1) Press the end of the cane down on your work surface
firmly until you get a perfectly flat end. Repeat that with the other end.
Now place one end onto a mirror (or whatever you're using)
and reduce the end down to the size you want your cane to be when you are finished. Be
sure to tuck the end with your fingertip, too, by placing your fingernail next to the
glass - you don't want to get a flare next to the mirror. This process will suction the
mirror onto the end of the cane and prevent the clay in the roll from oozing out at the
Flip the cane over and repeat with the other end.
2) Beginning in the middle, reduce your cane by pinching and
squeezing. Be patient and do this slowly, firmly and gently. Don't bully it or squeeze to
hard at a time. Squeezing hard to hurry the process will give you distortion. Work your
way up from the middle out to one end, flip it over and work to the other end. Keep
repeating this until the cane is the same size as the ends. The cane will flop over (as it
is beginning to in the picture above) and that's okay. Just hang it in front of you and
work the upper half.
3) This is the first cut from a Jellyroll
Cane. Notice it is only 1/4" away from the end and how the design begins right away!
With this method I did not wait to let my clay "rest" and
achieve consistency in firmness between the clays before reducing.