Polymer Clay Wood Grain Tutorial

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How to Make Polymer Clay Wood Grain Tutorial by KatersAcres

Have you ever wanted to make a really cool log or a piece of jewelry with a wood grain looking finish?  I’ve put together a really quick tutorial on how to make a faux wood grain using polymer clay.  Please know that there are many ways to make faux wood grain with polymer clay.  This is the way that I make faux wood grain to use in my sculptures.  Without further ado, enjoy this free polymer clay wood grain tutorial.


  • Your choice of polymer clay in brown, red, bronze, tan, and “wood” colors.

How to Make Your Faux Wood Grain:

  • How to Make Faux Polymer Clay Wood Grain by KatersAcresFirst thing is first: gather your polymer clay tid-bits.
  • NOTE: When I make faux wood, I usually grab clay scraps from my scrap bowl.
  • Condition all your clay pieces.
  • Roll each piece of clay into a snake and lay alongside each other.
  • Begin to twist the snake and continue twisting and rolling, twisting and rolling, until a fair amount of blending is seen and there are no more stripes (picture of snake being coiled and blended in bottom left).
  • Roll into a ball.
  • Roll the ball into a snake to form your wood pieces.
  • NOTE: If the marbling on the outside of your clay is not enough, do not forget to cut your clay open and see the “wood grain” on the inside.
  • Or you can use the snake and roll it through the pasta machine to make a streaked wood laminate piece.
  • That’s it! Easy peasy and oodles of fun.
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Thanks for joining me today,

Happy Claying,

1 thought on “Polymer Clay Wood Grain Tutorial

  1. This is so cool!! Definitely will be giving this a try with the kiddos soon.

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