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I am a member of Cindy’s Polymer Clay Tutor site. I stumbled on her accidentally while looking for a way to make poly clay faces for a beading project. She is not only responsive and amazingly generous with her information, but a fantastic teacher. I finally “get” some of the techniques I had been reading about and trying to grasp for a long time. I am a subscriber to her site and videos and feel her $3.32 charge per month to be a small price to pay for all the information available there. ~Ritzs >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Jewelry Business

Regarding the monthly membership, it’s very low – I barely notice the $9.95 after 90 days (and 12 tutes!) The tutorials end up costing around 80 cents each, which is lower than any video tutorial out there! Especially when you consider the quality of Cindy’s videos – so very good! The only thing I regretted when I joined was waiting – I missed out on paying the low price as the videos I’d seen them discussing at the blog got put into the back issue library! Hope you decide to join us! ~Phaedrakat >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Color Recipes

I just enjoy watching your videos Cindy! Not only are they instructive and helpful. They are also “real”. I love that you don’t edit out the little oopses or have an elaborate set, in a dream studio, like some videos I have watched. For most of us who do or have done, the majority of our crafting at the kitchen table or less. Its nice to see you work in a simple setting and with tools that most of us probably have too. And to see you dealing with the clay, even when it doesn’t always cooperate, the same as we do. Although, (evil grin) I’d love to see if you have the same untidy creative effect on the rest of your studio, as most of us probably do. LOL, I know mine is a wreck when I get done with a major idea storm. Any chance of a peek at the rest of your clay haven?  XOXO ~Jamie-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Making a Basic Leaf Cane

Love it, Cindy! Thanks for bringing that out again. You are so comfortable in front of the camera it amazes me (you tend to amaze me quite often, actually!). And Doug’s video techniques and special touches are top notch. There’s no way I’d ever be able to learn every thing you teach us without you guys. ~Tanya-L >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Artists

What’s great about Cindy’s videos is that she presents one technique in detail and at just the right pace. I also like that she shows us different angles of the beads which you cannot see in a photo. Some other U-tube videos present too much information, too fast, and I find myself always having to rewind and forward to get to the right spot. Anna-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Magazine Tutorials vs Web Video Lessons

Dear Cindy: I have found all your videos to be very helpful. Your presentations are clear and you are pleasing to listen to. Thanks for helping us out with sharing your knowledge. Keep up the good work! Bless you. ~Zoe-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Beads

Dear Cindy, I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to do your online bead course. My problem was that I was overwhelmed by all the reading material available and unable to translate the information into action. I was in a frustrated state of inaction. In Australia there are very few good polymer clay courses and they are expensive. Books do not show you exactly how to do things, just because the amount of pictures available are limited and the subtleties of technique are omitted. Your course however is invaluable. Your manner of tuition is the best that I have encountered. You are clear and concise and not a bit patronizing. You are very generous because you give a clear message that these techniques are achievable and you encourage experimentation. I have you there 24 hours a day on video, so that I can recheck my methodology. I am not anxious about experimenting and now I can’t stop. I just finished a beautiful set of beads using translucent clay stained by dehydrating and grinding up the stamens of tiger lilies. To change the look again I added a drop of red food colouring. I couldn’t believe that they worked out so well. My next experiment is with waxed crayon as per your weekly online course. Mosaics are my ultimate goal. There isn’t enough hours in the day!! I look forward to your weekly lessons and will gladly subscribe to any course that you offer. Thank you again. ~Cara-L >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Pendants

Thank you again Cindy for a wonderful video. Actually seeing you demonstrate how to make the Skinner Blend Plug really helped to clarify some questions I had. ~Maria-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Techniques

I agree 100% about how easy you make the mod canes! They are by far my favorite to make now. I had been following the directions in a book; rolling logs, slicing, etc. It was so much quicker using the extruder to cut the circles. My favorite way to use them is to reduce them to between 1/4″ and 1/2″ square slice them into thick beads and make bracelets! These canes are sooo cute when reduced that small and people are astounded at the detail, they’d never believe that it takes 10 minutes to make! Keep up the good work!! ~Carrie-W >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorials

Cindy, as always I enjoy your short and concise video tutorials on working with clay. I also use a Dremmel and instead of holding the hand tool, I have a small vise I can attach to my work table so it holds the tool in place. To keep it from scratching the tool, simply glue felt or some craft foam sheets to the inside surface of the vice that do the gripping. You can use spray adhesive for this. This way you can use both hands to hold those hard to hold beads. Keep those videos coming. Seeing how you do things is very helpful. ~Lani-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Buffing Polymer Clay Beads

Your video demonstration for making lentil beads is great! I love the way they swirl. I’ll have to try the cd case idea. I have a lot of them laying around. ~Nora-W >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Lentil Beads

To All My Fellow Newbie Poly-Clayers: Being the winner of Cindy Lietz’ 2008 Treasure Hunt, and having access to Cindy’s first set of videos in what I hope will be many sets, I just want to agree with those who have now purchased the videos, and to testify to those who have not yet received Cindy’s videos: Cindy is the best teacher, and her videos are the best videos!!! :) :) :) I have already learned so much from these videos that I so fortunately won this past week.  Cindy teaches the “between-the-lines” information that you don’t get when reading an instruction book.  Cindy makes sure that every detail of the subject matter she is focusing is addressed, and made to understand.  Not only that, but her videos are a really good quality, which makes watching them an effortless and  seamless experience.  The lighting in her videos is always right-on, and the angles at which she tapes what she is so eloquently teaching is very thoughtful and conducive to the viewer’s learning experience. I can not say enough for Cindy’s videos, and I know that I will continue to learn from Cindy as she puts out more video sets.  See for yourselves!!!  You can’t go wrong if you purchase these videos!!!  Give yourself a great gift, and get them :) Sincerely, a very happy Cindy Lietz fan and follower. PS…NO…Cindy Lietz did not know I was going to write any of this :) ~Cindy-E >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Jewelry

Was glad to see the second tute on the leaf cane. You always do a great job on your videos. Thanks. ~Adrienne-L >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Leaf Cane Tutorial

Just got the back issues 008, 009 love the videos. Now I REALLY would like to have them on dvd/cd for travel, I know that’s a discussion for another time and place, but I am quite happy that I’m a subscriber of the videos and am looking forward to the day I have a complete library to reference. ~Ken-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Lessons

Natalie – These videos cannot be downloaded. I had wished the same things, especially since I spent a lot of time on the road and internet connections were sketchy at best. But this did not hold me back from becoming a member. Getting the weekly videos is the best thing that I have done. Without those weekly tutorials I’d be nowhere with my polymer clay. I’m glad I joined when I did … and I also purchased the beginners course and all the back issues. It was a serious decision that I had to make because my husband had recently died and my income was extremely limited. It is, outside of contributing to my church, the best expenditure that I have made in the past year. I know what you mean about wanting to watch and pause the video while working the tutorial. Cindy gives us a heads up about what we will need prior to each video.  Maybe you would be able to assemble the items, and a small work surface, and take them to where you have your computer. You could condition your clay in your work area, and then do the cutting, assembly, etc. near your computer. Please don’t let this hold you back … you’ll really be missing out on a tremendous learning experience if you don’t join. We don’t always agree on the personal value of each tutorial … we do have differences of opinion … but we all agree about the on-going value of membership. I hope you can figure out a way to make this work for you. ~Carolyn-F >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Puffy Beads

Cindy guides us like the North Star. We can always count on you to shine bright and direct us all through the easiest most efficient path there is to go on. That shining star within you has taught me how to have fun achieving my goal with each video you bring to me. Thank you for that bright shining guidance. ~Peggy-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorial Videos

Hi Cindy, having just watched the video on the Tribal cane, you had my head spinning, but to see it come out the way it did was brilliant, and worth all the work, can’t wait to see what I can come up with from that experience. Thanks once again for your clear and concise way of teaching. BTW , I would love to see more than your hands while you are teaching, I have no criticism about the way you present the video, but feel we are watching a friend and would love to see your pretty face. Great. Bye. ~Elizabeth-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Tribal Canes

I have yet to see a tutorial that doesn’t interest and inform me in some way or another! Thank you so much for being you. ~Susan-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Bezels for Polymer Jewelry

Whatever will I do come Friday?????? I always look forward to your tuts – I guess I’ll just have to look over some of your back issues to keep my creative juices flowing until next Friday! ~Hobokenmary >> This comment was originally posted here: No Polymer Clay Tutorial This Week

Just finished watching the Zebra tut. Awesome!! I can see why you warned us that it is more challenging than one would think. This is one of those that I will try the first time in front of the computer. I just love that I can do that – watch a step, pause the video, try the step, watch the step again after I screw it up, try the step again, etc. etc. etc. Thanks, Cindy and Doug for my next learning opportunity. ~Elizabeth-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Zebra Cane Animal Print Video

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