Nice cane, kishcrafts! And love the bend you put in the slices... a quite different look than flat wings.
im going to sound very silly, but what exactly are "canes", because what I call canes doesn't look much like this!fairies-in-disguise
, first I really want to know what you've been seeing as "canes"... maybe they're something entirely different and wonderful!
Secondly, it's not silly at all to be unfamiliar with what "canes" actually are
as they relate to polymer clay unless you already know about glass-work or its history since that's what they're mainly based on (but glass cane patterns can be taken a lot farther when using polymer clay).
Canes can be very simple to make, btw, or all the way up to difficult.
A clay "cane" is basically comprised of long pieces of clay of at least two colors or two variations of one color, and often different shapes, that have all been laid then pressed together.
A completed cane will end up having the pattern or "picture" created running all the way through its length. This allows "slices" to be cut from the cane; each slice will still contain the same pattern or image no matter how thin it is (think of how a jellyroll cake can be cut crosswise at any point but its spiral pattern will still show --in fact, "spiral canes" are made with polymer clay in exactly the same way). The slices can then be used in all kinds of ways.
Canes don't have to be round like a jellyroll cake though... they're often square or triangular, and they can actually be any shape but then may be harder to slice nicely.
There are a few "basic" ways of putting clay colors and shapes together to end up with a cane (which often looks like a long or short-fat log, but not always).
Rolling up two sheets (one laid on top of the other) into a spiral cane are one way, for example, like the jellyroll cake (these are called spiral canes or jellyroll canes).
Making a "stack" of sheets is the main way to create a "stripes" cane.
Another way is to "wrap" a sheet of clay around a log of clay --these are called wrapped canes or bullseye canes. Additional wraps can be added as well (kishcrafts used an additional black wrap).
Canes that end up with more complex geometric patterns or even actual "pictures" are created by placing various long shapes or sheets of clay side by side (the long way) into a bundle; they are then pressed or rolled together to smoosh them into a cane.
There are other basic ways too, like cutting out some portion then replacing it with another color/shape, or folding long strips of 2 or more colors into patterns, and more.
(There are so many variations of those main techniques of putting different-colored shapes of clay together that the number of different canes possible are totally limitless!).
After a cane of any type has been made, if desired it can then be cut into a few lengths which are laid together and pressed/rolled to create a new cane ...this new cane will have many images of the same pattern in it but each one will be smaller than in the original cane. Or lengths of the same type of cane but created each in a different color can be used --like what kishcrafts did for the butterfly wing.
Or, entirely different
canes can be laid together to create a multi-cane cane.
You can read more about all the basic types of canes and how to make the easiest ones in this previous thread here:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178586.msg1852235#msg1852235
And if you want loads more lessons and info on many more canes (as well as tips on slicing them, how best to "reduce" them or make them smaller, and the history of the first glass
canes), check out these pages:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes-whatarethey.htm
(what are "canes"?)http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Canes--general.htm
(basic info on making clay canes)http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes--reducing.htm
(making canes smaller)
CANES --lessons, exampleshttp://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes--instructions.htm