Making A Flower Cane With
written by: Valerie Hollis Without Frames
What You Should Know . . .
Part I: Forming the Petals
Begin with a Shaded Petal Plug that has been created from a Continuous Skinner Blend. (To learn how to make one of these, please see "How To Make A Shaded Petal Plug.")
Compress the plug in your hands to remove air pockets and ensure good contact between the layers.
To create an outline around the plug, roll out a sheet of clay in a contrasting color that is long and wide enough to cover the plug. In this case, I chose to outline in black and have rolled the sheet out on a medium setting of the pasta machine (#4 on an Atlas).
Trim the uneven edge of the sheet.
Place the bottom of the plug slightly off-center on the sheet.
Begin rolling it up.
Trim the edge of the sheet further-in than where it meets the other end of the sheet...
This will create an open strip along the bottom of the cane that we will use as a registration mark later on.
Now the plug should look something like this.
Reduce this from the center outwards to form a round log.
Once rounded, you can roll it on the work surface to further reduce and elongate it.
Reduce this so that the usable portion is at least 9 inches in length.
Divide into six 1.5 inch sections.
Pinch each section to form a petal shape. Pinch the sections so that the lightest part of the blend will form the 'tip' of the petal. If necessary, use the registration mark on the bottom as a guide for pinching the opposite side.
Now there should be six sections that will make up the petals for a flower.
Part II: Finding the Center
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