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Making a Polymer Clay Cane Using an Extruder

Extruded shapes pushed together to make cane

You can use the Makin's extruder to create consistently sized and shaped polymer clay 'logs' for making canes to decorate beads etc (see how to use the extruder from our page Using an Extruder with Polymer Clay). For this cane, three colours of clay and two disc shapes were chosen.  The red clay was used to create the + shape and the green and yellow polymer clay was extruded through the square disc. The image above shows the extruded shapes positioned ready to be pressed together to make the cane.

Slices from the polymer clay cane

The square shaped logs fit into the corners of the cross shape perfectly.  Position the colours where you want them and squeeze the logs together to make them stick together.  You can either leave the cane as a square shape or you can roll it to make it round.  To make the beads, portion out the clay you have chosen, roll the clay into a ball (see How to make a Round Bead from Polymer Clay), and place slices of the cane onto the bead before rolling it again to make the slice sink into the surface (see above).

Polymer clay beads decorated with cane made from Makins extruder

George Weil sells a large selection modelling tools for clays and there are also a choice of extruders and disc sets.

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