1) How to cut super thin fimo cane slices for fingernail art designs, from polymer clay canes that are already baked.
2) Need some advice on making a cute cake topper decoration out of sculpey clay (also know as sculpy and sculpty)?
The first of today’s two questions comes from Lani King. And the second one was sent in by Ingard Mendoza.
Q-1: Fimo nail art. I don’t understand how you slice baked canes. Wouldn’t they just crack and break to pieces? ~Lani King
A-1: If you try and slice a baked cane when it is cold it will crack and break! But if you warm it up by placing in a cup of boiling water or back in the oven for 5 minutes, it will slice quite nicely with a sharp razor or polymer clay tissue blade! Don’t forget to keep the partial slices too… they look wonderful incorporated into your nail art designs!
Q-2: Hi Cindy, I just wanted to know if it would be possible to make a giraffe out of sculpey? I have made Christmas ornaments before but now I need a giraffe for a baby shower cake top. It won’t be huge but I’m afraid it will explode in my oven. Any ideas? Thanks. ~Ingard Mendoza
A-2: You can definitely make a polymer clay cake topper out of Sculpey and it won’t explode in the oven! Of course you need to bake it at the right temp for the clay brand you use.
If you are going to use Sculpey use the Original Sculpey (the white kind), or Pro-Sculpt Sculpey (flesh colored)… not Sculpey III since it is too weak for these types of things and will break.
However, I would recommend you use Premo Sculpey instead so you can use colored clay and you don’t have to paint it. Premo is strong, smooth and will look great as a cute little giraffe cake topper for the baby shower.
If you don’t want the whole thing made with clay, you can fill the inside with tin foil. You can read more about this technique here: Making Large Polymer Clay Beads (and Sculptures) without Using a Lot of Clay
To bake your cake topper, you can lay it on a thick bed of cornstarch in a pan to support it. Make sure to ‘tent’ your piece properly so it does not get scorched. See these articles for more info:
Baking in steps is something to consider as well. For example you could bake the body; Sand it; Add the head; Bake it again; Sand and add ears etc. This post about baking and re-baking polymer clay should help!
So to Lani and Ingard and anyone else that cares to join into the conversation: If you need more clarification about Slicing Fimo Nail Art Canes and/or making Sculpey Polymer Cake Toppers, please use the comments section below.