I had tried making a harlequin cane using diamonds that I cut from blocks of conditioned clay earlier this week and got very mixed results. I wasn't really satisfied because of the deformation of the shapes and decided the only thing to do was to revisit making canes with extrusions. I really love my Makins extruder because it doesn't hurt my hands and there really are a wide variety of dies so you can extrude a lot of different shaped pieces. I went with the diamond shape, although I could have used two triangles placed base to base. I may try that next!
After extruding the triangles in green, gold and purple, it was time to make the harlequin pattern. That wasn't too hard as long as you are careful matching up the edges of the extruded pieces. Next it was time to reduce the cane. I am really grateful to Sarah Shriver and Jana Roberts Benzon for their tutorials demonstrating the best way to reduce a cane while avoiding distortion, because they have made my work so much easier and my reduced canes look so much more precise.
More Designs in a Snap! and Bonus Offer - My friend Joanne came over to clay with me the other day and brought some templates and textures by Melanie Muir she had recently purchased to play with. ...
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