designing canes

designing canes

Post by Esther Olso » Thu, 11 Apr 1996 04:00:00



Hi Cane-makers
  Just a helpful (I hope) hint on making canes.  Just think of what a
 patchwork quilt would look like if the person who made it left some holes in
 the design.  And how messy the quilt would be if the borders were not even.
 Remember that while you are building your cane be SURE to fill in any gaps.
  Cane parts that are shaped like straws (round) or any other odd shape
 must be surrounded by small pieces of the background or neighboring color to
 protect their shape when reducing. Plan your design on paper and then use
 clay to fill in all of the parts of the design.  Then, try this with a
 small amount of clay.  I used to use this to teach all of my students how to
 make a simple cane that could be reduced to 1/4 inch for mini candy
 slices for doll-house gingerbread houses. Make a triangle shaped stick,
 green for a tree, add a small brown square shape or rectangle for a tree
 trunk. Now cut a round cane in half, maybe in light blue) lengthwise and
 place the halfs on either side of the tree, repeat with a smaller cane of
 green side of the trunk.  Now look at the end of the cane, is your tree
 standing up nice and even?  Good.  But is there an even amount of background
 color around the tree design?  Most likely not, there is more sky than
 grass and if you try to reduce this cane the tree will start to tip over or
 look like a bush.  Your completed design MUST be in the center of your
 cane before you start to reduce it.  If it is not, add more background even
 if you later need to trim off some before using the cane slices.

 
 
 

designing canes

Post by Dorothy Mcmill » Fri, 12 Apr 1996 04:00:00


      Good directions, Esther.  A lot of us will benefit from your
posting.  Thank you so much.

Dotty in CA

 
 
 

designing canes

Post by Jim Wi » Fri, 19 Apr 1996 04:00:00


Thanks, Esther. That was great. I found it worthwhile and useful. Keep
it up.

Jim Wion