Spider web polymer clay cane

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No garden is complete without a few little spider webs.

Originally I made this cane in time for Halloween. The "spooky spider" web. And I had lots of it.
>>> This one is the last piece. <<<

The color is a little unusual. It may appear to be black on white but the web is actually a very dark green. And yes, that background is white, not a raw translucent. It's an off or ivory white.

I have taken slices off this cane, rounded them off slightly and baked, glued posts on the back and made simple earrings out of those. VERY easy to do.

Materials Used

polymer clay

More Info

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Canes are sold in 2" sections but I always cut slightly longer to allow for imperfect ends due to packing. See the extra images for one of the cane next to a penny for diameter.

TIPS ON HANDLING!
A few people left me less than outstanding feedback claiming their cane was "dried out."
Polymer clay does not "DRY OUT!" It is not an air dry clay.
I'm adding a few more tips in my listings now. Please, if your having any problems, contact me.

NOTE; OLD clay still in a package, even a sealed never opened package can become crumbly and hard to work with. Believe me I've had more than a few old blocks to deal with.
But... they can be saved. It takes work, a ton of extra conditioning time, but once that has been done, and all the plasticizers have been thoroughly disbursed throughout, and the clay is pliable, it does not need to be conditioned again. EVERY CANE has been more than thoroughly conditioned just by the process of making and reducing it. I can pick up a piece of cane I made years ago and still work with it.

Only two things that can ruin polymer clay.
If you lay your clay on paper, or cardboard, or cork, or wood, it can "leach." Those materials will suck the chemicals right out of your clay and that will dry it out. Clay artists use this sometimes when new clay is so soft it's downright sticky. But NONE of my canes sit in contact with any of that. I cut and wrap mine in plastic as soon as they are made and those are stored stacked up so the ends are not touching anything. Air, will NOT dry out canes.

The other thing that will ruin clay is heat. If it sits in a hot car it can partially cure. One lady put hers on a window cill in the sun to "warm it up" and actually cooked it partially. If your cane crumbles, then it probably got overheated somewhere and in that case it's pretty much ruined. This can happen in transit if your postal delivery person left boxes in a closed car. I have no control over that. All I can suggest is if your having a heat wave, it's probably not a good time to buy raw clay. (In the hundreds of canes I've sold, this has only happened once and that customer told me they had 110 temps that week. Probably not a good time to buy raw clay.)

MORE TIPS;
1. If you need to get a clean slice without any distortion, start out with a good sharp blade. Then it helps to chill your cane first. Makes it much easier to slice without it distorting.

2. If you need to work your cane, reshape like with my feather canes, resize, flatten, stretch, or use to apply to other items, then you want to do the exact opposite. You will need to warm up your cane. Holding it in the palm of your closed hand for several minutes will do the job.

Another trick before trying to shape pieces is to "wake it up." Again, canes have already been well conditioned but they may sit for a long time after that before you get it. So pick up your cane, still in it's plastic and give it a gentle squeeze. Not enough to distort or smoosh it, just enough to make the clay move. Do this in one direction, turn it and repeat. That little bit of movement tends to "wake up" the clay and helps greatly when it comes time to slice and work with it.

If your still having problems
CONTACT ME! I'm very easy to work with. I want happy customers. A happy customer is a repeat customer. But I can't help anyone who just has problems then fires off feedback claiming "dry clay" when it's not.
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Use;
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Slice with a thin blade, either one made for clay or an exacto will work, slice off sections.
If the clay squishes, pop it in the freezer for a few minutes to stiffen it up making it easier to slice.
Quarter inch thick pieces make nice charms for jewelry, or as scrap book pieces.
Paper thin slices work as a veneer on any surface that can take baking.
(Look at some of my eggs for this technique.)
http://www.artmakersworlds.com/Eggs.shtml

Bake at 265f for a half hour to cure. (That's a half hour per quarter inch. Really thin slices can do with less. You can always bake twice, or at a lower temp for a longer period of time but don't over heat.)
Cured clay can be painted, drilled, sanded, varnished, or just left as is.



Enjoy and thanks for looking.
















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