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Yes! Quick and Easy Skinner blends! And small Skinner Blend trial sizes!! Brilliant! My hands have been in polymer clay for 8 years. Your Teardrop technique has brought a wonderful and sudden change in my way of working with color blends. Thank you so much for sharing! ~Debbie-G >> This comment was originally posted here: Lietz Teardrop Method

Hello Cindy! I’m enjoying all the videos. I’ve been ‘clayin’ for years and have done numerous techniques, tutes, canes, projects, etc. I considered myself pretty rounded in ‘creating’ with polymer clay. BUT when I saw you add square cane slices to a prepared CUBE bead, then roll it into a heart shape bead, I thought “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?????” Of course ……. add square slices to a square bead, and shape it into whatever shape you want after that!!!! Thank you, Cindy, for making it easier to add slices to a bead and saving me some time in the process! ~Mary-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Making Polymer Clay Canes

Hi Cindy – I love the idea of using a ceramic tile and marking off a right angle triangle for making kaleidoscopes. Even though I have been claying for awhile, I always learn some new little idea or technique from you! ~Jacqui-T >> This comment was originally posted here: Kaleidoscope Canes

Dear Cindy, I wanted to say thanks for the tips in your videos, I’ve been working with Polymer Clay for years, I make my own custom cake toppers. I do caricatures of real people from photos, cartoons and even animals, cartoon and real. I really enjoy it and have gotten quite good at it, but I didn’t know how much of a difference sanding and polishing my pieces could make, and I now make sure I work my clay completely before I start. Thanks again, ~Kelly-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Techniques

Hi all you that may be “Surfing”‘ here, come on in. The Claying is to die for. The cost is the least of your worries – 12 videos per quarter for $9.95 US (a little more Internationally), and so much varied and colourful information, not a worry. You would never be lonely or feel inferior to anyone else here as everyone can work from these videos at their own level in their own time and then come in to see what some others have been doing, and the camaraderie and the pleasant comments are such a joy, like one big family. I have had so much pleasure just being here. Cindy is so generous with her time and her man Doug is a Hero among men, in helping Cindy do what she needs to do, to make this a pleasant experience  for us all. I love it. I have been in awe at some of the techniques I have learnt in the time I have been here. If I thought I knew about Polymer Clay before I came here I now have learnt so much more. Every time I re watch a video I find more in it to enhance my knowledge. I hope a whole lot of new clayers will join Cindy here and really put Polymer Clay on the Artists Map as a true medium of art that it should be. See you here soon. XXXX ~Eizabeth-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Leopard Cane Tutorial

Hi Cindy, just found you today and started my membership. I also purchased the Volume 9 Back Issue. I have been playing with clay for years, have umpteen books, but find your videos much easier for me to follow. Thanks! ~Cheryl-D >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay

Hi Cindy: I watched your video with interest, because, even though I may have tried a particular technique before, you always seem to give a fresh approach to ideas I have seen before. You continually inspire me again, and again. Last weekend, my daughter (11) wanted to learn how to make some polymer clay beads so I showed her your Jupiter beads. You would not believe how many different styles of beads we made using this method. It was so easy for my daughter and so much fun. There was a lot of oohing and aahing in the kitchen. It certainly made good use of a lot of scrap and old clay I had been hanging onto. I think I need to introduce “sanding” to her now and put her to some real work. ~Carol-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Graffiti Beads

Hi Cindy, Thank you for your excellent video newsletter. It is so nice to receive such an exciting email every week. I have played with polymer clay for some years but am now keen to make it a serious hobby and improve my techniques. I have recently started making polymer clay beads. I am based in the UK. ~Cara-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Videos

Cindy is a mentor for so many. As I catch up on all of the wonderful articles here at the blog, I find beginners (and experienced clayers, too) who have been transformed by Cindy’s teachings. The community here is one-of-a-kind, and the video demonstrations can’t be beat. Although I discovered polymer clay through TV craft shows (Carol Duvall on HGTV – today’s topic! – and DIY Jewelry Making,) Cindy Lietz is my mentor! Cindy (and the community she’s created) has re ignited my inspiration to clay. I had everything packed away in boxes after my surgeries, and with the exception of a few little projects, it all stayed there. Now, I’ve unpacked it all. I’ve been baking and even sanding and buffing some items. (Love that glossy shine and feel.) I’ve made new canes, and have Valentine’s projects in various stages of completion. I owe it to Cindy! It’s not only the great lessons – she also taught me to “just do it!” I’ve always had a problem with trying to make everything too perfect. I would nit-pick over everything until it’s flawless. Now that I am limited physically, I didn’t even want to attempt anything, knowing my body wasn’t up to my old elaborate routine. But now I’m working with my polymer at least two times a week. I clay a little, then lay down and rest in-between steps. Then I get up and try to clay some more! I TRY not to worry about correcting every little thing. I just DO, so that my hands learn what my brain already knows (cuz Cindy’s taught me!) Thanks again, Cindy! Making me put my hands back in the clay has made me so happy! ~Phaedrakat >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorials

I learn from anything you show us Cindy! Like Cindy-E says… nothing beats the videos because we can pause, rewind etc., etc. I am one of those visual people that learn much more from seeing it done! Anyone who works with polymer clay will benefit from this community. ~Debi-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Faux Turquoise

Hi Cindy, just wanted to say that I love the way you have everything set up. It’s easy (for me) to understand how to navigate your site and use it to it’s fullest. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to all of us, whether seasoned or new, on all the techniques and color recipes you provide for us. Happy claying, ~Adrienne-L >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Blog

I’m really happy my suggestion helped Rosemary. I know how frustrating something like that can be. You should have seen me learning to make mobius beads from a book. It was uuugly!! Or trying to figure out what was safe to glaze polyclay with 20 yrs ago when no one knew! I needed Cindy then!! LOL. I don’t know how many projects got tossed because they just wouldn’t dry!! But don’t give up on the Studio clay yet if you like the colors. I would still try going to their website at and see if they can tell you what might be giving you this problem. And I do love my Sculpey III and Premo for beads. Usually a mixture of the two. I just love all the colors of Sculpey, and now with the new ones there are even more. Thank you’s and hugs to Cindy too, for her wonderful website where we can all share and learn!  XOXO ~Jamie-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Jewelry Crafts

Very pretty! I love the layers of color and pattern – that along with the semi-translucence gives the piece a lot of depth. As a more experienced clayer, I wouldn’t need a video tute for this, but a new clayer might. ~Jackie-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Butterfly Wing Jewelry

Cindy: Thank you for teaching me through this blog, for all your encouragement, and for including my work in this spotlight. I highly recommend your videos and articles to anyone getting started or wanting to improve with polymer clay bead making! You’re the best!!! ~Marsha-N >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Jewelry

Ifama – Thank you for sharing with all of us. Your items are beautiful. You have shown and reminded us how wonderful Cindy is at teaching us all how we can take her videos and put our own personal touch on them. We can take and make something all our own thanks to Cindy. Cindy – I think we are the ones who are blessed to of found you. Thank you for everything I have learned and continue to learn. I have each and everyone of your videos from beginners on. I still continue to go back and watch all of them over and over learning even more each time. You do not have to be a beginner to get much needed information from the Beginner Polymer Clay Course.  Even some parts that I had read about in books before, watching it on video helped me to understand it better. I also want to thank you for all the questions you have answered for me. You make me feel like no question is a silly question. Also thank you to all of the other members who have helped with my questions and concerns.  I feel like Cindy has made us all a part of a special little clay family where we can help each other. So I am sending all a special THANK YOU! Keep Claying. ~Peggy-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorials

I agree with you Cindy! I have always made smaller canes, for exactly the reasons you state, as well as the fact that in the beginning I didn’t realize you could make them so much larger. LOL! It was actually a revelation to me that you could make then short and squat first and then thin them out. I thought they were made long and then rolled longer…made for some true design challenges back then! ~Sarah-W >> This comment was originally posted here: Making Polymer Clay Canes

I would love to purchase the Beginner Course, plus any of the weekly videos I do not yet have access to … I have been working with clay for a couple of years, so might not need the Beginner Course, but am sure I could pick up some info that would be great! Love your weekly videos! I have to admit, I sometimes stay up late on Thursdays, hoping you will post it in the wee hours of Friday morning!! ~Jonalee-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Videos

Cindy, Thank you so much for the beginners courses. I wasn’t going to purchase it as I thought I was probably past that, but there is so much value in your videos that I couldn’t take a chance on missing something great. Right now I have my Lortone tumbler going (I bought it for silver clay) using the river rocks I purchased this after watching your video (several days ago I sanded part of my thumb away and it hasn’t healed yet). I’m so happy to find the answers to questions I haven’t even thought of yet. The library videos and the blog are a gold mine of information. I hope to buy the remaining ones over the next few months. Thanks again. ~Rose-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Video Course

I also am in for this inlay technique. I have a feel for it but have not been able to completely master it. I know that I will see what I am doing wrong by watching your demo Cindy. Bring it on!!!!! I have a nice bone sheet ready to go. Thanks to your Vol-019-3 Faux Bone Video. ~Illaya-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Inlay Technique Polymer Clay

Hi Cindy, Your video polymer clay basics course is extremely helpful – it’s one thing to read instructions (via magazines and books, and from various websites), but it’s another thing to actually have a kind voice (especially another Canadian!) walking you through the steps. I’m an “in-your-face” kind of person – so learning comes so much easier when I’m able to see what needs to be done, to see the finished product, and hear suggestions along the way. I don’t use a laptop, but I make notes – each and every video has given me a piece of information that I didn’t know (who would have thought to use crayons for colouring! – yes, colouring with a ‘u’ even though my spellchecker doesn’t like it)! I’ve tried my hand at many various crafts over the years – from painting children’s clothes, teaching ceramics in Ottawa, selling my wheat weaving at the Kitchener Farmer’s Market, woodcarving (whoops – arthritis in the hands – couldn’t do that one for long), chainmail jewelry (hands didn’t like that one either) – but when I was introduced to polymer clay, my creative juices began to flow – the sky’s the limit with this product and with you putting me on the right path with your videos, I can see endless possibilities (silly thing to say, but I never even contemplated making buttons!) So, in a nutshell – yes, this is a very beneficial video course! I thank my lucky stars for the day that I happened onto your site! Keep up the Great Work! ~Gail-G >> This comment was originally posted here: Making Polymer Clay Buttons

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