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Paw Print Cane Tutorial

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  • Black Polymer Clay (2 oz. package or hunk cut off of pound brick)
  • Translucent (or white or Pearl) Polymer Clay (2 oz. package or hunk cut off of pound brick)


  Premo Black & Trans.   Start by cutting off approximately equal sized hunks of black and translucent polymer clay.  (White or Pearl may be substituted for the translucent, depending on planned use for clay slices.)  Or use a small package of each color.  
  Divide in half; Divide 1/2 in 1/4s   Cut the brick of block in half.  Cut one of those halves into quarters.  Roll each quarter into a snake of approximately the same size and length.  Roll the remaining "larger" chunk into a snake of the same length.  
  Roll Trans into a sheet   Roll the translucent (or white/pearl) into a sheet.  Roll through to # 4 or 5 in your pasta machine.  
  Wrap bloack logs in trans.   Cut a piece of translucent to the length of your larger log.  Cover with a wrapper of translucent.  
  Continue until all snakes are wrapped in trans   Repeat with each of the smaller logs until all black logs are wrapped with translucent clay.  
  Assemble small logs around large log   Arrange small logs around larger log.  Roll bits of translucent into snakes the length of your cane to "pack" any spaces.  
  Pack w/ trans; wrap w/ trans   Wrap the whole thing with what is left of the translucent.  Squeeze together and gently roll into round shape, watching the ends to ensure you maintain your "paw" shape.  
  Squeeze; reduce   Let cane rest overnight before reducing to desired size.  Use "end cap" method of reduction to minimize distortion.  (See for information about this reduction technique.)  
  Paw Cane Slice   Slice from finished paw cane.  
  Paw Candle   Paw Print Cane slices on blue/green interference Pearl-Ex and TLS Background.  

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