeps the canes the shape you want them and makes the cuts a billion times cleaner.
Oh I lied...3 tips
2) Use a sharp thin blade...the kind that cuts through thumbs twice, like the clay blades sold by the clay or for the longest time I was using a razorblade I baked a clay like handle onto.
3) TAKE YOUR TIME. You have no idea how hard this is for me, but I'm learning that if you have just a little patients stuff looks a lot better...especially canes.
I think also the bigger you work the easier it gets as far as detail goes.
On this one I used both fimo and sculpey (yellow fimo, sculpey everything else) and I would most likely not recommend it unless you realize things will be wonky. My skinner blend was always lop-sided because the green would squish out so much more than the yellow (fimo is much harder than sculpey...a good and bad thing huh?)
So, maybe that's tip #4 Fimo make more defined canes I think because it stays in place better...but is harder for the beginner to use because it's a pain in the butt to get workable. I think I'm slowly switching over to it as my colors run out just for that fact.
Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments!