Polymer Clay Tutorial | Always Pretty, Spliced Flower Cane Project

Spliced Flower Cane

Vid #126: “It’s amazing just how many different patterns can come from one cane.” ~Lynn-W

In the library this week is another pretty flower cane tutorial, to add to your collection. What is interesting about this particular cane, is all of the pattern variations that can result depending on:

(1) How you put together your color blends;
(2) The type of the clay you use; and
(3) How you end up forming the petals.

But no matter the outcome, they almost always end up looking pretty.

It’s amazing just how many different patterns can come from one cane. Of course you have to have a knack for that kind of ideas to come from your head. Cindy is full of all those wonderful ideas, and so many people have learned from her and her videos. She teaches in a way that is easy to understand and relaxed. ~Lynn-W

The full version of the Vid-017-2 tutorial will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday October 9th, 2009. But if you would like to see a sneak peak intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.

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The full version of the “Spliced Flower Cane” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Vol-017 Back Issue Package.

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The following topics are included in this “Spliced Cane” video tutorial:

  • Examples of beads and pendants that were created using different versions of the spliced flower cane.
  • How to cut and splice together two different colored Skinner Blend Canes in an interesting way to create this simple to make, yet detailed looking, flower cane.
  • Learn how to push and manipulate the clay in order to form the unique detailed pattern inside the petals of the cane.
  • Discussion on amounts of clay needed to make a small cane such as the one I’ll be making. This is so that you have the option of making many different canes with your clay instead of only 1 large cane, thus giving you more flexibility in your designs.
  • Ideas on how even the canes that don’t turn out as expected, can be made into beautiful beads for necklaces, pendants, bracelets and earrings.

The full version of the “Spliced Flower Cane” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Vol-017 Back Issue Package.

  1. JoyceM, 06 October, 2009

    What a wonderful tut this is going to be. Like all your others there is so much to learn here. Can’t wait to get started. Its no wonder you are such a busy bee. Thanks again, and again for all your efforts. See you Friday…

  2. Jeanne, 06 October, 2009

    Love the cane, I can’t wait till Friday.

  3. aims, 06 October, 2009

    I’m in on the excitement too Cindy. Love your colour combos in this video as well! Roll on Friday!

  4. Josie, 06 October, 2009

    Same here, can’t wait for Friday’s to come round.

  5. Ritzs, 06 October, 2009

    I think i will make Fridays a no eating day I will be to busy to cook better not tell my husband that though. I just love the look of this cane cant wait

  6. Melinda H, 06 October, 2009

    Fabulous! Can’t wait until Friday either, that is a truly unique looking cane.

  7. Helen Sperring, 06 October, 2009

    Breathtaking!!!! Those beads from that cane are just beautiful. I hope I’ll be able to make it. Thank you for the quick reply. I’ll try Home Depot again and see what I can find. I just put everything together to make the Dogwood Cane. I watch the video and write what I need to do. Does anyone have other ways to remember the directions? I feel like I’m very disorganized. I’m not too computer saavy, either. I know there must be a way to get organized there. I love being able to get help so fast and from so many people Thanks everyone for all the great ideas.

  8. Kim Hale, 06 October, 2009

    I cannot wait until Friday! This cane is beautiful!!!

  9. Cindy Lietz, 07 October, 2009

    I am glad you guys are excited! It’s simpler to make than it looks. Which is always good news!

    @Helen: Why don’t you set up a little station near your computer so you can watch and work at the same time. You only need a space the size of a TV Table to work on. That might help.

  10. Helen Sperring (honeyclay), 07 October, 2009

    Thank you Cindy!!! That was a great idea.Setting up by the computer would be great for me but not for my husband. He doesn’t even like the notes about clay that I leave near the computer. I’ll figure something out. Anyhow, I found everything in Home Depot right in the spot that you told me to go to. I love that store!!!! Well, today is a clay conditioning day. Can’t wait till Friday, either. See ya, Honey

  11. Doug Kelly, 07 October, 2009

    Looks good, can’t wait. I have to confess that in moving along in my development I have purchased some canes from polymer clay cane sources to experiment with different techniques. My time is definitely worth the few dollars I have paid for a cane.

    I do want to create my own for my future projects, but until the time when I can make one that looks like what I intended, others will profit from my inexperience.

    That being said – your lessons will certainly provide me with the foundations for my development.

    Thanks a grunch,


  12. Cindy Lietz, 08 October, 2009

    @Helen: Maybe if you made a clay station on wheels that you could roll back out of the office when you were done, could work for you and your husband? Glad to hear you found the wire. Cheapest and easiest resource for wire that I’ve found so far.

    @Doug: Lots of people buy canes. (That’s why there is a market for selling them.) I think you will enjoy the video. It should help you on your way to making your own canes!

  13. Helen Sperring (honeyclay), 08 October, 2009

    Cindy, another great idea!!!! My husband didn’t like that idea either. I’ll think of something. Michaels had a sale on Premo this week so I went to get cadmium yellow for my Dogwood cane. They had everything BUT cadmium yellow. Well I’m all stocked up on Premo, now, and because they didn’t have the yellow, I went to Joann’s. Great day today!!!!! I got the yellow and Studio By Sculpy tools with my coupon.

    Where else can you be a member and get sooooo many great things?????? Best thing I ever did. Thank you so much Cindy.

  14. Peggy, 09 October, 2009

    Helen, I have the same problem as you. I watch the video a couple times write down what I think I need help with then go off to my craft room and then have to go back to computer and watch again a lot of the time. I have been hinting to my husband about the dream machine for awhile on how a wonderful Christmas present it would make. As much as I would like to have one I am now asking for a lap top so I can take it out to my room and watch as I go just like Cindy suggested. I have a beautiful room my husband made me out of his side of the garage. He has a separate 2 car garage where he works on his hobbys. I can’t wait, having a computer right there to watch and work at the same time will be so nice. Maybe the dream machine next year. Hopefully the prices will come down a little also.

    Love your video Cindy can’t wait to try it out. You are the best! Just had an idea haven’t had time to think on it because I really mean I just now wondered if it would help if I recorded Cindy’s voice then listened to it as I worked in my craft room. Would that be OK with you Cindy? Won’t be as perfect as watching and listening at the same time on the computer but at least until I get a lap top. What do you think??

    FROM CINDY: You could try recording my voice and see how that works for you… but I’m hoping you get that laptop for Christmas :-)

  15. pamagela, 09 October, 2009

    grazie Cindy è meraviglioso come tutti i tuoi lavori un grazie di cuore

    ENGLISH TRANSLATION: thanks Cindy is wonderful as all your works a heartfelt thanks

  16. Polyanya, 09 October, 2009

    Fantastic! What a lovely simple way to make such a complex looking cane. Thank you Cindy for showing us.

  17. Monica Daris, 09 October, 2009

    Good morning Cindy!
    I loved today´s tutorial.It was really really great!
    Warm regards,

  18. ElizabethK, 09 October, 2009

    Hi Cindy and all,
    Just love this spliced cane so pretty.
    I will have a go at it tomorrow, hope I can make it nearly as nice as yours Cindy.
    At last I have found out properly how to use this site and comment on the videos,mm,, takes some people a bit longer than others so, you’ll be seeing a bit more of me. Love all the beads you made from the spliced cane too Cindy, it is good to see where it goes to.
    Bye for now,
    Elizabeth Kerr.

  19. ElizabethK, 09 October, 2009

    Hi Again, thought I knew what I was doing.
    left off my Url if anyone is interested. Anyway just loved this weeks tuorial
    See you later
    Elizabeth Kerr.

  20. Rob_k, 09 October, 2009

    Cindy, thanks for this, I have made some flowers that were similar, this is great! Thanks again!

  21. Ritzs, 09 October, 2009

    Cindy I have just made two of your wonderful canes, I loved doing them, the first i didn’t like the colors to much so i made another i was very pleased with how they came out and have already covered some old beads but now its time for me to stop and get night time drinks. and its another day tomorrow, if it rains I can bead all day woopee.

  22. Cindy Erickson, 09 October, 2009

    Thanks, Cindy :) It is so nice to be learning how to do these more complicated canes!

    As always hugs and peace to you and yours!

    Cindy E.

  23. Catalina, 09 October, 2009

    I love this! So easy and quick. I have a busy weekend taking Senior pics for my BFF’s daughter on Saturday and then off the the Apple Butter Fest in Grand Rapids, OH on Sunday. I wonder if I’ll see any polymer clay artists. So, I’ll have to to wait until Monday to try this new technique! Boo!!

    Allen Park, MI

  24. Carlene, 11 October, 2009

    I absolutely LOVED the Spliced Flower Cane video! Beautiful and not such a hard technique. I cannot wait until I get a chance to try it. We are trying to relocate and everything is packed away! :( But this one I defintely will save in my little brain!! THANKS!!!!!!!!!

  25. Mary Ellen Salmon, 14 October, 2009

    Cindy when did you first start your business? I would love to know your story about how you created this wonderful place for all to enjoy. Our business is slow in the winter so I can’t wait to pull my clay out and will have alot of tutorials to learn from! Have been reading everyones comments and get just as excited as they do even though I haven’t been claying.

  26. Cindy Lietz, 29 October, 2009

    Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! Reading them makes my day!

    @Mary: You can read a little about my story in another post. Click the ‘polymer clay artist’ link by my name to read it.

  27. Debra, 14 November, 2009

    Thank You So Much ! I really enjoyed this spliced flower cane tutorial Cindy! I think by far it’s one of my favorites.And I plan on using it this weekend .We just had a big craft fair we attended today, it was so disappointing. I sold only one bracelet and my friend sold one necklace !! My good friend Kathi Gose who is also my Guild President was there too, she sold about $40.00 so she broke about even on her booth rental. This economy has really hit the crafters world hard and heavy I don’t even want to do anymore . I’m working on getting my stuff on Etsy so that’s what’s next on my agenda , anyway have a blessed weekend and Thank’s Again !
    Happy Claying From Bakersfield
    Debra aka Scoobydo2u

  28. Amada, 29 November, 2009

    Dear Cindy,
    I want to know your opinion about Pardo Clay. Did you test it already?
    Thank you.

    Best regards. Amada

  29. Cindy Lietz, 29 November, 2009

    @Debra – Glad to hear you liked the Spliced Flower Cane Tutorial. It’s a fun one alright. Please say Hi to Kathi Gose from me :-)

    @Amada – I have not had the opportunity to test Pardo Clay yet. If someone wants to send me some, I would be happy to report on it, and provide an honest opinion.

  30. Maddy, 13 December, 2009

    Are there any how-to videos to watch without having to buy it?

  31. Cindy Lietz, 13 December, 2009

    Hi Maddy – Thanks for your interest. Occasionally I make selected member videos available for complimentary viewing. The links to these free videos are announced to everyone who is subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List Newsletter. By signing up to the newsletter you do receive 3 free video tutorials as well.

    But for the most part, you need to be a paid member to watch my premium video tutorials. Presently, the cost works out to only $3.32 per month to receives these tutes each Friday morning. If you are interested, some feedback from existing members is posted at the link by my name.

    As well, there is an article a wrote a while back that still has some relevant information you may want to read. Here is the link: Polymer Clay Instructions – Why Free Is Not Always Best

    Hope this information helps you Maddy. And if you have any other questions, just ask. I’d be happy to answer them.

  32. Cindy Lietz, 01 March, 2010

    Hi Everyone,

    Polymer Clay Projects

    Some new project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (spliced flower canes), have just been added in another post. The link by my name will take you where you can see full size photos along with descriptions and stories about each one.

  33. Cindy Lietz, 08 April, 2010


    Polymer Clay Projects

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (Spliced Flower Cane Projects), have just been added in another post. They were submitted by Brenda-M. The link by my name will take you to where you can see them, along with a bit of a write up. Hopefully they will inspire you to achieve great things with your own polymer clay projects.

  34. Cindy Lietz, 10 April, 2010


    Polymer Clay Projects

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (Polymer Clay Spliced Flower Canes), have just been added in another post. They were submitted by Cara-H. The link by my name will take you to where you can see them, along with a bit of a write up. Hopefully they will inspire you to achieve great things with your own polymer clay projects.

  35. Tanya Jeanes, 24 September, 2021

    I am new to polymer clay and want to make beads and the flower canes, I have a couple of questions that I would like your advice on
    When baking the beads can they be placed directly on card stock and covered or should they hang to something?
    Can you save the flower canes and bake at a later date?
    The fimo in the UK says to bake for 20 minutes but you say an hour in your video, is an hour better?
    Thanks in advance

  36. Cindy Lietz, 24 September, 2021

    Hi Tanya, You can place beads on an accordion folded piece of cardstock to bake on. But make sure you don’t leave on the paper for very long before baking because the paper will leach out the oils from the clay.

    My preferred thing to bake on is a bead rack, you can either make one yourself with a tinfoil loaf pan, or you can buy one like this (**Amazon Affiliate Link). And you will need some bead piercing pins. Fimo sells them, I got mine at Michaels, but you can also get them here (**Amazon Affiliate Link).

    For the flower canes, you can save those for a long, long time before you need to bake them.

    For Fimo I prefer to bake for a longer time, 45 – 60 mins. That will ensure that you have a proper cure and the clay will be strong. Make sure you have a separate oven thermometer, so you know that you are baking at the correct temperature.

    Spend some time looking through this site and watching the videos. There is tons of excellent information, that will get you started. When you’re ready, I also have many paid tutorials that will help you develop your skills. You be able to find those here… Polymer Clay Tutor Videos

  37. Tanya Jeanes, 25 September, 2021

    Thank you so much for your reply it is really helpful!

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