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 – Talk About Using It All!!

Orange and Purple Polymer Clay

Orange and Purple Polymer Clay

This should be added to my Don’t Waste That Little Bit of Skinner Blend video. I had some old skinner blend sheets that I made a couple of months ago and was going to get back to them right away. So instead of storing them in the loose leaf binder under the protective sheets, I just put them between sheet of deli sheets. After all I was going to get right back to them. Right?

I “found” them today and decided to finish them up, make some canes from them. Well, they were pretty dry. The deli sheets had leached them pretty badly.

I worked with them and turned them into plugs and logs. When I trimmed the ends, because they were so dry, I ended up with these fluffy little flower shapes. I started to smash them, but if you know me at all, you know I had to save them some how. So I added this one to the bracelet above.

I also added the first cut from either side of a skinner plug. It won’t win a prize, but it’s interesting, full of texture, and kind of funky.

Made me start to think of ways to create texture in my work that’s different from using a texture sheet or pressing things into the clay. More organic….hmmm…

6 comments to Polymer Clay – Talk About Using It All!!

  • Some of the best art comes unintentionally. That is what is special about an artist like you. During the process of working on something else you see these artistic opportunities and seize them. Coming up with an idea or process that you would not have come up with otherwise. This is serendipity!

  • Alice

    Oh yes, I agree with the unintentional part. The Ah ha moments. But just like with my figure Meta and the ruffle down her front, sometimes recreating something poses a challenge. I’m still thinking about this one. thanks for the compliment Cindy and for stopping by.

  • aims

    Well – I love this bracelet too! My first thought before reading was that you were taking on a new direction. Now I’m seeing your are doing the ‘waste not want not’ theory. Fabulous idea Alice.

  • Alice

    Well, Aimee, it just looked too cool to just smash up. I’ve been playing some more today with the idea. I do like the new direction idea though. Thanks for stopping..and the compliment

  • Mary Lynne Braband

    What a fantastic idea!
    You are the Queen of Waste Not Land.

    I really like this bracelet. And once again, using bits of your old canes. Although I do not believe your canes are really “old”. With your imagination, I do not think any cane lasts long enough to really be considered “old”.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Alice

    Mary Lynne, thanks for all the nice things you wrote. The way the slices look just made me want to do something with them. So you might say the clay made me do it…:)

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