Translucent Polymer Clay Bubble Cane Tutorial

How to make a translucent polymer clay bubble cane
How to make a translucent polymer clay bubble cane

In this polymer clay tutorial I'll be showing you how to make a basic translucent polymer clay bubble cane, with examples of how to use it in your polymer clay designs.

The translucent polymer clay bubble cane is very similar to the translucent lace cane. It consists of multiple translucent bulls eye canes combined to create one complex cane. However, unlike the lace cane, the bubble cane must be put together very carefully, and precisely, to preserve the round shape of the bulls eyes. Any squishing and the bubble effect will be lost.

You will need the following supplies:

  • Translucent polymer clay (I’m using Premo)
  • White polymer clay (I’m using Premo)
  • A tissue blade
  • A pasta machine
  • An acrylic roller

Steps To Making A Translucent Polymer Clay Bubble Cane

  • Start with a sheet of white polymer clay and a sheet of translucent polymer clay, both rolled out on the thickest setting on your pasta machine.
  • Roll out a log of translucent clay with a diameter of around 2cm or 1 inch.
  • Wrap the white sheet neatly around the translucent log. Trim away any excess clay at the join and neaten it up.
  • Repeat this process with the translucent polymer clay sheet wrapping around the white.
  • Reduce your cane until it is long enough for you to cut at least 14 pieces from it. You may cut more pieces but you will need at least 14.
  • Now carefully begin to place your pieces together to form an overall circular shape. Try not to create any odd angles as this will cause the circle to distort as you reduce the bubble cane.
  • When you're happy with the shape of the cane, reduce it until you achieve a diameter that you are happy with.
And that's the translucent bubble cane. Simple, but a very effective polymer clay design element.

You can vary the appearance of your cane by adjusting the sizes of your bullseye pieces. They don't all have to be the same size. Try reducing your translucent bullseye log, cut off a few pieces and then reduce it some more. Cut more pieces and reduce further. This way your fourteen pieces that end up going into your bubble cane will have varying diameters. Experiment around until you find a combination that you are happy with.

Translucent Polymer Clay Bubble 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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