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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The Stroppel Cane – Polymer Clay

The Stroppel Cane – Saving Unused Cane Slices From Ending Up in the Mud Pile!

I am very excited to share my newest invention with you. I call it The Stroppel Cane! For the last couple of months, as I clean up my workspace after a project, I make a Stroppel Cane from the “not so perfect cane slices” and any other scraps I have on my work tile.

You can use these canes in any number of ways and I’ll be featuring some projects here on my blog in the future. From time to time, just do a search for The Stroppel Cane and see what comes up.

Please leave a comment it you liked this new video. Without feed back I don’t know if what I’m sharing is reaching anyone or if you are enjoying or finding what I’m sharing useful. And do share it on Facebook and Twitter and send the link to your friends. I love hearing from you in any form. Enjoy!

280 comments to The Stroppel Cane – Polymer Clay

  • Alice

    Elsie I can’t believe how everyone has used this right away, turning scrap into jewels, thanks for the nice words and send pictures!!!!

  • Alice

    Kerrie, thanks a funny picture, scrounging for scraps. Lol I hope I meet you someday too. Thanks for telling me you liked it.

  • Alice

    Oh thanks Pam, I still have just a little bit of that cat cane left. He was made with leftover eyes from a face cane I did. Very strange looking cat. Glad you enjoyed the video. Thanks

  • Alice

    Carol, i’m so glad you tried it already!! The cool thing is everyone’s cane is going to look different. Thank you!

  • Alice

    Oh that would be lovely, thank you alabala!

  • Awesome! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Barbara Kaczor

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!

  • Alice

    You’re welcome Lorrene and Barbara, glad to have something to share that has been so well received, makes me feel wonderful. Thanks so much.

  • Ronalyn Hurley

    What a wonderful way to use cane scraps! Tomorrow I’ll look through my scrap jar and see what I have. Thank you for sharing your technique.

  • janet joslin

    wasn’t able to open the video for some reason

  • Veronique Hoffmann

    Thank you for this marvelous tutorial. I now discovered it only and certainly still many beautiful work thereby to make.

  • Alice

    Veronique, and Ronalyn, I’m so glad you took the time to let me know you enjoyed it.. pictures now..it’s the right thing to do. :)

  • Alice

    Janet, Try downloading the newest Quicktime player. Hope that helps.

  • Sherrie Brittig

    Thank you for sharing this new tutorial. It is wonderful, and so easy for such beautiful results!

  • Alice

    You’re so welcome Sherrie, thanks for taking the time to say hello.

  • Stephanie Bargelski

    Alice, I can hear you speak, but the is no video to watch!!

    I really wanted to see this video :^(

  • Lynn

    Amazing. Your bright colors never loose their appeal. Thank you for the tutorial

  • Alice

    Stephanie, oh dear, I really don’t know what to tell you. try downloading the newest Quicktime.

  • Alice

    Thanks Lynn ….. for the compliment and stopping by .

  • Selma


    What a great idea!! I have so many little pieces and have hated to make mud.
    Can not wait to use your method. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Jola

    Thanks so much for sharing this method. What a great way to use up ends of canes or an overabundance of canes. I’m still a rank amateur when it comes to working with polymer clay, but this is definitely a method I’ll be trying – once I have enough pieces of scrap cane!

  • Alice

    Selma, Me too! The Stroppel Cane is the result…I love pictures remember!!!

  • Alice

    Jola, don’t worry, if you are like I was when I started it won’t take you long to create loads of canes. I just use some canes from 1998 in a stroppel cane….going to do a post on it.

  • laurel martel

    Alice….for some reason, the stoppel cane video thingy will not come up on my computer….it comes up with one of those “no picture” things…instead….! I would LOVE to see how you have done this as I always have scrap from canes and would like to use them….Don’t know if you can help me or not….but I sure hope so…don’t usually have problems with video feeds and such???….Laurel Martel

  • thanks a lot for this tutorial ! i’ll try it !

  • Alice

    Laurel, All I can tell you is to download the latest Quicktime Player. Wish I could be of more help.

  • Alice

    Minouche, So glad you liked it. I love to see pictures…

  • Hello Alice,
    Like Laurel Martel, I try to see your video “Stroppel cane” but…no picture.
    I don’t speak verry good english. Sorry!
    Have a nice day, chère Alice!

  • Alice

    Elena, I ‘m so sorry, all I can suggest is to download the newest Quicktime player.

  • Great tutorial and well presented. Thanks for sharing your idea with us.

  • […] Occasionally I have wondered why, so imagine my delight in discovering the Stroppel cane (see the free tutorial video). Second iteration Stroppel cane (slices of Stroppel cane layered in alternate […]

  • Alice

    So happy to Talima, thank you.

  • Hi Alice,

    Thanks so much for sharing this cool technique! Like many others, as soon as I saw your video I had to give it a try! I posted about it on my blog and you can see it here:



  • Alice

    Wow, It looks wonderful Carolyn and thank you for the post.

  • Hello Alice! I saw Cynthia’s post about the Stroppel cane, came straight here to watch your tutorial and LOVE it! I’ve only been able to try one so far and can’t wait to get back to my work space and make another, and another, and another. The goodies from the first cane are almost finished and I’m excited to share the results with you, so I’ll be back soon! Thank you so much for freely sharing this wonderful technique!

  • Alice

    Hi Kaye, can’t wait to see what you make from your canes, you’re minis are wonderful.


    I have made my first stroppel cane and am in move with it. Who will tell me what to do with the scraps from my stroppel cane becuase they are way to pretty to throw out. I wonder what a Stroppel of a Stroppel looks like ?

  • Alice

    Oh good Jackie, can’t wait to see it. I’m laughing out loud here….. I actually made a Stroppel cane from left over Stroppel cane and it turned out really well. Like a mini version. It never ends I guess.

  • Perrie Layton

    Hi Alice,
    I made some great beads from left over black/gray/white canes and colors I created at a Maggie Maggio class. I don’t know how to attach a pic but you can check my blog to see them. MortimerInc.Blogspot.com I have often found that when I tried to create scrap from leftovers, if I sliced them first I got some very cool combinations, leaving me with more unfinished projects and no scrap at all.
    Perrie Layton

  • WOW….Alice It’s a brilliant idea.
    Well done!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

    Dorit from Denmark

  • Alice

    They look terrific Perrie, there are no scraps in pc land…lol

  • Alice

    Well Dorit, maybe not brilliant, just cheap, don’t want to waste a thing. But thanks, I’m glad you like it.

  • Diane

    I love the “Stroppel Cane”. Just getting ready to give it a try. But, Alice, on a different note, can you tell me what kind of plastic wrap you use to store those old scrap canes? In your video it doesn’t appear to be typical Saran Wrap type plastic.

    Thank you so much for sharing another great Stroppel idea! I love your work and your website!!!

  • Alice

    Thanks Diane, glad you like it. The plastic I use is deli wrap. You know, like when you go to the deli counter and ask for a half pound of sliced ham? You can find it online or at your local restaurant supply store. It’s not the waxpaper deli wrap that I use for so many other things, its the clear deliwrap. It won’t leach the clay
    There’s 1,000 sheets in each box and it will last you for a long time, unless you’re like me and use it like crazy. I cut it into strips to match my canes.
    You’ll love it.

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  • Louise Smith

    Downloaded the Quicktime player 3X and rebooted. Still can’t play this really interesting looking video. Was able to play some of your free tutorials and not others. Would LOVE to be able to play them all. Reluctant to purchase any anything until I can figure out the problem. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks so much.

  • Anna

    I can’t see the video :(

  • Alice

    Louise and Anna, another person emailed me to say she could only watch it on a firefox browser. Don’t know if that will help you or not, but I’m not sure what else you could try. I’m so sorry you’re having trouble.

  • Dear Alice!
    I am looking at your goredous cane and I am even more sorry because I am not able to see it. I have Quicktime player but I don’t have PRO version. So…. But like it a lot and will try to do it my way.
    Happy claying!

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