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Pumpkin Cane Lesson

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25. Smooth the two pieces together until you have something that looks similar to this.
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26. Now add a few more of the pieces, being careful not to trap any air bubbles.
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27.Continue adding the pieces. Check out the look that you are getting while adding the pieces, and move them around to make the best looking pumpkin.
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28. In the end you will have four crecents going one way and four crescents going the other way!
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29. Once you have them in place the way you want, start in the middle, squeezing them just slightly to try to work out any air bubbles and pack them together. Work towards the ends keeping the log even.
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30. I lay the log on the table and use a gentle rocking motion to help pack the cane and stretch the outside layers just slightly to give it more of a pumpkin look.
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31. You can see now how the pumpkin look is developing nicely!
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32. I use the end of my needle tool to make an indentation on both sides of this log to make room for the stem and to increase the pumpkin look.
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33. You can see from this photo that I have bent one of the pieces down a little more than I'd like, but we are just going to have to live with it! :)
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34. Take another sheet of the brown clay at Pasta Machine setting #3 or 4. Lay one end in the center of the crease for the stem.
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35. Ease it down into the crease and rub it down a little bit so that it doesn't move. (That needle tool is something you'll be seeing a lot of here.)
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36. Wrap the sheet around your cane and overlap the edges. Use a sharp edge to cut through the sheet and then butt the edges together.
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37. Cut the excess off the ends.
Picture 38 38. Smooth out the clay, making sure there aren't any air bubbles. I will be posting a lesson on taking out air bubbles one of these days! Picture 39 39. Keep smoothing and easing the log into the shape you are looking for. The clay might be very soft at this point, and it never hurts to keep easing it back to the shape you want.
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40. Make a really hard indentation in the top section. You decide which is the top. This is where the stem is going, so you need to make a good bed for it to slip into.
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41. Hey, so far so good!!! But you know, we want to see how it really looks!!! And I have found that it is a good idea to keep an eye on your pattern, so we are going to cut back to the picture.
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42. I'll admit that Marie Segal HATES it, but I love my Corn Starch. I dip my blade in corn starch and it will cut through the softest canes. So that is what you see on my blade!
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43. Hey, look at that, tell me that isn't cool!!!!! There is nothing like the feeling of that first cut into a cane!!! WOW!!! Pat yourself on the back, you're doing a great job!
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44. Grab a piece of conditioned green clay. Flatten it and play with it until you get a log just about the shape of a stem.
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45. Fit it into the crease with enough room for the outlining clay to fit with it! You can eyeball what will look good with your pumpkin, and if you like large stems or small stems.
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46. After your stem is shaped, lay it on a piece of the brown clay at setting #4
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47.cover the stem with the brown, making sure to cut off the excess.
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48. Work out all the air bubbles. AIR BUBBLES ARE OUR WORST NIGHTMARE!

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