Lucy Clay Brand Polymer Cane Slicer Demo And Review

Lucy Clay Slicer - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #651: This is a polymer clay cane slicer on the grandest of scales… it is a really beautiful, top-of-the-line machine!

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Today I’m going to show you the LC Slicer made by Lucy Clay Tools.
  • This is a cane slicer on the grandest of scales… it is a really beautiful machine!
  • We have talked about the Lucy Clay Tools before… this company makes very high quality tools that are built to be sturdy and strong.
  • This machine was sent to me by Diane Bruce of VanIslandJewels on Etsy. She is a Canadian Distributor that ships worldwide. A direct link to Diane’s Etsy Shop is right below today’s video on this page.
  • This tool was designed to slice polymer clay canes whether they are small or large, square, round or pretty much any shape and size you would make.
  • In the video, I show you how the slicer works.
  • The LC Slicer ships unassembled. It took me about an hour to put it all together.
  • The replaceable blade is incredibly sharp and stiff, and it cuts through even large older canes with ease.
  • Then moving bottom plate advances the cane forward in micro increments for paper thin or very thick, and perfectly even slices.
  • One improvement I would like to see is a quick release for the screw in the base, so that you could adjust the plate back and forth quicker, depending on the length of your cane.
  • The first slice is never perfect because you have to square up the cane first.
  • This machine is not cheap… like a top of the line Cadillac or Mercedes… but it is so beautifully made and the slices are so perfect that it is worth every penny.
  • It sliced through my large Christmas Sweater Cane with ease… a cane that was near impossible to (nicely) cut by hand.
  • This tool will not be in everybody’s price range, but if you work with polymer clay professionally or just really love having the best tools… it is a beautiful machine and you will want to check it out!

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  1. Sandy Triplett, 13 April, 2015

    I saw your slicer sitting on the side lines of last weeks product demo video, to which I’m impatiently waiting for my order to arrive, hopefully today! I went nuts early last year on the Lucy Site and purchased the xl extruder and all the disks as well as this slicer. It is truly AWESOME!!

  2. Cindy Lietz, 14 April, 2015

    Sandy, I hope you enjoy your new machines! They are ally are wonderful!

  3. Krithika P, 13 April, 2015

    I received my slicer last week and so far I’m loving it! I’d like to add a word of caution though: while attaching the lower plate to the moving piece, I accidentally drove in one of the screws in too deep. The slicer still works fine but the top plate is at a weird angle the base one. I’d suggest a gentle touch when putting it together, especially since it’s such an expensive tool. There’s a video from Lucy tools on how to assemble the slicer that was very helpful for me.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 14 April, 2015

    Thank you for the video link Krithika. That will be quite helpful for everyone!

  5. Sue F, 13 April, 2015

    Many thanks for showing this, Cindy! I’ve been dying to get my hands on one to customise but was convinced to wait for a studio model to test first… only now I’m all impatient again!

  6. Cindy Lietz, 14 April, 2015

    Sue I think you would really appreciate the quality of this machine. It would suit your precise nature quite perfectly! :)

  7. Chrissie F, 14 April, 2015

    Thanks for another good review, Cindy. My slicer arrived last week and I am delighted with it. It is beautifully engineered! It took me a while to assemble it as I began by using the instructions that came packed with it. If there is a drawback to it, it is the size of those instructions…. practically needed a magnifying lens to see them but you young ones probably won’t have that problem :-)

    Krithika has already given the link to the YT video; I’d recommend watching it all the way though before you start assembly. I hadn’t done that and so I’d placed the slide sticker on the wrong way around. It does come off so not all was lost. I’m using a thin piece of polycarbonate sheet under the cutting area to protect the slide as I don’t think it’s cut-proof.

    Cindy’s idea of a quick release is very good. Until they develop one we can always put a block of acrylic behind the canes to save winding in and out so much when changing canes. Also a taller block of acrylic (like a 4 x 4 inch) would help support taller canes like Cindy’s sweater cane.

  8. Cindy Lietz, 14 April, 2015

    Chrissie, I believe they are making some sort of add on that will support the large slab canes. It is currently in production and George (the owner of the company and Lucy’s father) said he would send me one when it becomes available. I think it attaches to the back plate. But we will see when it arrives. Thanks for your suggestions! I like the idea of adding an acrylic block behind… that would also help in slicing the canes closer to the ends.

  9. George S, 17 April, 2015

    Dear Chrissie,
    thank you for your notes regarding to guide/user manual where is link to our supporting ytb channel as well as web site where you can find more relating info how to put all parts together.

    So just reminding… YTB LCTools with all relating available videos.

    Same links are also on our LC Store next to each item to provide the key info in electronic versions. Please ask your seller to update their eshop site as well.

    Anyway we have been working on that right now (new web, better guides, etc.), follow our fb for fresh up-to-day info.

    Wish you great time with polymer clay work.
    George from Lucy Clay Tools

  10. Dixie Ann, 17 April, 2015

    Cindy, I so love my LC Slicer. I bought it several months ago from the US Dealer and you are right, it is the Cadillac of the PC Slicers. I will admit I had a problem using it at first because all of my canes slices were off. A friend gave me a terrific tip and now I’m a pro at using it. When I first slice a cane I back it up against the plate like you did and took my first slice which of course is always off. But then I flipped the cane around and backed the perfect cut off end up to the stopper and cut a slice off from the other end. Ta-da! It sure solved my problem and I have done a new cane this way ever since The last slice is always perfect because I took that extra step at the beginning and I don’t have to remember which end I took my last cut from.
    Thanks so much for showing this remarkable machine. I love your product videos even though I have already purchased what you are showing because they are so spot on and it just confirms that I made the right decision. :)

  11. Jocelyn C, 21 April, 2015

    Agree Dixie, after the JoolTool, this little baby will be my next investment.

    Hear a lot of folks commenting on how expensive it is, but, when you really look at the consistent thin slices you can obtain, versus other methods, you really do make up the cost in savings by being able to veneer stuff and use every single slice.

    You can slice the canes thinner and use each and every slice until the end of the cane.

    It is also remarkably well engineered and produced, all of the Lucy products are. Sometimes you have to spend more to get a better result. If you are in business with poly clay, her product line is the best.

  12. Sandra B, 17 May, 2015

    Hi there!
    I bought both the slicer and extruder and have to say both are fantastic and service from Etsey site was great! Now I am waiting for ups to bring my Dream machine. I am a happy camper!

  13. Jeanne Dumond, 22 May, 2015

    Cynthia, Just returned from a gathering in VA in which many tools for PC were discussed and pros and cons and fixes were offered for different ones.

    The Lucy Clay Slicer, which I do own, has an inherent problem in that the sliding screw turned platform doesn’t allow for the whole cane to be sliced because it stops about 3/4 of an inch shy where the clay can no longer be pushed under the blade. Also the height of the opening for clays means there is a limit on the size of a cane that can be sliced.

    Creative Journey Studios in Buford, GA has come up with a great fix for this in a kit that raises the slicer and adds a piece of acrylic that allows larger canes to be cut and every bit of a cane to be cut, no more annoying small ends of canes left after slicing. Ellen Prophater and Sue Sutherland have a great studio and the women are sharp when it comes to analyzing what works and how to make it work best. You should check it out.

  14. Dixie Ann, 22 May, 2015

    Can you please give us a link to their website or kit they have?

  15. Cindy Lietz, 25 May, 2015

    I have been putting a unwrapped block of Premo one my back board and that handles the space issue. As far as slicing a bigger cane… I can’t imagine making one 4″ high and 6″ wide… that would be a lot of clay!

  16. Jocelyn C, 22 May, 2015

    Love the Lucy Clay Tool cart system.

  17. Jocelyn C, 22 May, 2015

    Sorry, you might have wanted this Creative Journey Studios link.

  18. Chrissie F, 22 May, 2015

    I’ve been putting a small block of Plexiglass behind the cane so there’s no wastage at all.
    I suppose a stack of playing cards taped together would do the same thing. Easier to make different sized buffers with playing cards so that might be a better way than the Plexiglass now I think about it. I’ll try it and let you know!

  19. Cindy Lietz, 25 May, 2015

    An unwrapped block of premo works too!

  20. elaine faulks, 23 May, 2015

    Just popped in to say thanks Cindy for showing all the new products and demonstrating how to use them. I would not even think of buying any new tool without watching one of your “how to” videos.
    I used to be impatient to get my hands on the latest gizzmo, but now I watch and learn and wait for the MARKII version as by then the feedback collected by these clever people has been noted and improvments made.
    When I think of all the new aids invented for PC addicts I look back to buying my first tissue blade and laugh at some of the weird and wonderful items I have used over the years, and still use some of them today. So my wish list grows ever longer, my PC space get for ever smaller. Now if somebody could invent a 120 minute hour, then that would be awesome….cheers xx……..

  21. Cindy Lietz, 25 May, 2015

    But then every year we would look twice as old! :)

  22. Lena S, 09 July, 2015

    Does anyone know the difference between the LC Slicer Chrome and the LC Slicer? I can see there is a handle on one of them and I guess one comes in colors. If I got one, I was wondering which one would be best.

  23. Sue F, 10 July, 2015

    Hi Lena,

    The difference is the type and colour of handle on the front, and the colour of the back plate at the rear of the sliding portion.

    The Chrome version is what Cindy has, and what I recently got too. I’ve also assembled one of the other (“plain”) LC Slicers, which in Australia are available in Teal and Magenta.

    The handle on the non-Chrome models is a different shape. It’s a flat piece with a series of bends, folded over at the top where you grip it. That gripping area is much higher than on the Chrome model, being right at the top of the “guillotine”. The Chrome version has what is effectively a long cabinetry handle that sits perpendicular to the sliding guillotine at the point where it’s attached.

    If it matters to you, you can wrap your hand all the way around the handle on the Chrome model, where on the others you can either use an underhand grip on the handle or press down from the top (there’s a nice wide surface to push down on), but you can’t use a closed grip, if you know what I mean.

    The back plate is white on the Chrome model, and the same colour as the handle on the others.

    I definitely like my Chrome one better than the Teal I assembled, but that’s mostly me liking visually-neutral things for my studio. They both seemed equally easy to “drive”.

    The other difference is the price: the Chrome version is a bit more expensive!

    I hope that helps.

    Sue F

  24. Lena S, 10 July, 2015

    Thanks so much Sue! Great information.

    The price difference isn’t that much when you are talking about spending the money. If I’m going to invest, I want to pick the right one for me. Not sure there is a wrong answer. It seems strange they are so similar yet enough to have two separate products. I’ll have to think about the handle and which one I would like best. Right now I am “air slicing” trying to think which one I would like best. LOL.

    If anyone else has opinions on which they liked best – let me know!



  25. Doreen Neilley, 31 August, 2015

    Just saw a review on a different site for the Lucy Clay Slicer Angle Block, which:

    a) allows you to set the cane further forward in the Lucy Clay Slicer, to be able to slice all of it

    b) (the really exciting one to me) lets you angle the cane to be able to cut it obliquely. This doesn’t sound like such a big deal, because the slices don’t look that different when they come off of the slicer, but then the reviewer put the slices onto a backing sheet of clay and rolled it through the pasta roller, and the effect was COOL!! The reviewer also said that you could probably get different effects with canes such as mokugame, by being able to slice at an angle.

    Once you and Doug get through this web site upgrade, Cindy, you might like to have a look at the Angle Block and play around with it to see what you can show us to do with it! :)

  26. Cindy Lietz, 01 September, 2015

    Will do Doreen, thanks for the suggestion!

  27. Krithika P, 12 September, 2015

    Does anyone have suggestions on using the slicer for round canes? I’m very happy with it for square canes but I just got a bunch of flattened out slices from a round flower cane.

  28. Chrissie F, 13 September, 2015

    Krithika, in hot weather I put the cane in the fridge for ten minutes or so to cool it before slicing.

    Also I use a block of translucent clay with a rounded dent in it to support the underside of the cane. Hope that helps :-)

  29. Lori M, 24 November, 2015


    Curious to know your thoughts on whether it was worth getting the lucy clay chrome slicer or teal? Are you glad you did, reservations?
    It’s a lot of money, but, I’m tired of getting paper cuts on my fingers/hands from using the blades when slicing my clay and screwing up on my slicing. I have the polyslicer and it’s good but there’s no way to measure the slices for uniform consistency.
    thanks for your time and any replies.
    my best,

  30. Cindy Lietz, 24 November, 2015

    Hi Lori, if you have the budget for the Lucy Clay Slicer I would definitely recommend it. It does a beautiful job and I can not imagine ever slicing a large cane, like the Christmas sweater cane in the demo, without this slicer. No regrets with this one.

  31. Anne Hanner, 26 June, 2016

    Are you going to try the Lucy Clay Pasta Machine and have you tried the Dream Machine? I would love to have a comparison from you!

  32. Jocelyn C., 26 June, 2016

    LOL, adore enthusiasm! Hi, Anne. Glad to let you know most of these and many more have been meticulously trialed and blogged by Cindy. Please go to the upper right page and enter those terms into the search facility, and you’ll find a world of information….

    As far as I know, Cindy does not yet have the Dream Machine, but, if you click on all the links and read the comments, you’ll find many members here have. I’d google search the DM and a member named Dixie, who has shared her experiences with hers.

    Have fun, and all best.

  33. Cindy Lietz, 27 June, 2016

    Hi Anne, Jocelyn is right I do not have the Dream Machine but have tested several pasta machines in the past.

    It would be good for the whole community for us to demo and compare all the available machines on the market including new Lucy Clay Machines. Hopefully we can make that happen soon.

  34. Dixie Ann, 27 June, 2016

    Hi Anne, yes indeed I do have the Dream Machine. I won it in a Mothers Day Contest about 4 yrs ago. Before that I was using the cheap Sculpey pasta machine and was on my 2nd one. It’s like comparing a Cadillac to a Ford Escort. This past year I was finally able to get a motor and the difference is just amazing. However I have been in on the whole Lucy Clay Machines and am very impressed with the construction, ease of handling, new heights, ease of cleaning, able to use electric drill in place of motor etc; These people have carefully thought of everything. You also have 3 options for machines which puts it in line for every budget and space requirements. I have purchased their LC Slicer and their LC Extruder and you just can’t beat the quality of their products. If I had not gotten the Dream Machine I would seriously think about getting their Mamouth Clay Machine and I still might it all depends on finances. If I put purchasing a clay machine according to budgets and stability here is how I would list them. Lucy Clay 1) Dream Machine 2) Atlas 180 3) Atlas 150 4) Other Brands of Pasta machines 5) Sculpey Clay Machine 6). Now there are probably other brands of pasta machines that compare just as well as the Atlas 180 but I have never used them. I have always felt that as a beginner not wanting to spend much, try the Sculpey. From there you can decide if you like claying if you want to invest in a better tool. It is all going to boil down to what you want and what you expect and what you can afford. So that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. Wishing you all the best of luck and fun in your future clay endeavor. The Search feature at the top is a wonderful resource for any question you might have regarding to claying. If you can’t find it there, so many of us are always happy to answer your questions but try the Search function first.

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