Adding fimo canes to nails allows you to easily add fun, intricate designs without meticulous brush strokes – and they come in a limitless variety of styles and colors (hearts, flowers, fruit, snowmen)! While some come pre-sliced, it can be helpful to cut your own so you may select a thickness that works best for you.
The best way to cut your fimo canes is with a heated Xacto knife, which can be purchased from craft supply stores. You will also want a slicing block that acts as a cutting board, a gripper to hold the cane steady while you cut, and a small container to store the finished pieces in. Each cane will give you about 50 pieces.
If you are using a heated knife, the best way to go about this is to let it heat for a few minutes, then unplug it and let it cool for a bit. A fully heated knife can melt the whole cane, distorting the design. If you aren’t using a heated knife, you should warm up the canes before cutting with a regular blade by wrapping the sticks in a heating pad set on high for about 5 minutes.
Slicing at an angle can be more successful that slicing straight down. If you cut pieces in half accidentally, or cut at too wide an angle, don’t throw the pieces away! You can use these half-slices on the edges of nails. Once you cut the slices, it can be helpful to slightly bend them while they’re still warm so they fit the nail better later.
You can easily apply them to nails with top coat or nail glue. Enjoy your new, easy designs!