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.

Online Workshops with Alice Stroppel


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Polymer Clay Daily and New Polymer Clay Face Bracelets

I just want to take the time to thank Cynthia Tinapple from Polymer Clay Daily once again for another feature about the Stroppel cane. This morning she linked to several polymer clay artists that have been experimenting with the technique and I have to say that I am truly delighted by the results. Thanks to everyone who is playing and posting about the Stroppel cane, it’s been so much fun!

Now on to what I’ve been playing with……new profile face bangles.

New bangles

I’ve been working on these new bangles in between having so much fun with the Stroppel cane. In fact the one on the bottom of the pile is one I was working on while on retreat and it has some Stroppel cane on it. But in my head I saw this style bracelet made with my face canes and a couple of other ways I haven’t been able to out of my head and into clay yet.

These are just the prototypes, still working on perfecting the process. But I’ll have some up for sale on Etsy before the week is out.  I’m working on more ideas, so be sure to check back and see what mischief I’ve been up to.

I just noticed how much purple is in each of these, well, I like purple and I guess it shows. And lime green……….

This is a view of the backs. These bracelets really make a wonderful canvas for just about anything you want to create. I’m having fun again, but when don’t I have fun when clay is involved?

Thanks to Laurie Prophater and her inspiration bracelet that I’m so lucky to own from our trade.  It was the shape that just made my head start to whirl. It was the first time I’d held one like it in my hands and had the free time to ponder. Retreats are a very good thing, gets your imagination jumping.

Laurie’s blog is  Ornamental Elements or you can visit Laurie’s Etsy site.

14 comments to Polymer Clay Daily and New Polymer Clay Face Bracelets

  • Love your new bangles!!! Viewed your scrap cane tute this morning and can’t wait to try it! I’ll post pics!

  • pati bannister

    Super, Alice….they really are charming!

  • Hey Mary and Pati, Thanks, I’m pretty excited about them They live up to my rule…they make me laugh!
    Mary, will you be around this weekend at Mount Dora. Stop by if you can.m

  • Alice,
    They are fabulous!!! If these are the prototypes, I can’t wait to see the final bracelets.


  • Ah Laurie..You’re so nice, thank You. I just want to streamline the process I guess. The finish produce will probably look like these but I will take less time to create them I hope.
    See what you started?

  • OH, now THESE are so out of the box! I LOVE the new design of these bracelets, Alice. Leave it up to you to create these ‘make you smile’ bangles! Most awesome job, dear girl!!
    hugs, luny

  • Luny!!! I’m laugjing and can’t wait to make more.Thanks so much for taking the time to tell me you like them……

  • Alice

    Hi Cara Jane!!! thank you!

  • Carmen

    Hi Alice,

    Your bracelets are fabulous! Right now I only make polymer clay bracelets using brass forms. I am nervous about making them without some type of metal armature because I feel they will not be strong enough to withstand “wear and tear”. How do you make yours strong…baking at higher temperature…perhaps?

  • Alice

    Hi Carmen, I make these at least 1/4″ thick and always bake to manufacturers instructions.

    I can only tell you about Premo. I don’t use anything else. I did use Sculpey III until I realized it would break. Premo is pretty strong.

    I have worn these new ones quite a bit and they are doing just fine.

  • Carmen

    Thank you Alice! Polymer clay never ceases to amaze me.

  • I have to jump in here… I’ve worn bracelets made from Kato for years without mishap.(The bracelet shape that Alice used as the starting point for her face bracelets) In September, Polymer Clay Daily featured an extruded bracelet that I am test driving. I am shocked by the strength of the design…even the swirls on the outside edge have withstood the ‘abuse’ that a bangle bracelet endures.

  • Alice

    Laurie you can jump in anytime, I’m always so happy to hear from you.
    Glad to hear your take on Kato.

    I’ve worn all kinds of bracelets I’ve made with raised designs. I’ve never had a problem with anything chipping or breaking off. If it is cured correctly, the finished product is very strong.

    You should be getting a package in the mail today.

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