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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Apple Man Still a WIP

Surprise, a second post in one day. I just wanted to share what I’ve done today at my clay table.

I’m still working on appleman and the concept. It’s a sweet little cabinet ( Doreen, I just need to figure out how to add a shelf or drawer) or box with a quick surprise inside and room to hold a special treasure or two.

I’ve added canes to the inside with my mosaic technique (modified) and baked him one more time. One of the things I want to work out is fewer baking sessions.

This one will end up on my shelf and I’ll enjoy him for a very long time. I have ideas for more in my head and am looking forward to translating them into clay.

26 comments to Apple Man Still a WIP

  • Wow! Amazing! How big is Apple Man?

  • Alice

    Marty, He fits in the palm of my hand, he’s about 2 1/2″ tall and wide. About the size of a baseball.
    Thanks for taking the time to say hello.

  • Debbie Crothers

    Oh my goodness Alice – he is simply divine. I love your idea and can’t wait to see what else you come up with. What’s his name – does he have one?

  • Alice

    Oh thank you Debbie, He doesn’t have a name yet, Appleman isn’t very clever is it? I’m excited to play around with this idea some more.

  • Deborah

    That’s so unique, Alice. It has so many different, interesting things going on. From one angle, a fresh looking apple and from another, a friendly face. Thanks for sharing the video too.

  • I am speechless!! This is such an exciting piece!!

  • Lori

    Wow he’s great.! I can see a false wall that spins open by tuning the apple stem in the top revealing a hidden shelf . Like a Houdini trick

  • powerful50

    I love this man… he looks so cheerful and very powerful:-) inside.

  • Alice! I LOVE Appleman! I love the white of his apple meat head & his caney innards (which remind me of a brain) his latch! Great little cabinet, Alice ;
    I like his name too, actually.

  • Alice

    Deborah, I like that about him too. I was really happy with the Skinner blend on the outside too. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • Alice

    Betty Jo, lol really? I love that you think that, thank you so much

  • Alice

    Lori…..lol now you’re talking way over my head for engineering…..wanted help me design that?? Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

  • Alice

    PowerWoman!!! Thank you for stopping in and saying hi. I’m so glad you like him.

  • Alice

    Thank you Doreen! Maryanne, on Flickr said, “your brain on polymer”. made me laugh. This compliment coming from you oh “Queen of the the characters” is very special. I admire your work very much.

  • Lori

    Sure I would be happy to help you. I already have it figured out in my head how to do it.

  • Alice

    Any help or suggestion will always be gladly accepted. But you should try your idea yourself. Seriously, give it a try. It doesn’t have to be an apple, it can be anything.

  • Lori

    Have you ever seen how some round windows opens up  or better yet think of a revolving door .  There is a pivot point on the top and a pivot point on the bottom.   

    So make the revolving wall the shape of a flat coin  bead  that fits in the center of the  apple .  Cover  the wall on one side and add a sm shelf to the other side. the shelf will have to be rounded so the wall can turn.  Drill a hole that goes all way from the top to the bottom on the  revolving wall .  Then on the apple  where the stem would come out, drill a hole  and drill a matching hole  on the bottom of apple but don’t go all the way through.  Then use a strong wire to attach the wall to the apple. Leave enough wire in top and cover it like it was a stem.

  • Lori

    I’ve only been experiencing this clay addiction for one year this month.

    I haven’t tried sculpting yet, i’m still totaly entertained with making flower canes and covering everything in my house that has a flat and even some not so flat surfaces. However I did buy a marble lazy Susan yesterday…….

  • Alice

    Well that’s brilliant, thank you. I probably won’t mess with appleman, but I have more to do, so……..thank you. Just because you haven’t sculpted yet doesn’t mean you can’t try ….:)

  • Lori

    My husband would NEVER see me then…lol

  • Alice

    So….make him help…lol

  • Lori

    Lol…he does help……he stays out of my way and sometimes he will even cook dinner!

  • Story

    Appleman is awesome and so very creative. What an inspiration you are to me! Btw … you could name him Johnny (if you still think he needs a name) … you know, after Johnny Appleseed *chuckles* though I suppose that is not all the original of me, eh? hehe.

  • Alice

    Story..what a great name, I’m flattered to think I might inspire you, thank you. Yes Johnny would actually be perfect, That IS a grin, but he is labeled for life as Appleman Just like my poor cat will always be Kitty because we couldn’t agree on a name until it was too late.
    Thanks for stopping by…..for taking the time to say hello.

  • Your Appleman is delightful! He has a very “bright brain” so you could call him Einstein, lol! Very clever concept and wonderful work!

  • Alice

    Luny, you’re so funny, thanks for stopping by. I could see one of your mini scenes inside.

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