Pirate Cane Part-2 Skull Cross Bones | Polymer Clay Tute

Pirate Canes - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #225: “The skull bead is so rock star! :) Very inspiring, thanks!” ~Zarah

Ahoy Ye Landubbin Scallywags… Har it be… What Ye all bin lustin’ fer… Part 2 of T’ Famous Pirate Skull and Crossbones Cane!! And from t’ words of sum of Ye… Yer be liking what be hear’n so far!

Compliments on the pirate bead. Have I told you it’s one of the best beads ever? It’s a bead so very you. Thanks for sharing it with us. ~Squash

Cindy, the teams at my daughter’s high school are the Pirates. These skull and crossbone beads would be a great fund raiser! Thanks. ~Jody-G

We just got our very first Harley-Davidson and I think these skull and crossbone beads made with the pirate cane will go soooo well with our leathers. ~Lisa-W

So… without further ado, coming up tomorrow (Friday October 14th 2011) in the Vol-041-2 members video at the Polymer Clay Tutor Library, I will be showing how to combine all the components you made last week, into a finished Pirate Skull and Cross Bones Cane… just in time for Halloween.


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Supplies & Tools: Video-041-2 Pirate Cane (Part 2):

  • Cane components made in the previous tutorial Pirate Cane (Part 1).
  • 1 – 2 blocks 5001 White Premo Sculpey Polymer clay for background color.
  • Pasta Machine.
  • Acrylic Roller.
  • Clay Blade.
  • Knitting Needle, Etch and Pearl Tool or small metal dowel.

The full version of the Vol-041-2 Pirate Cane (Pt 2) video will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday Oct 7, 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 “Pirate Cane” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-041 Back Issue Pckg.

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Hi everyone. When I first subscribed, back at the end of Volume 36, I was disappointed in the initial offerings (perhaps you’ll remember our emails, Cindy?). I wanted to give PC Tutor a fair shot, though, so decided to give it one quarter to see what happened. Well, I am happy to say I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’m having a great time with PC Tutor. Cindy, I have become a bona fide admirer of yours. I love the videos. They are filled with tips and tricks and I love the happy manner in which they are delivered. I’m also very happy with the color recipes. Frankly, the only thing missing is… I want more! I see myself being a follower of PC Tutor for a long time to come, hooray. ~Angela-M

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The following topics are included in this week’s Polymer Clay Tutor Library, Pirate Cane Part 2 video tutorial:

  • See examples of canes, beads and jewelry projects using this super cool Pirate Cane Design.
  • Discussion of the tools, supplies and techniques needed to create this intermediate level cane.
  • Find out how simple it is to make this cool picture cane, if you just follow the step by step instructions.
  • Find out why this is such a forgiving cane, even if this is your first picture cane. With this cane, a little distortion only makes it better!
  • Plus, with some creativity and ingenuity, there are many ways to come up with other unique designs of your own.

The full version of the “Pirate Cane” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-041 Back Issue Pckg.


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  1. Pollyanna, 13 October, 2011

    Eager to see your spin on putting this together. Seems like a lot parts…..lol.

  2. Angie K, 13 October, 2011

    I cant wait for 8:10am Friday when my weekly tute arrives. Bring it on Cindy!

  3. Phaedrakat, 13 October, 2011

    Ahoy maties! Lookin’ forward to seeing the assembly of this cool cane, along with tips/tricks Cindy always seems to come up with. Fun stuff! :-)

  4. Phaedrakat, 13 October, 2011

    Typing too slow on my phone, so edit didn’t work in time. Can’t watch the teaser video on it; & therefore, comment on the contents. I’ll definitely be grabbing for my laptop come midnight or so when the tute goes live. Boy-oh-boy…can’t wait ’til the new player works on my phone like the old one did/does!
    Anyway, thanks in advance, Lietz’s!!! Eight hours ’til “Happy Friday!” ;~D

  5. Elizabeth Kerr, 14 October, 2011

    Hi Cindy and all.
    Thanks Cindy for the video re the Pirate Cane.
    Interesting to watch.
    Also shows how to fill in for other canes where filled spaces are needed.
    Enjoyed it.
    Will have a go at this.
    Still watching.
    Love to all
    p.s. I like how we can edit this now great.
    Elizabeth K.

  6. Pollyanna, 14 October, 2011

    Love this…..and I also liked learning more about packing around. It sure was better your way than what I had imagined. Thanks!!!
    OT Has anyone heard from the men from our group? Hope all is well.

  7. Elaine Faulks, 14 October, 2011

    Well, shiver me timbers me hearties! Just knew me trusty cutlass would come in handy a slicing of that pirate cane.

    Trouble is some scurvy knave has raided me treasure chest and made off with all me white clay, Grrrrrrr (Will make him walk the plank when I lay me hands on ‘im)

    Must send a message in a bottle for new supplies (Could take some time)

    Naw, can’t wait that long, will send the cabin boy over to the mainland, hoping he don’t run off with me pieces of eight!

    Me heartfelt thanks to you Capt’ Cindy and yer crew for this long awaited, really amazing, Pirate Cane.

    Cheers xx …………………Now off to splice the Mainbrace (Anyone know how to do it??)

  8. Pollyanna, 14 October, 2011

    LOL Actually, I do know how but kinda rusty.

  9. pattw35, 14 October, 2011

    You made this so easy ! I invisioned it a lot harder !!Thanks for the packing. What fun. Tonight will be a “clay night”. Beads of Courage here we come………….

  10. Cassie C, 14 October, 2011

    Wow Cindy! Wonderful cane and once again you solved so many things that I have been struggling with. Thanks, Cassie

  11. Natalie H, 16 October, 2011

    Hi Cindy
    Can I use the Fimo glow in the dark for the basic parts of the pirate can with out any compromise in the strength of the cane. I would use regular premo white to fill in the spaces….. Do I do the squeeze, stretch and pull technique to reduce this cane…

  12. Cindy Lietz, 28 October, 2011

    Yes Natalie, you can use Fimo Glow in the Dark or even Sculpey III GITD clay in your cane if you want. The clay needs to be the same consistency though, so you may need to soften one clay and leach another to get the to the same softness. Otherwise it won’t reduce properly. And yes you squeeze and pull to reduce this cane like the others I have shown you.

  13. Natalie H, 31 October, 2011

    Which do I do with which…How do I leach how do I soften? I get confused with this.

  14. Cindy Lietz, 02 November, 2011

    Natalie, many of the questions you ask (including this one) are answered best in the Polymer Clay Basics Course. You should consider purchasing it. It would really help you build your polymer clay skills and solve any issues you are having in the learning process.

  15. Natalie H, 16 October, 2011

    Loved your comment!!

  16. Elizabeth Kerr, 19 October, 2011

    Hi Elaine Love your comments. no I dont know that either,
    but fun being here.
    XX E. K.

  17. pattw35, 20 October, 2011

    I have 1/2 bar of glow in the dark. Now, where the heck is it ? Ahh, now my pirates will glow. What a neat idea. The kids will love it !!!

  18. Phaedrakat, 20 October, 2011

    What a wonderful tutorial! Seems like we’ve been asking Cindy how to make her cool pirate cane for over a year now. I gotta say…it was worth the wait! Not only did she simplify the process, making the cane easy enough for a beginner; she also provided some amazing tips that can be used on all sorts of caning projects. Like the way she packed the background — ingenious! What a clever, precise way of packin’.
    Thank you, Cindy…you really know how to entertain a gal (and teach ‘er, too…of course!)
    ~Kat ;-D

    P.S.: Forgot who mentioned it first, but I just wanted to say I love the glow-in-the-dark (GITD) clay idea! Very clever…

    P.P.S.: I also love Elaine’s comment. She speaks excellent Pirate!

  19. Lisa Whitham, 21 October, 2011

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Cindy – you ROCK!!! I’ve got my pirate cane all put together and it’s resting before I reduce it… WOOOHOOO!!! I’m also starting a black and white one too… heh heh! I haven’t been this excited about poly clay and my jewelry making in a while. :)

    Peace, Love, & Clay,
    ~Lisa :) xo

  20. Phaedrakat, 26 October, 2011

    Hi Lisa!
    When Cindy first announced this video tute, my first thought was of YOU! I remembered that you were especially fond of her pirate beads & jewelry, and that you made requests for this tute more than once (I think?) If memory serves, you made this cane on your own, right? (with too much waste clay or something?) Anyway, I’m thrilled about your enthusiasm! Makes me even more excited about this cool cane!

    I’ll be on the lookout, hoping to see your canes – and what you make with them – on Facebook. Take care, my friend!
    ~Kat ;-D

  21. Anna Sabina, 02 November, 2011

    NEWS FASHION FLASH: My 20 year old daughter Elizabeth i still at that age where she does not know if it is”Okay” to actually like something MOM made.. She was looking at my Pirate beads and I said the are supposed to be “distorted”-mine actual had about 20 teeth-LOL. The nnew in term for that is “stylized.” Sounds intentional and more expensive- Who Knew !!

  22. Cindy Lietz, 02 November, 2011

    Awesome comment Anna! ‘Stylized’ is the perfect description for a cane of ‘character’ like this one. Glad to hear you made yourself a pirate cane. Would love to see it. Why don’t you post a picture at the Members Photo Gallery at Facebook? I bet there are a lot of other who would like to see your stylized rendition of the pirate cane!

  23. PATTY JORGENSON, 04 April, 2012

    This is one of the best caning tutorials I have seen. Ive tried caning eskis and it turned out UGLI. this gives such a clear cut, and takes mystery out of it. Thanks Cindy. I have read and read and searched for caning articles and this is the best. Thanks

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