Easy To Follow Kaleidoscope Polymer Clay Cane Tutorial Coming Soon

Kaleidoscope Polymer Clay Canes “Yes, yes, please do a video tutorial on how to make kaleidoscope canes!!!”~Pam-M

Each time this kaleidoscope topic comes up here at the blog, there has always been a large number of Yes votes in favor of adding a video tutorial to the Polymer Clay Library. So for everyone that’s been patiently waiting, you’ll be happy to know this tute will be included next month in Volume-021.

Hi Cindy. I would absolutely love to see a video tutorial for your version of a kaleidoscope cane. Hugs. ~Myra-L

Canes, canes and more canes for me! I’d love to know how to get started on planning and making kaleidoscope canes for sure! ~Laura-B

Hi Cindy, I would be interested in kaleidoscope canes. I LOVE all of your videos!!!! ~Stephanie-B

I’m going to show you a very simple way of making them,  that I think you are going to like. And they can be done in any color and pattern by following some basic guidelines.

I’ll refer to this project as the right angle, square kaleidoscope cane. Not because I invented it, but because I need a way to differentiate it from other types of kaleidoscopes that I’ll be teaching in future tutorials.

For those of you who have already tried to make kaleidoscope canes on your own, please let me know if there are any specific challenges you would like me to address in the upcoming Volume-021 video tutorial. More than a few clayers have had issues with kaleidoscope cane designs… and I want to make sure that everyone experiences success with this project.

I too would love to learn how to do the kaleidoscope cane, which I have tried several times without total success. ~Elizabeth-S

Hi, I would love for you to do a video on kaleidoscope canes. I tried a couple of times, each time they turned out just OK but they just didn’t have that special look that makes them look complicated to make. Thank you for all you do for everyone. I’m glad I found your site. ~Lisa-T

Hi Cindy – kaleidoscope canes are my all-time favourite and I have experimented a few times. I was wondering if there is a trick to blending all the different cane colours together. I find that the colours are almost too distant from each other to make a harmonious combination. There is very little research material available on kaleidoscoping which is a shame as it really is my favourite. ~Polyanya

I recently made a Kaleidoscope cane and it turned out okay, but I also had some crooked lines, perhaps I didn’t let it sit long enough. I’m not sure what else to use the cane for besides the pillow beads. Left over scrap clay from the cane was great to use for other type beads and I came out with some nice looking beads with array of colors. That is why I like playing with clay, nothing is ever wasted! But yes, I would like to see your technique, so I would be interested in seeing a video of that. ~Lupe-M

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  1. Josie, 25 January, 2010

    Have tried Donna Kato’s version but it wasn’t a success, would love your easy to follow instructions for the kaleidoscope cane.

  2. Linda K., 25 January, 2010

    Ooooh, those are beautiful!!!! I can’t wait for this video!

  3. Melinda, 25 January, 2010

    I love those canes…. woo hoo

  4. carolyn, 25 January, 2010

    Just yesterday I saw some examples of this kaleidoscope cane and thought “I’d love to be able to do that!” And here you are, right on top of my thoughts, presenting this cane in the next series. You are a mind reader!

  5. Lupe Meter, 25 January, 2010

    Looking forward to the tutorial, Cindy! Love the canes!

  6. Tiffany, 25 January, 2010

    Yippeee!!!!! I have searched the internet for tutorials on these kaleidoscope canes, but not much luck. I can’t wait!!!! I will say it again, Cindy- You ROCK!!!

  7. Catalina, 25 January, 2010

    The extruder canes were fantastic and I bet these will be just as cool!

  8. Silverleaf, 25 January, 2010

    The problem I have when making kaleidoscope canes is that I don’t make enough of the component canes – I get a lot of waste at the ends of the combined cane so by the time I’m done I don’t have much cane left. Then I wish I’d made more!

    I guess I need to remember to start with much more than I think I’ll actually need.

  9. Elizabeth S., 25 January, 2010

    If I can learn the kaleidescope cane I will be a happy camper indeed. It’s up there with my favorites but to date I have not managed to make one successfully. Thanks, Cindy. I can’t wait!!

  10. Peggy Barnes, 25 January, 2010

    WOW – I might be wrong but I think this will be my favorite tut. I have tried the kaleidoscope cane before and it was so so and I thought difficult. Every time I watch a tut on something I have done before you always have a way to simplify the technique. Your way of teaching is absolutely phenomenal. You know when you were a kid and your Mom would say we are going to go do something special next week. You were on pins and needles till that day got here. I’m that kid all over again. I can’t wait for this tut Cindy, you have made my day, week, month – YA BA DAB A DOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
    Uuuuuuuuuuggggggs to all, Peggy
    It has been over a week since the sun has shined and it is shining tonight!

  11. Cindy Lietz, 26 January, 2010

    Aww I am so pleased that you are all so excited. I think you all are going to love how dead simple and how creative this particle way of making kaleidoscope canes is. I am positive you will all finally find success with making them. There is so much freedom and possibilities with this cane technique that you may never stop making them! :-)

    PS: If you click the link by my name you can see another Kaleidoscope cane done with this method, made into a pillow bead and placed into the Interchangeable Pendant. There really is no limit to the possibilities with polymer clay!

  12. Carrie, 26 January, 2010

    YAY! Been waiting on this one for awhile now, Cindy! I have tried several methods and they turned out so-so. I have asked for help from many people on e-bay and Etsy and gotten the same response, practice. The one that actually took time to give me a decent answer is Ivy Koehn, she has shops on both sites and her kaleidoscope work is absolutely breathtaking! She mentioned to me a video she bought that really helped her out in the beginning, Arabesque Caning by Jana Roberts Benzon. The canes that Ivy makes are incredible and I hope someday I’ll be able to make such gorgeous canes! If anyone wants to see her work, her shop name on both sites is ikandiclay.

  13. Phaedrakat, 26 January, 2010

    Very nice! I’m so glad I am finally a member — I can enjoy this video when it comes out (as well as the wonderful ones I’ve already seen.) I’m still angry with myself for not joining sooner (and missing out on the incredible value,) but I suppose I’ll get over it (slowly…) as each new video comes out! I love the look of Kaleidoscope canes, this should be fun!

  14. lynn watts, 26 January, 2010

    There is another DVD that aft you learn Cindy’s way, you may want to venture a little further. It is by Sara Shriver Intricate Kaleidoscoping. They are soooooooooo Beautiful. I made some canes using her tech. and they turned out so good. Now Cindy has a way of making your tries alot easier to accomplish therefore you will feel you can accomplish even an more advanced tech. Have fun everyone with your videos and learning new techniques to further your experiences in this wonderful world of polymer clay and it’s endless ability to become whatever your heart desires.

  15. Phaedrakat, 27 January, 2010

    One of the cool things about Kaleidoscope canes is the special effects, like the new shapes that form when combined, and the 3D illusions you get from the blends. This is a pretty complicated technique for one video. I imagine that Cindy will teach us the basics along with numerous tips so that we can make this beautiful type of Kaleidoscope, and do it correctly! From everything I’ve read about & seen on the web, it will take a lot more than one video to make a Sara Shriver or JRB-type cane. Still, we learn more from Cindy with every video. As we get better, she can start to teach us even more difficult techniques.

  16. Cindy Lietz, 27 January, 2010

    I just want to reassure you all, that what I will be teaching you will give you the confidence and groundwork for making lots of Kaleidoscope canes with success! I should be able to take the mystery out of it for you all.

    The complicated stuff is nothing more than a few simple ideas combined to make a complex one. When you learn this technique we will move on to more variations. It’s going to be lots of fun!

  17. lynn watts, 27 January, 2010

    Cindy is right, it all is simple once you break them down into steps. Some of the complicated ones is easy once you see how they are made. I agree that start out simple and move on as you master one kind. The blends and the different kinds of canes and how they are placed in the cane as you build it is important. Just wait Cindy will show you how and you will see how easy it is and your confidence will soar,then explore. Have fun everyone. Good Luck in your Kaleidoscope making.

  18. DJ, 27 January, 2010

    The kaleidoscope canes look amazing! Another nice thing in any lesson are the words “easy to follow” ! Looking forward to this one.

  19. Phaedrakat, 28 January, 2010

    I’m so excited! I can’t wait for this one!

  20. Bonnie, 29 January, 2010

    Looking forward to your Kaliedoscope Cane TUT. I make a lot of them with my left over clay. Some turned out great and others are now the inside of beads. LOL

  21. Carol, 29 January, 2010

    I too am looking forward to your tutorial.

    I guess that my biggest challenges come from two areas:
    A) I hate to draw, (and much prefer to “wing it”) but I suppose that I’m going to have to work on that issue myself, and
    B) I have a lot of difficulty when I’m mixing and blending my colours so that I can get really good contrast. I tend to mix colours in the same range of tones, which can really look flat in a kaleidoscope cane. I much prefer the contrast not be reserved only for black and white.

    With the kaleidoscope tutorial, I’m really hoping that you can provide some pointers on obtaining good contrast. I also want you to know how much I appreciate the work you put into this site, and how much I look forward to Fridays. It is the highlight of my week.

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