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Hi there, I am finding all your tips so, so helpful. I have just started making jewellery and thought I would experiment making my own beads in polymer clay, having had a dummy run a couple of years ago. I have just sanded and buffed and sanded and buffed and you’re quite right, just by putting in that extra mile, the results are quite fabulous. Many, many thanks. ~Helen-D >> This comment was originally posted here: Shiny Beads

Cindy – I have an Amazon Kindle and when I can’t sleep, I turn it on and browse your polymer clay blog via Bloglines, where I’ve added it to my list of blogs. My husband knows so much about polymer clay now, because I’m constantly relaying what I’ve learned. :D I made my very first set of beads over the weekend, from a cane. Oh. My. Gosh. How do you spell “addicted”? I used three layers: black/white/silver. I’m in the process of making a bracelet. You have inspired me to really dive into this. Wow. It’s a creative blast! ~Bonnie-B >> This comment was originally posted here: How To Make Pendants Out Of Polymer Clay

Not to hog your blog hon, but to comment on two of your articles above. I totally agree with the niche marketing tips and the custom made items articles you wrote. Until recently that accounted for almost 100% of my sold items. I used to sell my jewelry in a dance club where my husband was a bouncer, that served a predominantly gay clientèle. I had great success making jewelry themed around the different niches within the gay community, and also themed to some of the special event parties they had several times a year. I always made sure they understood that I accepted special requests too, and even made jewelry to match outfits for several of the “Drag Queens” featured there as entertainment. (Which they were always kind enough to mention in their acts.) And I always made sure to donate items for all of their charity events. As a result I passed out a zillion business cards over the course of a couple of years, and I still get calls for special requests and gift items. XOXO ~Jamie-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Selling Handmade Beaded Jewelry

This baby keepsake necklace idea is cute! It’s simple, yet people would have an absolute fit about it. A new parent would love to own one of these! I haven’t gotten into transfers yet, although I’ve purchased all the necessary supplies. Yet another thing I need to get started on! ~Phaedrakat >> This comment was originally posted here: Photo Transfer Beads

I love this idea!!! It looks good, and sure puts old silverware to good use. It gives those of us who do not want to make our own bezels a new and unique already formed bezel to use. Thanks Cindy. ~Adrienne-L >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Silver Spoon Pendants

These beads are beautiful. Made me gasp when I saw the flower in the middle. ~Marianne-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Making Polymer Clay Beads

Cindy – This bead is gorgeous. I want to make some! Thanks. ~Judith-R >> This comment was originally posted here: Sculpture Flower Beads

Cindy, Your rose pendant is exquisitely beautiful!!! I am sure she will love it and treasure it forever, having so much fun choosing to wear it so many different ways! I wish I could see your mother’s necklace from different angles, and what it looks like on someone. I’d love to see more of the detail in the bead work. Maybe your Mom could give you a picture of her wearing it after Christmas!?! The link to the rose itself shows the rose beautifully! It is simply gorgeous!!! I hope to find time to make more jewelry soon, and to experiment with making such versatile pieces :) Thanks for sharing your beautiful work as always! And thanks for showing us that the options are unending! Hugs to you. ~Cindy-E >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Convertible Necklace

Hi Cindy! Love your blogs! I especially enjoyed this one as I am a big fan of raku pottery. I would LOVE to see a video! Keep up the good work!!! ~Karen-R >> This comment was originally posted here: Faux Raku Beads

These beads are beautiful Cindy. I can’t wait for you to show us how to do it. ~Carol-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Deep Crackle Faux Raku Beads

I’m intrigued Cindy, these are beautiful. By the way, I thought I was the only one that loved to plunge my hand into a bowl of beads just to feel them. I do the same thing with buttons. Do you ever make polymer clay buttons? ~Susan-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Faux Raku Crackle Beads

I have made some of these beads and they are really pretty. It is nice to have a variety if bead shapes to work with.  You did a great job writing a description of how to do the folding. I encourage others to try these beads because they are really easy to make. I did not pierce a hole in mine. I ran the beading wire through one of the  openings formed by the mobius band: I alternated between round and  mobius beads. This causes the bead to be more elongated on the wire. I love the bugle bead idea because it give the bead a much different look. Wanted to mention that you close up photos are much easier to see. Thanks for making that change. ~Anna-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Making Polymer Clay Beads

I love the bead. I would use it with ethnic jewellery. I’d probably combine it with brass or copper, maybe use it on a cord necklace. ~Cheryl-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Mosaic Tube Beads

Thanks so much for the warm welcome and the advice! You’re right, I’m definitely addicted. I think I dream clay. LOL! I see what you guys make and I’m amazed. I want to learn to create clay art as beautiful as I see here. ~Tanya-L >> This comment was originally posted here: How to Make Polymer Clay Beads

I like the mobius bead with the spindle. I would have never thought to put that in. That would make it a lot easier to string into wire or beading thread. ~Lynn-W >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorials

Cute, I have about a million bugle beads so I’ll have to try that. Spiders have 8 legs though… ;) ~Silverleaf >> This comment was originally posted here: Bead Spider Jewelry

Hi, Cindy! The clock is so beautiful and original… And what a lovely gift for a man! I’m also curious about the fish clock, so I stay tuned. ;) ~Squash >> This comment was originally posted here: Faux Turquoise Polymer Clay Clock

Hi Cindy, Really great use of unusual materials. The picture looks like the numbers are two different colors with the 2 appearing brown. Including the whole creative process in the blog is so helpful, especially to those of us with creative thinking challenges. Many thanks. ~MJ >> This comment was originally posted here: Number Jewelry

This is a really helpful little tidbit of info! I tend to use leather or silk cording on many of my necklaces and you’re right… its hard finding beads with holes that large. And when I’ve tried to carefully make large holes in polymer clay beads before baking, the beads often end up deformed. I will have to try hand drilling. ~Dawn-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Sizing Holes in Polymer Clay Beads

My impetus to learn how to effectively use polymer clay came from my interest in multi-media collage. It’s wonderful that polymer clay is so versatile. My hope in learning different methods of using polymer clay is to be able to create handmade, unique embellishments. As a photographer, I wanted to learn how to transfer photos to polymer clay. I would also like to learn to make molds of objects so I can create replicas in polymer clay. However, a bonus is that I’ve been inspired to make some handmade pieces for my new interest in making my own jewelry! ~Karen-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Mixed Media Jewelry Projects

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