A simple little tip to making quality polymer clay canes!

IMG_5361When I first started out making canes I seemed to always struggle with getting that clean crisp look that the “pros” seemed to have. This left me wondering what am I doing wrong? I follow the directions. I know how to reduce so what am I missing

I’ve spend all this time creating that cane, I’ve reduce it and cut into it and bam!

My flower petals are bent or the tops are flat.

Well here is a simple trick that I finally figured out. Unfortunately a bit to late for this poor horse. I spent hours making him and if was gorgeous. I ignored my own knowledge and started reducing him with disastrous results.

The tragic death of the horse cane.

What is this simple tick you ask ?


That’s right patients no matter how excited you are to see your finished cane the more detail and the crisper you want your lines you have to wait. That’s right wait. Once you have finished your cane DO NOT START REDUCING IT, Wait.

Thats right set it aside, if you just have to do something fine start a new cane. I tend to make larger caned usually 6-10 oz so I set them aside for at least a week. I’ve even left them for as much as a month. Though that was extreme! When making a 2-4oz cane you can try 2-3 days. Bottom line is you want to let the cane rest thats right let the clay take a nap, and just like a few of us older folks when we get up and get moving were a bit stiff. And that’s how you want your cane to feel a bit stiff. That way when you go to reduce it all the clay is on equal playing field and no one can push anyone else around, and that’s what give us the nice clean lines just the we want them.

Oh I love a good nap.

Hope this helps, Happy Claying


5 responses to “A simple little tip to making quality polymer clay canes!

  1. THANK YOU!!! Makes sense when you think about it!

  2. I certainly didn’t mean to be degrading – you are such an amazing artist that it might be important to correct this small error. Please understand I LOVE your work, your advice, and your willingness to share misses that you encountered along the way! You have saved me many heartaches!!

    • No worries, As I state early on in my blog I do not claim to be a writer and most definently stink at grammer and spelling. I have my talents and those are not mine. I’ve decided to do this anyway and figure everyone can understand we certainly can’t be good at everything. In the instances that spell and grammer check fail me I can always count on a little help from friends. LOL

  3. You might want to change PATIENTS (people receiving medical care) to PATIENCE (the ability to wait without becoming annoyed).

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