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Polymer Clay for Beginners
Who doesn’t love cake?! This rainbow cake takes a bit of time to make, but the colorful result is stunning and well worth the effort!

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  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 1
    Step 1

    With a pasta machine or rolling tool, roll out the colored balls of clay to ⅛" (3 mm) thick.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 2
    Step 2

    Use a larger circle cutter to cut circles from the clay.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 3
    Step 3

    TIP
    Don’t have a pasta machine? No problem! Try using playing cards or index cards. Grab two piles of cards, place a rubber band around each of them, and then roll out your clay between the two stacks to create an even thickness.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 4
    Step 4

    Roll out a thin sheet of white clay to about one-quarter the thickness of the colored discs. Cut circles from the white clay, and place one on top of the purple disc. Then place the blue on top of the white disc, like a sandwich.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 5
    Step 5

    Continue placing layers of white clay between the colors to form a rainbow, ending with the red layer on top.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 6
    Step 6

    Using a straight cutting blade, cut the cake in half.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut the remaining pieces until you have formed 6 equal slices.


  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 8
    Step 8

    With a pointed detail tool or sewing pin, stir up the colored layers (except for the white) using small, circular motions. Clean the tool between each layer.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 9
    Step 9

    Continue texturing all of the layers. Bake the slices for about 5 to 10 minutes at the temperature indicated on the package of clay.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 10
    Step 10

    While you bake the cakes, prepare the frosting using equal parts white clay and liquid clay.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 11
    Step 11

    Mix with a flat tool until all the lumps are gone and you’ve formed a thick, sticky frosting.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 12
    Step 12

    Apply the frosting to the tops and sides of the cake slices

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 13
    Step 13

    To make sprinkles, roll out a small snake of each color of clay, making each very thin. Bake the snakes for 5 minutes at the temperature indicated on the package of clay.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 14
    Step 14

    With a blade, cut “sprinkles” from the clay. Make them as small as possible while maintaining their circular shape.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 15
    Step 15

    Make about 10 to 15 sprinkles of each color.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 16
    Step 16

    Place the sprinkles on the tops and lower sides of the cakes.

  • How to sculpt a clay cake. Clay Rainbow Cake - Step 17
    Step 17

    Bake the cakes for another 5 to 10 minutes, and they’re done!

    TIP
    Make your cake a charm by inserting a headpin!

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