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Mirror Image Cane
By Darlene Clark, Colorado

Several years ago I made a cane and wrapped the components of the cane in translucent clay. I liked the effect and decided to try this cane again.

The new cane was made from a Skinner blend. I cut the cane into four pieces then put back together. I found I got a great mirror image effect. Here are the results of the new cane.

  • KatoPolyclay® clay: Magenta, ultra blue, white, and translucent or other high contrast colors
  • pasta machine
  • Kato NuBlade® Blade
  • Roller
  • Ruler
Step One:
Begin with a Skinner blend of the three colors with white in the middle. Use a double layer of clay to make your blend.
Step Two:
Roll up the Skinner blend from one graded edge to the other (not a bull's eye). Make a reverse reduction. Press ends in with your hand. Repeat until the Skinner blend is 4" long.
Step Three:
Cut into four equal parts of one inch each. Stretch each piece into a log so the color is graduated.
Step Four:
Wrap each log in translucent clay that you run through the pasta machine at a number five.

I also make other canes to compliment the colors. I made a bull's eye cane with the blue and white. You can make other logs if you need more contrast in your colors. I sometimes add a white log. Wrap any new logs with translucent clay.

You can use any number of logs for this cane. I used twenty-five logs for this cane.

Step Five:
Start stacking according to the picture. Colors can be stacked however you like. Just use contrast when stacking the colors.

At this point you will see if you need more logs of contrasting colors. Begin squeezing the log together. Make a square log. Be sure to keep your lines on the outside of the cane straight. Your logs in the cane will not stay square, but that's all right. Reduce the cane to ½ inch.

Step Six:
Cut the reduced cane into four equal pieces, keeping the lines on outside of the cane straight. Stretch each piece into a log so the color is graduated.
Step Seven:
To make the mirror cane image, put the four cane back together, making sure the lines on the outside of the cane match.

You can add a lot of variety to this cane, by adding additional canes, such as the bull's eye or stripped cane to the stack or maybe some canes you all ready have.

Have fun!

Darlene Clark, Woodland Park, Colorado
by Marty Woosley
Darlene and her husband Ralph retired to Woodland Park, Colorado two years ago where they enjoy nature's beauty. She has worked with clay about 10 years. Darlene has sold her work in Corpus Christi, TX, Breckenridge, Cripple Creek, and Woodland Park., Colorado. After starting a guild in Corpus Christi she taught classes there. She has always done some kind of craft along with oil painting until she found polymer clay.

Darlene is a member of the Denver Polymer Guild and the newly organized Colorado Springs Polymer Guild. I have known Darlene for several years and her ability to create and experiment with polymer is an inspiration to me.

Darlene can be reached for comments at DWClark1@aol.com.