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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What is a Polymer Clay Cane? – A Video

I posted this short little video on Facebook for an old high school friend. We have been following each other there and she has been watching all my posts about canes. She sent me a message asking about the canes and wanted to know what they were exactly.

So if you’re a clayer already, you’ll probably just want to skip this short subject, but if you are new to polymer, you might enjoy it. Either way, this one was made because Karen Pepper Ingram asked. ¬†Thanks Karen!


26 comments to What is a Polymer Clay Cane? – A Video

  • I just shared this video with CITY-o-Clay because there are always newbies who need a clear explanation of what a cane is. This was a very clear and informative video doing just that. It was really sweet of you to make this video for your FaceBook friend.

  • Alice

    NJ, I’m delighted. Thank you so much. I just thought it was so much easier than trying to explain in an email. And I hope it helps other new clayers. Thanks again ….

  • Love it! I’ll be linking up too! Such a great explanation for the newbie or just curious.

  • Alice

    Oh thank you kate, that’ll be great. I love to share.

  • Hi Alice…awesome! Love your new work.
    Am hoping you can help me with this question…what kind of video player do you embed into your blog. I’ve made up a wire tutorial and YouTube doesn’t allow enough time…
    Thanks so much,

  • Alice

    Hi Tina, This short film was added to facebook and embeded here. They’ll give you the code. But if it is for sale, most of the sites won’t allow you to upload. So for my longer videos and the videos I have for sale, I have to rent space. Which is why I have tutorials for sale, to help pay for the videos I do for free. Trust me, I’ve spent sooooo…much time figuring all this out. Probably as much time as I spend on claying…oh for a techy friend…oh well, keeps my brain growing.
    There are several sites out there, you just have to decide which one is right for you. Just google video storage.

  • Viviane


    I loved the short cane video. It helps alot. I think your lady faces are just adorable. Someday, I hope to spend my time learning to do as well as you. You do a great job. Please keep making the videos. Thanks.

  • Alice

    Thank you for letting me know Viviane. It makes me want to make more and I will…….(thanks for the compliment too)

  • Fantastic thank you, they are so pretty

  • Alice

    Thanks Sharon, nice to meet you. Glad you enjoy this mini video.

  • Doreen Bell

    Hi Alice : ) Wow! You do what you do waaay GOOD! I’m sending you off some mail on Flickr.

  • Alice

    Hey Doreen, thank you, thank you!

  • This is fantastic, thanks for the explanation! I found you through OWOH, so pleased I did!

  • Alice

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the video. Isn’t OWOH fun??

  • Alice, I’m having a ball, and I’m pleased a friend talked me into it as I’ve only been blogging a month… what a great way to meet bloggers and be inspired by the enormous variety of talent in the world :)

  • Alice

    It is fun for sure. So glad you came back here and watched a couple of videos. I’m happy to meet you.

  • Patty Clark

    I had never heard of this before until an email friend from Australia was talking about it and her friend referred me to this page. This is sooo cool. I have MD so my hands are not as dexterous as others, so I doubt I could do this. I think it is fantastic though. Love your blog! Keep up the creative work. Blessings to you from Texas!!!

  • Alice

    Hi Patty,
    I’m so glad you enjoyed the video. Was you’re friend in Australia named Adele? :) An Australian friend of mine and a wonderful pc artist.:) I know..how funny..it’s such a small country. lol
    With MD Can you work with you hands at all? Just sculpting whatever comes is a freeing thing.
    Thanks, Alice

  • Carol Jones

    Even though I knew what polymer canes were, I enjoyed your very concise and complete tutorial. Thanks.

  • Alice

    Oh thank you Carol, I appreciate the compliment very much.

  • Mirabelle

    Many thanks for your your tutorial IN video
    I discover your work, you have plenty of talent,
    I like Your stroppel cane
    all is beauty
    thancks for all
    have a good day

  • Alice

    Hello Isabelle, I’m so happy you took the time to let me know you enjoyed my video. I hope yoi make some wonderful things from the Stroppel cane, it’s fun to do. Thank you!

  • Karen

    When I was a child I loved to play with clay. We didn’t have the polymer back then. I’m now in my 60’s and still enjoy playing but now with polymer. My oldest daughter and I took an art class in polymer clay last week at our local art museum and learned how to make canes for flower and leaf beads. The possibilities were endless and our teacher showed us many interesting techniques. I read on your blog that you use pen and ink and markers on your projects and I’m most interested in learning that technique. Do you have a video that has a tutorial that exlains how you do that? Thank you for sharing you art and ideas with us. This is fun. Karen

  • Alice

    Hi Karen, Finding polymer is an exciting day for a lot of people, it’s an incredible medium. Welcome and watch out, it can become habit forming!!! :)
    I you look on the right hand side of my blog, theres a link to my Pen and Ink Tutorial for sale in my Etsy shop. Thanks for asking.

  • Carolyn

    HI Alice, Thank you for your video. I am a pen and ink artist and have been searching for an oval “bead” that I could do artwork on and incorporate it into a bracelet somehow. After seeing your artwork on this clay, I think that may work for what I want to do. Can you direct me to the kind of clay to use that I can use ink on and how to treat it to be permanent? I am new to polymer clay, and do not know where to begin. thank you so much

  • Alice

    Hi Carolyn, I use Premo polymer clay, but most polymer clays should work. I bake my clay first, draw on it, then I cover my completed drawings with Liquid polymer clay and bake again.

    I have a video for sale in my Etsy shop that included a complete list of supplies.

    Have fun….


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