This is the latest in the series of free polymer clay alphabet step-by-step tutorials. Click here for a list of all of the other alphabet canes so far. Today’s letter is the hardest letter cane to create. Not only is the “R” shape made of a mixture of curves and straight lines, but it’s also asymmetrical. A really tricky combination. In fact it’s so tricky that I’m not even fully satisfied with this design! But it’s the closest I’ve got so far with a round cane. So here it is: the Letter “R” polymer clay alphabet cane:

You will need:

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

Step 0 – Condition the clay. (Roll each colour through the pasta machine until they are very flexible:

Step 1 – Roll the black clay into a sheet approximately 1.5mm (1/24in) thick:

polymer clay letter R alphabet cane free tutorial - roll out black sheet of clay
Roll out a black sheet

Step 2 – Cut off about a third of the white clay and save it for a later step:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - cut off a third of the clay
Cut off a third

Step 3 – With the remaining larger piece of white clay, roll it into a cylinder approximately 35mm (1.5ins) in diameter:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - large white cylinder
Roll a white cylinder

Step 4 –Cut the cylinder in half down the middle to make two semicircles:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - cut cylinder
Cut cylinder in half

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:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - roll out cylinder
Make a smaller cylinder

Step 6 – Cut off approx. one third of the cylinder and keep it aside for using in a later step:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - cut off a third of cylinder
Save a third for later

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:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - squash cylinder
Create an oval

Step 8: Cut the oval in half down the middle:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - cut small cylinder in half
Cut oval in half

Step 9 – Arrange the two halves of the oval cane so that they are pointing in the same direction as shown below:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - Align semicircles
Arrange the pieces

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:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - wrap in black clay
Wrap semicircle with black

Step 11 – Arrange the second part of the oval cane as shown below:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - reassemble cane
Assemble pieces

Step 12 – Retrieve the smaller piece of the cylinder that was cut off in Step 6:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - retrieve small cylinder
Retrieve small disc

Step 13 –Roll it until it is the same height as the other pieces of clay:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - make small cylinder
Make cylinder taller

Step 14 – Squeeze the cylinder into a triangle shape:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - make a triangle
Make a triangle

Step 15 –Squeeze two of the points of the triangle so that they become long and flat:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - flatten two points
Flatten two points

Step 16 –Insert this shape to fit into the other shapes as shown below:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - fill in gaps
Fill in the gaps

Step 17 – Cut the cane in half diagonally, as shown in the image below:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - cut down the middle
Cut down the middle

Step 18 – Insert a sheet of black clay so that it goes from the middle of the cane to the outer edge:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - insert black clay
Insert black clay

Step 19 – Reassemble the cane pieces:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - reassemble cane
Reassemble cane pieces

Step 20 – 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:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial - wrap with white
Wrap with white

Reduce the cane.

Finished letter “R” polymer clay alphabet cane:

Letter R polymer clay alphabet cane tutorial

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