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.

Online Workshops with Alice Stroppel


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Etsy Treasuries

I hope everyone here in the states had a fabulous Thanksgiving, I know I did.

I’ve been featured in several Etsy Treasuries and wanted to show them here. I know I’m several days late with this post, but I’ve been busy having fun.

Thanks so much to HiGirls, Lisa featured my work in two treasuries. First was my Funky Girlfriend Business Card Holder  in PCAGOE gift guide and second was my Queen of it all ornament  in Ornamental.

Etsy TreasuryThanks to 11BOLDstreet for her under $50.00 treasury featuring my black and white cuff.

And…….thanks to Laurabeestudios for adding my Purple Face Cuff to her Hey Big Spender treasury.

Now, back to work for me.

Two Ruby Red Lips – Business Card Cases

#2 Pen and Ink Lips Business Card Case

#2 Pen and Ink Lips Business Card Case

I’ve finished two business card cases with black and white canes and pen and ink lips. These are really fun to do and I might have to do one just for me. These two are for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Pen and Ink Lips

Pen and Ink Lips Business Card Case

I have three more bracelets ready for drawings, so I’d better get going. Oh….by the way, my new motor got here last week and I’m very pleased with it. Only has one speed, but it’s high, so that’s perfect for me.

Seriously, if you don’t have a motor for your pasta machine and do alot of claying, you should really consider a motor. Your neck, arm and wrist will thank you.

Business Card Holders Rule the Day

Business Card Holders

Business Card Holders

Two more crazy girlfriends join in the fun. I used the same new face cane that I used on the business card holder in this post from the other day. Just goes to show you that each slice will look a little different.

I like these in black and white and I’m happy with this new face cane. I have some really cool new things in the oven right now. Can’t wait to see how the turn out and share them with you.

Going to list one of these girls in my Etsy Shop right now. Hmmmmm just can’t decide which one.

Polymer Clay Flamingo Cuff Bracelet and Card Holder

Flamingo Bracelet

Flamingo Bracelet

I’ve almost used all of my flamingo canes. I make my flamimgo in parts and then put them together as I go. I just like doing it that way.


I’ve made many things out of these canes. Dozens of salt and pepper shakers, business card holders, and now bracelets added to the list.


I still have just a little bit left of the canes, these are some of the last items until I make another set of canes. I have a special order to make before it’s all gone.

Flamingo Business Card Holder

Flamingo Business Card Holder

 Both of these items are going to my Etsy Shop.

Etsy Bound Bracelets, Card Cases and Bottle Stoppers

Polymer Clay bangle braceletA funny thing happened. I was so happy that the shop I stopped in while I was in Tampa wanted to buy some of my pieces. So happy I shared it with you. Now I have to tell you that I emailed the shop and haven’t heard a word since.

Polymer Clay bottle stopper front

polymer clay bottle stopper  back

Because of that shop, I realized that there were so many other possibilities out there that I wasn’t looking at. So It’s okay!

I began to look at dress boutiques and other speciality shops. I found quite a few and have emailed several. I’ve heard back from one, but she only carries local artists. she still was a bit interested and asked for some time to think about it.

As you can see, I am still stuck on Zentangle canes. I really have had fun with them.

Polymer Clay business card holder

I did my emailing on Friday and this week end was Halloween, so I’m not discouraged yet. Besides, I still have the whole United States and Canada left….and I’ve started receiving commission checks from Julia’s Art Gallery on Pine Island.  I told you about that trip in September.

Blue Skinner Blend polymer Clay braceletSo all of these items are now listed in my Etsy Shop with more to come. Life is sweet.

PCAGOE Polymer Clay Artists of Etsy – Featured Mystery Artist of the Month

ME!! I was so surprised when I read this months PCAGOE newsletter and saw that I was chosen as Featured Mystery Artist. Not only that, but the very first Featured Mystery Artist.

I am thrilled, and want to thank Linda Riopel, NK Designs, Newsletter Editor, for this honor.

Here’s the picture she featured and what she wrote about me.



“A new feature in the newsletter will be the Mystery Artist.  This month we highlight polymer clay artist, Alice Stroppel.  Alice’s whimsical and colorful art shows her love of the medium.  From Alice – “Polymer clay is such an exciting medium, allowing the artist to express their creativity in so many different ways. I have been “playing with clay” for many years and seem to enjoy it more each day. Actually I’m having so much fun I can’t begin to tell you. I hope my items make you smile.”  I absolutely love the business card holder Alice has in her Etsy shop at www.Alicestoppel.etsy.com and yes Alice, they do make us smile.”

Again, I am honored and so delighted to have been chosen.

Interested in Joining the PCAGOE?
PCAGOE welcomes polymer clay artists of all skill levels from around the world. If you are a polymer clay artist selling your work online at etsy.com and you are interested in joining PCAGOE, find out more here.

Bottle Stoppers, Business Card Cases, Perfume Pens, Christmas is Coming

Perfume Pen

Perfume Pen

Three more items going to AliceStroppel.Etsy.com. Perfume pen, bottle stopper and card case. All great gifts for the holidays.

Queen Bee

Queen Bee

I had a special request for a wine stopper for a friends mother. She was “The Queen Bee” to her family and loved a good glass of wine. Perfect! I made two so she could have her choice. This is the second one. I wanted you to see the piece of costume jewelry that I used for her crown. Another way to use found objects to make your pieces unique. There are little bees flying around and flowers on the back of this fun and crazy piece.

Business Card Case

Business Card Case

I’ve sold quite a few business card holder and continue to hear from my customers that they gets tons of compliments on their unusual case. I buy my blanks for all these great things at Boston Craft Works.

Cover a Business Card Case With Polymer Clay – Video

Are you like Arlene Harrison? Do you have business card cases that you purchased and they’re still in the box they came in. Okay, maybe you opened the box.

(Of course you did, what was I thinking, we are internet ordering specialist aren’t we? When the boxes come, we open before the mailman can get out of the driveway.)

But maybe you just didn’t exactly know how to apply the polymer clay to the case. So you thought about them for awhile. Then you thought about them some more. Then you forgot about them.

Then one day you came across them in the bottom of the drawer or the back of the closet. How did they get there?  You promise yourself you are going to do something with them soon. Hey, if they were going to make great Christmas presents last year, well, they still will this year right? You have plenty of time, it’s only July.

You put them on top of everything else in the drawer. If they’re on top, you’ll be sure to see them now and you’ll get around to figuring them out soon.

Well, procrastinate no more. After Arlene watched my video she finished her “closet” cases and you can too. Who knows, you might even purchase more. I purchase mine at Polymer Clay Projects.

Watch the video below and combine this technique with your favorite polymer clay technique to create your own fabulous cases. Enjoy!

I’d love it if you’d leave a comment now and then to let me know how you like my videos and maybe a picture of what you do with your cases.

If you enjoy this video, be sure and take a look at my other videos.

Arlene Harrison’s Polymer Clay Business Card Cases

Business Card Cases

Business Card Cases

After Arlene Harrison signed up for my newsletter and my video showing how I cover business card cases, she emailed me saying that she had some cases that she just hadn’t gotten around to doing.

Yesterday she emailed me the picture above of the cases she finished after watching my video. I don’t claim to have influenced her polymer clay work, but if I helped with anything, then that’s a good thing.

Arlene has been a featured artist on the website of Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy.
She “found” PC about Three years ago. Well…I think “you’ve come a long way lady” in only three years.

Visit her Etsy Shop or her blog, Harrison Hollow Designs, and more of her work on her Picture Trail Site. Arlene is also a member of  the Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild.

I’ll be posting the Business Card Holder Video soon here for everyone. I’ve replaced it on my newsletter signup with the Fish Mosaic tutorial video.

Thank you Arlene for taking the time to share your cases with me.