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How to create a kaleidoscope cane

Make the Skinner blends. Make a Skinner blend using 3 oz. (85g) of gold clay and 3 oz. (85g) of ecru clay. Make a second Skinner blend using 11⁄2 oz. (42.5g) of burgundy clay and 1 1⁄2 oz. (42.5g) of gold. Cut each slab into a rectangle. Fold each rectangle in half lengthwise (the light-colored end will fold in half on itself and the dark-colored end will also fold in half on itself). Place one of the Skinner blends into the pasta machine, light end first. Run the slab through the pasta machine, beginning on the thickest setting and continuing to successively thinner settings up to a medium-thin setting. Repeat for the other blended slab.
Kaleidoscope cane Photo a
Photo a
Roll the blended slabs. Roll each slab, with the light-colored end of the slab at the center of each roll. Cut the gold roll into three 1 1⁄4-in. (32mm) pieces. Form two of the gold rolls into triangles. Use an acrylic block and brayer to form the third gold roll into a square. Form each burgundy roll into a teardrop shape. Wrap the burgundy roll in a slab of dark brown clay rolled to the second-to-thinnest setting on the pasta machine. Cut the burgundy roll into two 11⁄4-in. (32mm) pieces. 
Kaleidoscope cane Photo b
Photo b
Make the heart. Place the burgundy teardrops together so they form a heart shape. Indent one side of each of the gold triangles so that they fit snugly on each side of the burgundy heart.
Kaleidoscope cane Photo c
Photo c
Make a two-colored tessellation. Condition 2 oz. (56g) of dark brown clay and 2 oz. (56g) of ecru. Run a 3 1⁄2 x 3 1⁄2-in. (89 x 89mm) slab of each through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. Cut a 3-in. (76mm) square slab from each sheet. Lay one slab on top of the other. Slice this stack in half, and lay one half on top of the other, creating a striped block. Use a tissue blade to cut five 1⁄8-in. (3mm)-thick slices from the striped block. Lay these five slices side by side on your work surface, and roll with a brayer to meld the pieces into a striped slab.
Kaleidoscope cane Photo d
Photo d
Add a top sheet, and cut it to fit. Run a slab of dark brown clay through the pasta machine on the second-to-thinnest setting. Lay the brown sheet on top of the striped slab, and trim it to fit. Set this layered slab on the heart, brown side up, and mark where cuts will be made so that it fits properly. Remove the layered slab, and place it on your work surface. Use a tissue blade to trim the layered slab and bevel the outer edges so that they will blend smoothly with the curve of the heart. Place the trimmed, layered slab back on the heart, and fit it into the crevice of the heart.
Kaleidoscope cane Photo e
Photo e
Complete the triangle cane. Shape two of the corner edges of the square gold roll by grasping them and curving them downward. Gently press this piece into place on top of the heart. 
Kaleidoscope cane Photo f
Photo f
Press all three sides of the triangle together so that the triangle has flat, equal sides. Begin reducing the cane by holding it in one hand and slamming the three flat sides against a flat surface. Repeat several times on each side. This confirms the connection between the cane parts and warms the cane to help it stretch during reduction. Continue reducing the cane by following steps 1 and 2 of the featured project.
Kaleidoscope cane Photo g
Photo g
Assemble the kaleidoscope cane. When the cane is reduced to 7⁄8 in. (22mm) evenly on each side, trim off the ragged ends, and cut the cane into six equal lengths. Arrange the sections on end, with a corner edge of each toward the center. Make sure to match up the tessellation on each cane with the adjacent canes. Once the kaleidoscope cane is together, it can be reduced further and formed into a circle, if desired.

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