Step-by-Step: Polymer Clay Alphabet Cane: Letter “A”

(This tutorial on how to create a polymer clay alphabet cane was originally posted on my key-crafts.com website)

polymer clay alphabet letter canes

I recently did a Google search for “polymer clay alphabet canes” and it surprised me how few resources 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” (naturally!!), 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:

signature cane tutorial - polymer clay alphabet canes
Search results: Iris’s signature cane tutorial

 

For those who haven’t got time to make their own, there are some sites selling canes that are pre-made and ready to use (e.g. here and in the link below (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 months 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:

Instructions

You will need:

Step 0: Condition the clay

Step 1: Roll the white clay into a cylinder approx 2cm in diameter

polymer clay cane for letter A - step by step alphabet cane tutorial
White cylinder

Step 2: Roll the black clay into a sheet using the thinnest setting of the pasta machine.

black polymer clay sheet for alphabet letter A cane tutorial
Thin black sheet of clay

Step 3: Cut off approximately a quarter of the cane and keep it to one side. Then starting from the same top point of the cane, slice off another quarter and keep it for later.

polymer clay alphabet cane - cut for A
Start from same top point

Step 4: Cover the two straight sides of the wedge/triangle with black clay (trim off any excess):

polymer clay alphabet cane - letter A step
Cover the two straight sides

Step 5: Cut across the middle of the triangle shape:

polymer clay alphabet cane - letter A
Cut across middle of triangle

Step 6: Insert black clay (trim off any excess):

polymer clay alphabet cane - letter A
Insert black clay

Step 7: Replace the side pieces that were sliced off earlier:

polymer clay alphabet cane - letter A
Replace the side sections

Step 8: Use a sheet of white clay that has been through the pasta machine on the thickest setting, and wrap one layer around the outside of the cane:

polymer clay alphabet cane - letter A
Wrap clay around outside

Finished letter:

polymer clay alphabet cane - letter A
Polymer clay letter A cane

 

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