I think I was a little bananas to try these for my first ever caning project! Considering my extreme lack of experience, it could have turned out much much worse!
I used the instructions found in “Miniature Food Masterclass: Materials and Techniques for Model-Makers” by Angie Scarr.
I’ll start off with what I think I did right first (it’s a shorter list!) I actually really like the color – it turned out really nice. I am also happy with the scale, for the most part.
I didn’t make my initial ‘triangle’ fat enough, and what with all the squishing around and re-adjusting, one of my little sections got off-center. Also, my little seeds have nearly disappeared into oblivion! If you really, really look, you can see just a shadow of seed – next time (if I ever need a next time, considering how many I have now!) I will make the seeds 2-3x bigger. However imperfect, I still think the finished product looks sufficiently banana-like!
One thing I didn’t quite anticipate was the enormous quantity of cane that it would produce!!! I rolled out 1/4 of the initial cane, and I have SEVENTEEN, yes 1-7 uncut, soft cooked canes ready for slicing! That doesn’t even include the 3/4 and 1/2 bananas!
I originally wasn’t planning on making full-fruit bananas, but realized as I was rolling out each of the smaller sections of canes, the ends were very easily manipulated into a convincing banana shape, and was no extra work to make them!