Vid #97-98: Plus… How To Combine Simple Leaf Canes to Form More Complex Designs:
Many of you have been patiently requesting that I start adding polymer cane tutorials to the Beadvideos Library, Well this post marks the first of many more to come. Later this week as a member at the library, you will be able to view Part 1 of a 2 Part series on how to make a basic leaf cane. This is a very popular design that can be used in so many bead and jewelry making projects.
Starting with a color blend using my Lietz Teardrop Method, this cane tutorial will show you from start to finish how to create a shaded leaf cane in a very short period of time. Even if you’ve never made a cane before in your life!
“Cindy you make it seem that creating canes can be so effortless. I love what you do, and how you put into words the instruction for others to follow.” ~Andrea
Leaf canes can be used to make simple cane slice beads. They can also be combined to create more complicated leaf canes; Used to embellish your flower canes; layered onto lentil beads; And are the perfect green accents to flowered background sheets like on this silver spoon polymer clay pendant.
If you have always wanted to learn how to make polymer clay canes, the basic leaf cane is an excellent place to start. You can make them in any color combination for added variety and you’ll find that you can never have too many leaf canes lying around the studio to use!
Part 1 of this two part leaf cane series will be posted in the Members Library later this week as Volume 010-1. And Part 2 will be posted next week as Volume 010-2.
But you can watch a preview clip right now if you like, by scrolling down on this page a bit. Or just click here to go straight to the preview video player.
More information about my Polymer Clay Tutor Library and how to become a member, is posted right below the preview video on this page.
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The full version of the “Basic Leaf Cane” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-010 Back Issue Package.
In the “Basic Leaf Cane” video I walk you step by step through the process of making a shaded leaf cane. Here are the specific topics included in Part 1 (Volume 010-1) of this two part mini series:
- Using both conventional colors as well as more creative ones for making your leaf canes.
- Creating a color blended sheet of clay using my Lietz Teardrop Method instead of the traditional Skinner Blend approach.
- How to offset your blend so you end up with pure colors on each end of your color gradient.
- Demonstration on how to keep your color blend from getting too wide for your pasta machine.
- Tips for removing air bubbles from your color blended sheet.
- What you should know about clay consistency when making canes.
- Converting your your color blended sheet into a very long, flat and narrow strip of clay.
- Accordion folding the long narrow strip of color blended clay in order to make a Skinner Plug.
Topics covered in Part 2 (Volume 010-2) of this two part mini series include:
- How to mold and cut your Skinner Plug into two equally sized pieces.
- Combining the pieces to form the two halves of your leaf design.
- Reducing your leaf cane by squeezing, pulling, coaxing, pinching, stretching and wiggling it.
- Clay temperature issues.
- Why you should cut off and save parts of your cane at a range of different sizes rather than reducing the entire cane.
- Combining multiple lengths of your simple leaf cane in order to form a more complex leaf can design.
- Ideas for using leaf cane slices on lentil beads.