Now it's time for the Leaf Cane...
Prepare the Skinner Blend for the Leaf Cane using the same technique as described for the rose, but the offset corner in the initial triangles is not necessary. Once the clay is rolled into the log, stand it on end, and use your tissue blade to make 3 parallel cuts from top to bottom, one in the middle and one on either side of that cut (Fig. 11).
- We're now going to sandwich a slice of the mixed leaf outline clay, at thickness setting #4 or #5, into each cut and then reassemble the log in it's original shape. When finished, it will look like Fig. 12.
- The next sequence of steps is best decribed with this group of photos. First, make a diagonal slice across the log, tilted as shown in Fig. 13, from top to bottom. Separate the pieces as shown in Fig 14. Now line the inside of each half with the mixed leaf background clay as shown in Fig. 15.
- Now take two slices of green clay and cover the inside of each half as shown in Fig. 16. The left half is covered about halfway with the green, and the right half is covered about 3/4. These pieces of green will form the stem of the leaf when everything is assembled. Turn one of the halves so that the green edges butt together as in Fig. 17, and squeeze the halves together and compress. When finished your leaf will look like Fig. 18.
- Now cover the outside of the log with the mixed leaf background color, and compress to remove all the air bubbles. If you were to slice the end off now it would look as Fig. 19. To reduce the cane, first pinch the top up to form a leaf shape to the whole cane, and then reduce. Reduce to a size that looks proportional to your rose. When finished, your cane will look like Fig. 20.
Hint - The bigger you make your leaf, the more background clay you'll need on the finished cane - so plan accordingly! Smaller leaves will make your rose appear bigger.
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