Step-by-Step: Polymer Clay Alphabet Cane: Letter “A”
(This tutorial on how to create a polymer clay alphabet cane was originally posted on my key-crafts.com website)
I recently did a Google search for “polymer clay alphabet canes” and it surprised me how few resources mentioned making letters from canes.
I did find a short tutorial on Polymer Clay Central which showed how to make the initials “P” and “C” (naturally!!), but not the rest of the alphabet.
Or there was an article on Tina Holden’s “Beadcomber” blog showing how she created a monogram cane – but again that was a very specific (although lovely) cane that just incorporated her own initials.
unikatissima’s website mentioned using CityZen Cane’s mosaic “pixels” method, but again didn’t give detailed instructions on how to create a whole alphabet.
So where can polymer clay enthusiasts find letter canes for the whole alphabet?
The only set of instructions I have found so far is a tutorial by fantastic polymer clay artist Iris Mishly.
For those who haven’t got time to make their own, there are some sites selling canes that are pre-made and ready to use (e.g. here – although make sure you double-check whether the canes are pre-cooked or not)
But that still leaves the question of “Where can I find a quick and free tutorial on how to make polymer clay letter canes?” So in that case I will oblige!
Over the coming months I’ll create a basic set of instructions showing how to create each capital letter in the English alphabet. They will all be round canes, but if you’d like to know how to make square versions just drop me a note via the comments or contact us form, or tweet @polymerKay.
One day I’ll develop full tutorials with proper instructions, but in the meantime, here is a basic tutorial for creating a polymer clay cane with a letter “A” design:
You will need:
- Approx. 15g white polymer clay (i.e. about half of a standard-sized block of clay)
- Approx. 6g black polymer clay (about one tenth of a block of clay)
- Pasta machine or clay roller (examples of pasta machines on Amazon)
- Tissue blade (a.k.a. polymer clay slicer blade) (examples on Amazon)
Step 0: Condition the clay
Step 1: Roll the white clay into a cylinder approx 2cm in diameter
Step 2: Roll the black clay into a sheet using the thinnest setting of the pasta machine.
Step 3: Cut off approximately a quarter of the cane and keep it to one side. Then starting from the same top point of the cane, slice off another quarter and keep it for later.
Step 4: Cover the two straight sides of the wedge/triangle with black clay (trim off any excess):
Step 5: Cut across the middle of the triangle shape:
Step 6: Insert black clay (trim off any excess):
Step 7: Replace the side pieces that were sliced off earlier:
Step 8: Use a sheet of white clay that has been through the pasta machine on the thickest setting, and wrap one layer around the outside of the cane:
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Update: Here is the tutorial in one handy Pinterest-type graphic: