Vid #71: How to slice your polymer clay canes with little to no distortion — Making bead jewelry with less waste:
Getting a nice clay cane slice to use on your next polyclay jewelry making project can sometimes be trickier than it looks. Here’s a few tips and tricks that will help you perfect the technique.
- Keep your polymer clay cane chilled. A firm cool cane is easier to slice than a soft and warm one. Frozen gel or ice packs can be handy for conveniently lowering the temperature of your canework right in your craft studio.
- Use a sharp tissue blade or razor blade to cut your canes. A dull clay knife will cause the whole cane to become misshapen and distorted. It will also cause the image to smear inside the slice if the blade is not sharp enough. Read this helpful post on how to sharpen dull cutting knives: Slicing Polymer Clay Canes
- Look from up above and straight down when cutting your cane, so that you can see the whole cut. If you are looking from only the front or at a funny angle the slices will be uneven.
- Square canes and triangle canes cut with less distortion than a round cane does. Try turning your canes after each cut so the distorted sides get evened out. You can also regularly reshape the cane before cutting another slice.
Cutting perfect polymer clay cane slices is such an important jewelry bead making technique to learn and master. The more nice slices you can get from your canework, the more beads, pendants and ultimately the more polymer clay jewelry you can make from them! As Martha would say, “It’s a good thing!”
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In this “Cane Slicing Tips” video I demonstrate how to cut clay cane slices so that as little distortion as possible happens to your cane slices. This means less waste for your polymer clay jewelry bead making projects.