Beginner Polymer Clay Kaleidoscope Caning with Sarah Shriver

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Course intro and interview with Sarah Shriver and Tami Macala

Sarah shares many tips and tricks on how to create Polymer Clay Kaleidoscope Caning!


Welcome to the wonderful world of polymer clay! Are you ready to unlock endless possibilities and create stunning graphics that resemble one-of-a-kind kaleidoscope patterns? Look no further, because Create Arts Online is thrilled to have Sarah Shriver as your guide on this exciting journey.

With over thirty years of experience in crafting her own unique version of kaleidoscope canes, Sarah is here to ensure that anyone can master this process. By the end of the course, you'll be able to craft unique earrings, pendants, and more.

Sarah will take you step by step through her tried and true methods, making sure you have a solid foundation in working with polymer clay.

In this course Sarah teaches:

  • How to choose the best polymer clay
  • How to create a harmonious color palette
  • How to condition the clay
  • How to craft blocks of clay
  • How to create a Skinner Blend
  • How to add inclusions to the blends
  • How to create a slab that will be the foundation for your graphic
  • How to skillfully reduce the slab to canes
  • How to create a cane and cut it
  • How to transform the canes from basic to complex kaleidoscope patterns
  • How to shape the patterns into shapes for various jewelry items
  • How to bake the clay
  • How to drill holes to add jewelry findings and wire work

Throughout the course, Sarah will be right there with you, virtually holding your hand and demonstrating every step of the process. Her techniques have been broken down into simple and achievable steps, empowering you to create as many polymer clay kaleidoscope canes as your heart desires. By the end, you'll feel confident in your ability to bring your imagination to life with vibrant shapes and colors.

Included in this course is a PDF for download of Sarah's suggested tools, materials, and resources.


Your Instructor


Sarah Shriver
Sarah Shriver

I have been working in polymer clay from my backyard studio here in California for over 25 years. When I discovered the medium I was working in a wonderful art supply and fabric store in San Francisco where I was mainly focused on textiles. The first time I gave polymer clay a try, I connected with it right away. Being familiar with Italian mille fiori glass techniques, I realized a way that I could mimic the patterns that I loved in older rugs and textiles by creating simple graphic "canes" and mirroring them together in endless variations. I soon found myself building large libraries of patterned canes that were great for making jewelry.

My methods for constructing mille fiori canes and building intricate patterns have been taught to students all over the world. I have been featured in many books on polymer beginning with the seminal book "The New Clay" by Nan Roche, and including "Masters, Polymer Clay: Major Works by Leading Artists", Published by Ray Hemachandra of Lark Crafts.

I still love teaching these techniques and hope I can infect you with my enthusiasm for making intricate canes in polymer clay."


Course Curriculum


  Beginner Polymer Clay Kaleidoscope Caning with Sarah Shriver
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