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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It was all about the Face, Friends and Fun

Florida Gulf Coast Polymer Clay GuildI was at the Florida Gulf Coast Polymer Clay Guild in Palmetto teaching my profile face cane and everyone did a really great job. I can’t wait to see what they make with these canes. They can use this short video to make hair canes and this video to attach everything to a bracelet blank after it’s baked.

But these funky faces aren’t just for bracelets, I’ve used them on all kinds of things.

Cocktail Shaker


A cocktail shaker, or

Salt and Pepper - Alice Stroppel

salt and pepper skakers, or

Canister - Alice Stroppel

a canister, just to name a few.

I always have the best time at this guild, they’re fun and really enjoy the clay. And they always have the greatest pot luck! Thanks ladies and a special thank you to Sydney Carter for asking me and making the arrangements.

Everyone was delighted to the Premo clay for this project donated by Polyform. That you Iris Weiss.


profile face cane class - alice stroppel


Next week I’m teaching at the West Coast Polymer Clay Guild in New Port Richey, FL. It’s a great class to teach and I’m looking forward to seeing friends I made at Orlando Clay Fandango and making new ones. And making more great faces……..




Salt and Pepper Girls – Polymer Clay

Salt and Pepper Girls - Polymer Clay

Salt and Pepper Girls - Polymer Clay

Hot and spicy, cool and sassy, that what these girl are. It’s so much fun to watch the same face cane take on such different personalities with just a different hair color and style.

Hat side 1Then to add different colors to represent salt and pepper, and make sure someone can tell the difference, that’s the truly fun part.

Side 2The next thing is to decide how to cover the shakers all the way around. It uses tons of cane slices and time, but it’s worth it. I have several sets that I use everyday and enjoy them very much. As always, they make me laugh.

side 3I hope looking at these girls today brought a smile to your face. Thanks for stopping by.

Interview with Tampa Area Gallery

Salt and Pepper

Salt and Pepper

I spent part of an evening last week searching out and emailing galleries that are close by. I emailed three and have an appointment to visit one with my work. Another road trip, that’s good news. I just wanted you to know that I am actually doing what I suggested you do in my post Selling Your Polymer Clay Artwork. I need to sell my artwork, so I’m taking my own advice. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Have you contacted any galleries or shops? Tell me about it in the comment section so others can here how you have succeeded. they’re out there just waiting for your work!

Oh, and I sold two bracelets last night during our downtown artwalk. Sold them right off my wrist. That felt good for sure.

Salt and Pepper Shakers in Polymer Clay

Two Girls Salt and Pepper Shakers

Two Girls Salt and Pepper Shakers

A Beautiful day. Only finished two girls for one sale item. Lots of canes used on these girls. Also worked on the  face cane tutorial and enjoyed the lake and the day late this afternoon.

Two Girls Salt and Pepper Shakers Back

Two Girls Salt and Pepper Shakers Back

Always the “Girls” – Polymer Clay Salt and Pepper Shakers

Girls - Polymer Clay Salt and Pepper Shakers

Girls - Polymer Clay Salt and Pepper Shakers

I was going to show you some more flamingo things I’ve done, but my camera’s battery was low. I had already taken pictures of these girls so I thought I would share.

I have sold quite a few Salt and Pepper shakers over the years and given away more. I have several sets myself and laugh when I look at first ones I made.

I love to wear bracelets. But I don’t wear other jewelry because I’m allergic to most metals.  I love to surround myself with things that are beautiful, that make me laugh or are nostalgic. My work certainly falls into at least one of those categories.

I wanted to make things that I could either look at or use in my every day life. Sculpture,  art dolls, salt and pepper shakers, vases, bowls, containers of all kinds. I’m lucky to have a kitchen in my studio and an oven that is only for polymer clay. I am limited to the size of my items only by the size of my oven.

My question is, do you use your favorite canes and cover something that you use everyday? Or are you  a jewelry person only? If you have only done jewelry, what would make you consider covering something else with your favorite canes?

And if you’re new here, I have a couple of videos you might like to watch. Check out the Video link on the left hand side of the page or at the very top next to the links page.

Polymer Clay Flamingo Salt and Pepper Shakers

Flamingo Salt and Pepper Shakers

Flamingo Salt and Pepper Shakers

Flamingo Salt and Pepper Shakers Back View

Flamingo Salt and Pepper Shakers Back View

I have been making flamingo salt and pepper shakers, business card cases, wine stoppers and I don’t know what else for a couple of years now. I love flamingos, they make me laugh. And maybe I relate to Alice in wonderland and her flamingo croquet stick. Poor Flamingo.

Flamingos continue to be a popular item with all kinds of people, tourist, natives (of FL.) collectors, artists… artists love to paint, sculpt and even cane them. Plus I don’t think there is an age range for people who like the pink wonder.

Flamingos really are a beautiful bird, but they still make me laugh. They’re Florida’s Christmas equivalent of the northern snowman. We put a santa hat on him and there you go!  I think I’ve even seen them trying to take over  for the reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh.