Backgroundless Shaded Rose Cane | Polymer Clay Tutorial [Video]

Backgroundless Shaded Rose CaneVid #189: “Canes,
canes and more canes
for me! I’d love to know
how to make a rose cane
for sure!” ~Laura-B

You guys have been bugging me for awhile now, to demonstrate how to make a Polymer Clay Rose Cane. But it wasn’t until recently that I finally came up with a design that not only looks great, but is also easy enough to make. Although it is what most of you consider to be an intermediate cane, with practice and a couple prerequisite videos, even beginners will have success with this cane.

I have a problem with making rose canes, mine look like a big mess and I really, really want to make rose canes. I also have a rough time with putting colors together that look good, it’s like I’m color blind even though I’m not. Please Help!! Thanks. ~Cheryl-S

Cindy, I really enjoy your site so much. I found it by a happy chance of luck!! You have inspired me to pick my clay again as I follow your recipes and projects with your very explanatory videos. I can’t think of anytime that you haven’t had amazing tutes repeatedly. I have learned so much! Is there a chance in the near future of showing us how to do the rose canes I see everywhere? The ones with a gradient of color in and around each petal section? I have tried to make these on my own, and it still eludes me. Thanks again for the hard work you put in to pass on your talent. ~Debi-S

I’d love that rose cane tutorial, too (the realistic kind). I’ve begged Cindy to add this to her list several times. I pretty much know how they’re made, but I’d love to see someone build one on video (namely, YOU Cindy!). You always work out all the kinks, and give us a perfect, step-by-step presentation. Thanks for that! Keeping my fingers crossed! ~Phaedrakat

I add my vote for the rose cane too. I’m sure you will have a better rose cane than many out there. ~Cheryl-H

Well… coming up on Friday, January 28th, 2011 (tomorrow), I am going to teach you all how to make a backgroundless polymer clay rose cane in the Vol-032-4 tute at the Polymer Clay Video Library.

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Supplies & Tools: Video-032-4 Shaded Rose Cane (Background-less) Tutorial:

  • Well conditioned firm clay:
    – Dark Shade (I used 1/4 section Premo Alizarin Crimson)
    – Medium Shade (I used 1/2 section Premo Fuchsia
    – Pearl (I used 1/4 section Premo Pearl)
    – White (I used a 1/16 section of Premo White)
    – Black (I used a 1/16 section of Premo Black)
  • Pasta Machine.
  • Acrylic Rod.
  • Small round rod or dowel (I used a Sculpey Etch and Pearl Tool).
  • Clay Blade.
  • Knowledge of making the Teardrop Blend.
  • Basic cane making knowledge such as clay consistency and reducing canes, etc.

The full version of the Vid-032-4 Shaded Rose Cane video will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday January 28th, 2011. But if you would like to see a sneak peek intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.


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The full version of the “Shaded Rose Cane” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-032 Back Issue Package.

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The following topics are included in this week’s Polymer Clay Tutor Library, Shaded Rose Cane video tutorial:

  • See examples of several different rose canes and jewelry projects made using the Shaded Rose Cane Technique.
  • Discussion of the tools and materials that can be used for this project… and why sometimes it is OK if your clay cracks and behaves badly… in this case it actually adds more realism to your polymer clay rose.
  • Learn about how simple and quick it really is to create this cool looking polymer clay cane.
  • Plus, with some creativity and ingenuity there are many ways to come up with unique versions of your own.

The full version of the “Shaded Rose Cane” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-032 Back Issue Package.


  1. Susan B, 27 January, 2011

    Cindy these look great and the two pendants you show are particulary lovely as well as the very lightweight earrings — good-looking findings. Am looking forward to your easy way for making this cane

  2. fran, 27 January, 2011

    Beautiful pieces !

  3. pollyanna, 27 January, 2011

    Oh my goodness! I REALLY can’t wait until tomorrow. ….lol.

  4. Laura Z, 27 January, 2011

    Cindy, your timing is perfect. I’ve been looking for some new canes to make. Can’t wait for this!

  5. pattw, 27 January, 2011

    I REALLY CAN’T WAIT! I have tried to make a shaded rose cane and- came up short ! So this is a winner already. Thanks for reading our minds LOL

  6. Cindy Graveline, 27 January, 2011

    I’ve already made a few rose canes before, but this one looks way better than the tutorial I had used!

  7. Cherie, 27 January, 2011

    So lloking forward to tomorrows tutorial. I love roses and your cane is beautiful. I love the millefiori beads as well as the pendants and earrings.

  8. Lupe Meter, 27 January, 2011

    Looking forward to this tutorial. Love the shading effect and would love to learn how to make this beautiful roses!

  9. Maria, 27 January, 2011

    I love the cup-shaped earrings! Unusual and very pretty…

  10. Becky C., 27 January, 2011

    All right! You must have genuinely read my mind! I have been dying, just dying, to make a backgroundless flower cane and for it to be a rose, well that’s just icing on the cake! In fact, I must confess, I was on the verge of buying a tutorial on this very subject, so I am so glad my desires and your design, Cindy, came at just the right time! Can’t wait for tomorrow….!

  11. Brenda, 27 January, 2011

    I Love the Cane Tutorials! yay!!!

  12. DawnB, 27 January, 2011

    Canes!!! Thank you!

  13. Valerie H, 28 January, 2011

    WOW, can’t wait to try making this one, just picture perfect. Another fantastic tute.

  14. Peggy Barnes, 28 January, 2011


  15. pamagela, 28 January, 2011

    grazie Cindy molto molto bella cane rose

  16. Susan B, 28 January, 2011

    Very beautiful. Thank you! I also have the biggest problem conditioning my white clay (cernit) to get it to the same consistency as the other colours and it often cracks — am pleased that it isn’t just me!

  17. Maria, 28 January, 2011

    @Susan B: I have the same problem with my Premo white too! Very frustrating…
    What a fun and beautiful cane this is! I’m excited to start making roses!

  18. Alice E, 28 January, 2011

    Shaded Rose Cane. Absolutely Fabulous.The Best!!!!

  19. Laura Z, 28 January, 2011

    You made this sooo easy! I can’t wait to get home and get my hands in my clay! In this cane the white premo looks awesome, I love the beautiful ruffled edges. It would definitely be a pain in other canes though.

    Thank you again Cindy and Doug for another great tutorial!

  20. pollyanna, 28 January, 2011

    what a fantastic cane. It is so much easier than a couple I had tried before. Great definition. Thanks so much…… it.

  21. Elizabeth S., 28 January, 2011

    Just want you to know that I scheduled long overdue lab work for today (I’m a fainter, whiner, puker and generally a baby about such things). I figured that I would just think about the reward of coming home to watch the tut while she was poking me and that would get me through. Of course my reverie was interrupted with the phlebotomist’s exclamations that she had never seen such beautiful blood. She even requested an extra sample to show the world what the standard for perfect blood should be. (You believe me, right?)

    Ah, but I digress-I made it through without embarrassing myself and without causing her to have to change her uniform, and I know that it was the anticipation of watching the tut that saved me. Thank you, Cindy & Doug-I’ll bet you didn’t know the far reaching effects of what you provide for us.

    Oh, and the tut was wonderful!! I’ve go my table set up and I’m rarin’ to go. I couldn’t imagine how this was going to work-the roses are so beautiful. BTW, I threw two blocks of white Premo away yesterday as I just couldn’t get them to condition enough to work with them. Wonder if they are different that others.

  22. Silverleaf, 28 January, 2011

    @Elizabeth S.: Glad you got through the blood work without incident – you deserve some clay time after that!

    I’m a blood donor, and they always give you a little finger prick beforehand to make sure you’re not anaemic. And every time I get that done the nurse comments on how good my blood is because my iron levels are always excellent – seems I have beautiful blood too! ;)

  23. Silverleaf, 28 January, 2011

    How cool Cindy – I’m not usually into flower canes (I don’t know why because I love flowers, but I seem to be going more down the mixed media route recently) but I’ll definitely be giving this one a go. It will be perfect for making something for my grandma, who loves roses.

    It’s also awesome to see something a little more complicated – it’s great that all your tutorials are beginner-friendly, and I love how you stretch us occasionally with something more difficult.

  24. Loretta Carstensen, 28 January, 2011

    I love this cane. Can’t wait to try it.

  25. Cheryl Hodges, 28 January, 2011

    Awesome tutorial. I love the rose cane. the rose has so much shading and depth it looks so real.

  26. Phaedrakat, 28 January, 2011

    OMG! It’s finally here — the tute I’ve been longing for from my beloved tutor, Cindy & her filmin’ wiz of a hubby, Doug! I agree with Peggy, you two bring so much to us, for such a low price. I could go on & on about how great you are, but I’ve got a video to watch! ~Kat :D

    PS: Peggy, you’re the sweetest, loveliest lady…I pray there’s a cure for your ills soon. I hate that you live with such pain. And Elizabeth, I hope that all is well with your labs — you are a beautiful person, too. I wish good health and reduced pain for all of my PC friends here…believe me, I know how hard it is to live in constant pain. BUT, on to happier things…

    ROSE CANE! Hurray!!!

  27. Sandra J, 28 January, 2011

    Cindy and Doug, you have obviously made our day!!! this is a wonderful tute, I too have made a rose cane before but this one looks great.
    Reading the posts about the white premo, i’m also glad i’m not the only one that has trouble with this one. Maybe the manufacturers need to know about this?

  28. Carrie N., 28 January, 2011

    Just when I think I couldn’t love you more……!

  29. Lisa Whitham, 28 January, 2011

    Woohoo! Love this tute! I had been thinking about looking for a free online tute for a rose, but I think this is so much better… Thanks Cindy!!!!

    Clay On,
    ~Lisa :)

  30. Jan, 29 January, 2011

    It’s Saturday night and I’ve been making rose canes all day! I love how they all come out different. My Art Fibre group is having an exhibition and sale in a couple of weeks and I’m sure these roses would make great embellishments to fibre art, as well as buttons. I’m the only one in the group who creates with polymer clay, it’s nice to have something unique.

  31. Linda K., 30 January, 2011

    Awesome!! I love to paint roses and you build your clay ones in a very similar manner to the ones I’ve learned to paint. This is genius.

    Of the items you made, my favorite is the cupped earrings, followed by the cane-slice earrings.

  32. Phaedrakat, 30 January, 2011

    Wonderful, Cindy! Gorgeous, and you really did simplify this cane. Pretty easy to do, yet it looks stunning. And such a smart idea not having the background…our clever tutor! Great job, Lietz duo. I feel wonderfully satisfied! I promise not to beg for a specific new tute for at least a few days, K? ;D

  33. Monica D, 02 February, 2011

    Hi Cindy, how are you? I loved this tutorial and I have a curiosity: are you showing some packages of Bozzi Clay? Have you tried it out? Thanks for your valueable input!!

  34. Cindy Lietz, 03 February, 2011

    I am so happy that you all have enjoyed this tutorial. I know there are other rose cane tutorials out there and I tried my best to simplify and add something a little different to mine. I appreciate all your heartfelt comments!

    @Monica D: Yes Monica that was some Bozzi clay samples you saw. In fact, the Purple canes and the Bright Magenta Canes were made with the Bozzi Super Polymer Clay from Brazil. One of the owners recently sent me some samples to test out. I am really liking it so far. The colors are beautiful. The feel of it is kind of like Premo though it bakes up a little more flexible. I have a little more testing (namely color mixing) to do with it and then I will introduce it to everyone. Have you worked with it? What do you think of it?

  35. Monica D, 04 February, 2011

    @Cindy Lietz from Aurora Technique:
    Hi Cindy! Thanks a lot for your reply! I am glad that you liked Bozzi. In fact, I just got my first packages this week and I started conditioning them all.I still did not work nor bake them but as soon as I do that , I will let you know the results ,ok? So far, it feels like fimo for me. By the way , I just watched today’s Aurora Technique video and I got crazy with that! Thanks again from Brazil and have a nice week end.

  36. DJ, 03 February, 2011

    What a beautiful cane…I love the depth of the petals and the pretty ruffle from the white too! Of course awesome camera work, as usual – thanks so much Cindy and Doug for providing us with such quality. LOVE the fabric rose and polymerized cloth tutes a few weeks ago too. =0)

    @Elizabeth S. – I can relate to the “fainter” part of your lab visits. A while ago I was giving blood samples and as I pressed the cotton thingy on my arm afterward, I remember his voice sounding further and further away as he was talking. Before I knew it, I was doubled over on the floor. It’s the strangest thing regaining consciousness with several surprised people watching! Glad it was just the one time.

  37. Carol Mills, 04 February, 2011

    Hi Cindy:

    Thanks for the lovely rose cane tutorial. I really enjoyed it because I love caning. Can you tell me where I can purchase some of those wonderful bezels you use? I have looked online and could not find anything as nice as the ones you use. Thank you.

  38. Cindy Lietz, 05 February, 2011

    @Monica: Yes, do let me know what you think of it. BTW I tried the Aurora technique with the Bozzi clay as well, and it is very pretty. Hope you have fun with the technique!

    @Carol Mills: Thank you for your sweet comments! I got those bezels from Terry Morris at the same guy I get my UV Resin from. The bezels are Silver Plated and come square or Round and are extremely well priced at $1.80 each. I don’t think you can get a nicer bezel for such a great price. You going to want to get a bunch!

  39. Brenda Burns, 07 March, 2011

    Hi Cindy,

    Could you share the color combinations you used on the other roses in your garden of roses.


  40. Cindy Lietz, 09 March, 2011

    @Brenda Burns: You can use any color combination you choose for these Shaded Rose Canes. You can replace the Alizarin Crimson and the Fuchsia with any dark and medium color you like and then use the remaining colors I used in the video for the rest of the colors. For example you could use Gold as your dark and Cadmium Yellow as your medium color to get the Yellow Rose. Black and Silver was another combo used as was Purple and Lavender.

    And since the canes are quite little and do not require much clay to make them, you can make as many combination’s as you like. You may even want to consider trying a couple of colors from one of the color palettes such as the Pink Allium Palette. As you can imagine the possibilities are endless!

  41. Brenda Burns, 09 March, 2011

    @Cindy Lietz from Pink Allium Color Palette Recipes: Thanks Cindy. Now I am going to get busy and make all the colors of roses. Plus you have giving me even more great idea. Thank again, Brenda

  42. Jane Van Winkle, 05 February, 2012

    Oops! There’s my answer to the question I asked below….sorry I hadn’t read these interactions before I asked. I’m a computer techy’s worst nightmare when it comes to using this type of format–a sheer klutz. Am still enjoying clay and your tutorials are much appreciated. Incidentally, I have a cousin who’s been active in the Portland, Oregon Rose Festival activities for years, and she was delighted with pink rose cane earrings!

  43. Jocelyn C, 07 April, 2011

    Sorry viewed late, but boy, sure get a bang for your dollar on this tut. Sooo ADAPTABLE, and having tried tons of rose canes over the years, I am speechlessly pleased about the amount of depth and dimensions your take on it provides. Excellent work. Great picture results.

  44. Teresa D, 12 August, 2011

    Hi Cindy,

    I am in need of making a white rose cane. I know white roses have a bit of green at the bottom tip around the stem but how do I get the top shading? And do you think just a big white pearl plug with a bit green would do it?

    Thanks for your help.

  45. Teresa D, 13 August, 2011

    Dear Cindy, Oh beloved goddess of polymer clay,

    I beseech your guidedence,

    I am in need of making a white rose cane. I know white roses have a bit of green at the bottom tip around the stem but how do I get the top shading? And do you think just a big white pearl plug with a bit green would do it?

    Please and thank you, Teresa

  46. Phaedrakat, 14 August, 2011

    @Teresa D: Hi Teresa, did you watch Cindy’s video? Cindy’s shaded rose cane comes from a 3-color blend, plus black & white. If you just use Pearl clay, it might not look shaded enough — not enough distinction between the petals. Perhaps you could add grey or silver tones to your blend…or blend in extra black & white…with your pearl clay. Try making some small sample blends, to see which colors will give you the effect you’re looking for. A little testing/practice should get you a beautiful white rose like the one you want…that, and following the directions in this fabulous tute of Cindys! ;D
    Good luck, Kat

  47. Teresa D, 14 August, 2011

    Hi Kat, thank you for trying to help. I have watched the tute several times trying to figure out my problem. But do you think if I make a large plug of pearl and 2 smaller plugs of may be a lite silver and a lite gold; does that seem feasible? I’m on a short leash monetarily right now so if I mess up and it looks bad I can’t run out and get more. This project is for a non-profit hospice. There are these boxes they want covered and a white rose sheet is what they want. I hope this makes sense. I’m trying to give a short explanation of my situation. Granted you didn’t ask for it.
    Thanks again.

  48. Cindy Lietz, 14 August, 2011

    @Teresa D: Phaedrakat’s advice was correct… thanks Kat for helping out! Just using a pearl plug is not going to give you the nice shaded look that you want. Also Pearl clay tends to be on the translucent side, and does not do well as the main petal color, unless it is mixed with an opaque color as well. I would suggest a 50:50 mix of White and Pearl instead as your main color and then your accent colors.

    White roses are kind of tricky. It is hard to get that nice pure color and still have some depth to it. It is feasible to use Green, Silver or Gold as shading colors, but you will just have to play with it to get the look you want. Like Kat suggested, you are going to have to make some tiny test blends to determine the colors that will work best for you.

  49. Jane Van Winkle, 05 February, 2012

    Hi, Cindy,

    I’m planning to do some rose canes, and wonder if you have any suggestions for making a yellow rose cane. I’m not sure what color to use for the shaded part (the black/alizarine crimson in the pink rose). I don’t want it to be muddy, but yellow roses are my favorite and I’d love to make some from clay! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  50. Jane Van Winkle, 05 February, 2012

    Found the answer above.

    Sorry; I do need to ask: do you still use the bit of black in the dark end of the yellow rose cane just like in the pink rose?

  51. Cindy Lietz, 09 February, 2012

    Yes Jane! It gives the cane more dimension with the black.

  52. Jane Van Winkle, 09 February, 2012

    Thank you, thank you!!! I love making these canes now that I’ve finally gotten the hang of it.

  53. Pauline Duke, 24 April, 2012

    Hi Cindy:

    Your tutorials are so inspirational to me. I am really impressed with the Backgroundless Rose Cane that I got in the Back Issue Volumes I purchased just recently.

    I posted the photos of my Forget-Me-Not Beads to the Facebook Gallery page.

    These tutorials are so informative, gently written for any learning level – well worth anyone’s time and effort! You must be so proud of your students in tow! LOL. You have taught so many things to so many people. You and Doug are a gift to the Polymer Clay World.

    Pauline Duke aka Mtnmamaduke

  54. tantesherry, 30 September, 2012

    While I’m here thought I’d come over to the shaded rose cane area and tell you that I made one this week using 040-1A v iburnum berries and the 040-2A vermiliom in my blend – and for the blk part I used your running boards051-2A the colors are AWESOME

    put a photo over at Cindy’s FB page

    Happy Fall Ya’ll

  55. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 30 September, 2012

    Hi Tantesherry – It looks like your photo did not post properly at the PcT Facebook Page… if you could try again, I’ll be sure to link to it from here.

  56. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 01 October, 2012

    Found it… Shaded Rose Cane … very nice work Sherry!

  57. Cindy Lietz, 08 June, 2017

    The jewelry components in this “Work Table Wednesday” video were made using the Backgroundless Rose Cane Vol-032-4 Tutorial shown in the above post. Eye candy only for this clip… there is no talking in this video :)

  58. Dixie Ann, 09 June, 2017

    Wow, the necklace really pops! love the graduated designs. Can’t see what is the little containers for?

  59. NormaJean B, 12 June, 2017

    Dixie, are you referring to the little containers near the toaster… er, polymer clay… oven? If so, I think they are filled with glitter!?! And, it’s possible that the logo on those containers is the same logo on the little message/postcard next to them that say Rhonda Jones/Rhonda Designs? Hmmmm… at least that’s what I *think* it says, but I can’t Google the name because it’s not coming up as something I’d want to click on. ;) Maybe Cindy will let us know?

  60. Cindy Lietz, 22 June, 2017

    Good eye girls! Those tiny jars are of mica powders carried by the same company that sells the cutters, Rhonda Jones Designs. I haven’t had the opportunity to test them out ye, but the colors look pretty!

  61. Teresa D, 09 June, 2017

    I thought this was a waste of time, what was the point???

  62. Billy Franklin, 09 June, 2017

    There is no sound on this video.

  63. NormaJean B, 12 June, 2017

    Well, it does say there’s no sound (“no talking on this video”) on the intro text above the video. ;)

    Point? Oh, maybe a quick update/tour of work space? Kinda like it, and kinda jealous of the cubbies and space to have the cubbies!

  64. Cindy Lietz, 22 June, 2017

    Thank you NormaJeanB for your positive response! This short video was filmed for Instagram and Facebook where it is normal (and very popular) to have quick silent videos of what’s going on in people’s lives. Of course not everyone appreciates all styles of media… to each their own.

  65. Oscar G, 27 July, 2017

    Hi, i was wondering if you knew or you were capable of creating beads with a logo on them? Thank you!

  66. Cindy Lietz, 08 August, 2017

    Sorry for the slow response on this question Oscar. Although it is possible to create logos for beads through making polymer clay canes, it is not something that I do personally for people. I don’t know if he is still doing it, but a polymer clay artist by the name of Wes Warren of Beadopolis, was making custom logo beads for companies at one time. Perhaps you could do a Google search to see if he is still offering that service? Good luck!

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