There’s nothing prettier (in my opinion) than that perfect leaf cane that seems to pop & glow in all of your creations. I’ve made literally hundreds of leaf canes & I finally found a blend that makes my leaves pop & almost “glow.” You’ll have to make these for yourself and see what you think…
NOTE: I make mini-canes, enough for no more than 3-4 projects. For a bigger cane, please increase the amounts of clay shown below.
PREMO POLYMER CLAY CLAY COLORS USED:
- 1 Part Translucent
- 2 Parts Green Pearl
- 1/2 Part Sunshine Yellow
- 2 Parts Green
- 1 Part Ultramarine Blue
- 1 Part Alizarin Crimson, for leaf veins – Not shown
Worksheet Series: Skinner Blend Leaf Cane
There are quite literally dozens of ways to make a leaf cane. This is a great way to use up green scraps, add some gradient, and not to overly fussy about the way your cane looks in the end while still having quite a beautiful cane in the process.
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The Leaf Cane Worksheet above shows the basics step-outs in building a Skinner Blended Leaf Cane.
This tutorial uses Tami’s Leaf Cane from Polymer Clay Central as a basis for design.
- First make a Skinner Blend using the clays above.
- NOTE: Be sure to lay them out in the same order they are listed above and shown at right.
- Follow the steps in this tutorial to make a fan folded Skinner blend stack.
- Cut the stack apart to add the center veins, shown in this tutorial.
- Once you reassemble the cane and reduce it, you will see the natural “glowing effect” that this cane will give you with the translucent and bright yellow.
- My personal feeling is that the tiny section of blue on the end adds a touch of life to the leaf canes.
- If you aren’t in favor of the blue, you can replace it with the same amount of purple for a surprising color shift & effect.
- If you want less of a glow, try using Premo Wasabi instead of Sunshine. The cane will not “glow” as much, but will have a similar effect.
- I do not wrap this cane. Wrapping the cane takes away from some of the “glow” that is achieved by letting the colors come through the middle and top of the cane when cut. Therefore, I prefer to leave it open.