Jellyroll Cane with a Psychedelic Twist – Glow in the Dark

Rainbow Jellyroll Cane Pendant I’m familiar with the jelly roll cane. But as usual Cindy, you have put your own very cool spin on them.” ~Jaime-H

Up until recently, I have hesitated about creating more video tutorial lessons on how to make Rainbow Jellyroll Canes and Beads. Not that they aren’t cool. It’s just that this design has been demonstrated so many times by other polymer clay artists before me.

But now I’ve got a whole new twist on this project… that I guess I’ll refer to as a Psychedelic 60′s Cane.

First of all, it glows in the dark!

Secondly, it is done with a really cool blend, made with alcohol inks, which gives the cane a unique painterly look. This blend is great to use in other polymer clay projects as well. Definitely a must-learn technique to add to your growing bag of polymer clay tricks.

And thirdly, it glows in the dark! :-) :-)  If you’re anything like me, you’ll keep having this strange urge to go into dimly lit rooms when you are wearing beads, earrings and pendants made with this cane… just to see them light up!

Now if this middle aged chick thinks glowing jewelry is so neat, just imagine how cool a teen would feel… or grandkids… or anyone else who happens to by young at heart.

Glow in the dark not your thing? Well the same principals used to make this cane, can also be used to make a similar rainbow cane in translucent or pearl clay.

My plan is to include a cane tutorial on this topic in the March Volume-022 member video series. And as Phaedrakat has correctly echoed several times now in other posts, “…Cindy treats comments like votes or requests.”

So please do let me know if making glow-in-the-dark jellyroll rainbow canes and beads is something that you would like to learn about.

Rainbow Jellyroll Cane BeadCindy,I can’t wait to see all the exciting things you have in store for all of us. You are such a talented artist, and I feel very blessed to have found your web site and become a member. Will you be showing us how to make the gorgeous rainbow colored bead in this interchangeable pendant photo? It is soooo pretty, please show us how to make it!! ~Tiffany-M

I’d really like to learn how to make the rainbow bead that Tiffany mentioned. She’s right, it’s gorgeous. Can you put it on your list for tutorials? ~Linda-K

Linda and Tiffany: I have just come up with my own unique version of the Rainbow Jelly Roll Cane, that I am very excited about. My plan is show you guys how to make it next month in March. ~Cindy-L (me)

Goody, goody, goody!! More canes! I’m a bit of a cane-aholic. It is one of the first things I started making when I found polymer clay a loooong time ago. And I have amassed quite a collection by now. I’m familiar with the jelly roll cane. But as usual Cindy, you have put your own very cool spin on them. XOXO ~Jamie-H

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  1. This glow in the dark pendant is beautiful and I love the backing you have put it on…and as for “glowing-in-the-dark” well why not!! I vote YES.

  2. Cool, I love anything glow-in-the-dark!

    Wish I’d been able to live in the ’60s, but I wasn’t born until late ’79. Sh’ame, because I’d have made a good flower child hippy type!

  3. @Cindy – Will we need glow in the dark Premo for this? Probably a stupid question, but I just had to ask…

    I vote yes on this… Too cool..!! Now to find alchol inks..hmmmmm Perhaps Michaels carries them. Good now I have an excuse to go to Michaels. That is always a good time…hehehe In case I can’t find them at the craft store does anyone know of a good online source?

    ~Lisa :)

  4. I vote YES. I was born in “40″ The 60′s were great art years. although I was not, and couldn’t figure out flower children, I was so settled, and they were so searching. The colors are wonderful. You are sooo talented!! I have gotten alcohol inks at HobbyLobby, and Joann’s. I love to play with them and polymer clay.

  5. @Sandra G – Thanks for the heads up on where to get alcohol inks!! I have both of these stores in my area…

    ~Lisa :)

  6. Another “Yes” to the growing list. Looks like something for the girls this summer if we’re lucky to have them. Lisa, my alcohol ink was bought at Michael’s, some just recently, happy shopping!

  7. Yes, I just made some glow-in-the-dark beads using the extruder cane method and wasn’t all to crazy about them. I wondered if you can mix it with other colors and still have them glow? I would like to see how you tackled this!

  8. @Lisa: Don’t forget to use a 40% coupon at Michael’s, JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby (wow, you have all 3?) My Michael’s and JoAnn’s sell three colors for $9.99. They last a long time, so it’s a good investment.

    @Catalina: I’ve experimented with blending glow-in-the-dark with other clays, and it definitely reduced the “glow” for me. It’s an awesome effect, though, to have your clay glowing. I felt like a kid, turning out the lights and going, “Oh, Cooool!” And then doing it again, and again… (I hope I’m not starting to DORK-out again…)

    I never realized how many Hippy-Chicks we have at this site. Hippies and Chronic Pain sufferers (different discussion.) Oh, and ARTISTS, of course!

    • @Phaedrakat:

      I guess the glow-in-the-dark-ness won’t be affected as much by the inks as it is with other clay colours; because it’s pretty much transparent it won’t block out the light. Am I right Cindy?

      I love that glowing effect. I made a pendant for a friend of mine a while back (he moved to Australia so I wanted to give him a gift to remind him of me) in kind of stone effect, with “+15″ (one of our little in-jokes) engraved in it, then filled with glow clay. I didn’t tell him it glowed, and he got so excited when we went outside and he noticed the green glow – everyone’s a big kid when it comes to luminescent things!

      I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I’m in the chronic pain camp too. I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome and non-24-hour circadian rhythm sleep disorder. I love how so many people with chronic illnesses can create something beautiful without too much physical effort and really feel they’ve achieved something.

      • Hi Carole, the Glow-in-the-Dark clay is packaged just like the other colors, at least here in the US. At craft stores, I’ve always found it right in the display rows with the other clays. It’s light in color, like pearl or trans., but with a yellow-green cast. Fimo Effects has it, as well. The color is called “Nightglow” (04). You shouldn’t have any trouble now that you know to look for it!

        Hey Linda, the beads I made with GITD are always exposed to light in the daytime, so I know they CAN keep rejuvenating. I just don’t know if they HAVE TO have light, though. I’ll put them away and let you know if they lose their glow…

        That’s cool, Silverleaf; I love how you gave your friend the GITD pendant without telling him. What a fun surprise!

        I finally finished watching the Ice Dancing I Tivo’d, and Tessa & Scott were fantastic. They were so graceful, their passion so believeable, that I ended up in tears. They panned over to their family, and one woman (maybe a sister?) was crying, which made me cry more. What a feeling that would be. And it was such an incredible performance! Definitely worthy of gold. Good job, Canada!

  9. I vote for the glow-in-the-dark beads! I use the beads I make as good behavior incentives in my first grade classroom. A bead like this would be a huge hit!! So yes, yes, and yes!

  10. Thanks everyone for the overwhelmingly positive response about this glow in the dark jelly roll cane!

    Just to answer a couple questions… Yes you will need ‘Glow in the Dark’ clay. (Unless you don’t want the glow, then use translucent, pearl or white clay.)

    And yes, Silverleaf, the translucent doesn’t affect the glow properties the same way mixing a solid clay does. The yellows and green glow better but the other colors still glow.

    As far as ink colors go, you will need a yellow, blue and red based color to get the rainbow. I used Butterscotch, Stream and Wild Plum Adirondack Ink. Same set I’ve used in all the other techniques I’ve shown using alcohol ink. The link by my name will take you to to a post showing that ink set.

    You could also use any of the other Primary colors to get different effects. Your choice. You’ll see how it is done in the video and you can come up with your own twists if you want.

    On another note… I am sorry to hear that many of you suffer from chronic pain. But I am glad to see you have figured out a way to cope by immersing yourself in polymer clay! I am very proud to have each and every one of you here. You are all champions and heroes in my eyes.

    • @carolyn: Hi Carolyn, I mentioned to Catalina above, that I mjxed regular clay with GITD. It reduced the amount of glow. There was still some there, but only a little, and only if you were looking for it. I mixed Premo clays: GITD 50% with white 50% (1st test) & GITD 50% with White 25%/Trans.25% (2nd test.)I stopped testing there, because I had been hoping to dilute the GITD so I wouldn’t have to buy more for my project. But, I ended up just buying more on sale. I never tested any real “color-colors.” But 50% – 50% was probably too much, maybe trying only 25% color would turn out pretty good. Or, using ink, like Cindy’s doing in this project, is a great way to “Keep the glow”, since alcohol inks are so translucent.

  11. Oh wow, yes yes yes! I have to sisters-in-law (ages 13 and 15) they love the stuff I make now and so do all their friends, I can’t imagine their reaction with neons and glow in the dark! The 13 year old was over a couple weeks ago and wanted to make some beads. She ended up doing something similar to jupiter beads but did not use scraps (she used colors of her choice) and did not roll them smooth but left them coiled. We used them as links on some funky chain. She is the envy of the 7th grade! Everyone wants to know where they can get one!

  12. Well, Add me to the yes column as well, I could never think of something to use the glow in the dark clay, so I will have to go get it, and I have the Tim Holtz “Brights” inks, looking forward to this.

  13. The excitement here is wonderful, so looking forward to this. Now that I’ve taken a second, third, fourth….look my question is what is the bead attached to? I love this combination. Do we learn this also, Cindy? Oh, and how wonderful that Tessa & Scott won the GOLD! They certainly are the best. The judges got it right (sometimes in the past I wouldn’t have said that).

  14. I should have known I didn’t have to worry about having a bunch of different glow clays … alcohol inks will give the color … duh! Can’t wait to see how cindy does it!

  15. It’s funny that you guys should mention that about having the clay and wondering what to do with it. I have had about ten packs of Glow in the Dark clay that I bought more than a year ago, when Michaels had it’s 99 cent sale. It has sat there forever because I didn’t know what to do with it. With this rainbow cane I started playing with the blend idea on translucent clay. Then I saw the GITD clay sitting there and thought… I wonder? And of course the ‘rest is history’ as they say.

    Also in regards to the ‘thing’ backing the pendant pendant that a couple of you referred to… that was another one of those “I wonder?’ moments. You are going to LOVE it! I’ll tell more in a couple days or so… OK? I’ve got to get Doug to take some photos of them separately from the clay so you can have a better view.

  16. As another middle aged chick who thinks glowing jewelry is pretty cool too, absolutely another yes ;0) Like Joyce M and Susan B, I really like the backing combination with this bead too…this looks like a lot of fun!

  17. @DJ: yes… us middle aged chicks have to keep each other company… lol

    @Joyce-M: RE: Tessa & Scott winning Olympic GOLD last night… weren’t they just beautiful to watch!? It was like poetry on ice. The fact that they are Canadian made it so special for all of us up here.

    • @Cindy Lietz from Polymer Clay Olympics: /Couldn’t agree with your description, “poetry on ice” more, Cindy. My roots are from Quebec, Canada and I still have cousins in Nova Scotia that I try to visit every couple of years so I have a natural love for your country. I just wish that some of the energy that fueled Scott’s enthusiasm could flow my way. I’ve never seen such happiness in any gold medal recepient before. He is as special as his medal and lots of Canadians that I’ve met in my travels there. It was truly wonderful. I also enjoyed the US couple and their silver medal was deserving.

      Looking forward to more explanations here as you get to it.Thanks in advance!

  18. Glow in the Dark Rainbow Jelly rolls. Pleeeez!!!!!! Not only for the young at heart hip jewelry but also the rainbow technique using ink. This tutorial would be a multi level free for all. Please do it.

  19. I Tivo’s this last night & haven’t seen it yet — thanks for spoiling it! (Just kidding. I’ve heard it from lots of sources already, even people in my own house!) I can’t wait to watch it, though. Those two were amazing in the last round, so I know this performance will be gorgeous… Even though you Canadians are “the competition,” I congratulate you!

  20. Well as far as I am concerned you can put me down for 3 votes 1 for me and 2 for my grandkids. I always have glow in the dark clay. My 2 youngest grandkids think it is neat to stack the blocks and turn the lights off in my craft room. I go through a lot of the glow in the dark at Halloween. Last year we made skull pendants and ghosts for all the kids in my grandaughters classroom. I think there was 23 of them. Let me tell you we were glowing. So when I see it on sale I always buy several bars of it. Oh ya my grandson has a dragon made with the glow in the dark clay. It really is awesome. So yes 3 votes for me and mine. I knew this would be a great 2010. Thank you Cindy for all of us who are still kids at heart and always will be.
    Uuuugggggs, Peggy

    • @Freda: Great idea about the switchplates! I snuck a look at your Flickr page; you have some cool things! Fun hardware jewelry, vases, bowls, primitive pendants, & golden MG pendant (luv how you did extruded bail.) My fave is “Bamboo & Blue,” made with the vintage button mold. I just love being able to see other’s work–very pretty!

  21. I didn’t even realize that this was going to use glow-in-the-dark clay. I’ve seen it at Michaels and thought, what would I ever use this stuff for? Well, now you’ve got me all excited about it!

    I’m a decorative painter and I used glow-in-the-dark medium (it’s a liquid) on a Halloween welcome slate. The glow was supposed to be rejuvinated each day by the sunlight, but it only worked for a few weeks.

    How long does the glow last in the clay? Do you need to make sure to expose it to light to rejuvinate the glow?

  22. I think the glow in the dark jelly rolly roll pendant will be to cool!! I have 9 year old daghter that is getting better than me at polymer clay jewellry designing, and she will flip over this! Cindy, I want to crawl inside your brain just for a day, you continue to bring us such fun, gorgeous, original and truely wearable designs. I have looked through some books and thought oh my, why would anyone even consider wearing that? It just looks like sculptures you would see in an art show. You however bring us ideas and designs that are wearable and make us feel so good about having done it ourselves!! I know I have said it before, but I’ll say it again- Cindy, you rock!!! I wanna be just like you when I grow up!!!

  23. Count me in too! Glow in the dark – really cool. I know my teenager will love it too.

    I watched Tessa and Scott too and it was magical. I love when people can convey the emotion in a song or music or dance. it was fabulous. i thought Joanie Rochette did a great job too. And Clara Hughes and the others- The women are stealing the show!
    Excited about women’s hockey tonight. Go Canada!

  24. Whooooo! Hooooo! We won Gold!!! (The Canadian Woman’s Hockey team that is!) Wow there’s a lot of screaming around here!

    The Olympics have been incredible for Canadian patriotism. Canada is usually pretty low-key when it comes to flag waving. We are a relatively young country (143 yrs old as far as confederation goes. The First Nations were here for hundreds maybe even thousands of years before that.) We are made up of every possible nation, so we tend to focus a lot on where our ancestors were from, rather than just being Canadian.

    But the Olympics is something we can all be proud of and cheer for, no matter our backgrounds and it seems to have brought us all together. You should see it out there. The streets are filled with red and white. Everyone screaming and cheering and singing the national anthem. Makes me feel proud to be Canadian! Glad the children got the chance to see this and be part of it! :-)

    Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments. It is getting very fun around here, with everyone chatting away and supporting each other in their polymer clay journey. A special thanks to everyone who has gone out of their way to help answer questions for other members since it is pretty much impossible for me answer them all by myself anymore.

    A quick mention to Tiffany: Thank you for your comment! I am so pleased you pointed out that what we are creating is wearable. I agree that many of the stunning polymer clay jewelry pieces out there are fine in the gallery but not that practical for everyday wear. I try really hard to come up with techniques, styles and shapes that you can not only do well but also be proud to wear. I am so glad that you get that!

  25. Premo has ‘Glow in the Dark and Fimo Effect has .nightglow’ – and I am sure Cindy will reiterate that Premo is best!

    Cindy – I am amused to tell you that I don’t need to come to your site to know what colours you are featuring next – my sales went up on Glow in the Dark suddenly, and at first I couldn’t work out why! I guess I need to thank you and your team of followers!

  26. Fabulous Penny! Thanks so much for sharing that story. Very amusing indeed! I’m so happy you are putting the effort into making Premo more readily available in the UK. It really is a great product.

  27. @ Cindy L: Congratulations to Canada and the Women’s Hockey Team! I didn’t see them win, but I saw them receive their medals. I loved that they all sang the national anthem and they weren’t just mouthing the words the way some athletes do. They really knew the words and they were singing them loudly and proudly.

    I’m just watching Joannie Rochette being interviewed. She is a class act. I’m so glad she won a medal.

  28. Yes please Cindy. This glow-in-the-dark cane looks terrific. Can’t wait for the instructions. Many thanks for all you do – from another middle-aged groovy chick

  29. I like this idea and love a lot of stuff from the 60′s art era.I think this would be great to make for the teen in my home and or for others too.Go for it.

  30. My Grandkids have had glow in the dark items in their rooms for over year now going on 2 and the glow is still there to see when the lights go off. Love the idea of the light switch plates. Everyone has such glowing ideas. Another tute I can’t wait to do.
    Uuuuugggggs to all, Peggy

    • @Peggy Barnes: That’s so cool to know the glow lasts that long. Everyone is so excited about this cane here. I’m just so happy to finally have a way to use my GITD clay. I had tested a few beads before, trying to figure out how to give it some color and add interest. Wouldn’t you know, Cindy to the rescue!

  31. NEW PHOTOS JUST ADDED:

    Polymer Clay Projects

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (Glow in the Dark Jelly Roll Canes), have just been added in another post. They were submitted by Carolyn-F. The link by my name will take you to where you can see them, along with a bit of a write up. Hopefully they will inspire you to achieve great things with your own polymer clay projects.

    BTW: Thanks to everyone above, who took the time to comment in this thread. Your feedback, support and fun conversations are always such a wonderful part of my day. Although I don’t get a chance to address everyone individually, please know that I do read everything. ~Cindy

  32. Hi Sarah – OK I’ll count you in :-) I know you will love this glow n the dark jelly roll tutorial. Based on all the positive reviews that have all ready come in, it is proving to be one of the most popular tutes so far. The link by my name will take you to the order page for the Vol-022 back issue package. Along with this GITD Jellyroll Cane lesson, you will also receive 3 other videos about: Polymer Clay Buttons, Faux Opals and Silver Spoon Bails. It will be great to have you as a library member all the way from Philippines!

  33. @ Cindy: I love your site cindy though I’m really having a hard time since I wouldn’t be able to purchase your videos. :( Do you have like free tutorials somewhere in this site? I think I’ll have to stick to those. :(

    • Thank you SO much Penny and Phaedrakat for your VERY supportive comments. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts like that.

      @Sarah Young: If you are selling your polymer clay items, which if I recall from other comments you have posted, is something that you do, then investing the $3.32 per month is something that can actually help you to significantly increase your earning abilities. The link by my name will take you to where even more customer reviews and comments have been posted.

      But even if you don’t become a paid member, as Penny and Phaedrakat said above, this site is chalk full of incredibly useful free information. Be sure to always use the search box to first research topics that you have questions about. And then if you can’t find the answers you are looking for, by all means post your follow up questions.

  34. @Sarah – whilst there is no question that you would benefit from subscribing to Cindy’s videos, in fact if you spend a few hours (yes a few hours) on the site you will find you will learn so very much. I recommend, too, that you not only read the comments from the community, but also contribute with questions, because without a doubt any learning problems you have will be answered by community members or indeed by Cindy herself. What I have done, whilst not purchasing the videos regularly, is to tell as many people as I can about Cindy’s site in the hope that they will buy from her. That way you help her whilst she is helping you.

  35. Hi Sarah, if you’re trying to decide whether or not to join, you should do it sooner rather than later. When you become a member, you get four videos per month for about $3.32 (or less than a dollar each.) I waited a few months before I joined, and missed out on some great videos! Once a month is over, the videos go into the library back issue archives. If you didn’t join, then you miss out on those videos, unless you go and buy the back issue for $9.95. (4 videos) It’s still a great price, but not as good as the same amount for 12 videos! I know I was very mad at myself knowing I wasted money by waiting. It’s such a great deal, and I’ve never been disappointed. I’m disabled, and on a fixed income; still, I find that it’s not too hard to pay $9.95 one time for 3 months of videos.

    Cindy doesn’t have the written tutorials on the website. Sometimes you can get an idea about how the projects are made, if you pay attention to what people are talking about. But it’s not the same as seeing the videos. It’s true that you can learn a lot by reading the articles and comments, but not really project-specific knowledge (or at least not those projects.) There are some project ideas that are talked about. And of course, you can learn lots of great information about how to work with polymer clay. Everyone is helpful and will help answer questions, but they can’t give step-by-step directions to Cindy’s video tutorials. Good luck, and I hope you can join!

  36. I wanted to provide a link to the actual tutorial page, which shows a preview video of the Glowing Jellyroll Cane – Psychedelic 60′s.

    There’s also comments & feedback about this wonderful tute, and a discussion of tips and some of the alternate methods used. This is one of the most exciting tutorials — people were (and still are) extremely amazed by how cool this gorgeous rainbow, glow-in-the-dark cane really is. The secret blend method is just one of the reasons for the excitement… Have fun!

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