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In This Vol-027:
Color Recipes:

1A. Snapdragon
2A. Buttercup
3A. Mossy Pathway
4A. Cranberry Bog

Video Topics:

1. Blend and Switch
2. Embedded Links
3. Wire Wrapped Rings
4. Cookie Cutter Canes

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SNAPDRAGON A-SERIES COLOR PALETTE

  • This palette is more special because you shared the story that goes with it. I always associate snapdragons with the memory of my mom. They were always among her very favorites, so this will be meaningful for me as well. Thanks, Cindy and Doug. ~Elizabeth-S
  • Beautiful story – memories are made of these. The colors are so pretty too. Every time I see a new palette and learn a new technique I want to go and try them all – I just wish I had more time to clay. ~Cheryl-H
  • Cindy, thanks for choosing this flower and palette of colors. The snapdragon was very special to me too. When we first moved into our dilapidated farm house, while my Dad worked on the insulation, windows, and redid the floors, my Mom started raking, mowing and creating garden areas. The snapdragons were on sale at the local nursery so we got them. Tons of them. My first attempt at planting, watering, and deheading. They grew fabulously. We even saved seed from year to year. Every time I close my eyes I can see those beds of them, in every color imaginable. Such joy. Now, I have to go find some and make them roar, LOL! ~Jocelyn-C

BLEND & SWITCH TECHNIQUE

  • Wow! Don’t I say that every Friday? But I mean it! This is too cool. Great tute. ~Pollyanna
  • Running to try this right now. I love when things that look complicated, aren’t. ~Katie-C
  • YEAH!  Friday my favorite day! Just watched the tutorial, it’s amazing how you made something that looked complicated so easy. Never would have thought of this myself. As always you come up with the best creative ideas. And for once I have everything I need for clay and tools. Claying on! ~Jeanne-C
  • I have tried this technique. I’m loving it. Used bright colors and it looks like the circus came to town. ~Carolyn-K
  • Fantastic video, I would never have thought of how to do this on my own. Man, I wish I could have just 1 percent of your creative mind. I sit in front of a piece of rolled out clay with every intention to experiment and nothing new ever happens. ~Ken-H
  • Absolutely no way would this have ever occurred to me! And yet you make it so simple. I’ll say it again: where else can you get 4 video lessons at less than $4 a month??? I have some of those cutters and a few of the colors. ~Koolbraider
  • This technique is amazing!! It’s so straight forward, but I can see many, many possibilities coming from this. Can hardly wait to take a look at all the variations in the gallery. Love all the eye candy there, it’s so inspiring to see all the beautiful pieces created by everyone! ~DJ
  • Though I don’t use jewel colors, this technique gives beautiful results. I’ll have to try it with pastel metallic mixes. I think the metallics are important for the shifting and the “grout” lines that you mention in the video. Thanks for sharing this. ~PlaneFancies
  • I had one of those “Aha!” moments as soon as you showed the cutters Cindy! Glad that my brain is still working in some capacity ;) I’m definitely going to try this out tomorrow, but probably with a different combination of colours – I like the idea of pearl instead of gold, because I generally don’t use much gold clay. Hmm, experiment time… I have a similar set of cutters that I got from my local cookware shop. They are tiny cutters designed for those mini cheese biscuits or candy and they are great for subtle earring since they’re only 1cm or so. ~Silverleaf
  • I had fun with this! I did make them too thin but I like that they are very light weight. I think mine will be fine for earrings. I actually had started to cover an unfinished wooden box with clay and wanted the top to be stained glass like. This will be better than the technique I started out with. I won’t have to worry about getting the piece too thin either. I bet using it to cover core beads would be nice, too. And my favorite – covering pens! ~Catalina
  • My first attempt was a great success! Made a large sheet of it and got, 4 pairs of earrings, 5 pendants, 2 bracelets, and about 20 tube beads … Loved this video. It may just be my favorite one yet! ~Carrie-W
  • Today I tackled this new technique and have to say I was surprised I didn’t have any problems! I watched the tutorial twice to make sure I understood everything. I made several pendants and they came out fantastic!! The only thing I didn’t care for was how thin the pendants were, so tomorrow I’m going to double the layer and the effect should be the same. Thanks Cindy for a wonderful Tutorial. ~Jeanne-C
  • This was a really fun project. My clay also got soft and was thin, so I put it in the refrigerator, and then I added another layer on the bottom. I was pleased with the results. This is a favorite of mine already. Thanks for the comments on my bangles. I’m so happy, I sold them today. The blend and switch is really fun, and I want to make some more. ~Loretta-C
  • Well I have to tell ya about my blend and switch experience… I couldn’t wait to try it so I got all my stuff together or all I could remember. I had so much fun! I made a couple of mistakes. I started out with my clay being too thin so I struggled with it for a little bit but it still turned out good. I used plain regular clay so my pieces had more of a camo look which was fine. But I am going to try the pearl soon. I love the way Cindy’s pieces look. After my pieces cooled I put the UV sealant on and found a few bubbles. I couldn’t remember exactly how Cindy said to remove them and I knew it had to do with heat and I was too lazy to turn the computer back on sooooooo I got the blow dryer out, set the first piece down, turned on the dryer and proceeded to blow my pendant across the room. And of course it landed face down. What made it worse is my husband saw the whole thing. THEN I remembered what Cindy said… use a torch or cigarette lighter. Which I did on the other piece and it worked perfectly. Thank you Cindy!!! ~Jayne-S
  • This IS a beautiful technique Cindy came up with, and she was so generous to share it with us all! But everyone who’s picture is showcased above took that technique, added their own personal touch, and came up with some amazing pieces. Brenda, I see your fabulous cross is included. Congratulations to you and everyone else who’s pics are there! ~Tanya-L
  • Wow, I’m honored to be featured among such talented artists. The more I play with this Blend and Switch technique, the more I love it. The mosaic possibilities are endless. Thank you, Cindy and Doug. Wish I could find better words to express my appreciation. ~Elizabeth-S
  • OMG was I ever surprised to see my Blend and Switch work featured here today. It’s only because you and Doug make it so fun and easy for us. Thank you both for helping me spread my wings. I would also like to thank everyone here on the blog, just to let you know when I see your beautiful pictures and accomplishments it encourages me to try harder.  Thanks everyone! ~Jeanne-C
  • I was thinking, YIPPEEEE!, but Susan B. already said that, so let me just say YAY! and hope it shows the same excitement! You sure do come up with some amazing stuff, Cindy – we are all very lucky that you love to play with your clay so much (and that you’re kind and generous enough to share your “finds!”) ~Phaedrakat
  • Way too many interesting projects and not enough adjectives! Gorgulous Cindy, thanks for all you do!! :D ~DJ
  • One of the advantages of working nights, just saw the new tute, very cool idea Cindy, love the flipping of the pieces, brilliant! ~Pam-M
  • Really good tutorial – there are lots of ways to use this – would look amazing on an egg! Thanks. ~Cara-L
  • Wow! This is both simple and brilliant! This the first time I’ve wrote on here I don’t get any time in the day as I have a 3 year old and a 22 month old, so I have to wait until they’re in bed! Thank you for all your encouraging words of wisdom! I have ordered some UV dome resin and oven, but it will take a while to get over here in England! I don’t have all the shops you mention over here, thank god I’ve got the net ! Thanks again! ~Anne-O
  • Brilliant! Artistic! Fabulous! I love it! Great work Cindy.. Doug.. Your video’s are the Bomb! I can’t hardly wait to get started on this one :) ~Brenda-M
  • This technique is absolutely wonderful. This is your most interesting video I have watched. Thanks for this class! ~Monica-D
  • This is ingenious Cindy! I had seen a tutorial for making a mosaic cane but it involved slicing logs and wrapping the cut edge with black clay then re slicing and wrapping again and again, but the finished effect was not nearly as interesting as the one you achieve. I am so looking forward to trying this one. Thank you once again. ~Susan-B
  • Cindy, I think you may have outdone yourself this time. How in the world did you ever think that one up??? Absolutely astounding! Thank you so much to you and Doug both. ~Tanya-L
  • Hi all, just watched the Switch and Blend Video. Wow, never had a clue how it was done, but as usual Cindy make it look so easy while being so interesting. I think I’ll be doing it forever it is so amazing and fun to do. I have a D who does Mosaic, so I will be able to show off a bit won’t I, LOL. Off to work. Love. ~Elizabeth-K
  • Cindy, this technique is EXCELLENT!!! I love how your mind works, lol. For a child, this technique would be so much fun as their first project. Imagine the looks on their faces while the colors and patterns intensify with complexity. Then, the gloss finish? Heaven. Want to try it with a black layer underneath, or better, between two layers of rainbow blend. Think it might highlight the juncture points more, sort of like the torn paper technique. ~Jocelyn-C
  • What a wonderful idea. The mosaic pattern looks so unique. I really like the way the earrings look. Good job Cindy. ~Sue-C
  • What an awesome video! A really cool technique. You are so talented and clever, Cindy.  I just love the pendant and earrings. It does look like stained glass and the design looks like abstract art. I’m going to enjoy trying this out, though I have to practice my tear drop blend. Had a bit of a problem doing the butterfly cane. Have to get it right this time! ~Cheryl-H
  • Genius! ~Jill-V
  • Wow! You were right! I had that: “Shoulda-Hada-V8” moment!! AWESOME! How simple can you get? Time to PLAY!!!!!! ~Catalina
  • Great technique Cindy. I have dabbled with this idea a bit but never thought of taking it to the extent you have. Friday has become my favorite day of the week! ~Lodestone
  • Just think! My head is reeling – this is so easy. What fun all of us will have with this tute. I can’t clay today boohoo. Tomorrow will be my day to play. The colors and ideas are buzzing. Thank you Cindy and Doug – you make Fridays special… hugs. ~Patt-W
  • Great tutorial! I loved how simple it was, though the finished product looked complex. ~Carol-M
  • What a fun tutorial! Like all have said, straightforward – yet the results look quite intricate. I enjoyed seeing the sanded vs. unsanded examples, too. Sanding makes such a striking difference – especially with the mica/metallic clays. Beautiful technique, well-done (as usual!) Thank you so much! The Lietz team has done it again. ~Phaedrakat
  • Wow Cindy when I think you have outdone yourself with the latest video tutorial, you do it again. Absolutely stunning. I know what I am doing Sunday morning. I just happen to have those little cutters too, and a lot of the pearl clays. ~Jeanie-N
  • Cindy, Sorry I couldn’t wait so I jumped ahead and watched the video first before anything else when I got on the computer. Can’t blame me you are just so super good. I was going through withdraw as it was. By the way WOWSA ANOTHER GRAND SLAM LOVA LOVA LOVA THE TUTE YOU ARE AMAZING AND DOUG IS TOO.  The Lietz team gets the gold medal for a lifetime of kindness. All that information and beauty for just $3.32 a month – 4 tutes and 24 -7 blog full of info and fun. Clean family fun. Uuuuuugggggggs. ~Peggy-B
  • Just watched your Blend & Switch Technique video! I think your are waking up the sleeping polymer clay beast inside me! Thanks! ~Kim-M

EMBEDDED LINKS

  • Yup… another “AHA! Now why didn’t I think of that?” moment for me! I thought about bending the wires to the side, but didn’t think that would be sturdy enough, so I wasn’t satisfied enough to attempt it. Cindy, you’ve done it again! Absolutely loved the colors of the beads in the bracelet you showed and that silvery/pearly/mauvey/pinkish heart! Everything else, too, of course. I always do. Great job on video as always Doug! Where else can we get so much for so little? A great BIG thank you to both of you for another job well done. There’s so much here that we can all take away from this and use – my wheels are spinning and I haven’t even finished my first cup of coffee! Have a great weekend guys! ~Tanya-L
  • Cindy, this is a great video. I knew about the wire, but I didn’t know how to get it into the clay neatly. I never would have figured this out on my own! ~Linda-K
  • I would have never thought of making hooks like this until the video. I like saying “look what I made” ~Brenda-M
  • Loved the embedded wire links video – how simple and effective. Love, Love, Love Fridays. ~Patt-W
  • Hi Cindy, Thanks for another great video. I am getting behind in doing all the techniques and tips. Never thought of using Bake and Bond that way. ~Bette-L
  • I have been vacationing and missed viewing the last two videos. My first task when I returned home today (after unpacking our car) was to pull up the videos. Once again you outdid yourself, Cindy.  Loved both lessons and will put them to good use. ~Loretta-C
  • This is gives me the ability to make matching toggle sets for almost anything I make! ~Tanya-L
  • Just watched the tute here in the UK. I get it before you Trans Atlantic folks unless you are claying at midnight, your time. Genius, Cindy! Thanks. I am on my way to my claying table, just as soon as I’ve showered and dressed. ~Judy-M
  • Well it is just past 6:30 am here in Atlantic Canada, and I haven’t even had my first cup of coffee, but have watched this Friday’s video already. I have only been a member for a couple of week’s but can’t tell you how much I look forward to each week’s video’s already. Thanks Cindy for the great instruction and the down to earth way you present it. ~Janet-R
  • Fantastic video, Cindy! I’ve been doing something very similar (just use a slightly different wire shape.) This definitely creates a strong link, which is crucial to jewelry and other pieces that stay together. Thanks for this important PC tutorial Cindy. You said it wasn’t necessarily “sexy” — but it was kinda hot! ;D ~Phaedrakat
  • As one of those “midnight-owl” people, I’ve watched many lessons fresh off the internet! I agree with everyone about the value of this tut… may not be as glamorous but allows us to further figure out how to put beads and items together into a final piece. I’m still learning, and it’s great to now be able to add these kinds of tips/details to an idea, knowing that you can make it work. Or choose between a few ways of finishing and pick a method that works best. I couldn’t do that a year ago… have learned sooo much from joining (for less than the cost of a single lesson elsewhere!!). ~DJ
  • Love the tutorial Cindy and Doug! My head is spinning with Idea’s. I just had an “AH-HA” moment. For those that have trouble manipulating the wire. I bet you could use the hooks from the sewing department for this. Ladies do you know what I am talking about? Whispers “bra latches” *giggles* XD Yay! ~Brenda-M
  • The thought of being able to make strong matching clasps for jewelry pieces is awesome! Seems to me it’s the perfect “unique” factor. I’m excited to try it out. Thanks, Cindy and Doug. ~Elizabeth-S
  • Cindy, thanks for the great tut on Embedded Hooks. Could have been aimed at me as I really only use Eye pins, so it will be a great help, so now I can do it this way. ~Elizabeth-K
  • Wow, I wish I had seen this technique a while back. It is so neat the way the wire sits in the bead and holds quite well. I have tried to do a similar idea but Cindy’s is the best. Way to go Cindy. ~Sue-C
  • A few months ago I bought a bunch of sterling and gold filled ear wires online that were referred to as “Precious” because they were smaller than what the supplier usually sells. I bought them because they were SO cheap. When I got them, I saw that they were much too small for my needs as ear wires, but they would be perfect for embedding in clay. I just didn’t know what to do after I embedded them. After seeing this video, I’m ready to use them! ~Linda-K
  • I watched the part of the video again where Cindy’s forming the loops … knowing that you can reposition the round nose pliers while forming your loops, people with hand and wrist problems may be able to do this and other wire working techniques they wouldn’t attempt before. I never moved my pliers while forming a loop before, and I have carpal tunnel and tendinitis in my hands and arms. That’s why this stuck out for me!!! Another life saver from Cindy!!) ~Tanya-L

WIRE WRAPPED RINGS

  • Thank you Cindy! I knew you would make it soooooo much easier to understand. I get it now! I can’t wait to practice. I’ve watched so many other people demonstrate this technique but it never made sense to me. I had a mental block. But your teaching method is so clear and logical and I can also replay the video anytime I need clarity. Fantastic! ~Cara-L
  • I have to confess, I have been played around with this technique and made 6 rings doing so, before watching this tutorial. I am one of those type people that can look at things, and almost figure out how the technique was done. I gave up on it because, I just couldn’t get it quite right. I could not get my sizes right nor could I get the band wires even. I do like the way they look though. I have to say, after watching this tutorial, I saw what I was doing wrong. *****Cindy Saves the day! XD teehee…. ~Brenda-M
  • That was a great tutorial. Now we can have rings to match our earrings, necklaces and bracelets from the rest of your tutorials.  Thank you again for all your hard work. ~Bonnie-K
  • I never thought to put my ring thing in my vise (tech term). Loved the tute!! You work so hard and I really love this site. Thank you. ~Sandra-G
  • It’s been FOUR DAYS since I have had my hands on clay — they are shaking with the need to mush. Anyway, this tut is the perfect fix for my pc withdrawal. Love it!! As Bonnie said, we can add rings to other sets we make. How cool is that. Thanks, Cindy and Doug. ~Elizabeth-S
  • I whipped-up one of these rings today for my little niece. I used a disc-type bead I already had; I haven’t made the coin-shaped ones yet. It’s super fast and simple, now that Cindy’s showed the way! What a cool tute this is! I can’t wait to get a mandrel, which will make it even faster/easier. I’m also thinking about other kinds of beads to use. Maybe flatten one side of a lentil, or even sand-down the not-as-pretty side of lentil beads. Yeah, there were some that didn’t swirl properly — BC, of course! (BC = Before Cindy). Thanks, Cindy and Doug! ~Phaedrakat
  • I made a couple of rings before; two different designs and I struggled a bit specially with one of them. I must say watching this video has made it so much easier. I’m going to try one with my faux agate. ~Cheryl-H
  • Finally made 3! No more breaking beads. Completed a blend and switch scrap ring, wrapped in red wire. Just love it – so easy. Definitely making some for Christmas. Thanks you Cindy and Doug. ~Patt-W
  • I KNEW you’d make this easy for us, Cindy! A super great tut – Thank you so much for showing us how to do this! And thanks, Doug, for your amazing filming skills. Keep ’em coming! ~Tanya-L
  • Fantastic tute!!! I love all kinds of rings and now I can custom make my own. I have chubby fingers….lol. Thanks again Cindy. ~Pollyanna
  • Cindy, I’ve dabbled in wire-wrapping and have a ton of books, but there’s nothing better than actually seeing it happen… especially when you are the teacher. ~Linda-K

COOKIE CUTTER CANES

  • Brilliant another good use of all my cutters! Thank you Cindy. ~Anne-OLove this tutorial. My mind is going crazy with color and shape choices. ~Linda-BWatched the video… genius is all I can say, it does solve a roadblock in something I had been thinking of doing, so thank you very much Cindy and Doug. ~Ken-HThis tute is amazing! I just thought you were supposed to cram all the pieces together -WRONG! You made it so clear Cindy, thanks. ~Patt-W

    I had been thinking of this kind of cane for awhile, I had it sort of figured out but after watching this video I’m glad I hadn’t tried it yet. Putting the pieces together, getting them to fit exactly like a jigsaw puzzle is the tricky part. Now I know how to do it. Thanks Cindy for the technique made so easy and Doug for the great photography as always. ~Cheryl-H

    I watched the video on my phone today — what a great tutorial! Just as everyone described… you found easy fixes for any ‘potential’ difficulties with this technique. The ‘cut’ is the one I wished I’d thought of when I tried this on my own — would have saved some time and angst! Thanks for this video, dear Lietz team! You two do such amazing work together, you offer so much to the PC world, and you do it for (nearly) free! While others are out there charging your ’90-day price’ for one written tute, you give us 12 wonderful, easy to follow videos full of inspiration and innovative techniques! Hard to imagine why anyone would pass on such an amazing deal… they just must not know about it. Let’s pass the word on, shall we guys? ~Phaedrakat

    Love this technique, so easy for someone with hand difficulties!!! Splitting and rearranging the final cane just adds to the possibilities. ~Jocelyn-C

    Cindy, I’d been playing with something similar in my mind, but I never thought about making a cane out of it.  Terrific idea! ~Linda-K

    What a great idea! I have a  plethora (LOL) of cutters. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this. Cindy, Thank you! ~Dawn-B

    Cindy just watched the Cookie cutter cane. Wow you are a magician, so simple yet so head scratching. Talk about slight of hand. Now I know what those magicians do when they put the lady in the cabinet, LOL. ~Elizabeth-K

    Love this idea- lots of variations can be made- ingenious! Thanks again Cindy. ~Cara-L

    Yes it’s a brilliant idea and yet another good way to use our cutters! Thank you Cindy. ~Anne-O

    SO much easier than I would have done it. Thanks again Cindy! ~Pollyanna

    Cindy, this is a great tut. Lots of good hints and tricks to make it easy too. Can not wait to see what folks here come up with due to the vast variety of cutters available. Best of all, using this method can really reduce wasted clay when trying to make canes. Best of all worlds, fun, easy and economical. Thanks! ~Jocelyn-C

    I owe about 90% of my success to Cindy’s video tutorials, and the other 10% to having every polymer clay book published.  I think it’s a disease. The Cindy part has been a big inspiration though. It’s like a kick in the muse every Friday. ~Bonnie-K

    Hi Cindy, this is the coolest. I have learned so much from your videos. I finally got sanding down to a science, thanks to the micromesh pads. The faux agate video has also helped me tremendously. My beads are really coming along. Thank you so much for all your videos. It is taking my jewelry designs to another level. ~Ifama-J

    All I can say after viewing this tute is this technique is so simple, so logical, so “duh” – (so why didn’t I think of it before?!?!) I’m really looking forward to trying out the various color palettes with the cutters. ~Maria-C

    Cindy, you’ve done it again. I am always amazed at how you even simplify what on first glance seems to be a simple  process. First I would have tried to make too many layers for my cutters and then I would have tried to ram the centers into each other and wonder why my designs came out so squashed. This is why you make the mistakes so I don’t have to… so worth the modest fee of your site. Thanks for so many great tutorials. It’s the high point of my weekend! ~Sue-W

    Cindy, I was looking  for something like this Cookie Cutters Tute last night. This answered my question. Thanks. ~Donna-I

    Oh my goodness! I thought this was going to be almost a no-brainer. I didn’t anticipate any of the challenges for creating this cane, so I had a whole bunch of AHAs. Great job, Cindy and Doug. I love the black and white pillow bead. ~Linda-K

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