Fimo Nail Art Designs – Making Polymer Clay Canes To Fit Fingernails

Tiny Fimo Nail Art Polymer Clay Canes

The size of your Fimo cane really does matter for today’s nail artist… Here’s some polymer clay techniques for teeny tiny cane designs:

The fun thing about Fimo nailart canes is that you can make one large cane and then reduce it down to the tiny size of 1/4 inch. You end up with hundreds of wonderful detailed mini artworks to add to your nail art design tool kit.

Problem is, not every polymer clay cane design will shrink down that tiny and still look good.

First there is the problem of the clay. Soft mushy clay gets very badly distorted the further you try to reduce it. Lines twist, shapes contort and become out of proportion. Colors blur. A very disappointing ending to a beautifully built cane design!

Another problem is the colors. In a large cane it is easy to see the subtle shadings of a expertly constructed fimo cane. But shrink it down to nail art size and the colors will visually mix together. This is where using colors of high contrast is very important.

Also the intensity of colors is critical for making Fimo nail art canes. Colors get denser and darker as they are compressed.

So a lovely blend of light blue to Medium Blue to Dark Blue in a large cane, may end up looking like just one shade of blue when reduced down to a small cane. So a better way to achieve a similar blend would be to shift from White to Dark Blue.

Electric colors like Florescent Green or Hot Pink are great choices to use in Fimo nail canes because their shocking intensity is muted by the smallness of the cane.

Black and white are also good candidates for their high contrast to each other.

The cane design itself should also be taken into consideration. Bold graphic patterns do well when they are shrunk down.

If you look carefully at the photo of the nail art canes above, you will see that the flaming heart cane and the flower cane stand out quite clearly.

Even the highly detailed spider cane and pirate canes are recognizable at this tiny size because of the clear outlines and the high contrast colors of black and white.

For a size contrast, here’s some links to photos for 3 of these cane designs in larger form. Have a look:

So as you can see, unique polymer clay canes like the four pictured on this page, have a lot of versatility. Used large they can become jewelry beads and pendants. Made tiny they become fun and funky Fimo nail art designs. That’s pretty good mileage that you can squeeze out of just a few blocks of colorful clay!

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Comments

  1. MJ thanks for the comment! You’re right about this idea working for all small canes.

    If you can see my nails in the picture you can see that I haven’t spent a lot of time on my nails. ;)

    Though with all the cool nail art I’ve seen lately I can totally see getting my nails done for a special occasion.

    Fimo nail art is perfect for Weddings, Proms, banquets, nightclubs, costumes, and summertime beach parties!

    Cindy Lietz’s last blog post..Cool Polymer Clay Tutorial – A Fimo and Sculpey Cane Making Tip

  2. Hi Cindy, I was reading on your home page about the fimo in nails art. I’m a nail tech and I just bought a bunch of canes. I tried slicing them but it is not a clean slice. Then I seen that you wrote that they get warmed up before getting sliced. How do they warm them up?

  3. Hi Lona,

    Thanks for dropping by. I published some information that addresses your question in an earlier post. You can click on the link by name above to go that that article. Be sure to read the comments on the article page as well. There is additional information there.

    If this information is helpful, please do leave a comment to let me know. Thanks.

  4. Yvette, the canes are warmed slightly in hot water and sliced very thin. Then after a layer of acrylic is added to the nails, the slices are glued on with nail glue. You can sand the nail art slices slightly if you wish and then add a couple layers of acrylic on top of them. Don’t use regular nail polish with nail art cane slices because it will react with the clay and get all sticky.

    Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any further questions.

  5. Hi! Cindy I was hoping you could help me find a book on making nail art canes. I would like to get started as soon as possible. Thanks.

  6. Hi M.Peters,

    Although I don’t have a how-to-make-nail-art-canes book recommendation to pass along to you, I can provide a link to another post in this blog that may be helpful for you.

    The Fingernail Art Designs link by my name above, will take you to a conversation I had with another reader (vito) who was looking for some advice on how to get started making Fimo Nail Art Canes.

    If you are brand new to polymer clay, the advice I provided to vito over in the other thread, may apply to you too. Have a look.

    If you have any further questions, by all means, ask away. I’m here to help.

  7. I was hoping maybe you could tell me a website where I can buy the canes?? I’ve only found one so far, and the designs aren’t that great =( Please help!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  8. Hi Heather,

    I provided a link to where you can purchase polymer clay canes over at another article. You can click on the “Fimo Nail Art Designs” link by my name above to go there.

    Please do let me know how you like the canes that are being offered there.

  9. I have begun to have trouble with my finger nails. I do not have polish on them. They are not nearly as strong as they used to be. The edges seem to have soft spots. Have you ever heard of polymer clay damaging finger nail?

  10. I have never heard of polymer clay causing problems with peoples fingernails. I have super strong nails and work with polymer clay all the time, so I suspect it could be something else all together. I’ll keep an eye out for others mentioning this, just in case.

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  12. I can’t get over how well the Gerbera Flower Cane reduced so small! Incredible! I bought that back issue (Vol-015,) because I loved the flower cane. It never occurred to me to make it this small – the only cane I’ve made this tiny was a leaf cane. I guess I’ll start practicing some of these little ones. They’re so cute, even if I don’t use them for nail art! (And the spider cane is a must-make. There will be some trial & error, but it is AWESOME!)

  13. Hi Cindy, a quick question about light cured topcoats for clay. As a retired nail tech I was wondering if a gel resin would work with clay. Gel is a plastic type of product with acrylic in it. Have you ever tried it?
    thanx

    • Hi Sue P-F, As you might be able to tell from my nails in the videos, I am not really a fancy nails girl. :) But the same thought has crossed my mind and have kind-of kept my eye out for a UV Nail Gel that I could test. Probably haven’t looked in the right places, but I hadn’t come across any yet, so I have no idea whether or not it would be compatible with polymer clay. Regular nail polish is not, but I am assuming the gel is a completely different product. If you have some, why don’t you do some test samples and let us know if it works or not? Also, where is a good place to buy the stuff and what is it called? I wouldn’t mind trying it out myself! Thanks for commenting!

  14. Thank you for your reply Cindy. I will get some uv gel and give it a go. As to where you may be able to purchase true uv gel, I would suggest Sally Beauty. I don’t think you will need a license to shop there. The product come in small jars and is already mixed and ready to go. The cure time would be about 2 mins in the uv light. There will be a sticky film after curing which can be removed with 70% isopropal alcohol. Then it should be nice and shiny. Thin coats are best. Make sure the gel is clear, as it comes in pinks and whites. I am on the road for the next couple weeks but will get to it asap. If you get to it first keep me posted.
    take care
    sue

  15. Hi Cindy!!!I am Sonia Rodriguez from Spain. In your video tutorials I can see one nails lamp on the top of your working table. Do you use this lamp for de polymer clay? How do you use this lamp? I am very curious!!

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