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Polymer Clay Membership Site Hey, Cindy — I watched your way of doing Skinner blends, with tear drop pieces of clay and — wow! I don’t think I’ll EVER cut triangles again! This is so much easier and I can see much more clearly how the colors will blend. Thanks. ~Jacqui-T >> This comment was originally posted here: Skinner Blend Cane Project

Hi Cindy: I had to really laugh when I saw this simple, but very clever trick to clean white clay. I can’t tell you how many times, I decided that my white clay was going to have to be mixed with something else because of the colour that was being picked up off of my past machine. I’m really glad that I bought my membership, because now that money has saved me much more in white clay. ~Carol-C >> This comment was originally posted at this link: White Fimo Clay

Love your Videos. You are the FIRST person to show me how to do a leaf quickly and correctly. THANKS GIRLFRIEND !!!!! ~Donna-I >> This comment was originally posted here: Tube Beads for Jewelry Making

Thanks for sharing so many great tips and ideas, Cindy. Every year I grow a border of Johnny-Jump-Ups in as many colors as I can find, for their sunny faces and great colors. I take pictures of them and pick and dry them etc. as they and Pansies are my favorite flowers. I am a caner but have trouble with the Pansies and Johnny Jump Ups and this article really helped me where you explained the steps of the different skinner blends. Thanks, again and hugs. ~Sue-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Cane Designs

Fascinating!!  Where do I get an extruder?  I have so much to learn!!! Cindy, I like your theory that nothing bad can happen if you’re busy making canes and beads!!  I think you are absolutely right! ~Marsha-N >> This comment was originally posted here: Making Polymer Clay Beads

This is a great tip! It also solved a problem I’ve been having. The seams from my cookie cutters were leaving a noticeable uneven spot on the edges of my clay. When I’d try to smooth out the imperfection, I usually ended up making it worse. I put a torn open ziplock bag over the clay, pressed down with my cookie cutter, and the result was wonderful! I had a beautiful, professional looking beveled edge and the cookie cutter seam didn’t leave a mark. ~Linda-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Pendants

I finally got my clay and made my first lentil bead!!!! It was only one color since I want to get the technique down before I start mixing for the swirls. It was so easy and turned out so great! Keep up the great work Cindy. I can’t wait to walk through every single video and master all of the great techniques you are teaching us! ~Malinda-J >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Lentil Beads

Thanks a lot, Cindy! It’s a great new idea for me. I’ve heard about adding different things to clay but never thought of flowers. It could be very symbolic. ~Svetlana-R >> This comment was originally posted here: Flower Petal Beads

I use to do scrapbooking so now I know what to do with all my stamps I collected over the years. Thanks. ~Brenda-E >> This comment was originally posted here: Rubber Stamping Polymer Clay

I have been so busy with baby season (I do wildlife rescue and take in orphans) that I have been unable to check your web site and just today saw the video on the food processor. Clear and very understandable. ~Patricia-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Silver Spoon Pendants

How did you know I had alcohol inks on my list to buy today? Now I’m going to wait and try some of your ideas before I give in. Thanks again Cindy. You are always a fountain of ideas and suggestions! ~Aims >> This comment was originally posted here: Alcohol Ink Techniques

Hi Cindy, All the videos I have seen so far are great. Really good information. This one on the food processor was good for me, because I have already burned up a small one. I need to make sure the pieces are small enough so that doesn’t happen again. Never thought of that before! Thanks again. ~Linda-P >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tools

Here is a little lesson I learned the hard way… Last night I was using white clay to make a pendant. I noticed some tiny specks of color on the white as I worked. I then realized that the stamp that I had used to make an impression on the white clay had not been cleaned the last time I used it, and some of the blue color from the stamp had transferred onto my white clay. I quickly learned that I need to be sure all of my tools are diligently cleaned before I begin a new project! Thanks for the tips (I can sure use them)! ~Cindy-E >> This comment was originally posted here: How to Bake Polymer Clay

A new use for my dremel – who would have thunk? ~Sue-P >> This comment was originally posted here: Buffing Polymer Clay Beads

Another very interesting way to use polymer clay! Thanks for another great video Cindy!! ~KeriLee-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Skinner Blend Plug

I was having a terrible time trying to pierce holes in my beads, even after following your tips. The pin never seemed to come out where it was supposed to! Practice does help though. For the past few days, I’ve been making lentil beads to practice my piercing skills. Poor little beads, they were poked and prodded over and over! I’d pierce each one 3 and 4 times, just for practice. And it’s paying off! I managed to pierce a half dozen good beads this afternoon, and the holes came out pretty much where I wanted them! Yay! I also took your advice and bought the bead baking rack so I’d have the pins. That helped a lot, too. I was using a needle, but it wasn’t long enough. Those pins really work well. I’ll send some pix of my successes, once I get some beads baked and sanded. Thanks for all the tips! I LOVE this site! I’ve done more with my clay since I found this site than I did in the entire two years before this. ~Darlene-N >> This comment was originally posted here: How To Make Polymer Clay Beads

Hi Cindy. The difference between the foil and gold leaf was very helpful. ~Pat-O >> This comment was originally posted here: Gold Leaf vs Gold Foil

Yesterday I picked up Laurie Mika’s book for a bit of eye candy. Then today on the Polymer Clay Daily blog, I found Libby Mills and learned that she won the collaborative artists quilt put together by Laurie Mika for Synergy 2. That gave me an idea (more synergy) – I’m going to make tiles using the processes I learn here from Cindy. I may sometime put a ‘quilt’ together for myself using the tiles and I’ll have a visual record of a process. I like the idea of some of the tiles being dimensional and some flat. ~Rose-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Mosaic

Thanks for blogging about this Cindy, this subject seems to come up in other forums. Its true some people are having a time with the new formula of clay which now conforms to the law. Not all translucent clay are created equal and the lack of color tend to make them more squishy to, but some clay brands like ProSculpt who makes a translucent clay are not meant to be used for canes as they crack and separate from the colored clays making the canes barely usable. Love your videos and your blog now is on my favorites to!!! Thanks. ~Andrea-R >> This comment was originally posted here: New Premo Formula

Your videos are always a highlight in my week. Please keep them coming! I’m so glad you explained about using a Dremel. I have been thinking about purchasing one for about a year now, but was too afraid to get the wrong thing. Thanks! ~Maria-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Reader Survey

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