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In This Vol-042:
Color Recipes:
1A. Steel Blue
2A. Yellow Tormaline
3A. Amber (light)
4A. Amber (dark)

Video Topics:
1. Tinted Photo Transfer
2. Stamped Bezels
3. Arizona Beads
4. Paper Punch Polymer

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  • Chihuly – love his work! Exciting color palette folks, thanks! ~Maria-C
  • Love all of these colors. Chihuly has been a favorite.  He has a great sense of color. ~Pollyanna
  • Beyond lovely is what these colors are, Cindy. Looks like they will make up some awesome Pandora style beads. The colors look to be “see through”. Looking forward to seeing what you will show us with these beautiful colors. ~Joyce-F
  • Beautiful just beautiful. ~Tantesherry
  • I for one hope we see many more color palettes from this inspiration. Love his work and perfect time of year for these wonderfully inspired colors. Thanks for another artful adventure into your color world, Cindy. ~Peggy-B
  • These is a beautiful palette!  The steel blue really sets the other colors off beautifully! ~Lupe-M
  • My-oh-MY, Cindy — this palette is just stunning! I always enjoy reading these stories…describing the inspiration behind your amazing color recipes, they draw us into your color world so well. This was an especially cool ride, and it made me envious of your trip and the awesome sights you took in! I LOVE all the Chihuly glass I’ve seen, unfortunately, it’s only been in photos (or occasional video.) I look forward to more of these yummy recipes! ~Phaedrakat
  • If anyone is interested in polymer clay work, I can thoroughly recommend Cindy Lietz’s video tutorials. I look forward to every Friday’s tutorial and it is a well priced service too. ~Michelle-M
  • My genre is mixed media. Thanks, Cindy, for the best art value on the web! ~Shauna-B


  • I love to do transfers on clay so this tutorial is up my alley. Plus I love the vintage digital images and old looking photos. ~Lupe-M
  • I just love polymer clay pieces that include image transfers. ~Elizabeth-S
  • Goodie, Goodie, Goodie!!!!!!!! (jumping up and down) I have a Dover book of Egyptian motifs on cd, I could bring it to work one day and scale the images I want to use here, and then take them home. I’ve been wanting to make myself an Eye of Horus necklace (used in ancient times to ward off evil) for a long time, but really didn’t have the time to fit one together as a mosaic. ~Ken-H
  • So many ideas come to mind to use this technique! Thanks for sharing it!! ~Hope-M
  • Love this tute. So easy but with a classy look. Now to find a photo copy place. I live in the boonies so to speak. ~Pollyanna
  • Transferring is one of the few techniques I haven’t tried at all. For some reason it never interested me that much. But I like the vintage effect and I can see this working really well with line drawings of birds (I love birds, and they are still very much “in”). I’ll have to have a play with this one if I can find some good images. ~Silverleaf
  • Wonderful!! Now another excuse to get a laser printer. Thanks for all the great colors and tutorials. ~Betty-C
  • What a neat tutorial Cindy! I am so excited because I have a library of The Dover Royalty Free designs. Adding the clay softener was a brilliant idea. I think a lot of us will be heading to the copy shop or office to make our copies! Thanks again Cindy for another great tutorial! ~DixieAnn-S
  • Wow!! Amazing tutorial. I love the vintage look too. I hope I’m able to get at least a couple done for Christmas. ~Cherie-H
  • (Smacks head with heavy hand after realizing a photocopier is only a mile away!) For ages now I have been getting copies of single page documents at the local hardware store. It never dawned on me that this was an honest-to-gosh toner copy machine. These are definitely great tree ornaments, as well as jewelry. ~Koolbraider
  • Great tute! Thanks so much… I’ve tried endlessly to perfect image transfer even down to investing in a laser printer. I’ve only been able to successfully transfer images w/t-shirt transfer paper. Needless to say, I am excited to try the clay softener technique and rubbing more gently.. lol. Thanks, Cindy and Doug. ~Kathy-G
  • WOW – Just watched the tute again and I just want to remind everyone how much I love what Cindy and Doug do for us week after week and now even year after year. Still under the weather and probably will be for awhile but I so hope I can get a few of these made up to send as an extra in our Christmas cards this year. Holidays coming up and more stress on the way for most I hope it is a very happy stress. But when you get down just re-watch some of your favorites of Cindy’s and it is one relaxing medication FREE refresher I promise will make you feel much better. And also unlike a lot of meds MUCH MUCH cheaper to pay for. Many Uuuuugggs to all my wonderful clay friends. ~Peggy-B
  • Wow Cindy, these hand-tinted transfers look amazingly cool. Love their antique look… perfect for ornaments to decorate a “vintage” themed tree. It’s ingenious how you’ve turned cracked, funky, “untrimmed” clay edges into a design element for these ornaments! I can see lots of applications for this technique… thanks! You must be one busy lady, coming up with all these amazing projects and ideas! ~Phaedrakat
  • Wouldn’t this technique make fabulous gift tags, just writing To/From on the back???  Then next Christmas, the recipient could use it as a Christmas ornament.  Great tute!  I love the Victorian-looking theme, as well. ~Rebecca-C
  • Love the look of these Cindy. I’ll be printing off some images and taking them to work to copy tomorrow too. I like the photo transfer technique and yours far and away works best for me. Woot! ~Dawn-B
  • I love this technique. It is one of my favorite.  Cindy the little tip you added to make the photo transfer easier is just Fab! I just wish I had a toner printer. I think I will add that to my Christmas list. ~Brenda-M
  • Good morning Cindy, WOW, you are SO smart to figure out the advantage using clay softener! How in the world did that come to you? :) Did you dream it? I used to dream in/about polymer clay all the time (about 10 or so years ago when I first stumbled on to this wonderful medium. ~Tantesherry
  • Cindy, this tut is right up my alley. Every Christmas I’ve been making an ornament for each of my 3 nieces. I try to do something different each year, and I love it when I can find a new technique that incorporates their photos in the ornaments. This is the third week in a row that you’ve given me ideas for their ornies. Thanks! ~Linda-K
  • Wow Cindy! Your transfer technique works so well for me and now you’ve added an enhanced version using the clay softener. ~Dawn-B
  • Cindy, thanks for this nice tut on photo transfers. I have done it before but you always seem to come up with some new trick to heighten the experience, so thanks for that. Love to all. ~Elizabeth-K
  • Cindy, you’re amazing! You didn’t stop with just teaching the technique but figured out how to ensure success using the clay softener. I loved watching that precious little girl come to life in your capable hands. ~Elizabeth-S


  • With the holidaze coming up – what better way to be prepared with an EXTRA gift (Just in case). Or to keep yourself… teehee -smile. ~Patt-W
  • What a lot of info in such a short time. Great tute as usual. Love being able to make my own glazes. ~Pollyanna
  • I am so excited about today’s tutorial. I have been thinking about just exactly this type of thing the last couple of weeks and, lo and behold, there’s my tute for it. Great timing Cindy. I don’t have letter stamps, so I’m working with tiny pasta letters, the kind that you use for soups.  They are working out surprisingly well. ~Angela-M
  • Thank you all so much for your prayers and good wishes. I can’t wait to share your comparison on the shingles Cindy. Hurts to smile sometimes now, but well worth it. I just Love the energy and family warmth everyone brings to share with each other. Now I probably will not be able to clay this weekend but will definitely be re-watching yet another favorite video. I have done similar pendants and charms to this but still yet learned more and easier steps in making it better. Love the paint suggestion. Cindy it is so refreshing the way your excitement flows while you teach. I tell myself this week, I bet she enjoyed teaching this more than making it, no to much enthusiasm in how it was done must like making the item more than teaching. Do you even know which you enjoy the most? Teaching, research, the actual creating, selling, or my all time favorite SHARING a gift with someone I enjoyed making so much. Then to top making it I know this is a treasured gift for most. You are so blessed to have the talent God gave you. Then you worked hard and turn it into a gift of teaching so many students at all levels. I can’t imagine anyone not thrilled to of found your site. Now this wonderful business you and Doug share is also shared with Willow and Fisher. A lifetime full of memories.  You all work so hard to share this with us, there is not question why it is the new wonder drug to all who suffer in so many different ways. The one and only drug I look forward to taking. I don’t need insurance to help pay for it either. I can never thank you enough, but I hope you know how proud I am to have learned so much from You, Doug, Willow and Fisher. It is a true Family Affair of tutorials and Blogging. You all deserve a standing ovation. Hats off to the Lietz family along with many many Uuuuuggggs. ~Peggy-B
  • Cindy!  What a neat tute. PLUS – you always add something we didn’t know. You did it again with the glaze. What a pretty finish. I am an acrylic painter as well. So Golden products are my best choices. Thank you sooooooo much for the TIP. I really like Terry’s products, and now his bezels. How much fun it is to learn something new… smile. ~Patt-W
  • Love the new video format. The tutorial was great as usual. Will have to find some word stamps, not much stuff like that down under though. Have a great day all. ~Sandra-J
  • Well here’s another one I didn’t know I needed to know. Love this look. ~Pollyanna
  • I love this!!! Can’t wait to try it. That copper heart with the verdigris finish has mine pumpin’ fast. Cindy, who carries the glaze you used in the tute? As always, thank you both for another wonderful Friday full of possibilities. ~Elizabeth-S
  • We LOVE that you get all wiggly inside!!! LOL You have a way of putting IT just right. We would not know what to do WITHOUT YOU and Your family!!! ~Patt-W
  • I too love that I can now make my own glazes…..YAY! ~Kathy-G


  • Oh man, These are awesome!  I live in the southwestern US and the rustic orangey colors in these beads are so typical of sunsets in this part of the world. They also remind me of pottery I have seen around here. In fact some of my favorite mugs, though in different colors have this striping effect on them. Thanks for sharing your serendipity, Cindy. ~Elizabeth-S
  • Oh my! The genius of that Lietz gal!  You and your serendipity, Cindy: Long may they wave! Lerve, lerve, lerve those Arizona beads! ~Mary-U
  • Before I read a word about your beads I said to myself what a beauty looks just like a picture taken out of a scenic view magazine. Love the beads Cindy. Do you have a hard time giving away or selling the really neat beads like these. I would instantly want to make something for myself out of those beads. Capturing art in your leftover polymer clay. You just don’t know when that next bead will turn up. BAM, you just did it Cindy. ~Peggy-B
  • I just love these beads, Cindy! Perfect Southwestern Beads, very typical of the Arizona colors. Sometimes, scrap clay turns out better than expected! Sometimes, I will put my scrap clay back through my pasta machine and end up with the neatest blend. Thanks for all your tips and ideas, Cindy… keep it coming. ~Lupe-M
  • WOWser!! Arizona beads – what could be better to an Arizonian.  I love your color waves. These are my colors and my style – rustic, THANK YOU THANK YOU. ~Patt-W
  • Yea! Love the colors and the rustic look to these. Thanks Cindy! ~Dawn-B
  • Yay Cindy – I LOVE tutes about using up scrap clay and old canes!!! Thank You. ~Tantesherry
  • Love this also. What a neat idea and the ‘end cap’ is true genius for sure. ~Pollyanna
  • I will pay more attention to my scrap clay from now on – something beautiful like this could happen and I’d miss it trying to hurry and mix my scrap! I love the ragged edge on these beads. What a great idea you had! ~Phaedrakat
  • Hi Cindy, Love all your videos. You have been such a great help to me. Thank you for all you do. ~Billie-S
  • Happy Friday :) Cindy, what a fun tute this one is! I love finding new things to do with my scrap clay since I manage to have so much of it, lol. And the tip about the embossing powder, wow! I haven’t used it before but I can see I’ll have to get some – I love what you’ve done with it. Thank you for this tute and for the wonderful color recipes. ~Angela-M
  • LOVE these beads!! I remember when you first came up with these beads! I made some with scrap from my Tribal Cane too and used some of them on my Purse Charm. My Mom loved them too –  but she would, she lives in Arizona half of the year. Hehe! What I love about this version is the “gilded” end – spectacular look Cindy!  Thanks for another cool bead lesson Cindy!! ~Lisa-W
  • That crackled edge effect doesn’t do it for me to be honest, but I love the blended colours and I especially like the combination of turquoise and red with a neutral. I never put red and turquoise together and I have no idea why not because it looks awesome! Again though, this is one of those techniques that you can really play with and make your own – when I did this ages ago I wrapped the sheet around some scrap clay so I got more beads out of it for example. ~Silverleaf
  • YEP, YEP, YEP!!! This is an A#1 winner!!! How wonderful. And the Embossing powder really sets them off – brilliant!!! Who would have ever thought of this combo – why OUR Cindy, of course. Do you get tired of us saying thank you? I hope not, because we will say it again and again and again. ~Patt-W
  • Wow, I just fell in LOVE with these beads – feeling so inspired. This group is wonderful, every Friday is like a mini-Christmas!!!! Thank you Cindy, I’ve learned so much here!! ~Lesley-S
  • Cindy I love that you are constantly working trying to find new and improved things for us here. As far as I am concerned every little crack and indention tells a part of the story for that particular bead. Let your mind run wild with this one and you will have a creation and a half. Arizona beads are why you never throw any clay scraps away. Scraps should be called Future creations!!!!! ~Peggy-B
  • The embossing powder tip opens up all kinds of ideas – copper, pearl, interference violet, love these! ~Pam-M
  • Hi Cindy – Had my grand daughters over yesterday and we made some Arizona beads using some scrap of yellow and very pale purple. They had a great time (oh they are 5 and 8). They love the ragged edges… we cut them in half to make more so each one can have a bracelet when I finish baking them. ~Natalie-H
  • Love the ease and flexibility of this bead, young and old alike can master the design. I look at the bead and see sun rises and sunsets, clouds in the blue sky over a flat green prairie. Oceanscapes would be great too. Just in the variance in the colors. So damn neat. LOL! ~Jocelyn-C


  • I’ve seen these paper punches and wondered if somehow, they could be used with polymer clay. Wonder of wonders, Cindy shows us how. This is great! Polymer clay does “play nicely” with other things!!! What a neat idea. ~Patt-W
  • This looks like a really cute technique, Cindy! I just LOVE the lightweight, dancing flower earrings…I’ll bet they really WERE fun to wear! I, too, have played around a bit with punching clay, with only minor success. There are definitely some potential problems (much in need of Cindy’s solutions!) Getting the right thickness, baking properly, etc. Thank you so much! ~Phaedrakat
  • Today is Thanksgiving in the US. A time for reflection and to give Thanks. I am thankful for finding Cindy’s site a few years ago when she just began doing Tutorials. This weeks tutorial will be number 231. Yes, Cindy and Doug have produced a high quality educational video Two Hundred and Thirty One weeks!!!. AMAZING!! Also thankful for the PC community I have found. ~Anna-S
  • Wow 231 tutorials and still going!!! Yes, I am so thankful to have found Cindy’s site too. I must say, I did try punching polymer clay. Since it is so versatile I thought why not try punching and folding too? ~Cherie-H
  • Oh, and along with the 231 tutes, there is also 693 custom clay recipes. Is this woman amazing or what???? ~Anna-S
  • I tried using a paper punch some time back with disastrous results (think maybe because I used unbaked clay? lol). I will now try it again per Cindy’s instructions knowing I won’t have to spend the day cleaning the clay from the punches. As always thank you Cindy and Doug. ~Elizabeth-S
  • Creative! I have a set of decorative scissors gathering dust I can now use with this craft. These paper punch cuties would be outstanding in quilted garments (“wearable art”) or art quilts (wall hangings), especially with one of your many beautiful decorative techniques in the clay before baking. You could punch holes around the edges on larger pieces (not too close) for threading. Embroidery floss would be pretty. Actually many of your dimensional beads, not only buttons, could be used in these applications, which are usually hand laundered anyway. As always, I am impressed with Cindy’s imagination, since I am less an “artsy” type and rather more of a knowledge junkie!  As a new member, I am savouring my collection of back issues and anticipating fresh videos every Friday. Thank you, Cindy and Doug! ~Monique-U
  • Knowledge is a great thing!!! Now we know how to use those cute punches… amazing isn’t it? Polymer clay crosses many boundries. These cross-overs are so much fun. What a product we use!!!! It really does anything you want it to. ~Patt-W
  • Well I was too ill to make Thanksgiving with my family but I am still very thankful for many many things. One of them is everything I have received from Cindy and Doug. WOW – 231 tutorials – I didn’t realize I had watched that many tutorials. Can you imagine what these would of cost us anywhere else. Not only is Cindy very gifted with this artistic blessing but the generosity that comes from the Lietz family is without a doubt something beyond spectacular. This entire family has been blessed in so many ways. No greedy people in this family. Cindy has priced her tutes so anyone can afford them. If you want to learn this is the place to come. There is a clay family here to join and everyone in it is willing to help whenever they can. I think some of Cindy has rubbed off onto all of us. Now I call that a blessing and a half. Love this tute so many possibilities once again. I am going to try to make some Christmas tags with this technique. I’m also going to make some jewelry. Need to save the sheets you punch your designs out of for card making or journal covers. ~Peggy-B
  • Thank you so much for all your tips and ideas Cindy. It’s not just what you create each week, it’s all the little ‘know-hows’ you pass on. I’ve often wondered if it were possible to use a punch with polymer clay but never quite knew how to go about it. And the secret of how to cure a sheet of clay as thin as this is now out! Thanks again for all the time, trial and effort you put into everything. ~Marion-R
  • What a great tute Cindy! While I was watching it I had a piece of lace laying next to the computer and BINGO! Why not use the lace technique on the clay sheets! I’m thinking of snowflake earrings and possibly one of those collars with different cut outs and pearls. Ah Cindy you have a way of getting the creative juices flowing! I love the road your taking into mixed media with polymer clay! ~DixieAnn-S
  • I have a lot of paper punches from scrapbooking including the mini ones! Thanks Cindy and Doug for all the great tutorials. ~Lupe-M
  • Now where did I put those punches… I learned a lot from this tute. Very clever and looks like fun. ~Pollyanna
  • I love the video. Thanks again for all you help. Your videos are so creative. We are lucky to have you and Doug to help us get our creative juices flowing. ~Natalie-H
  • Thank you so much, Cindy. Oh boy, was this a great tute! I don’t have any paper punches but I’ve been eyeing them in the stores for the longest time, wondering what I could do with all those fun shapes since I don’t scrapbook. Now I know what I can do with them, yay! I can just see flowers made with punched pieces, floral wire and bead cones like the ones you used,  tucked here and there among the real flowers in a bridal bouquet. In my minds eye it’s lovely. Peggy – I liked the suggestions you made for the leftover punched-out sheets, using them for cards and such – very clever! ~Angela-M

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