|1 1/2" diameter ball of clay||Paint
See the Clay Chapter for more instructions, hints, tips, and ideas.
Make a snake about 10" long by rubbing ball of clay between hands or on a table. Keeping the snake uniform in diameter will make the twisting easier. Fold the snake in half and twist. Be careful so that the twist is uniform through the whole length. Pay special attention to the ends to make sure that they have enough twist in them. Now form the cane. Allow to dry thoroughly. Paint all white first, then paint one twist red. Tie on a string or ribbon to use as a Christmas ornament or attach a PVC ring with hot glue. Try to hide the ring behind the cane.
You might be interested in learning about the history of the candy cane.