The Afghan Cane consists of sixteen polymer clay “granny squares” assembled in a grid, much like a crocheted afghan would be. Unlike the crocheted version, though, we don’t have to create sixteen individual granny squares to make a colorful blanket. Through the magic of polymer color blends, we can generate a multitude of differently-colored squares with a single cane!
The project is geared towards those with some experience in the millefiori technique. If you have these skills:
Skinner Blend Assembling Canes Reducing Canes
then you can do this.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
You will need one package each of three main colors. I used Sculpey III in :
Turquoise Lime Violet
Feel free to substitute your own favorite colors. Try to choose fairly vibrant colors, as all of the color-mixing we will be doing will tone them down somewhat.
You will also need a package of White and a package of Black.
Work surface, such as a marble tile, ceramic tile, or plexiglass. Pasta machine Clay blade 1.75-inch square cutter (optional) Clay extruder (optional)
Preparing the blends Making the cane components Building the cane Reducing and re-assembling the cane
How to choose appropriate colors Granny square anatomy The theory behind this unconventional use of a Skinner blend Variations Resources to help you learn more