> Hello--this message is to the fellow PCA who posted instructions on using
> plastic circles at both ends of a cane, thus producing suction evenly and
> preventing clay loss when reducing a cane. I tried to do that, but I was
> wondering how this was possible, as when you reduce the diameter of the
> cane, the plastic pieces on the end stay the same size, thus preventing
> rolling of the cane without it being bent. Would you mind clarifying
> this, please?
Carol made me aware that I missed mentioning an important aspect about
capping canes - The caps will make it nearly impossible to roll a cane.
However, rolling isn't the best technique to use when reducing canes. It
is a good finishing technique for smoothing or evening a round cane when
you've got it close to its final size. However, the best technique for
reducing most canes is a combo of squeezing, stroking and pulling - (that
is after the most important step - the initial center squeeze). These
manipulation techniques can be used on nearly any cane shape; round,
polyhedral and irregular.
Sorry if I've confused anyone.