Polymer Clay Techniques

Polymer clay techniques to make a gorgeous square patterned cane. This cane can be used in many polymer clay projects. It's unusual checkered pattern will look great on table or cup mats as well as in handmade jewelry projects.

It is a good idea to read through all three tutorials in this series before starting the project. This will give you a better idea of what you need to do in order to adapt the instructions for your own projects.

Materials and Equipment

  • Polymer clay in 5 different colors.
  • A cutting blade or knife

Polymer clay needs to be conditioned before using. You can do this by kneading the clay well until it is soft and pliable. You can speed up the process by putting the clay through the rollers of a pasta machine.

For more information go to conditioning polymer clay. The link will open a new window so you won't lose this page.

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Even if you want to use square tiles in your polymer clay project you will need to create a log first.

The round shape of the log makes it easier to roll out and stretch the cane to create different sizes.

Polymer Clay Techniques Tutorial


Take one of your polymer clay blocks in the color you want for one of the checkered squares.

Soften the clay then roll it out into a long log.

Leave your log straight I have only coiled mine to make it easier to take a photo.






Gently press in the sides to create square edges as seen at the end log in the photo.





Repeat with the other checkered square color of clay and place both squared logs next to each other.






Cut the logs in half and lie them next to each other in alternating colors.




Again cut the logs in half, turn them over and place them on top of the first floor.

Make sure that they create a checkered pattern.






Repeat steps 1 to 5 so you have 4 layers in total.



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