Polymer Clay Millefiori Cane Tutorial
Christmas Tree Doodle Cane
The easiest cane you’ll ever make!
Sometimes it’s fun just to “play” in your studio. This past year I’ve been working on a lot of things, one of which is my caning. I have learned most of my caning and caning techniques from Meg Newberg (see the latest free tutorial she shared last week here). However, there are a great number of caners who I admire: Ronit Golan, Marcia Tzigelnik, and Matt Kerm … of course Jon Anderson as well but WOW … he’s a master. Moving on…..
***Note: Basic conditioning & cane reduction techniques are assumed for this mini-tutorial.***
- Premo! Polymer Clay in Red, Green, White, & Gold
- 1.5″ Square Cutter
- 1″ Christmas Tree Cutter
- Acrylic Roller
- Your hands
Polymer Clay Tutorial: Christmas Doodle Cane
- Condition 1/2 block of each red, green, & white clay blocks.
- Roll each color on the thickest setting of your pasta machine.
- Next cut 5 squares of each color using your 1.5″ square cutter.
- Line up the squares and stack them on top of each other (top left).
- Using your acrylic roller, gently roll over the top to adhere all the layers.
- Now place your Christmas tree cutter in the center of the stack and cut out a tree shape (middle left).
- Mix & match the tree shapes you just cut out be reinserting them into a different color (bottom left).
- Once your tree “plugs” are inside your squares, gently reduce the cane slightly for a taller & thicker block.
- Place your tree cutter back on top of the stack, this time, skew the tree just a bit (bottom middle).
- Remove the plug and mark the TOP.
- Add a gold ribbon to the outside (you can use another color if you’d like).
- Reinsert the tree back into the hole it came from with the TOP on the top (bottom right).
- TIP: If you put your tree back in backward, your pattern will be off. Also, if your tree doesn’t go back in easily, you can gently stretch the block in both directions to create a bigger opening and then reinsert your tree.
- Reduce your cane & use it as you wish!
If you like Christmas & Canes, don’t miss this 3 part Poinsettia Cane Tutorial or this Christmas Star Tutorial!
Merry Christmas, from my studio to yours,