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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Experiments in Polymer Clay

Over the last few weeks, I’ve spent more time at my clay table. The problem is, I don’t have many finished things that I can share.

Most of what I’ve been doing is experimenting with techniques and applications. Some of these experiments haven’t made it past the approval stage. I’ve been trying to apply what I stress in all my workshops, that is, play, experiment, stretch, because what’s the worse that can happen? You have to throw something away? So what? We always learn something along the way.

The beads up above are one of those experiments, working with Ultralight. Only the first stage, I can envision the next steps, lets see how it goes.

I’ve also been making slides to exchange on a retreat that is coming in August. I’ve had so much fun, but I can’t show them to you yet.

I’ve been adding to my cane collection, inventing different canes for my workshops. It’s one of my favorite things to do. So my work space is a mess and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

In the picture above, amoung all my  canes are two new tools that I find I’m using more and more. They are from the Clay Lady, Penny Jo.  I’m not using them at all like Penny Jo intended, but I knew that before I ordered them. I love tools. You can order your own in her Etsy shop

I’ve also been working towards being able to give classes and workshops right here on my blog, I’m in the middle of the learning curve, so stay tuned. I just keep thinking how much fun this is going to be.


6 comments to Experiments in Polymer Clay

  • Hi Alice,

    Thank you so very much for the mention of our tools on your site! Joe and I are both tickled that you are happy with them.

    Penni Jo

  • Alice

    Oh you’re welcome Penny Jo. I really have been using those two little guys lot. It’s such a great kit for a great price.

  • Alice,
    I love how your canes are all different shapes and sizes. Always so colorful. I definitely need those tools. Very cool.

  • Patrica makes a excellent point. I too love the mix of shapes, colors and sizes in your work!


  • Laura Lang

    Alice, I love the picture. So much to look at. The colors and patterns are exciting and fresh!! I looked at the tool packs from Penni Jo. I wasn’t sure what do do with some of them. The peej picks look interesting.

  • Alice Stroppel

    Patricia, thanks, the tools are good for many things, I’ m just starting to try them out.

    Thanks Penny Jo!

    Laura. My favorite tool is a knitting needle, I truly use it all the time. Several of the tools in Penny Jo’s kit fill in where the knitting needle leaves off. pointed and rounded ends are good for all kind of things…still experimenting. Thanks for the nice words Laura!!:)

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