Friday, September 16, 2011

Extruder Canes

First off, let me say, I am not big on making canes. All that fuss budgeting around with the blends and the rolling and the shrinking and the pounding. I just don't like doing it. I don't mind making striped ingots so much. They are pretty simple and you can do a lot with them. But the canes. Fuggeddabout it.

So imagine my delight when I recently discovered that you could make canes in an extruder. In Maggie Maggio's book titled" Polymer Clay Color Inspirations", she has a section on making these types of canes.

Essentially, all you do is layer circles of varying colors, roll out the log to fit into the extruder, and extrude.

What I really like about it is that every section of the cane is different. All the designs you see in this photo are from the same cane. Even the other side sometimes has a different design on it.

Some people combine the extruded logs together and get what they call Klimt canes. But I like keeping them separate. I feel like I have more control over how they are placed.

These colors are from the Color Palette A week #37. The colors are Red Ribbon, Nougat, Hyacinth and Persian Red. An unusual palette to be sure but I like the way it came out!


Chris said...

These are fabulous Roberta! And you get a totally different look and feel just by using a different background color. ;o)

Unknown said...


Cara Jane said...

cool. I do love that pendant shape, so pleasing. I am a cane maker, I love all that stuff you don't lol, but I also like the extruder cane, the change in pattern is great. Have you tried doing the flower version the basic idea in English here - and a slightly improved way in russian here - use google tanslate unless your russian is better than mine ;)

Mª Reyes said...

Son muy bonitos, fáciles de hacer y con un resultado muy elegante. Besos