This cane was a result of a happy accident! When a Skinner blend twisted as I fed it into a pasta machine, I didn’t think it would be noticeable, so I stacked it in a cane anyway. I was 100% wrong about it not being noticeable — and that’s a good thing! When I cut the cane, the graduated effect was immediately apparent. After spending some time tweaking my technique to enhance the graduated stripes, it became my new favorite cane.
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- Polymer clay: 2 colors, 2 oz. (57 g) each
Condition the clay. Roll 2 oz. (57 g) of one color of polymer clay into a ball, flatten it, and then roll it into a snake. (You can use any brand of clay, but firmer clay is more suitable for caning. I’m using Fimo Soft in Pacific Blue and White.) Fold the snake in half, twist it, and roll it into a ball again. Repeat until the clay is soft and pliable.
NOTE: You can also use a pasta machine (dedicated to nonfood use) to condition clay. Cut the block of clay into approximately 1⁄4-in. (6.5 mm)-thick slices. Stack them together into a sheet, overlapping the long edges. Press the edges together. Run the clay through the pasta machine set to its extra-thick or thick setting, fold the clay in half, and run it through the machine again, folded-side first. Use a needle tool to puncture any air pockets, and continue to fold and roll the clay until it’s soft.
Repeat to condition 2 oz. (57 g) of the second color of clay.
NOTE: You probably won’t use the entire 2 oz. (57 g) of each color, but it’s good to give yourself some wiggle room by preparing more clay than you’ll need.
Mix the third color. Following the same method for conditioning the clay, thoroughly mix half of the white clay with half of the blue to create a mid-range blue.