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Sculpey Souffle Simple Cane Embellished Bowl

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Create a fantastic Sculpey Souffle Bowl by keeping it simple! Complex Caning: just hearing the name conjures visions of bewildering instructions, numerous difficult canes and piles of scrap, doesn’t it? Well, today we’ll try it another way. We’ll use Sculpey Souffle, unblended, in simple shapes, to form a variety of complex canes. Souffle is perfect for caning because the texture lends itself to reduction and reshaping without waste at the ends. This project is great for beginners because all you need is clay, a blade, and a roller. Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine is optional. The bowl shown here is made with three bull’s eyes. Period. The details come from bending the canes and reshaping them, a process I humbly call “Pandorafication”. Creating and closing channels and reshaping squares into triangles (and triangles into squares) creates the mystery and motion. Once you try Pandorafying your canes I know you’ll love it; because any cane can benefit from the process. Are you ready to try it? Here we go!
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Sculpey Souffle Simple Cane Embellished Bowl
Sculpey Souffle Simple Cane Embellished Bowl

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    Glass bowl (clear-the bowl will be left in place permanently)|Glass bowl (clear-the bowl will be left in place permanently)

    Project Instructions

    Getting Started: Polymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Clay Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
    Using the Clay Conditioning Machine on the widest setting, #1, create even sheets of Mai Tai, Sea Glass and Pistachio. Using the Clay Conditioning Machine a thin setting, #5 or #6, make a thin sheet of Poppy Seed. Roll the colored sheets into logs.
    As you will see, it’s much easier to roll an even log when you start with an even sheet. Wrap the colored logs in poppy Seed and flatten them with your clay roller. Pinch down along the side to form a soft teardrop shape.
    Put the three teardrop logs together as shown. With your roller, compress into a square. Reduce to 8” long. You’ll find Sculpey Souffle is very pliable and makes reduction without waste easy.
    Here is where we begin to Pandorafy our cane. Lay your Sculpey Clay Roller on top of the cane, with the three colors running vertically. Press down with your roller to create a curved channel. I usually stand up and press down on the roller evenly along the length of the cane.
    Now bring the sides of the channel inward until they touch, forming a soft triangle. (5) Cut off two inches and set aside.
    Sharpen your triangle cane and reduce to 12”. Cut off four inches and set aside. Cut the rest of the cane in half. Place the two halves together with the blue and green reversed. Form into a square. Reduce to 1”.
    Cut off 2 inches of the square. Force it into a triangle shape by pushing it onto your work surface.
    Cut six pieces of your triangle cane about the thickness of a nickel. Form your center kaleidoscope piece. Roll over it lightly to bond.
    Trim to fit the flat, round bottom of your bowl. Place the kaleidoscope piece onto your bowl, smoothing out any bubbles.
    Place slices of your square cane loosely around the center circle. Arrange them in a way you like; then push and stretch them to fit together. This part is really fun and relaxing; so take your time.
    When you start the second row of squares, go get a protractor and a slide rule so you can reduce the cane to fit the diameter of the bowl at each stage. (Lol … I’m SO sure! Actually, I just wing it!) I intentionally stagger them, like a brick pattern. I think it looks fine, don’t you? Now, for the finish: Remember that leftover cane? Slice it, as is, to make an easy, triangular zigzag pattern along the top of the bowl. All done!
    When your bowl is covered with cane, let it rest for an hour. Then hold it up to a light. If there are any empty spots, press lightly to join them. Check again for air pockets. If you see some, poke them with a needle and press the air out. When your refinements are complete, trim around the top edge with your Sculpey Super Slicer. Bake your bowl sitting in the normal position; so it will self-level as it heats. Enjoy your bowls as you would fine crystal. Hand wash them and show them the love.
    Getting Started: Polymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Clay Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
    Using the Clay Conditioning Machine on the widest setting, #1, create even sheets of Mai Tai, Sea Glass and Pistachio. Using the Clay Conditioning Machine a thin setting, #5 or #6, make a thin sheet of Poppy Seed. Roll the colored sheets into logs.
    As you will see, it’s much easier to roll an even log when you start with an even sheet. Wrap the colored logs in poppy Seed and flatten them with your clay roller. Pinch down along the side to form a soft teardrop shape.
    Put the three teardrop logs together as shown. With your roller, compress into a square. Reduce to 8” long. You’ll find Sculpey Souffle is very pliable and makes reduction without waste easy.
    Here is where we begin to Pandorafy our cane. Lay your Sculpey Clay Roller on top of the cane, with the three colors running vertically. Press down with your roller to create a curved channel. I usually stand up and press down on the roller evenly along the length of the cane.
    Now bring the sides of the channel inward until they touch, forming a soft triangle. (5) Cut off two inches and set aside.
    Sharpen your triangle cane and reduce to 12”. Cut off four inches and set aside. Cut the rest of the cane in half. Place the two halves together with the blue and green reversed. Form into a square. Reduce to 1”.
    Cut off 2 inches of the square. Force it into a triangle shape by pushing it onto your work surface.
    Cut six pieces of your triangle cane about the thickness of a nickel. Form your center kaleidoscope piece. Roll over it lightly to bond.
    Trim to fit the flat, round bottom of your bowl. Place the kaleidoscope piece onto your bowl, smoothing out any bubbles.
    Place slices of your square cane loosely around the center circle. Arrange them in a way you like; then push and stretch them to fit together. This part is really fun and relaxing; so take your time.
    When you start the second row of squares, go get a protractor and a slide rule so you can reduce the cane to fit the diameter of the bowl at each stage. (Lol … I’m SO sure! Actually, I just wing it!) I intentionally stagger them, like a brick pattern. I think it looks fine, don’t you? Now, for the finish: Remember that leftover cane? Slice it, as is, to make an easy, triangular zigzag pattern along the top of the bowl. All done!
    When your bowl is covered with cane, let it rest for an hour. Then hold it up to a light. If there are any empty spots, press lightly to join them. Check again for air pockets. If you see some, poke them with a needle and press the air out. When your refinements are complete, trim around the top edge with your Sculpey Super Slicer. Bake your bowl sitting in the normal position; so it will self-level as it heats. Enjoy your bowls as you would fine crystal. Hand wash them and show them the love.