This past Saturday I did a demo on my take of Desiree's braided cane at our clay guild meeting. I made the two blocks before the meeting and the 3 plugs on the left were used to demo how to do the braided part of the cane.
This is what it looked like after I braided it. Then I flattened it with my acrylic roller. Desiree runs hers through the pasta machine but I don't.
Once I had the braid done, I folded it back and forth like you will see in Desiree's pictures. Then I cut it with a ripple blade. You can run the pieces through the pasta machine once you cut them or you can cut them with a straight blade. I also cut pieces off the block on the corners. I usually back my pieces up with a piece of black clay before I cut my pieces out. These make great pendants.
This is the piece again after I cut it with the ripple blade. If you don't like the piece you cut, you can put it back together and turn it around and cut it again.
I made this shoe pendant from the cane piece above it. You can see where the pearl in the clay really makes it pop.
I'll post the pictures of what I make with the three new blocks of cane as soon as I can find the top of my work table. LOL