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Vol-083: Polymer Clay Landscape Painting (6 Videos)

How To Paint With Polymer On Tiny Stretched Canvases.
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Vol-083-1: Video #645: Intro (that clip just above): In this 6 part video tutorial series, you will learn how to use some polymer clay colors, a tiny stretched canvas, some glaze and a couple of simple tools, to create wonderful textural landscape paintings… using polymer clay as your medium instead of traditional paints. You will be thrilled at the new possibilities… from making painterly blended backgrounds… to mixing your own polymer paints… to creating dimensional elements… and even making your own custom glazes. There is definitely a lot packed into this awesome tutorial.

Vol-083-2: Video #646: Landscape Blend: In this video, I’ll teach you how to create a fantastic color blend that looks exactly like a landscape. Depending on the colors you choose, your landscape could be rolling hills, a sunset at the beach, an Arizona desert… it really is up to you. And the whole thing is done with just a couple tablespoons of polymer clay! It doesn’t have to be new clay either it can be done in scrap bits of clay, in the colors of your choice.

Vol-083-3: Video #647: Clay On Canvas: In this video, you will learn the tips and tricks for adding your landscape blends to a miniature stretched canvas. I’ll share with you the secrets of getting seamless edges where the design wraps sound the outsides of the canvas, as if you had laid the strokes there with a brush or a palette knife. You will also learn the correct baking process for these tiny polymer paintings, and why it’s important to bake for less time than what I normally recommend for polymer clay. These techniques will work on any size canvas or canvas board. Other surfaces such as boxes, frames and jewelry would be a fun option as well.

Vol-083-4: Video #648: Polymer Painting: In this video, I’ll show you a neat way to mix up your own polymer paints, using both solid and liquid polymer clay. Then I’ll demonstrate how to apply the paint with proper contrast, shading and highlights, just like you would do with a painting done in traditional oils or acrylics. You will also learn how to use an artists palette knife… and how to bake the elements or layers of your painting that you do like… so that you can easily remove what you don’t like… without actually damaging what you do like. It will all become clear when you watch the video.

Vol-083-5: Video #649: 3Dimensional Elements: In this video, you will learn how to add 3D sculptural elements to your polymer clay paintings. I will show you how to form these elements and attach them to your canvas. I’ll also discuss the importance of making barrier layers, so that mistakes can safely be erased if necessary. You’ll learn how to make an abstract spring tree in this lesson… but the ideas and techniques can be extended to all kinds of different features and embellishments depending on the theme of your landscape painting. Again, the options are only limited by your own imagination!

Vol-083-6: Video #650: Glazing And Highlighting: In this video, You’ll learn how to bring your polymer clay landscape painting to life, using your own custom made glazes and proper finishing techniques. Layers of glazing medium bring a lovely sheen and depth to the piece, while giving a rich tone to the colors and an overl all professional look. You are going to love what you learn in this action packed tutorial series! I can’t wait to see your inner Rembrandt revealed!

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-083: Seaweed A-Palette (4 Premo Color Recipes)

1-A: Kelp
2-A: Pikes Weed
3-A: Coralina
4-A: SeaweedComments-Questions

Kelp is the golden brown color of the wavy sheets of kelp seaweed first up from the left, on the branch of driftwood. Pikes Weed is the name for the dusty coral pink of the seaweed next in line, with the long pearly strands. Then comes Coralina which is the ruffled bright pink clumps of Red Algae (not technically a seaweed at all). And Seaweed is the dark green color of the Sea Lettuce seaweed chunks, intertwined amongst the other more colorful varieties.

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

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Member Benefits 083: Sand Buff Shine

Polymer Clay Membership SiteBeautiful!! … thanks so much for using a piece of tape on the back of the bead to sand it – I have tried sanding flat like that more than once, and the piece won’t move. I feel like having a duh moment because you make so much sense. ~Beth-W >> Original comment was posted here: Reptile Hollow Lentil Bead Tutorial

In the past, I’ve never been a fan of sanding and would rather take a beating than sand LOL . Cindy did the tute showing the AWESOME sanding square pad thingies (can’t remember what they are called), and sanding has been so much easier. They are easy on the hands, color coded for each grit, and over all, just make sanding something that I don’t mind at all anymore. Thanks Cindy for finding these great sanding pads and making the life of sanding so much easier :) ~Susan-R >> Original comment was posted here: Sanding and Buffing Your Polymer Clay Is Worth It

Cindy, your way is always so much easier with even better results. I have made faux abalone with the translucent and pearl ex powders before. You have to make thin slices then lay over base color. I never like the results I got so I just made a few pieces and gave up on it. Your tutorial is so much easier to follow and I love the way you use the thick slices. You can sand it to perfection without worrying about going through to your base color. Then your results are so much richer. Thank you Cindy for giving me another chance to try to make some beautiful faux abalone. Your way is the best way for me every time. Another wonderful tutorial you and Doug have created for all of us to enjoy. Many Uuugggs. ~Peggy-B >> Original comment was posted here: Faux Abalone Paua Cuff Polymer Clay Tutorial Continue reading this entry »


Vol-082: Fire & Ice Kitchen Utensils (6 Videos)

A Home Decor Project Perfect For Gift Giving.
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Vol-082-1: Video #633: Intro (that clip just above): In this 6 part video tutorial series, you will learn how to use translucent and metallic polymer clays, inks, and metal leaf to create two different exciting techniques. One that looks like fire, and the other like ice. Then you will use these fire and ice clay blocks to create colorful translucent sheets of polymer that you can wrap around glass salt and pepper shakers, kitchen utensils or whatever else you would like to use these cool looking surface techniques (bottles of hope maybe). The things you learn in the tutorial can also be transferred to other projects such as home decor items and jewelry. You’ll be surprised how much is packed into this awesome tutorial.

Vol-082-2: Video #634: Ink And Leaf: In this video, I’ll teach all about how to make the mokume gane style polymer clay fire and ice cane, or slab as some call it, by blending alcohol inks into translucent polymer clay and layering with metal leaf and metallic clays. The colors choices will give the warm look of fire, as well as the cool look of ice. But you could use any color combination you choose, to come up with your own look as well!

Vol-082-3: Video #635: Cutting, Stacking & Rolling: In this video, I will teach you how to impress your stacks of layered clay, using inks and metal leaf, to create the unique look of fire and ice. I will then show you how to compress, shape, slice and roll your stack until you have a workable sheet of color, design and dimension. These neat looking sheets of clay will be used to make the kitchen utensils and accessories shown in the intro video, but can also be used in many other projects as well. Lots of options here.

Vol-082-4: Video #636: Covering Glass Shakers: In this video I will share with you the secrets to adding a paper thin sheet of polymer clay to a glass salt and pepper shaker, or any other glass item you desire. I’ll show you tips and tricks for creating a seamless, bubble free, and blemish free piece, that will not only turn out beautiful, but professional looking as well. When done using these simple techniques, your glass shakers will look as though the design was painted or enameled right onto the surface of the glass.

Vol-082-5: Video #637: Covering Utensil Handles: In this video you will discover the right way to add polymer clay to metal cutlery and utensils. The first step is to learn why it is important to build the right base for your piece, and to make sure that it is properly shaped and finished before even adding your special clay veneer. You will then understand why multiple baking steps will be necessary. Next you will learn the tips and tricks for adding a flawless layer of colored translucent clay to your utensil, and you will find out how to baking your pieces to achieve professional looking results every time.

Vol-082-6: Video #638: Sanding And Finishing: In this video you will find out what’s needed to beautifully finish your pieces. From giving it a good sanding and buffing… to using Renaissance Wax as a final coating. Your guests will be impressed with the kitchen accessories that you create. These are items that you will definitely be proud to give away as gifts to your friends and relatives. I’ll also talk about the proper care and washing instructions for these polymer clay utensils, so they will be last for years to come. Now you can always use these techniques for jewelry projects, but won’t it be nice to finally bring some of your your polymer into the kitchen? I hope yo have fun with this one… and please do share your pictures with me!!!

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-082: Sugar Rose A-Palette (4 Premo Color Recipes)

1-A: Sugar Rose
2-A: Buttercream
3-A: Sugar Leaf
4-A: Gumpaste HydrangeasComments-Questions

Sugar Rose is the soft pastel coral color of the delicate petals of the sweet Gumpaste rose. Buttercream is the soft creamy beige of the buttercream frosted cake. Sugar Leaf is the light yellow green found in the sugary rose leaf accenting the cake. And Gumpaste Hydrangeas is the smoky blue shade of the blue hydrangea blossoms behind the roses (hiding under the top title bar in the photo) and falling down the backside of the flower adorned birthday cake.

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

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Member Benefits 082: Friends Stories

Polymer Clay Membership SiteAHA LIGHTBLUB MOMENTS: Cindy, thanks for re-running Rose’s comment, since I did miss it the first time around. Rose, not only did I not think “duh,” but my reaction was more along the “aha!” line, with that all-too-usually dark lightbulb over my head finally lighting. Thanks to your comment, I started thinking that the only way I’ll get better at creating with polymer clay is to create with polymer clay, and I don’t need a purpose. Thank you! Even though I promised myself that I wouldn’t make any resolutions this year, I think I have one now. ~Linda-D >> Original comment was posted here: Making Polymer Clay Beads

A LITTLE PIECE OF THE WORLD: Cindy, I don’t post much here at the blog, but wanted to let you know how much I appreciate You and Doug for the time you all put into the blog and videos. I look forward to every Friday when I grab my coffee and head to the computer first thing for the weekly video tutorial. Your stories and Doug’s pictures give me a little piece of the world that I will probably not see. Thanks. ~Barbara-C >> Original comment was posted here: Polymer Clay Library

BRAIN DEAD SIMPLE: Hey Cindy. you continue to be amazing. I have made about 20 troll beads today. I had to laugh when you commented on how hard it is to make things “brain dead simple” Amen to that! In the Occupational Therapy world that is called Activity Analysis. The ability to have a perfect understanding of every step of an activity, every skill it takes to complete it and how to “adapt” it for someone with a particular problem. Darned if I know how you break these activities down so that the whole wide world can do them successfully. Beautiful job. Thank You. ~Cassie-C >> Original comment was posted here: Pandora Style Beads Polymer Clay Tutorial

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Vol-081: Graffiti Style Street Hearts (6 Videos)

Perfect For Valentines Or Any Other Day As Well.
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Vol-081-1: Video #622: Intro (that clip just above): In this 6 part video tutorial series, you will learn how to use polymer clay, paints, stencils and other cool stuff to create an awesome graffiti style polymer clay surface technique to make Street Hearts for Valentines, pendants, magnets, earrings, buttons or whatever you want. And if heart shapes aren’t your thing, then you can use this urban style technique to make any design or project you can imagine! It is a wide open palette so to speak.

Vol-081-2: Video #623: Reverse Stenciling: In this video, I’ll teach all about the cool products you will get the chance to explore in this tutorial… and also get you started on the first of many layered paint techniques to come. You will also learn what I call, reverse stenciling where color is removed using a stencil rather than applied. You are going to look at stenciling in a whole new way after this.

Vol-081-3: Video #624: Crackle Paint: This video is all about the crackle! Lots of very easy and cool crackle paint stenciling tricks in this part… and I have a tip for getting two prints out of one application… no paint goes to waste, and better yet, two totally different looks can be made with one stencil. How cool is that!

Vol-081-4: Video #625: More Paint: In this video you will learn even more stenciling tricks by adding yet another layer to your graffiti design. It will seem as though someone started painting a wall… then another artist came along and left their mark… then along came another with even more to add. Your mind will be spinning with all the creative things you can do with this great layering technique! Then you’ll cut and pop your cool street art pieces into the oven for their first bake. Don’t worry… I’ll show you exactly what to do.

Vol-081-5: Video #626: Baking and Bezel: In this tutorial I will guide you through the process of creating your own unique clay backed bezels, that not only support your funky graffiti clay piece, but frame it and give it that finished look it deserves. You can actually use this trick to back any polymer clay veneer or thin polymer piece that needs a little more rigidity or strength.

Vol-081-6: Video #627: Finishing: In this video you will find out what’s needed to finish your piece professionally. From giving it a quick sand that will make your piece feel good in your hands… and antiquing it so that the texture stands out and the piece has a beautiful finished look. I’ll also share with you the right way to glue on a metal bail to your polymer clay pendants… it’s probably not the way you’ve been doing it!  When the project is all completed, you will have a handful of one of a kind graffiti style artworks that you will be proud to give away, sell, or keep for yourself. Talk about giving it your whole heart!

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-081: Columbine Bud A-Palette (4 Premo Color Recipes)

1-A: Elderberry Wine
2-A: Vintage Peach
3-A: Blue Dusk
4-A: Columbine BudComments-Questions

Elderberry Wine is the gorgeous purple berry color found on the petal edges and the little pointy tendrils of this Columbine Hybrid created by the bees in my garden. Vintage Peach is the dusty peach color that the purple fades to, as it mixes and blends with the green of the unopened bud. Dusk Blue is the almost old fashioned teal blue of the background of this photo. And Columbine Bud is the yellow green color of the petals before they mature and fade to a pale almost white when the blossom opens fully.

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

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Member Benefits 081: Beginners

Polymer Clay Membership SiteThanks, Cindy! As a new polymer clay artist, It’s such a jump start to be able to learn from your videos. ~Thalia-K >> Original comment was posted here: Polymer Clay Library

Hi Cindy, Your expertise, cheery disposition, and enthusiasm stand you in very good stead. When I was first beginning my stumble through how to use this medium, you (of all the myriad of resources I sussed out on both the internet and in print), provided a clear step by step and exciting window into the world of polymer clay. I thank you for sharing your kind and informative insights. Your moto re: ‘I made the mistakes so you don’t have to’ is the perfect welcome mat for any beginner or seasoned enthusiast.  Thank you. ~Linda-F >> Original comment was posted here: Beginner Polymer Clay Notes

Hi Cindy, I just subscribed to PCT last week. I bought the beginner lessons, 3 of the back issues and the monthly service. I was a stone-cold beginner and don’t consider myself very crafty, but after watching the beginning videos, I gathered my courage together and made your red clover flower design… and it turned out spectacularly! ~Heather-P >> Original comment was posted here: Red Clover Flower Beads
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Vol-080: Faux Fordite Wire Weave Pendant (6 Videos)

A Faux Of A Faux. Also Known As The Detroit Agate.
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Vol-080-1: Video #609: Intro (that clip just above): In this 6 part video tutorial series, you will learn how to use polymer clay to mimic the layered look of real Fordite cabochons. Fordite is a man-made material that was actually a paint over-spray byproduct from the vintage automotive industry when Ford cars (and other brands as well) were all painted by hand. You will also learn how to cut, shape and polish your piece so that it will be difficult to tell the difference between your Faux Fordite and the real thing. Plus you’ll learn how to create a gorgeous wire weave bezel to capture and dip lay your faux stone in a lovely pendant.

Vol-080-2: Video #610: Prepping The Clay: In this video you will learn about the polymer clay colors you will need to mimic the original paint colors used on Vintage Ford Vehicles. Then you will discover the tricks to recreating the baked paint layers by forming a slab of polymer clay colors into a convincing chunk of Fordite material.

Vol-080-3: Video #611: Cutting The Cabochon: In this video you will learn my tips and tricks for transforming the faux Fordite slab into a triangular cabochon shape. You will learn how to expose the stripy layers and how to cut the material to exactly the size and shape you need. You will also create a bake for the cab so that it has a professional looking finish from all angles.

Vol-080-4: Video #612: Shaping And Polishing: In this video we will bake, sand and polish our Faux Fordite Cabochon into a beautiful stone that will later be used in the wire woven pendant design. I will teach you about the proper shaping and finishing so that you can be proud of your final results. The trick in this technique is to make sure that you follow through and do a great job with the finishing work… don’t worry how it looks when it comes out of the oven. That is not how it will look in the end. Just like any stone in it’s raw form… it is the shaping and polishing that brings out the real beauty.

Vol-080-5: Video #613: Wire Weave Bezel: In this video I will show you some awesome tips for making a wire woven bezel for your faux Fordite stone. You will learn about which wire gauges and tempers to use for this wire weaving technique, and how to cut and weave your bezel to fit the stone perfectly. It is a simple process, but like all good things, takes some time to create. Once you are done though, you’ll be amazed how intricate it looks and how easy it truly was.

Vol-080-6: Video #614: Wire Wrapping The Pendant: In this video you’ll learn how to wrap your wire woven strip around your Faux Fordite Cabochon to create the form fitting bezel with a triple loop bail on the top. You’ll discover the techniques for bending and shaping the wires for a perfect fit, so that your pendant showcases your stone beautifully and securely. This way you get to see the most area possible of your stone, without worrying that it will fall out of the wire cage. everything you learn in this tutorial can be tweaked to your own designs, including your own choice of colors for the faux fordite, the shape you cut it and how or if you use the wire weaving techniques to accent it. This tutorial is jam packed… so prepare to learn a lot!

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-080: Winter Scarecrow A-Palette (4 Premo Color Recipes)

1-A: Raspberry Patch
2-A: Green Burlap
3-A: Gunny Sack
4-A: Scarecrow HatComments-Questions

Raspberry Patch is the dusty berry pink of this Scarecrow’s faded burlap shirt… and possibly the same color as the Raspberries he stood and protected in the patch over the Summer and Fall. Green Burlap is a muted dark gray green of the sun bleached and rain washed burlap collar, adorning his shirt. Gunny Sack is the dirtied, natural color of the Burlap that wraps his adorable smiling face. And Scarecrow Hat is the soft dirty brown of his floppy bedraggled hat.

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

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Member Benefits 080: Video Learning

Polymer Clay Membership SiteHi Cindy, I have just been viewing some of your video tutorials and I think I have learnt more in 15 minutes than the last 15 months since I started to play with polymer clay. ~Kathleen-J >> Original comment was posted here: Beauty On The Beach Color Palette

Cindy, I have been buying a few back issues here and there to get various techniques. But – of course – there is always something else that I would love to learn that is part of a different back issue. I’m sure others have said – I don’t need 3 out of 4 of those topics in that issue, but oh that 4th. And then interest changes, and the other topics become relevant. By the way, it will probably sound kinky, but the best thing about your videos is watching your hands. I can read descriptions of how to do things, but it makes SO much more sense when I see you do it. Of course your verbal description really helps too, but I love being able to see you work. Thanks so much. ~Beth-W >> Original comment was posted here: Owl Charm Necklace Polymer Clay Tutorial

Cindy, I think your subscription videos and past-purchasing of videos is very reasonably priced. There is 1 PC “tutor” who charges much, much, much more and I had bought from her in the past. I am not knocking her at all, I do love her work and originality, but even without access to all past videos you are still a great bargain and the BEST teacher. I will be with you forever, God willing. You AND Doug are the best (along with the kids, too!)!!! ~Becky-C >> Original comment was posted here: Cone Flower Canes Polymer Clay Tutorial
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