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Spliced Jellyroll Cane

By Anna T. Hill, edited by Sunni Bergeron
The spliced cane on the previous page is one of the multitude of things I learned from Pier Voulkos. She is a fantastic teacher with a huge amount of energy, a love of clay, a wealth of experience, and loves sharing her techniques. The Spliced Jellyroll Cane is my variation of her technique. Use your imagination - I'm sure you can even make that mudpile look yummy...

Supplies:

  • Using a 2 ounce block of clay cut into 8 equal parts for measurement:
  • 7 parts of Premo White Pearl
  • 2 parts of Premo Silver
  • 7 parts of Premo Ultramarine
  • tissue blade or cutting utensil
  • clean work surface
Step 1: Pick up 1 piece of silver and place it with the Ultramarine. Pick up the other piece of Silver and place it with the White Pearl. Blend the 1 piece of Silver with the Ultramarine. Blend the other piece of Silver with the White Pearl. At this point, your clay will also be conditioned thoroughly.

Step 2

Step 2: Roll out two sheets of clay to a #2 thickness on your pasta machine (I am assuming #1 is your thickest setting)

Step 3
Step 3: Lay the two sheets on top of each other and roll them through the pasta machine at a #1 setting. Slightly flatten one end of the sheet.


Step 4: Roll into a jellyroll. (Above)

Step 5

Step 5: Stand your jellyroll on end and cut it into eight pieces. Be bold and cut carelessly. Making them uneven is part of the secret.

Step 6

Step 6: Lay four of the segments on their backs with their toes in the air.

Step 7
Step 7: Place the remaining four segments toes down into the spaces.

Step 8
Step 8: Now reduce the cane by compressing evenly on all four sides and lengthening it out.

Here is a side view of the reduction (above left), an end view (above right). This is the finished reduction shaped in a number of ways (right).

Step 9: Cut the cane into segments and reassemble however you like. Here are three ways you can reduce the canes and how you might assemble them (above and right).

Examples


This is a leaf pendant made using a variation of the Spliced Jellyroll Cane



Here is a goose egg covered with another Spliced Jellyroll



This is what the goose egg looks like from the end.

©2001-Anna Hill

Thank you, Anna You can Email Anna at annat7@hotmail.com or see her work at her PhotoPoint Album

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