Letter P Polymer Clay Alphabet Cane Tutorial
Here is another free step-by-step article on making letter canes. One day I’ll develop full tutorials with proper instructions, but in the meantime here is the Letter P polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial: Click here for a list of all of the other alphabet canes so far.
You will need:
- Approx. 45g white clay (i.e. three quarters of a standard-sized block of clay) Examples of white clay from Amazon
- Approx. 8g black clay Examples of black clay from Amazon
- Pasta machine or clay roller (examples of pasta machines)
- Tissue blade (a.k.a. polymer clay slicer blade) (examples from Amazon)
Step-by-step instructions: Letter “P” polymer clay alphabet cane
Step 0: Condition the clay:
Step 1: Roll the black clay into a sheet approximately 1.5mm (1/24in) thick, and then make it into a strip approx. 35mm (1.5ins) wide:
Step 2: Slice off about a third of the white clay and save it for a later step:
Step 3: With the remaining larger piece of white clay, roll it into a cylinder approximately 35mm (1.5ins) in diameter:
Step 4: Cut the cylinder in half down the middle to make two semicircles:
Step 5: Using the semicircle on the right, re-roll it into a cylinder with a diameter of approx. 25mm (1in) and about 30mm (1.25ins) tall:
Step 6: Cut off approx. one third of the cylinder and keep it aside for using in a later step:
Step 7: Using the remaining small cylinder of white clay, turn it so that the round faces are on the top and bottom, and then squeeze it into an oval shape as shown below. Try to also make it the same height as the white semicircle:
Step 8: Cut the oval in half down the middle:
Step 9: Arrange the two halves of the oval cane so that they are pointing in the same direction as shown below:
Step 10: Using one half of the oval cane, completely wrap its sides with the strip of black clay that was created in Step 1, and then lay it against the flat side of the white semicircle. Trim off any excess black clay:
Step 11: Arrange the second part of the oval cane as shown below:
Step 12: Retrieve the smaller piece of the cylinder that was cut off in Step 6:
Step 13: Roll it until it is the same height as the other pieces of clay:
Step 14: Squeeze the cylinder into a triangle shape:
Step 15: Squeeze two of the points of the triangle so that they become long and flat:
Step 16: Insert this shape to fit into the other shapes as shown below:
Step 17: Using the piece of white clay that was cut off in Step 2, roll it through the pasta machine on the thinnest setting, and then wrap the sides of the cane with the thin white layers of clay:
Reduce the cane.
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