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« on: December 06, 2012 08:08:57 PM »

I've been fiddling with polymer canes, and Im having a bit of trouble cutting the pieces all the same size. I was just wondering if theres a bit of a trick to it or if i just have to be more careful when cutting. Also what tools do you use when you cut canes. Do you use an exact o-knife or a special kind of knife you get at a craft store. I'm thinking that chilling my canes a bit might make them more firm and make them easier to cut, but i thought ask for any tips first.
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2012 10:34:32 PM »

i dont chill my canes (but then i often work with relatively small canes) i do rest them for several hours or overnight. i also use a tissue blade rather than a knife to cut canes ass the tissue blade is much thinner and dosnt crush the canes.

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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2012 10:02:57 AM »

thankyou, i think i actually have a tissue blade laying around somewhere Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2012 12:52:39 PM »

There are various sharp blades sold for cutting polymer clay canes, and many clayers like the original blade we used--a tissue blade for cutting stuff in pathology.  Generally, you'll want a medium to long blade for cutting canes unless those canes are tiny or baked, and should be quite sharp.  Most will be flexible too.

The best way to firm up canes for slicing is to let them sit overnight, but chilling in the freezer or frig awhile can be helpful too. 

As for making slices all the same width, there are ways to mark canes or just use a ruler of some kind (even one you make yourself), but generally clayers get close enough with practice and usually a bit of variation in thickness won't matter.
Practice and a few tips can help make "even" slices too, the same thickness throughout.

Brand and line of polymer clay can make a difference too re ease of slicing without distortion.

There are loads of tips on cutting canes, and also on various kinds of blades to use, on these 2 pages of my site, if you're interested:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/cutters-blades.htm (the "Blades" category)


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