Glowing Leaf Cane – The Prettiest Leaf Cane You’ll Ever Make

Posted on June 10, 2014 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks, Tutorials by Katie Oskin

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Polymer Clay Tutorial: Glowing Leaf Cane by KatersAcres

Glowing Polymer Clay Leaf Cane

There’s nothing prettier (in my opinion) than that perfect leaf cane that seems to pop & glow in all of your creations. I’ve made literally hundreds of leaf canes & I finally found a blend that makes my leaves pop & almost “glow.” You’ll have to make these for yourself and see what you think…

NOTE: I make mini-canes, enough for no more than 3 projects. For a bigger cane, please increase the amounts of clay shown below.


Instructions to Build Your Glowing Leaf Cane

NOTE: This is not my “normal” kind of a tutorial, it is mostly text and very brief as many artists have done this tutorial in many ways, I didn’t feel the need to redo all their hard work.

This tutorial uses Tami’s Leaf Cane from Polymer Clay Central as a basis for design.

  • Polymer Clay Tutorial: Glowing Leaf Cane by KatersAcresFirst make a Skinner Blend using the clays above.
  • NOTE: Be sure to lay them out in the same order they are listed above and shown at right.
  • Follow the steps in this tutorial to make a fan folded Skinner blend stack.
  • Cut the stack apart to add the center veins, shown in this tutorial.
  • Once you reassemble the cane and reduce it, you will see the natural “glowing effect” that this cane will give you with the translucent and bright yellow.


  • My personal feeling is that the tiny section of blue on the end adds a touch of life to the leaf canes.
  • If you aren’t in favor of the blue, you can replace it for the same amount of purple for a surprising color shift & effect.
  • If you want less of a glow, try using Wasabi instead of sunshine. The cane will not “glow” as much, but will have a similar effect.

Polymer Clay Tutorial: Glowing Leaf Cane by KatersAcres

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4 Comments for this entry
Calisa Selfridge
August 10, 2014

I love the glow effect. Beautiful! When you measure your clay in parts as you do with this recipe, how much clay is “one part” referring to? How large will this make the end-result cane?

August 11, 2014

Hi Calisa,

I write my tutorials in “parts” that way YOU can adjust it to the size of your cane. If you choose to make 1 part, 1 oz. of clay, that is your choice. I make micro canes, so most often “one part” for me is about .25 ounces.

Jeannie Hall
June 15, 2014

There is something I am not understanding about the glowing leaf. Do you use the teardrops as the basis of the skinner blend all at once or is it divided into several blends and then layered together. I am self taught, and my brain is just not comprehending your basic instructions, probably because I’m missing something.

I do love most of your tutorials and I love this leaf. I just haven’t figured out how you made it.


June 15, 2014

Hi Jeannie! Thanks for asking & stopping by.

Yes, the teardrops were how I made this skinner blend as it was a mini cane. It is done all as one blend, not individual blends. I hope this helps. If not, I’ll do a more exhaustive tutorial soon.


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