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!


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  1. 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.

  2. 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 ….

  3. 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,

  4. 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.

  5. Alice,

    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.

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

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

  8. 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 :)

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

  10. 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!!!

  11. 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

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

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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