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Vol-079: Christmas Sweater Cane (6 Videos)

A Classic Knitting Pattern That Never Gets Old.
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Vol-079-1: Video #597: Intro (that clip just above): In this 6 part video tutorial series, you will learn how to create the nostalgic look of a vintage Christmas Sweater out of polymer clay using a micro-caning technique. This uniquely designed cane can then be used to make all kinds of wonderful Christmas jewelry and decor items such as bracelets, pendants, napkin rings and glass candle holders. You’ll love making this cane into gifts and for treasured holiday decorations for yourself and your friends and family. Happy Holidays!

Vol-079-2: Video #598: Prepping The Clay: In this video you will learn about the tools needed for this project… which ones will make the process easier… what type of clay to use… why consistency is important… how to prep your clay… tips for using the extruder… what size and length of pieces you will need to build your canes… and much, much more.

Vol-079-3: Video #599: Following The Pattern: In this video you will learn my tips and tricks for following the gridded pattern and building your micro cane design. The pattern is  provided for you as a downloadable PDF. We will get things started by building the foundation row and I’ll show you how to make sure that your rows are not only the right size, but that the pattern has been put together correctly. Much like doing needlepoint, following the pattern is easy, but it takes time to put together. The results are definitely worth it!

Vol-079-4: Video #600: Putting It All Together: In this video we will finish up the Poinsettia cane and combine it with the other canes (made the same way) into the larger Christmas Sweater Cane. I will teach you all kinds of neat information on the various ways you can combine and use these fabulous canes… plus unlimited options for projects that you can create with them. Get ready to learn some cool stuff in this one!

Vol-079-5: Video #601: Slicing And Using The Cane: In this video I will show you some awesome tips for reducing, cleaning up, slicing and using your Christmas Sweater Canes for some great Christmas Projects. I will show you my own idea for slicing the bigger canes all to the same thickness, and for getting a professional end result. I’ll even teach you how to add your clay slices to glass objects so that they survive the baking process and turn out beautiful rather than broken.

Vol-079-6: Video #602: Finishing Tips Napkin Rings: In this video you’ll learn how to reduce your cane so it is just the right size for making napkin rings and other holiday projects. I’ll show you how to get a professional edge, so that your piece looks classy and not hokey. You’ll also learn more about baking, sanding, buffing and finishing your pieces so you can be proud to keep them as your treasured family decorations and for giving as awesome Christmas gifts. Your friends and family will be amazed that you created this highly intricate design, using tiny little dots of colored polymer clay. You’ll see… all the love and care that you put into creating this great looking cane will give you joy for many years to come!

By the way, many of the “shopping” links I provide for the various tools and supplies used in my tutorials, are “affiliate” resources. That means companies like Amazon and the other suppliers I refer, pay me a small commission if you click on the links and end up making a purchase at their site. It’s not a lot, but every little bit helps in keeping the cost of my tutorials down. And, the prices for products that you may purchase through my links, are exactly the same as what you would normally pay, even if it is a “sale” price. So please feel free to click whenever you need to pick up a few things for your studio. Thanks so much for your support.

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Vol-079: Falling A-Palette (4 Premo Color Recipes)

1-A: Falling
2-A: Changing
3-A: Shifting
4-A: DriftingComments-Questions

Falling is a deep maroon red, changed by the dropping temperatures imposed on the fallen leaf. Changing is a dusted red-tan neutral shade of nature giving in to the cold. Shifting is the paler shade of dusted peach as it shifts from youth to old age. And Drifting is the soft gray purple hue of the late season light on the surface of the leaf as it drifts to the ground and returns to the Earth.

To download the 4 color recipe cards, click here: Falling Palette

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Member Benefits 079: Cane Making

Polymer Clay Membership SiteI made the butterfly cane for the first time today. When I sliced into it, I yelled because I was amazed it was so pretty. My hubby came in to see what I was yelling about, LOL. ~Joyce-R >> Original comment was posted here: Blue Morpho Butterfly Wing Cane

Cindy, the Holly Berry Cane came out terrific! I watched your video so many times and went back over all your instructions, I added translucent and very carefully and patiently got it down to about the size of a quarter, nickel and dime size canes. It turned out GREAT! I think the light bulb came on during this process and I am in clay heaven. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your guidance, I am so pumped up now to tackle the next one! ~DixieAnn-S >> Original comment was posted here: Budding Artist Palette

I just had a go at this ikat cane, what a wonderful tute! I have tried making this kind of cane before but I couldn’t get it right. So thanks Cindy for another wonderful way of doing things. ~Sandra-J >> Original comment was posted here: Diamond Pattern Ikat Cane
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Vol-078: Faux Raku Macrame Bracelet (6 Videos)

Looks Just Like Real Ceramic Rainbow Raku.
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Vol-078-1: Video #587: Intro (that clip just above): In this 6 part video tutorial series, you will learn how to recreate the look of real ceramic rainbow raku, using polymer clay and some simple supplies. You will then incorporate your faux raku beads into a hand knotted, beaded macrame bracelet. Although this may look complicated, it really is easy to do. The end result is an organic and stylish looking jewelry piece, suitable for both men and women (depending on the findings you choose). Both the raku technique and the macrame can be used in other crafting projects as well, making this a very versatile polymer clay class to have in your “skills” tool box.

Vol-078-2: Video #588: Faux Raku Texture: In this video you will learn how to take simple lump of polymer clay, and create a textured and patterned bead, that not only looks like a real ceramic raku fired bead, but also feels pretty close to identical. You’ll also start the process of giving the beads its unique rainbow patina.

Vol-078-3: Video #589: Coloring Baking Drilling: In this video I will show you how to finish the realistic coloring, using chalk pastels and liquid polymer clay. I’ll also share with you the tips and tricks for proper baking, finishing and drilling your beads so that they are durable and professional looking. Ready for creating your awesome macrame bracelet.

Vol-078-4: Video #590: Set Up for Knotting: In this video you will get all set up for knotting your faux raku macrame bracelet. I’ll show you how to use a Mini-Macrame Board… or you can use just a regular clip board instead. I’ll show you how to measure and cut your cording… how to add the cords to your clasp… and how to pre-string your beads in preparation for knotting the pattern.

Vol-078-5: Video #591: Beaded Macrame Knots: In this video you will learn just how easy it is to do the basic macrame knots, and how simple it is to incorporate your polymer clay raku beads and some tiny accent beads into the design. If you have every macrame’d in the past, you will find it a breeze. And if not, you will still find it easy, when you follow my clear and simple instructions. Once you master this knot, you will be able to move on to more complicated designs in the future. Perhaps even on to Micro-macrame!

Vol-078-6: Video #592: Additional Ideas: In this final video of the series, I will show you a last minute idea for making a pair of earrings with the leftover cord and beads from your project. Plus, I will go through the many options you have for creating several different bracelet designs. Depending on your choice of findings… or lack of findings, you can make a unisex bracelet design for many different styles and personal preferences. This project can made to look elegant and classic, or chunky and rustic. The design is all up to you.

By the way, many of the “shopping” links I provide for the various tools and supplies used in my tutorials, are “affiliate” resources. That means companies like Amazon and the other suppliers I refer, pay me a small commission if you click on the links and end up making a purchase at their site. It’s not a lot, but every little bit helps in keeping the cost of my tutorials down. And, the prices for products that you may purchase through my links, are exactly the same as what you would normally pay, even if it is a “sale” price. So please feel free to click whenever you need to pick up a few things for your studio. Thanks so much for your support.

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Vol-078: Rock Crab A-Palette (4 Premo Color Recipes)

1-A: Rock Crab
2-A: Beach Glass
3-A: Seashell
4-A: Rocky ShoreComments-Questions

Rock Crab is the cool rusty red color found on the tips of the ragged edges of the Rock Crab Shell. Beach Glass is the pale blue green of the light as it hits the black rocks in the early morning light. Seashell is the neutral peachy sand color of the faded blotches on the crab shell. And Rocky Shore is the bluish black gray of the angular rocks, covering this rocky shoreline.

To download the 4 color recipe cards, click here: Rock Crab Palette

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Member Benefits 078: Course Feedback

Polymer Clay Membership SiteHi, Cindy, I just finished going through your beginner’s course. I am new to polymer clay. I have purchased books before but could get just so far. The course was great. The videos were the right amount of time for me and your instruction was very clear. It’s nice to know that I can go back to review. I appreciated the tips/suggestions. ~Deborah-P >> Original comment was posted here: Perfect for Polymer Clay Beginners

Hi Cindy, Thank you so much for the additional videos you sent out with the course. Who knew that plastic wrap was not all the same?! Or that you can sharpen blades or use color crayons. And, I’m getting some dry-wall sandpaper today. I so enjoy your on-going creativity and enthusiasm. I really appreciate your clear instructions and clear photography. I first got exposed to polymer clay in a metal-smithing class. We made pendants with bezels and filled the bezels with polymer clay. I was intrigued, and loved the colors. I took a one day workshop on polymer clay. It was a pretty slap-dash affair. I know people want to go home with something after a workshop, and one day is not much time to get into the details. But, I left with a couple of distorted canes, a few beads appliqued with canes, and not much else. There was definitely not enough information to keep going. I tried, with sadly disappointing results, a few things on my own, and knew I needed help. I checked books out of the library and started trolling You Tube. That’s when, thank goodness, I found your videos. The basics classes were just what I needed. I could see you doing what the books described and doing it step by step and explaining why. Now I feel confident enough to play and experiment and my results have much improved. Thank you! I also want you to know that I appreciate your business reliability. You respond to emails and phone calls. The videos and the payments come out when promised. I feel very fortunate to have found you. ~Judy-F >> Original comment was posted here: Polymer Clay Canes

Dear Cindy, I wanted to thank you so much for being my polymer tutor. First off, I feel like you are speaking directly to your students in a friendly and professional way, never condescending or patronizing. You speak in a very conversational manner, and it is greatly appreciated. In your Polymer Clay Beginners Course, I like the way you have set up your videos and the production quality is excellent. Your explanation and demonstrations are very thorough and I know if there are questions I can look on the blog or email you.  Thank you for your ongoing support. I like buying the back issue videos and appreciated the discount you gave. I am a big knitter but feel that I was not actualizing my creative self with just following patterns, now with my idea to create complementary buttons, I feel much more of my creative spirit. I have slowly been amassing my clay and tools and feel ready to go, but it is great knowing I can just log on and refresh myself with your videos and tutoring. Much better for me than books. Thanks again. ~Leigh-B >> Original comment was posted here: Making Polymer Clay Buttons For Sewing, Knitting & Scrapbooking
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Vol-077: Polymer Clay Fairy Doors (6 Videos)

Enchanting Miniature Decor For Your Home And Yard. Scroll Down For Links To All 6 Videos.Comments-Questions

Vol-077-1: Video #572: Intro (that clip just above): In this 6 part video tutorial series, you will learn how to make a wonderful full sized fairy door with a faux brick surround, a faux wooden door, faux stone entrance and creative accessories such as a whimsical lantern and post of miniature sweet pea vines. Included are many tips, tricks and techniques that you can use to create an adorable project in the colors and styles I suggest, or your own. Truly a one-of-a-kind polymer clay project. This project would make a great gift for yourself, a friend or a child. Plus all the techniques are great for making whatever other polymer clay creations you can dream up!

Vol-077-2: Video #573: Faux Brick: In this video you will learn how to take some scrap polymer clay, and create a base that will become your fairy door with a faux brick surround. I will show you some neat tricks for laying out your design and how to make your own grout/mortar tool out of a popsicle stick. You’ll also learn the techniques you need to get a realistic texture on your faux brick, that will have you swearing that the tiny replica’s are actually real!

Vol-077-3: Video #574: Coloring Brick & Faux Wood Door: In this video I will show you the tips and tricks for creating the awesome texture for the faux wooden door, and then how to give the brick and the wood it’s realistic coloring using chalk pastels. With the right tools and techniques, you’ll be surprised just how quickly and easily the polymer transforms from a hunk of random bits of clay, to the realistic look of brick and wood.

Vol-077-4: Video #575: Faux Stone and Accessories: In this video you will use the skills learned while making the brick, and transfer them into a faux stone entrance way for your lovely fairy door. This faux stone technique can not only be used as the flooring for your tiny front step, but can be also be used in place of the brick that surrounds your small little door (if you like). In addition, you will learn how to take common jewelry findings and household items, and combine them to make door handles, windows, hinges and house lights. Let your junk drawer and your imagination run wild, and see what kind of creative accessories you can come up with for your little gnome home entryway!

Vol-077-5: Video #576: Flower Pots Sweet Pea Vines: In this video you will learn how easy it really is to fashion the worlds tiniest sweet pea vines that climb the brick and wind their way around the door to your fairy house. Even though they are incredibly tiny and very detailed, that doesn’t mean they are hard to make. You just have to know the tricks on how to make them. They do take awhile, but they are well worth the effort, for the resulting looks you’ll get from your admiring friends (and the appreciation from the Fairies you planted them there for).

Vol-077-6: Video #577: Baking Finishing Antiquing: In this final video of the series, you will receive the knowledge of exactly how to bake, finish and antique your creation to perfection. I’ll also share with you some unique ideas for modifications and personalization, so that you can truly feel proud of the this project for many delightful years to come!

By the way, many of the “shopping” links I provide for the various tools and supplies used in my tutorials, are “affiliate” resources. That means companies like Amazon and the other suppliers I refer, pay me a small commission if you click on the links and end up making a purchase at their site. It’s not a lot, but every little bit helps in keeping the cost of my tutorials down. And, the prices for products that you may purchase through my links, are exactly the same as what you would normally pay, even if it is a “sale” price. So please feel free to click whenever you need to pick up a few things for your studio. Thanks so much for your support.

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Vol-077: David Russell Battery A-Palette (4 Premo Color Recipes)

1-A: Military Green
2-A: Fatigues
3-A: Somber
4-A: PeacetimeComments-Questions

Military Green is the dark olive green found in the algae covered concrete of the historic Military Battery. Fatigues is the soft tan color of the aged walls. Somber is the moody soft purple of the patina caused by the salts in the sea air reacting with the metal support beams and the minerals in the cement. And Peacetime is the peaceful soft blue in the highlights of the purple patina.

To download the 4 color recipe cards, click here: David Russell Battery Palette

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Member Benefits 077: Tips Baking

Polymer Clay Membership SiteCindy’s latest stuff on baking clay properly sets the standard, one of the best sources of info on the web, so use the search engine on the site.  There is a ton of information contained within all Cindy’s blogs, tutes, and commentaries, and it is an amazing resource. Thanks Cindy.  You do not know how much I appreciate it. ~Jocelyn-C >> Original comment was posted here: Selling Polymer Clay Jewelry at the Public Market

I want to thank you all for your great suggestions that complemented the video on baking polymer clay beads. As I said I finally gave in and bought the Beginner course. I made some more snowmen letter pendants using some translucent clay, another pair of prayer hands… put them on a bed of corn starch, lightly covered them, tented it, baked it at 255 in my convection oven (did not want to go crazy watching it in the toaster oven. Baked them for 1 hour..took them out to cool off and then baked them again for 30 minutes..and wow they came out great. It is a pain in the neck getting off the corn starch but I would rather do that then have to make them over for the fourth time. I can not thank you and everyone else enough for all your help. I took pictures of the finished projects and will ask my hubby to help me send them so everyone one can see how they have helped me. Again thank you all so very much… including Cindy for her great tuts and patience with me… as we get older it takes us a little longer, at least for me, to say that I do not know everything (even though I have done so much reading and research on the internet about polymer clay… only with Cindy’s easy explanation and video and everyone elses help have I been able to have such success with the least amount of stress. ~Natalie-H >> Original comment was posted here: Snowman Beads for Christmas

This was very helpful, my polymer clay creations always ended up looking darker when I baked it and I couldn’t find a way to stop that from happening. Now its not a problem :) ~Lillith-S >> Original comment was posted here: Tent Polymer Clay While Baking To Avoid Scorching
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Vol-076: Tornado And Torpedo Beads (6 Videos)

A Perfect Blend of Polymer and Stormy Wire. Scroll Down For Links To All 6 Videos.Comments-Questions

Vol-076-1: Video #562: Intro (that clip just above): In this 6 part video tutorial series, you will learn how to make two awesome bead shapes… the twisted torpedo polymer clay bead and the wirey tornado bead. They are used together to create a gorgeous pair of dagger style earrings. Included are many tips, tricks and techniques that you can use to create these stunning beads in the colors and styles I suggest, or your own. Truly a one-of-a-kind polymer clay project. These gorgeous Tornado and Torpedo Beads can be used to create gorgeous earrings, pendants, bracelets, toggles, necklaces and other jewelry pieces. Plus these beads are great for making whatever other beaded creations you can dream up!

Vol-076-2: Video #563: Twisted Oval Beads: In this video I will show you how to use a bead roller tool to create twisted oval beads using scrap polymer clay. Having the bead roller, as you will see, is not necessary for creating the final product in this tutorial. But the clear see-through design of this tool, makes it easy to observe what is happening as your pattern takes shape. This exercise will help you to understand how to create twisting patterns under your palm, when you hand roll some torpedo beads in the next Part 3 video in this series!

Vol-076-3: Video #564: Rainbow Torpedo Beads: In this video I will show all the tips and tricks needed to make perfectly shaped twisted torpedo beads by hand rolling them. You can scrap clay again if you like, as shown in the previous Part 2 video. Or you can use a section of Rainbow Cane which I demonstrate how to make in the following 3 free videos: (1) Rainbow Teardrop Blend; (2) Square Polymer Clay Rainbow Cane Skinner Blend Plug; (3) Reducing Square Polymer Clay Canes. When making the torpedo beads, I’ll show you how it matters which direction the colors go when using a skinner blend cane, and the different effects you can get when you switch those directions around.

Vol-076-4: Video #565: Planned Torpedo Beads: In this video I show you how to control the pattern that is created on your torpedo beads by adding stripes of different clays before the hand rolling begins. There are many different types of surface techniques that can be included on these beads, including solid clays, Skinner Blends (Teardrop Blends), painted clays, crackled leaf clays, inclusion clays etc., etc. By controlling the amounts of each clay that is used, you can also create beads that will have a more predictable pattern than if you were to just use a collection of scrap clays. Each set of beads you create can be one of a kind if you choose, or they can be almost identical, depending on how you put your bead together before rolling. You are going to love the variety of options here. I know you’ll be delighted by how wonderful your beads turn out!

Vol-076-5: Video #566: Baking Finishing Drilling: In this video, I show you how to make your own special bead rack, perfect for this style of bead, and how to bake them to a strong and durable finish. I will also share my tips and tricks for waxing and drilling the beads, depending on what you plan to use them for. You will learn my simple technique for getting a nice clean flat surface for drilling into the end tips of the beads, should you want to make the long dagger style earrings which I show how to make in the next Part 6 video in this series.

Vol-076-6: Video #567: Making Tornado Torpedo Earrings: In this last video of the series, you will learn how to add and shape the ear wires to your torpedo beads, and how to finish the ends so they are safe for your ears. I also teach you how to make a funky bead known as a tornado bead, which incorporates fine wire and glass seed beads. These beads are excellent for using up scrap wire and random beads, making them a skill that you will want to add to your jewelry making bag of tricks. It is in this Part 6 video of the full Vol-076 series, that your two (Tornado and Torpedo) twisted beads come together into a perfect storm set of earrings!

By the way, many of the “shopping” links I provide for the various tools and supplies used in my tutorials, are “affiliate” resources. That means companies like Amazon and the other suppliers I refer, pay me a small commission if you click on the links and end up making a purchase at their site. It’s not a lot, but every little bit helps in keeping the cost of my tutorials down. And, the prices for products that you may purchase through my links, are exactly the same as what you would normally pay, even if it is a “sale” price. So please feel free to click whenever you need to pick up a few things for your studio. Thanks so much for your support.

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Vol-076: Corsage A-Palette (4 Premo Color Recipes)

1-A: Corsage
2-A: New Life
3-A: Grad Dress
4-A: Golden FutureComments-Questions

Corsage is the lovely light purple where the sun hit the open petals of the Iris Blossom Corsage. New Life is the bright fresh green of the fern symbolizing Willow’s venture into a new life. Grad Dress is the deep indigo purple of not only her gorgeous grad dress, but also the color of the closed buds of the Iris sitting on her wrist. And Golden Future is the rich amber gold of the speckled throat of this flag iris, and a wonderful nod to her promising life ahead.

To download the 4 color recipe cards, click here: Corsage Palette

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Member Benefits 076: Techniques Tools

Polymer Clay Membership SiteI also have to comment on the tile to get a triangle. What a GREAT idea! This is just another example of why I love your tutorials. You show us techniques that may seem simple, but make a WORLD of difference in the ease of the work and end result of the piece. THANK YOU so much (again! LOL). ~Dawn-B >> Original comment was posted here: Easy Kaleidoscope Canes Tutorial

Cindy has some great flower tuts here on the site. That is a great beginning, what I have discovered is that almost, not quite all, but most flowers can be made using the basics of what Cindy teaches us. A few tweaks and you have a different flower. I could never have completed this project if Cindy had not stepped up and said “yeah I know how to do that”. We would have had to change the course of the whole project if she had not helped me out. And the end result would have been changed and the whole project would have lost the sense of coming together. I think that the blog here also has benefited from that same “we can do it attitude” of the Lietz family. The road trip certainly will bring all the members closer as a clay family. And I bet someday even far reaching places will get a visit. How I would look forward to that! ~Karonkay-C >> Original comment was posted here: Polymer Clay Flowers

It is so great when you have good tools to work with and I love that Cindy uses and shows us all her gizzmos and gadgets. I would never have drempt the uses for the “card making” equipment so really looking forward to learning more with Cindy. ~Elaine-F >> Original comment was posted here: Rose Brain Cane Polymer Clay Tutorial
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