Polymer Clay Tutorials Using Leftovers

Leftover polymer clay techniques
Leftover polymer clay techniques

Don't throw your leftover clay out. Find out how to turn it into something beautiful with these polymer clay tutorials and techniques. This page will bring together a whole lot of polymer clay techniques that you can do to use up all your leftover clay. Trimmings from sheets, cane ends, even yucky, muddy colored clay will all find a use in the techniques on this page.

Polymer clay can be an expensive hobby if you're throwing too much of your clay in the trash. That scrap polymer clay heap can really start to pile up, especially when you are just starting out, or experimenting with a new technique. Hopefully, with a few of these polymer clay techniques under your belt, you can say goodbye to waste forever!


Natasha beads

Polymer Clay Natasha Beads Tutorial

Natasha beads

In this easy polymer clay tutorial I’ll be showing you how to make a Natasha bead. They're are a great way to make good use of your leftover polymer clay.

The Natasha bead technique works best with leftover cane ends, but can be used with just about any polymer clay scrap. It’s fun, easy and the results are beautiful. You can create endless kaleidoscope type patterns. No two beads ever come out looking exactly the same. It's fascinating to go through the process and see what you come out with at the end. Give the Natasha bead a try. I’m sure you’ll love it.


How to make pine tree natasha beads

Pine Tree Natasha Beads Polymer Clay Tutorial

How to make pine tree natasha beads

In this video, I'll be showing my Pine Tree Natasha Beads technique that I did using the leftovers from my Rippling Bullseye cane tutorial.

It’s a spin on the traditional Natasha bead technique above. I will be showing you the specific method I use to get the needle look in the polymer clay pieces, which creates the Pine Tree Natasha Bead effect.

This is a polymer clay technique that can be used with many different leftovers, so do have a go at it, and have fun.


Squash and squish polymer clay technique

Squash and Squish polymer clay technique

Squash and squish polymer clay technique

The Squash and Squish polymer clay technique is fun and easy to do and it's a great way to use up your leftover polymer clay sheets or veneers.

In this tutorial I will be using the leftovers from my Metal Leaf Pendant Tutorial, but you can use any leftovers to create different messy mosaic effects. Have fun messing around with the squash and squish polymer clay technique. It's a bit addictive and I'm sure it will become one of your favorites.


Polymer clay starry night technique

Starry Night polymer clay Technique

Polymer clay starry night technique

The starry night polymer clay technique is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover clay. I call it the Starry Night technique because it was inspired by the painting by Vincent Van Gogh.

In this Starry Night tutorial I'll be showing you four variations of the technique that give different effects. Play around with this one and have fun. I'm sure you can come up with many more ideas.


Polymer clay bargello

Polymer Clay Bargello Leftover Technique

Polymer clay bargello

In this leftover tutorial I'll show you how to use up your scraps to make a step ladder polymer clay Bargello.

This is a basic version of this technique that can be adapted in countless ways, depending on what types of stripes you use and how you lay them out.


Controlled polymer clay marble

Controlled Polymer Clay Marble Technique

Controlled polymer clay marble

In this tutorial I'll be showing you a fun and easy polymer clay technique that will work with many leftover cane ends. I'll be using the leftovers from my Square Kaleidoscope Tutorial to make a matching polymer clay marble and veneer.

Because the marble, veneer and cane all end up matching one another, you can use them together in one cohesive polymer clay design.


Polymer clay tutorials using Leftover Canes

heart of the ocean polymer clay lentil beads

Heart of the ocean lentil bead tutorial

heart of the ocean polymer clay lentil beads

This lentil bead tutorial is a twist on the traditional polymer clay lentil bead technique.

The results can be stunning and it's a great way to use up your scrap cane ends.


polymer clay leftover feather canes

Leftover Feather cane tutorial

polymer clay leftover feather canes

In this tutorial I'll show you how to make a really pretty little Leftover Feather Cane from your polymer clay scraps.

It's an easy, fun cane, and works with almost any nicely colored leftover clay.


Leftover polymer clay kaleidoscope canes

Leftover Kaleidoscope Cane Tutorial

Leftover polymer clay kaleidoscope canes

The Leftover Kaleidoscope Cane is another cane put together using just scrap pieces of clay from old sheets or cane ends.

This one is one of my favorites, because it comes out differently every time I make it. It's totally unpredictable, but always fun to do.


polymer clay stroppel cane

How to make a Stroppel cane

polymer clay stroppel cane

The Stroppel Cane is a useful polymer clay technique that was specifically designed to use up leftovers and scraps.

The results you achieve will vary quite a bit depending on the color and nature of your leftovers. You can use any scraps you have, although the technique seems to work best with cane ends.


polymer clay checkerboard Ikat cane

Leftover Checkerboard Ikat Cane

polymer clay checkerboard Ikat cane

Unlike the traditional Skinner Blend version, the Checkerboard Ikat cane is created from leftover Checkerboard canes.

It creates more distinct lines than the original technique, and it's a great way to use up your Checkerboards that didn't turn out quite the way you wanted them to.


texture stamps

Handmade polymer clay texture stamp

Handmade Dead Tree polymer clay texture stamp

Handmade polymer clay texture stamp

In this tutorial I'll show you how to make the first in my series of handmade texture stamps.

All of the stamps are made using leftover clay, so they're a great way to use up that scrap pile that's lying around in the corner making you feel guilty.

This dead tree texture stamp is inspired by winter tree branches, and is one of my favorites.

It's available for purchase on my Etsy shop if you don't have time to make your own.


Handmade polymer clay pebble texture stamp

Handmade pebble polymer clay texture stamp

Handmade polymer clay pebble texture stamp

In this tutorial I'll show you the second of many handmade texture stamps that I will be creating out of leftover polymer clay.

As a bonus, not only does this pebble texture stamp use up a big wad of your ugly scraps, you will also be making use of some of your baked, throw-away clay.

If you like these handmade stamps, you can find more patterns for sale in my Etsy shop.


There are many more polymer clay tutorials using leftovers to come, so watch out for those. They're a great way to use up your scrap clay.

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