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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New Colors and Canes Added to My Polymer Clay Adventures

Focal Bead

Focal Bead

Okay, time to add new things to my polymer clay adventures. I am venturing into the land of beads. Didn’t think I really ever wanted to do jewelry, because everyone does jewelry. Then I found that the cuff bracelet were a great canvas for my  face canes and didn’t require a lot of finishing. Which by the way is the most important reason why I didn’t want to do jewelry. I didn’t have the equipment, didn’t really know how to put things together professionally and wanted to spend all my design time claying, not jewelry making.

But the more time I have to clay, the more canes I make and have to use up. I love making canes, they really can be satisfyingly creative. Using them to make focal beads maybe something that maybe able to help me continue to experiment with color and design.

I’m learning about finishing and my friend Laquita said she’d help me with any questions I might have. So nothing ventured nothing gained.

I have this quote on my wall from Shel Siverstien. (Where The Side Walk Ends).  I live by it. The only thing is the line that says, “she ate from the plate called TASTE ME and down she shrank so small” is not true in my case! Wouldn’t it be lovely if it worked that way? I taste…right to my waste.


She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME
And up she grew so tall,
She ate from a plate called TASTE ME
And down she shrank so small
And so she changed, while other folks
Never tried nothin’ at all

14 comments to New Colors and Canes Added to My Polymer Clay Adventures

  • That is really cool. Such a lot of fun going on in a little bead!!!

  • Alice I love your new bead! I just had to click on it, it’s so eye catching & unique:)

  • Alice

    Thanks Dawna and Sherrri, I’m having fun as usual.
    Sherri, I love your little tea pots. they’re so colorful.
    Dawna, your leaf made with ink and clay is wowser.

  • Thank you Alice. I am very excited about this new layering technique I’ve started. Can’t wait to get more white and jump in.

  • Thanks Alice, I just love creating my mini teapots:)

  • How do you get your picture to post?

  • Donna Ingram

    Way to go Alice. That is cool.

  • Alice

    Thank you!! Donna, where’s that face cane????

  • I love that you’re adding jewelry to your repertoire. And that quote is perfect. That’s how I started doing clay – just another thing on my list to learn. I absolutely LOVE to learn new things!

    It’s good you have a friend who can sort of mentor you through the jewelry-making process. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. (Suppliers, techniques, information sources, etc.)

    It’s true there are a lot of jewelry makers out there. But my feeling is, no-one is going to do things the way you do, so you’ll find your niche market out there. Soon, you’ll be doing shows and craft fairs to sell your stuff. Now, THAT’S fun!


  • Alice

    Oh Kate…no more shows and craft fairs for me. To many years of festivals, wholesale shows and setting up and taking down. Wind and rain and heat and well no snow, but you get my point. I really want to teach some more for awhile. And create.

    Thanks for the offer of help, you’ll be hearing from me I’m sure.

    Here’s the other quote on my wall…..

    Standing on my elbow
    With my finger in my ear,
    Biting on a dandelion
    And humming kind of queer
    while I watched a yellow caterpillar
    Creeping up my wrist,
    I leaned on a tree
    And I said to me
    “Why an I doing this?”

    That’s when I read the Alice quote.

  • aims

    This is your new focal bead?!!!

    It’s simply gorgeous Alice! Leave it to you to come up with something so stunning and unique!

  • Alice

    Aims leave it to you to make me feel good about it. Thanks

  • Alice – I love this! I just discovered your site and I love your work and especially your use of color.

  • Alice

    Thanks Heidi, and welcome to my blog. So happy to have new people to share with. I love that you are exploring polymer, it’s so much fun.

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