Square Cane Slices on Round Polymer Clay Beads

Adding Square Cane Slices To Round Beads - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #654: There’s an easy way to add square slices to round beads… and a hard way. If you know me at all… I’m all about quick and easy :-)

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • How to put square cane slices on round polymer clay beads.
  • A little while ago I showed you how to add round slices to round polymer clay beads.
  • It’s not that it is terribly hard… but there are some little tricks.
  • I’ve got an example of a small square cane from the Tribal Cane Tutorial and I take 6 thick slices to add to scrap clay.
  • The scrap clay core is shaped into a cube approximately the same size as the cane.
  • I show little tips and tricks for adding the square slices to the square bead core and shaping it into a round bead from there.
  • Thicker cane slices are better than thin slices because the image will then be thick enough to sand and remove any flaws.
  • Once the canes have been added to the cube, you can then shape it into a round bead.
  • You can also square up round canes to fit them onto square beads if you choose.

Do you have any suggestions for videos on tips, techniques or products you would like to learn more about? Let me know in the comments section below!

My goal is to help you to learn quicker and easier ways to bring up the professionalism in your polymer clay art.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Jocelyn C, 16 April, 2015

    Cindy, as you well know, I am forever grateful for this site, and all the energy and excellence you and Doug pour into it.

    Without you, my polymer clay would have remained packed away in storage. Because of your intro series, and all the blogs, tutes, and videos that followed, I found I could use my crippled painful hands to produce surprisingly acceptable works (plus all the fun involved in conditioning all that old crumbly clay, lol). And I love every single second of it.

    Aha moments continuously occur, since I can watch and listen, yet still not learn. Today’s moment was the reason for my magnificent football shaped beads! Thank goodness many of these are not yet baked, so they can be corrected.

    You specifically state and show how to rotate the bead to get a circle using a flat palm then quick clockwise and counterclockwise rotations with the top hand. You have showed this technique many times, yet, I was locked into an old pattern, and continued to use the same one direction rotation I learned from my Play-Doh days.


    Thank you so much.

  2. Kitty O, 16 April, 2015

    So simple but I wouldn’t have thought of it. :) :) :)

  3. Terry I, 16 April, 2015

    OMG! I swear you’re a mind reader. You always seem to share the info I need exactly when I need it!

  4. Carol N, 19 April, 2015

    Thanks so much Cindy, Canes are something new I’m trying to master… :) Love your videos…

  5. Linda D, 07 May, 2015

    Wanted to let you know that I have now been able to access the Tornado and Torpedo Videos I purchased. Wow they are great! Thank you so much for your patience in helping me.

    Also, have you done a YouTube video on the Precise A Slice Cane Slicer that Polymer Express Sells? What do you think of it? I saw the one on the Lucy Slicer and it was great.

    The review videos you do on new products are so helpful. To actually see you using the product makes all the difference to me. Thanks again.

  6. Cindy Lietz, 07 May, 2015

    That’s great to hear that you have been able to access your Vol-076 Back Issue now… thanks for letting me know, and glad to hear that you enjoyed that series :-)

    I don’t have the Precise A Slice Cane Slicer in my Studio yet, but now that you have mentioned it, I will keep it in the radar.

    When or if you are talking with the friendly folks over at Polymer Clay Express, be sure to request that they send me samples of the products you are interested in seeing featured in our upcoming demo video. When companies send out those samples, Doug and I are usually able to get the reviews filmed and published on YouTube fairly quickly.

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