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« on: March 29, 2007 11:58:46 AM »




Finished and reduced cane.

You will need:  pasta machine
                     clay blade
                     cookie cutters
                     small diameter knitting needle
                     green, yellow clay 1/2 block each
                     white clay 3/4 block
                     black clay less than 1/2 block
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Start out with skinner blend with yellow and green, then wrap in sheet of black clay med thickness of pasta machine.


Take your knitting needle and press in cane about half way down.  It will look like you are ruining your cane, but you are not. You wiggle out your needle......


 Then press together the valley you just made with hook.  
 
Then pinch cane all the way across to give it a point.


Wrap cane with white sheet thickest setting of pasta machine but keep the point exposed.  This will meet in the middle with the other leaves. Reduce this cane to four inches long, then cut into four one inch pieces.
 

Using sheet of clay and cookie cutters for same amounts of clay, roll four logs and place in corners.

Using smaller cutter, fill in the now 8 corners.  This is called packing.


Wrap cane with sheet of white thickest setting.


Ok reducing gone wild!!!  Reduced, cut then stacked again.  Used the stencil press for the beads.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! Grin

                    
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2007 02:04:13 PM »

great tutorial..thanks! your bracelet looks great Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2007 09:22:26 AM »

What an adorable bracelet!  (do you have that anywhere I can link to it??) ... and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Grin

Btw, if others are interested in making this, it's not absolutely necessary to do a "Skinner Blend" first to get a very similar effect in the clover.
Instead, you could just use yellow clay for the center.  Or better, use yellow clay for the center, then use a mix of green-and-yellow for a wrap around the yellow center, and then the all-green wrap around those (...or you could use even more of the "discrete" color mixes in-between the yellow and the green**).

And if you don't have a heart-shaped stencil to create the shapes with, you can just reduce the cane and apply each thin slice of single clover to a white ball of clay separately, roll them in, then shape into a heart by indenting and pinching and maybe flattening a bit to lay against the wrist more easily.
Or you could cut lengths of the reduced clover cane and press them together (beadizzygrl's final cane seems to be one clover in the middle with 5 clovers around it).. then apply a slice of that multi-clover cane to both sides of a white ball, roll, and shape into heart.


**there's lots of info on making "discrete blends" this way here:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/blends.htm
(... click on Making Discrete Gradations...)
This is the way that all gradations were done before the Skinner blend technique for making a continuous blend came along.


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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2007 01:29:10 PM »

Thank you very much LuxieLou and DianeB!!


And yes Diane, you guessed right, I did reduce that cane to 6 pieces, one in center and five around it.  I found my heart shape stencil at walmart, and worth every penny!! 


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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2007 08:15:49 PM »

Wow!  Thank you for sharing.  When you say you used "the stencil press" for the hearts do you mean you actually pressed a stencil down onto the clay?
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2007 11:16:31 PM »

You are amazing with polymer clay canes! Shocked

How I wish I had your skills!!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2007 04:28:28 PM »

Wow.. thanks so much for the tute! My urge to buy a pasta maker and some Fimo Classic is getting stronger and stronger!
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2007 12:35:52 PM »

Wow!  Thank you for sharing.  When you say you used "the stencil press" for the hearts do you mean you actually pressed a stencil down onto the clay?
Yes, you slice cane, then over top of slice you press the stencil using something to press around cut out.  When you do this, the extruded clay thru cut out bows out slightly.  You slice flush with the brass stencil.  Do this twice, one for front and one for back of bead.  The slices are same size and form perfectly together.  Wink  Makes a perfect bead everytime!! 
Thank you Infinite Annie, WIPS, and cherade9 for your kind compliments!! Grin
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2007 08:12:18 AM »

GREAT tutorial and GREAT bracelet!! I want to try it!!!!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2008 12:40:53 PM »

My god!! im not really in to bracelet but yours look great! amazing work! ... girl u HAVE patience Wink
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