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In This Vol-050:
Color Recipes:
1A. Sedum
2A. Stonecrop
3A. Sage
4A. Shale

1. Mermaid Scales
2. Ranunculus Flower
3. Texture Texture
4. Torched Headpins

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  • Congratulations on reaching this golden milestone, Cindy! This is another lovely palette… I have no colour or art training so mixing colors is pretty much trial and error, but I find that enjoyable and relaxing. I very much appreciate all the work you do to produce these awesome palettes! Looking forward to the next “50” palettes. ~Monique-U
  • Another pretty palette.  Even though the colors are similar to another palette – it is always different!  A little tweak here and another one there = a new palette.  I always make the color recipes, so now I can compare one to another. Because they can be used together, each palette has compatible colors. Very useful! Congrats on your Golden anniversary! Such a mile-stone in your quest for just the right palette! We enjoy your palettes – always.  Thanks for adding this PLUS to your Polymer Clay Tutor videos!! ~Patt-W
  • Cindy this pallette is scrumpcious. I love the names you come up with each one, they just seem to fit them perfectly. I have printed everyone and had to go out and buy another receipe box to hold them all. I don’t get to mix each one, in fact I am way behind in that field but you keep coming up with such exciting projects I forget about making the color chips!  I was just thinking about you reaching your 50th volume last week when I decided to do a spreadsheet on them all so I could find them by their “Group Headings”.  After I decided what those would be then I listed the Volume and the Video  number it appeared in. It turned out to be one of the best things I could have done. Now I can find what I am looking for right away instead of clicking through all the videos trying to find the right one. Inserting a new one is so easy too, all I have to do is decide what Heading it goes under and pop it into the new row. 50 volumes of videos is a lot and I decided if I am going to be collecting another 50 or 100 or 200 I needed to get organized. Anyone can do this too, by using a card file if they don’t have any spreadsheet experience. So congratulations Cindy and Doug on your 50th volume and I am so looking forward to the next 50, 100, 200?? ~DixieAnn-S
  • Wow!! Congratulations on completing 50 volumes! You are an amazing artist –  and the palettes even though sometimes resemble each other are different.  Love, love all the recipes – the colors and the names. ~Cherie-H
  • Cindy, one thing that always impresses my friends is showing them my giant chain of color chips for all the palettes you have created. Just letting you know I really appreciate all the love and care you have put into creating these beautiful recipes. Thank you! Happy Golden Anniversary! WOW! ~Maria-C
  • Love these colors! You have given us so many shades but all are different and useful. Thanks so much. ~Pollyanna
  • Beauty, beauty everywhere, in each color that you have created with love. How awesome is that? There aren’t “thanks” enough, Cindy for all the effort, though it be willing, you put into this clay art and its accessories. Mondays are wonderful to see what is coming, Thursday is a pleasant tease and Fridays are the utmost. Happy Golden Anniversary! Always looking forward to what is coming next and the love shared within our clay family. Couldn’t be better… except for a personal meeting with as many members as possible… who knows???? ~Joyce-F


  • Hi Cindy and all, just saw the Mermaid Scales tut. Love it. I have never been very good with the Mica shift, so this is going to help tremendously. As we all say, you teach in such a way as to make it easy for us to learn all these techniques, that they are not a mystery anymore. Thanks so much for this one. ~Elizabeth-K
  • What a neat little tute.  Scales can be used in lots of places – even in making small fat feathers for a birds breast. ~Patt-W
  • Awesome tut! Love the mica shift projects. I am thinking maybe sunflower seed centers for my sunflower project. Maybe using bronze clay with a little gold. Hope it works. It will give the illusion of seeds. Thanks again for being an inspiration for my project! ~Karonkay-C
  • Love this cane Cindy! And really gorgeous colours too! I’d love to know what you were trying to achieve when this “accident” happened! Something else to look forward to perhaps? ~Marion-R
  • I love  the Mica Shift technique and this is a great application! I have added pearl white or even pearl gray  to colors that aren’t “pearl” and it gives me a wider range of colors to use for mica shifting! Yes, Cindy, do share what the project was that caused this “accident”. ~Christine-H
  • Hi Cindy – Just love this tut. I have friend who loves Mermaids and I can’t wait to make this for her. I’m glad that I stocked up on the pearl clay a while ago. Thank you  Cindy for this great tut! ~Natalie-H
  • Hi Cindy, thanks again for a wonderful class! Since my hubbie’s accident we have been housebound and will be for a while yet. You have kept my spirits up with ur creativity! Even tho at this moment in time I cannot physically work on my clay, I can still watch you create! This helps me!! Btw, you have beautiful nails! Looking forward to your traveling adventures. I am grateful that my family was fortunate enough to travel worldwide, before my disability took hold. No better way to learn and teach but by doing something and running with the wind. And like the song says, ‘ the memories, they can’t take that away…’ Hope u can come to Brighton, Mi. We would be happy to show you round ;)  Thanks 4 all u do. ~Rita-H
  • Wonderful lesson. Can’t wait to make some earrings,etc. Thanks!! ~Pollyanna
  • Mmm just knew I should have stocked up on coloured pearls clays but blew the craft budget for the next couple of months, so my fish scales will have to be an Autumn (fall) project. Great idea CINDY, to use an ordinary drinking straw, (See peeps, we do not have to spend out too much for this clever way to create fish scales). ~Elaine-F
  • Another easy-peasy tute! You rock, Cindy! My mind is whirling! So many ideas – and colors.  See ya later, got to go playclay !!!! ~Patt-W


  • Hi Cindy – It’s obvious that a great deal of thought and planning goes into every tutorial you and Doug make. This one is wonderful, so life-like and vivid. I just want to thank you again (sorry to be so repetitious!) for all the research, hard work and enthusiasm you put into everything you do! I’m so glad I’m a member of your ‘class’! ~Marion-R
  • I love seeing all the different ways these flowers can be strung and wired up. I had made some sculptural flowers a few years ago and then got stuck with how to finish them. This gives me great ideas! ~Maria-C
  • Beautiful flower; it does look very much like the Peony.  Love these flower tutorials, Cindy.  ~Cherie-H
  • Cindy, You have done it again, another amazing video!!!! Thank you for this one… I have made several mini flowers and could not figure out how to get the center to work out. This helped me out so much. ~Lavedia-E
  • Cindy, I love the way the teardrop blend gives dimension to the flower.  Who would guess a circle shape could become so gorgeous? ~Jocelyn-C
  • Hi Cindy, Another lovely flower to add to my collection and some great ways to use them. I’ve now made lots of Kumihimo cords in different colours so seeing them used with this beautiful flower is what I would call EYE CANDY. Great that you were able to salvage your burnt bits and turn them into distressed pieces. Good to know you have your WHOOPS moments but can turn them around to become AHH jewelry. ~Elaine-F
  • Still in my PJ’s sorting out my clays, deciding on what colour Ranunculus to make. Dinners cooked for tonight, washing done but I am afraid the hoovering, dusting and polishing can wait (should have been born mega rich with a few servants). My postman has just handed me two more packages. He always gives me a big grin. I am sure I help to keep the post office on their toes. Still raining so will get started on making these fantastic Ranunculus. Now what colours do I make first? CINDY, will put the blame on YOU if the house is a little dusty, but hey whoever heard of an Artist doing housework? Lucky my DH needs new glasses so will have a quick tidy-up later and make sure the first thing he smells when opening the door is the curry for dinner.Well they do say the way to a man’s heart is… cheers xx. ~Elaine-F
  • Great Tute!!! Awesome Ranunculus. I love it. I love Flowers, no wonder most of my beads are flowers. ~Dia-H
  • Another amazing tute. What a neat way to form the flower.  I could get lost in the petals!  With the Kumihimo cord, the results will be stunning. Between all the colors you can make with PC, and all the colors in embroidery floss or rattail – any color way is possible. How fun — gotta go playclay. ~Patt-W
  • I never heard of this flower but it is gorgeous, and Cindy you make it so easy to create it out of polymer clay. I love the way the blended colors bring out the true beauty of this flower. BTW, the Ranuculus earring are adorable. Love it when you show matching earrings.  Thanks Cindy. ~DixieAnn-S
  • Dixie I am with you, I have never heard of this flower. But I am going to look it up to see if it something that can be planted in Iowa :)  I will let you know what I find out.  If not maybe I will just have to make some and plant them already made hehe.  I watched this tute early Friday morning about 4am and was so tired after watching it twice I said I would come back to comment later and forgot all about it till just now….  thanks again Cindy, you and Doug have given us another wonderful tute to add to our intense collection of PC plus tutorials. ~Peggy-B
  • Love it when you teach us flowers – thank you- my favourite one. ~Cara-L
  • Great job you guys. Today was my first chance to watch the tutes and as always when adding your special tips you make it much easier than reading about it in a book. I have been making some headpins since you had your 5th Friday demonstration on them in 2010. I might be remembering wrong but I think it was a 5th Friday you went over this for us. Who knows with me. I just remember you touching base on the red ball at the end of the copper head pins. I have always loved the way the copper ones come out. Thank you Cindy and Doug, for another super tute. ~Peggy-B
  • Hi, Cindy! We grew these a long time ago and loved them, too. I just joined and learned lots from this, my FIRST tutorial. Thanks! ~Andrea-P


  • I have to find another word for WOW!!!! This is a great lesson. So many techniques and ideas. Thanks! ~Pollyanna
  • Running around the house gathering string, onion bag, anything  with texture – yipee – this is going to be fun!! Love your ideas Cindy! Away to use up pretty scrap clay on a necklace on leather… hm… wonder what else??? Thanks for giving us a reason to meet you here on Friday! Fun-fun-fun! ~Patt-W
  • I love the feel of a surface texture. The Boho beads look like they could have been dug up as ancient treasure from thousands of years ago. ~Elaine-F
  • Looking forward to this tute. I never seem to have luck putting textures on beads. They always seem to lose there shape and then when I get them back in shape, the texture is gone. I love the look of the Lava beads! This is going to be a fun tute! ~DixieAnn-S
  • I use texture a lot on pendants but beads get messed up when I try to use texture. Looking forward to this. ~Freda-K
  • Cindy, your projects always make me smile and get my ideas flowing, I am so happy to be part of your very special group on clayers! ~Deby-P
  • I love the look I get from embedding different chains in clay but never thought to use strings… duuhh! ~Monique-U
  • Cindy – Love the string idea!  Great nooks for colors, contrast, glitter, anything. And thanks too for the new menu design added to the tutes list of supplies. It’s so easy to find products online and in the stores when we have a preview of product packaging. It’s also great to see so many different products being used, I tend to stick to what works for me, brand wise and tool wise. Presenting supplies this way makes me expand my horizons. ~Jocelyn-C
  • Love the tute it was everything and more than I expected. Texture can make the bead as much as color and put the two together and you have it all. Lietz family ALL is what we got in this tute. What we get with every tute from Cindy. Weeks to come just keep getting more exciting by the moment. Thank you for giving your most and making this another fun filled year that just keeps getting better and better! ~Peggy-B
  • Yay – love your texture beads Cindy! What makes your lessons stand out is that little something extra you figure out and gift us with — this time (for me) it was the way you used the white clay Loved It! ~Tantesherry
  • Cindy, love the variations with the lava beads, I actually thought you had embedded glitter into one of them, but cracked up laughing when you spoke of “jamming the salt crystals into the clay.”  The multi color layers exposed then tinted with inks are gorgeous.  The watch is beautiful, hope you add a future class on how to construct one of the changeable bracelets.  Amazing how a simple clay bead can be embellished. ~Jocelyn-C
  • Cindy, Thanks for lots of ideas – no such thing as “…such simple beads.” ~Linda-K
  • Cindy, you should never hesitate on showing us easy beads. There are a lot of us that have not seen the technique(s) and you always seem to put your own spin on things. I was very excited after watching the Texture, Texture, Texture tutorial and ran out right away to get some coarse salt. Unfortunately both stores I tryed did not have a coarse pickling salt. It was more like granulated sugar. I did find a great substitute though and that is coarse sea salt and it was in a large spice jar and not a big 3 lb. bag. It is very inexpensive and also comes in a very coarse granuler but the regular coarse granules are perfect for the tutorial. So there you are, I never would have gotten a fire under me about these beads without your tute! Now while traversing the store and passing the kids craft aisle I spotted a package that said Stone Letters. My curiousity got the best of me and I discovered this was a complete set of alphabet letters and numbers perfect for imprinting polymer clay. This set is 5/8″ high and would make really nice Monogrammed Pendants or whatever else a creative mind could come up with. The maximum depth for imprinting is 1/4″ which is fairly deep. So there you are, not only did I get a great tute, but also got another great tool to play with all because of salt! ~DixieAnn-S
  • I Loved this tutorial! I guarantee you that on our way home from our Friday night dinner date, Manny (husband) is going to have the delightful experience of taking me salt shopping. (I hope he can contain his enthusiasm.) Funny thing is he no longer even asks why I buy some of the “out there”  things for my projects. ~Elizabeth-S
  • Oh Elizabeth, you made me LOL when I imagined your Manny  enthusiastically prancing down the aisles of the supermart crying out “I’ve found some Elizabeth”. I was lucky that I didn’t have to shop for any as here in Essex we have two local producers of Sea salt that is stocked in our local Health Shop and I have a large carton of the course flakes that will be ideal to make CINDY’S take on Lava beads. I also found that if you tie a series of knots in a piece of string it makes a great impression. I so agree with Cindy that sometimes these simple ethnic type beads can look stunning combined with beads from your stash. ~Elaine-F


  • As someone who can’t just run down the street for supplies, I appreciate any tutorials like this which allow me to produce needed findings on my own. The upshot is that even though you can order lots of these online, many times the quality just isn’t what I demand. ~Monique-U
  • Again your teaching style so clear that it makes it doable.  Thanks again for your professionalism. ~Patty-J
  • Thanks, Cindy.  That was a wonderful tutorial.  I bought several small butane torches in hopes of getting good results, but it did not happen.  I can’t wait to get a torch head and a tank.  Thank you.  I am so glad you posted this one. ~Carol-M
  • Excellent video… thanks for sharing the way you torch your head pins. I would love to see more of these type of videos. You are the Best. Just want you to know we appreciate everything you do for us (Cindy and Doug). ~Cindy-P
  • At Last!!  I was so hoping we would get a tutorial making head pins. I bought a mini torch and it just didn’t seem to get the job done… (probably because I was not doing it right). Thank you so much Cindy. ~DixieAnn-S
  • I am so delighted you’re doing these head-pins Cindy. I bought a torch 2 years ago but never had the courage to try myself and it’s been sitting there gathering dust. Now at last I’ll be able to watch you and learn the right way to use a torch – making head-pins as well will just be a bonus! I can’t thank you enough Cindy and Doug, bless you both! ~Marion-R
  • As a multi-media polymer clay NUT, I am still trying a lot of new stuff.  The balled head wire is still beyond my imagination!!!  I have put it on my wish list.  Cindy, you teach such a wide range of tutes, absolutely no one will lose interest!! I do so enjoy all your tutes, even if I don’t use them right away. ~Patt-W
  • I am thinking of showing my daughter this so she can learn how and we’ll work on the back deck… lol… then maybe I’ll get the courage to try it. I like the look and hope with Cindy’s tips I get it right. ~Pollyanna
  • I thought it was cheaper and safer just to buy ready made head pins but I am willing to watch the video and see how you make it safe and easy. ~Natalie-H
  • Cindy, on the head pins tut!  Just a word of caution… if you are clumsey like me spend a couple of dollars and buy a clamp and “L”  bracket to hold your torch securely to the table instead of holding it in your lap. I can just see me trying to hold it and drop something and leaning to pick it up and there goes the torch and my house! I use a dryer hose clamp and just a “L ” shaped bracket to hold it to the table. Put the hose clamp around the tank with the “L” backet in the clamp also and just use a “c” clamp to secure it to the edge of the table. That way I will not move suddenly and drop the torch off my lap. ~Karonkay-C
  • Awesome safety tip Karonkay!! Thank you for sharing that. Anyone else with ideas for making torch work as safe as possible, please do share. Safety is always of highest priority! In regards to dropping things while torching, which can happen, it is very important to stop everything and turn off the flame, before reaching to pick up something that has dropped or is out of position. Be aware of where you body is at all times and stay focused. Make sure to keep any distractions like pets or children away and do make sure that you are properly insured. Better safe than sorry. ~Cindy Lietz
  • My torch was really good for firing the silver clay but not strong enough as I now know from Cindy’s video, to make headpins of copper.  It would probably have worked with silver but it took a really long time with the copper wire.  Just follow the safety precautions – nothing inflammable close by and no loose clothing etc. ~Cherie-H
  • Thanks, Cindy for this great tutorial. I bought a small butane torch, but since my preferred metal is copper, I’ll “borrow” my husband’s small propane torch. I can’t wait to try this technique. Your help is once again appreciated. ~Sylvia-J
  • Thank you for the pickle recipe – I have always been so paranoid about the acids used in commercial pickles and the homemade recipes I have seen in the past involve swimming pool chemicals. This is fabulous and I won’t be worried about harsh chemicals anymore. I also love the rosy colours, but there are times that bright silver is needed – so thanks again – this is an amazing tip!!! ~Cara-L
  • Cindy, that was a great tute. I do have a question on using the propane. Can you use it inside? I have a workroom in the lower level in the laundry room with a workbench and have the same identical setup you showed in your video. Also my propane tank has a long hose attached to it so it will sit on my workbench.  I don’t have to hold it but I do have to hold the hose end. I am more concerned about any fumes since the water heater and furnace are directly across the room. I have used the micro torch many times in the same area. What are your thoughts, concerns? ~DixieAnn-S
  • Hi Dixie Ann, those are important safety questions. I work in a well ventilated area with the window open right next to me, but if you have concerns about working inside with your torch, that would be a good thing to contact the torch manufacturer/retailer about. They would have safety data sheets on the proper use indoors. As well, I do have concerns about your tank with the hose. Sounds like you will need to have the tank and/or your torch, secured in some manner, so that the tank isn’t falling over and pulling the lit torch with it. That would be another thing to ask the manufacturer or the retailer of the torch for that type of safety advice. Safety is something that needs to be taken seriously. ~Cindy Lietz
  • Bought a mini torch over a year ago and never got around to using it! Just like SO many other things that are sitting around in drawers waiting for their moment to come. Wire is pretty much a passion for me at the moment. Thanks Cindy, you always come up with interesting ideas!!! ~Lesley-S
  • Loved the headpin making video and the safety tips. Awesome tutorials, Cindy and Doug!!! ~Jonalee-M
  • Take CINDY’S advice, and follow her safety tips. I would certainly find a way to clamp your torch safely to your work bench. When using my butane torch I wrap a damp piece of  chamois leather around the can and clamp it in my vise, just tight enough to hold it securly but not too tight to dent the can. The jaws of my vise are covered in rubber and it has a swivel joint that I can position at any angle. It works well for me as couldn’t  trust my hands to hold it. I love making silver torched headpins. Now will have to explore the possibility of upgrading to a propane torch as love the look of the rosy headpins. So a big thank you CINDY for another great video, especially on this special day of the final destination of the Olympic flame for London 2012. ~Elaine-F
  • Cindy, this is a fabulous tutorial. I bought one of those “creme brulee” style butane torches after reading your “Making Your Own Jewelry Headpins” post and watching all the videos in 2010. I bought that small torch because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it, but it was a big disappointment. I had no idea that you could get a propane torch so inexpensively, so I’ll be getting one of those – and the clamp that Karonkay suggested – very soon. Guess I’ll have to get a creme brulee recipe and get some use out of that small torch! Your tips on using a propane torch answered many of my questions, especially the safety tips. Thanks for such a great tutorial! ~Linda-K
  • I don’t know how you do it Cindy, but you made even this look easy. I am so grateful, I shall get my torch out straight away and try it out! Thanks for all the tips and advice, you are the best! ~Marion-R
  • Cindy – Now this is the way this tute SHOULD be taught. I’ve seen several, and they all fall short in the information dept! Using a Propane torch is the KEY. Your explanation is superb! You just gave me courage to try this! Thank you. ~Patt-W
  • Love making the headpins. I have some sterling wire, 20 and 21 ga – bought it when it was still cheap and had it tucked away. So, I can feel good about using it for headpins, they are 36 cents + each in sterling at fire mountain gems! That tute alone is worth a fortune to me! ~Cheryl-D
  • I have been gone for awhile; and I come back to such WONDERFUL lessons and ideas.  So much to catch up on!  The torch headpin video was great!  I just started working with soldering, etc, but I must say that I did laugh out loud and continue to chuckle with the advice of “no medications or wine”  prior to starting the lesson, and more importantly the torch.   Everything looks so great!  Thanks Cindy! ~Michele-E
  • I’M NO DUMMY: Hi Cindy, I just joined on Friday and WOW I’m so thankful a friend recommended me to you! I have purchased every back tutorial my monthly allowance would allow :)  I have had so much fun watching all of your awsome tutorials and couldn’t wait to try each and every one of them out. Kind of like a kid on Christmas with too many toys LOL. Today I finally got my wish! I was working on a project and sure enough a pretty head pin was just what I needed so I had my hubby get out his torch and we had a blast making some beautiful headpins! I’m not sure who had more fun, me or him! He had to “show” me several times how to properly do it. HA! I’m no dummy! He was enjoying making them. Thank you for a project that both me and my husband could both enjoy! He leaves the Polymer Clay and Jewelry “Pretties” as he calls them to me. Today gave him a chance to bring out his torch and be a part of my world. Not only did your tutorial teach me how to make beautiful headpins, it made a great project for me and my husband to do together. I love my husband and me time :) Thanks again for your great tutorials! I’m off to “pickle” some headpins. ~Susan-R
  • Hi Cindy, I thought I knew how to do this process, but I sure learned a thing or two. I really enjoyed it and the clean up, I also learned about a home made pickle! Also the different kinds of metals and their reactions as well as the all important safety rules. I used to do copper enamel in college, so safety is big with me. Thanks so much, I’m enjoying all my new video’s, even they are older ones, I haven’t seen them so they’re new to me! Take care. ~Joy-D

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