How to Prepare Natural Weaving Cane for Use
Natural cane is frequently quite dry and brittle before soaking. For best results handle with care to avoid spitting and cracking.
Pull one of the strands of cane from the looped end of the hank, near where it is tied. As you pull, shake the hank so that the cane will not tangle or tear. Roll the strand, right side out, to fit in a 5 or 6 inch bowl. Fasten the ends with a clamp clothes pin.
Fill the bowl with a 10% solution of glycerin, about 1 1/2 tablespoons of glycerin to 1 cup of water. Soak the roll of cane in the solution. Warm water hastens the process. This solution helps to prevent the cane from drying out. Let the cane soak for about 20 minutes or until it is soft and pliable. Take from the bowl and wipe off excess water with your fingers or a cloth. Put another strand into soak while you work.
The above preparation guidelines DO NOT apply to any artificial fiber or plastic weaving materials.