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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Clay time with Julie Eakes

Julie Eakes and Alice

When I found out that my friend Julie Eakes was coming to Florida  I invited her to stay a bit longer with me.

We stayed a couple of days with my son in Tampa and ate some great Cuban food in Ybor City, Julie had never had a cuban sandwich, but she has now!

We went on an adventure to the wonderful world of Museums in St. Pete. We started with the Chihuly glass exhibit at the Morean Arts Center first and I don’t have to do anything but post pictures to explain how much we enjoyed it. Breathtaking!

Chihuly St Pete

Chihuly St Pete

Chihuly St Pete


Chihuly St Pete

Chihuly St. Pete

Chihuly St Pete

We watched a blown vase  demo at the Morean Arts Center. Interesting and oh how I love glass, but I think I’ll stick to polymer clay and leave the glass to these guys.

Morean Glass Hot Shop

We went to the Dali Museum but weren’t allowed to take pictures inside. But it’s a beautiful build, so Julie took this one from inside the building looking out. Such an interesting artist and seeing his progression from the beginning of his career to the end is fascinating.


We also spent time at the Museum of Fine Arts. Everything is right in one area and easy to get to. Lots of sidewalk cafes to choose from, it truly was a beautiful day, bright and sunny and mild. We had a sterling time.

Then Julie and I came home to my studio and my small town. We were inspired by all the beautiful pieces we saw museum hopping so we wanted to experimented with polymer clay construction and shapes. We had a blast bouncing ideas off of each other. 

That’s my strange shape in front of the picture. More to come on it’s progress. Thinking about my Pen and Ink technique or possibly my Cane Mapping process where I construct my design on glass then transfer to my piece. Maybe a combination of both.

Julie Eakes at Alice Stroppel's

It was truly fun having Julie here, we dug into my supplies, some that I’ve had for years and just haven’t gotten around to trying. Well let me tell you, we tried it all. Not only that, but we laughed a bit, just a tiny bit…..

Julie Eakes at Alice Stroppel's

The time went by too fast, but I made her promise to come back. Maybe teach here in my studio.  Who coming?

Thanks so much Julie, I had the best time. Hurry back. (but leave the cold weather there)










2 comments to Clay time with Julie Eakes

  • Tracy Lynn

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with everyone. I am new to polymer clay and have learned so much from the artists in this medium. I just read your latest post and wanted to share that I am from Clearwater (living in Amherst, NY now) and love to see what’s happening in Tampa. I haven’t been to the new Dali yet and appreciate your pictures of it. Glad to see you and your friend had a nice time together in the nice weather (well, better than Buffalo anyway :)


  • Alice

    Oh you’re very welcome Tracy, in the beginning, I learned most everything from generous clayers on the internet. Just a little pay back.

    The Dali and the Chihuly are both excellent, Julie and I had a blast both at the Museums and in my studio. Stay warm up there in Amherst.

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