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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Polymer Clay Butterfly


Once again, having fun with my cane stash and cane mapping.

Polymer Clay Butterfly

Polymer Clay Class Prep -Cane Mapping

Cane Mapping  samples for workshop Alice Stroppel


I”ve been creating several pieces for samples and demos for my cane mapping workshop with the Florida Gulf Coast Polymer Clay Guild in June.

This is a follow up class to the cane workshop with FGCPCG several months ago. In that class, using Premo clay donated by Polyform, we created several canes and the group went away with homework to make lots more.

In this workshop, we will be using those canes to create pictures to frame.

These are from royalty free clipart. They are cane mapped and flat except the parrot which is more of a 3D effect.

I always look forward to spending the day with this guild, they are so much fun.

Here are a few finished and framed pieces

Polymer Clay FIsh -  Alice Stroppel

Cat - Cane Mapped - Alice Stroppel

Butterfly, polymer clay- Alice Stroppel

For a Friend – A Butterfly

Butterfly PinThis butterfly is for a friend, in appreciation. I started by  making just the character in the middle and then decided to try some wing stamps by Barbara McGuire that I brought home from my visit to Woman Creative in GA. Well once I added the wings she got quite large.

I decided to place it in a frame so that she can hang it on the wall or wear it if she’s brave enough. (It’s big, really!) I hope she likes it.

Moth Versus Butterfly

moth mosaic

I was checking my clipart disks for butterflies to do using my mosaic technique and ran into the moth section and I realized that moths are pretty spectacular. The guy above is a moth, fantasy colors of course. I still have a butterfly on my table and there are some fabulous butterflies as well. I’m going to make a necklace out of this one.

You can learn this technique by signing up for my newsletter (in the upper right hand side of this page) and watching the free 20 minute video tutorial.

Stay tuned, because I’m going to be teaching a full day of this technique very soon. It’s lots of fun and the applications are limitless.

What Good is a Polymer Clay Blog Without Pictures?

“and what is the use of a book,”  thought  Alice, “without pictures or conversations”. ( Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll )

Metamorphosis - Meta for short

Metamorphosis - Meta for short

That’s how I feel about a blog about polymer clay! What good is it without pictures?

I haven’t been working too much with clay over Christmas and didn’t have any pictures to show you. I still don’t. But I wanted to post something, to let you know I’m thinking of lots of things to do and share. So I’m posting something I did 5 or 6  years ago, maybe more (another one of those that I didn’t date).

She was an accident of sorts. The front of her body came about when I ran the clay through the pasta machine. It just accordioned itself to look like a caterpillar to me. Made me think of Alice in Wonderland. So I had no choice but to use it in some way in honor of Alice.  Thus Meta was born.

I have never been able to duplicate the way that clay came out of the pasta machine. I wish I could. But I’m happy I made something out of it instead of mushing it up and running it through again.

Sometimes life hands you something that you may think you didn’t want, but if you can look at it from another angle, chances are it’s something you could use after all.

Thank you all for visiting, for commenting and for linking my blog to yours. It’s been so much fun getting to know some of you. I hope to meet more of you through this blog in the coming year.

Have a Happy New Year everyone! It’s going to be a wonderful year!