When I’m asked what should I use for my flower cane I always say well, whatever simple cane you’d like. What I use most though, for my realistic floral canes, is a simple marbled log of natural colours or a lace cane of the same colours. Premo’s Cadmium Yellow and Burnt Umber work well for this. I actually make a few of these in different shades and keep them on hand to use as I do cane making runs. You need a very small amount of center for a given cane so this recipe would make centers for a LOT of canes.
You need:

  • a blade
  • a way to make flat sheets
  • 1 & 1/2oz respectively of two natural tones of clay such as brown, gold, ecru, white, grey, black.


Form a 2″ log from your main colour. Make two sheets, one of the second colour, one of the main colour, 2 inches long and wide enough to go around your log.

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Wrap your log first in the second colour then in the second sheet of colour.

Reduce your log into lots of different diameters about 2″ long. Vary the sizes a lot.

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Gather the logs up into a bunch to form a roughly circular cane. If desired, wrap the overall log with one of the colours. Reduce this and repeat if you need more complexity.

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