Clay modeling

Calico cane

calico cane beads from polymer clayBeads made from calico polymer clay canes

What is the best thing about polymer clay, is that you can create any pattern you like and need to match your requirements. I love the Boho and shabby chic styles that requires floral patterns or old calico prints. And today I'm going to make a cane for beads.
What I need is a polymer clay with different shades of red, white and a little bit of oak-green 
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Use a pasta machine or acryllic roller to get a nice smooth color change

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Now you can fold there tapes anyway you like
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But I prefer to roll a small cane with twisted colors
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Now roll this block in a pasta machine again and cut into stripes of the same length and width. As you can see, the stripes have kept the marble effect
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Roll a white or cream colores clay and cut the stripes. They should not match the red ones and can be of different width.
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We are ready to gather the millefiory cane. I've decided to make a clove so we have to make a fluffy flower. Place the red and white stripes of clay as shown on photo, make sure that red "petals" are joined only on one end

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Keep adding up layers until we get enough petals 
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Now we have to make a calyx and sepals. Take the oak-green clay and make to stripes, place them at the base of a flower to form a sepals
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the round bar at the base will be the calyx. Add another long stripe for the stem and fix it with the whit clay
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Make a leaf, surrounding it with bars of clay with a main color
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To finish off the cane, add more clay and wrap it with a sheet of a main clay to shape a circle
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It is very easy to roll a cane once iwe get a nice circle. I've decided, that my beads should have small flowers, so I added more white clay for a background, but you can stop at this level if you ned a big flower on your cane
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Now carefully roll and stretch the cane until your 4 cm cane is rolled into 5 mm 

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That we cut into equal bars and fold them together, Here I've used bars with different size so the flowers on the final cane will turn out more calico like 
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Roll this cane again and we now almost done with it
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Take the clay for the bead and roll it into a ball 
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using a very sharp knife cut the slices 
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And place it on a bead
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roll the bead in hands to get a round shape and bake the beads
Once the beads are baked, we need to polish it. Using the finest sand paper smooth and polish all beads
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Drill a hole in beads 
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Of course you can make a hole in it before the baking, but I prefer to make it after. Beads are ready and you can make necklace


Tags: canes, millefiory

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