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Cindy, you are a saint! I don’t know what it is about your teaching methods, but watching you just makes things click in my head! Don’t think I’ll get much sleep this weekend but I sure will have a lot of canes!! ~Carrie-W >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Flower Cane Tutorial

I just finished watching part 2 of your leaf cane video. You did a very nice job of making it look as simple as it really is. Lots of clayers are intimidated by the thought of cane work because it looks so complex. But you explained it very nicely. I liked that you mentioned about saving some of the cane in the larger size. I didn’t get that idea for some time, much to my regret more than once! I especially liked that you showed how to make a more complicated cane by using the simple one that you made. For some reason this idea seems to escape some beginners who think they can only use the cane in the original form. And I also liked the idea with the lentil bead. Another example of thinking outside the “mold” as it were, that might not occur to those just starting out. I cant wait for the next one! XOXO ~Jamie-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Making a Basic Leaf Cane

No matter how hard you try with polymer there is something different in every piece of art you make and that is what makes it art. I love polymer clay but now that I have found Cindy I truely have to say she is the best thing about polymer clay. I too let out a sigh when I heard you had 10 years plus of lessons. You help me to be a better clayer in a as you said earlier, a doable way. The dream machine yep I use to dream and wish for it all the time. Then I realized I never use that much clay at one time. One of the great things I love about Cindy small canes go a long way. Every other teacher make enormous canes. So I will stick with my smaller sized atlas and I do have the machine motor due to my painful hands and that is more than enough for me. But for those of you still dreaming I hope Santa is in your dreams also. Uuuuuuggggs for everyone! ~Peggy-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Beads and Canes

I WISH I had read all your blog articles AND bought the course (which I did a few days ago with birthday money) before I bought a bunch of Sculpey III a couple of weeks ago while it was on sale.  Oh well, at least I have some clay to play with while I’m learning. I now know first hand that it’s too soft to use for canes. Never having played with polymer clay, I would have thought I was doing something wrong because it was way too soft and I couldn’t cut the log without squishing the whole thing flat. On to play some more! ~Joyce-R >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Brands

Fantastic! What a lovely simple way to make such a complex looking cane. Thank you Cindy for showing us. ~Polyanya >> This comment was originally posted here: Flower Canes

I love this idea! I love how you make your canes small. That way if it doesn’t work out you don’t use up too much clay. But, sometimes you end up with the best “scrap” clay for marble-like beads. So, to have interchangeable canes sounds great with endless possibilities! Can’t wait! ~Catalina >> This comment was originally posted here: Seasonal Canes

I appreciate in the spliced flower video you talked about how much clay you were using. This helped me because I see to use too much clay and then reduce it but have ended up with a lot of something I really did not like. So once again, thanks for putting things into perspective. ~Anna-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Cane Making

Cindy, You have completely inspired me and boggled my mind all at the same time! Whoa!!! Is it really possible to make a cane like this beautiful Johnny-Jump-Up flower!?! Well, wonders never cease! If I can learn to make a cane anywhere near as beautiful as this, then the world truly is my oyster (hey, I could probably make an oyster too)! I know that I use a lot of exclamation points when I comment, but, Cindy…I am soooooo excited about all of this new found knowledge that I am receiving from you!!! I think you must be a polymer clay angel sent from above :) ~Cindy-E >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Cane Designs

Thanks for all these visual and tactile tips, Cindy. It will now be easier to figure out which canes need more attention and save more. This adds money back into my budget and I thank you. ~Jocelyn-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Old Polymer Clay Canes

Cindy I have made alot of canes, never thought about using trans in different places. The extruder oh wow yet another great idea I had not thought of. See it pays to share with others you learn so much that way. ~Lynn-W >> This comment was originally posted here: Clay Extruder

I loved the video about the rose cane especially the addition of the pearl and translucent to make the ends shine. I did a Kaleidoscope cane a few weeks ago and a Sunami cane and put pearl in them but when I cut them, the pearl made the cane mushy looking so I’m very careful about putting just plain pearl in a cane now. Your’s is beautiful. I’m so looking forward to the second part of the Rose Bead. ~Bonnie-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Sculpted Rose Beads

Thank you all for your wonderful encouraging comments. I can’t tell you how much it means to have this support. Polyanya, I sanded 1/2 by hand and the other 1/2 using a kids rock tumbler then I buffed by hand because I haven’t mastered the dremel technique (I will have to order the back issue of Cindy’s instruction for that)… then I dipped them in Future floor polish. I’m still experimenting with the whole finishing and polishing of my beads (I’ve only started sanding them a couple months ago.) Again… only started doing this just under a year on a whim but I was amazed at the fabulous versatility of the polymer clay material and what really peaked my love of this is when I started caning… and so far it has satisfied my artistic drive. ~Melinda-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Jupiter Beads, Old Canes

Thank you Cindy for the wonderful tutorial on Flower Cane Centers. I made several of them last night and I was very pleased with my progress.:-) ~Ariti >> This comment was originally posted here: Flower Canes

While searching for something else, I ended up at this post. I realized, I never commented on this video! So I went back and watched it again, and of course – I loved it! Cindy’s videos are always awesome and informative, and I always learn something new. This is such a festive cane, and the colors are great! I won’t be making this exact cane right now, but I will in the fall. This holly leaf is really cool, and the technique can be adapted to create other kinds of leaves, if you want. And the berries – the little white speck makes them look so cute! This technique can also be used in other ways, to make a variety of canes, even summery ones (which is what I’m thinking of.) With a different color palette, and my imagination – I just might be making variations of this sooner than I thought! I also wanted to complement those who submitted pictures of their versions of this yummy holly leaf and red berry cane. They all look great, giving me some great ideas for next Christmas! ~Phaedrakat >> This comment was originally posted here: Christmas Holly Leaf Cane

Zuleykha, your work is wonderful and I love your pebbles. I also love to make canes and I know what you mean about that first cut being a whoops of delight, or oh well try again. Always a challenge I think it is why PC is so addictive. I also think Cindy’s teaching is the best. ~Ritzs >> This comment was originally posted here: Millefiori Flower Canes

Oh no! I turned on the computer this morning, my assembled four inch tribal cane in hand so that I could follow the final cutting and assembling instructions. Now mind you, it took me the better part of several hours to get it right. Imagine my pride when I finally ended up with something that looks like the cane in the tut. Then what do I see this morning? All these exquisite complex variations taunting me, teasing me, saying, “OK, you think you know how to do it now? Just watch this!” Have a great day, everyone. ~Elizabeth-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Cane Variations

Have tried Donna Kato’s version but it wasn’t a success, would love your easy to follow instructions for the kaleidoscope cane. ~Josie-T >> This comment was originally posted here: Kaleidoscope Canes

I had so much fun with this cane!  First I mixed up some Peony, then I used Peony and White to make a jelly roll and bullseye cane to use together for my kaleidoscope cane.  Then I used my kalei slices to make a heart bead that I learned in last month’s video. It was so much fun and I loved how the bead looked when I was done! ~Linda-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Easy Kaleidoscope Canes

Just as feedback, I’ve played with the extruded flower cane a few times recently and holding the extruder upside down so the cane hangs straight really does help. I managed a really long cane with the extruder about 3/4 full with no splitting  – towards the end the pieces weren’t attached as securely to each other but a little squeeze sorted that out. Yay! ~Silverleaf >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Beads

I cant wait to make something with this cane! I’m also thinking of making a glow in the dark flower cane, to match my jellyroll cane. ~Cindy-G >> This comment was originally posted here: Glowing Jellyroll Cane

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