Making a Feather Cane

Design by Donna Kato and Instructions by Arbel, Advertising Designer, Marketing Events Group,
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

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Choose the colors of scrap clay that you like together. For making the feather cane used in the Jungle Crown, use browns and gold. Using the clay blade, chop the clay into little pieces and arrange them in the color pattern you would like for your feather.
Using your hands, compress the clay pieces into a log keeping the colors in the pattern you chose. Twist the log a bit until you see a swirl pattern. Do not twist too much because the colors will blend and some color detail will be lost.
Using the Poly-Roller machine, condition some black clay. If the clay is dry, add some Liquid Polyclay, the clay should be very soft so it does not crack. For a small cane roll the black clay down to the #3 setting on the Poly-Roller, for a larger log roll down to the #2 setting.
Roll the black clay around your scrap roll. Using your hands, reduce the round cane to a 3/4 inch diameter roll.
Using an acrylic roller, flatten the roll enough so it can be passed through the #1 setting of the Poly-Roller. When you pass the flattened roll through the Poly-Roller make sure you feed it through straight.
Cut the flat strip into 4-inch sections, stack each section you cut on top of the last, slightly staggering them.
Cut the 4-inch stack in half making two mirrored, 2-inch stacks.
Using the Poly-Roller, condition some clay for the middle stripe of the feather cane, choose a color that will stand out. Cut a piece 2-inches wide and the length it takes to cover of the feather cane.
Sandwich the middle stripe of the feather cane between the two stacks and press the cane together until it becomes one feather cane.

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