How Cutting Your Polymer Canes Into Thirds Can Reduce Frustration

Cutting Polymer Clay Canes Into Thirds

A Simple But Valuable Tip To Remember When Reducing Polymer Clay Canes:

Have you ever gone back to one of your left-over canes from a previous project, and wished you had not reduced it down so far? Making a cane smaller is one thing. But trying to make them big again is pretty much impossible.

So here is a simple solution to address this common problem…

Once you have your cane all put together and you have started to reduce it, cut about 1/3rd of the length off the cane and save it for later use.

As you continue to reduce the remaining cane, cut another 1/3rd off to save and so on. If you do this with every cane you make, you’ll always end up with a variety of cane sizes to work with.

This tip is especially useful when you are using flower and leaf canes to make ‘gardenscape’ background sheets of clay. A sense of depth can be created by positioning large flowers and leaves to the front of your scene, and smaller ones to the back as if they were further away.

I just finished watching part 2 of your basic leaf cane video … I liked that you mentioned about saving some of the cane in the larger size. I didnt get that idea for some time, much to my regret more than once! ~Jaime

In that same comment, Jaime also said…

You did a very nice job of making it look as simple as it really is. Lots of clayers are intimidated by the thought of cane work because it looks so complex. But you explained it very nicely.

Thanks so much for all the kind words you share here at the blog Jaime. You are such a delight to have around!

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  1. Cindy Lietz, 17 March, 2009

    Saving sections of cane at different stages can also ‘save you’ in a situation where you end up reducing a cane down too far. Not every cane looks as good small as it does large. So sometimes when you get a little over zealous with the reducing process, you will still have larger pieces of cane that are usable.

  2. Ella Smith, 20 March, 2009

    I would like to know if any of your classes are on Video that can be ordered for people who do not have a computer and how much are your tapes. I would love to have a CD or VHS tape for beginners.

  3. Cindy Lietz, 20 March, 2009

    Hi Ellen,

    Thanks for your interest in my videos. Unfortunately at this time, they are not available on CD or VHS. That’s not to say that they won’t be :-)

    You can follow the “Polymer Clay Beads” link by my name above to read (and comment if you like) about what some other readers have said regarding this topic.

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