Plaid Shawl Pin

An Intermediate Polymer Clay Project

The Plaid Cane is deceptively simple, featuring a straightforward construction. The color play is achieved through a nontraditional use of a single Skinner blend.

The Shawl Pin is constructed easily with cookie cutters and a patterned veneer.

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Required Skills

If you are comfortable with the Skinner blend technique and can reduce and re-assemble millefiori canes, you can do this project.

Tools and Materials

  • 4 packages of clay (3 colors plus white)
  • Work surface
  • Pasta machine
  • Clay blade
  • Circle cutters
  • Thin metal knitting needle
  • Strong wire cutters
  • Deli paper or parchment paper
  • Oven (regular, convection, or toaster)

Topics Covered

Through this ebook you will learn:

  • How to make a partial blend
  • How to build a polymer cane that mimics the look of plaid
  • How to create a veneer from a square cane
  • How to apply the veneer and construct a shawl pin shape
  • How to bake the pin and apply a nice curvature to it


Plaid Shawl Pin is fully-illustrated and available in PDF and EPUB (Nook, iPad, Sony, etc.) formats.  $7.99

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