Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fun & Easy Craft Projects Using Polymer Clay Canes


With the right supplies you can craft up some great creations using minimal effort.  Today I thought I'd share something I used during my holiday break to craft up some seasonal goodies in mere minutes: polymer clay canes.

I discovered these babies on Wholeport and thought they'd be a good way to get the maximum crafting options, for minimal cost & effort.  I wasn't sure if my plan would pan out, since I haven't done much crafting with polymer clay, but I thought I'd give it a go. It's not like I have to sculpt the designs - just cut them!



Now, in case you're wondering what I'm talking about, polymer clay canes are rolled sticks of hardened clay that have fun millefiore-style designs inside.  Just cut them to the desired thickness with a sharp blade and they can be used for all sorts of things.  Earrings, barrettes, card/scrapbook embellishments, decorations - whatever you can dream up.  

I got an assortment of wintery-designs.  Each cane is a couple of inches long. I was a little worried about them being so small (the diameters varied between 1/4-1/2 inch), but I had no trouble coming up with loads of ways to use all of them.  



This set had 8 holiday sticks for less than $1 total.  Seriously, that's it.  Talk about budget friendly.  And I've made lots of things and still have a good amount left.  The cheapskate in me LOVES that.



I found it easiest to cut mine with a razor blade on a cutting board and doing it slowly to keep the slices even.  Slice them super thin and they can even be used for nail art!




To adhere my clay disks, I used E6000 glue.  It's super strong and easier to use with small items than hot glue.  It is a bit noxious, so have some good ventilation and try to keep it off your hands.  Using tweezers made it easier to adhere mine:


I glued a few pairs to some earring posts to make these cute seasonal studs:



And added a handful of the larger snowflakes to this satin headband to go with a silver snowflake dress I recently made (dress reveal coming soon):


I made several ribbon covered hair clips with them too.  Here's a little peppermint & snowflake combo:


And a winter medley that is holiday festive, but won't be totally pass√© now that Christmas is over:


I especially loved using these tiny grey kitties with a little ruffle edged ribbon.  So dainty!


I'm thinking about gluing a few onto some bottle caps to make some dollhouse/My Little Pony play food cookies for the Little Miss and maybe slicing up a bunch for the kids to use for art projects.  I'd definitely get these again & as an added bonus, they don't take up much space, so storing the leftovers is easy too!

You can find lots more polymer cane designs here.  There are flowers, fruits, cute critters, colorful shapes, etc. I can't wait to expand my stash with some more:)
  



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I was not financially compensated for this post.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experiences.   I selected several items from my Sponsor, Wholeport, to review.  I am an affiliate of Wholeport.  For my complete disclosure policy, click here. 

14 comments:

  1. These are precious. I'm not familiar with polymer clay canes, but now I'm on the hunt for some. :)

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    1. I'd never heard of them until I spotted them there. I love that there are loads of choices and you can go wild and grab a bunch and still only pay a couple of bucks!

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  2. Geez. Here I've been making my own canes! You can't hardly buy the polymer clay blocks for that much!

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    1. The price is definitely right LuAnn! Especially if you don't have super sculpting skills (ahem me).

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  3. These are pretty. I want to try some soon!

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  4. extreme cuteness!!!! Thank you so much for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop so much fun Hugs!

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  5. I have never heard of these before! Must keep my eyes open now! Thanks for sharing at the weekend Re-treat hope to see you again this weekend!

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    1. I discovered them on Wholeport and they have TONS of different styles. I'll be getting more to play with, for sure!

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing them with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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  7. Super cute! I have not seen those but they sure look handy! I wonder if you could make beads out of them? Is it too easy to squish the image? I'm intrigued! My preschool kids would think these images were fabulous!

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    1. These are really small, but if cut thick enough you totally could. The clay is already fired so no worries about squishing anything. Very fun and very affordable!

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  8. these are so cute! i didn't even know you could get clay sticks like that! http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/

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