Member Benefits 033-1: Jewelry & Projects

Polymer Clay Membership Site Cindy: I am so excited – tonight I went to a party wearing the necklace I made with my Peony/kalei/heart bead. I had more compliments on this necklace than on any other piece of jewelry I’ve made! People were amazed that I made the heart without a mold. I even got an order for the necklace! Thank you for all you’ve taught me (in such a short time, too). ~Linda-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Easy Kaleidoscope Canes

Thanks Cindy, as usual you are the one that explains things in a way that we can understand. I had a silver jewelry person tell me that you were suppose to crimp the whole cord end, and it looked terrible. You just saved me a lot of money with this tip. I will be one of your followers for another 20 years. I love using ribbon as well, but could never find a good way to secure it. You solved this for me too. Thanks again, you are the highlight of my Fridays. ~Bonnie-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Wire Cord Ends

I love that you include findings in your tutorials – after all the tutorials are about polymer clay jewelry and the findings are an important element in jewelery making. Your tutorials and teaching style allow us to become self-sufficient in both style and technique and many are using your findings tutorials – as is evident in the bead contest photos. Many thanks. ~Cara-L >> This comment was originally posted here: How to Make Handmade Ear Wires

Cindy, I am so enjoying the weekly tutorials. It seems I spend all my time playing with clay. Our winter vacationing in Florida is quickly coming to an end and will be time to return back home to Missouri. I’ve made keepsake flower petal jewelry for all my family, and can hardly wait to give it to them. Thank you for making my time in Florida this year so meaningful. The flower petals came from my dad’s funeral back in December. I’ve made necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. My next project will be to make tie tacks. ~Teresa-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorials

Yes.. Yes.. Yes.. please Cindy make a video tutorial. I just spent more money at Michaels last night buying earwires as I have lots of beads and clay ideas to make earrings with. I have enjoyed starting to make my own findings to match my clay treasures, it makes the whole process complete. ~Sam-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Jewelry Making

I find myself making my own jump rings quite often. It just seems that sometimes I don’t have the right size or wire type so I make my own. I actually started in wire work first and then started making polymer clay beads and pendants. The great thing about combining the two is that when you get to the point of making your own findings, you can create a piece that is totally made by you, nothing bought or prefabricated. It is an exhilarating feeling. Thanks Cindy for teaching me to make my own beads. I am not into torches (glass) or big expensive kilns (metal clay). Polymer is such a great medium. ~Laurel-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Wire Working and Polymer Clay Beads

I’ve been bitten by the wire working bug!! It just goes so well with chunky polymer beads! I too am excited about the up coming holly cane. I just love the necklace you used as an example to show us the different ways to use the cane. Gorgeous!! Thanks so much for everything you teach us Cindy!!!!! ~Lisa-W >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Jewelry Making Tutorials

Thank you for the inspiration, It’s interesting to read how many of us experience many of the phases you described. I never think my jewelry is good enough but after doing so well at the craft show last weekend I’m feeling better. My husband is my biggest fan and reminds me often how people enjoy my work and the fact that people often buy what I’m wearing! So there’s hope for all of us! ~Jeanne-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Creativity

Please count me in for the messy wrap wiring. Can’t wait to learn how to make this bead too, it has almost a vintage feel together with the wiring and beading. I’m finding I’m really drawn to the focal beads and wire variations. ~DJ >> This comment was originally posted here: Wire Wrapped Polymer Clay Beads

I haven’t seen the full [Chandelier wirework] video yet and I’ve already got an Idea on how to use this technique differently than what will be shown. Cindy, I think I’ve had one of your SHAZAM! moments. ~Ken-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorial

Bracelets, and neck decorations, seem to be all the rage with some younger men. I was recently in my favorite local bead shop and Sandy, the owner was helping three young men, age 16-20 fresh from Hockey practice, choose beads for bracelets they wanted to make. Money seemed to be no object but they balked at the idea of taking one of the many classes the store offers. I asked the owner later and she said that wasn’t so unusual and quite often men accompany their wives or girlfriends to choose the beads for the guys’ jewelry. There seems to be a great market niche there! ~Lawrence-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Men’s Jewelry

The books are coming along fine, first Christmas gifts are ready for the oven. ~Joyce-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Techniques

WOW I agree with Aims more my style also. I would also love to see more of the necklace up close, or tutor video on the whole thing. I feel like I see a lot of you in this necklace. Your talents shine again. Good thing all this wonderful delicious talent you keep feeding us isn’t rich in calories, I would way 500 lbs. ~Peggy-B >> This comment was originally posted here: SoftFlex Trios Wire

A little good news (trying not to brag, but very excited). I finally got my second sale in my Etsy shop today! Thank you Cindy, because the beads were smooth raku! And I made sets of jewelry for my sisters-in-law (ages 13 and 15) for Christmas. Using only 3 colors of clay and 2 colors of seed beads, I made 8 unique pieces of jewelry! I’ll try to get pics soon! ~Carrie-W >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Christmas

Fun demo Cindy. I am going to make some of these [Faux Bone] bead pendants for girls at work. They will love these. ~Kriss-R >> This comment was originally posted here: Faux Bone, Faux Ivory Polymer Clay

Cindy – Thanks for including the interchangeable pendant in this month’s tutorials. I make an interchangeable pendant setting and another for interchangeable beads out of sterling or gold filled wires. My pattern is quite complicated, and uses lots of wire. I am looking forward to finding out how you do yours! It appears less complicated but still lovely and seems to lend itself to PC, whereas mine is for semiprecious stones. I’ve sold a few but they are quite expensive because of the materials and hours I put into them. I would imagine that I could sell yours at a much lower price. Since I sell most of my work at my church I like to keep the prices down, even though I give 100% of the money back to the church. This seems to be my mission. I can hardly wait for this tutorial! ~Carolyn-F >> This comment was originally posted here: Interchangeable Jewelry Pendants

Book beads just love them and have made quite a few as gifts. ~Elizabeth-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorials

Absolutely loved your purse charm..What a way to dress up a purse. So I made one with my first attempt at the tribal cane.. need to watch the video again.. lol Not quite right.. ok no where near right.. But I used the cane and made some beads and made me a purse charm. Showed to a friend on face book. She said what a great idea. Gave you the credit for the inspiration. Thanks for giving us that inspiration. ~Jackie-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Jewelry and Tassels

Definitely a YES, Cindy.  I would love to learn how to do this. I have been admiring your spoon bails for awhile now. I love vintage anything and I would like incorporate that somehow into my polymer clay pieces. Your dogwood clay flower is just beautiful! ~Lupe-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Silverware Jewelry Pendant

I think the softflex wire is so cool looking on this pendant Cindy. I am looking forward to the video it will be nice to try something a little different my brain seems to need a boost at the moment. I have taken so much in since joining you I am growing more brain cells or maybe my head is getting to big LOL. ~Ritzs >> This comment was originally posted here: Softflex Beading Wire

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