Marbled ink cane eggs

Here are two of countless ways to use marbled ink canes to cover eggs. These canes are made from the bonus tutorial that comes with a subscription to Cane Builder. One of the eggs is tiled with square canes.  I wanted to tile the egg in the same way for the purple egg, but I wanted the canes to have a vertical diamond shape. I wrapped the original cane in a gold blend outline and added purple triangles to the corners.

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I’m still not sure if I used the original cane to it’s greatest advantage.  Maybe I could take a single slice and feature it in the middle somehow.  I suppose there is a lot of variation I could add like the egg in this post.  Imagine that egg with a marbled ink cane.  Oh well, maybe next year.

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Skinner Blend Eggs

As a painter, I love the way these blended eggs make the perfect “canvas” for countless designs.  It’s amazingly easy to press canes flat into the colored background.  This video shows how I cover the eggs with clay.  I also have a video about how to change a Skinner blend.  This tutorial in my easy shop shows how to make the canes.

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I took these eggs to a class for the Arizona Polymer Clay Guild. and Cheri made this gorgeous butterfly cane for me to use on the purple egg from the video!

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Backgroundless Flower Canes

This weekend I’m headed up to Phoenix to teach a class for the Arizona Polymer Clay Guild!  I am teaching this tutorial and I’ve been busy making lots of example eggs.  Just like the ornaments in this post, some of the eggs have a raised pattern and some of them have a smooth surface.  Cane slices can be worked into clay by rolling them with an acrylic roller.  I’ve posted a shorter video about reducing canes with no background.

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Cane Builder Egg

Speaking of eggs, I also covered one with the Cane Builder bonus cane!  I could make these forever!

bonus cane egg

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Frosty Color Skinner Blend

Here are two experiments I’ve tried to make an icy blend.  I used these for the snowflake cane in the January 2015 issue of Cane Builder.

First I just used Premo brand ultramarine and white.  This made the lower set of blocks that I’m holding.

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I wanted the blend to be a little brighter, so the next time I inserted a curved section of turquoise.  This makes the top set of blocks.

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Polymer Clay Copper Color Skinner Blend

This is very similar to the “honey color” or gold blend that I posted earlier.  This blend is used in the January 2015 issue of Cane Builder.

Premo brand: Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Orange, White

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Patchwork Cane Ornament

This looks like a complex way to cover a glass ball ornament.  However, if you follow the steps one at a time, the geometry of covering the round surface isn’t as complicated as it looks.

You can use this pattern for any geometric square cane. These canes were made from the November 2014 issue of Cane Builder.

Step 1:  Press four slices of a square cane onto the middle of the ornament.  Check the slices from every angle to see if they are even in all directions.

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Step 2: Reduce the cane a little and add them to the top and bottom of the first cane slice.  Imagine a line going from the center of the top of the ornament down to the bottom.  There is usually a slight bump at the bottom of the ornament.

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Step 3:  Repeat step 2 with even smaller slices.

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Step 4:  Make a triangle cane to fit in-between the squares.  I handmade two triangles of the background color.  I also added a strip of clay to the bottom.  You can see it if you look closely.

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Step 6:  Reduce this triangle until it fits in-between each set of squares.  This will take a little squishing and stretching because one side of the triangle will need to be larger as the other side tappers down to the smaller end.

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I cut the tiny triangles in half to finish up all the way to the top.canework ornament8

Step 7: Use a square cane to fill in-between the stripes.  Optional:  if you want to change the direction of pattern, (like a diamond shape) add triangles to make a bigger square.  These could be a background color, or other geometric triangle cane.

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Step 8: Reduce the cane further and reshape it to fit the curve in the glass.

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Step 9: Fill in the little spaces left over with solid color.  I either slice these from a solid color cane that I formed to fit, or cut them out of a sheet that I run through the pasta machine.

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Optional:  This is a very tricky step!  Proceed with caution :)

I shave off parts of the surface with a tissue blade to even out the cane slices.  A lot of the finishing just takes practice.  I find each ornament I make is a little better, but none of them are perfect.  It’s still worth it!

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Once the ornament is baked I sand it starting with 60 grit and working down to 1500.  Sometimes I try to get away with not sanding it.  The main reason I sand is because the off-white seems to get a film of red on it while I work.  The sanding process cleans up the colors beautifully!

polymer clay patchwork cane ornament

For an entirely different approach, try these ornaments from the bonus tutorial with Cane Builder.

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Elegant Polymer Clay Color Scheme

For those of you working with the November issue of Cane Builder, here is an elegant color scheme right out of the package!  Just three colors of Premo clay: ecru, white, and metallic gold!

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