Step-by-step tutorial on how to create a polymer clay letter “B” alphabet cane

This article is part of a series of making alphabet canes with polymer clay. (Click here for the letter “A” tutorial)

 

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 “B” design:

Step-by-step instructions: Letter “B” polymer clay alphabet cane

You will need:

  • Approx. 30g white polymer clay (i.e. half a standard-sized block of clay)
  • Approx. 8g black clay (about one eighth of a standard block)
  • Pasta machine or clay roller (examples from Amazon)
  • Tissue blade (aka clay slicer) (examples from Amazon)

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: Using the thinnest setting of the pasta machine, roll the black clay into a thin sheet:

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

Step 3: Cut off a third of the cane to use:

Cut off a third of the polymer clay alphabet cane - letter A
Cut a third of the cane to use

Step 4: Wrap one layer of the black sheet of clay around the small cane, and then roll the cane to make it slightly longer and thinner. Trim off any excess black clay:

polymer clay alphabet cane - letter B
Wrap in a layer of black

Step 5: Squeeze the sides of the cane to slightly flatten it:

polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - letter B
Flatten the cane slightly

Step 6: Cut the cane down the middle:

polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial- letter B
Cut the cane in half

Step 7: Stack one cane-half on top of the other, with both flat sides on the left:

polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - letter B
Stack one half on top of the other

Step 8: Cover the straight side with black clay (and trim off any excess black):

polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - letter B
Cover flat side with black clay

Step 9: Wrap the outside of the shape with another single layer of black clay and trim off any excess:

polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - letter B
Wrap with black again

Step 10: Cut off a third of the remaining piece of white, to leave a large and small block:

polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - letter B
Cut off another third

Step 11: Roll the larger white block into a cylinder (the same height as the letter cane):

polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - letter B
Roll the white into a cylinder

Step 12: Cut off approx. one quarter of the cylinder to create large and small white pieces:

polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - letter B
Cut a quarter from white cylinder

Step 13: Arrange the larger piece of the cylinder so that it fits the straight side of the “B” shape (you may need to stretch or reduce the white clay to make it fit well):

polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - letter B
Fit the larger piece  to the straight side of the ‘B’

Step 14: Squeeze the smaller white piece into a triangle, and then squash two of its points flat:

polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - letter B
Shape the white clay

Step 15: Make a thin sheet from any of the leftover white clay by rolling it through the pasta machine’s thinnest setting. Wrap two layers of white around the letter ‘B’ cane:

wrap Letter B cane with white clay
Wrap with white clay

Finished cane:

 

 

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Finally, if you don’t have time to make your own canes at the moment, there are some sites selling canes that are pre-made and ready to use (e.g. here (although sometimes canes for sale may be pre-cooked, so check first…))

 

Update: Here is a one-page reminder graphic showing how to create the letter B:

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Letter B polymer clay cane - Kay Vincent
Letter B polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - KayVincent

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