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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Polymer Clay Bracelet Saved

Redheaded Cuff Bracelet

Redheaded Cuff Bracelet

I’m posting this bracelet again today and pictures of the bracelet side because I had a problem and figured out how to fix it and wanted to share with you.

Before

Before

The center of the two heart shapes are made with a translucent clay mix. Sometimes a translucent clay will darken during curing. Sometimes it doesn’t. Go figure.

This time both centers darkened. and when I took pictures to put in my Etsy ┬ástore, I could really see how bad they looked. There were little burn spots in the translucent centers, I guess they are burn spots. But whatever they are, they weren’t nice.

I didn’t want to sell this bracelet that way, but I also didn’t want to trash it either. The rest of the bracelet was just fine.

Redheaded Bracelet side

Redheaded Bracelet side

I used my Micron Pigma pen, 01 nib, to make a grid on the hearts. I’ve used the pens for years on everything from wood to cloth. I’ve been signing my claywork with them for a long time now.

If you have been reading my posts, you’ll know I’ve been playing around with Zentangles, so I thought to use one of the patterns here.

I think it added another element to the design, it saved my bracelet and gave me a bunch of ideas for new things.

I must finish things I’ve started before starting another project based on another new idea.

I must finish things I’ve started before starting another project based on another new idea.

I must finish things I’ve started before starting another project based on another new idea.

I must finish things I’ve started before starting another project based on another new idea.

I feel like I should have a blackboard and write this 100 times.

10 comments to Polymer Clay Bracelet Saved

  • Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. I do see that you love faces too! :) I’ve enjoyed looking at your blog and etsy shop. I love how you saved the redheaded cuff bracelet. ~ Judy

  • Great save Alice! The new look added a lot to the hearts. I must have one of those Micron Pigma pens. Is the ink permanent or does it have to be heat set? and where can I buy one? BJ

  • Alice

    Thanks so much Judy, Faces are what I love to do…..Glad you stopped by.

  • Alice

    I was thinking about that this morning, yes, you have to heat set the ink. Either stick it in the oven for a minute or two or use a heat gun for about thirty seconds. But be careful and keep the heat gun moving so you don’t burn the clay. You can buy the pens at most craft stores or on line at most of the art supply companies. The ink is permanent on wood, paper or cloth, it just needs to be set on the clay. Thanks BJ for the question.

  • aims

    Great save with a great idea Alice!

  • Alice

    thank you aims……….

  • Alice

    Thanks Lynda, but like I said, I have a million other ideas to use the pens, but today is filming day for my face cane tutorial…..I must not be lead astray..lol

  • Alice, I love the way you saved that bracelet. You are so creative. I look at your blog and website everyday. I really appreciate all the information you put in it even from other people’s websites, I think that’s great.

    Thank you for all the nice comments that you leave on my blog.

  • Alice

    Thank you Bonnie, my mother always said “necessity is the mother of invention”. I think she may have borrow that from Plato (427 BC – 347 BC) who said…”Necessity, who is the mother of invention”. I couldn’t resist googling the phrase. Isn’t the internet wonderful?

    Sorry, I think I’m trying to distract myself from filming my face cane tutorial. the instructions have taken way longer than I thought because of things in my life. But all I have to do now is film it today…..so I’m going now…but first….

    I really like your Arizona Lightning Storm bracelet that is posted on your blog. that is a really pretty piece.

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