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(Gertsch Feather Cane)

The 'feather' part of the Peacock Feather Cane is created in much the same way as the Basic Feather Cane. If you get stumped on any of the steps, go to the Basic Feather page for detailed clarification.
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Peacock Feather Cane - Conclusion

Supplies:

For the Peacock Feather

  • 3.5 ounces Color D (3 ounces Zinc Yellow and 0.5 ounces of Raw Sienna, mixed together)
  • 4 ounces Color E (3 ounces Zinc Yellow and 1 ounce Turquoise, mixed together)
  • 2 ounces Color F (1 ounce Zinc Yellow and 1 ounce Ultramarine Blue)
  • Pasta Machine or something to roll with
  • Tissue blade or something to slice with
  • Brayer (optional) to flatten with
  • Wax Paper (optional) to lay the long sheet of clay on as it emerges from your pasta machine
  • Clean work surface

Step 11: Create a Skinner Blend with Color D and Color E using the thickest setting on your pasta machine.

Step 12: Roll the Skinner blend sheet into a log, with the darker color on your left and the lighter color on your right.

Step 13: Shorten the log into a plug.

Step 14: Flatten the plug into a block shape...

...and give it a quarter turn to place the dark side away from you and the light side toward you as shown above. As in the Basic Feather tutorial, stretch the cane out by grabbing the right and left sides and pulling them apart so you end up with a l-o-n-g rectangle.
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Step 15: Run Color F through the pasta machine on the thickest setting and make it fit the length of the rectangle.

Step 16: Pinch one end of the rectangle...  Feed it through your pasta machine on the thickest setting making a very, very l-o-n-g ribbon and then cut into several 2 to 3 inch pieces...
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Step 17: Lay one piece, Skinner blend side down, on your work surface. Put second piece next to the first with the dark EDGE on your work surface next to the dark end of the first piece. This will give you an "L" shape. Butt the base of the piece standing on end up against the piece flat on the work surface.
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Step 18: Leaving the edge touching your work surface, fold the second piece over on top of the first piece. Continue adding pieces, always with the dark edge on your worksurface, and folding it over on top of the previous pieces.
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Step 19: Keep adding pieces until you've got them all stacked together.
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Step 20: Your cane should now look like this picture if you flip it on its side.

Step 21: Pick up your cane and turn the flat side toward you with the dark end on the bottom side and the light end up as shown above. Grip the left and right sides and pull them apart to reduce (elongate) your feather cane. Make it about the same length as your "eye" cane.

With your thumb, make a depression in the dark area as shown above where the "eye" cane will go.


Step 22: From the end, your cane should look like this, with a hollowed out area...

Step 23: Continue reducing until the feather is twice the length of your "eye" cane, then cut the feather into two sections. Lay the "eye" cane into the depression in one section of the clay. 

Step 24: Be sure to check which end is up when you add the "eye" cane! You want the "frog" in the horseshoe shape to face the bottom of the feather cane as shown here.

Step 25: Press the components together starting at one end, and trying not to capture any air inside the cane.  Then squash the feather into a plump rounded triangle shape as picture above...

Step 26: Here is a slice of the finished Peacock Feather!
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These are examples of what you can use the peacock canes with.
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