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In This Vol-014:
Color Recipes:

1A. Cornflower Blue
2A. Butterfly Garden
3A. Tea Rose
4A. Wild Rose

Video Topics:

1. Jupiter Beads
2. Faux Raku Smooth
3. Faux Raku Crackle
4. Torn Clay Watercolor

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Customer Reviews (Volume-014):

  • Everything in Volume-014 is great: it’s easily my pick of the volumes released to date, and I would definitely have bought it as a standalone back-issue if I hadn’t already received it all as a subscriber! ~Sue
  • Love this palette Cindy! I like to work in these color ranges a lot, so these recipes will come in handy. I like these flowers too, and brought some back to my own garden to grow my own supply. I use them in summer flower arrangements all the time. I like the pods at the base especially. They would make a cool complimentary bead on a necklace of flowers in this colorway, dont you think? XOXO ~Jaime
  • Oh, goody! Some colours I love. I’m a pink/purple girl, so these will be fun to try next month. Thank you, Cindy. ~Sue
  • Hi Cindy, I can’t believe how much I’ve learned in such a short period of time. Your site is the greatest. Thank you for sharing your recipes. The colors are so beautiful. :) ~Ariti
  • Great [Jupiter] beads!! I had to try some myself today. They are as addicting as lentil beads!!! ~Carrie
  • Great job! Now I have the incentive again to give it [Jupiter Beads] a try! Thanks Melinda! And Cindy… great new [Spolight Feature] feature on your site! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s attempts at what you teach us! What fun! ~Maureen
  • I find these [Jupiter] beads fascinating! I love them and I’m trying to find more scrap clay!!!! I also had some success this week selling some jewelry. I took some necklaces to work to show one my friends my new beads and I ended up selling two necklaces, a pair of earrings, and I have two orders for necklaces. WOW! What a feeling! Thanks Cindy for the wonderful guidance and the fabulous site. ~Melinda
  • These beautiful [Jupiter Bead] spheres remind me of the blown glass world globes created by Josh Simpson (joshsimpson.com). You can almost see the clouds, topographical and geographical images using the scrap and dried clay. ~Jocelyn
  • Since my supply of scrap clay seems to be multiplying like rabbits!!! I am always looking for cool ways to use them.  You can only use so much of the “mud” clay I get when I mix scrap clays together so this [Jupiter Bead Technique] looks like a cool solution.  I’ll be waiting to see the video on Friday.  And since it’s a HOLIDAY (YEA!) I’ll be at home where I can check it out instead of here at work trying to get my polymer clay fix via the internet (BIG GRIN). ~Arlene
  • Yay!! My first project to use my new Makins extruder on!!! Swami Cindy strikes again! Somehow she just knew I had just gotten one in my Firemountain Gems order. Didnt you Cindy? I swear I havent even had it for 2 weeks! I dont know how you do it, but keep the great ideas coming. I am closer than ever to being able to clay again. WOOHOO!!!  XOXO ~Jaime
  • Hi, Cindy! Your Jupiter beads look fabulous and I can’t wait to see the video on Friday! Just three more days and we’ll see you making the pretty beads with this professional looking finish! Life is great sometimes :) ~Squash
  • Beautiful bead, Cindy. Each bead will be very unique, and that is a good thing! :) Hugs to you. ~Cindy
  • So this is my first lesson and I loved it!!!! I’ve been doing this for a little under a year mostly learning from books and little bits off the net… I must admit I’ve been following your newsletter for a couple months now and I finally bit the bullet (I’m very “frugal”) and got a subscription. OMG!!! In my 2 days off I made a ton of fabulous beads. I loved them so much I had to sand them and polish them to finish… which I never get around to until weeks later. I used up about half of my scrap clay and some old canes!!! Thank you so much. It was a fabulous couple of clay days! Can’t wait for the next installment!!! ~Melinda
  • Love your Jupiter and Disc beads. What a fabulous job you’ve done [Melinda] and the photography! You’re certainly on your way and your excitement is contagious! Can’t wait to get going on a group of like beads. Continued success to you and thanks for sharing. ~Joyce
  • I havent been able to touch my clay in going on 2 years now!! And there is bound to be at least a few canes and things that have gone south by now! But with this [Jupiter Bead] idea I will know exactly what to do with them! Thanks Cindy!! XOXO ~Jaime
  • Thanks again Cindy for another great tutorial – loooove the [Jupiter Planet] beads!!! Can’t wait to start on them. All the best. ~Cara
  • Thank you Cindy… love the [Planet Beads] tutorial! You make everything so easy. Do you bake these on cornstarch too? About how long do you suggest them baking for? I love my Fridays, my favorite day of the week as I get my video fix. lol. ~Theresa
  • Hi Cindy, well another great reason to pull out my extruder gun… (if I can remember where it’s hidden) these are very pretty [Jupiter] beads. Now if I can only have enough scrap clay… I am like the others who’s post I have read, use up most of my scrap clay making lil earrings and such. Thank you once again, you have such a pleasant way of teaching. ~Nancy
  • Wow Cindy – they are beautiful [Jupiter Beads]! It’s great knowing you can make beautiful beads and designs from left overs. I’ve been saving my scrap clay and old canes for ages… just waiting for something to do with them :) Thank you Cindy. ~Rachel
  • Hi Cindy: I watched your video with interest, because, even though I may have tried a particular technique before, you always seem to give a fresh approach to ideas I have seen before. You continually inspire me again, and again. Last weekend, my daughter (11) wanted to learn how to make some polymer clay beads so I showed her your Jupiter beads. You would not believe how many different styles of beads we made using this method. It was so easy for my daughter and so much fun. There was a lot of oohing and aahing in the kitchen. It certainly made good use of a lot of scrap and old clay I had been hanging onto. I think I need to introduce “sanding” to her now and put her to some real work. ~Carol
  • We have the Makins Ultimate Clay Extruder as well. I too used to have a Sculpey clay gun but after a couple batches of Jupiter beads it made sense to get the Makins Ultimate. I love mod canes. I also use the extruder now to make really textural background packing of canes. BUT my all time favorite use is JUPITER BEADS! I can’t get enough of the melding colors and crackling layers. They fascinate me. ~Melinda
  • Hi Cindy, I love the Jupiter beads that I have made. Everyone showing them on your site have been making beautiful Jupiter beads too. It makes me want to make more! I used to wonder “how do they make that?”, now thanks to you, Cindy, I know how to make them and can make beautiful beads myself! ~Bette
  • Oh Cindy, These faux raku beads are exquisite!!! I can’t wait to learn this technique!! In response to your request for feedback from existing members, I’ll repeat once again that I feel as if I have been given a gift in discovering this site.  I have been working with polymer clay for some time and was constantly trolling the web for information that would enhance my learning.  Granted, there are some I found useful but finding yours resulted in a shift in how I do so many things. For me, though, in addition to the amazing techinques you teach us, it’s how you teach that has made the difference. I love that I can actually sit in front of the computer and rewind the video as many times as I need to until I learn a particular step.  I love that I can watch how you hold your hands to form a particular shape or about how much embossing powder to dump on translucent clay to create a d’anjou pear (thanks to you, mine turned out so cute I can’t stand it). Bottom line—I have never found a resource like this. (I just reread this and fear it might be a bit sappy but I am submitting it anyway with the hope that you will be able to glean from it my joy and appreciation.) Gotta go now – I’m sitting here with a blend of Studio Sculpy and need to rerun the rose cane video, part 2. ~Elizabeth
  • I don’t think it is sappy. I feel the same way and it is hard to express deep appreciation. I agree with you 200%. ~Anna
  • I am addicted to the Jupiter beads as well as the smooth raku. My mother isn’t a die-hard clayer but she fiddles with it with me from time to time and she is addicted to the raku beads! I made some 1/4″ smooth raku cubes and am going to turn them into a bracelet. ~Carrie
  • Cindy, I hadn’t been brave enough to use the Studio Glaze yet but after your post here and the faux raku video I did. And I love it!!! It goes on thin enough that it doesn’t look plasticy, it just gives a nice shine. I will be using a lot of this from now on. Thanks for the tip!!! ~Carrie
  • Those [Smooth Faux Raku Beads] are fabulous too… can’t wait until my next clay day… shopping list started… ideas churning in my head. ~Melinda
  • This [Faux Raku Technique] looks like so much fun Cindy!! Gaaahhhhh! You are making it so hard to keep my promise not to clay until my “studio” is done!!! Im not going to know where to start when I can finally clay again! Color chips and roses and faux raku and and and… Ok so deep breath and count to ten(billion) Ahhh! Im ok again. Dont worry. I’ll… be… fine. XOXO ~Jaime
  • What a gorgeous finish [Smooth Raku]! I can’t wait to try this and tell all my polymer friends! ~Shannon
  • I wanted to share my smooth raku inro that I finished yesterday. Being computer challenged, I am not sure how to place the picture on this comment section. So if you will click on my blog and you can view my version of the smooth raku.Initally, I had stated that I wasn’t sure about the smooth technique, and that bothered me,until I tried it and finally came up with a way to work it in to a project I had been wanting to try. My Inro, I think came out to round and too big, but it gave me an idea of how to work on others. the smooth raku technique is much prettier in person I think. Thanks again Cindy, you inspire so many people to create with your teaching style. Thanks. ~Nancy
  • Cindy – You have called some beads “money beads”. I found my money bead this weekend. I sold at a festival and made $160 in 2 days! My smooth faux raku bracelets flew off my table! I made different shapes and sizes of beads and my best seller by far was bracelets with the faux raku technique on small (a little smaller than a pea) round beads. I also made larger round, and two size cube beads and paired them with silver spacers. ~Carrie
  • Hi Cindy, Wow… this technique is EXTREMELY cool!!! :D  I had to run off to try it out during lunchtime because it looked like so much fun. I’ve had about 5 goes at crackling and am getting the hang of how to control crackle size, although I’ve had to use quite different times to what was mentioned in the video, and the “ready test” doesn’t work out with Kato. It’s not surprising that that kind of detail differs with various brands of clay, however… Perhaps it would be worthwhile suggesting people try the crackling first with plain/scrap clay before “risking” their beautiful faux raku sheets? I think I’ll also try combining your technique with the leaching approach I played with when I first saw your deep crackle photos. That’ll probably give me a bit of extra control over crackle size with Kato, and I have a feeling that it’ll permit the use of a thicker crackle layer, producing an even deeper finished crackle. (I hope so, anyway!) Many many thanks Cindy… this is really fantastic! ~Sue
  • Bless you Cindy, what an encouraging tutor you are! Of course I didn’t follow your video to the letter – watched it once and thought I’d remember everything, then I watched it back again after I’d made the raku sheet and saw the part where you said DON’T use it all at once. Doh! And yes I put the raku crumbles into the extruder. Ah well! I made some more raku sheets and tried just putting some scrap clay mixed with a touch of gold through and part baking that. It worked well and I’ve made some beads. I’ll send you an email soon as I’ve finished them. I warn you Cindy, I hardly ever do anything to the letter – never followed a recipe in my life – sometimes things go wrong but sometimes I get it right. I just like having a go! ~Polyanya
  • Polyana, I love the rustic handmade look of your beads..!!! I can’t decide which I like best – they are all so pretty! I can appreciate the extra effort that goes into working with Kato… I work with Kato also. :) Your canes are beautiful too!  Since I’ve only just become a member, I may have to buy the back issue with the raku instructions – you’re beads have made me even more interested..!!! ~Lisa
  • Hi, Cindy! I’m so excited about these new lessons. As I see above, I’m not the only one jumping for joy. The smooth raku technique seems wonderful, but the deep crackle raku technique must be heaven!!! Dear Cindy, are you sure you can show everything to us in just one video? I could watch four videos about that without complaining! By the way, I’m the brand new member Cindy had the kindness to quote. And I couldn’t resist to subscribe starting with the volume 013, because those little Anjou pears from last week looked so perfect that convinced me it was really the time to subscribe. The four videos I’ve watched until now are simply so good. You are teaching a beginner how to make something new and also teaching an intermediate how to make something right. And you are giving everyone who’s watching one of your videos the desire to try that project. I’m a little delirious right now, you’d be too if you were a member at the library knowing the deep crackle faux raku secrets are coming your way! Cindy, thank you so much for sharing this innovation with us!. ~Squash
  • After work last night I tried the raku smooth. It is beautiful and fun but now I so want to learn to crackle it!!! Can’t wait! ~Melinda
  • WOW! Another great idea Cindy. I have to admit that I kind of guessed how you might have done this [Faux Raku Depp Crackle Technique]. But I was curious to see what your process was. I knew it would be nice and simple and look like it was really hard to do. And I wasnt disappointed! Thats what I love about your techniques. They give such great results without being eyecrossing difficult. One more thing to add to my growing list of things to try when I can get at my clay!! XOXO ~Jaime
  • This is my video favorite so far. I’ve been wondering how to do this ever since you first showed off your faux deep raku.  Thanks for sharing your technique for getting those gorgeous deep crackles. ~PLaneFancies
  • Dear Cindy – again another fantastic method – can’t wait to try it [Faux Raku]. I have been crackling clay this week with the perfect pearls method that Barbara Fajardo of ‘Desert designs’ does on her flowers. This is a much easier method and I think you have more control. Thank you again. ~Cara
  • I am so excited about this part of the technique, was not quite sure about the smooth part. Now I can’t wait till I can try the crackle. What beautiful beads, thanks Cindy for another wonderful technique. ~Nancy
  • Worked on this technique tonight, it was very simple after following Cindy’s techniques. Thanks Cindy again for your excellent tutoring skills. ~Nancy
  • Wow! You make it look so easy AND beautiful [polymer clay water color torn paper technique]. I had planned on doing housework today… But… Thanks so much! ~Dawn
  • This [Torn Clay Watercolor] technique looks so great. Cindy I like how you created a quick simple process. You are great a simplifying things. Thanks. ~Claycass
  • My oh my, these were sooo fun to do and look so wonderful.  Claycass:  I love the variation you did too. These are just way too much fun.  I just kept making and making them.  I also thought, hmmmm, what would happen if I put them in the bead roller in bicone shape.  It altered them alot.  They did look cool though too but did not retain the “torn paper” look.  I thought, what would they look like in a lentil bead.  Same thing happend as the bicone.  Lost the torn paper look but the rolling action in both opened up some spots on the core bead so if you use a core bead of a complimentary color, it looks pretty cool.  I like the torn bead look better though so will stick to that. ~Laurel
  • Stunning beads. Excellent tutorial. You keep getting better and better Cindy. Wonder where we all will be a few years from now? The thought of coming back for more is intoxicating. LOL! Sure hope I see your stuff documented in libraries and craft museums. You are very very good at what you do. ~Jocelyn
  • Cindy I love the torn paper look. I will certainly try it for just beads selling. Thanks. ~Kathy
  • Cindy, that’s a great tutorial and I love the torn paper beads, can’t wait to try it. I did something like that a few years ago but didn’t do the black and white clay underneath and I think that’s what really makes them look better. Thanks again, I love Friday mornings waiting for your tutorials. ~Bonnie
  • Dear Cindy, just watched the [Torn Clay Watercolor] video – so easy and so impressive – so many techniques now to try and not enough hours in the day! Imagine our repertoire after a a few years of your lessons – i don’t think there is anywhere else where you can get this ongoing tuition in polymer clay. I do believe it will have a big influence in raising the artistic status of polymer clay in the community. The spotlight section is really impressive and such a good idea. Cheers. ~Cara
  • Love this [Watercolor Paper Technique] technique! I could say this is my favorite one, but I think they are all my favorite! I am so addicted lol. My name is Theresa… and I am addicted to Cindy Lietz techniques! Thank you for making it easy! ~Theresa
  • I’ve been looking for some quick & interesting clay color applications to use when covering the glass “Bottles of Hope” for our local Guild display. This [torn water color paper] technique will certainly be a wonderful addition to the display. Thank you for the great tutorials and educational site you’ve created!! ~Lynn
  • LOVE this technique Cindy! I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it. Have you ever tried a top sheet of clay with some patterning on it? Just wondering how far this “watercolor” idea could be taken. Thanks for all your great tutorials. Your site is the best! ~Sue
  • I tried these today [Water Color Torn Clay Beads], and I love them! They are so fun, but so are all the Cindy Lietz techniques I’ve tried so far! I agree with Jocelyn, Cindy you should put out a book or something! In my opinion you are one of the top polymer clay artists I’ve seen!! ~Carrie
  • That was fascinating [Torn Clay Watercolor Technique] – You have a lovely teaching technique that does not come across as patronizing or, at any time, like you were talking to fill time. Each stage seemed clear and concise. A pleasure to watch :) ~Natalie
  • Cindy, I am so excited I can’t stand it. I literally stumbled onto your sites by using Bing. I have been making paper beads and have been looking for info that way. One of your videos that I watched was the watercolor/clay technique. I just had to tell you the round one, if in blues and greens instead of the pinks could have been the globe. That process has made me decide that this is something I want to do. Thank you so much! ~Kathy
  • Cindy, I tried the torn clay process that you did on your video. It was fun and turned out pretty good. I put a necklace that I did on Etsy and I also put it on Flickr and on Flickr I gave you the credit for the tutorial. Just wanted to let you know in case you see it out there. Thank you for all your tutorials, you do a great job of explaining things. ~Bonnie-K
  • Cindy – I liked this raku tutorial you teached very much and I think I managed to make some wearable things… I have not discovered anyone else with this hobby here where I live (Norway). I am not so happy reading English either, so your tutorials are perfect. You are easy to understand, and I’m looking forward to get your videos every Friday… Thank you for your good and simple instructions! ~Synnove-O
  • Cindy – With your guidance, I am changing how I make my polymer clay beads beads. I have made Jupiter Beads that are smooth. I have also made Rocker Beads that feel like butter, but I didn’t buff them. Now I know after your last Faux Jasper Video that they could have had a shiny finish without varnish. I have a Dremel and a table top buffer that I will be using more often now. ~Cindy-P
  • Love your videos Cindy! I have learned so much already from this Vol-014 series. Thank you! ~Theresa-S

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