Letter F Polymer Clay Alphabet Cane Tutorial
This step-by-step tutorial is part of a series of articles on making letter canes with polymer clay. This is for the letter “F” alphabet cane. (Click here for a list of all of the other alphabet canes so far, or here if you want to start from “A”)
Step-by-step instructions: Letter “F” 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 (one eighth of a standard-sized block of clay)
- Pasta machine or clay roller (here is an article on what to look out for when buying a pasta machine)
- Tissue blade (a.k.a. polymer clay slicer blade)
Step 0: Condition the clay
Step 1: Slice off about a third of the white clay, and put it aside for now (in order to work with the larger white piece first).
Step 2: Using the larger piece of white clay, roll it into a cylinder with a diameter of approximately 2.5cm, and approx. 3cm tall.
Step 3: Roll the black clay into a sheet approximately 1.5mm thick (usually the middle setting of the pasta machine)
Step 4: Slice off approximately one quarter of the white cylinder, starting from the left side. (Save the piece for later):
Step 5: Cut off the top of the cane and save it for later, then cover the two flat sides of the white cane with one layer of the black sheet:
Step 6: Cut the cane in half, across the middle.
Step 7: Insert one layer of the black sheet of clay between the two halves of the cane. (Only insert black sheet halfway across the cane, and not right to the other side.)
Step 8: Replace the left and top pieces of the cane
Step 9: Using the smaller piece of white clay that was put aside in Step 1, roll it through the pasta machine on the thinnest setting, then wrap it around the cane.
Finished polymer clay letter “F” alphabet 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…))