Category Archives: Cane Mapping

Teaching with the Kansas City Polymer Clay Guild

I’m delighted with the cane mapping that happened in Kansas City last month.  On the first day we made lots of fun and easy canes to use in our cane mapped pieces the next day. You can always use old canes as well, but learning new ways to cane is always a plus.

The beautiful dragonfly above is by Heidi McCulough and was finished after class. It makes me very happy when people enjoy the workshop enough to want to continue working after class. In fact she got together with Pat Kuehn to finish her piece and Pat made her second piece, the fabulous beetle below.

Pat was my hostess and what a delight it was to stay in her beautiful home. Thank you Pat.

I know that Patti Soliman is planning to cane map a hippo in the near future. Be sure to send me a picture Patti.

Each and every one created some wonderful pieces and I hope they are as impressed with their work as I am.

But I’m missing several pictures from the group. If you have taken a picture of your piece, please send it to me or post it on our FB page and I’ll up date this post.

Anne Rowe, Linda Bowers, Michele Wineland, Renee Becka, Barbara Morris, Robin Young

Donna Harryman’s butterfly is just wonderful. Donna  was the coordinator for my workshop and I want to extend a special thank you to Donna and her committee, Anne M. Rowe, Linda Bowers and all the other guild members. Its a lot of work to put on an event like this and I’m grateful to have been asked to teach such a fun group.

Donna’s butterfly is my kind of beautiful, bright, bold, colorful piece.

Janie Clark finished two great pieces in class. She used some familiar  canes in both of her butterflies. Stroppel Canes were part of our workshop of course. *g*

Some beautiful work by June Flannery Duckworth who is very new to caning.

Kim Koval Keane tackled the large butterfly and just wow and wow again.

Pat Kuehn came prepared with a pattern for the sugar skull… fabulous.

Liz is a woman after my heart. She didn’t want to make a ”thing”, she wanted to do a free form abstract. Cant wait to see where her imagination takes her next.

Another intricate lovely butterfly, Kathy Fritz did a great job.
Robin Young’s fish  has a more organic palette with plenty of sassy attitude. Love it.

Patty Minton Welch’s butterfly is so soft and painterly, lovely.

Pat’s second piece is kinda nostalgic in a round about way, she had a VW beetle in the 70s.

We have that in common, my first car was a green VW beetle with a sun roof. In the 70s, I dinged the front fender and painted bright hippy flowers all over it and the hood. I know, crazy kid, but loving color and fun even then. Pat said her VW was bright orange, so see, so much in common. Oh and yes there is PC.

Patti Soliman made a vibrantly, delightful, colorful fish. And I have to say the thinnest piece there that day. Perfect for the frame.

Patricia Hill’s fish is charming, beauteous and as with all of the incredibly wonderful pieces from this workshop, colorful.

Colorful is probably an under statement for what I teach, can you tell I love it?

Thanks again to Kansas City Polymer Clay Guild for a great time and  a great workshop.

A special place in my heart for Polyform’s generous spirit and Premo. Iris Weiss xo.

Next workshop away from Studio 215 will be in Sept. in St. Augustine with the First Coast Polymer Clay Guild. Canes on the first day and fun funky weed pots on day two.  Can’t wait.

Oh and just a heads up, I’ll be teaching Weed Pots as a pre-workshop before next years Orlando Clay Fandango. Yes!

Cane mapping furniture.

I spent most of  last week turning Skinner blend plugs into canes for this cane mapped table.

I spent all week this week applying those canes and others from my cane stash to this table.

I extruded black edging and applied it to both the top and the bottom.

I bake in a full size kitchen oven  but I still have to bake in sections and then glue them together right on the table surface.

Now that the northern visitors are leaving to spend the summer in their northern homes, I’ll begin filming workshops again for my online school.

First I’ll be adding a workshop that will help you build you cane inventory so when you’re ready to sit down and do a project you’ll have canes to choose from. In the table project here I made several large canes but I filled in with leaves, smaill flowers, extrusions and just plain ol’ dots from canes in my inventory. This workshop will give you guideline to create your own designs and lots of actually canes to make.

Then I’d like to add the furniture/large wall piece workshop. Tricks and tips to create large pieces will have you filling your home with your masterpieces will be key in this course.

So stay tuned.

 

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.

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 .

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.

CANE MAPPING FURNITURE WORKSHOP – JUNE 23 – 26, 2016

I’m excited about this workshop. Recently my husband and my son Jason found a great regular kitchen stove for Studio 215 and I’ll be able to have workshops featuring larger projects.

I hope you can join me for this inaugural furniture workshop. I am keeping the class size small so we have plenty of room to spread out and I can spend more time with each of you.

Download furniture workshop application here

Cane Mapping Furniture
3  1/2 days
Thursday – Sunday
June 23 – 26, 2016
Limited to 6 students
$300.00
$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 a colorful polymer veneer.

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.

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.
Last day – Apply finished art to your table.

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This is a little cart saved by my sister Sheryl. Her neighbor was throwing in 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

Workshops Coming Soon!

I’m teaching two workshops coming up soon, one is this Saturday and the next is the following Saturday.

Then in Feb. I’m very excited to be hosting Marie Segal on Feb 12, 13, & 14. 

Marie Segal’s Trunk Show and Sale will be at Studio 215 in downtown Sebring, FL on Friday Feb. 12, 2016 from 7pm – 9pm. She will also be demonstrating polymer clay. This event is free.
On the same evening Studio 215 is also participate in the Art of Chocolate and Wine event.
You will sample chocolate and wine pairings straight from the New York State Finger Lakes Award winning Wineries during this event. Each participating business will feature a different wine pairing, artists, music and more. The $20 ticket price includes your samplings, a collectable wine glass and more! Tickets are limited for this first event in the Sebring After Dark series, get yours today! https://www.facebook.com/events/623379434361075/
Marie’s earring workshop is full, but by request we could accommodate one more student. Her Iconic Fabrication Workshop still has room. Scroll down for more information.

This Saturday is the beginner workshop and It’s a small group, making it the perfect opportunity to receive lots of person instruction. 

The next workshop is my cane mapping technique. This is the perfect next step for the caner who want to create a unique one of a kind picture, table top, or pendent using the canes that are in your stash. 

Saturday
Beginner’s Cane Workshop
Jan. 30th
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.

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Download application blank for Alice’s workshops here

Cane Mapping
Sat. Dec 19, 2015
Sat. Feb. 6, 2016
10am – 3pm
75.00
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.

Marie Segal - Alice Stroppel's Studio 215

Guess whose coming to Sebring, FL
Marie Segal
She’ll be at Studio 215 for two full day  classes. 

Her first workshop will be 

Disk Earrings, new design, new innovation
Feb. 13th  2016
9am – 4pm
$90

Download application here

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You will complete several different techniques, foils, translucent cane, sutton slice, foiled clay, dome making wire construction and design.

This earring class is a technique laden class: and the earring completion and unique wiring for the wires  is something you won’t want to miss.

Supply list will be sent to you when you sign up.

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Iconic Fabrication

Feb. 14th  2016
9am – 4pm
$90

Download application here

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Classic interpretation of modern pieces and mediums on
art today.   You’ll learn a  collection of ways to make old style or iconic fabrication with a modern twist.

Marie has this to say about Her Iconic Fabrication Workshop.

“Iconic Fabrication is my heart!

I have always loved ancient design and fabrication but this class has a modern twist to it.

Construction, surface treatments, and modern materials stand the test of time. Designs were meant to stand for ever years ago and most pieces of art had meaning or were to document an event, loss, or love!

I love the reverence of our past history and like to celebrate that in my own time today!

We will make a vessel or a switch plate for your house.”

Thank you all for being a part of Studio 215.

Alice

Starting the New Year Right

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The first workshop of the year! New caners were enthusiastic for sure in this beginning cane workshop. Maggie Mora, Pauline Somoza, Esther Manso, are sisters and they met in Sebring for a mini reunion and to take my workshop. How fun is that? Marilyn Wright is  a ceramic artist and is excited about the possibilities of polymer.

Tons of laughter in this class, we all went away smiling.

The next beginner workshop will be on Jan 30th.

Alice Stroppel build your cane inventory 1-2016

Toni Carroll, Barbara Snapp, Kathi Keck, Nancy Simmons, Linda Boyd, and Judy Fala and Marilyn Wright created fun and funky canes this weekend in a Build your cane inventory workshop held on Jan. 16. Marilyn had to leave early and I’m sorry I didn’t get her in the photo.

Next step would be to take the cane mapping workshop and get ready to let your work explode.

Only three weeks until Marie Segal arrives to teach 2 one day workshops., Find out more here.