1st we will start with the shaded cane to make the flower.
You will see that when we build this it is pretty close to the African Trade bead canes but using Skinner shaded canes. This is a technique that Judith Skinner came up with to make our cane (or rod of clay) shade from one color to another. She, with this technique changed the Polymer clay world.
You will need:
Violet Cernit- 1, 2.2 ounce packages
Opaque White Cernit- 2, 2.2 ounce packages
Black Cernit-1, 2.2 ounce packages
Porcelain White Cernit- large package 1.1 pound
Clay Slicing Blade
All links lead to my hubby's store www.clayfactory.net
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Mix all of the colors, even the black and opaque white with an equal amount of porcelain white.
Trim off the right edge so it is straight up and down.
Roll these together with and acrylic roller.
Place the White side into your clay machine and roll through on the thickest setting.
Bring the clay out of the machine every time the same way and do not change directions ever.
When you get used to this you can play with flipping it around and not lose you way. I bring it out of the machine with my left hand and rotate my hand 1/4 to lay the sheet in front of me on my work surface.
5. I fold the sheet from left to right every time.
7. Place the fold in to the rollers, see the top edges are not even and matching.
Roll through the machine on the thickest setting.
Bring it out the same way we did in step 6 and fold from the left to the right again always matching the side edges.
Place the fold in to the machine again on the thickest setting and roll through again.
Do steps 6 and 7 twenty more times.
Fold from left to right one more time and...
Turn the dial down to the 5th thickest setting and roll the length through again to stretch out the length again.
10. You will have a long strip that goes from light to dark.
12. Mix the cut off part until it is one color.
Part 2 coming...