Aug 23, 2012

Scrap Cane FREE Tutorial

Scraps from canes can be from any part or stage when constructing a cane;
it can be from the petals stage or the cane ends after reducing and cutting the edges.

For this particular cane it is good to have chunks of scrap canes, un-blended or mixed.
Scraps from millefiori canes that have transparent background can be use too in this
technique, there is an example at the end of this tutorial.

* Cane ends leftovers from several canes.
* Polymer clay in one color (variable amount) for the outline.
Cutting blade, rolling pin, pasta machine and a ruler.

Press each cane leftovers in to a ball.
Don’t try to squash or mash the ball, to avoid mixing it up.
Arrange the leftover canes from left to right to a color design for your liking.
Roll from each ball a cylinder (a roll) to a length of  4-5 cm / 1.5 - 2 inch

Press each roll to a form of a rectangle, but keep their length the same,
about 4-5 cm / 1.5 - 2 inch.
Attached the rectangle pieces to each other, forming a thick rectangle sheet.

With the rolling pin, flatten the thick sheet some more; but try to keep its shape as much as
you can in a form of a rectangle, do that by pressing at the sides of the sheet when needed.
The sheet thickness has to be about a 0.5 cm / 0.2 inch.

Set the pasta machine on its thickest setting (1).
The rectangles shapes are going to be lengthened,
so the position of the sheet is vertical rectangles through the pasta machine.
Roll the sheet one time - this will be the "colored sheet".
Cut off the top and bottom sides of the sheet.

For the outline - make a thin sheet (setting 4-5 on the pasta machine) in the size
(width and length) of the colored sheet.
Attached the outline sheet on to the colored sheet and gently press them together
with a  rolling pin (and take out any bubbles).

Roll the 2 sheets together - set the pasta machine on its thickest setting (1).
Again, the position of the sheet is vertical rectangles through the pasta machine.
Roll the sheet one time.

Clean the edges - from the 4 sides, cut the sheet to a form of a square.

Cut the sheet to 5 equal pieces - measure the length of the sheet, divide it by 5
and cut it horizontally - from side to side, as described on pic 9.

Place the 5 pieces one on top of the other and gently tighten them.

Carefully reduce the stack to a rectangle form,
to a length of approximately 8-9 cm / 3 -3.5 inch.

Clean the edges - from the 2 sides, cut the ends, so the pattern can be seen clearly.

Cut the cane in to 2 equal pieces.
Attached the 2 pieces so the outline color is on the outside.

Decide which side will be the middle of the triangle cane and tighten this side a little.
And on to the other side - add a thin sheet from the outline color,
to complete the sequence of the outline color.

Form the cane in to a triangle cane by pressing inside on to the "middle side" corner
and gently pull the other 2 corners out.

Reduce the cane length to about 8-9 cm / 3 -3.5 inch.
Clean the edges - from the 2 sides, cut the ends, so the pattern can be seen clearly.
Cut the cane in to 2 equal pieces.

Attached the two parts, "middle side" to "middle side".
To form a triangle cane - press gently the "middle side" edge on to the work surface.
Reduce the cane length to about 6-8 cm / 2.5-3.5 inch.

Cut the cane in to 2 equal pieces and attached the two parts to one square cane.

Press gently on 4 corners to form a round shape.
Reduce and roll the cane to your desired size.

Ta Da !!!

A few steps from a scrap cane + Tip.
In this cane I've used a small amount of scrap clay, and got a cheerful colored cane; I chose white for the outline and it made the cane brighter. The outline color has a lot of influence on the overall appearance, so take that in mind when making this cane :-)

If you need help or have questions about this tut,
please leave that in a comment and I will gladly assist.

E n j o y !!!


  1. Muchas gracias por el tutorial, ya lo pondré en práctica. Besos

    1. Muchas gracias M ª Reyes, me encantaría verlo cuando lo terminas :)) Yo deseo mucha felicidad y éxito.

  2. Great idea. Thanks

  3. Great idea. Thanks

  4. Great use of scrap! Thank you for sharing!

    1. This is the idea :)))
      Thank you very much zabica !

  5. Replies
    1. Thank you very much Sherri :))
      so happy to know you like it :)

  6. wowwwwwwwwww!!! is magnificent^^
    thanks you for to share it

    1. Thank you very much MOMENToCOMPLEMENTo !
      enjoy :)

  7. This is wonderful, Ronit! The canes look fabulous, not scrappy at all. Thank you. Vickie

    1. Thank you very much Vickie,
      I hope you'll enjoy making the cane :))

  8. Love this tute, Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. I love this. I have so many I call them boo boo starter canes I can use for this that will be so pretty. What a great Idea. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Kim!
      ...I would love to see results and enjoy :)

  10. I would LOVE to see how you make your flower petals! The ones that look feathery and have 2 or 3 or more colors blended together...but with being able to see the edges...not like a skinner blend. You know what I mean. You do most of your petals that way. They are just gorgeous. I'd love to see how you do it! I love your work. You shape all your canes just perfectly and the packing as well! Amazing! Thank you Ronit for the inspiration you give me!

    1. Hello, Thank you very much :))
      I know exactly what you mean about the petals, I will make atut some day, hopping :))
      Thank you for inspiring me to do so :))

  11. Very very talented....gorgious

  12. simply gorgeous i love your art, thank you for shering with us....hava rose

  13. Wonderful tutorial!! Thank you so much. I am going right now to the studio and make one. Pat

    1. Thank you Pat :)) enjoy!!! I would love to see what you've got, good luck :)

  14. Thank you to Sage Bray for posting this on her blog. This is an awesome tutorial! Thank you, Ronit, for sharing this. I just made a mud sheet from a bunch of scrap ends today. I wish I would have seen this earlier. Thanks, again. I can't wait to try it.

    1. Thank you Michele, there is always a next time :)

  15. Great instructions. Even I could follow it! Thanks.

  16. Thank you for the for tutorial I liked a lot.

  17. muchas gracias por el tutorial ,Ronit .es muy bien .. i will trying do it

  18. Thank you so much for your generious tuts.....I only have just found your site..and am just now getting into polymer...your work is over the top wonderful!!!
    I would like to know what brand of clay you use for your mokamu canes...I tried to use Fimo classic as one of my sheets...all the others were Primo...I rolled them out on #2 pasta machine...and got nothing!! The fimo was on top...and it was too mushy and got nothing under neath...
    My friend says she heard to only use Kato for that kind of cane...or she also said I should have put the entire cane in the freezer ..and once it hardened I could have gotten wonderful you agree? Anyway..I would love to hear your suggestions..

    1. Hello there, thank you very much, I am very happy you enjoy my tutorials :)
      In my work I use FIMO brand clay, and as a matter of fact now I use only Fimo Soft, I love its colors and its softness and flexibility. I do not make mokamu canes... did you mean mokume gane ?
      It is better to use the same brand of clay in one work or - to mix to brands of clay thoroughly until it is homogeneous. sometimes after you finish a cane, even after reducing the cane, it is better to let it "cool down" from the hand work, which warms it and make it soft; when it cools down it is more stable when you cut it. Premo is very soft and flexible when working with, but when you give it time to set, it will be very easy to cut.

  19. Gracias por el tutorial, lo probaré, ya lo veras por mi pagina de facebook: Lucin Manualidades. Un beso Ronit

    1. Thank you very much Lucin :)
      Muchas gracias Lucin :)

  20. hola soy principiante , me encanta todo lo que haces , este arte es bello, tienes tutoriales(videos)? Gracias

    1. Muchas gracias Paola :)
      en este momento, no tengo ningún tutoriales en vídeo, lo siento,
      pero por favor, le invitamos a visitar mi galería Flickr en busca de inspiración, aquí:
      y aquí:
      Flickr galería:
      ~ Disfrutar de :-)

  21. Vicki Adams McCrayFriday, July 11, 2014

    Wonderful cane! I can't wait to give it a try!

  22. So inspiring thank you for your generous share:)

  23. Thanks Susan for an excellent tutorial.


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