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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My Class with Julie Picarello at Orlando Clay Fandango

My Items From Julie Picarello's Class

My Items From Julie Picarello's Class

It was the second day at Orlando Clay Fandango and in my classroom we had an new teacher. Julie Picarello had moved into the teachers chair and we all gather around to see what’s was in store for us.

Julie’s tips on color mixing was worth the price of admission. Her knowledge combined with her clear instructions made her class a joy to take. She shows you simple techniques that enable you to  create a finished piece of work you can be proud of.

By lunch time we were all so into what we were doing and Julie said we needed to finish the step we were on so it could rest, none of us left for lunch, including Julie. The other classes made fun of the “detention” class and Julie instantly was branded as a slave driver. ( Don’t misunderstand, we wanted to stay, we were “into” it) We finally went to lunch! And we did get to dinner on time, and like Sarah, Julie was back after supper ready to help us with whatever we needed.

Needless to say the teasing continued on into the next day, with lots of laughter and friendly class competition.

Julie provided a great handout that takes you through the process with colored pictures. This certainly helps when you get home because you are learning so much in such a short period of time that it’s difficult to remember all the steps. Sarah and Christi made sure we went home with instructions also, but Julie included a handy source list as well.

I haven’t finished my pieces yet and I have lots of slices ready to mount, but I’m pleased with the results.  Including the lizard tail….

Another fabulous day at Fandango, and I haven’t even begun to tell you about the demonstrations at night with Maureen Carlson and Barbara McGuire

To see Julie’s work, find out her teaching schedule, and what she’ll be up to next, visit her website.

8 comments to My Class with Julie Picarello at Orlando Clay Fandango

  • I haven’t managed to attend any polymer clay classes or workshops yet so I am enviously reading your posts and admiring your new techniques. Love the colours in these pieces.

  • Love those sheets and I can see the Alice tag on the colors and combinations…all vibrant!Cant wait to see what you create with these. Julie is one of my favorite artists, Wish I could take a lesson from her someday.

  • Alice

    Cara, I’m glad your reading my posts. I wanted to share how much I enjoyed each instructor. You should try your best to get to a retreat if you can. For years I didn’t and I’m glad now that I have a chance. So much fun! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Alice

    I’m laughing here, Malathy, My colors were out there. In both Sarah’s and Julie’s classes. I’d get my colors mixed and then look around the room and think, yikes! Bright! But here at home, they are me for sure.

    You should take a class with Julie, she is an excellent instructor and is really funny. A great time.

    Thanks for taking the time…..

  • Hey Alice. Sounds like you had a blast at Fandango. I know we did last year. I’m getting excited about our weekend retreat with Julie that will be April 24 and 25. It sounds like we’re going to have a great time.

  • Alice

    Oh Arlene, I did have a great time. Julie has a wonderful sense of humor and she really shares what she knows, you’ll truly enjoy it. tahnks for the wave….

  • aims

    I’m really wondering what you’re going to make with this….I can hardly wait until you’re finished! Are you done yet?!

    I love your colours! I guess I’m into bright too!

  • Alice

    No, I haven’t done anything with them yet. I’ve been busy with my face cane from Barbara McGuire’s class and working on a new color mix for my own girls. I love the one I did in Barbara’s class, but I still have this other face in my head and she just has to get out of there. Thanks for stopping by Aimee……..

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