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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Update – Polymer and Silver Upcycling at it’s Shiniest

silver pitcher - Alice Stroppel




I wanted to see what would happen when I cleaned the pitcher with silver polish. I really didn’t think there would be a problem. After all polymer is plastic and pretty sturdy.


Silver Pitcher - Alice Stroppel

It worked perfectly. The only thing I needed to do was use an old toothbrush to get the polish off the edge of the polymer. But hey, there was 50% less silver to polish! Fist pump.

silver pitcher - Alice Stroppel

The next thing I needed to address was the silver plate coming off the bottom. Since this is for me, I could have left it and no one would have ever noticed, but I believe you should finish every piece to the best of your ability. Just think about all the people that might see it someday. (yes I mean after I’m dead)

silver pitcher - Alice Stroppel

Plus the bottom was peeling pretty badly and I’m afraid it would have continued to peel. So I decided to add a border and cover the bottom.

silver pitcher - Alice Stroppel

I really didn’t like this, too busy, so I ended up with this extruded purple band.

silverpitcheredge3wsilver pitcher - Alice Stroppel

But I never like to waste anything so on to the bottom the first try went. Still busy, but not seen but by a few. (me)

The plus is that it has sealed the bottom and will keep it from continuing to peel.

silver pitcher - Alice Stroppel

So now I can put my flowers back in it and enjoy. But first I need to sign it, you know, so all those people who will see it some day will wondered who the heck was Alice Stroppel. hehehe.

silver pitcher - Alice Stroppel

12 comments to Update – Polymer and Silver Upcycling at it’s Shiniest

  • Alice is a genius!!! I am in awe of her creative spirit ! It continues to inspire me every day !! Love, Love, Love, this work !!!!!

  • Alice

    Janet, thank you, that means so much. xo

  • Sydney

    Beautiful and Simply Gorgeous! Did you clean the silver at all before adding the clay? It’s always a treasure to see what you’ve made. xo

  • Alice

    Oh thank you Sydney! Yes I polished it before I added the clay, then again after I cured it just to see if there was any reaction from silver polish on the polymer. There was no change at all. xo

  • Debbie Goodrow

    What a brilliant idea. What a great way to salvage a silverplate item that has lovely details, but a few problems. I think we’ve all done polymer and glass, but silver?! – Thanks for being the pioneer!

  • Alice

    Debbie, I’m so glad you like the idea. I have this picture in my mind of lots of silver being saved and repurposed. A pioneer? Hmmmm I kinda like that title, thanks…

  • What a gorgeous piece, Alice! You never cease to amaze me with your innovative ideas!

  • Alice

    Thanks Sherri. We really have to get together sometme. I didn’t buy that house or I would have emailed you.

  • Hi,
    I love your work and admire your extreme creativity.
    I have been working with polymer clay and doing some
    Surface designs. You can see some of them at:
    I have some question about this new project of yours….. Do you
    Apply “bake and bind” on surfaces such as silver or glass before applieing clay?
    Also do you apply glaze or any kind of finishing to polymer clay veneer?
    Any help from you in greatly appreciated. You are one of the best and
    your professional opinion is very very important and helpfull
    Thanks a million.

  • Trudy Schwartz-Burrill

    I found it. Its beautiful as always. You have a great sense for color.

  • Alice

    Thank you so much Trudy….

  • Alice

    Hi Feree,
    Your mirror is so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

    I don’t apply anything to the silver and I never glaze my finished clay. It’s plastic and I don’t feel it needs to be coated with anything. The exception would be if I draw or color a design with ink or marker, then I will seal it with liquid clay. But again, it’s plastic.

    good luck,

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