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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Barbara McGuire’s Polymer Face Cane Class

I still have so much to show everyone from my trip to Orlando Clay Fandango 2010. All the pieces I created in my classes with Christi Friesen,  Sarah Shriver,  Julie Picarello, plus what I learned from the demos with Barbara McGuireMaureen Carlson.

I’ve been trying to clean out my polymer suitcase and put things back where they belong. Geez, don’t know if that will ever happen.

I got home on Monday after Fandango and fell into bed. I didn’t unpack the car, barely said hello to my husband and fell right to sleep. The phone rang and it was Barbara McGuire! She was giving a private lesson with two ladies and they graciously said I could join them. How great was that?

So I didn’t have to unpack much, washed some clothes and hit the road the next morning. Tired but very excited to get to spend more time with such a creative polymer clay artist.

I knew I would have fun, but who knew that Lisa Dalziel, whose house we totally trashed with clay “stuff” for two days and three nights and Pat Livesay her partner in clay crime, would turn out to be two of the coolest, most fun to be around, classmates I could have asked for. We had a blast! Thank you both so much!!!

Lisa, Alice, Pat and Barbara

After a day of claying we all had our eyes done (boy I really could use my eyes done) and were all very pleased with ourselves. Not only is Barbara fun to be around and a founding member of the polymer clay community in America, she is an incredibly talented artist and an excellent instructor. She truly knows polymer clay. Taking a class with her is like learning from your best friend, the one that knows more than you do.

I think we all did a fabulous job with our eyes. Each one different but very cool. Here’s my finished face.

This face is totally different than my  other faces and I’m hoping to incorporated some of what I learned with Barbara into some of my faces. That’s the way we move on and grow. Thanks Barbara for sharing with me.

I’ll be having more of Barbara to share with you in up coming posts. I had time to video her and some of her new products. But for today, check out Barbara’s SHOW & WORKSHOP SCHEDULE  2010 to find out where you can catch up with her.

16 comments to Barbara McGuire’s Polymer Face Cane Class

  • Crazy Nancy

    Man! She had my number………..whatz up with that? lol
    Glad you had a good time and your “face” turned out great.
    Crazy Nancy

  • Alice

    Well Crazy girl, you know I begged and begged before we left Fandango…..:) She just had no choice!

  • Hmmm…Lucky YOU! Wish someone would call me like this someday.. BTW, great cane Alice.

  • Alice

    Thanks Malathy, I’m lucky and I know it. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  • Wow! All that subtle shading and detail… what a great experience for you.

    I think I have my husband convinced that going next year will be a good thing. Now he’s talking about coming with me and he’ll go off to do his own thing while I’m busy.



  • Donna Ingram

    Cool face Alice. You did a very good job with that one.

  • Alice

    Oh cool Kate, if they have it at Lake Yale again, it’s right on a beautiful lake. If he is a fisherman, he would love it. And Florida is the capital of golf courses if his a golfer. I’ll love to meet you and you’ll have the best time.

  • Alice

    Thanks Donna, can’t wait to make a face combining the two techniques. Good to see you here again. How’s your profile face coming?

  • aims

    Well girl – I checked out ALL the classes and not one of them is anywhere near me. Drats and double drats.

    However – one can always be talked into a cruise don’t you think?? (as long as I did a ton of talking on this end)

    Love your new face! I can imagine that you are imagining a ton of new ideas! Well done my friend.

  • Alice

    Ahh aims, that’s really too bad, you’d love a class with Barbara. She does have some cool videos on Youtube. Here’s one on embedded paddles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq_CNTBiMjU. There are several, but no faces…. the cruise would be fabulous.

    If I can just get my studio back in order… the faces are waiting.

  • Pat Livesay

    I never did see you finished face. Boy is it beautiful. That nose is incredible. Thanks you making myself and Lisa famous. LOL

  • Alice

    Hey Pat…thanks, your face was just as wonderful. You guys were so much fun!

  • Pastor Jenni Sirgo

    Your face canes are BEAUTIFUL! I do some small work…not very experienced that is, with polymer clay. What do you do with the canes once they are done? I know you slive them but then what? What is the purpose of the canes? Please tell me! I’m dying to know! :)

  • Alice

    Thank Jenni,
    I use them on bracelets, pins, pendant, beads and I’ve put them on vase and business card holders. You can see all those things here on my blog, just start exploring.

  • Pastor Jenni Sirgo

    What gorgeous work you do…and so much talent God has blessed you with! I definitely will be buying some things from you on Etsy! Thank you for sharing your gift!

  • Alice

    Thanks again Jenni :0

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