Polymer Clay Jellyroll Cane Tutorial

How to make a Jellyroll Cane
How to make a Jellyroll Cane

In this tutorial I'll be showing you how to make a basic jellyroll cane. It is a basic cane used in many other polymer clay techniques including Kaleidoscopes and Jellyroll Mokume Gane.  Like Bullseyes and Skinner Blend Plugs, it's an essential building block in your polymer clay journey.

In this tutorial I'll be showing you how to make the cane and some of the things you can create with it.


You will need the following supplies:

  • Two colors of polymer clay (I’m using Premo Cobalt and White)
  • A tissue blade
  • An acrylic roller
  • A pasta machine

Steps To Making A Polymer Clay Jellyroll Cane

  • Start with a long rectangular sheet of Cobalt polymer clay and a long rectangular sheet of white polymer clay, both rolled out on the medium setting (4) on your pasta machine. (You can also choose your own colors.)
  • Stack one sheet on top of the other and trim the edges.
  • Roll through the medium setting (4) on your pasta machine to lengthen it.
  • Roll your rectangular sheet from one short end to the other like a snail shell.
  • Start with a small lip to make rolling easier.
  • Make sure to apply even pressure on your polymer clay as you roll, to prevent air bubbles from becoming trapped in your clay. Squish the sides back in if they bow out as you roll.
  • When you get close to the end, trim up the last bit at 45 degrees before rolling it to make sure you end up with a nice tidy finish.
  • Gently roll your Jellyroll on your work surface to smooth out the seam.
  • Reduce your cane to the diameter you want to use in your polymer clay projects and roll again on your work surface to restore a perfect round shape.
  • Trim off the ends and allow to rest before using.
You should now have a polymer clay Jellyroll. Simple, but very effective, and the starting point for many other polymer clay techniques. I show some examples of these in the video, so do have a look at that.

You can vary the appearance of your cane by changing the colors. You can even add more than two. Although, strictly speaking, this would no longer be a Jellyroll, there is always room to experiment and have some fun.


Polymer Clay Jellyroll Cane Tutorial

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If you need more information on reducing your canes, take a look at my reducing polymer clay canes tutorial, where I show how to reduce round, square, triangular and hexagonal canes correctly.


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