Polymer Clay Canes | A Rose Cane for Making Flower Bead Jewelry

Rose Cane Jane

Coming Up With Artsy Names, To Help Identify Your Beautiful Canes:

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell just as sweet.” …Shakespeare. And so it can be for naming polymer clay canes as well.

With so many polymer clay techniques and color choices to choose from, there are probably a gazzillion different types of rose canes you could make.

So what do you call them all? Rose Cane #1, Rose Cane #2, etc? Kinda boring. Or perhaps you could name them by the technique you used to make them, like: Skinner Blended Jelly Roll Rose with Indented Petal Cane. A bit of a mouthful!

Well… I’ve decided to start giving my rose canes proper girly names, dedicated to the type of personality I think fits best. Silly maybe, but hey… I’m an artist and I can go about naming my things however I like. Besides it will be more fun to refer to something like Rose Cane Jane, rather then say, Rose Cane #2.

And speaking of Rose Cane Jane, that will be the name I give the flower cane in the photo above. It is a simple, graphic rose that is easy and fun to make jewelry with. It isn’t a perfect or fussy rose. It doesn’t pretend to be better than all the other rose canes. What you see is what you get with this Rose Cane Jane.

If learning how to make this cane is of interest to you, let me know below. Your comments will help me to determine which tutorial videos to put together next.

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor

  1. Elaine R, 28 December, 2008

    he he… I make hundreds of rose canes a year so no artsy names for me. They get named by their colour and their number for stock purposes.

    That said, my daughter long ago grouped my colour ways into kingdoms – the sea garden, the winterflowers, the lavender forest which are, respectively, canes in my blue-green work, canes in my cold blue sets and canes in my lavender / muted purples sets. We’re into 8 or 9 kingdoms by now.

  2. Lupe Meter, 29 December, 2008

    I would be interested in learning this rose cane, Cindy. I like your idea of naming after girls and I also like Elaine’s way of naming them especially if you have dozens of different colors.

  3. Cindy Lietz, 29 December, 2008

    @Elaine:I love the idea of you grouping your beads into color Kingdoms! Very creative! Sometimes it can be very hard to be original when so many people are doing similar things! A cool name can help set you apart.

    **BTW thanks for saying some kind words about me over at the Polymer Clay Central forum. Thank you to you too Donna Ingram for your support in the forum. It sure is nice when someone recognizes all the hard work you have put into something!

    @Lupe: Thanks Lupe! I like Elaine’s way of going about it too!

  4. Cindy Lietz, 30 December, 2008

    Thank you Elaine. You don’t know how much that means to me, especially coming from someone whom I respect as much as you!

  5. Elaine R, 30 December, 2008

    Cindy, I may not be your average site audience but I’m around the craft community enough to see you’ve worked your butt off getting your name out there, doing research, asking respectful questions and then compiling the results. It’s easy to say nice things about that sort of hard work.

  6. nancy clark, 27 February, 2009

    Hi Cindy,
    I am a new member and am enjoying looking around your site. I’ve learned a lot already.
    I want to learn to make flower canes, esp the one you use for the trumpet flowers. There is so much info on the site I can’t find what I’m looking for. Can you direct me?
    Love it already!

  7. Cindy Lietz, 02 March, 2009

    Hi Nancy! Welcome to the the blog as well as the members library. I have not made a tutorial for the flower cane used in that video yet. But will soon, so watch for that.

    If you are ever looking for anything in particular, use the search box at the top of this blog. That will help you find the articles on your topic.

    There is also category buttons and tags on the left hand side that can help you find what you need.

    Feel free to ask any questions, though since it’s getting pretty busy around here, it sometimes takes me a few days before I can answer them.

  8. Jocelyn C, 19 July, 2012


    Wanted to send more encouraging words…..

    You set a different path and have made your own mark on the industry. You did it without making one single person feel like an idiot. You engage people and get them to try things they never would have thought of, myself being a classic example coming back with MS and my hands. You appeal to all age levels, and the elderly will be a huge market in the next two decades. You are warm and deeply caring, and it shows in all your interactions, video and the written word.

    Stay true to yourself. This trip and the process begun now (especially when the book gets published) will pay off in massive dividends for you in the future, and you deserve it because of all the hard work you and Doug have put in from the beginning.

    I will be watching with a happy heart…..

    Fondly always

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