You've seen it on many things, from beads, to vases and beautiful jewelry boxes. Intricate and repeating patterns that look like they were meticulously painted onto a surface. Meticulous, they certainly are, but not painted. When you understand how polymer clay canes are made, you acquire a whole new appreciation for the amazing results.
Canes can be made for simple spiral, or "jellyroll" patterns, or as intricate as flowers and faces. Renaissance Gal of San Antonio created this mime cane that I absolutely adore:
I have drawn a diagram that demonstrates the basic steps in one of the simplest kinds of cane, the leaf:
My tutorial for making a leaf cane is here. Now, every time this log is sliced, this leaf will appear:
Mokume Gane is one with many variations and striking effects.
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