I’m luckier than many who’ve suffered physically, emotionally and financially from COVID19, and haven’t minded the extended lock-down in Melbourne. As well as having a bit more time for polymer clay and other crafts, I’ve had regular zoom ‘craft catchups’ with friends. One technique I share with people who are new to polymer clay is the kaleidoscope cane. You can get impressive results using just a few elements, and it’s a great way to use up canes you have left over. Even canes you don’t like can be beautiful when combined with others and repeated in this way.
I bought a pen kit which is intended for wood turners. I reduced the cane and covered the brass tubes supplied with slices, sanded it then put the pen together. My only concern was that the polymer clay might crack, because you need to force the pieces together, but it appears to be fine.