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 Nod to Naama Zamir and Her Special Stripes Cane

Naama Zamir's Special Stripes Cane

Naama Zamir's Special Stripes Cane

While I was searching for the author of the eye cane tutorial at the bottom of this post, I came across this tutorial from Naama Zamir. She Posted this tutorial on March 1st, 2009! I made my Ancient Mystery Bracelet on Aug.10, 2009.

I didn’t see her tutorial until 10 minutes ago. In fact I had already started this post to look for the author of the eye cane tutorial.

Ancient Mystery I

Ancient Mystery I

This post is to acknowledge that she thought of the technique before I did! It just must have been floating around in the air and landed on me. Take a look, she explains how to do it wonderfully.

Now to the reason I was searching the internet… this ikat cane tutorial.

Ikat Eye Cane

Ikat Eye Cane

Do you know who wrote this tutorial for an Ikat Eye Cane? It was on a website several years ago.

I printed it out and I use it sometimes for my face canes. I copied and pasted it into another program to print it to save ink. I usually labeled things I printed out with the author’s name and the website address. But somehow I’ve lost that information.

I’ve searched for it online for quite some time with no luck. I’m afraid that it is no longer available. I would like to suggest this cane for my face canes and send people to this tutorial. If it is no longer available, then I would like to be able to share the technique.

If you know the author or the website address, or someone who might be able to help me, would you please leave a comment or email me at alice@polymerclayetc.com? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

Update.. Several people were kind enough to leave comments or email me about the tutorial. Click here to go to Kerstin Rupprecht’s Ikat Eye Cane Tutorial. Kerstin shared this tutorial in 2002, thank you Kertin.

5 comments to A Nod to Naama Zamir and Her Special Stripes Cane

  • Dear Alice! I think that Ikat Eye Cane tutorial was written by Kerstin Rupprecht http://keru.de/fimo/

  • Alice

    I knew someone out there would help. In fact several people have emailed me or left a comment.

    Thank you Galina, you found the tutorial I was looking for. There are others out there but I believe this was the original. Thanks to Sue and Vered who emailed me and Carter who left a comment on the Ikat picture above with a link to Polymer Clay Central and a tutorial there.

    I’m going to try and get in touch with Kerstin, first to thank her for a tutorial that I have used many times and to see if I can share her technique in a video for my face canes.

  • Nuchi Draiman

    This tutorial may have been submitted by Kerstin, but to my knowledge the TECHNIQUE is Donna Kato’s from many years ago (in the 1990s or possibly even the 1980s.)

    Ford & Forlano had developed an Ikat Cane technique that was very complicated. Donna looked at it and figured out a much simpler way of doing it–by taking a checkerboard cane, turning it on its point and compressing it, and then cutting and stacking. She did it just as demonstrated on Kirsten’s site–except that she didn’t use a comb to segment the canes. She used her Marxit tool.


  • Alice

    I’m sure you are right Nuchi, sometimes it’s very difficult to trace techniques back to there origins, I know this was where I first saw it, at least as to use it as an eye. As you can see this was quite a few years ago. So here’s a giant thank you to Donna as well. We all owe a great deal to Donna, no doubt about it.

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