Christmas Doodle Cane Tutorial

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Christmas Doodle Cane - Polymer Clay Tutorial by KatersAcres

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Christmas Tree Doodle Cane

Christmas Doodle Cane - Polymer Clay Tutorial by KatersAcres

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.***

Materials:

Polymer Clay Tutorial: Christmas Doodle Cane

  • Christmas Tree Doodle Cane Tutorial by KatersAcresCondition 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!

I hope you enjoyed this mini-tutorial, be sure to tag me (Katie Oskin) or my Page (KatersAcres) on Facebook to show off your creations!

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,

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4 thoughts on “Christmas Doodle Cane Tutorial

  1. Hi Katie. Again many thanks for all your helpful tips, advise plus all your other tutorials. I would like to take the opportunity to wish both yourself and your obviously much adored husband, all the best for the Christmas. Naturally included is your rather spoiled dog. May your Christmas be shared with your family and friends, and the New Year bring you good fortune, happiness and love.

    1. Thank you so much Lorraine. I appreciate your thoughts & sentiment very much! May your Christmas and New Year be blessed as well. Giant clay hugs to you! ~Katie

  2. What is the best way to reduce a square cane?

    1. There are a lot of different techniques out there and it depends a lot on the size of the cane. However, I use acrylic blocks to start, then I begin to stretch it with my hands, in addition as it gets longer I use my acrylic rod to help keep it square.

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