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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A New Twist on the Stroppel Cane by Orly Rabinowitz

I have something amazing to share with you today and I bet you that there will be as many items made from this twist on the Stroppel cane as there are from my original. We probably need to call it the Stroppel/Rabinowitz cane.

When I saw these buttons, I was amazed. Aren’t they remarkable? My flickr friend and oh so talented polymer clay artist Orly Rabinowitz made the incredible buttons above with the Stroppel cane but with a slight difference. She wasn’t able to watch the video (before I moved it to Youtube) and she……….well it will just be easier to share the note she sent me.

Dear Alice,
For some time I wanted to make the Stroppel cane, but since I couldn’t watch the video for some reason, I didn’t.
Anyhow, yesterday I tried it, based on how I thought it is done. At the beginning I cut my canes lengthwise, only as I continued I understood I supposed to put sliced…
The result, however, was stunning, at least to my eyes… like a piece of fabric.
I then went back to your blog and managed to watch the video. The second cane I made was according to the original directions (although my leftover canes and slices are in such a mess…).
I wanted to thank you, the technique is as simple as it is fun and useful.
Watching the final result is like meeting with an old friend, as you can recognize your old loveable canes between the lines…
For now I made only a few magnets and buttons. I’m not sure I can cover vessels with it, time will tell.
I upload some photos on my flikr page, you’re welcome to visit!
Thanks again,

I agree 100%, these are stunning, really wonderful I think. Thanks you Orly for sharing.

So you see what happens when you just create what you feel and not follow someone else’s exact instructions? Below are the buttons she made after she watched the video. It really love these too, Orly’s colors and canes are always so vibrant and lively. But I am delighted by the “accidental” canes made by slicing her old canes a different way.

I can wait to see what comes out of this new look of old cane, it’s so exciting to have one person expand a  techinque, it’s like watching babies grow up, a joyous process.

Orly is my sister face cane maker from another part of the world, and we never would have known about each other if not for the wonderful world of the internet.

If you haven’t seen her girls, go see the rest of Orly’s fabulous work on her Flickr site. Or order some of her work from her Etsy Shop.

20 comments to A New Twist on the Stroppel Cane by Orly Rabinowitz

  • These are fantastic buttons; especially the top photo …. wow

  • Alice

    I know Pati, what a great twist on the technique.

  • Bonjour Alice, j’aime beaucoup votre travaille et trouvé la Stroppel cane super, c’est une idée géniale pour utiliser tous les vieux morceaux de cane. Ma fille c’est beaucoup amusé à en faire une avec des canes “toutes neuves”, et elle est toute fière que je montre son travaille sur mon blog.

    Hi Alice, I love your work and found the super Stroppel cane is a great idea to use all the old pieces of cane. My daughter is a lot of fun to make canes with a “brand new” and is very proud that I show her working on my blog.

  • Alice

    Cari, je suis si heureux que vous avez apprécié tourner vos déchets en trésors. Je suis particulièrement heureux que vous et votre fille a eu à passer du temps ensemble la création de ces coeurs merveilleux. Merci beauc

    Cari, I’m so glad you enjoyed turning your trash into treasure. I am particularly pleased that you and your daughter got to spend time together creating these wonderful hearts. Thank you very much for the link and for such kind words on my blog. xo Alice.

  • Wow—Love this expansion on your technique–had wondered about doing it that way myself but have not gotten around to trying–to the studio, Claywomen!

  • It’s great isn’t it Randee. The problem is….Orly’s “ugly” canes are way prettier than mine….I don’t make very big canes and the ones left are truly ugly.

  • suzanne

    wow, Orly has done a wonderful miracle with the Stroppel cane!
    the top ones are so beautiful! i have sliced a bunch of my old and very ugly
    canes and doing so, i also cut them length wise. however, i haven’t got around to trying it out yet.

    thanks so much for sharing

  • Alice

    Suzanne, she has hasn’t she. I can’t wait to see yours when you get it done.

  • Alice–I also “misinterpreted” (read: “heard a brief description of the new technique, and decided I didn’t need to read the actual directions of”) your instructions! Except I didn’t even slice my canes at all. I’ve only recently learned caning, so I had quite a few throw-aways around. In fact, when I saw the picture of Orly’s gorgeous cane, I immediately thought “oh, she did the same thing I did!” Then I noticed her canes were sliced lengthwise, which I am now also going to try! I have since gone on to try your actual technique though, and I love the results! I will try to send you a picture of my original “Jumping-to-Conclusions faux Stroppel” cane!

  • Alice

    I’m laughing……wonderful thing happen from mistakes. ANN KRUGLAK, guest poster on Polymer Clay daily wrote this post about how art has a voice of it’s own. http://polymerclaydaily.com/2011/11/17/art-speaks/
    I’ve seen her Tea pot piece and it truly is a happy accident.
    I hope you do send me pictures of your “faux Stroppel” cane Mary, I’ll be looking for it.

    Thanks for saying hello.

  • I agree… the buttons in the top photo are just beautiful! I can’t wait to get back to playing with the Stroppel cane and seeing what else I can do with it. So much fun, Alice!

  • You always come up with such wonderful pieces, I can’t wait to see what you do either Tammie

  • Kathleen

    They are indeed beautiful! I have to admit to being confused, though, about what Orly means by “lengthwise.” Because I can clearly see nearly complete cane slices of flowers, for example, in her top photo, it seems that she has taken regular slices and stood them up on the base layer rather than laying them flat as I understood from your video. I’m sorry to be so dense but I want to be able to build her version of the Stroppel cane as well as yours! This has been a really fun technique to work with, and I know lots of folks are thankful for your generosity in sharing it.

  • Alice

    Hi Kathleen,
    The canes were cut from one end to the other instead on crosswise as usual. That’s why you see parts of canes instead of the whole design. If you had a flower cane slice down through the center of the flower.
    You would now have two pieces to add to you new cane. If you sliced it the normal way you would end up with many slices.
    The way I did it you don’t see any design from the canes, instead you see graphic bits of colored stripes.

    Hope that helps.

  • Kathleen

    Yes, it does. Thanks very much. Now to the workroom!

  • Alice

    Okay Kathleen…..pictures. :)

  • Priscilla

    Hi, Alice. Orly’s buttons are colorful and FUN. Like Orly, I sometimes put my canes in “face first” if I want a particular section, such as a leaf, to really show. Now that I’ve seen her variation, I might try to do more of that!

    I just posted pictures of a pen I made for a friend who is a breast cancer survivor. Her only request was that I use some pink–but she wears a lot of black so your cane was perfect. You can see the pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/40687451@N03/sets/72157628074683873/ Thanks again for sharing this idea that has truly taken the polymer world by storm.

  • Alice

    Priscilla, the pen is lovely and I know your friend is going to love it. I love Orly’s approach and am going to give it a try myself. I see you’ve added the pen to the Stroppel Cane group. Thank you and thanks for stopping by.

  • Merci Alice pour cette belle trouvaille technique j’ai adoré recycler mes canes grâce à vous !!!

  • Alice

    Je suis ravi que vous aimez la technique et il conserve toutes les cannes anciennes de la pile de votre recyle. Merci de prendre le temps de dire bonjour.

    I’m thrilled that you like the technique and it keeps all your old canes from the recyle pile. Thanks for taking the time to say hello.

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