Polymer Clay Candy Cane Charm Jewelry or Craft Embellishment

Polymer Clay Candy Cane

“Options, options, options! So excited for holiday canes! The holly leaves and berries are lovely. I can’t wait!” ~Phoenix-F

Yes there is still a fair amount of time until Christmas, but I wanted to show you another quick idea for using the Holly Leaf and Berry Canes that I discussed the other day. Just want to get your festive creativity going before the holiday season gets into full swing.

Options, options, options! One of the many things that I enjoy about the tutorials and projects is that they can be used to make almost anything you want. One project’s techniques could be used to spawn several other creations. And of course, everyone has their own take on the current projects. So excited for holiday canes! The holly leaves and berries are lovely. I can’t wait! ~Phoenix-F

I’ve shown you a few “Christmasy” ideas so far, including some Holly Berry Focal Beads, a Christmas Necklace and now this cute little Christmas Candy Cane Charm.

I decided not to put a bail on this little charm so that I could leave my options open for being able to use it in different ways.

A bail could be added to make it into a small pendant, earring, cell phone charm or even a Christmas tree ornament. Wire wrapping also would look good. Or it could become an embellishment for card making, scrap booking, gift wrapping etc. etc.

Don’t you just love the limitless possibilities of polymer clay!

How about showing us some Christmas ornaments you have made in the past. ~Freda-K

Did you know this blog is now heading into it’s second Christmas season. What that means is there are lots of holiday ideas for you to discover in blog posts and comments from last year. To discover them, use the search box at the top of the page, with keywords like: Christmas, ornament, gifts, stocking, holiday or whatever other topic you like.

If you find something in an older blog post that is helpful for you, what you could do is post the date of that older article in the comments section below, along with a sentence or two about why you thought the idea was useful.

After you post your comment below, I will then add a hot link so others can click directly to the older information that you found.

As you should know by now, this site is all about friends helping each other out. I can’t wait to see what you guys end up finding with this fun little (educational) exercise.

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor


  1. Ken H., 18 October, 2009

    That would make a nice tree ornament, was it antiqued?

  2. Cindy Lietz, 19 October, 2009

    No Ken it actually wasn’t antiqued. That aged look comes from adding a little of the Frosted Leaf color recipe to the White in the candy cane. This tied in the pale green of the holly leaf. All the colors I used for these canes came from the Alpine Succulent Flower Palette which I think is a much more modern palette than your typical Christmas color palette.

    Cindy Lietz
    Surrey, BC, Canada
    Where Are You From?
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  3. Ken H., 19 October, 2009

    I like it. We switched to burgundy and forrest/deep green away from the traditional reds and greens a few years ago but I think this color palette would work with that as well. I can’t wait to see all the holiday surprises you have in store.

    Ken Hamilton
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,USA

  4. Sonya, 19 October, 2009

    I really love this Christmas charm. My idea for this would be to use it as a Christmas present embellishment (instead of a bow) that the recipient could then use as a tree ornament year after year. And by the way, the colors are fabulous!!!

  5. Michelle, 02 January, 2010

    I’m experimenting on making ribbon candy. And on the directions at polymerclaycentral.com/ribboncandy.html it says to use the #1 setting to rolling out the clay. I worked down to #1 and when I rolled out the clay it came out disfigured and hilly, not smooth at all. Can you help? Michelle

  6. Cindy Lietz, 02 January, 2010

    Hi Michelle I can definitely help. The problem is that not all the settings on pasta machines are the same. The #1 setting on some machines is the thickest setting (like the one in the tutorial) whereas #1 other machines (like mine and probably yours) is the thinnest setting.

    When you went from a thick cane slice straight to the thinnest setting, the clay stretched and warped funny.

    Try the technique again, but this time start at the thickest setting and run it through once. Then go thinner and run it through again. Keep going smaller and smaller till you get the clay the thickness you want.

    Hope that helps!

  7. Betty Keating, 24 February, 2010

    I want to make some earrings that look like the round peppermint candy (not the candy canes), and just can’t seem to get it (the swirls) going right. Help! Thanks, Betty

  8. Phaedrakat, 27 February, 2010

    @Betty Keating: Hi, Betty! I’m going to find an image of a piece of peppermint candy so I can figure out how to make it. I’ll be back soon to try to help. (I’m leaving this comment so I don’t “lose my place.”) B’back soon…

  9. Phaedrakat, 27 February, 2010

    @Betty Keating: Hi again, Betty! When I read your comment at 3-something AM, I couldn’t quite picture what a peppermint candy looked like. (I was trying to think about what kind of cane I should use to make one.) Not having my wits about me at that time of night, I completely overlooked the part of your comment where you mention having trouble getting the “swirls going the right way.” Well, that should have been my first clue that you were talking about making “Swirled Lentil” Beads, in red and white. Those will make lovely Peppermint Candies! Cindy has a video tutorial course specifically for Lentil Beads. If you click on the link, it will take you to a quick preview of one of the videos. This bead is one of those “must-learn” techniques, and yet it can be difficult to master. Cindy created a 4-part video course, so you can learn how to do them properly. It’s an incredibly addicting bead to learn how to make! Here’s the link to the actual Vol-001 Back Issue pkg., that covers the Lentil Beads. It will take you to where you can order the course (or you can click where it says “Bead Making Videos” under the preview video; the link has a green circle next to it.)

    If you want to read what others have said about the course first, here is another article about the lentil beads: with lots of tips and comments from people who have seen the videos.

    If I got it wrong, and you were trying to make a different kind of peppermint candy, please forgive me! Write another comment, or ask another question, and someone will try to help out. Also, in case you don’t already know, you can search for any kind of information by using the search box at the top left side of the page. Type in a keyword or two, like “lentil bead” or “candy”, etc. and you’ll get a list of articles where that subject is mentioned. Don’t forget to read the comments, as there is often even more information there!

    I hope this helps you, and Happy Claying!

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