Questions/POLLS/Mentors Topic -  The Care and Feeding of Polymer canes (684 views) Notify me whenever anyone posts in this discussion.Subscribe
From: Melody016/7/16 8:21 AM 
To: Leigh (SINCERELEIGH) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (8 of 17) 
 71302.8 in reply to 71302.4 

Leigh, I think it sounds very exciting and an important subject that I've never really seen addressed in any depth. An "in person" demo (especially if participants brought their actual "elderly" canes) would be an added bonus.

Anita in AZ

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From: Leigh (SINCERELEIGH) DelphiPlus Member Icon6/11/16 9:00 PM 
To: aramina5 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (9 of 17) 
 71302.9 in reply to 71302.6 

On that hard as a rock cane first thing you need to do is put some Diluent on it. Or baby oil and wrap it up with saranwrap, real tight and put it in a warm spot.  By the way what is the size of it. if its very big after a few days of wrapping it up in diluent open it up and wipe it off so it isnt too slippery, then put something down on the floor or very solid place and start slamming it down on the table or floor like you want to beat the crap out of it turning it each time. hold one end of it and thwapp it down hard do it for a while if it should start to reduce push it back  into its original size. it should start to get a little softer. if it doesnt seem like its doing anything, wipe it off and put more diluent on it and wrap it back in saranwrap, and make sure its like airtight and put it back in a warm dark place and wait a couple days.  If you keep doing that it should start to reduce or at least soften up. Dont let it move too much think of doing it slow so you dont get distortion in the cane. You can keep doing this until the cane feels more likely to reduce then continue to do what you want with it.  The most important thing is slamming it down the vibrations of the slamming goes right through the cane and helps it get some movement back in the clay!!  Let me know if you try it and how it works. Dont throw it out well just try something else{GG}.


From: Leigh (SINCERELEIGH) DelphiPlus Member Icon6/11/16 9:03 PM 
To: Melody01  (10 of 17) 
 71302.10 in reply to 71302.8 

Thanks Melody!!!  Im gonna see if they can put something in the papers they send before the retreat.  Thanks for the feedback it sure helps.


From: aramina5 DelphiPlus Member Icon6/12/16 2:41 AM 
To: Leigh (SINCERELEIGH) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (11 of 17) 
 71302.11 in reply to 71302.9 

I will dig it out of hiding and get it going tomorrow! Thank you!!!



From: Melody016/12/16 8:27 AM 
To: Leigh (SINCERELEIGH) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (12 of 17) 
 71302.12 in reply to 71302.9 

Leigh, Thanks for sharing the helpful info which I now have bookmarked for the future. I have a Monarch butterfly cane that is eventually going to need your procedure. I figured it was lost. Thanks to you, now knowing what I know, maybe not! I think your clinic sounds like it would be a wonderful addition to PC knowledge!


Anita in AZ

  • Edited June 12, 2016 8:28 am  by  Melody01

From: StarGazer (STARGAZERCA) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host6/12/16 3:08 PM 
To: Leigh (SINCERELEIGH) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (13 of 17) 
 71302.13 in reply to 71302.1 

How about doing a 'combo' demo - one where you make something (perhaps a cane?) and then intersperse all of the care and feeding tips while your making the cane?  That way you might pull in all the folks who've been around awhile.  If they have canes that need to wake up, they've probably been doing this a bit...  just a thought...

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From: SHARCHAR6/15/16 9:48 PM 
To: Leigh (SINCERELEIGH) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (14 of 17) 
 71302.14 in reply to 71302.1 

Leigh, I think that would be an awesome demo for Clay ConneCTion!
I passed the info on to Christy who is coordinating the demos and she will be contacting you.
After working so hard on making a cane it's good to know that it can be revived.
I still remember Jana slamming her cane on the cement floor to reduce it during one of our early retreats ;-)
Nice to know that technique can be used to revive old canes too. (But how do old clayers get on the floor to do that? LOL!!!!)


From: Leigh (SINCERELEIGH) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host6/16/16 2:10 PM 
To: SHARCHAR unread  (15 of 17) 
 71302.15 in reply to 71302.14 

Rotflmao!!!  Hey I can still get on the floor, but I have to plan my day down there!!!!!  I heard from Christy, she wrote me a wonderful letter and we worked it all out, I'm really excited by this cause the demo will also include saving already cut slices, and how to store them and then how to apply them to new clay and work them into the new clay with out any lines or bumps or distortion, I think that tip is awesome too. cause what works for old canes on new clay will also work on new canes with new clay!!! I'm excited.

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From: sunni (sunnisan)7/6/16 1:12 AM 
To: Leigh (SINCERELEIGH) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (16 of 17) 
 71302.16 in reply to 71302.1 

omy, leigh!!! after all these years of claying and caning I would LEAP on a class like that!!!! It's so basic no one addresses it and you, my dear sister, are the queen of caning knowledge!!!! Ya gonna teach that out here in Seattle someday? --sunni


From: Leigh (SINCERELEIGH) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host7/6/16 8:38 PM 
To: sunni (sunnisan)  (17 of 17) 
 71302.17 in reply to 71302.16 

why Thank you sunni Lets see how the demo goes then I'll see if it rattels anyones interest.  Although once I hand out a sheet to go with the class I'm pretty sure it will go around the Polymer Clay world in a very fast pace.  We'll see!



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