Polymer Clay FAQ | Canework - Jeanne's World
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There are a number of methods for reducing a square or triangular cane. One is to use a brayer or rolling pin on each side successively - roll a bit, then rotate and roll on the next side, and so on until you reach the size you want. Another is to hold onto one end of the cane and tug gently, sliding your fingers along the cane's length with the other hand. With this method also, you should alternate sides and alternate the end you're tugging. Turn the cane over frequently so you are reducing all its sides evenly, and make sure you're not crushing the corners.
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You can avoid having the blade distort the clay by slicing with a slight back-and-forth motion, letting the cane roll freely on the work surface; this distributes the pressure of the blade over the cane's surface instead of putting it all on one spot. Another technique is to hold the ends of the cane, give them a little tug, then stick each end down on your work surface and slice that way.
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All reduced canes end up with strange-looking ends, with some parts of the design extruded. It's an unavoidable consequence of reducing the cane, and completely normal. You can use the ends as scrap clay, or them together to make beads that coordinate with your cane's colors.
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Slicing the cane requires the sharpest you have available - otherwise the cane's shape is distorted by the dragging of the blade, and the clay itself may smear. The blade also must be tall enough to cut through the thickest cane you want to make.