I've been trying to figure out how to do a complicated snowflake cane the easy way. I think I've finally figured it out and I'll be teaching it in October at our guild meeting.
With this technique you generate two sets of reverse snowflakes. What gets cut out of one triangle gets put in the other. The big thing to remember is to try to match the location from one triangle to another. So, in the second photo below you can see that I've used the blade to mark the top of the Christmas tree cutter location for the second triangle.
For the bits on the side of the triangle, I'd take the cutout from the first triangle and place it on the other coloured triangle to make a mark of where the cutter should cut (i.e., take the blue slice from the blue triangle and place it on top of the uncut white triangle in the right location so that a mark forms on the white triangle. Remove the blue slice bit from the white triangle and position cutter at mark line. Cut, and switch colours).
I used six layers of the thickest setting on the pasta machine. The hardest part is the reduction of a large triangle cane but I think I've got that covered as well.
Anyhow, here's a summary. And this is the last post for at least a week and the last of the Christmas themed posting for a bit. My next posting will likely be the results from Marla Frankenburg's class that I'm taking on Sep 8 and 9 (can hardly wait!).
P.S. For those looking for a good way to reduce the triangle portion of the cane, check out my posting here: Marla's method for reducing a cane