reducing canes

reducing canes

Post by CNJo » Mon, 02 Oct 1995 04:00:00



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?  I know cane ends can be recycled into Natasha beads or used
inside of beads as "trash," but sometimes I would like to get as much out
of a cane as possible .  Thanks!!!  Carol
 
 
 

reducing canes

Post by Desiree McCror » Thu, 05 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

> 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.

--
Desiree