I’m thrilled with Compliments for my Online Workshop

My online workshop launched in August and it’s been a great success for me and I plan on making many more workshops in the future.

But nothing makes me happier than to be on the receiving end of lovely compliments like these

Nancy Simmons made me blush a bit with this message. “I was fortunate enough to take Alice’s cane making class a year or so ago. It was wonderful. What’s as wonderful (except for the in-person part), is her cane making video. I couldn’t ‘get’ everything from the class, so I bought the video. It’s exactly like being in class with Alice, except it makes it seem like you’re the only one in the class. I also purchased her cane mapping videos. All I can say is WOW! I feel a new world has opened up for me. I just can’t wait for Alice to add more videos. I’ve worked with many excellent instructors, but to me, Alice is the best. Do yourself a favor, buy all her videos. I’ve included my first cane mapping. Hopefully, you can see it. Her name is Sylvia. Thank you, Alice.”

Lee Ann Nesbitt sent me this eye opening compliment.
“I finished, kind of, your extrusion class..started cane mapping. I realized I was missing something, and needed the dot, dot dot. I just bought Polymer Clay for Beginners. My advice…Change the name! I am far from a beginner..do not OVER estimate non beginners knowledge. This class is for everyone. Just starting…I got good tips on striped slabs, using full packages and not cutting triangles for skinners…3 canes out of one blend..and I’m just starting!”

Jennifer Rose left this oh so nice comment. “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.”

Thank you so much, Jennifer, Lee Ann and Nancy, it means so much to me.

Live Workshops For Jan. 2017

Charming Canes 
one day workshop

Jan 14, 2017

 9am – 4pm
Featuring my unconventional caning
and extruder techniques.
$75

Alice Stroppel Charming Canes

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This is an intermediate class and prep work is required

Download application blank for Alice’s workshops here


Download application blank for Alice’s workshops here

Cane Mapping
Jan. 28, 2017

10am – 4pm
85.00
fame included

Alice Stroppel Cane Mapping

If you love mosaics and polymer clay, if you love the look of complex canes but simply don’t want to create a giant complex cane, if you love one of a kind pieces, and if you have tons of left over canes, this is the class for you!

This is an intermediate class and having some skinner blended canes in your stash will make your designs pop.

You’ll learn the basics by mapping a fish portrait like the one pictured above (or bring your own design) . Plus I’ll demo my Stroppel canes and we’ll have fun incorporating some slices into our designs.

I use several older canes but make many new canes as needed for each piece. So be sure to bring some of your older canes and supplies to make new ones.

I always use Skinner blends in my canes. In my opinion, it’s what makes a piece pop. I’ll be asking you to do a bit of homework ahead of time so we won’t be spending time in class making skinner blends. If you’ve taken my cane class, then you’ll be ready for this workshop or the one below.  Homework video will be sent when deposit is received.

New Workshops at Studio 215

It’s been a busy summer and I’ve loved adding to my online school, but I’m ready to start my live workshops at Studio 215 in Sebring, FL  I started by offering two ornament workshops over the last two weekends. The santa workshop was very sucessful so I’m going to offer it one more time on Nov. 26.

You can always find updates in the list to the right on the home page. and if you sign up for post notifications, you’ll be the first to know when I post a new workshop here.

If you see something that you and a few of your friends would like to take, leave a message here or on my facebook page, and we can set a date.

Here’s what I’ve listed today.

Download workshop applications here

Santa Ornaments

$85
10am – 4:30pm
Nov. 26,  2016
Everything included
Make one or two

Santa WorkshopSanta - Alice Stroppel - Maureen Carlson

Come make your own Santa Ornaments using the easy molds from Maureen Carlson. You’ll love how they turn out. I’ll have everything you need, just bring your lunch and your smile.


The Dots Have it

everything included

Thursday  Dec. 1.  2016
10am – 4pm
$90 everything included

Dots have it

In this easy for beginners workshop you’ll learn how to make a couple of simple “cane” and my favorite dot -dot-dot cane. We’ll cover a bracelet and make a pendant.

Not sure what a “cane” is? Watch this short video explaining the process.


Beginner’s Cane Workshop
Friday Dec. 2, and  on Sat. Dec 10,  and  Fri. Jan. 6, 2017

9pm – 4:00pm
$75
you provide the clay
Or
$90 clay provided

Beginners workshop - Alice Stroppel

In this class you will learn caning basics. Skinner Blends, plugs, canes and how to slice cane for application.

You’ll leave the workshop with at least one finished piece.

Not sure what a “cane” is? Watch this short video explaining the process.


Cane Mapping Furniture
3   days
Friday – Sunday
Jan. 11-13, 2017
Limited to 6 students
$250.00
$100 deposit required

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Learn how to cane map on a large scale. We’ll be covering a small table (you provide) with colorful polymer canes.

Tables should not be larger than 20” in any direction. You should have your table completely ready to accept your artwork. Sanded, painted etc. If you are painting it yourself, don’t paint the surface where your artwork will be attached.

Bring your favorite canes and create your person piece of art-furniture. You’ll be supplying your own clay.

Once you learn how to cane map for furniture, you’ll be able to apply that knowledge to large wall pieces and other items.

Day one – plan your design,  make skinner blends and canes.
Day two – begin mapping your design.
Day three – Continue with your design and do final prep to  your table. Apply finished art to your table.

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This is a little cart saved by my sister Sheryl. Her neighbor was throwing it out. A bit of paint and some polymer and it’s taken on a new life.

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This table is special to me, it was our first telephone table in our first apartment. I won’t be teaching faces canes in this workshop, but you could bring your own.

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Here’s another thrift store find. But there is no reason why you can’t start with a new table.

Download furniture workshop application here

Ornament Workshops at Studio 215

 

Download workshop application here.

Ornaments

Use canes from my stash

Polymer clay ornaments - Alice Stroppel

$85
10am – 4:30pm
Saturday – Nov. 5, 2016
Everything included
Make one or two

This is the first time I have offered a workshop using canes from my inventory. I’ve been teaching so much and making canes for each workshop so I have an overflow. I decided it would be great fun to see what you might do with slices from them .

I’ll have some ornaments, but if you want to being your own you can. Any color and a medium to small size or one large.

Bring your lunch and your sense of humor.

Santa Ornaments

Santa - Alice Stroppel - Maureen CarlsonSanta - Alice Stroppel - Maureen Carlson

$80
10am – 4:30pm
Nov. 12, 2016
Everything included
Make one or two

Come make your  own Santa ornaments using the easy molds from Maureen Carlson. You’ll love how they turn out. I’ll have everything you need, just bring your lunch and your smile.

Cane Mapped Octopus

Cane Mapped octopus - Alice StroppelI made  made this Octopus for and friend of mine from extruded canes mostly. You can learn how to cane map and how I do my extruded canes in my two new online workshops. You can take each workshop separately or I’ve bundled them together if you want to take them both.

The two workshops will give you over 3 hours of step by step videos separated into lessons.

You’ll Find them here in my online school.

Polymer Cane Mapping Now Live

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I’m so happy to tell you that I have uploaded two new workshops to my online school. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see Cane Mapping and Extrusions.

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The extrusion workshop consists of thirteen videos that equal over an hour of instruction.

This workshop will show you how to make small unique canes from extruded polymer clay. You can use these canes to make everything from buttons beads and pendants to cane mapped pieces.

It’s only about the techinque used in making the canes, not the finished pieces.

It’s all part of building your cane inventory so that when you are ready to begin a project you have many canes to choose from.

I use lots of extruded cane in my cane mapping pieces.

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The butterfly on the left is made with both extruded canes and traditional canes. The one on the right is all extrusions.

cane mapped fish Alice StroppelIf you love mosaics, color and polymer clay, if you love the look of complex canes but simply don’t want to create a giant complex cane, if you love one of a kind pieces, and if you have tons of left over canes, this is the can mapping workshop for you!

This is the workshop I teach at my Sebring Studio and around the country at polymer clay guilds and retreats. The difference is you can rewind and watch each step over and over if you want.

In almost 2 hours of videos you’ll learn the basics by cane mapping this  fish portrait and the  butterfly on the left above. I’ll show you a few unexpected canes and different slices that you can incorporate into your designs.

This is an intermediate class and having some Skinner blended canes in your stash will make your designs pop.

 

Thanks so much for taking a look .

Back to Work, But First…

Billet-doux by Barb Harper and Mari O'Dell
Billet-doux by Barb Harper and Mari O’Dell

Have you ever just fell in love with an object? Well it happened to me at a retreat high in the mountains last week. And no I was not light headed even though I found it difficult to breathe from time to time. (flatlander you know)

We were able to see this object a day or two before the auction on the last night of the retreat and that’s when it happened. I know you know that feeling I’m talking about. When you first see something and stars appear all around it and you hear music. That was me when Mari O’dell and Barb Harper first shared their colaboration with the group.

 

Billet-doux by Barb Harper and Mari O'Dell
Billet-doux by Barb Harper and Mari O’Dell

This incredible piece, including the box, were hand crafted by these two talented woman, The inside polymer stucture was made by Barb and sent to Mari. Mari then covered it with a veneer of faux ivory and faux metal. Magic wonder works with polymer clay.

The box was created by Barb including the bee button closures. Barb is a bee keeper and often incorporates bees in her work.

Barb Harper - bee closure detail
Barb Harper – bee closure detail

The hand lettering was Mari’s, I continue to  wish I could letter like Mari.

Mari O'dell
Mari O’dell

When they announced  it would be in the auction I knew I had to have it. The bidding was fierce and many tried to appeal to my softer side and sway me by whispering in my ear that one bidder’s 50th wedding anniversary was that weekend and it would mean so much to her. I felt bad for a minute until I realized that I have been married for 47 years and was shy her romantic reason by just a couple of years. Ha, I was not budging.

Another said that it was meant for her home studio, not so said I.

If you should ever visit my Studio 215 in downtown Sebring, FL, you should ask to see this amazing piece. But then again you probably won’t have to ask for it will be front and center.

Mari teaches in her treehouse studio and has lots of beautiful thing to show you on her site. Here’s her Facebook page.

Barb can be found on Facebook

Thanks so much Mari and Barb for creating this beautiful piece and for letting it go home with me.

 

Coupon Code for Polymer Clay Canes for Beginners

Your Brain on Clay - Alice StroppelAfter a couple of months of shooting and editing over 27 videos, my polymer clay school is finally open.

The first workshop consists of 27 video that take you through every step of the way I make my canes. The clay I use, the colors I choose the way I make skiner plugs and why I keep such an inventory of canes and plugs are all important steps to my final creations.

I’ll show you how I make thirteen different canes. Some of them simple and a couple a bit more complicated. You’ll see why following the steps in part 1 of this course make part 2 eazy to accomplish.

This first Workshop, Polymer Clay Canes for Beginners is only the beginning for me too. I hope to add more workshops and show you exactly how I get from A to Z when I’m creating.

Here’s a short welcome video for you to watch. 

And for those of you who follow my blog please use this discount code to receive $10 off Polymer Clay Canes for Beginners.

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This discount will only be available until the end of the month of Aug. 2016

Here’s the link to Polymer Clay Workshops by Alice Stroppel

And thank you for being part of this incredible polymer community.

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