Just in time for Valentines Day, a very simple, very fast heart cane. The cane makes sweet little candies or message hearts on a doll size scale. The cane can be used by itself for buttons, scrapbook elements, beads or charms or combined into a larger cane.
This makes a small cane, 2″ long. The heart is only a bit more than half an inch wide and tall when done. If you want MORE cane, increase your starting ingredients.
What you need:
- a small amount of heart coloured clay, half a package will easily make the cane in this tutorial
- an extruder, like Makins Professional Extruder with a 1/4″ square, 3/8″ half round and 1/4″ right-angle triangle
- a work surface, a sharp blade and a ruler
Making The Heart
Condition your clay well. It makes it easier to extrude. Fill the extruder barrel with your clay, attach your first disc, the half circle. Extrude 4 inches of this. Cut it in half. Unscrew the ring, change discs to the square, extrude 2 inches. Unscrew, change the disc to the triangle, extrude six inches. Cut this into 3 pieces.
Assemble your pieces as in the diagram. You’ll need to slightly squish and shape the bottom triangle to make it the right shape for this. Compress and round the heart a bit to make it an attractive shape.
What to Do
I actually took the whole first cane I made and baked it, just as it was. I cut the still warm cane into slices for buttons and charm beads. The second one I made, I used some scrap colours, outlined it in gold and packed it in translucent to make a slicing cane.