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Materials Needed:

  • 1 Block Each of 6 Colors of Clay
  • 2 or 3 Blocks of White Clay
Click for a Larger View Step 1:

Using your 6 colors and white, make 6 Skinner logs of each color (click here for a Skinner Blend Tutorial). Make them a bit big because they will need to be reduced. These logs are about 2½" long and 1" wide. After you have made them, wrap them with a thin layer of white, made with the middle setting on your pasta machine. Now, make the logs square by using a brayer or a small sheet of plexiglass. Press gently on all four sides, rotating as you do, until square.
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Step 2:

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Reduce the 6 square logs into square snakes (left) until they are about 12" long. Then cut the snakes into 6 equal pieces (the green snakes in the picture at left have already been cut).

Step 3:

Click for a Larger View Arrange the square logs into a grid pattern, or come up with your own pattern! Then compress the cane to eliminate the air pockets. Next, wrap the cane with with another layer of white, again made with the middle setting on your pasta machine. Reduce the cane, as before, until it is 12" long. Cut the cane in half and trim off the waste ends, and then cut each half in half again. You will now have 4 pieces of equal length. Now arrange the four pieces into mirror images of each other. This will form your quilt pattern. Compress the cane to eliminate the air pockets and you are now done!!!

The finished cane!

Mia Rox
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We'd like to thank Mia for this excellent tutorial. And we also encourage any PCC Members who have a lesson or tutorial that they'd like to share, to please email or with your idea and we'll work with you to bring your projects to the PCC Website!

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