Maybe some of you knows that I love polymer clay and that technique is the canes tecnique: sticks decorated inside, the design of which recurs in each “slice”. In other words, the technique of millefiori, ancient and beautiful!
A few months ago I decided to try this technique with the fondant, and I liked so much the results that I decided to share my works with you :)
Here are some examples of what you can get: cookies, mini cakes, placeholders and other decorations for cakes
As always, I’ll explain the technique with photographs of each step.
This technique takes a few tools:
•a precision knife;
•a small rolling pin with the guides for the control of the thickness;
•a set of 3 blades;
Here we go!
•Prepare a skinner blend, ie a sheet of two-color, starting from two sheets about 0.5 cm thick.
•Cut two triangles; stretch and fold the dough over itself two or three times, turn the dough 90 degrees and stretch to obtain the gradient you prefer.
Cover the cane with a darker sheet and start the “reduction”.
The reduction of a cane consists of crushing and contemporary extending the cane.
This is certainly the most difficult step because you need to be careful not to deform the design during the stretching.
To get the best result, the cane must be reduced gradually from the center to the edges, slowly squeezing without rolling too much.
That’s why you have to have a lot of patience :)
The thin slices can be composed and pressed with the rolling pin.
The waste can be cut and joined to get more abstract designs.
You can further reduce a piece of your cane to to obtain the same design in smaller size.
The cane can be divided into 4 parts, side by side, to form a square or rectangular pattern.
The waste can also be used to get a stripe pattern (based on the technique of Candy canes, spreading with a rolling pin)
And if you like this technique, follow me and discover how to get more complex designs!
Hoping that this tutorial made you curious, I’ll waiting for he next lesson and, I make my best for a video that will better explain some aspects of this wonderful technique!
See you soon!
- Part 1: A simply flower with a skinner blend tutorial
- Part 2: Veined flowers and leaves