The other day I thought I’d do a Google search for “How to make polymer clay alphabet canes”, and was surprised at how few resources I found that mentioned making letters from canes.
I did find a short tutorial on Polymer Clay Central which showed how to make the initials “P” and “C”, but not the rest of the alphabet.
Or there was an article on Tina Holden’s “Beadcomber” blog showing how she created a monogram cane – but again that was a very specific (although lovely) cane that just incorporated her own initials.
unikatissima’s website mentioned using CityZen Cane’s mosaic “pixels” method, but again didn’t give detailed instructions on how to create a whole alphabet.
So where can polymer clay enthusiasts find letter canes for the whole alphabet?
The only set of instructions I have found so far is a tutorial by fantastic polymer clay artist Iris Mishly:
For those who haven’t got time to make their own, I did find some sites selling canes that are pre-made and ready for you to use (e.g. here (although I think these canes may be pre-cooked??))
But that still leaves the question of “Where can I find a quick and free tutorial on how to make polymer clay letter canes?”. So in that case I will oblige!
Over the coming weeks I’ll create a basic set of instructions showing how to create each capital letter in the English alphabet. They will all be round canes, but if you’d like to know how to make square versions just drop me a note via the comments or contact us form, or tweet @polymerKay.
One day I’ll develop full tutorials with proper instructions, but in the meantime, here is a basic tutorial for creating a polymer clay cane with a letter “A” design:
You will need:
- Approx. 14g white clay (i.e. quarter of a standard-sized block of clay)
- Approx. 5g black clay
Step 0: Condition the clay
Step 1: Roll the white clay into a cylinder approx 2cm in diameter
Step 2: Roll the black clay into a thin sheet by using the thinnest setting of the pasta machine.