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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Polymer Clay Project Storage

If you know me at all, you know I love to keep my canes organized. Well I found this photo storage box on sale and stood there for a long time trying to figure out just how I could use it for my canes.

Well it’s better than that. It makes a perfect portable project container. I used it for the first time last Tuesday for my beginners class, placing each step of each project in separate boxes. It made the presentation so much easier.

Yesterday I loaded it up with the steps and components for my Profile Face Cane class that I’m teaching tomorrow in Leesburg for the Orlando Area Polymer Clay Guild. Everything is laid out and in proper order. I can’t believe myself! Kind of scary I guess.

I still use the plastic drawers that I’ve featured in my video “How to Store Polymer Clay Canes“, I’ve just added another wonderful way to carry my canes with me.

Here is another thing I found on sale about 3 months ago and really couldn’t live without now. In fact, they were on sale again when I bought the photo boxes and I bought another set.

The little party favor boxes are perfect for holding the smallest of my smallest canes. It keeps them from getting lost and sticking to all the other canes. I use them for other things too.

It’s been a busy week but I was so glad to spend the day on Wednesday with a friend from high school, Nancy Bryant. She and I came across each other on Facebook and when she knew she was coming home for a few days, we met for lunch. She ‘s an artist and she enjoyed spending time in my studio and I enjoyed seeing some of her work when we finished up the day at her mother’s house.

I do want to thank her for taking so many of my pieces home with her. I always makes me feel wonderful when friends like what you create.

To all who are taking my class tomorrow, get ready, we’re going to have a great time.

15 comments to Polymer Clay Project Storage

  • Donna Ingram

    Wishing I could be close.. Waaahhhhh

  • Do you know, I’ve looked at those boxes countless times, too. Great use! My canes are stacked and I hate it. I need to work on a new way to store them. Wonder where I could make this fit in my area?? :)


  • Alice

    Me too Donna…we’re going to have a great day and it would be fun to have you there.

  • Alice

    Cindy, I took the top off of the outside box so that it would stand up on my table. I put the top back on to carry it to my class then remove the top again. I also use tons of the plastic storage draws in different sizes. Here is a short video showing how I store my canes. http://polymerclayetc.com/?p=99

    I really need to update it now.

  • Ok, I’ll come out of blogger lurkdom now, lol. What a great idea. I’ve seen similar storage boxes but never could figure out how I could use them. I too wish I were closer to take your class, have always loved your work. So colorful and vibrant!

  • Alice

    Yea….Valerie, I’m so glad you did come out of your lurkdom. I got to go to your blog and see your absolutely adorable mice and bat and things. And to think it took a plastic box to do it. lol. with you could have been there today too, we had a blast. Great give-a-way too.

  • Does the plastic containers have a #5 on the bottom? I think I read somewhere that plastic with #5 on the bottom is safe for polymer clay. Meaning the clay would not eat the plastic or melt it I should have said. Is that true ?

  • Alice

    Don’t know about the #5 Lynn, I just know that you have to have the flexible plastic, not the hard plastic like shoe boxes used to be made out of. Most of these storage draws are the right kind. Many of the cabinets that hold nuts and bolts have the hard plastic drawers and don’t mix well with clay, or I would have a bunch of those …..

  • […] I found that I’m not alone in liking clear boxes for storing basic elements – Alice Stroppel talks about some great boxes she found for storing her projects. […]

  • Dawn Butts

    I would likw ro know more about the plastic container you use. Name brand or store you bought from.

    I too, am always on the lookout for storage options.

  • Alice

    Hi dawn, I bought the ones in the video at Walmart. They come in all sizes. I also use a photo holder case I bought at Micheal’s to transport my clay to classes or workshops.

  • Dawn

    Would you mind providing the dimensions on these boxes. I have been all over the net and cannot find these. They look like they would be shallow.

  • Alice

    I’m not inmy studio right now, I bought these at Walmart!

  • Monica

    I love these containers. I first purchased them to store my plastic canvas and even delicate yarns. Once I started purchasing globs of clay I had to buy more of these, of course, I always buy them when their on sale. Need to build a cabinet to store them in.

  • Alice

    Monica, one can never have enough plastic containers for our clay. *g*

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