The large slice is the size of Lilian's finished cane before she reduced it. The small size is the reduced size that she plans to use for making earrings and other jewelry.
When Ceal measured the large slice she discovered it was nearly 1 1/2 inches across. When Lilian reduced this cane to the small size in the first photo, she had a cane about three feet long.
Usually we students work with canes that are less than 10 inches in length when finished. Lilian suggested that we make our center heart smaller than hers so we would have smaller completed canes. She also suggested that we plan to make the cane about 3 inches long before reduction.
First we made two rolls of red about three inches long. Lilian showed us how to use a section of plexiglass to create rolls that were the same diameter along the entire length.
Then she laid the two sections together and sharpened the pointed bottom by pinching and pressing the edges.
Here is Mary Ann's completed heart.
The next step was to wrap the heart with a layer of white clay. Here Ceal is beginning to wrap.
And here is Sally's wrapped heart.
A knitting needle ( 000 or 0000) pressed down will work the wrap into the indentation of the heart.
Mary Ann's wrapped cane is below.
The next step was to make the pink lace around the heart. It is possible to make rolls and cut them in half lengthwise. I think that was Ceal's choice of shaping.
Another method is to use an Extruder. Extruders can be bought at polymer clay supply stores. For the lace, use the half circle disk.