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Cherry_lane
« on: September 30, 2006 01:50:38 PM »

Hi ladies!

Can I ask for you help?
I really have tried to find a tutorial online for two days now on making a banana cane and  strawberry slice canes. Does anyone know of one online or would be good  enough if they have the time to teach me?
Thank-you for reading thisxxx
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2006 08:47:55 AM »

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tutorial online for two days now on making a banana cane and  strawberry slice canes.

Cherry_lane, what kind of strawberry and especially banana canes do you want to make?  For a banana, you could have a cane showing an entire yellow banana with skin, a banana without the skin, a half banana showing the little black thingies inside the length of it, or a cross-section of a skinless banana, etc.  For a strawberry, I'd assume you'd want either a whole strawberry as seen from the side, or a halved strawberry seen from the inside.

And do you want to have the food item surrounded by a background color in the cane, or do you want it to be an odd-shaped cane with no background?

And how much do you already know about "building" a cane so we can maybe give you a better idea?

Here's one lesson on doing an exterior view of a strawberry in a cane (then adding a white background), for example
http://www.geocities.com/pinchyspolymerplace/strawberry3.htm
And Nora Jean has a few caned fruits & veg's at here site:
http://www.norajean.biz/food/Diner-FruitNvegs.htm

Diane B.

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Cherry_lane
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2006 09:05:55 AM »

Hi Diane!
The kind I want are like these:http://www.forumsigs.com/users/dollyday621/exoticslicess.jpg
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2006 09:06:35 AM »

http://www.forumsigs.com/users/dollyday621/exoticslicess.jpg

Those are very good canes!  At first glance I wouldn't have thought they were even clay... the banana slices look a bit caned though.

Anyway, first I'd need to know just how much you already know about caning because those canes wouldn't be quick or simple to explain if you knew too little. 

They are, of course, made as one cane, then lengthened and cut, then recombined in radial symmetry (for the kiwis and bananas --that type often referred to as kaleiscope canes), and combined in mirror symmetry --though around a central red triangle  (for the strawberries). 
If you want to read up on symmetry in caning, check out this page in the meantime:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes--instructions.htm
(...look under the general sub-category called Symmetry & Repetition...)


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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2006 07:27:59 AM »

Hi Diane, they are indeed great canes!
I know a little and have made citrus and watermelon canes with no problem, I just need some guidence reallyxx
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2006 09:21:53 AM »

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I know a little and have made citrus and watermelon canes with no problem, I just need some guidence really


Since you've made "citrus canes" before, I presume you mean cross-sections of those kinds of fruits since they're commonly done with clay.
You'd do this banana cane in similar fashion, only starting with a different set of colors, and adding some brown for "seeds" and white/cream/translucent for the streaks.
 
This banana cane was made with either 3 lengths or 6 lengths of a original cane which had all those elements (3 lengths if the original cane had two brown "seed" marks, and 6 lengths if it just had one seed and each two of the six lengths were combined mirror image before putting the final 3 together radially). 
Do you know how to cut-and-insert thin sheets of clay into an existing cane?  Without a better closeup, I can't tell if this cane was entirely "built," or if the basics were built, then the streaks were inserted into it. 
Also, it looks as if there might have been an outer single-color layer (trans + creamy yellow) added after the inner part of the cane was created.

The strawberry slice was done with just one symmetry (mirror), rather than more than two radial symmetries.
So one way to do that would be to first create a wide-rectangle cane of the red/translucent and white/translucent where those colors interleave in the strawberry (could be done as wedges/"spliced" or as inserts or as ikat, etc.... several ways possible).... cut that cane in half, then put the halves on either sides of a marbled? cane of the same two colors which has been formed into a teardrop... then add a plain layer of red-trans across the bottom (where the stem would be). 
Shape and cut, or reduce first.

HTH,

Diane B.
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Cherry_lane
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2006 08:09:04 PM »

thank-you for all your help!xx
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