Maintaining the shape of extruded polymer clay flower canes as you reduce them is nearly impossible. At a recent gathering, Minnesota’s Jenny Patterson reminded me of a clever workaround.
She extrudes her canes and slices them after they’re cured!
Jenny sells at big shows (she’ll be at the Balloon show in Albuquerque) so her production skills are well honed.
She cuts the cured extrusions once they’re cool or slightly re-warms them to make them pliable depending on the brand of clay. Try it both ways to see what your clay prefers. She punches a hole in each thin slice with hole punch pliers.
Her flowers are made using extruded stacks of disks of clay colors (a la Bettina Welker) with her own extruder disk designs.
We’ll be talking about several newly learned lessons (and cool new tools that make them happen) in this week’s StudioMojo. A week off the grid did my heart and my brain good. Come see why.
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