Sutton Slice Polymer Clay Tips and Techniques

Sutton Slice - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #746: If you’ve ever had trouble doing the Sutton Slice… Or if you’ve never attempted it… I have some must-have tips for you!

In today’s mini tutorial I’m going to show you how to do the Sutton Slice. This 3 dimensional polymer clay technique was developed around 20 years ago by polymer clay artist Pete Sutton.

The first time I saw it done, was around 10 years ago by well known polymer clay artist Lisa Pavelka. It is one of those techniques that is in-the-commons and is done and taught by many people in our niche.

The Sutton Slice is one of those techniques that is simple in theory, but can be tricky to do well. So I thought that I’d share with you my tips and tricks that will make it easier for you.

In the video, I show some examples of the Sutton Slice made into some medallions, used in some necklace designs.

I show you how different the technique looks, when you use a single color vs a Teardrop Blend (Skinner Blend).

I also discuss what kind of stamps and or texture sheets that are the best suited for this technique, as well as the type and softness of the clay that you are using.

The technique itself is demonstrated, and there are tons of tips and pointers to getting great results.

The stamps used in the video were supplied by Tonja Lenderman of Tonja’s Treasures. I have some other stamps and silkscreens from Tonja, that I will be demonstrating in a future video, so stay tuned for that.

Hopefully this video answers any questions or issues you may have had in doing the Sutton Slice Technique. You will need to practice this one a few times. I suggest that you try doing it in a single color on the same colored background, so that you can smush up and try again if you mess up.

Have fun :)

Do you have any suggestions for videos on tips, techniques or products you would like to learn more about? Let me know in the comments section below!

My goal is to help you to learn quicker and easier ways to bring up the professionalism in your polymer clay art.

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Looking forward to hearing from you!

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Hermine R, 08 August, 2016

    what a neat trick with the alcool! Thank you!

  2. Marie Lilley, 08 August, 2016

    Hi Cindy,
    Really enjoyed the video and loved how you explained why certain stamps wouldn’t work well.

  3. Ginny M, 09 August, 2016

    oooohh! love it! I ordered the molds :) can’t wait to make some thank you again! I tried playing with some of my molds, not so good:) but good practice.

  4. Jeanine J, 12 August, 2016

    Thank you Cindy!!! I have tried the sutton slice before and it was very difficult. You showed me much easier way. All your tips make my clay better.

  5. Cindy Lietz, 12 August, 2016

    So happy that this method of doing the Sutton Slice was successful for you! :)

  6. Cathy Norwood, 12 August, 2016

    Hi Cindy,

    Are you familiar with Magic Transfer Paper from They have a YouTube video on this product. The transfers have to be printed with a laser printer. I tried a few sheets for a magnet project using Zentangle tiles that I drew, scanned, and shrank to fit the size of the magnets made with white clay. The results were pretty good, and there is supposed to be a “cling” version of this paper, but I haven’t been able to find it. You can use colored pencils to color the transfers before applying them to the raw clay, but I have not tried that yet.

    If you’ve tried this product, I would like to hear your thoughts on it and any tips you might have.


  7. Cindy Lietz, 12 August, 2016

    Hi Cathy I have heard of it but I haven’t tried it yet. If I do try it, I will definitely share my thoughts on it.

  8. Ken Hamilton, 28 August, 2016

    I had never seen this before, very interesting, thanks a million!!!

  9. Cindy Lietz, 29 August, 2016

    You are welcome Ken! I’m surprized you missed this one… it has been around awhile. Happy to have introduced you to something new after all these years! :)

  10. Chris Creeden, 28 October, 2016

    Love this technique! I tried it but need to do over, oh well, but it was fun to practice! I had trouble scraping if off & some of it didn’t lay right on the background. I used regular Premo clay so not sure if that’s why I had some trouble. I am going shopping for some Souffle clay & will try it with that. Does anyone know what setting for conditioning the clay Cindy used for both the mold & background? She didn’t mention in the video so I used the thickest setting and wondered if that makes a difference or not as to how it works. Any comments would be appreciated!

  11. Cindy Lietz, 01 November, 2016

    Hi Chris you can definitely use Premo but it needs to be fairly fresh so that it will stick to the base clay. Souffle works nicely but most fresh/soft clays will work just as well. And for the thickness of the sheet, that doesn’t need to be precise. It just needs to be thick enough to fill the depth of the stamp/mold you’re pressing the clay into. Practice is the key thing with this technique. Watch the video, then try it. Then watch the video again. You will find things in the video that you missed the first time. Good luck!

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