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In This Vol-049:
Color Recipes:
1A. Cherry Brandy
2A. Plum Cordial
3A. Forty Yr Scotch
4A. Apricot Liqueur

1. Large Calla Lily
2. Encrusted Stamens
3. Poymer Curb Chain
4. Kumihimo Cord

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  • This palette is beautiful. Such soft colors that can be used in many ways including the roses you have taught us. ~Pollyanna
  • Dear Cindy and family – This color palette is so meaningful and beautiful. Its difficult to find the words to convey my feelings after reading this post. It truly is inspirational. This color palette is so meaningful and beautiful. The Cherry Brandy Rose certainly shows us the beauty in life and how fast time passes. It is so important to enjoy each day with the laughter that comes along, the love that we can share and living like there is no tomorrow. My thoughts are with all of you and prayers so that you will find comfort in memories past and those you are still harvesting. Thank you again, Cindy for sharing these moments in your life, they intertwine with happenings in my life right now as well. Love and hugs to all of you. ~Joyce-F
  • Thank you for the beautiful palette – roses are my favorites and the colors are gorgeous. ~Cherie-H
  • Love learning from all these fantastic tutes. ~Pollyanna
  • You never cease to amaze me with your creative juices that keep coming up with these great tutes week after week! ~Natalie-H
  • This is a great package of videos for new folks that want to try their hand at these skills.  Wonderful instructions, and easy to follow. ~Jocelyn-C
  • Cindy – You are so inspiring! Polymer is such an exciting art and its nice to have someone kind of guide us through this journey. I hope that you are making a decent living doing this so you can afford to keep doing it. Ive referred you on to many friends. Thanks for being there. ~Patty-J
  • Hi Cindy, Here in Belgium the summer was really not good so far, but thanks to your videos I haven’t been bored for one second. Vele groeten. ~Hilde-B
  • Cindy you are such a great teacher… very thorough. You speak clearly and what I think is great is that you kept your hands out of the way so we can see what you are actually doing. So keep up the good job. Thank you ~Veronica-M
  • Hi Cindy. I really like your classes. Everything is easy to see and you are very easy to understand.  Your classes are very informative and very interesting. I am enjoying them so much. Thank you. keep up the great work. I have not negative to say about your classes. I can tell you’ve taken a lot of time to do a great job. ~Maria-F


  • Boy – that was quick. EVERYBODY wanted to have a Calla Lily tute.  And (tahdah) here it is.  Oh, thanks, so much for the chance to make this big Calla lily. ~Patt-W
  • Wow! Love this tute. We can use your edging trick on some of the previous flower tutorials. Love that look. Thanks! ~Pollyanna
  • I was doing so well resisting the urge to buy that paste forming set! And then, you go and post this… this AMAZING tutorial. Sigh ;) Now I will have to go out (coupon in hand) and buy it. Can’t wait to make an “etched copper” Calla Lilly!!! Thank you, Cindy! ~Hope-M
  • Thank you SO much Cindy, I’m really excited about this tute! The variations are stunning!!! ~Lesley-S
  • A big THANK YOU for this latest adventure into the wonderful world of flowers… so glad I purchased the Wilton flower cutter set as you suggested that we might use in the future videos, and love the idea of your etched petals. ~Elaine-F
  • Thrilled to see this tute come up so soon! ~Jocelyn-C
  • Very cool, Cindy! The YouTube video is neat, a lot of the shots look like modern art exhibits… and even some that look like X-rays of the flower, what a treat! Like you said, lots of colour and form inspiration. ~Monique-U
  • The extra Youtube video was beautiful. What pretty colors the Calla Lily comes in! These little extra features are what separates you from all the others who teach. Thank you for YOU! ~Patt-W
  • Beautiful Calla Lily Video! I did not realize they came in so many different colors. What an education we get with you Cindy. Not only do we get wonderful tutorials, you always come up with that something extra!  ~DixieAnn-S
  • Love this tutorial and can’t wait till Next Friday when I can put the finishing touch on them. You definitely have made it so we can get our moneys worth from all our Wilton items. I love buying tools and supplies and when you know you will be using them for more than just one type of bead that just makes it even easier to pay for them. I have the Wilton set and have used it so much but the fact that you always have a back up plan for those who can’t get the set for some reason shows what a great teacher you are and how much you care for each and every one of us. Great tute, great filming makes for a wonderful lesson. Thank you both!! ~Peggy-B
  • I always say, that it is not good to wish your life away, wishing for future dates. Now I find myself wishing for next Friday! I can’t wait for next Friday so I can learn to make the stamen. ~Claycass
  • Cindy this is an amazing tute! Your handling of the clay made all the difference in a “clunky” or a realistic flower.  We will be using your tricks of the trade on many other flowers as well.  Such a dainty but sturdy flower you made. ~Patt-W
  • I’m normally way behind with Cindy’s tutes as I’m usually in the middle of something.  But I can’t wait to have a crack at these gorgeous calla lilies, I can see so many possibilities!  Thank you so much Cindy for another inspiring project.  ~Lesley-S
  • I am very excited after purchasing the Wilton Calla Lily forms you show in your video. You are a great teacher! You don’t talk down to ladies who don’t have the experience you do. I like that. My best to you and your husband, and thanks for everything! ~Pat-G
  • Hi Cindy, I purchased the calla lily tutorial tonight and LOVE it!  You and Doug outdo yourselves all the time.  I’m always amazed! ~Karen-K


  • Stamens are usually a problem for me. This gives me some options. You always have a twist that gets the mind going. Another wow tutorial!!!! I need to go get some diamond dust. ~Pollyanna
  • I just love the stamen alone, lol. I can see some fun here. ~Jocelyn-C
  • Such cool ideas! Stamens – wow! This is new form for me… my Calla Lily needs a stamen! Sort of like “baby needs new shoes”  – only different, teehee. ~Patt-W
  • This is a new one for me too. I have seen diamond dust in Michael’s but never knew what it was for and how to use it. Cindy is changing all that! What a neat way to create this beautiful Stamen. Kind of reminds me of Sugar Beads. ~DixieAnn-S
  • This looks very pretty… and wouldn’t it make “bling-bling” cattails for an arrangement? ~Monique-U
  • Love the glass encrusted look!! ~Cherie-H
  • Those are great. Love how the ink looked after you put it on. I can see a whole vase full of those Calla Lilies with all different colored stamens.  Wouldn’t that be pretty for Christmas with lights inside the vase?  ~Bonnie-K
  • I’m so glad you found another way to use the Diamond Dust. I love making Druzies and now to make wonderful stamens is going to be a treat! ~Catalina-L
  • I just knew this was going to be the cherry on top the whipped cream. Cindy you and Doug have out done yourselves once again. I have all the items you suggested we try and can’t wait to try each one to see which one I like best. It is so nice to be back claying again. Not doing a lot yet but a little is better than nothing at all. I am so blessed to have access to all your tutorials. I just can’t thank you enough. Wishing you and yours a wonderful June weekend. Uuuugggs to all! ~Peggy-B
  • To see the finished lily with it’s diamond dusted centre made me gasp as it is so beautiful. Thanks also for reminding us that crushed glass can be dangerous if not treated with respect. So take care to watch Cindy’s health and safety tips when working with this material, have fun. ~Elaine-F
  • I enjoyed  the stamen video. With a menagerie of animals and young child in the house I think I will try the other options first. So huge thanks for the extra bling options.  Thank you so much for all you do. ~Teresa-D
  • That glass stuff looks very cool, especially with the alcohol ink like that. I can definitely see it in a bezel covered in resin (to be fair I see everything in a bezel covered in resin these days, but you know what I mean, lol). that would give you all the sparkle and protect your skin too. And yay, the diamond dust’s available here in the UK, I saw it on Amazon! ~Silverleaf
  • Hi Cindy and all, love the idea with the crushed glass. Last year I did a Glass Fusing Class at our College here, so I have some crushed glass, and this would be a great way of using it. We call it Frit here in Australia, and it can be bought at the glass sites. Also you can make your own, by putting whatever glass you have between lots of newspaper, and using a hammer to break it up. Of course you must wear protective glasses which also wouldn’t be a bad idea when using the Diamond Dust or products like that. They don’t cost much. I also think I will be covering the finished stamens in a resin as I think you might get scratched by this fine glass, as I have done when learning to cut glass. That is a story on its own for me. Anyway this is a great tute and I will be having a go at it soon. Bye. Love to all. ~Elizabeth-K
  • This is so much fun. It adds dimension to your project. You could go crazy with the glass. Thanks for an interesting and new tute.  Your creativity is amazing! ~Patt-W
  • Kudos Cindy and Doug, another information packed video. Stunned by how many choices come to mind for just the stamen. ~Jocelyn-C
  • Hi Cindy and all,  been experimenting again and didn’t have the right colors for alcohol inks for the glass stamens. I did however have several different colors in the Daler-Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic. This turned out to be a wonderful medium where you can mix the colors and get great combo colors for the stamens. You can either apply it with a brush or squirt it on with the applicator although the applicator makes a little bit of a mess so have plenty of paper towel down. I followed your tute for the inks with this medium and you can’t tell whether its acrylic or ink. I followed up with a quick dry with the heat gun. A finished clear coat is a definite last step. I made a couple of additions to these beautiful Lilies and will post on facebook when finished. Thank you for such a great tutorial. I love the sculpturing tutes of flowers. Any way you could come up with more of them? I really love the detail (((hugs))). ~DixieAnn-S


  • This is another tute where you imagination can go crazy with ideas. Thank you Cindy for the great details and Doug for the wonderful filming. Just thinking of the fun I can have with this tute puts a :) on my face. ~Peggy-B
  • Hi Cindy and all, thanks for the great tut on a curb chain, who would have  thought to do that in Poly clay! The main point I get from this tut is how you have a flat chain, very clever. I can see it in some of the pearl sparkly colours as that is more me. Anyway thanks again. ~Elizabeth-K
  • Cindy, this curb chain makes the perfect bracelets, fitting tighter to the wrist plus safety chained for security…. I adore your design. I really think the way you designed this is revolutionary.  So many times, the cuff falls off, and not on carpet.  Say goodbye if poly’d.  Or, those complete bangles just fall off if made too large. ~Jocelyn-C
  • This looks like a great tutorial. I am by no means an expert on word origins, but I know that in the horse world curb chains are chains that are attached to a curb bit. I think that may be where the term comes from. The chain is attached to the bit and runs under the chin of the horse. I think it needs to lay flat in order to function properly in controlling the lever action of the bit. Just a thought. ~Joanne-B
  • I love how you constantly come up with neat adaptations of other media, Cindy!  This would make a cool and funky set of “Olympic Rings” in the distinct colours. ~Monique-U
  • The chain tute – how clever, it’s got my bells going off again! ~DixieAnn-S
  • Another neat way to use up scraps! Everyone has them sooooooooooooooo… unique bracelets they will make! Have 3 (yep) cigar boxes full of scrap clay. Now they will be something, instead of nothings, teehee. ~Patt-W
  • Cindy, I see a man’s choker, three curb chain links,  a pirate bead, then a big shiny black bead dangling down between the links to represent a “cannon ball” with perhaps leather thongs to tie together and hang down the back looking like the cat ‘o’ nine tails. (Not sure whether my other half would model it though) ha ha. But would be great to make for a fancy dress party me hearties Arrrrrrrrrrr. ~Elaine-F
  • Love this!!! Thank you!!! So many possibilities! ~Elizabeth-S
  • Very cute, I love the necklace that you made. Cute cute cute! ~Brenda-M
  • Cindy your creative mind must be on over drive. You never fail to surprise us with your new and exciting Friday tutes… each one more intriguing than the previous  week. Can’t wait to try this one using clay  colors with a faux wood theme. ~Natalie-H
  • I love this tute Cindy and can see the great possibilities for the chain.  ~Lawrence-S
  • I love this tutorial! One of the things I love is seeing the use of color.  I would never had guessed the chain necklace has the curb chain beads made with the scrap clay from the tree cane.  I am behind on watching videos but I had to watch this one and get started on using up some clay from a cane that didn’t turn out good. It’s great to see different jewelry ideas along with each tutorial. ~Kerri-C
  • Dear Cindy — I watched your curbed chain intro video and I just had to find out how you did it. I thank you for the wonderful videos, the great value and most of all your enthusiasm. ~Andrea-P


  • Now you’re talking! Even though this is not PC – it is a beautiful way to show off your work!!  I’ve been lurking around, seeing different cord usage.  JUST LIKE CINDY SAYS!!  She brings it to you – isn’t that a winner? Kumihimo is so popular right now.  It is the neck-cord of the future.  I love the look of Rattail cord.  It is inexpensive  – and lots of pretty colors.  But I never thought of using ribbon. Cindy is such an experimenter, eh??? ~Patt-W
  • I have just recently made two cords using #10 crochet thread and have yet to figure out how to finish them off. Thank you for your timely lesson and your experimenting to benefit all of us. ~Jodee-E
  • I’m thrilled about this tute! I bought the round Kumihimo disc months ago, along with a book on braiding – and (as usual) haven’t got around to trying it out yet. THIS should finally get me started, and I’m already feeling inspired by your variety of beautiful braids! Once again, thank you so much Cindy, you really do seem to read our minds at times!!! ~Lesley-S
  • You really must be a mind reader, Cindy! This is great timing as I am expecting my order from FMG any day; I  was stocking up on bugtail cord and ordered the Kumihimo disk almost as an afterthought. (Tons of leftover embroidery cotton, too… it will be wonderful to have a use for it now that the eyesight won’t allow X-stitch). Your tute will be wonderful as I am sure the disk would have been set aside indefinitely, otherwise. ~Monique-U
  • WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!! Everyone here knows how much I, OK ALL of us love polymer clay. For months now I have been wanting to learn how to do this. Believe it or not I have all the supplies needed plus more. When I bought the kits like Cindy I read the directions. Now the unlike Cindy part I became frustrated and thought this can’t be, surely I can learn how to do this but no I gave up thinking my daughter could show me someday. Yes the one with 2 very active kids in their church, sports all year round. Well she is a teacher, summer is here and between softball, baseball, swim team and church, still no time. So Cindy once again I owe you a huge THANK YOU!!!  You must stay up all hours of the day and night. For such a small young lady you have a ginormous brain constantly at work. So hats off to you I am ready for Friday and so looking forward to, as if it were a double flower cane day or something. Woo Hoo, Woo Hoo. You are the BEST TEACHER out there topped off with Doug’s filming you don’t have to be an  expert but I bet it sure will come off that way. You always figure out the extra touches to a project that make it easier to understand and so possible for all of us to do. ~Peggy-B
  • Oh the excitement mounts….. I have boxes of ribbons and cords and with all my embroidery supplies, I am going to go Nuts over this. I was so hoping there would be a tute on this. I also noticed the beautiful findings and love the clasp that is shown. Will be up early to view this one and I “don’t do mornings” LOL ~DixieAnn-S
  • Kumihimo is great.  We do a lot of it using beads too.  This will be great seeing Cindy do it and now I won’t be the only one who has 6 boxes full of cords, floss and stuff for Kumihimo.  Be prepared Cindy followers, it’s addicting just like everything else she does. LOL. ~Bonnie-K
  • I was tempted to buy a Kumihimo disc ages ago as I love all things Japanese, but thought it would be too difficult to learn. So a big thank you CINDY. Now I can order one with confidence knowing that my favourite tutor will guide me through the learning curve  to produce  Kumihimo cords I can be proud of. ~Elaine-F
  • Just ordered my disc! The cords in the preview are so beautiful! This is completely new for me – I mean really new, as unlike many of you who have already posted, I didn’t even know the word, much less the process. Sometimes I shudder to to think of all I would have missed if I hadn’t subscribed. ~Elizabeth-S
  • As usual Cindy you have taken a seemingly difficult technique and made it simple.  I tried to learn this a while ago but got all tied up in knots (and not the kind used in this technique) so gave up.  While we were in the States, i bought a disk and now I will have another go.  Thanks heaps for this. ~Sandra-J
  • I’ve made a few cords; pretty easy technique and looks beautiful, but Cindy always gives us that extra bit!  I love the neat way of including the wire and I did try using a twine kind of material, embroidery thread and rattail but did not think of ribbon and leather. The yarn one will be really fun; so many types of sparkly yarn available and not expensive either. ~Cherie-H
  • I, too, have yarns and threads just waiting to come alive. Thanks, Cindy for another great tute. ~Joyce-F
  • Cindy, I just had to write and tell you how helpful your Kumihimo tutorial is. I have just recently started Kumihimo and love it. Thanks so much for the helpful advice. ~Betty-C
  • Wow. Another great video. First it taught me how to pronounce it properly. I am no longer afraid, lol.  Then we got to see the historical methods which originated the techniques (video).  The supplies to be ordered, check. The procedure part is excellent. I have watched with envy while others put these together with ease. After a few tries with this video tute, I think I can do it. Yay! Cindy you came up with a bunch of thread choices I would have never dreamed of, and the results are spectacular.  I cannot pick a favorite. Thanks to you and Doug for opening a new realm for me.  This braided rope works so beautifully to complement the work, and that bracelet…… love it. Thank you so much. ~Jocelyn-C
  • Wonderful tutorial Cindy. As always, you explain the technique so clearly. I had seen mentions of Kumihimo cord on the internet previously but had never stopped to investigate what it was all about exactly. When I started this week’s video and saw that you would be showing the technique, I thought “great!” Now I know the basics to try out a brand new and very useful craft. ~Fran-Y
  • Yayyyyyyyy!  This is really exciting, I’d never have thought of using all those different threads – (I believe you can use wire too) …  Have been trawling through my craft-supply drawers, all those silk ribbons, lace, embroidery thread … and so much more.  I’m going to have lots of fun here!!!  I’m so thrilled with this tute!! Thanks again Cindy for making it so inspiring – and I love the way you finish the cord too! ~Lesley-S
  • It reminds me of the friendship bracelets I used to make as a teenager – one of my friends taught me and I basically spent years making probably thousands of them. I loved it, and I know I’ll love this technique too. I love how there are so many possible patterns too, so I won’t get bored with it – thanks Cindy! ~Silverleaf
  • This looks fun and easy. I’m taking care of my 8 yo grandson for the summer. Wonder if I can keep him occupied making these for me. I can dream can’t I? Love how you showed us how to end the braid. Really nice to see how to finish things. ~Pollyanna
  • What a great tutorial! Wasn’t able to buy a disc right now, so I found a printout online and glued it to a styrofoam tray (like you find when you buy meat at the store). Then used an Exacto blade to cut it out. Love the way you finish the cords and can’t wait to have a long enough braid to use! Thanks again for another wonderful tutorial! ~Hope-M
  • Wowser!! I never dreamed you could use so many cords and ribbons.  Thanks so much for making this so easy. You are a wonderful teacher!!! Your weight is pure genius, your method of using wire to “Neaten” up the ends, and the cones that are flexible for all different sizes.  Where could you get that kind of info Handed to You on a Platter?? We are so fortunate to have all of your family to guide us thru EVERYTHING!!! ~Patt-W
  • One reason why we love Cindy  – who else would think to make a beautiful weight to use for this project?  I am so glad to have finally learned the intricacies of finishing off my work — I have a cord on a Kumihimo disc that I didn’t know how to complete  — Now I can use it for my pendant! Yay! ~Maria-C
  • Great Tutorial Cindy!  Just ordered the board yesterday, am going to find a big rock and wire it up for my counterweight. I’ll be all ready when it gets here! ~DixieAnn-S
  • “I think I’m turning Japanese.” A while back I watched Cindy’s faux metal mokume gane tutorial using the new Premo metallic colours. Wow so clever Cindy. I used a black backing sheet for contrast and made a whole bunch of different shaped beads and some hair barettes and earrings. Everyone loved them.  I hadn’t decided how to use the remaining large  round feature beads so they went back into the (To complete) box and have stayed there till this week. Now over one year later, my beads are sitting on my worktop, thanks to Cindy who has given me the perfect answer… Kumihimo Cord. They are ready for their final destination, a whole Japanese themed collection, (once I have mastered the Kumihimo technique) ha ha. So once again Cindy a big BIG thank you for showing us how to master this ancient Japanese cord weaving, and the  clever tips and tricks you used to complete these beautiful cords. Just going into the shed to raid the fishing gear for a large lead weight to cover with pc. Hope DH will not recognise it as sure it will enjoy it’s new roll wrapped in a cosy polymer clay blanket instead of being thrown into cold rivers, hee hee… cheers xx. ~Elaine-F
  • That was torture. Out camping and I can’t get my internet to work. Had to run by home for awhile today so I snuck in the den to watch tute on hubbies computer. Now you made that look easy and I don’t know what I was reading in my directions that came with the disc, because it sure didn’ t sound easy. I’m going back to read them again, maybe I was just trying to figure it out on a rough day. Hate to think I couldn’t figure that out from my directions that came with it. But everyone knows Cindy you have a way of talking us through something that seems impossible and suddenly it is so doable. One of the few teachers who has that wonderful quality. That is why I never want to miss any of your tutes even if I have done it before and think I know how. When you show it to us all of a sudden it is so much easier than before. You shine with the ability to do that with all your tutes. Well I better shut down and get back to camp. Hubby is in a fishing contest this morning with his buddies from church and I want to get back to camp before he does. So I bet I know what everyone is going to be doing this weekend. I have every kind of cord imaginable. YIP EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Thank you onc again Cindy and Doug for the start to a fun weekend. Have a great weekend too!!! Uuuugggggs. ~Peggy-B
  • Thank you Cindy! Love this. These will go perfectly with our creations! ~Dawn-B
  • Thanks for a great tute Cindy and Doug. Where were you when I first started doing Kumihimo braiding? As usual Cindy came up with some neat tricks, especially a different way of doing the ends of the cords. You must watch a lot of TV, Cindy as that is quite a stock of different cords you have ;-). I wear one of my kumihimo bracelets daily – college colours, royal blue and gold – and it is finished with a very plain brass cap. My new one has an antique brass filigree Vintaj cap. Even a guy has to wear a bit of Bling once and a while.  BTW I have the only cat in my neighborhood with a Kumihimo  collar and now everyone wants one LOL! ~Lawrence-S
  • OMG that is super nice. I love those cords. They are perfect for all those beautiful beads and pendants that thanks to you we are able to make. I love all kind of crafts but Cindy I am always so anxious when it’s Friday because I can learn a lot with your videos. Thank you for explaining them so nice. Thank  you Thank you Thank you. ~Carmen-V
  • Loved this tut Cindy I’ve watched it a bunch of times already. I just orderded my disk yesterday on ebay and it should be here Friday. YEAH!! ~Michelle-A
  • Loved this tutorial – I have always struggled with this technique – you’ve made it sooooo simple – thank you. I will get so much use out of this. It’s wonderful that you are including more of these jewelry finding tutorials. It is a more holistic approach to polymer clay and I absolutely look forward to more. I seem to get it when you explain it even though I have seen it many times before. I guess that is why you are such a great teacher! ~Cara-L
  • Just completed my 7th kumihimo cord. I got the round and the square one and love making them. You are so right CINDY it is addictive. What is it with this CINDY GAL? You think, nah, I’m not going to do that (when you see her latest TUTe) then hey presto, you are ordering all the stuff. ~Elaine-F
  • I am so glad you showed this video to make your own cords, I have so many colors of embroidery  string and did not know what I was going to do with it, NOW I do. Thanks so much. ~Janet-S
  • Cindy, this tute couldn’t have come at a better time! I recently was lucky enough to be able to take the 6 day kaleidoscope workshop with Carol Simmons. Ever since I got home I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out how I could make my necklace cords more sophisticated to match the very detailed pendants. I ordered the discs the day the tute came out and I’m on my third necklace now. They perfectly compliment the pendants I’m making! Thanks again Cindy, you’re a lifesaver! ~Carrie-N
  • Hi, I LOVE this tutorial and have been DYING to try this! Thank you so much for the time and effort – your videos are wonderful!!!! ~Desiree-J
  • I’ve been making some Kumohimo cord (thanks Elaine) too. Isn’t it nice to co-ordinate? You make it possible to create a totally finished product – how about that? I get tired of plain ole necklaces – blah. Now we can put all of it together -THANKS TO YOU Cindy. ~Patt-W
  • My kumihimo cords turned out great, am making 2 matching in blues to hold a mokume gane wood grained lentil for my son and grandson. I showed the cord technique to a dear friend of mine and although she is not a clayer was enamored with the cord making and has learned how to do it following instructions she found online. So here is another spin-off from your tutorials where friends, relatives and neighbors will purchase supplies for special techniques even though they are not polymer clay enthusiasts. We send them to places where we shop and they end up purchasing other things! It is amazing how far reaching your tutorials have become! ~DixieAnn-S
  • Had  fun this evening using my new foam Kumihimo Disk by the Bead Smith. I made a pink one using variegated pink woven ribbon and a red leather cord that was a little more difficult to handle but easier to hang charms from. Thanks CINDY for this great tute and recommending this Kumihimo Disk, that I found easy to hold even with limited mobility in my left hand. It was well worth the price I paid, and a lot easier than sitting using the original wooden marudai stand and a lot less expensive. Looked at the halcyonyarn site and was surprised at the amount an original marudai would cost (although beautifully made) Glad somebody invented the foam one! “The coming together of threads” is how the Japanese people describe this form of braiding. ~Elaine-F
  • Cindy, I took a class a couple of years ago to make a beaded Kumihimo bracelet.  I had a terrible time getting the beads to stay in the right spot, so I never did finish.  I blame it on using embroidery floss, which was too fine and limp for the beads, and for not using a weight.  I wanted to try it again without the beads.  The next time I used some C-Lon thread that was leftover from another project and my results were just OK–it’s very hard to keep the tension without a weight–and I thought the result was a little stiff.  Unfortunately, there’s nowhere to buy nice cord near me.  I never thought of ribbon! After watching your tutorial I went out and bought several spools of the 50 cent ribbon at Michaels and they worked really well.  I also ran with your idea for the weight.  What a difference that made, not only in the ease of working the cord, but in the even look of the braided cord. So thanks again, Cindy.  The things I learned in your tutorial brought me from failure to success! ~Linda-K
  • Hi Cindy – I just taught my 9 and 5 year old grand daughter how to do the Komihimo cord technique. The younger one loves to say: “…look for the lonely one and brimful a friend.” That’s how I taught her to bring the third cord up to the single one on the top. Then she says in loud strong voice: “…now turn the wheel a little to the left.” She sounds so cute and she is so proud of herself that she does not want  me to touch her hands when she does it. She knows that the right hand brings the cord down to the bottom right, and the left hand brings the left cord up to the left. My hubby thinks that I should have taught kindergarten instead of physical education. Who knows, h might have been right. Thanks for your showing me how to do Komihimo cord work, so I could teach it to them. They love this as much as they love working with me with polymer clay. Thanks, thanks and thanks. ~Natalie-H
  • Hi Cindy, I finally hit the Zen zone with kumihimo. I had to laugh when you said you have a hard time saying “Swarovski”. You should of heard me saying kumihimo until I got that right. By friends had no clue what I was talking about. Thank you so much for that tutorial. Now I got to make a kumihimo necklace for the sweet pea pendant. I am so lucky to have a friend like you. God Bless. ~Patricia-L

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