Brain Cane, Mobius Bead and Rose Cane Design, All Rolled Into One

Rose Brain Mobius Bead “Have always wanted to see the brain cane demonstrated. So many pattern possibilities with this cane.” ~Jocelyn-C

The ability to combine more than one polymer clay technique is what makes working with this stuff so darn fun! The Rose Brain Cane Mobius Bead in today’s photo is a perfect example of this.

The bold graphic design started off with a Skinner Blend, made using my Teardrop Method going from Cadmium Yellow Premo Sculpey to Cadmium Red Premo. It was then layered with Black Premo and folded / rolled into a Brain Cane. But not just any Brain Cane… a Rose Brain Cane, which combines the traditional brain cane design with a flower cane. Finally, a slice of this cane was cut and folded into the shape of a Mobius Bead.

If you didn’t already know, the mobius bead is named after the Mobius Loop – a flat band that is formed into a continuous loop which if you were to travel along its surface you would cover both the inside and outside of the loop without ever crossing an edge. I know, I know… it sounds insanely complicated. But its a science thing. And scientists often like to venture into the complicated!

Any who… I thought it would be fun to show you just how creative you can get with polymer clay bead making. Just because I do a tutorial one way, doesn’t mean you can’t do it another. By all means, go ahead and mix things up a bit. See how many different techniques you can combine into one bead. I dare you to give it a try!

I have made the brain cane before using different colors and the brain cane is absolutely beeeautiful in metallic colors. I love the colors you have used too. ~Lynn-W

Well, as usual my cane looks nothing like it’s supposed to, but in this case I like it anyway. I used turquoise and white as the Skinner and red as the thin layer. I made a copper Nunn pendant from it, baked it, then coated it with Kato Clear. I think it looks like copper enamel. ~Monique-S

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  1. aims, 07 November, 2009

    That’s funky enough to tweak my interest Cindy!

  2. Ritzs, 07 November, 2009

    I have never seen this one before Cindy I am fascinated show us more –more- more -please

  3. Melinda H, 07 November, 2009

    I love rolling things all into one… it’s fabulous!!! Love the rose brain cane and I am getting better at the mobius beads…. it’s a very cool bead it just takes a lot of practice!!!

  4. lynn watts, 07 November, 2009

    Hi Everyone, I have done alot of the Brain cane in alot of different skinner blends (before Cindy’s Teardrop Method) they are very beautiful. I love this cane and all the possibilities it holds for the person whom created it. Lynn watts

  5. Shari, 27 November, 2009

    I am new to working with polymer clay and have found your tips and video tutorials very helpful. The biggest problem I have is with the baking process. I’m following the manufacturer’s recommendations but am not pleased with the results at all. I’ve played with all the major brands and have had the same results, regardless of which brand I use (which leads me to believe my problems are caused by the user!). Once cooled, my pieces are rubbery and pliable – not hard like I was expecting. The thicker pieces seem to be harder. Some pieces can be bent and cracked within weeks of completing. Any suggestions?


  6. Cindy Lietz, 27 November, 2009

    Hi Shari,

    Learning how to bake polymer clay is one of the most important things you need to learn right away. Unfortunately, many beginners end up wrecking their projects and become discouraged because no one taught them proper baking techniques.

    My Polymer Clay Beginners Course will get you up to speed quickly with proper baking instructions plus all of the other stuff you should be learning about as well.

    If you like, you can also read about what others are saying about the course at this link: Polymer Clay Beginners Course (Feedback)

    Or… there is also lots of free information about proper baking techniques posted throughout this blog as well. You can follow the link by my name as a starting point.

    Hope this helps,

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