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In This Vol-033:
Color Recipes:

1A. Rippled Petals
2A. Blushing Pansy
3A. Grape Jelly
4A. Antique Lace

Video Topics:

1. Aurora Technique
2. Metal Bracelet Blanks
3. Bracelet Blanks Clay
4. Mixing Color Recipes

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BLUSHING PANSY A-SERIES COLOR PALETTE (+ General Comments)

  • Wow, your Blushing Pansy Palette is gorgeous! I love pinks and purples… they’ll come in mighty handy for Valentine’s jewelry. Plus, my nieces love girly-girl colors (as long as I mix ’em with other “funky” colors, too.) I’m inspired to get started on “hearts” and “I love you” stuff — pronto! Thanks Cindy, for the lovely color palette…and Doug, for your beautiful photography — as always! ~Phaedrakat
  • What a lovely palette! The pink that ladies love. This blend is beautiful.  Thanks again for selecting such “go-together” colors… Pansy here we come! ~Patt-W
  • Very beautiful colors. Just what I needed as a pick me up on a dreary wintery day. ~Pollyanna
  • Perfect colors for Valentines Day… So warm and inviting. Great choice Cindy! Clay On. ~Lisa-W
  • Very nice colors for Valentine’s Day..or any day, for that matter! ~Linda-K
  • Now that’s my kind of palette! I love purples and bright pinks and I also love pansies. ~Silverleaf
  • Another gorgeous color palette! Pretty valentine beads coming soon! ~Laura-Z
  • Hi Cindy, WOW, what great colors, that flower made me feel spring and I need it so bad! I had to say goodbye to a 16 year old doggie child last week and this is the first real thing that made me feel warm on the inside, THANK YOU my friend! You DO have a way with words and poetic came to mind! ~Lisa-C
  • My second or should I say other passion is orchid growing (It was first, until I met “Poly” and you!). I have been toying with the idea of combining both, and with this new color palette, I can see several new Hybrids budding soon. You both are really so special and fill a need not only for me, but many others. All I can say is Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! ~Marlene-C
  • Thanks so much Cindy for your response and for your “beginners guide” on a starting point. I have read through most of the blog entries and do find that everyone here is supportive of each other. I just finished making all of my color chips and made 2 additional squares, 1 to put with your color pallettes and the other to put with it’s color category. I will try really hard to start from the beginning and not jump to the more difficult ones, but you know Cindy you make them all look easy! You are a great teacher and I am trying to encourage my daughter to sign up too. Thanks for being an inspiration to us all. ~Catherine-R
  • Wow, did this month go by quickly! It was, indeed a great one, full of fabulous tutorials, and cool techniques. Cindy has brought it once again! Thanks, Cindy and Doug… you guys are so talented and hardworking. You make membership to your site SO WORTH IT! ~Phaedrakat
  • Cindy, I subscribe to your site and LOVE it! You are the QUEEN! ~Shelia-B

AURORA TECHNIQUE

  • Thanks so much for sharing the video of the Northern Lights. What a spectacular sight ! And your examples are just stunning. You just continue to come up with the best videos week after week! ~Fran-R
  • Ditto! And thank you for the link to the Premo color mixing guide. Not only do you make our “class lessons” super simple, you even help with our homework! It would have taken me a hundred clicks to find the guide on my own. You truly are one special team!!! ~Marlene-C
  • Fran is so right in describing that video as “spectacular”. To see something like that in person must be the ultimate. Cindy, never not tell us a story. Those you have shared are wonderful. You give so much of yourself and for me this is a bit more and personal making me want to give you that extra hug. This is truly going to be “THE” technique. ~Joyce-M
  • Wow, what an awesome looking technique! And another Cindy original to boot! ~Laura-Z
  • Another wow!!!! Now to find my extruder disks….. I put them away somewhere for safe keeping……lol. ~Pollyanna
  • Cindy, your beads truly DO look like the Aurora Borealis. This might be my favorite technique of all! ~Linda-K
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you Cindy… that aurora technique video was amazing. I can’t believe how easy it is to create such beautiful beads. Cindy you are amazing! ~Hobokenmary
  • It is my dream to witness the aurora borealis in person. Your beads and pendants are so breathtakingly beautiful!  I hope mine turn out as beautiful. Doug has captured the beauty and colors of your work so well. Thanks to both of you! ~Cherie-H
  • Oh these are soo gorgeous!! I just love the waves of color you’ve achieved Cindy. I think what I enjoy the most – and what keeps our tutorials fresh – is the sense of curiosity and detail you share with us. With your own twists you create such beautiful techniques… as we preview the next lesson we can just hear the enthusiasm in your voice, AND it’s simple too!!? Can’t ask for more than that, a treasure trove of inspiration at such a reasonable cost. ~DJ
  • Thanks for sharing the video on the Northern Lights!  I love the colors. They have always fascinated me. So interested in this tute. ~Lupe-M
  • MAGNIFICENT!!! Cindy and Doug the two of you by far are the absolute greatest team! Cindy you have that wonderful mind that comes up with the most technical yet beautiful artistic peaces a person could ever ask to see. Then Doug puts it all on film in a way that even someone like myself can fully understand. Now if that isn’t something that deserves a big fat raise I don’t know what is. Cindy and Doug I propose an idea that you let us, all your students vote on whether or not you raise your fees. I vote yes, yes, yes. Many many uuuuuuugggs. ~Peggy-B
  • Oh Cindy, that’s just gorgeous! I love it! :) I’ve always liked using pearl clays for Jupiter beads too, especially when you sand them a lot so you see the stripes of colour hidden inside the extruded clay – it’s like magic how they appear. This technique is similar I guess. And it’s one of my dreams to see the aurora borealis too, it’s so beautiful. I haven’t been so well this week and haven’t touched my clay for a while, but this may well be the inspiration I need to get myself back into my studio! Thanks! ~Silverleaf
  • Wow! When Cindy was doing this and extruding the snake, I thought, uh oh, only the black shows. Not very pretty. But then after shaping into a bead and sanding, amazing… the colors came ALIVE! I love this technique and working with “pearls”.  Thanks, Cindy!! ~Dorothy-H
  • Super video Cindy thanks for sharing. It was so relaxing. I just got through watching the tutorial. Awesome as always ;) ~Brenda-M
  • Clever technique, Cindy! :) ~Sue-F
  • I love love love this!!!!  I don’t know how you come up with these ideas / techniques but I am so greatful that you share them with us. ~Kathy-G
  • Lovely technique. One which I will certainly make use of… being that I live in Lapland, Finland – within the Arctic circle… and am ultra lucky enough to witness the Aurora on a frequent basis. My husband sees it even more than I, as he is willing to walk our dog Dexter deep, deep into the forests around us, very late at night, which is when it is best seen… especially when it is super cold outside.  In fact, he sees all sorts of unusual sky happenings, when he is where it is so dark and unaffected by social lighting. This year in particular, the sun is very active and so the aurora is also so… as it relys on the suns magnetic activity and solar winds, to show up well. It goes in cycles. For all those that want to see it… it truly is worth trying to get to see!  It is indescribable. Thank you for this Cindy! ~Mrs-Rainbow
  • I just watched today´s Aurora Technique video and I got crazy with that! Thanks again from Brazil. ~Monica-D
  • Wow Cindy, another wonderful tutorial that looks like it is going to be one of my favourites. Can hardly wait to try it out. How you work out how to do these techniques is just amazing. ~Fran-Y
  • This is such a beautiful and original technique and the beads are just astonishing! Thank you for sharing with us the results of your hard work! ~Squash
  • All I can say is “oooooh – aaaaaaaah”  – I’m going to have fun experimenting – this is one of those “magical” techniques in which you never quite know what will be created at the end. ~Maria-C
  • WOW WEE WOW WOW! Cannot wait to try this one. ~Kathy-B
  • Wow!!! I’m amazed at this technique of yours Cindy. When I saw the black snake coming out of the extruder I was wondering where were all those beautiful colors. It’s so magical those colors coming to the surface when you roll it and then sand the bead. ~Cheryl-H
  • As I mentioned earlier I am partial to blue/greens and love working with the pearl colours (yes, I stocked up). Even though I am busy preparing for our biennial retreat and doing another twenty switch plates for a client, I ‘ve decided to use this technique for the thirty-five buttons I have to make  for our button exchange. For any of our Guild members on here – I saw it first ;-) ~Lawrence-S
  • Ok, this is amazing! ~Catalina
  • Oh, Cindy – this new technique is just genius – not to mention amazingly beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! ~Laurel-S
  • Hi all, thank you Cindy for this glorious Aurora technique. As someone said, this video was very relaxing, even more so than others. Maybe it was seeing the video about the Auroral Borealis before actually watching your teaching video, as it made me feel really relaxed and ready to watch the tutorial. Well it is so beautiful, and again so simple when explained by you Cindy. Thank you again Cindy and Doug. XXX Love. ~Elizabeth-K
  • Cindy I love your Aurora Technique! You’re so creative… it’s incredible how you continue to come up with such amazing things. Then you turn them into videos, making them super-easy to do. It’s quite a feat — you make a new video each week! After all this time, I’m still amazed at how you do it! You put out quality video tutes every week for such a low price. So I wonder… why isn’t EVERY polymer clay user a member? Seriously… why NOT? The cost is next-to-nothing, yet you get these amazing tutorials! (and recipes, and more…) They’re beautifully filmed, with close-ups, so you can easily see what’s happening. The sound is perfect, and Cindy’s fantastic instruction…it’s practiced and thought-out, so that even “tricky” processes become easy to follow. After a year of membership, I believe more than ever — Cindy Lietz is the best Polymer Clay Tutor! This latest “Aurora Technique” is simply more proof of her innovative ways, and how she shares them for just pennies. Let’s spread the word, guys! ~Phaedrakat
  • This tute was a gift for many reasons, even beyond the beauty of the finished beads as it was kind of a sad week-end here. My son and family adopted a little dog who had suffered a crushing throat injury as the result of abuse or an attack from another animal. Jackson had surgery on Friday by a wonderful compassionate vet who did everything he could to correct the injury. Sadly, although the surgery went well in that the vet was able to repair the damage he died during the night while still in the animal hospital. I can’t tell you how attached I had become to this little guy in the short time I knew him.  As I often do when I am troubled or sad I headed to my craft room where I had recently finished baking my first aurora beads.  Still reeling with the news of Jackson’s death I somewhat mindlessly started to sand them and before long the aurora beauty started to show just as Cindy promised it would.  I don’t know why but it gave me comfort, maybe because this technique mimics one of the most beautiful phenomenons in the universe to which Jackson’s brave spirit had returned. Who knows?  I do know that I will never give these beads away as they are the perfect representation of the beauty of this little dog’s short life. Thanks for listening. Love. ~Elizabeth-S
  • I LOVE THIS TUTE !!!!! This is going to sound silly to some but Cindy your tutes remind me of my marriage and how much I love my husband. I love him so much I can’t imagine how I can love him any more the next day. Then the next day comes and yep I love him even more. Well that’s how your tutes are to me. I can’t imagine liking another one any more than I like this one it is so good but the tomorrow comes and yep I watch the tute and yep I like it more than the one I did yesterday. Yep I love the Northern lights tute. TRULY AMAZING – I was blessed once and saw the Northern lights a true sight – one of Gods most beautiful paintings in motion. THANK YOU TWO SO VERY MUCH!!! ~Peggy-B
  • This technique is sinfully easy!!!  I kept thinking there should be more to it. Again, thank you so much Cindy. Your tutorials are worth every penny and more!! ~Laura-Z
  • Cindy – Your tutorials are very clear and every time you manage to come up with a new technique. Now I realize it even more. And very important Cindy; your new technique, the aurora technique. I like it very much, you know last week I was looking at photographs from the Northern Light and I was thinking; I like to make this with polymerclay. Isn’t funny? ~Louise-G
  • I am new to polymer clay work. This Aurora technique is awesome!!! It alone was worth the money I paid for the videos. I can’t wait to view the others. Keep up the great work! ~Dorene-T
  • This has become my favorite technique. It is simply brilliant. What I tend to do with tutorials, is the same thing I do with cooking. I like to tweak the directions some, because I have trouble leaving well enough alone! While your instructions were perfect on there own, I played around a little with it. Instead of the black, I used a dark silver with a small amount of silver glitter. Also, I had left over clay from a rainbow cane, so I used more colors in the spectrum then was called for. Anyway, it came out so beautifully, I can hardly believe I made it, but the credit goes to you. Thank you! ~Julia-B
  • Have to admit, when this tut arrived I was in a pretty dark cold snow bound existence. Wow! Everytime I watch it I feel like I have sparklers shooting off alllllllll over my body. Just ingenious and fab, especially because if you do the work you get the warm reds and the cool blues all in the same strip of extruded clay. ~Jocelyn-C
  • I finally tried the technique after hemming and hawing. Wow! It does give me goosebumps. After the sanding, buffing on old jeans, and future (brushed on, I remember your comment on dripping Cindy) they are stunning. I’m going to put them on handmade earwires, big ones and maybe add some shiny beads. I plan to keep on practicing (I bought so much of the premo pearl colors at polymer express since they’ll soon be gone) and experimenting. I’m starting to get the hang of this. And really loving it. Thank you Cindy for all you give and to all the Lietz “family” on this blog who have, through advice and their own struggles, have taught me soooooo much. Stay healthy and happy everyone. ~Trudy-M
  • Being new here, the 1st lesson I did was your Aurora technique — om goodness — wow and a bunch of other happy sounds could be heard as I buffed and the beads began to shine :)  I wanted to share a sanding aha moment — the first few beads I started with 320 then 400 w/d then went thru my stack of micro pads — the colors were very bright and beautifully bold — for the next set of beads I only used the stack of micro pads and wow again! Totally different and yet the subtleness of them struck me with awe. Thank you Cindy so much. ~Tantesherry
  • Cindy that aurora borealis cane still stuns me. Just when I think, o no!, another slide of the razor or sanding delivers even more colors. ~Jocelyn-C
  • Cindy, your Aurora Technique is *fiendishly* simple, and the payoff is _marvelous_. I love it, and since I pretty much rob Michaels of all its Premo Accent line every Monday and Thursday when they get deliveries, I can sit here making this stuff until global warming ends our ability to see the REAL Aurora Borealis. And then people will hafta pay US to see it in BEADS! Mwahaha! (rubbing hands evilly)). Thanks ever so much for the coolness. Guess what I’m doing this weekend? ~Binky-M
  • Thank you Cindy! Great tutorial!!! The very first time I made this, they came out wonderfully! Fantastically! Beautifully! And easily!!! I’ve also covered some Crochet hooks for a friend, and she absolutely loves them! Thank you so very much.  I just love being the envy of all my crafty friends when I showed them what I make.  I also told them what a cool web-site you have with all the great classes!  I certainly have gotten my money’s worth!!! ~Naomi-D

HAMMERED METAL BRACELET BLANKS

  • Ooooooo, we finally get to learn how to do this, I just recently tried a bangle bracelet project I found while reading on another site, it came out reasonably well and I have a few ideas on how to improve on it, but THIS is the bracelet tutorial I’ve been waiting for. ~Ken-H
  • I just love bracelets! Can’t imagine having tooooooooo many. Such interesting gifts too… Bring it on. You are so creative and kind at the same time, what a gift you give us… hugs. ~Patt-W
  • Awesome! Love it! I love when you create things from materials we can get from the hardware store. Thanks again. ~Kathy-G
  • First stop today – Home Depot! I love this! ~Elizabeth-S
  • Yup, Home Depot’s stock is definitely going up over this! Have always wanted to make a cuff / bangle. Yay!! ~Koolbraider
  • Wow, Cindy, it’s like you’ve read my mind again. I am very excited for this video and the next! I can see that this year is going to be just as good as last year. You just keep the creativity on coming!! Went back to Lowes’ yesterday and did some more searching and finally found the sheets of galvanized metal. The sheet that I finally purchased was 12″ x 24″ of 26 gauge galvanized sheet metal. I have several blanks of different sizes all cut out and I think they will be plenty thick / sturdy enough. That sheet cost only $4.75 so I more than got my money’s worth. I will try some of the aluminum blanks and see how they compare. At only $10 for both materials, it’s worth it for the experiment and I’m sure if I don’t end up using the aluminum, I am sure something else will pop up that I can use it for (like pendant backs, etc) ~Laura-Z
  • Cool video, Cindy! I love the way the bracelets look and the flashing is only 57 cents for 5×7 at Ace. makes a cheap blank for bangles! ~Jennifer-T
  • Oh this is going to be so much fun, I am gone till Monday. Weather is finally suppose to warm up and melt some of this snow. I wear more bracelets in the spring and summer than winter so maybe this will get me out of this winter slump. So thank you Cindy and Doug on many counts. I needed a tute like this one. Will watch at daughters house Friday and try it out on Tuesday. Many ideas a stirring already. Many Uuuuuuuggggs. ~Peggy-B
  • Cindy – Thanks for replying to my email so quickly about my membership payment. I have renewed with the yearly option. Regarding the teaser video – when I’ve gone to your blog before, it’s always just been there. This morning it wasn’t – but maybe I was looking for it too early. In any event – it’s here for me now and as usual, this bracelet tutorial looks very interesting. I love all your videos – like everyone else it just makes my day to see what you’ve come up with. ~Fran-R
  • A shopping we shall go! What a nifty tute. So simple – yet so effective. Now I can  make lotssssssssss of cuff bracelets. One to go with my purple, orange, green Aurora technique… yeh..YA DID IT AGAIN!!!! ~Patt-W
  • Just watched the tutorial. How wonderful to be able to make our own beads, bracelet blanks, ear wires, clasps … the whole piece of jewelry all handmade by us – thank you Cindy! I’ve been wanting to try this cuff bangle for so long. I have some zebra cane left over and also have some flashing. So I’m all set to go. ~Cheryl-H
  • Your video tutorials are super and I have learned so much from them. Thanks for your help. I look forward to Friday morning every week except for the regrettable 5th Fri. Same time I think you more than deserve some time off. Cheers. ~Katherine-D
  • I’ve bought aluminum cuff blanks before and was not crazy about the size I got them in. Making them in all kinds of widths will make me much happier. Now the wheels are turning. I’m thinking of ways to make the cuffs a little more sculptural. ~Katie-C
  • Terrific!!! Another wow. Will enjoy experimenting with this one. Can’t wait for next week to see your ideas for applying the clay. ~Pollyanna
  • Very nice. I am now experimenting on putting clay on anything that will not catch fire when baking. I thought of metal and clay coming together.  What a great tutorial! I am always learning something new from you Cindy. Glad to have you in my favorites. ~Susan-L
  • Slowly getting the hang of these, and soon they will be perfect. I store all my production runs on vintage glass jars and bottles, who’s shape helps saves the initial work done on the anvil, and it makes a pretty display (put sand or pebbles in the bottles). ~Jocelyn-C

BRACELET BLANKS – ADDING CLAY

  • Cindy, Love the tute. It is worth a lot more than what you are charging for it. Thanks to you and Doug for all you do for us for so very little. Can’t get this kind of quality tute for this kind of money anywhere else and we should have to pay more, even here. Many Uuuuggggggggss. ~Peggy-B
  • Hi Cindy: This is such a cool technique. ~Carol-C
  • Cindy, you’ve really outdone yourself with the last few videos. I need to make a donation for the local Teen Center’s silent auction and the bangles seem like a perfect project. ~Linda-K
  • Cindy – Loved the tutorial. You made it so easy getting the clay to fit. ~Cheryl-H
  • Yep, you did it again! Great tips on putting the clay on the blanks! Now that I have my Micro Mesh pads I’m going to try the Aurora Technique with this tute! P.S. Cindy, I have a slight problem. You have made so many cool tutes that I have a hard time putting one down to start another! Can you work your magic on getting us more time in the day so we can have our cake and eat it too? Or should I say: Have our clay and play with it too! :) ~Catalina
  • I just want to echo my sentiments – Catalina, I was going through ALL of the tutorials Cindy has made – it really is overwhelming – I guess, the idea is that one should do the tute the week it comes out, but I procrastinate – now there’s so much I want to do… all at once! ~Maria-C
  • What a neat tute. I will be making lots of bracelets… yum, yum. ~Patt-W
  • I LOVE these cuff bracelets! ~Joyce-R

MIXING COLOR RECIPES

  • I just started making the colour recipe chips and find them invaluable. There is nothing more frustrating then starting a project and wanting to add a specific colour to it and at that point having to start from scratch to figure out how to mix it. My collection is small, and I can’t wait to learn how to better organize it and utilize all the prepackaged colours to provide colourific inspiration. ~Janet-R
  • FANTASTIC!!!!! We get to see how the master organizes her color cards. I’m working on a massive reorganization of my cards, this comes just in time. ~Ken-H
  • You mean mixing colors isn’t supposed to be mud????  Am really looking forward to this, mixing is often a hit or miss thing for me. ~Koolbraider
  • Something we all love – COLOR. Your recipes are a way to relax and experiment ;D ~Patt-W
  • Yay! A chance to clean up my muddy color-makin’ ways. ~Elizabeth-S
  • This is a good idea. Cindy always gets so many questions regarding “what is a part?” This video finally puts that to rest, and also gives us a look at our Tutor in fine, color-mixin’ form! Perhaps it will finally get me motivated, too… to mix up ALL of my recipes and organize them (instead of picking and choosing only what I plan to use for my project — aka “the LAZY way!”). ~Phaedrakat
  • Looking forward to this… especially the storing part. It will be good to get organized. Thanks, Cindy! ~Lupe-M
  • I’m in the middle of re-organizing my studio (which is a tiny little room) and I’m planning on eventually having the entire wall in front of my work surface dedicated to colour. That way as I’m working I can just look up and be inspired by all the pretty colours. I was thinking that I’ll have a section for colour palettes. I’ll probably print each one on a sheet of paper and pin it to the wall, including the the original inspiration picture, plus the clay chips and the recipes for each colour. And another idea’s just hit me as well – what about baking square chips for each colour, gluing on a small magnet to the back and writing the recipe number (like 034-1B for Pink Allium) on the front, then sticking them on a large magnetic board? Then I could move colours around as much as I wanted and see how they look together. ~Silverleaf
  • Silverleaf, I believe your color magnets idea could be a work of art in itself! I hope you’ll let us see the finished product someday soon. ~Maria-C
  • Maria: I guess it would be a kind of dynamic art piece that I could play with! I’ll have to pick up a magnetic board when I next get to Ikea (I do have one already, but it’s used for Magnetic Poetry, which is little word magnets that you use to make sentences and is surprisingly good fun). I’ve always found sorting and organising colours very relaxing. When I was a kid I’d spend hours arranging my crayons, picking out my favourites, choosing which colours looked good together, sorting into rainbow order. Wait a minute, I still do that sometimes. ~Silverleaf
  • Well, decided to give polymer clay a try again. Got sidetracked with other things but recently started reading the blog and watching all the videos again. I was just going to start to make the color recipes and like so many here, Cindy’s color mixing video will now make that task easier. I am so glad to read Cindy’s remarks regarding her reason for starting The Polymer Clay Tutor and that was to help beginners.  I can see that this is the best place to be-))) ~Catherine-R
  • Hi Cindy and all,  just watched this weeks video on Mixing colour recipes. Thank you so much Cindy. I do exactly what you do and had figured it all by my little self, but it is so good to see it reiterated here and to know I have been going the right way about it. The tip about putting the 4 colours in a plastic bag, is great as I never know what to do with the left overs as I seem to make a bit much sometimes, if not making the project for it at the time, but was not so organised as to the clay leftovers, so that was a help. I do use my cutters just like you demonstrated, so was glad to see, it was a good AHA moment for me, and I felt good that I am doing it right, or at least in the same manner. It is always good to see it done visually like this, and these videos put us right there with you. So thanks for your wonderful videos, they really make my week. BTW I was working with some new students today on colour mixing so it is timely for me to enhance what I think I know about it. I have a collection like you and giggled to myself when you said you had quite a few recipes printed out but not got to doing the chip yet, same here, I am so behind with that too. Next lesson could be how to find more hours in the day LOL. Thanks again. Love. ~Elizabeth-K
  • Wonderful ideas in this video, Cindy!  I am one of those who was mistakenly thinking that a “part” was a scored section of the clay, so, whew, good to realize that is not what that meant! I had even read about taking the little squares, etc, somewhere, but that had not really transferred to my brain and I needed to see your video to realize it! I, too, like the idea of the little baggies of leftover color with the names/numbers written on the front. Organization does not come naturally to me (you should see my house — or not, lol), so this video will be a huge help to me. Still thinking about Silverleaf’s idea of magnetic chips, too, for visual help in combining colors. Can make them thick enough to write the card recipe number on the side, too, so can just snatch up the recipe card out of the box I am soon going to have when I am ready to mix up a batch of colors for a project. Super! I get so excited about these tutorials and can’t wait to get to my clay, but I am supposed to be working now, so back at it I go. Thanks again for this wonderful video, Cindy! ~Becky-C
  • Hi Cindy – a brilliant administrator as well as clay artist! Thank you so much for so many obvious tips for collating information! I have to admit I’ve only been keeping my colour cards on my computer, but all that is about to change, now! I’d like to get a group of colours that will enable all others to be made. I’ve already bought the five you recommended in your short tute – Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Transparent, Black and White, but I notice you often have Ecru as a constituent part of your final colour, plus a few others. My thanks again for another great video! ~Marion-R
  • Cindy, although I do most things the same as you do, there were a couple of great new tips on this video. I did print up and cut out a whole bunch of recipe cards some time ago, but when I started thinking about how I would keep track of my color chips as they were baking, I couldn’t come up with a good idea. Now I know how to do this in volume! ~Linda-K
  • Very good tute! I do what you taught – but I throw my left-overs in a covered sheet. It is in my scrap box. Next time I will do it your way. Colors at a glance – it’ll work for all of us.Many thanks for the tips. ~Patt-W
  • Fantastic tutorial! Now I understand how to measure “parts”.  Love the suggestion on storing the colors palette samples in the bag. Now to find the time to print the cards make and bake chips!  Thank you Thank you for making life easier in the clay world. ~Jeanne-C
  • Thanks Cindy for another great tutorial. I’m glad to see that I was using the cutters and mixing the recipes correctly. However, my recipes are not printed out; I will have to do something about that! Thanks for the tip for saving left over mixed recipes – I put a couple in the bag without the name and it got mixed up. ~Cheryl-H
  • Thanks Cindy – I absolutely love your color recipe cards. I do it like you do, with one exception. I make all my color “chips” and etch the number on the back and then bake them. Then I put them in a glass jar. I have the recipes stored in a plastic box by category (green, red etc).  I find that if I am looking for a color it is easier to me to find it in the jar and then look up the recipe to make it. Plus I can put them next to my other colors or project etc. Great tip on using the square, I was using a round cutter and it is alot harder to cut fractions – no idea why I never tried the square. : ) This is money well spent so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!!! ~Wendy-B
  • I have my recipe cards filed by color and then in each color by code number, I am in the process of printing out a second set of cards (as if making my samples isn’t hard enough with one set) and organizing them in palette order, and then on top of that, I’m printing out the picture that goes with each palette and keeping them in Volume order. I just print the recipes out on 4×6 size cards, you can get them at the dollar store, instead of using expensive printer paper and there’s no cutting them out, they fit right into a 4×6 recipe box. And I like Silverleaf’s idea of the magnet color chips, this tutorial couldn’t have come at a better time as I’m starting the design phase for a studio and Silverleaf’s idea has given me the idea to put a sheet of metal on one of the walls to place the color chip magnets (thanks Silverleaf wonderful idea). ~Ken-H
  • This was sooo cool! I was doing some of the tips already, but it took me awhile to figure it out. I just started to work on the color palettes last month. Now, that I watched the tute here is another suggestion that I do that may help everyone out. Because I was working on do so many at one time I needed to make things go a little faster. So, I bought a little jewelry finding box that has 50 tiny little snap boxes and two larger boxes (it came with a tiny spoon and tweezers) and is only 10″ x 7 1/4 ” and 2″ deep. (Of course, you can find it at Michaels!) This is great to hold your jewelry findings but it works super holding a small piece of pure color clay! I labeled each one and placed a small conditioned piece rolled out to the thickest setting on the pasta machine. This way all I have to do is pull out the “pure” colors I need for the recipe I’m making. Since they are already the same size I just cut out the sections I need and mix them together! I use a very tiny cutter. It can be a challenge to make a 1/16″ but it can be done and I hardly have any left over. I will have just enough to make my chip. Also, I print all my cards, in the particular palette, on one sheet of paper with the palette photo at the top. I put them all in a 3 ring binder in a protective sheet in case the chip, if one falls off, I won’t lose it. I file them by volume number with the A series one side and B-series on the other side. This saves me time I don’t have to cut them out, they are together by palette, and you can flip through them and rearrange them how ever you like. So, far I love it and I’m almost caught up! Plus, I love leafing through them. I just admire the beautiful colors Cindy has dreamed up for us! I’ll post a photo of my book on Cindy’s Polymer Clay FB page so you can see what I’ve done. Maybe it will work for you, too! ~Catalina
  • Catalina: That’s what I’ve started doing! Like you said It’s nice to have the color picture at the top with the recipes below and the 3 ring binder works perfect for this. ~Jeanne-C
  • Cindy, so glad you did this tutorial on how YOU follow the recipes. Using the shape of a square is brilliant, I had not thought of that.  It is perfect for all the intricate, tiny amounts we have to measure!  So appreciate this tip. Thanks as always. ~Debbie-M
  • Right, have printed the recipe cards, now just have to make the chips. Love the magnet idea as well as the file folder ideas too. ~Sandra-J
  • Thank you so much for the list of Premo! colours Cindy. Seems I have a way to go! I’ve always worked in Fimo, which is the only polymer clay available in stores in my area – in fact I’ve found the name “Fimo” to be the generic term for polymer clay in the UK for most people, except for devotees of course. But I’ve now found an on-line resource for Premo! and I’ll be adding colours with each new card you publish. Up till now I’ve been more interested in the videos each week, but now I can’t wait till the next colour card appears, it will be like magic creating new colours! Thanks again Cindy, so glad I found you! ~Marion-R
  • Catalina – I like your idea of filing the recipes with the color palette on top and in a binder. Very easy to leaf through. I’m going to start making up color chips; plan to make two one for the binder and one on a chain so I can check how they match up with each other. ~Cheryl-H
  • Loved the video, Cindy! I already knew how to follow the recipes, but it was so enjoyable watching you mixing your brilliant colors! Some smart tips and ideas in your tutorial, and now I’m loving everyone’s ideas here in the comments! It’s cool how each person eventually finds the method that suits them best. The most important thing, of course, is to get those recipes mixed up in the first place. That’s been my problem… they’re stored nicely on my computer, but that’s only the beginning. This tute has inspired me to get my “rear in gear”… gonna get them all mixed and organized! Over the last year, I’ve only done a few complete palettes, as well as some “singled out” colors. I printed their recipes, mixed them up, and added the sample to the card… then made a 2nd, larger color chip, to add to my ball chain. It’s funny, I was going to link to Sue F.’s picture (to show her “fabulous!” color chip chain as an example.) But while I was dawdling over writing this (okay, I took a break to eat spaghetti,) she added it herself! My own color chip chain is rather puny in comparison, but I’m so inspired now… it’ll be looking SO much better in the coming weeks! My recipe cards will, too… thanks to this video tutorial! Once again, thanks so much, Cindy… for your videos, your color recipes, and for this blog — where we can all come to learn and exchange ideas! ~Phaedrakat
  • Well, I have been very busy printing my recipe cards and mixing the colors. I thought the original colors from Premo where pretty on their own, but after mixing these colors, it was amazing to see the outcome. ~Catherine-R
  • Another good thing – mixing up the recipes makes me aware of colours that I wouldn’t normally use, because I have my usual favourites that I stick to. I usually hate orange, everything from yellow-orange to warm reds. But when I mixed up Cindy’s 002-1a Sunflower Petal (dark) which is definitely in that range, I was surprised at how much I liked it. ~Silverleaf

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Well, I have been very busy printing my recipe cards and mixing the colors. I thought the original colors from Premo where pretty on their own, but after mixing these colors, it was amazing to see the outcome. ~Catherine-R