Clay Tutorial: Multi-Color Extruder Cane

Polymer Clay Tutorial: How to make a dynamic, multicolored cane with an extruder.Polymer clay is one of my new favorite materials to work with. It comes in a variety of beautiful colors and with just a few simple tools you can make stunning beads.

You can use a clay extruder (it's like a tiny cookie press) to create a dynamic clay cane that changes color as you slice it.



Colored clay can stain certain materials, so make sure to protect your work surface. I like to use a piece of parchment paper. If you are new to clay, you may want to take a minute to read my "Getting Started with Polymer Clay" post.

Roll pieces of clay in each of the four colors. It's easiest to use a clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. You can also use the roller from your bead making kit. The sheets of clay should be about 2 mm thick.

Use the circle cutter from the bead making kit to cut:

18 suede brown and dusty rose pieces
20 ballerina and white pieces

Lay out the pieces as shown.
Next, make four stacks of circles from the four rows of clay.

Place the 3/16 inch square disc into the extruder tip.
Load one stack of clay into the extruder and press it through.

Repeat for the remaining three stacks.

You will have four square "snakes" of clay.
Gently press two of the "snakes" together. Repeat with the remaining two "snakes."
Stack the two pairs of "snakes."
To help the four pieces of clay stick together, very gently use the roller along each side. You don't want to smoosh the clay too much.
This next step is optional.

I rolled out a thin (1 mm) sheet of suede brown clay and wrapped it around the cane then used the roller to gently press the sheet to the cane.
This cane doesn't look too exciting when you cut off the first slice.

As you slice through the cane, an ever-changing color pattern is revealed.

Here are the first 36 slices of my cane. I think it's so cool the way each slice is magically just a little different than the last!

Polymer Clay Tutorial: How to make a dynamic, multicolored cane with an extruder.

What would you make with this multi-colored clay cane?



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Clay Tutorial: Multi-Color Extruder Cane
Polymer Clay Tutorial: How to make a dynamic, multicolored cane with an extruder.
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