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.

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Polymer Clay with Pen and Ink

Polymer Clay Pen and Ink

Polymer Clay Pen and Ink

This is my second polymer clay with pen and ink. The first was the other day in this post, Can You Guess? This one I combined some of my Zentangle canes with my drawings.

I finished it last night and wore it all day today. My husband and I went to visit our son in Orlando, so it was in and out of the car, out to lunch and etc. By the end of the day all was well except with the lips of one of the side girls, they had smeared. I should have taken a picture of her before I sanded her mouth off.

That sounds pretty funny actually, looks pretty funny too.



I sanded way the ink and I’ll start again. I think I simply didn’t heat it enough with my heat gun. I think the answer is to pop it back into the oven for a few minutes. That way I will be sure that everything gets heated. Then I’m going to test wear it again.

I have some other things I want to try too. Some layering techniques. I’ll post more later.

16 comments to Polymer Clay with Pen and Ink

  • This is beautiful, Alice, even with the sanded off mouth. I think my mother would have like to know about that trick when I was in school 😉

    What kind of pen do you use? I’ve read that micron pens work well for drawing on clay…


  • Alice

    Kate, I started to say that I’ve known people I wish I could have erased their mouths, but that was mean, and I decided not to, but here I am saying it here. But I’m laughing.
    Yes, I use a micron pen. I’ve used them for years, on cloth, wood, and on the clay. I use them to sign my work. But as I said, you have to heat set it or it will just wipe right off.

  • aims

    You are so funny!

    It’s a beautiful bracelet Alice. The fact that you drew it – man! I have no drawing talents whatsoever. I sighed when I read that – thinking – drats! I can’t do that! But I know you’ll tell me I can do something different so I’m not despairing over it.

    btw – Baseboards for the dining room are cut and waiting for me to get painting them. Then the sanding of the floor starts. Yikes!

  • Alice

    Aimee, you’re right, I am saying that you have other talents, you can write. Hurray for finished baseboards, can’t come too soon for you I bet. thanks

  • Alice:

    Oh you got me inspired. This technique has a lot of possibilities. I’m going to share this page with CITY-o-Clay.

  • Alice

    I know….my brain just keeps on thinking of other things to do with the ink. Thanks NJ, for sharing it at City-o-Clay. (yahoo group)

  • Dana Jones

    Would love to know how to do this from beginning to end. Do you heat set the clay first then draw on it and then heat set that in? Have I got that right?

  • julie

    I love the way these turned out. Honestly with or without the mouth looks great!~
    I love the fact that you wore it to try it to see how it held up…..I have a thumbring on today to see “how it holds” up as well.
    Keep up the great work!

  • Alice

    Dana, I just posted a quick how to, http://polymerclayetc.com/?p=1197, take a look.

  • Alice

    Thanks Julie, I think I fixed it now, I always test wear my things. I just know that if I bought something, I’d want it to last forever. I couldn’t send a customer something that didn’t perform. Check out this post http://polymerclayetc.com/?p=1197

  • Really lovely Alice, I so wish I had the talent to draw !

  • Alice

    Hey Tina, I’m just a wanna be where drawing is concerned, getting better, but proof that anyone can do whatever they really want to do.

    You blog articles are really great, you are featuing some talented people. I enjoy stopping in there often.

  • Thank you Alice, I am pleased that you enjoy the talent I have been finding, have some really great PC items for the new year, seems that is the crowd that has come to follow so I get to share my new found passion ! Yeah. As as for the drawing, girl if you are a wanna be then there IS hope for me !

  • Adrienne

    Alice, as usual you have come up with another great project and idea! bravo!

  • Alice

    There is hope for us all Tina, I think we are all artists, some of us just don’t know it yet.

  • Alice

    Adrienne, thank you, it’s just what I call my strange brain working overtime.

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