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Here is a marble cane that I first made for baby’s lantern. I always get stressed when marbling beads about how far to go. I want an interesting pattern but I don’t want the clay to blend into one colour. This method reliably creates a fine pattern that can be used for beads or flat sheets.

Beads made using marble cane in orange, purple and transparent.

Beads made using an orange, purple and transparent marble cane.

Roll snakes from your chosen colours.

Roll snakes from your chosen colours. Scrap canes also work well 😉

Twist the snakes of clay together into a long single snake.

Twist the snakes of clay together into a long single snake.

Scrunch and twist the snake to form a ball.

Scrunch and twist the snake to form a ball.

Roll the ball out to create a snake again.

Roll the ball out to create a snake again.

Twist and scrunch the snake into a ball again.

Twist and scrunch the snake into a ball again.

Flatten the ball a little so it can fit throught the pasta machine.

Flatten the ball a little so it can fit through the pasta machine.

Roll the clay through the pasta machine  on each setting from thickest to thinest.

Roll the clay through the pasta machine on each setting from thickest to thinnest.

Rotate the clay 90 degrees as you reduce the settings so that it forms a square-ish sheet.

Rotate the clay 90 degrees as you reduce the settings so that it forms a square-ish sheet.

Loosely fold the sheet to form pleats.

Loosely fold the sheet to form pleats.

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Scrunch the pleated sheet from either side.

Scrunch the pleated sheet from either side.

Keep compressing to form a cane. try to squeeze out all the air bubbles.

Keep compressing to form a cane. Try to squeeze out all the air bubbles.

As you can see, there are some gaps inside the cane.

As you can see, there are some gaps inside the cane.

I pierced right through the cane and compressed again to reduce the air gaps in the cane.

I pierced right through the cane and compressed it again to reduce the air gaps inside.

So, what do you do with your lovely cane now? Coming soon is a tutorial for making veneer beads as in the example. Or you could use slices of cane to make a sheet and make a hollow doughnut pendant.

Have fun!

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