How to cut perfect polymer clay cane slices.

I adore making gorgeous polymer clay canes.  I think I could make them for the rest of my life and be happy!  Here is a list of some of the things I make with canes.  There are also tutorials, unbaked canes, and ideas in my etsy shop.   However cutting even, consistent slices has never been easy for me.  I often waste half my cane with ruined slices.  So… here is a tool for slicing canes that you can make yourself!  I made the whole thing out of mixed-up scrap polymer clay.  I added lines where I would want to measure the thickness of each slice.  Next I’ll make one with a rounded bottom for round canes.  Remember three things that are still very important! 1) Squishy canes won’t slice well.  You have to let the set for awhile.  2) Use a sharp razor or tissue blade.  3)  Hold the blade at a slight angle pressing the sharp edge against the walls of the tool as you slide it down.  This might even push the slicer back if its not heavy enough.  in that case you’ll have to back it up with a book or a wall etc.  I hope you’ll be able to make one yourself with these pictures. perfect cane slicing toolperfect cane slice 3 perfect cane slices 2

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12 Responses to How to cut perfect polymer clay cane slices.

  1. Helen says:

    Thanks for sharing, what a brilliant idea. I definitely have to try this – now I know what else I can use my scrap clay for.

  2. Judy Johnson says:

    Thanks for the help, I also need to make one for slicing slabs of clay. I just about took off the tip of my finger the last time I tried to cut a slab of clay. This is a great idea.

  3. Marlene C. says:

    What a unique and ingenious idea. I have to try this, as I know very well what you mean about “wasted” slices and they usually happen every time, just when you are on the “short side”. Have seen someone’s mechanical invention for perfectly even slices, but don’t plan on spending the big $$$$ they are selling it for. Thanks for this!

  4. Janine Abbott says:

    You are so clever. The tips you give have helped me so much. Thank you so much..

  5. Is the scrap clay baked with the side-walls attached or are they moveable for different sized canes?

  6. Ailsa says:

    What a fabulous idea!! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  7. Hi Meg I wanted to let you know I shared your blog with my local clay guild and a few of the glas are really excited to make the cane slicer. Thanks for sharing a great idea!

  8. Monique U says:

    Hey, Meg, you were featured on the popular French PC blog Parole de Pâte this morning:


  9. Dyan Barrett says:

    May I ask is there any way to move the sides in case you wanted to hold it more secure if it was smaller or larger? Also, how did you bake the size to the bottom did you use any special wiring in between them or anything like that? It’s a good idea to buy the way.

    • No, I didn’t figure out a way to move the sides. And no I didn’t do any special wiring. I wrote this awhile back. I haven’t used anything to help cane slicing in years. Sharp tissue blades and a lot of practice are my only suggestions.

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