Polyslicer Combo Tool For Slicing Polymer Clay Canes

Polyslicer Combo Tool - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #607: This is a compact tool that works especially well for cutting super thin polymer cane slices for Nailart applications.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • In this video I demo the Polyslicer Combo Tool. It was originally designed for slicing Fimo Nailart canes, but it also works well for slicing all types of polymer clay canes.
  • This tool was invented by a Nailart Technician (her name is Helen), who was having trouble slicing the baked Fimo Nailart Canes thin enough for her nail designs.
  • She sells the product over at eBay (see resource link below video).
  • Fimo nailart canes are tiny baked polymer clay canes that are sliced paper thin and added to nail art designs.
  • I show some old and crudely done nail art canes and fingernail designs from my early days.
  • Helen’s husband creates prototypes, so she designed this tool and he is now manufacturing the units.
  • Helen made this one specifically for me in a color that she calls Punky Purple.
  • She must have seen my Cindy Purple NeverKnead, and thought that she’d make me a tool to match. If you want a purple one as well, I’m sure Helen would be happy to oblige.
  • This tool has a replaceable cutting blade mounted on a levered arm.
  • The Combo Polyslicer model comes with two interchangeable cradle pieces for holding different sizes of canes, both round and square.
  • It will slice both raw and baked canes.
  • You can use this tool to cut very thin cane slices with little to no distortion.
  • Now that I have this slicer tool in my studio, I will have to start start experimenting more with nail art canes.

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  1. Dawn B, 18 December, 2014

    Hi Cindy, thanks for demoing this tool. I looked at it a couple of weeks ago on Etsy and was wondering about it. This may be a delicate question and no need to answer if you’re uncomfortable, but do you have a favorite among the Simple Slicer, the Cane Extruder and the Polyslicer that you’ve demoed?

    I just love the abundance of information and resources you provide for us here. Thanks so much!

  2. Cindy Lietz, 19 December, 2014

    Hi Dawn, each of those tools work differently and have advantages depending on your needs. The Simple Slicer does a beautiful job of slabs… the other two won’t cut them. The Cane Extruder presses the cane so that it is exactly the same size and shape every time… the other two don’t. And the Polyslicer does a beautiful job slicing a wide range in sizes of baked and unbaked canes, even the teeny tiny baked Fimo Nailart Canes… the other two don’t.

    So depending on what you usually make, you will need to choose the one that works best for your situation… In my case all three! :)

  3. Cara L, 19 December, 2014

    fabulous! it’s just getting so much easier to work with polymer clay! I’m off to order one.
    Thanks Cindy for the tip. Love that you are demonstrating all these new tools- thanks…

  4. Cara L, 19 December, 2014

    Oh No!!!!! again another tool that doesn’t ship to Australia…. how annoying!

  5. Cindy Lietz, 19 December, 2014

    Oh, that’s too bad Cara… Maybe she will be able to ship to Australia in the future?

  6. Dixie Ann, 19 December, 2014

    What a neat little tool! It is so simple in it’s design but seems to do a nice job on any size cane.
    The price seems very reasonable too but I couldn’t find the combo set listed so I have emailed her.
    I personally am for any tool that makes the job easier!

  7. Peg C, 31 December, 2014

    I’m with you, Dixie Ann. I have only made a few canes (so scared) but that’s one thing I’m planning on doing ore of in the new year. I did order the combo and I tried to order it in purple but I don’t think she had any more. Sh was waiting for the maufacturer, so I told her the bright green was okay. Can’t wait for it to arrive.

  8. Carolyn Good, 21 December, 2014

    That tool looks really cool and so timely as my friend and I were just experimenting this week with some our polymer canes for our nails. I was really disappointed, however, that when I checked Helen’s Etsy shop it says they do not ship to Canada. I was very shocked especially since you have one and you are in Canada…. I contacted her to ask if it was possible and will see what she says. I also could not find the link for her E-bay site.

    Thanks for the review.

  9. Cindy Lietz, 22 December, 2014

    Hi Carolyn, I just heard from Cara L. (above) and she said Helen is changing the policy to ship internationally and is sending her one to Australia. Helen probably thought it was easier to only ship to the US and hadn’t any requests (until our video that is) to sell outside the states. Hopefully she can ship to you right away. Let us know what happens. I am sure others would like to know as well.

  10. Carolyn Good, 22 December, 2014

    Hi Cindy, I didn’t see Cara’s reply until after I checked it out as well. I contacted Helen and she told me to order from her E-bay site which is set up for shipping to other areas outside the U.S. I will order one through there which is just as easy. So here is the link to her Ebay Store.

  11. Cindy Lietz, 23 December, 2014

    That’s great to know Carolyn! Thanks for coming back with the link and letting us know. I appreciate that. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and cheers to a creative and productive 2015!

  12. elaine faulks, 24 December, 2014

    Good news that Helen is shipping her polyslicer combo to other countries. Have just ordered a set as a New Year gift to myself. Wishing you and everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.;;Cheers xx……

  13. Carolyn Good, 28 December, 2014

    Just to let your readers know that she won’t be changing anything in her Etsy shop — anyone outside of the US has to order from her Ebay store — perhaps you could share the link on your post.

    Hope that helps Cindy.

  14. Jocelyn C, 24 December, 2014

    Congrats to Helen for such well designed cutters. When I investigated her sites, I noticed she also offers a slab cutter and a neat caddy/slicer. Cindy, hope you will do a demo on both.

    Polyslabslicer YouTube Video/description:
    Polymer clay slicer ***Polyslabslicer***
    Hytek Art – Published on Jan 30, 2014
    From the makers of Polyslicer, Polyslicer Jr. and Polyslicer 3 brings to you the Patent Pending Polyslabslicer.
    Purchase on Etsy (No Current eBay Listing)

    Polyslicer Caddy – No YouTube video.
    Purchase/Description on eBay and Etsy
    Hytek3d Gizmos Gadgets Patent Pending!
    POLYSLICER CADDY Polymer Clay Cane Slicer
    It’s a caddy and in the center it’s a cane slicer! One side of the caddy is for cylinder canes… slices up to 2 1/2 inches.
    Turn the Caddy to the other side and it’s a square cane slicer! Slices up to 2 1/2 inches.
    Includes a sharp 6 inch blade with handles. Easy to clean.. wipe or wash with dish washing liquid or mild soap.
    Note: remove blade before cleaning the Polyslicer Caddy. Keep the blade lightly oiled using a Q-Tip and withhousehold 3 in 1 oil when not in use. When using the blade again wipe oil off carefully. Blade is very sharp!!!
    You get: 1 Polyslicer Caddy and 1 Blade with handles
    Items in the Polyslicer Caddy not included!
    Leave a message if you would like Ice White or Punky Purple
    Happy Slicing… = ]

  15. Nicola Gray, 28 December, 2014

    I would like to purchase the polyslicer combo you did a review on, the only problem is that it can’t be shipped to Australia where I live. Can you please suggest how I could purchase it. Thank you. Seasons greetings. Kind regards Nicola Gray.

  16. Cindy Lietz, 28 December, 2014

    Hi Nicola, Helen’s e-Bay store will ship internationally.

  17. Martine Ceulers, 28 December, 2014

    Do you know if i can buy the polyslicer combo in Europe ? I live in Belgium. Thanks

  18. Cindy Lietz, 28 December, 2014

    Hi Martine, Helen’s e-Bay store will ship internationally.

  19. Martine C, 29 December, 2014

    Thank you Cindy. Wishing you a happy and clay full 2015.

  20. Mirjam Y, 09 March, 2015

    Hi Cindy! Love your vids!
    It is now March 2015 and when I go to the ebay site as specified, I cannot order because her settings really are only for the US. Maybe she changed them back?
    I already contacted her and her only reply was, yes we ship to The Netherlands, but I cannot order… :(
    I hope she will reply soon. I cannot wait now that I’ve decided I wanna order this :)

  21. Peg C, 29 December, 2014

    Well, I did it. I just bought the combo! I have other tools that I can use but this one looks easier and more precise. And I have friends in the beauty business who might want some of these slices for their clients. Now I will have to practice my canes. I’ve got the bullseye down but it might be time to stretch myself. So far, the only thing I seem to have perfected is buying tools. LOL

  22. elaine faulks, 31 December, 2014

    This year is nearly ended
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    The Bells will soon be ringing out
    To welcome the New Year.

    We learn so much with CINDY
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    Who would have thought I’d still be a fan
    Of this multi-coloured “Goo”.

    But with CINDY I’m still learning
    “Don’t think I’ll ever stop”
    She has so much skill that she’s willing to share
    Yep CINDY, you come out on top.

    So, to all my claymates at P.C.T.
    From countries far and near
    I wish you good health and happiness
    So enjoy this brand New Year.

  23. Cindy Lietz, 01 January, 2015

    Oh Elaine I love you! It is such a delight to get one of these poems from you. What a beautiful, poetic soul you have. I really should have included your poems as some of the wonderful gifts I have received over the years. Your words mean as much to me as anything I could hold in my hands. Thank you! Have a wonderful and creative New Year!

  24. Krithika P, 06 May, 2015

    I bought this tool almost immediately after watching this. I’ve tried it with different size canes and different shapes as well but I can’t seem to get it correctly aligned. The blade doesn’t come down smoothly into it’s groove and I get a “chafed” slice that’s not smooth. I’ve tried with varying the thickness but that can’t get good results at all. I’m also finding it difficult to make the cane sit properly. Using a release agent makes it too wobbly and results in wonky slices and not using one makes it stick too much and makes it difficult to push it forward for the next slice. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong here. :( Any help or suggestions would be great.

  25. Cindy Lietz, 13 May, 2015

    Hi Krithika, I am so sorry I missed this question from you. I found with this polyclay slicer that keeping it clean with a baby wipe will keep the cane from sticking but won’t cause it to start sliding around. Also, if you line up the machine so that the blade is directly in front of you, you can see the groove under the cane from straight on… which makes it easier to keep the blade going straight and aligned with the groove… so you have perfectly straight cuts with clean bottoms. As well, make sure that the blade is clean, so it goes nicely into the cane and if the clay is warm and too soft, you can pop it into the fridge to harden up, making it easier to slice. Practice slicing a log of plain clay until you get the hang of it. That way you aren’t messing up your good cane. These machines aren’t going to be as precise as the really high end machines like the Lucy Clay Slicer, but they are more consistent than doing it by hand and much more affordable than the expensive machines. With a little practice you will really like using it!

  26. Krithika P, 14 May, 2015

    Thank you for the reply Cindy. I didn’t think to use a baby wipe, I’ll try that. I do align the blade as much as possible, but the gap is fairly large. I’ll try standing up and looking down on it to see if it’s better. I have the Lucy slicer and it’s definitely my go-to for square canes and even round canes where I’m layering the slices on a bead or something. But I want something like this for large round canes where I want take a slice and bake it on my hollow bead maker. The Lucy slicer produces quite a bit of distortion that makes it difficult, and I haven’t mastered the art of reshaping the slices consistently. Trying with a log of clay is a good idea. This slicer is buried in my tools shelf somewhere now, I’ll dust it off and give it another go!

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