Thursday, January 5, 2012

Stroppel Cane

I think everyone in the polymer clay world has tried this technique, developed by Alice Stroppel for using up bits of scrap and canes. I have been looking at all the beautiful examples people have been posting (just go to Google Images and type in "stroppel cane" and you'll see what I mean. )I have tried it a couple of times, and not been happy with the results. I figured out that my scrap was too dark and close in colour to the black banding between layers. So I went with lighter pieces, and the resulting cane is below. I love it, although I am amazed at how different it turned out than I had expected, based on the cane pieces I used. Obviously, in my hands at least, results are very unpredictable. Here is my cane, and a veneer I made with thin slices placed on a black background.

And here is what I have done with it so far:

I have lots of other ideas, too. If you want to give this fun technique a try, click here!


Alice Stroppel said...
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Alice Stroppel said...

Proof before you hit send, proof before you hit
I'm so glad you kept trying until you liked it. It's a great cane and I know there are more in your future. (it's addictive)

I did one with orange and light blue and just posted it. If you look closely at the video, there is one with white in the background. Anything goes. I do find that skinner blends add pop too.
Thanks for the link and giving my cane a try.

January 5, 2012 7:00 PM