Translucent Nautilus Polymer Clay Cane Tutorial

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

In this polymer clay tutorial I’ll be showing you how to create a translucent nautilus polymer clay cane.

Translucent canes are a great addition to your polymer clay arsenal as they add a whole new layer of dimension when used in projects. This cane is included in the Rainbow Skinner Blend Pendant Tutorial, so take a look at that too if you are interested.

You can turn any cane into a translucent cane with enough practice and once you get the hang of them they are super easy to make.

You will need the following supplies:

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

Steps To Making A Translucent Nautilus Polymer Clay Cane

  • The first step is to get all of your polymer clay ready.
  • Roll both colors of clay through your pasta machine at the thickest setting until they are well conditioned.
  • Roll your black clay through a medium setting of your pasta machine. (Setting 4 on my machine) Put this sheet aside.
  • Fold your translucent clay sheet over. Your sheet will now be twice the thickest setting on your machine.
  • Taper this sheet by squashing up the one end and flattening the other. (See the video for details). Finish it off by rolling down the length of it with your acrylic roller adjusting the pressure from light to heavy until you get to the end.
  • Trim the edges. Flip the sheet on its side to check the taper.
  • Lay the translucent clay on top of the black and trim away the excess black.
  • With your translucent clay facing upwards, begin rolling your clay similar to the way you would a Jellyroll, starting from the thin end of the translucent.

    See my Jellyroll tutorial if you haven't made one before.
  • Gently reduce into a round cane with a diameter of around 1.5cm or three quarters of an inch.
  • Trim the ends.
And that's the translucent nautilus cane ready for use in your polymer clay projects and designs.

Take a look at the Rainbow Skinner Blend Tutorial for some inspiration.

Translucent Nautilus Polymer Clay 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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