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


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Orlando Clay Fandango Retreat 2010

I had THE best time at Fandango. I have so much to share with you, you won’t believe it. The thing is, I have an opportunity to take a class with Barbara McGuire the Queen Bee of face canes, I’m going and that means I won’t get my videos online until I get back.

So you’ll have to wait until this weekend for the two videos from Fandango. The first gives you a look at the wonderful women who put this event together for us to enjoy. Volunteers!!! All of them, fabulous, Eva Walker, Nancy Welch, Brenda Moldthan, Nita Baker, Tanya Johnson, Mary Jenkins, and Nita Jenson and scores of other volunteers.

Then a video featuring the five fabulous polymer clay artists that taught and demonstrated this week. You won’t want to miss this up close look at some of your favorite stars. They are without a doubt fun, fun, fun and include Maureen Carlson, Barbara McGuire, Christi Friesen, Julie Picarello, Sarah Shriver.

Then last, really…last, I’ll show you some of the things I made. (If you were at Fandango, you probably already saw it all because I was showing everyone…..even when you went running and screaming the other way when you saw me coming.)

I don’t think anyone there realized how happy I was to meet so many wonderful clayers. (and too late Tanya and Nita, the word clayer now includes you both)  I’m thrilled that I could be there this year.

I was blown away by the talent of some of my fellow classmates. If you think that the internet is full of fabulous pc artists, it really is only the tip of the ice burg. And kids, the iceburg is growing daily. No warming going on in the polymer industry except the clay itself.  So hold on to your hat’s it’s only going to get better.

See you this week-end.

8 comments to Orlando Clay Fandango Retreat 2010

  • aims

    Oh Alice!!

    I thought of you all week and wondered (and wished) how much fun you were having.

    I can hardly wait!!

    (I missed you too!)

  • Oh, my, but you were keeping some stellar company there! (I’ve been drooling over Sarah Shriver’s work since I started clay work.)

    Have a fabulous time, learn lots, and show us pix when you can.

    panting in anticipation…


  • Dear Alice,
    I love your work (especially the ladies) and your blog has been very inspirational. I have presented you with a blog award . Please find it on my blog Polymer Passion.

  • Alice, I was so thrilled to meet you at Fandango (and sitting on the same row where I was able to catch all your tips and helpful hints was a real blessing!!) as we knelt at the feet of the goddesses of clay and absorbed their pearls of wisdom through our pores. This was my first PC retreat and ended my first year of working in polymer clay (I touched it for the first time on 14 March 2009) and to be surrounded by so many truly talented artists was absolutely heaven for me.

    I love your ladies — they are so expressive! And the fish video is terrific (I’m going to try it soon — as soon as I get my darned Christi Friesen inspired mask finished!!). I just wish it wasn’t so long until the next Fandango! I miss everyone so much already that it hardly seems fair that we have to wait until May of next year. I’m not sure I can handle the torture!


  • Alice

    Charline, I was so glad to meet you, we had fun didn’t we? I learn so much, all the instructors and demonstrators were amazing. So talented. I think that your masks wold look fabulous with the fish technique, but your masks are so cool already. Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope you stop by often.

    Can’t wait to get started on the Fandango posts tomorrow. Thanks….Alice

  • Alice

    Mal, Thank you so very much for the honor. I will post it as soon as I can, I have about a week and a half of posts to do from Fandango and all the wonderful classes and people I took and met. Plus a class I just took with Barbara McGuire. Thank you again so much.

  • Alice

    It was a wonderful class Kate, and Sarah is a wonderful teacher. Great fun! The other classes and demos were fabulous as well. Will start posting tomorrow.

  • Alice

    It was fun aims, you would have enjoyed it. Don’t know how anyone wouldn’t. Lots to share.


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