BY Mia Rox

What you will need :

  • 1/4 lb. of Premo bleached translucent
  • small amounts of the following colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple
  • Premo white 1 block
  • pasta machine
  • Nublade




Step 1:

Divide your translucent clay into six equal parts. Take a pinch of red, orange, etc., and mix it into each separate part.

There is no exact formula for tinting translucent clay. Since each color has a different level of saturation, how much clay you need to use for tinting will change from color to color.

My advice is to start with a small pinch of clay and mix it in, then add another pinch as needed. You can see in the picture how I tinted mine. There is a piece of translucent untinted clay on top for comparison.



Step 2:

Take all six of your tinted clay blocks and shape them into rectangular-shaped logs. Wrap each one with a sheet of white clay that was run through your pasta machine at a #6 setting (thin).



Step 3:

Reduce all six logs until you can divide each log into six equal lengths.

Then build them into the pattern that you see in this picture -- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.

Form this pattern into a cane.

Step 4:

The next step is to reduce the cane. Pinch the ends down somewhat, and, using a brayer or a sheet of Plexiglass, reduce the middle part. Keep reducing your cane until it measures 3/4" to 1" in diameter.

Step 5:

Cut the ends off the cane and pinch one end slightly closed.


Step 6:

Flatten the cane. Hold the cane diagonally, in a diamond shape. Be certain that like colors run vertically, not horizontally.

Step 7:

Now run this cane through your pasta machine at the thickest setting.



Step 8:

Fold it in half.

Don't worry if the edges are cracked. This is ok and is just the nature of the clay. I think it adds to the cane design anyway!!!





Step 9:

Next cut off the folded end.





Step 10:

Fold in half again and cut off the folded part again.

Now, instead of folding in half again, because it will just be too thick and you will also lose a lot of clay cutting off the fold, just cut in half and stack together.




Step 11: Now lay the cane on its side with one of the jagged edges sticking up. Smooth out the jagged edges with either the brayer or Plexiglass (see Step 4).


There you have it! Your Monet Cane is complete. Try this cane in opaque pastels or primary and secondary colors for a completely different look.




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