Pushing with polymer

Stroppel on PCDaily

"I pushed myself to create something large and more complicated than in the past," Alice Stroppel says of her newest 20" x 29" polymer painting. "I bake my polymer clay in a regular kitchen oven, but even so I had to construct it in pieces like a giant jigsaw puzzle," she says.

Track her progress (here's the Flickr version) and see how she assembled the piece on her blog. Alice uses a process she calls cane mapping to combine lots of cane slices into a cohesive painting.

Examples of Alice's famous Stroppel Cane continue to appear online and she has recently added her own Stroppel Cane Swirl necklace to the long list of variations.

Is this your week to push out of your comfort zone?

  • reply Alice Stroppel ,

    Thank you Cynthia, I'm delighted to be featured on PCD today, it's a wonderful way to start the day. This piece did allow me to expand my dreams of what might be possible with polymer. Plus it was great fun to create.


    • reply Heidi ,

      LOVE Alice's work….controlled and funky at the same time.


      Cynthia, you'll get a better search result with your Stroppel Cane image search if you remove the work "examples" since most people aren't including the word "examples" in their own text, and that's what the search will look for.  Thanks again for brightening our Monday!

      • reply Cynthia Tinapple ,

        Fixed it! You were right. Thanks.

      • reply jan montarsi ,

        Alice, You rColorful  artwork and  fun whimsical style  always inspire ! 


        • reply Dede Leupold ,

          It has been fun following the progress of this piece on FB. So inspiring!  Thanks for posting the other links. Love her colorful ways she has with polymer.

          • reply Milena ,

            Wonderful work! Reminds me of a kaleidoscope.

            • reply Gera Scott Chandler ,

              It Was fun to watch this lovely piece being created from day to day.

              • reply Adriana ,

                Alice, I love your work, always exploring and inspiring!! This is a wonderful piece. As you know I paint with clay, so seeing anything that is not jewelry is always a treat for me. I am amazed at the size. I imagine the work it took to put together such a large piece. I love it!! It looks like a gorgeous silk from faraway lands…!!!! ?



                • reply Sandra D. ,

                  Alice Stropel Thank you. I learn so much with your class That I toked with the ladys of the Oorlando Clay Guild.

                  • reply Wendy Moore ,

                    I am constantly inspired by Alice's exploratory and "pushing herself" approach to her art. Not to mention her by generous and loving approach to living! Hugs to you Alice, Wendy M

                    • reply Dancing around Deadlines ,

                      […] or scrunched up this.  I wonder how doing this makes a piece work; how will it sit if I do that?  Alice Stroppel is a master at the I wonders. For inspiration read her I wonder if I can combine brass buttons, […]

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