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The Afghan Cane Polymer Clay Tutorial


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The Afghan Cane consists of sixteen polymer clay "granny squares" assembled in a grid, much like a crocheted afghan would be. Unlike the crocheted version, though, we don't have to create sixteen individual granny squares to make a colorful blanket. Through the magic of polymer color blends, we can generate a multitude of differently-colored squares with a single cane! Through this fully-illustrated 14-page PDF you will learn: *How to choose colors that will look nice together and provide the necessary contrast *How to make a partial blend *Anatomy of a crocheted granny square *How to build a polymer cane that mimics the look of a granny square, and re-assemble it to create a 16-square "afghan" *Ideas for varying the look of the afghan through borders or different color choices BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY If you are comfortable with the Skinner blend technique and can reduce and re-assemble millefiori canes, you can do this project. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 2"x2"x5" rectangular millefiori cane

Recommended with this pattern

  • 5 packages of clay (black, white, and three colors)
  • pasta machine
  • clay blade

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Polka Dot Cottage {at craftsy}
I am a polymer clay artist turned fiber addict. I can often be found at Polka Dot Cottage (, writing about my adventures in polymer, fabric, yarn, photography, and everyday life. I live in New Jersey with my husband, two sons, and entirely too many craft supplies.