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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Construct a Hair Cane to Go With My Profile Face Cane – Video

Here’s a little lesson about a hair cane to go with my Profile Face Cane Tutorial. You don’t have to purchase my tutorial, you can use this type of cane for your own face cane. This video is over 12 minutes long, so grab a cup of tea or coffee and take a break. The first part shows you how to build the cane and the second part shows you how to apply a straight bob and a wavy hair style to your faces.
If you don’t have a face cane that you already make, or have just been thinking about learning how to build a face cane, I promise you, my Profile Face Cane is really easy. And judging from the feed back from happy customers, I think the instructions are easy to follow.
So……if you decide that you just have to make one, there’s a link to my Etsy shop in the upper left hand corner of this page.

Polymer Clay Face Cane Convention!!


I know, you might be saying enough already. Well I think I might just be getting started. Okay, as soon as this order is finished, I think I’ll find some places to go teach. Anyone up for a class in face canes? Leave a comment. Really, I mean it.


Seriously, I’ve been having more fun than I thought I would making these girls. I really don’t like to do the same thing over and over again. Done too much in that in my life. But with the girls each one takes special consideration.


I have to decide what hair color, what color will look right on her and whether she is sweet sassy or showy.


Another wonderful thing that is happening is I’m using up lots of canes and I’ll have to make more. Some of these cane are my favorites and I might make another just like it, and others I’ll be happy to not see them again. Not that they are bad canes, it’s just that I’ve made so many things out of them, I’m ready to move on.

cherriesA few more days to go and I’ll be finished and ready to get to my Christmas doings. After Christmas I’ll start on my next face cane tutorial. Can’t wait.

greenpurpleBut in the mean time, if you want to try your hand at one of these girls, go to my Etsy shop and try my Profile Face Cane Tutorial.

If you haven’t been here before there is a link at the very top of the page that says “Video Tutorials” or just click here.
I’ll be adding more free videos after the holidays.

Let me know what you want to learn, maybe I can help. Leave a comment.

Polymer Clay Faces of Color

Girls of Color

Girls of Color

I made this face cane this morning, she’s a girl of color. A step closer to adding color recipes for different nationalities. I have tried in the past and failed. This time I’m closer. I would love some feedback from ya’ll. Especially if you are a woman of color. Just the first of many.

Next week, I will be working on another short video to add as a bonus to my face cane tutorial. I will be showing how to add  a neck and tips on adding hair.

If you have already purchased the tutorial, don’t worry, I’ll send you the link.

First Sales Made for Tutorial – Profile Face Cane

Profile Face coverThanks to all of you that ordered my first face cane tutorial. I’d love to hear from you after you watch the video and make your first cane.

The Profile Face Cane Tutorial is for sale in my Etsy Store.

Profile Face Cane Tutorial Ready for Purchase

Profile Face cover

My Profile Face Cane Tutorial is ready for you to purchase and begin to make your own fabulous faces.

The instructions include –

7 pages of detailed step by step instruction with drawings, photos and patterns.

A 40 minute video showing exactly how to do each step.

Video front cover

You can place your order through Etsy

go to my shop


you’ll see the front cover of the Instruction Booklet listed there for sale.

You will receive an email from me within  24 hours.
(except on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.)

Thank you in advance!

Dora’s Zentangle Polymer Clay Picture

Dora's Zentangle picture from polymer clay

Dora's Zentangle picture from polymer clay

As promised, Dora from Dora’s Explorations posted a tutorial for her canes that make up her Zentangle picture shown above. We have both been having fun with the Zentangle canes. I love what she’s done.  View her tutorial here.

Here’s yet another cuff bracelet I made with my zentangle canes today.

The Girl and Zen

The Girl and Zen

The Girl and Zen from the side

The Girl and Zen from the side

And here’s another Redheaded girl with a bright green background.

Redhead Polymer Clay Cuff Bracelet

Redhead Polymer Clay Cuff Bracelet

I know you don’t believe me, but I am almost finished with my profile face cane tutorial. It should be ready sometime next week. It’s going to be in pdf form as well as a full video showing  you step by step how to construct a profile face cane. It will be available on my Etsy site. If you are signed up for  my newsletter, you will know as soon as I have it ready. If not, stop back often or sign up for the RSS feed.

Have a wonderful week-end everyone.

Tina Holden’s Mini Tutorial – Making Polymer Clay Bezels

Tina Holden’s just posted this tutorial on how to make bezels with polymer clay. Take a look at these easy to understand instructions on her blog, Polymer Clay Bytes
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New Polymer Clay Face Cane Bracelets

Polymer Clay Face Cane Bracelets

Polymer Clay Face Cane Bracelets

I made another profile face cane this week. I am working on a tutorial to sell in my Etsy Shop. It’s coming along and I hope to have it ready soon.

In the meantime, I’ve made some bracelets with it and another mermaid with the older cane. This mermaid is going to one of my galleries and the other bracelets are going to be sold on AliceStroppel.Etsy.com

To photograph these ladies, I used the background in the pdf that I gave you in the last post. These girls are truly crazy and funky, but I have to tell you, they do get attention. One of my customers emailed me to tell me her sister was forever borrowing hers. I love that!

Dora’s Explorations in Polymer Clay Puts a Hex on Us!

Dora's Joy of Hex Cane

Dora's Joy of Hex Cane

Lately, I’ve been following Dora’s Explorations Blog and her polymer clay cane experiments. She seems to enjoy the complicated canes and I understand the challenge.

Her plaid canes are fabulous and there are many more just waiting for you give them a try. She is generous to share these tutorials on her website.

If you want to challenge yourself, take a look at her newest cane tutorial, “Joy of Hex“. It free and the pattern possibilities are endless. Thanks Dora for sharing your talent with us.

Found Objects and Polymer Clay – Video

Bakers Man

Baker Man

Boy have I had fun the last few days. Filming the video on found objects and polymer clay really got me excited about all the projects that I have promised myself I was going to do when I wasn’t working anymore. So watch out..I might be on a roll. I say might because I always have great intentions.

I could have made this video an hour longer, I had that many found objects that I could have shared with you, but I figured you would thank me if I kept it at 15 minutes.

The photo above is just one of the projects that I used some of my found objects on. Kitchen items from my husband’s grandmother and a necklace from a garage sale. I love using items that have meaning to members of my family. He is going to hang on the Christmas tree and once a year we will be reminded of grandma and the fabulous things she use to make for the holidays. Easter pie was a favorite, even for Christmas.

Embellished Book

Embellished Book

This photo is of an old flea market book and one of the pieces I made in this video. Old watch part from my dad, who is no longer with us, fabulous magnifying spectacles that belong to a long ago relative.  A great coffee table book.  Enjoy the video!