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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Highs and Lows – a WIP

I’m making this neck piece using my new method. It’s bright, I know. but it’s me.

It is lumpy and bumpy, with highs and lows. Very interesting.

It’s relatively light because Ultralight is involved, but we’ll see how it feels when I wear it. More work to do…..see you next time.

20 comments to Highs and Lows – a WIP

  • Lois Lin

    I like it very much, Alice. Love the bright colors.
    What does WIP stand for? Also, let’s see how you string it to hang around the neck…

  • This is very cool! I love to see your “works in progress” especially when they look so intuitive and I have a hard time to imagine where you’re going next… inspiring!

  • Alice

    Thanks Dor and Monique, alway fun. Lois “work in progress” Sound official and very cool don’t you think? I’m pondering how to string it now.
    thanks you guys for taking the time to comment here on my blog…since FB, it gets lonely in here. J

  • Sydney

    It is you! What is the size? Will you use your new enclosure with it?

  • Alice Stroppel

    It’s big of course. Sydney….lol. I might try the closure, but I’m kind of saving that for Fandango. Thinking a out something else maybe.

  • Deborah

    Alice, the new technique looks fun. Is it another idea to use up bits of cane? I’m looking forward to seeing the finished necklace.

  • Alice Stroppel

    Hi Deborah, You could use bits of slices, however these are all brand new slices and to be honest, I won’t be using older canes with my next piece. The clay needs to be workable and the older cane that I used wanted to crack when I tried to manipulate it. So no more old canes, I’ll save those for Stroppel Canes…lol
    Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • Sarah Triton

    I love the lumpy, bumpy, Alice; and I’m all about brights too. Last week my boss showed me a B/W cuff she’s working on which was a similar idea. Remind her to show it to youthe next time you see her.

  • I think it will be a very cool necklace. I can see it with some accent beads made with the canes you use in the main piece. Bright and cheerful just like you.

  • Lois Lin

    Another question, Alice: How are these attached together? Squishing or liquid poly clay? or other methods? Thank you!

  • Alice

    Sara, Patricia, thanks, I’ve been distracted and haven’t finished it yet, but hope to get back to it today.

    Lois I’m experimenting with UltraLight and have used that as a base. Kind of hard to explain.

  • Ooooh Alice, I am loving this one. Bit of a colour girl myself and it is just so luscious. Can’t wait to see it on. And I love your idea of a “yeah right” jar that you mentioned in an earlier post. I am teaching a face cane class next weekend over here in Oz (They have to make do with me until we can get Alice Stroppel and/ or Barbara McGuire to visit Broken Hill in the Australian Outback) and I will send all my excitable clayers to your magnificent site. Thanks for posting. Love it.

  • Alice

    Wendy, Doesn’t everyone have a yeah right jar?

    I would love, love, love to visit you in your Australian Outback. I bet I could talk Barbara into coming with me. Then we could all compare faces…..Your faces are fabulous btw…I know your workshop will be a blast, you have such a great sense of humor.

    I am such a fan of you, your work and how you are contributing to Samunnat Nepal. I am inspired.

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

  • Lois Lin

    Where may I see a pic of “yeah right” jar?
    Sound like something I might want to try. I have got peanutbutter jars galore… :)
    Or, “yeah right” can (steel cans)?

  • Alice

    hehehe Lois, just use one of those peanut butter jars and put all your “what was I thinking” or “yeah right” pieces in there. That’ll work. Mine it a biggggg jar, you probably don’t have as many failures as I do..hoho.

  • Lois Lin

    In that case, Alice, my whole work space, aka gameroom, aka studio, can be the big “yeah right” place. ha ha ha. Thank you! chuckle chuckle…

  • Alice Stroppel

    I hear ya’ Lois..lol

  • Alice, I love this, so colorful. Can’t wait to see the completed project!

  • Alice Stroppel

    Thank you Mary!

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