The Best Way To Cut With a Polymer Clay Blade

Cutting techniqueWhen you cut with a polymer clay blade (a.k.a. tissue blade), the blade will tend to flex. Obviously the flex is greater with a flexible vs. stiff blade, and with big, thick hunks of clay.
Controlling this flex is most important when cutting cane slices. Grip the blade firmly close to the cane & pull the blade ends away from the cane to put tension on the blade. Then cut straight down.
I urge you to get in the habit of making all your cuts, not just cane slices, in this manner. For example, I do it even when making slices from a new block of clay. Then I don’t have to think about it when making those all-important cane slices.
As the photo suggests, I like to position a cane on a paper grid for cutting. The grid lines give me something specific to focus on. For the greatest precision, stand up and look straight down over the cane when you cut.
While putting tension on the blade will minimize distortion of the cane slice, you can further control distortion of a round cane by rolling the cane a quarter turn to the right or left before each cut.

2 Comments on The Best Way To Cut With a Polymer Clay Blade

  1. Cam
    February 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm (3 years ago)

    I knew there must be a way to get good cane slices. Now if I can only do it. Making it a habit is very good advice.

  2. Zan
    February 23, 2015 at 5:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Great info for new comers to clay and a very good reminder for experienced clayers. Nice manicure BTW!


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