In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating a polymer clay Skinner Blend Bulls Eye Cane. This is a basic cane needed in more complex caning projects. It can also be used in other techniques such as Mokume Gane.
There are a few tips and tricks
to help get the technique right, such as how long and thin your Skinner Blend is.
I’ll be showing all of this in the tutorial.
In order to complete this tutorial, you will need to know how to make a Skinner Blend. You can find a link to a tutorial in the suggested links box below the video.
Steps To Making A Polymer Clay Skinner Blend Bulls Eye Cane
To start you’ll need a polymer clay Skinner Blend. Any type will do. I'm using a two part white and Cobalt Blue Premo blend.
If you don't know how to make a Skinner Blend see my two part, and three part Skinner Blend tutorials.
The first step towards making the cane is to lengthen the Skinner Blend. Lengthen it the same way the blend is running, so that you end up with a long sheet with one color at one end and gradually graduating into the next color at the other end. It's best to begin lengthening on your thickest pasta machine setting and work down to the thinnest. The longer and thinner the Skinner Blend is the better.
The next step is to start rolling your sheet from one color to the other in a similar fashion to a Jellyroll Cane. Decide which color you want in the middle of your cane and begin rolling from that side.
Roll firmly to minimize air bubbles in your cane, but not so firmly that you squash it.
Roll the cane against your work surface to get rid of air bubbles.
Remove the ends to neaten your cane.
Slice in half to check that all the bubbles are out and to check what the cane looks like.
You now have a polymer clay Skinner Blend Bulls Eye Cane.
See the video tutorial for some examples of what you can do with Skinner Blend canes, as well as an example of a three-part Skinner Blend Cane and a mica clay bulls eye.
If you need more information on reducing your canes, take a look at my reducing polymer clay canes tutorial, where I show how to reduce round, square, triangular and hexagonal canes correctly.
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