SMALL PATTERNED CANES

canes

You can create any type of design using colored clay. I have made everything from skyscrapers to mythical dragons using variations of basic cane techniques that I teach in my workshops. You can easily adapt patterns from versions shown on the Internet polymer clay sites or books. 


cane

What is a CANE? A cane is a tube of pattern made to any size or shape. Like a loaf of bread, you can cut it into slices to use as decoration on your work or roll them together to make a larger image.

Most cane slices look alike, but not identical. If you plan it correctly, every slice can also be different colors of the same pattern. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

The best books on creating canes are found in the Polymer Clay area. There are many books with step by step instructions on designing patterns. Look on the Internet for polymer clay sites … almost anything they can do with polymer we can do with clay.

Examine this piece below and note that every element of the design is a unique cane or small loaf of patterned colored clay. The flowers, the roofs, the roads, the mall and the house bodies are all made, sliced and re-assembeld.

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In the examples below, I made several floral canes and simply combined them to create a very unique floral platter..

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The same applies below with tiny canes making lovely violet plates.

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You can also use them individually to decorate plain wares.

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