I’m not sure if this is for all brands of polymer clay but for the ones I use – made by Polyform or the Sculpey people – out of the US… supply has gotten a little low since the pandemic. I’m not sure if it’s because the factory got hit with COVID cases. Or if the area has stricter safety regulations than the sort of slack ones where I am. Or if the materials used in producing polymer clay are similar to those used in PPE production and thus just not available. It just means that clay has been hard to get in the colours and quantity I’m used to.
I’ve had to start digging into the scrap pile. Good thing I have a heckuva scrap pile.
I put it to good use with this cane! It reduced well, has made a bunch of beads and cane pieces… and a pretty long video for YouTube if you want to make your own version:
The latest video tutorial – the video is at the bottom of this post – is for my covering round ornaments one. Turns out I wrote that in December of 2009 so I guess it was up for a little updating.
Someone who watched the video requested some instructions for the canes and I’ll get those up pretty quick. They’re fairly basic canes made from my scrap pile so your results will vary… and they’re not small canes. Reduce quantities accordingly.
That would be making polymer clay mints, of course. I had a post from 2010(!) about making candy canes and I decided to do an update of sorts. You can find starlight mints here especially around Christmas and they make great cane designs. I turned them into piles of beads and canes in my Etsy shop, too… because of course I did. I’m going to use a few little tiny slices for the buttons on this year’s clay gingerbread ornaments.
The update is a YouTube video. I used blends for the colour bars and it looks much more fun than the flat colour. Have a watch!