Letter N Polymer Clay Alphabet Cane Tutorial

Woo – we’re now over halfway through the free series of step-by-step tutorial articles on making polymer clay letter canes. Click here for a list of all of the other alphabet canes so far. Here is the latest in the series: Letter N polymer clay alphabet cane:

Letter N polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - KayVincent

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

You will need:

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

Step 0: Condition the clays (i.e. roll each colour separately through the pasta machine on the thickest setting about ten times until it is very flexible)

Step 1: Slice off around a third of the white clay and put it aside for now in order to work with the larger white piece first.

polymer clay letter N alphabet cane free tutorial - cut off one third
Cut off one third

Step 2: Using the pasta machine, roll the black clay into a sheet approximately 2mm thick (e.g. using the middle setting of the pasta machine).

polymer clay letter N alphabet cane free tutorial - roll out black clay
Roll out black clay

Step 3: Using the larger block of white clay, roll it into a cylinder with diameter of approx. 2.5 cm (1 inch) tall, with about a 2.5 cm diameter.

polymer clay letter N alphabet cane free tutorial - roll a cylinder
Roll a cylinder

Step 4: Slice off the sides of the cylinder (starting from approximately one fifth of the way in from the left and right edges). Keep these pieces to one side, to use later:

polymer clay letter N alphabet cane free tutorial - cut off edges
Cut off edges

Step 5: Slash diagonally from top left corner to bottom right corner:

N cane - earlier step - KayVincent
Diagonal slice

Step 6:  Sandwich the middle of the black sheet of clay between the two diagonal pieces. Then use the rest of the black sheet of clay to cover the remaining straight sides of the cane. Trim off any excess black clay.

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Step 7: Replace the wedge back in the top of the cane, and replace the left and right slices of the cane.

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Step 8: Using the smaller white piece of clay that was set aside in Step 1, roll it through the pasta machine on the thinnest setting and then wrap the thin white sheet around the outside of the cane:

polymer clay letter N alphabet cane free tutorial - cover in white
Cover in white

Finished Letter N:

Letter N polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - KayVincent

I hope you found this tutorial useful. Have you tried it out yet? If so, please send me a photo via social media (e.g. tweet @polymerKay). And if you’d like to receive the tutorials and other content as emails as they are created, please sign up for the newsletter and/or use the contact us form.

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