First I haven't been in these forums for some time. Haven't been working in clay much lately, but have plans to move my studio into a much nicer space, hopefully by spring.
Meanwhile, I was surfing through some of the posts here and saw someone asking about "rock hard clay canes." I make a LOT of canes and know just what your talking about. And yes they are very fixable.
I thought about answering that post but gees, it's so old now, I doubt the original poster is even looking anymore. (besides someone gave the most insanely difficult answer.)
So here. I had planned to make many tutorials and post them on youtube, but so far this is the only one and it happens to be about how to fix stiff, "dry" cracking canes and bring them back to life.
I will point out here first, polymer clay does not "dry" out. Even though it feels like it. It's not an air dry clay. This has more to do with the chemistry of plastic than contact with air. It's not cured until it's cooked.
?SO here…. my first and so far only on line tutorial. I call it the Wake Up Squeeze.