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by Donna Concha
Photographs and editing by Sunni Bergeron

Sometime in late 2000, Donna came up with a truly simple cane with the most enchanting results. Immediately many of us picked her brains when she dropped into the Polymer Clay Central chatroom. So while we were visiting, she cobbled up a quick and dirty tutorial for her "Confetti Cane" and emailed it to the lot of us in the chatroom with her (see Donna's original instructions here!). I have hung onto that cane tutorial, used it and taught it with great delight. With Donna's blessing, I am making this more explicit tutorial available so you can enjoy this extremely simple cane, too!

This tutorial will not be giving you exact amounts as it is the technique we're teaching, not a project. The amounts are really unimportant, it's how you combine them. The cane in this tutorial is also quite small. The total amount of clay is between 2-3 ounces.


Supplies:

  • Several different colors for the confetti. Just a blob of each will work fine.
  • Translucent clay, an amount roughly equal to the total of all the others.
  • A cutting tool: Tissue blade, razor blade, scissors, knife....
  • Clean fingers
  • Something to roll the clay reasonable flat: Pasta machine, jar, rolling pin....

    NOTE: This is one of those canes where it doesn't matter what brand you use or if you use more than one brand! So mix away! For this tutorial I used all Premo.


  • confetti01.jpg (3978 bytes)
    Step 1: Using #2 on an Atlas (medium thick) or typing paper guides folded into eighths as shown here, roll your translucent into a long, flat sheet and cut it in half.

    Set them aside, but within reach. Roll all your color blobs into long narrow sheets the same thickness.

    Cut the narrow color sheets into strips about 1/8" wide and set them aside.

    When you've finished making strips, lay one of the translucent sheets in front of you.

    Step 2: Next, lay the strips in a row on the diagonal in a color sequence pleasing to you. It's not really important what colors go where, nor is it important to be neat. Just slap them down there. You can flatten them if you wish, roll them into a snake, leave them as they are, squeeze and pull them into irregular strips.... *grin* There are no hard and fast rules with this cane.

    When you have them arranged, cut the strips along the edge of the translucent and pull the excess away. We'll be using them in the next step.

    Step 3: Now place the remaining strips on top of the first ones on the opposite diagonal. Again, you can be free form or follow the tutorial exactly. Press the top layer of strips down firmly so they flatten somewhat. Or completely if you prefer.

     

     

    Step 4: Now place the other layer of translucent on top. Start at one corner on one end and work slowly back and forth pressing firmly and rummaging around with your fingers to make sure there aren't any air pockets between the two sheets of translucent.

     

     

    Step 5: When you're finished, it should look like the picture on the right.

     

     

     

    confetti06.jpg (3579 bytes)
    Step 6: Using the back of my tissue blade, I pressed a dent  just up from the edge on the end where you will be starting your jellyroll. Don't be shy, just press that puppy in there. What you're doing is creasing the clay to make it easier to start the jellyroll without air bubbles! (Thank you Leigh, NEAT trick.)

     

    Step 7: Use your thumb and start the jellyroll by pushing the end back up and over the crease. Roll that baby up. Keep it tight so you don't get any air bubbles.

     

     

    confetti08.jpg (4243 bytes)Step 8: If you have any extra translucent you can snip it off with your cutting tool, but this step is optional. One of my favorite tools with clay is scissors!! I use several different sizes!!

    Now you can reduce your cane or not. For directions on how to reduce, go here, here or here (thank you Leigh and Squiggy!).

     

     

    confetti10.jpg (6406 bytes)Step 9: Here's the finished cane, sliced.

    In my experience with this cane, no matter how closely I think I am following it, I never make two canes the same way, even if I use the same color palette! I've used it with American Southwest colors, the rainbow as shown here, browns with black - the list is endless. Add inclusions to the transparent. Leave the transparent (as I do) out of the strips, maybe a layer of Fiesta paints on one side of the "sandwich." Go nuts folks. Enjoy!!

    confetti011a.jpg (4660 bytes)Here's a picture of a votive (left) I covered with the cane made in this tutorial before reducing it.

    confetti11b.jpg (6868 bytes)



    Here's a picture of a 16 ounce jar (right) I covered with the cane made in this tutorial after reducing it to a little more than 1/4 inch.

     

     

    Here are some items Donna Concha covered!!! They are just wowzers, don'cha think?!! Click on the thumbnail to pop up a closer look.

       

    Donna Concha and Sunni Bergeron
    ©2002 Text and Photographs

    Other Jellyroll Cane Projects:
    Basic Jellyroll Cane
    Spliced Jellyroll Cane

    We want to thank Donna and Sunni for this excellent tutorial! If you have a lesson or tutorial or project you would like to share with PCC, just email or and we will help you prepare your lesson for the PCC Website!


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