Polymer Clay Canes for Beginners

27 videos, step by step, beginner cane workshop beginner Cane Tutorial What people are saying about this tutorial. jennifer rose Just finished this first workshop on how to make canes, and I must say I learned so much. This is exactly what I have been looking for, someone who could explain cane making in a step by step that process that I could replicate. I watched the videos, went into my studio and began to create all of the canes Alice showed. I finally have results I can be proud of, and I say thank you so much for doing this workshop. My only question now is when do we get more workshops. If you are only going to take one online class let it be this workshop. Thank you Alice for your hard work, and your dedication to helping others learn the joys of polymer clay.

Online Workshops with Alice Stroppel


[caption id="attachment_102" align="aligncenter" width="100" caption="Member IPCA"]Member IPCA[/caption]

Parole de pâte’s Challenge Yves Creations – Stroppel Cane, Lazy River

If you are new to my blog and haven’t seen my Stroppel cane video, it’s to your right on this page. Several months ago I share a technique I’d been using for awhile to use up my scrap cane slices and keep them from the mud pile. It kind of took off around the world when Cynthia Tinapple  posted it on Polymer Clay Daily.


Since then I’ve had the pleasure of seeing polymer clay artists from beginners to professionals give the Stroppel cane a try with some stunning results. Guilds are sharing it, there are swaps and Challenges. This Challenge from Parole de pâte had over 125 entries.


The Challenge  was to create a piece using the Stroppel Cane or Julie Picarello’s Lazy River. The entries were about half and half between the two methods. Here’s some really wonderful pieces using the two techniques together.


There are so many pieces to choose from I can’t show them all here so I’ve just post a few.


Thank you to all those who participated and to Parole de pâte for hosting this challenge.


Sample Issues of The Polymer Arts

I just love Flip magazines. I’ve been working towards one of my own for years and have finally found the right partner in Suzanne Ivester. We’ve been working on our online publication for several months now and have just recently put it in high gear.

Our magazine, Polymer Portfolio, is very different than the one featured here, I can’t wait for you to see it but it’s in the beginning stages and it will be awhile before we are ready for a coming out party. Stay tuned……….

Sage Bray and her team produce The Polymer Arts, a wonderful new magazine with the polymer clay artist in mind and I applaud her efforts. Take a look at the sample magazine then go on and try an issue or get a full subscription.

I’m thrilled to have been asked to contribute to the 2nd issue and to be included in this sample.

A Featured Artist in Issue #2 The Polymer Arts

The second issue of The Polymer Arts has arrived, at least the digital addition landed in my email box the other day, and I’m pleased to tell you I was one of the featured artist. Iris Mishly, Laurel Steven and Christa McKibbens are featured as well. Many thanks to Sage Bray for the opportunity.

I review the first issue in August and this post is not because I have a small part in this issue but because I know you’ll find things in the issue you might relate to in a big way, at least I did.

It’s a very timely thought filled edition with excellent articles from Christi Friesen, Barbara McGuire, and the Editor-in-Chief Sage Bray. I enjoyed every page of this issue and I suggest that you will too.

There is a great article about the IPCA’s 2011 retreat as experienced by a new attendee, Susan O’Neill that you don’t want to miss if you’re thinking about attending next time.

Also congratulations to my friend Patrice Pfeiffer for her Inspiration Challenge win.

You can order a yearly subscription to this magazine or just one issue at a time by visiting The Polymer Arts website. You can order it delivered to your door or to your email account. The digital version comes to you in a pdf or in a fun flip magazine format. You’ll love it either way.

StudioMojo – Cynthia Tinapple

StudioMojo-video - Alice StroppelI know, you tried to click on the video above and watch it right now, but it’s just a screen shot of the video featured on Cynthia Tinapple’s new premium weekly newsletter StudioMojo.

Once again I was surprised when I checked my email on Saturday and saw that this weeks copy of StudioMojo was titled The Stroppel Phenomenon! The cane certainly has been a phenomenon that is hard to explain. I’m overjoyed that this simple idea has made so many people so happy and given new life to many a sad cane and all those slices that have been hidden away from the world……..

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be featured this week in StudioMojo, but I wanted to let you know about this newsletter with it’s interesting close up look at the polymer clay world from artists to the latest products.

Last month I became a subscriber to StudioMojo and have truly enjoyed it. The artist’s interviews include some of my favorite people and there’s more to come each week. The newsletter centers around “sparking your creativity.”  It certainly has done that for me.

Thank you Cynthia Tinnapple, one more time, for featuring me.

Zentangles, Black and White Cuffs, Etsy Treasury



This is a bracelet made from Zentangle canes I made several months ago. I don’t know why I haven’t made more in all this time, too busy making other things I guess. But a tutorial is on my list.  I’ve listed this one in my Etsy Shop.

ZentangleI’ve also listed black and white cuff  in the picture below in my Etsy shop. I don’t care how many bracelets I make like this, they still continue to sell well.

They’re fun and bold and really stand out with a pair of black jeans and a crisp white shirt, my favorite look still.

My Lady in Blue is in another Treasury…I’m so delighted everyone like her. Thanks again to Patricia Paquin from artistsloftpaquin1.

Italian Inchies, New Etsy Listing and Etsy Treasury

I got very focused for the last couple of days and have  really accomplished quite a bit. On Wednesday I couldn’t get online at all and spent the whole day on the phone with my carrier. Yuck….but I’m back here and ready to go.

I have two finished black and white bracelets, one Zentangle, and 7 black and white waiting for pen and ink. I’ve listed this bracelet in my shop and will list the other two tomorrow.

I’ve also just finished 20 inchies for a Valentines inchies swap with Polymer Clay Italia, the first Italian polymer clay guild. I can’t wait to get 20 inchies back from this group. Actually it’s an international swap with Leila Bidler from Polymer Clay Italia as the sway mistress.

There are swappers from Italy, USA, Germany, Serbia, UK, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, exciting! I can’t show you mine yet, but I will after everyone has theirs, next month sometime.

Plus, I’m in another Treasury. I can’t believe it and I’m thrilled.

This Treasury was currated by artbymar, Maria Soto Robbins, and she’s from South Florida, Miami to be exact. You can see here tropically influenced artwork in her Etsy shop. Thanks Maria

Yay! Another Etsy Treasury

I’m thrilled to be included in another Etsy Treasury. This time Marsha from LunasLoot used my Lady in Blue as inspiration for this lovely treasury called, TaDa, “Lady in Blue”.

LunasLoot sells Supplies and Vintage Goodies Marsha has accumulated over the years, plus she’s been so kind to me  and has included many of my items in her treasuries.

Thanks Marsha.

Etsy Treasury Features My Mosaic Fish

Patricia from artistsloftppaquin1 featured one of my mosaic fish in a treasury call, “Sun, Sand and Sea….More Tropical Dreaming”.

I made this fish with the same technique that I used to make the larger fish to your right here on my home page, only this one is small. You can make your own fish mosaic by watching a 20 minute video when you sign up for my newsletter.

Patricia makes the coolest pieces in ceramics. I own a couple of her faces and she owns my eyes and lips necklace. You should take some time to visit her shop, you”ll love it.

Thanks Patricia.

Etsy Treasury Features My Tropical Leaves Tutorial

My Tropical Leaves Tutorial was featured in this Etsy Treasury. Jackie from The Pleasant Pheasant is curator of this treasury, thanks Jackie.

Etsy Treasuries

I hope everyone here in the states had a fabulous Thanksgiving, I know I did.

I’ve been featured in several Etsy Treasuries and wanted to show them here. I know I’m several days late with this post, but I’ve been busy having fun.

Thanks so much to HiGirls, Lisa featured my work in two treasuries. First was my Funky Girlfriend Business Card Holder  in PCAGOE gift guide and second was my Queen of it all ornament  in Ornamental.

Etsy TreasuryThanks to 11BOLDstreet for her under $50.00 treasury featuring my black and white cuff.

And…….thanks to Laurabeestudios for adding my Purple Face Cuff to her Hey Big Spender treasury.

Now, back to work for me.