Celtic Knot Cane
~ written by: Valerie Hollis Without Frames
What You Should Know...
Polymer clay in at least 2 contrasting colors, pasta machine, tissue blade, acrylic brayer, ruler, work surface
Part I: Creating an Outline
For this tutorial, we will be making a cane that forms an outline for a celtic knot. This picture shows the clay I'll be using. You'll need about 2-4 oz. for the outline color (I'm using black), and about 8 oz. for the background color (I'm using gray). Condition all clay thoroughly before you begin.
Roll out the background color on the thickest setting of your pasta machine (# 1 on an Atlas).
Trim one of the edges.
Roll the sheet into a log. Trim the opposite end and smooth the seam.
The log should look like this. Set the scraps aside, as they will be used later.
Use your acrylic brayer to begin forming the log into a long rectangle.
Continue rolling. Roll from the center outward to each end. After rolling one side, turn the log over a half or quarter turn and roll the next side.
Continue rolling out the rectangle until it is about 20 inches in length. It should be at least 1-2 inches high by 1/2 - 1 inch wide. (Mine is only about an inch high; however, the higher it is, the easier it will be to reduce the cane later. Two inches high would be ideal.)
Here is a picture of my long, rectangular log.
Cut the log so that it is 16 inches in length. Save the excess. It will be used later.
Next, roll out the sheet of contrasting clay on the thickest setting of the pasta machine (# 1 on an Atlas) so that it is at least 16 inches long and twice as wide as your log is high.
Place the gray log on the black sheet as shown and trim along the length. See Step 14 to get an idea of what the final result should look like.
Once you've adhered a black sheet to one side, flip the log over and repeat step 12 on the other side... Effectively, sandwiching the gray clay between two black sheets. Ensure that the black clay is adhered to the gray clay; however, try not to distort the black clay.
Trim away any excess black. Now you should have a 16 inch long "stack" that looks like this.
Cut the stack every 4 inches to form 4 individual stacks.
Now you should have four 4-inch-long stacks that look like this. These pieces will form the outline of the knot.
Part II: Forming the Knot
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