Letter L polymer clay alphabet cane

This is part of a series on how to make alphabet canes with polymer clay. (Click here to go back to the beginning, or here to check out the letter “K” cane.) Here is an easy one: the letter L polymer clay alphabet cane.

You will need:

  • Approx. 28g of white polymer clay (about half a standard block)
  • Approx. 8g of black polymer clay (about an eighth of a standard block)
  • Pasta machine or clay roller
  • Tissue blade a.k.a clay slicer


Step 0 – Condition the clays.

Step 1 – Roll the black clay through the pasta machine, to about 1.5mm thick (usually the middle setting of a pasta machine):

polymer clay cane letter L - roll out black sheet
Roll out black sheet

Step 2 – Slice off about one third of the white block of clay (which will be used in a later step):

Polymer clay cane letter L step 02 - cut off a third of the white polymer clay
Cut off a third of white clay

Step 3 – Using the larger piece of white clay, roll a cylinder that’s approximately 2.5cm wide and 2.5cm tall:

polymer clay cane letter L step 03 - make white cylinder
Make a cylinder

Step 4 – Cut off the left side of the cylinder, starting from about a third of the way in from the left edge. (Keep this smaller piece aside for using in a later step):

polymer clay cane letter L step 04 - cut a third off white cylinder
Cut off left side

Step 5 – Cut off the bottom of the cylinder, starting approximately one quarter of the way up:

polymer clay cane letter L step 05 - cut bottom off white cylinder
Cut bottom off cylinder

Step 6 – Cover the two flat sides of the shape with one layer of black clay. (Trim off any excess black clay as necessary.):

polymer clay cane letter L step 06 - cover in black sheet
Cover flat sides with black

Step 7 – Reassemble the cane:

Letter L - KayVincent

Step 8 – With the smaller piece of white clay left over from Step 2, run it through the pasta machine on the thinnest setting, then wrap the outside of the cane with this thin ribbon of white clay.

L cane - penultimate step

Finished cane:

Letter L polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - KayVincent

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