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Let me congratulate you for your amazing site, very user friendly and terribly helpful, but mostly for the way you run it always having a kind and encouraging word to give to everybody. I’m very new to polymer clay and trying to find my way. Many thanks. ~Helena-G >> This comment was originally posted here: How to Make Beads

Hi Cindy. I really enjoy your videos and the way you explain things. You have inspired me to try different things. I am new to polymer clay so really appreciate that there is some online teaching available as there is very little in New Zealand. I have attached a couple of pictures of things I have made from polymer clay as I feel more confident thanks to you.  I started making miniatures just for fun and enjoy that too. I think it is amazing that you answer emails to you as you must be so busy. Thanks again. ~Jo-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Bead Making

I LOVE recipes….because I can’t really make up colours in my head yet.  I am very new to polymer clay!!  And frankly don’t want to waste my money on making ugly colours!!  So it is nice to have that work done for me… gives me more time to play. ~Kam-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Color Mixing Recipes

Hi Cindy, I have just watched your video clip, a fabulous result and how easy you make it look. I’m very new to working with Polymer Clay … Thanks so much for passing on your knowledge to this novice, I look forward to receiving your email as I know I will always learn another tip to assist me in my creativity. Toodles From the land down under: Australia. ~Maggie-E >> This comment was originally posted here: Image Transfer To Polymer Clay

Hi Cindy: As you know I recently bought your Beginner’s course and I find it is just great.  All those hints and tips make a great difference for someone like me just learning how to work with polymer clay (don’t find these in books).  Some of us are more visual and need to really see how to do it rather than read on how it needs to be done.  I find it just amazing that I can get a video course and see it as many times as I want and stop it, go back, etc.  I started making jewelry as a hobby about 5 years ago and think that being able to create our own beads, pendants, etc. in the colors of our choice is amazing.  The other thing I like about it is that creating something really opens up your mind and imagination as to what we are capable of. Keep up your great work and please let me know when your next course will be available as I will certainly buy it. Thank you so much. ~Gail-F >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorials on Video

I have often looked at the “natural palette” of the Rocky Mountains where I live – azure sky, forest greens and deep clay reds – and thought that the combination was inspiring…but I didn’t let it inspire ME to actually reflect these hues in a piece of art.  I am very new to polymer clay, but mixing colors and learning to select meaningful palettes for my bead projects are first and second on my list.  I hope to keep an open mind to unexpected color combinations, but also to look to nature for some “tried and true” ideas.  Thanks!  ~Sue-P >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Colors

Hi Cindy… I’m so glad you made the video about Dremel tools. I got a brand new one for Christmas and was just waiting for a good reason to use it! I love all your videos and your articles. I’m waiting till payday to subscribe and I will let you know how I like the rest of the course. Thanks again for helping all us Newbies. ~Suanough >> This comment was originally posted here: Polyclay Beginners to Advanced

Hi Cindy, my name is Josh, and I’m probably one of the most unlikely persons that you’d guess might be contacting you… I’m a 29-year-old male, an entertainment journalist by trade, and a big video game and rock music fan. ;)   I started doing some Googling on the subject of FIMO and Sculpey modeling after seeing some really nice-looking mini sculptures and key chains, and I’m at the beginning stage of considering it as a hobby.  Right now I’m just doing research to find out what kind of clay to buy that would suit my needs best (for making simple, mini-models or key chains of various video game/pop culture nostalgia).   I just wanted to let you know that I really like some of your work that I’ve seen on your site, and I’ve gotten some good info from some of your blogs, like your suggestion that beginners use Sculpey’s Premo instead of III. I’m sure this info will help me make the right choice when I finally make that first order… and undoubtedly mess up the entire stock on my first attempt. ;) Anyway, thanks for the site! Cheers. ~Josh-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Claymation

Well, not only am I learning about polymer clay baking, but how to possibly fix my cookies as well!  Never thought about why that happens.  I love to cook, have actually catered from time to time, so I am learning not only about about clay, but cooking as well.  I knew there was a reason I found this website.  Would love to know how you figured this out.  What a guru! ~Karen-O >> This comment was originally posted here: Baking Flat Polymer Clay

That is the hardest part for me just starting out in PC is what clay to get. I made my first dragon with Premo and I didn’t like it. Even after cooling it his little head kept drooping. It was hard to handle and floppy. I tried both Femo and Sculpy III for dragon 2 and 3. I read that Sculpy III was the best for beginners. I still haven’t decided which clay I like best. The Premo dragon turned out OK but he was a baby and didn’t have much detail. I would have hated to work on the other dragons with the clay being so floppy. ~Marianne-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Premo Polymer Clay

I am from Serbia. I live in small town near Romanian border. Playing with polimer clay I start in February this year. And I cant stop now! ~Gloria-S >> This comment was originally posted here: International Polymer Clay Artists

Your letter of “Thanksgiving” was very loving, and so touching… To me, it’s always so gracious to be able to pray a prayer of Thanksgiving, for all of our Blessings — my life (after this past September) is what I am Thankful for this year. My summer with my Grandchildren, one of whom is Autistic; the other with Attention Deficit, and my Sweetheart stuck in the middle. She is my budding artist, and we have so much in common (including working in clay). So, I do understand where you are coming from. It sounds like you have a nice life, and I’m very happy for you. I pray that this new year of celebration will grace you with another year of the best. In any event, you are a very nice lady, and kama speaks volumes.  …Thank you again for the new things that you placed on hand. I just loved looking at the gold/silver/copper leaf information, and plan on doing something with it… Just finished weaving a gorgeous Lauriat and Earrings. Was thinking to myself, wouldn’t this look great with one of my own created clay beads attached to it (once I learn)! (I’m dreaming, but it will come to fruition!! Actually, the pendant on it can be utilized two-fold — as a brooch as well. I AM SO BLESSED, AND YOU ARE TOO!! Sincerely, ~Diana-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Bead Making

Hi Cindy. I’m new to polymer clay and have found your site very useful! Thank you! ~Summer-P >> This comment was originally posted here: Making Polymer Clay Beads

I am VERY NEW to clay and am excited to have found your website. I have never blended but have had a great desire to try. I read books on the Skinner blend, but have not mustered up the courage to try it. After watching your “tear drop method”, I think I would prefer trying this way first — no need to de-program from the measuring and multiple folding of the original Skinner blend! Wonderful video! ~Jos-L >> This comment was originally posted here: Quickest Skinner Blend

Without the food processor my time for clay would be very limited as Arthritis visits often and without the pasta machine there would be no level pieces of clay to cut from so being very new to polymer clay these items are really necessary. I think I’ll really enjoy my next purchase which will be the Makins Professional Clay Extruder and that may become a favorite. Love this new hobby and your lessons and videos Cindy. ~Joyce-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tools

Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I sure hope it does encourage other “newbies” because they will have so much fun exploring the clay world. I was thrilled that you thought my charms were good enough to feature on your blog. Stay tuned because I plan to get better and better. And when I become famous from my jewelry and beads I will say “I owe it all to Cindy Lietz.” Well, most of it anyway. ~Laurel-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Image Transfer Charms

I’m a newbie to polymer clay, I’ve been a beader for a couple of years – taken several wire/beading classes… I love this copper wire technique! It is SO much fun getting the email each week… it’s like opening a present EVERY WEEK! Thank you Cindy for sharing your creativity in such an easy to understand manner! ~Linda-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Hammered Copper Findings

Hi Cindy. I would like too thank you for your great homepage. I am an absolute amateur with polymerclay, but with your help I’m getting better and better. From Denmark. ~Helle-G >> This comment was originally posted here: Rose Bead Polymer Clay Tutorial

Oh my God, they are coming for real? The faux raku videos I mean. In fact I mean: Hi, Cindy! I’m so excited about these new lessons. As I see above, I’m not the only one jumping for joy and waiting for time to pass faster. The smooth raku technique seems wonderful, but the deep crackle raku technique must be heaven!!! Dear Cindy, are you sure you can show everything to us in just one video? I could watch four videos about that without complaining! By the way, I’m the brand new member Cindy had the kindness to quote. And I couldn’t resist to subscribe starting with the volume 013, because those little Anjou pears from last week looked so perfect that convinced me it was really the time to subscribe. The four videos I’ve watched until now are simply so good. You are teaching a beginner how to make something new and also teaching an intermediate how to make something right. And you are giving everyone who’s watching one of your videos the desire to try that project. I’m a little delirious right now, you’d be too if you were a member at the library knowing the deep crackle faux raku secrets are coming your way in a couple of weeks! Cindy, thank you so much for sharing this innovation with us! ~Squash >> This comment was originally posted here: Faux Raku Polymer Clay Techniques

Dear Cindy, I would like to thank you for the 4 free videos. I am a beginner in this beautiful art and i find them very useful. You made them simple, clear, easy to understand- in one word -just wonderful! When searching the net i came across your page and i fell in love with the trumpet bead and the roses. Your creations are lovely! I am from Bulgaria.The art of polymer clay is not popular here. That is why it was a bit difficult to find and get materials and some tools, not speaking of books or guides-practically there are none :) I have in mind your wonderful offers. Thank you once again. Wish you love. ~Nevena-E >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Videos

Cindy, So glad to see you are taking the holidays off to spend with your family. Have a wonderful time, stress free. Thank you for all you do for us and please say a huge THANK YOU to your family also. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours as well as to all who join in this wonderful blog. What did I do before I stopped by here?? It has made my 2009 beginning year very special and I’m so looking forward to what you will teach us in 2010 with the comments of our clay family. Love to all of you. ~Joyce-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorials

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