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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 spent all this time creating that cane, I’ve reduced 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.

The tragic death of the horse cane.

What is this simple trick you ask?


That’s right “Patience” 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.

That’s 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 that’s 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 an equal playing field and no one can push anyone else around, and that’s what give us the nice clean lines just the way you want them.

Oh I love a good nap.

Oh I love a good nap.

Hope this helps, Happy Claying

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