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Mini Tutorial – Ribbon Cane

ribboncane2I made this mini tutorial several years when I had an “Aha” moment.  I’d never been able to make a proper ribbon cane until Jeff Barber took a moment to demonstrate it for me in a class I took back in 2006. (I raved all about it in this post.)  I posted the tutorial on LE, but not to my blog. Pretty dumb, huh? So, anyways, I’m sharing it here, now.  I certainly hope it helps someone!

First, choose a rod of a pale transparent (clear or whatever color you like):
1. Melt a blob (gather) and mash it into a paddle.
2. Square off the sides.
3. Paint a color (thinly) on 1 side of your paddle.
4. If you want a 2-tone ribbon, paint another color on top of the first color.
5. Cover the colored side with a big blob of the base transparent.
6. Flip the paddle over and put another big blob of of the base transparent on that side and all around the edges. (your color should be right in the middle of the blob, now.)
7. Attach another rod of the base transparent to the other side so that you now have a handle on each side.
8. melt the blob evenly, keeping it from getting distorted.
9. When it gets soft enough (melty but not quite drippy), flip it semi-vertical and start to pull and twist at the same time.

Don’t twist too fast or pull too fast because that will cause the ribbon to become distorted.ribboncane1

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Random Tip: Inexpensive Frit Trays (Repost)

ssfrittraysIn my never ending quest to find a suitable (and cheap) replacement for my beloved stainless steel frit trays, I have finally succeeded! I used to get these cute little sauce dishes from Target. They’re stainless steel and came in packs of 6 for around $5, but woe is me… Target stopped carrying them several years ago and I haven’t been able to find them anywhere else, since. Well, a few months ago, I was wandering through the garden section in Home Depot (God knows why because I have the blackest thumb on Earth!) when I noticed these cute little flower pot saucers in various sizes. The 4″ one is a perfect replacement and it was only 68¢. I later found some at Michael’s, as well, for even less if you have a coupon.

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Gnomio, oh Gnomio…

I am still a  slacker!  I still  hardly ever torch at home, although I’m trying to get in the studio at least once a week. Emphasis on trying.  Nothing new going on except these little guys. They make me smile!

 

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