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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Santa, HO HO HO!

Santa Ornament

Santa Ornament

I haven’t been doing very much clay work in the last week, I’ve been painting gift bags, cooking and getting ready for Christmas.

I didn’t want Christmas to be over before I wished you all a very merry one. I hope all your wishes come true and I hope that the Christmas spirit is with you each day of the coming year.

Since I didn’t have anything recent to share, I thought I’d share an ornament I made about 8 years ago maybe. The face is not mine, it is from a member of City-O-Clay cane swap, City-O-Clay is a yahoo group full of very helpful people and a great place to get help with questions about anything polymer clay.

When I saw this face cane, I was so amazed by the detail, that I knew I had to make face canes. The sad part is that I can’t remember who made the face cane. I was so excited to receive it as one of my swap items.  If it looks familiar, I’d love it if you’d leave me comment.

He was just a face, beard and those so funny teeth. I started to laugh the minute I saw him and I still laugh each time I see him.  I added the santa hat, hair and suit. I added holly and large Ho Ho Ho letters on the back. I love him, he’s so funny and not your typical santa. I enjoy getting him out each year.

See you again before the New Year.

4 comments to Santa, HO HO HO!

  • Wow he is great looking! I have no idea who made the cane but that Santa looks a lot like Richard Branson (Virgin Group)! hahaha

  • Alice

    Cindy, thanks to luny from City-of-Clay, I was reminded that it was a cane from Melnik in 2001.
    I still have to take a picture of the covered dish I made with all the other canes to see if luny’s cane is there.
    So much fun to look back.

  • Melanie Taylor

    Hi, Alice! That was my santa cane, not Lara Melnik’s, as was stated elsewhere. I am still doing clay, just not so much lately as my health has been pretty wonky! It’s nice to see this photo again…if you can believe it, I still have some of that cane!! Unfortunately, I don’t have a website at the moment, altho I intend to start a blog and an etsy shop eventually. It’s good to see you again…I often think of the days when we “knew” each other!


  • Alice

    Okay Mel, I’m so confused. I remember you Mel and Have gotten you mixed up with Lara. I’ll correct that right now. Those days were very helpful to me and I credit your face cane for making me realize that I could do them. Ot at least that I WANTED to do face canes. So thank you Mel, for the inspiration. Swap are a good thing for beginners and for experienced clayers to inspire others. I think I’ll join more swaps.
    Let me know when you create your blog. OR better yet, throw so stuff up on flickr.

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