Polymer Clay Canes Tutorials

Polymer clay canes
Polymer clay canes

A wide variety of video tutorials on polymer clay canes, with step by step instructions. Achieve success in every cane you try, from basic Ikats to advanced flowers.

Canes are one of the most fascinating aspects of polymer clay art and one of my favorites. The possibilities are endless. From simple lace canes to the more complex kaleidoscope, I'll be adding them all here.

So be sure to check back often, or like my Facebook page to stay up to date with the cane tutorials as they are added.


Basic Polymer Clay Canes

How to make a polymer clay Skinner blend plug

Skinner Blend Plug Cane

How to make a polymer clay Skinner blend plug

A Skinner Blend Plug consists of a long, stretched out Skinner Blend, concertina folded into a rectangular cane.

In this Skinner Blend Plug tutorial I'll be showing you how to make your plug using both the traditional folding method, as well as the compression method which I prefer to use.


How to make a basic bulls eye cane

How to make a basic bulls eye cane

How to make a basic bulls eye cane

In this video I'll be showing you the Basic Bulls Eye Cane technique. The Bulls Eye is a basic polymer clay cane that is used to create other more complex canes. It's easy to make, but very important to learn as a foundation to other polymer clay techniques.

When you first start learning how to make polymer clay canes, it's best to start with what I call the building block canes. The Basic Bulls Eye Cane is the simplest of these.


Skinner blend bulls eye canes

Making a Skinner Blend Bulls Eye cane

Skinner blend bulls eye canes

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating a polymer clay Skinner Blend Bulls Eye Cane.

This cane is one step up from the Basic Bulls Eye Cane shown in the previous tutorial. It's still a very basic building block cane, but incorporates a Skinner Blend to add more depth.


Complex Bulls eye petal cane

Complex Bulls eye petal cane tutorial

Complex Bulls eye petal cane

The Complex Bulls Eye Petal Cane is a fun, easy and versatile cane that can be used as part of detailed kaleidoscopes or flower canes, as butterfly wings or in many other ways.

You can add Skinner Blends and colors to match this cane to any project. In this tutorial, I'll be showing you a simple black and white version of the Complex Bulls Eye Petal Cane.


Polymer clay jellyroll cane tutorial

Polymer clay Jellyroll cane tutorial

Polymer clay jellyroll cane tutorial

Another basic building block cane is the Jellyroll Cane. It's also very easy to make, but essential to learn, because it can be used as a foundation element for many other canes.

In this tutorial I'll be showing you how to make a basic Jellyroll Cane, as well as some of the other polymer clay techniques you can use it for.


Polymer clay stripe cane tutorial

Polymer clay striped cane tutorial

Polymer clay stripe cane tutorial

The striped cane is an important, basic polymer clay technique that is often used in combination with other techniques. You will often see it in more complex caning projects, as well as Mokume Gane. So, although it looks simple, it is an important cane to learn before you progress to more exciting polymer clay designs.

In this tutorial I’ll be showing a basic striped cane with black and white stripes.


How to make a checkerboard cane

How to make a checkerboard cane

How to make a checkerboard cane

The checkerboard cane is another important basic polymer clay technique that is often used in combination with other techniques in more complex projects and canes.

In this tutorial I’ll be showing a basic black and white checkerboard cane.


Kaleidoscope polymer clay Canes

Polymer clay kaleidoscope canes

Basic Kaleidoscope Cane

Polymer clay kaleidoscope canes

Kaleidoscope canes are complex canes which are built with other base canes as their components. In this polymer clay tutorial I'll be showing you a basic Kaleidoscope Cane.

It's easy to create different versions of this cane, just by changing out the base canes you combine.


polymer clay leftover kaleidoscope cane

Leftover Kaleidoscope Cane

polymer clay leftover kaleidoscope cane

In this tutorial, I'll be sharing one of my favorite leftover techniques - The Leftover Kaleidoscope Cane.

I love this cane, not only because it's a great way to use up leftover clay, but also because you never know what you're going to come out with until you assemble the cane right at the end. Every cane is different. It's always a surprise.


Geometric polymer clay Canes

Polymer clay striped checkerboard border cane

Striped Checkerboard Border Cane

Polymer clay striped checkerboard border cane

The Striped Checkerboard Border Cane is the next step for beginners after completing the basic canes.

It's easy to make and is a great way to add interest to even the most simple projects while you learn the basics.


Black and white African fabric geometric cane

African Fabric Geometric Cane

Black and white African fabric geometric cane

In this polymer clay tutorial I’ll show you how to combine simple polymer clay canes into one project to create a complex African Fabric Geometric Cane.

It’s a really simple polymer clay cane project. Perfect for those just getting started with polymer clay canes and great fun.


Image polymer clay Canes

Basic Polymer Clay Leaf Canes

How to make a basic leaf cane

Basic Polymer Clay Leaf Canes

In this polymer clay tutorial I'll be showing you how to make a basic leaf cane. Simple leaf canes are an important building block in complex canes such as Kaliedoscopes or landscapes.

However, as with many of the canes, leaf canes can be made as simple or as complex as your imagination allows. There will be other tutorials showing you how to make more detailed leaf canes coming up soon.


How to make a brain cane

Polymer clay brain cane tutorial

How to make a brain cane

In this polymer clay tutorial I’ll be showing you how to make a brain cane, also known as a squiggle cane. It’s really fun and easy to do. Great for beginners.

It can be used in many other polymer clay techniques. In the tutorial I'll be showing how to use it create Mokume Gane and a Kaleidoscope cane.


Polymer clay leftover feather canes

Leftover Feather cane tutorial

Polymer clay leftover feather canes

This is another great tutorial where I'll show you how to turn your leftover clay into a beautiful and useful polymer clay cane.

This time we'll be making a Leftover Feather Cane. Each time you make it, you'll get a different result depending on the ball of leftover clay you start off with.


Polymer clay fire flower cane

Fire flower cane tutorial

Polymer clay fire flower cane

In this tutorial I’ll be teaching something I like to call a Fire Flower cane. This is just one of many variations of the flower cane that I will be posting over the coming months.

Flower canes can be used on their own, or incorporated into more complex polymer clay designs. They are great fun to play around with. Try changing out the colors and see what you can come up with.


Abstract Polymer clay canes

polymer clay stroppel cane

How to make a stroppel cane

polymer clay stroppel cane

The Stroppel cane originally developed by Alice Stroppel is a great technique for using up polymer clay leftovers. It gives a really cool rock slab effect that changes each time you do it. This technique works best when you use cane ends, but any leftovers will do.

The Stroppel cane technique I show in this tutorial is not exactly the same as Alice's. This is my own twist.


Polymer clay amoeba cane

How to make an Amoeba Bulls Eye Cane

Polymer clay amoeba cane

In this polymer clay tutorial I’ll be showing you how to make an Amoeba Bulls Eye Cane using Wrapped Bulls Eye Canes as a base. It’s a versatile technique that can be done in many different color combinations.

In the video I will also show you two other complex canes using the wrapped Bulls Eyes and here's a link to my  Rippling Bulls Eye technique which also uses Wrapped Bulls Eyes as a starting point.


polymer clay ikat canes

Polymer clay ikat cane tutorial

polymer clay ikat canes

A polymer clay Ikat Cane can be incorporated in many different canes and techniques such as flower petals and eye canes. It’s a wonderful, fun little cane to make and a great one for beginners to play around with.

In this Ikat cane tutorial, I'll be showing you the original version, invented by Donna Kato, as well as my own spin on the technique.


Polymer clay checkerboard Ikat cane

Checkerboard ikat cane tutorial

Polymer clay checkerboard Ikat cane

Did you know you can use leftover checkerboard canes to make an Ikat cane?

The Checkerboard Ikat technique creates more distinct lines than the basic Skinner Blend version above, and produces something beautiful from your scraps.


Polymer clay modern art cane

How to Make a Modern Art Cane

Polymer clay modern art cane

In this polymer clay tutorial I'll be showing you how to make an abstract cane that is really effective used either on its own or in combination with other techniques.

I like to call it the Modern Art Cane, because it reminds me of a piece of abstract art work. In this tutorial I used a Skinner Blend Plug, but you could adapt this method in many different ways by using different colors or canes as a starting point.


Translucent Polymer Clay canes

Translucent polymer clay lace cane tutorial

Translucent Polymer Clay Lace Cane

Translucent polymer clay lace cane tutorial

After so many requests on my Patreon page, I have finally gotten around to doing a Translucent Polymer Clay Lace Cane Tutorial!

The translucent lace cane is widely versatile. In this tutorial, I'll be showing you how to make a basic translucent lace cane that can be incorporated into many different designs, or adapted to make different translucent canes. I'll be showing you lots of examples at the end of the tutorial. The principles learned here, can also be used to make non-translucent lace canes.


Translucent polymer clay bubble cane tutorial

Translucent Polymer Clay Bubble Cane

Translucent polymer clay bubble cane tutorial

The translucent polymer clay bubble cane is very similar to the translucent lace cane above, but the assembling process needs to be done more precisely to avoid any squishing of your circles. Any distortion and the bubble effect will be lost.

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.


Polymer clay translucent nautilus cane

Translucent Nautilus Polymer Clay Cane

Polymer clay translucent nautilus cane

In this polymer clay tutorial I’ll be showing you how to create a translucent nautilus polymer clay cane. It's super easy to make, and is an excellent way to add depth to your projects.

I use it in the Rainbow Skinner Blend Pendant Tutorial, so have a look at that for some ideas if you like.


I'll be adding many more canes tutorials to this page over the coming months, so watch out for those.

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