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Pumpkin Cane Lesson

Welcome to the first PoLEIGH Talking Project. This is a new idea that I am hoping will help everyone to gain more knowledge and know-how about Polymer Clay.

In the PoLEIGH Talking Column, I'll be building an index of Pictorial Lessons involving Techniques and Tips.

While I write up the PoLEIGH Talking Projects, I'll be refering to the lessons in the PoLEIGH Talking Column on how to accomplish certain techniques used in the project. Since so many of the techniques are used in so many different ways, I hope it will make writing up projects a much easier task!

In the end, I'm hoping to have a Web Site Form that anyone can use to plug in their PROJECT, using the PTL (PoLEIGH Talking Lessons) to explain the procedures, making it easier for all of us to share our ideas with each other!

We are still working on this idea, so please be patient! I sure hope this works! :)

SUPPLIES NEEDED: One Package each of Yellow, Orange, Green and Brown.
When you see a LINK surrounded by ***STARS*** click on it for more information on how to perform the task.
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1. Make a ***SKINNER BLEND LOG*** from equal amounts of conditioned Orange and Yellow Clay. I used a full package each of Premo Orange and Yellow.
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2. Condition a package of Brown. Run it through the pasta machine at Setting #2 or #3 depending on how many settings your pasta machine has.
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3.Lay it on a flat surface and square up the edges. I use a small quilters cutting board to help save my blade edges and give me straight even lines to use as guides.
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4. Lay your Skinner Blend Log on the edge of the sheet of brown, squaring up the end and the edge.
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5.cover the log with the brown, rolling it until the log is totally covered.
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6. Over roll the log so that the starting edge makes an impression on the rest of the sheet.
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7. Pull the log back just a little and slice along this indentation. Butt the edges up against each other.
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8.Slice the excess off the other end of the log
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9. Smooth down the edges. I use the end of my needle tool and ROLL it over the seam a few times. This will usually give the edges a good blend.
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10. You should end up with a nice Skinner Blend Log covered in Brown! Keeping both ends flush and neat.
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11. ***REDUCE*** the covered log. Bring it down to about 3/4 inch in diameter.
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12. Lay it on your work surface in a horseshoe type shape cutting the ends till they are even and you have the full design on the edges.
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13.Cut the log in two even pieces.
Picture 14 14. With the heel of your hand, partially flatten down both logs. Picture 15 15. Now Cut these two flat logs both in half.
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16. Cut each half in half.
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17. Now you have 8 equal pieces of your original log.
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18. Squeeze the edges of all the pieces to an almost point on one side.
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19. Now to the other side.
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20. The piece should start to curve like a half moon.
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21.You can lay your finger into the curve of the piece to help unify the shape.
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22. All the pieces should look similar to this, some can be thinner or flatter, but the basic shape should be the same.
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23. We are now preparing to assemble our Pumpkin! These are in no way going to be exactly the same, but you can eye ball them into sizes if you like, the smaller ones will go in the center.
Picture 24 24. Take two of the crescent pieces and line them up together on one end, slowly ease them together trying not to trap any air bubbles between them.

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