Modern Art Polymer Clay Cane

How to Make a Modern Art Polymer Clay Cane
How to Make a Modern Art Polymer Clay Cane

In this polymer clay tutorial I’ll be showing you how to make something I like to call a Modern Art Polymer Clay Cane. It’s a really easy, but effective cane that can be used on its own or with other polymer clay techniques.

You can incorporate the lines into any sort of cane. In this tutorial, I’ll be using a Skinner Blend Plug, but you could use it in a plain block or a more interesting cane like a Skinner Blend Bulls Eye Cane among others.

In order to complete this tutorial, you will need to know how to make a Skinner Blend Plug. If you haven't made one before, please watch the tutorial linked in the box below the video before you watch this one.

You will need the following supplies:

  • A polymer clay Skinner Blend Plug (I’m using Soufflé Robin’s Egg Blue and Igloo White)
  • Black polymer clay (I'm using Souffle)
  • A tissue blade
  • An acrylic roller
  • A pasta machine

Steps To Making A Modern Art Polymer Clay Cane

  • To start you’ll need a Skinner Blend Plug. I’m using a Skinner Blend of Soufflé Robin’s Egg Blue and Igloo White.

    If you haven't made a Skinner Blend Plug before, have a look at my Skinner Blend Plug Tutorial

  • Now you’ll want to choose the color of your lines. I’ve chosen to use black, but you could use any color. You could also use a Skinner Blend if you wanted to.

    See my Skinner Blend Tutorial for instructions.

  • Roll your black polymer clay out on the thinnest setting on your pasta machine.
  • Trim the edges of your black sheet to tidy it up.
  • Use a thin tissue blade to cut into the Skinner Blend Plug at any angle you want.
  • Place one of the cut pieces on the black sheet and trim away the excess black.
  • Push the Skinner Blend Plug back together. You should now have a black stripe streaking across the Skinner Blend.
  • Repeat this process at different angles to create many different streaks through the Skinner Blend Plug.
  • Gently squish the cane when you’re done, just to make sure you’ve removed all the air bubbles.
You can use the Modern Art Cane as is or you can reduce it and use it in many different slices. If you want to reduce it, let the cane cool first to minimize distortion.

See the video for some examples.

Modern Art Polymer Clay Cane

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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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