I packed the cane to an oblong shape as I didn't want to use lots of translucent. I reduced the cane by making an oblong shape between my thumb and forefinger and choking from the middle outwards.
As you can see I did get a little distortion so it may have been better to use the play doh technique here and reduce a round cane. When I try that one, I'll let you know how it goes!
I also made this snow capped flower cane from Tamishvat's tutorial. I can recommend it.