Keila Hernandez’s Nativity Cane

Keila took on a huge task with this Nativity Cane. She carefully drew her design on paper to get the dimensions correct and started the long precess of building the cane.

The original drawing

The original drawing

Lots of Skinner Blend canes

Thats a lot of detail !

That's a lot of detail !

Packing the background

Great way to create a starry sky

Great way to create a starry sky

Take a look at the results. Beautiful work Keila !!!!!!!!!!!!

Ready To Be Reduced

Ready To Be Reduced

You can click on any picture to see all the pictures of the process in Keila’s Flickr album


Educate Yourself With YouTube

YouTube has a wealth of learning right at your fingertips. If you are a visual learner like myself I am sure you will find something there to help you. I have watched so many wonderful tutorials and learned some great techniques for free !!! My thanks to all those fabulous people who make the videos and share them at no charge.

Face Canes



Covering Pens

Sculpting Hands

Making 2-Part Molds

Make a Skinner Blend

Clay Magnet Clasp

Swirl Beads (I couldn’t embed the video, so just click this link)

I could go on forever 🙂 Just search YouTube for Polymer clay and you will get hundreds of hits.

Variations Of The Mokume Gane Technique

I have been using a lot of “junk” clay to make mokume gane and I love the effect I get. A good friend recently sent me a large quantity of junk clay, cane ends and old damages canes so I decided to experiment a bit.

I took several of the old canes, worked them flat and then rolled them through the pasta machine so I had a smooth sheets to work with. (The following are the same steps I used for the scrap mokume gane tutorial) I then spritzed them with water and used a background rubber stamp to texture the sheets. I shaved off the raised areas with a sharp blade and set them aside for another project. (waste not want not) I swear it’s like Christmas morning every time I see what’s under the surface. 🙂 The colors and designs just appear magically. (I guess that’s why Jennifer Patterson called her Polymer Cafe article Hidden Magic) Here are some of the sheets I was able to product using old canes.

sheet 1sheet 2sheet 5sheet 6

You can get nearly the same effect using several colors and extruding the clay. I like the way it has even stripes of colors through the pattern.

Here are some beautiful examples by artists in which the extruded technique was used.



Christine Damms

Christine Damm's

If you do not own a clay extruder, I found a nice way for you to get a similar look. Ponsawan over at Silastone used a skinner blend jelly roll to simulate the extruded technique.



Here’s a picture tutorial by Ponsawan for the Skinner Blend Gane

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