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

  • Loved hearing your voice!! I just gotta say that using our scraps this way is wicked cool! Such a simple idea but what a dramatic results! Beautiful!Thanks so much for sharing it with us in a video!!
    hugs, luny

  • Alice

    Hey Miss luny, thanks for taking the the time to say hi and let me know you like my idea. i was delighted to have something to share.

  • Tina - CreatedWithFire Studios

    Alice, I have been hearing so much about the “Stroppel Cane” and this was my first chance to come check out your tutorial, BOY am I glad I did, this is just wonderful ! I was just telling my husband that I was finding some of the canes I when I was first was new to clay where starting to get crumbly. Your new cane will be a great way to use those up !

    Again thank you for sharing your knowledge and can not wait to try this !
    Take care,

  • Alice

    It’s been amazing Tina, glad you took a look and gave it a try…..thanks for letting me know?

  • Hi Alice, just wanted to stop by and say a deepfelt *thank you* for sharing this amazing technique with us all. I have had a blast seeing the effects that come through when I slice into my Stroppel canes, I just love them! You can see a blog post I wrote about it here: http://inishkea.blogspot.com/2011/11/stroppel-wildfire.html

    Thanks again – HEAPS!!!

  • Hello,
    I made necklaces thanks to your tutorial is great, you can see them on my blog!
    thank you very much

  • Alice

    I am having a blast seeing everything everyone is making. You’ve pieces are wonderful and I’ve already pinned them.
    Thanks for taking the time to say hello Shannon.

  • Alice

    Val, you know I love what you’re doing with the canes. This piece is stunning.I’m pinning it,

  • LInda Dozier

    Alice…..I am fairly new at this but I do have some old canes that I would like to try. However, my canes seem somewhat dried out and Iwas wondering if I need to do anything to them before using them on the Stroppel cane? Thanks again for all your wonderful tips and inspiration. Linda Dozier

  • Alice

    Hey Linda,
    I think what I would do is reduce those old canes just a bit and try to loosen them up. Or if I were lazy…likely…..then I would just slice and stack and make a tall stack of the new Stroppel cane and then reduce that cane just a bit to get those old cane slices warmed up. Try it both ways and see which one works the best and let me know would you? Thanks for giving it a try.

  • How to make a Stroppel round Natasha bead, this time with pictures. If you don’t know how to make a Stroppel cane, have a look at this free tutorial. First make your Stroppel cane. Then make another but this time using slices of Stroppel cane. http://aquariart-chocoholic.blogspot.com/2011/11/more-clay-much-more-clay.html

  • I really enjoyed watching your video of using up those scrap cane pieces and I surely will try experimenting with the technique.. It does look like a lot of fun and is something to keep those brain cells engaged in creativity

  • Alice

    thanks Joan, I hope you have a great time saving those scraps and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

  • Thanks a lot for the distribution of this tuto. I’ve tried and result is splendid. That’s a very good idea to use our cannes in another way…

  • Alice

    Sandre, I’m so glad you like it and that you took the time to let me know. I’m Pinning it on Pinterest right now.

  • Hi Alice,
    Thank you so much to share with us all… I’ve really enjoyed to make your cane !
    I’ve passed all the day long to do the second one and it will not be the last one…

  • Alice

    Oh thank you Dorothee for taking the time to leave me a comment. I just went to your site and I love the necklaces, bracelets and buttons you made with your Stroppel Cane. I’m going to have to go back and look some more. I’m going to pin them right now. Thanks again for sharing it with others. Alice

  • Thank you Alice for the stroppelcane….. je me suis beaucoup amusée avec, le résultat est surprenant et génial, avec des grandes possibilités d’utilisation.

  • Alice

    Marykot, your work is wonderful, thank YOU for giving it a try.

  • Cynthia Clayworth

    I just happened upon this. Thank you so, so much Alice! I’ve been wondering just how in the world that was done! I really appreciate your sharing what you do!

  • Alice

    Hi Cynthia, so glad you found me and the cane. It’s been fun keeping up with you on FB. Thamks for taking the time tp let me know you enjoyed the video.

  • Dear Alice!!

    thank you so much for your tutorial, i’ve so pleasure to work with it!!! ( sorry for my bad english…)

  • Alice

    Oh good another Jade. I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Don’t worry I don’t speak any other at all. Thank you for stopping by.

  • Jan

    Hi Alice,

    Great tutorial! {Thumps her head, why didn’t I think of this!!!!!} I can’t wait to use all the scraps….sorry, remnants I have laying all over the place, as well as browsing through your site. Thank you!

  • Alice

    Thanks Jan, I’m laughing here because I fell the same way so many times when I see something someone else has been doing. I just never want to waste all those colors and canes and was tired of being a hoarder. lol

  • […] Stroppel a trouvé un excellent moyen d’utiliser ses restes de canes en créant la Stroppel Cane. N’ayant pas un gros stock de canes, j’ai adapté sa technique à mes restes de pâte, […]

  • Alice

    J’aime vraiment les couleurs solides. Ils sont jolies pièces.

  • […] Stroppel cane е сравнително нова техника с полимерна глина, измислена от майсторката Alice Stroppel. Това е чудесен начин за „рециклиране“ на остатъци от кейнове или други стари парчета глина. […]

  • Dear Alice, many thanks for your visit on my blog and for your comment. I love so much your works and Stroppel cane is great! Hugs from Italy

  • Alice

    Paola, A big hug from Fla. and I thank you right back for taking the time to stop here and say hello.I’m so glad you like and are using the technique to make those wonderful pieces. thanks again.

  • Thanks a lot for your tutorial. A super great idea.

  • Alice

    Brigitte, you’re so welcome! Thanks for taking the time to say hello.

  • carmen

    Gracias Alice tu tutorial es magnifico. Saludos desde Barcelona (Catalunya, España )

  • Alice

    You’re so welcome Carmen, thank you for saying hello.

  • Me encantan estos acabados que das a las piezas.

  • Alice

    Thank you Nina

  • Just LLLLLLLLLLLLLLoooooooooovvvveee to do !!
    Great tutorial!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  • Alice

    nienja, lol, I ‘m so glad, thanks for letting me know.

  • Angie

    Thank you so much for this cool video! I found it through Susan White’s blog (a local bead maker). I am new to polymer, so new I have my first packages of clay sitting there unopened ’cause I just bought them. 😀 I appreciate the tip for new people, how to scrape your clay off the work surface; that probably wouldn’t have occurred to me and I would have pulled and yanked on it. 😀

    I have been working with glass for years and love it, but summers tend to be a bit iffy when it comes to getting to the torch and I have been wanting to try polymer clay as a summer craft instead.

    I love your idea of how to use up scrap cane and will do so once I start actually making any.

    Now I’m off to greedily peruse the rest of your site. Gorgeous work!

  • Alice

    Angie, welcome to the fabulously world of polymer clay. I’m so glad you found this video in the beginning so you won’t be baling up your scraps and making mud. I love glass but have never worked with it. someday maybe……..Thanks for taking the time to say hello. I hope you stop in and share your progress from time to time.

  • Hi Alice,
    Love, love, love the ingenuity you show with this cane. Thank you SO much for sharing with us all! I saw this probably a year ago and never sat down to make one but am coming back to it today and making my first Stroppel Cane today! Woo hoo! Needed to remind myself the particulars and again, feel fortunate that you have shared this as a reminder!

    Thanks again!

  • Alice

    Hey there Jenny, So glad your finally giving it a try. It really is fun and saves those scraps…Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

  • Hello Alice, I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful work and say I’ve just posted a link to your blog under a pendant I have recently finished using your Stroppel Cane technique. I think you deserve a mention every time someone uses it! It’s here at the moment; https://www.facebook.com/theclockworkjewel?ref=tn_tnmn for friends to buy but will be migrating into my Folksy shop (above website) soon. Many thanks, Michelle (The Clockwork Jewel) 😀 x

  • Alice

    Michelle, thank you for taking the time to leave me such a nice note. The pendant you made with your Stroppel Cane is lovely. Thanks for sharing.


  • I just have to say that I am having so much fun with your Stroppel Cane. I began my adventure with polymer clay only 2 years ago and back then discovered your face cane tutorial. Thank you so much for all your help and inspiration. I LOVE your art and design style.

  • Alice

    Well…..Diane….I have to say that your bugs and dragon fly made from your Stroppel Canes are fabulous. I just love how you’ve used the cane. All your work is wonderful.

    Thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice comment.


  • Thank you for,sharing that wonderful video, I have so many left over pieces of canes and now I know what to do with them
    Thank you again Rita

  • Alice

    Rita, I’m so glad you found the video… thanks for letting me know and happy scrapping!:)

  • for my weekend workshop, I made a small homage to Alice by including a piece of the now famous Stroppel Cane  in one of the cuffs I http://afterthemonsoon.com/2012/07/20/facing-up-to-faces/

  • Jan Gonder

    Alice, Christi Friesen gave one of her free make and takes with bug beads this time, then toward the end, showed us her version of your cane. She mentioned that she’d been in Florida and you two were “playing around” with your beads. She was at the Pasadena Bead and Design Show for one day, which was all she had with her busy schedule. Anyway, like your other fans, I’m certainly happy to find another use for leftover clay. Thanks for sharing!

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