Projects With Polymer Clay Canes

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Projects With Polymer Clay Canes
Artists and craftspeople enjoy the variety and versatility of polymer clay canes. (coloured clays image by Joe Houghton from

Polymer clay canes are soft and pliable ready-rolled clay sticks. They can either contain small images, such as fruit, flowers, faces, animals, geometric patterns and letters, or a marbled blend of several colours. People use them in craft projects to decorate utensils, pens, frames and pins as well as to create beads and pins. Some clay artists sell their handmade polymer clay canes online; canes are also available from select craft stores.

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You can easily make beads from a polymer clay cane. Cut the cane using a slicing tool, then insert a needle horizontally through each individual cane slice (bead) to create a hole. Then bake the beads in your oven and leave them to cool. You can then thread them onto elastic or jewellery wire to create colourful handmade bracelets and necklaces.

Pen Covers

Polymer clay canes can add some pizazz to plain, plastic ballpoint pens. Roll the clay cane out into a long, thin, flat sheet, then cut it to cover the surface of the pen. Remove the ink cartridge prior to baking in the oven; insert it back in after the clay has cooled. You can further customise pens with 3-D effects by moulding small lumps of the clay cane around the top of the pen.

Picture Frames

Plain picture frames can be spiced up by decorating the edges with polymer clay canes. Cover wooden or hard plastic frames with slices of the cane and bake them in the oven at the recommended heat. Insert the photograph into the frame after it has baked and cooled.

Light Switch Covers

Three-dimensional covers can jazz up plain plastic and metal switch plates. The dimensions of the switch plate are taken as a base for a customised cover, leaving a hole for the light switch itself. After baking and cooling the cover, glue it directly onto the switch plate.

Utensil Covers

Metal spatulas, cutlery, scrapers, potato peelers and bottle openers can all be decorated with colourful polymer clay canes to brighten up the utensils and add some fun to the kitchen. Layer your designs around the wooden or hard plastic handles, then bake them in the oven to set.


You can clip polymer clay pins on clothing for a fashionable accessory, or attach them to curtains and cushions. Slice a clay cane into small pieces about 1/2 inch thick and bake them in the oven. After all the pieces have cooled, glue a brooch pin onto the back of the clay pin, using a strong glue.

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