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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Unique Business Card Holder For Your Desk

I have a couple of things to talk about today. The first thing is this too funny for words business card holder for your desk. I love this girl, she makes me smile, I loved making her and now that she has joined the other memorable items on my desk, I love looking at her. It was one of those moments when I was making something else and that led me to this holder and then on to another holder design.

I’ll show you all of these things tomorrow. I have hurry up and get this posted because I have to finish preparing to lead my book club discussion tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it, but I have to make sure I’m ready. Plus the other pieces are in the oven and I can’t take pictures until they cool down.

I was very excited to create this card holder. It’s solid clay, probably about 3 oz. I have 20 or 30 packages of Sculpey III that I will never use and have wondered what I was going to do with them. Now I know I’m going to use some of it for the base for some more of these card holders. I covered the base with black clay and then made the indentation to hold the cards, then add the face. Covered the edges of her face with more black “hair”, added her simple hat and she was ready for the oven. The whole time smiling……I love my “job”.

The second thing today was..my pasta motor died. I should have known it would happen sooner or later but I was just thinking that I haven’t ever had trouble with MY motor. There was a thread on Polymer Clay People yahoo¬†digest about motors and people were talking about motors stopping on them. I thought HA, not mine. Then yesterday…it happened.

So today I had to order another one. I really wanted to buy the Dream Machine from Polymer Clay Express, but as I already have 9 pasta machines, I really couldn’t justify another.

Now I have to wait until my new motor gets here. I know, I can crank the pm by hand, but come on, after all these years, I’m just too spoiled.

Okay, I know I won’t be able to wait 4 or 5 day so I guess I’ll just be cranky. See you tomorrow.

2 comments to Unique Business Card Holder For Your Desk

  • Bonnie

    Alice, I had been wondering about using my cheaper brand of clay as “scrap” inside certain projects. I’d purchased it before I knew the different properties. Thanks for confirming this would be ok.

  • Alice

    Bonnie, as long as it’s thick enough, it seems to hold up. It’s the thinner slices or snakes that sadly cracked or broke on me before. And I had a total stock of all the colors, with several of each. I wasn’t happy, but that was long ago. But I still have tons and tons. Just make sure the scrap part is thick.
    The whole holder is about 1 1/2″ from front to back and the front half of the slot for the cards is 1/2″ thick and the back side is 3/8″. I’m pulling on it now and it’s not moving. Good Luck……and I’m glad it helped.

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