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Wow…another hit!!!  My grandson is staying over tonight. He might like helping gram do some druzys. Thanks for another mind opening tute. They do get gray matter working… ~Pollyanna >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorials

Cindy, I would like to tell you a story and let you know how much you have touched my life and the lives of 4 “special needs” children: a 1st grader with autism, a 3rd grader with downs, and a 4th grader and 5th grader with learning disabilities. After 18 years working at a major communications company here in the states, I got laid off 6 years ago. Four years ago I was fortunate to find a job at an elementary school. It is the best job I have ever had – absolutely no stress! I’m a mom to 35 teachers and a grandma to 600+ kids. Last year I was able to show the “special needs” class how to make lentil beads and cut them into different shapes. We made pendants and earrings for their moms for Mother’s Day. They chose 3 colors, we made snakes and then twisted the snakes together. We made balls and then swirled the ball into lentils.  After pressing the lentils down, the kids then used cutters to make shapes if they wanted to. This year we made photo frames for their dads for Father’s Day. The kids did almost everything. They conditioned the clay. We made jellyroll canes and bulls eye canes and cut out basic shapes. They even tried to turn the extruder and made snakes. They decorated the frames and I took them home and baked them. Then, with baby wipes and waxed paper in hand, we put Future Floor Wax on the frames. When the frames dried the kids were so excited. My eyes fill with tears at their beauty and my heart was filled with pride at their accomplishments. The process took over a week at about an hour a day. It was worth every minute. Thank you again for all you (and your whole family) do.  You have given your heart and soul to all of us. You are so loved and so blessed. ~Linda-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Special Needs Children and Polymer Clay

Dear Cindy – Just wanted to say… you make Friday’s special. I shall miss your e-mails over the next 2 Fridays when I am on holidays. It’s not often that I am happy to get home again after a holiday, but this is definitely one time I will!  I hope you are well and enjoying your projects. You are certainly bringing a lot of pleasure to one pensioner! Best wishes. ~Marion-R >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Passion

This is great!  I read online somewhere on how to make hollow beads but nothing this easy! This will give my grand-daughter and I something to do together… I am traveling up to NC tonight to get her…  Another great Tut Cindy and Doug ;) ~Brenda-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Puffy Beads

I finally caved in to buying this video. Now, I am going to use the colors I have and create something cool! I am thinking of using the cane as a background to some alphabet letters. I’m in a co-ed fraternity and having a cute zebra patterned bracelet with my Greek letters as an inlay sounds cool. Only if I can find a how to in making the letters. Thanks for this! I was looking all over for something simple too. ~Cynthia-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Zebra Cane Animal Prints

My grandchildren will spend hours in my craft room. I love this contrast to the world of electronic games so I pretty much give them freedom to choose whichever clay they want to use in their creations.  They are not too good at keeping colors separate, etc. so I always end up with significant additions to my scrap pile. It’s a small price to pay for the joy of watching them in their endeavors. However, I’m always a little sad to see that ever growing pile of scrap. Yesterday afternoon I decided to start pulling completely random chunks of scrap and then conditioned them together to see if I would get anything besides mud, and I did-I got some really cool colors. Needless to say I won’t ever be able to recreate the colors but they will serve as nice additions to the recipes as long as they last. Now, I know I haven’t discovered the secret to the universe here, but it was a fun afternoon. ~Elisabeth-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Blend and Switch Technique

I haven’t been around for a while. My Grandkids 7, 5, and 2 years old have been keeping me very happily busy (all boys) Between this great clay site, all the great people here, and my great grandkids… well, whose got it better than me???????  They’re growing so fast and I don’t want to miss anything. They come up with some surprising clay pieces too  ~Helen-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Kids

Love this tutorial….easy and a cute effect. My little grand-daughter has been joining me in my workshop and is fascinated by what she can do with pc. She covered a glass ball and made a Christmas ornament for her Dad and made heart charms for her Mum and herself. I’m sure she’ll love the gingham canes. I’ve already made purple, blue, red and black gingham… I LOVE them! Thanks again. ~Isabel-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorials

I vote for the glow-in-the-dark beads! I use the beads I make as good behavior incentives in my first grade classroom. A bead like this would be a huge hit!! So yes, yes, and yes! ~Jill-V >> This comment was originally posted here: Glow in the Dark Polymer Clay

Cindy, kudos again, girl! That is one fabulous technique! My Godmother always purchased the makeup kits for us from the good department stores and I have boxes of fantastic mica based eye powders to use finally!!! Cannot wait to try this, even love the results plain without the gloss. Easy to do for kids too, eye popping results. ~Jocelyn-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Faux Dichroic Glass

Jayne, I love your idea of making something with a torn, faded denim look. It would probably sell like hotcakes! I just know my teenage granddaughters would love such an item if it can be made and would love to learn to make this for their friends. A variety of shapes for the pendants that could be reduced for earrings might work wonders. Well, Cindy, I’ll be looking and hoping that you come up with something to satisfy Jayne and send us all scurrying back to our clay areas. There is just no end to possibilities here, such fun. Good fortune. ~Joyce-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Canes

The timing for this mushroom tutorial is perfect for me. A week from Friday my 6-year-old grandniece is coming to spend the weekend with me. She loves to paint with me in my studio, but this time I’m going to teach her about polymer clay. I think the mushroom might be fun for her to try. ~Linda-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Sculpted Mushroom Beads

Liberty my 7 yr. old grandaughter was here by herself for 6 days last week and she kept me going. She worked on PC of some kind every day and made seed bead bracelets and ankle bracelets for herself and friends everyday. Choice of toggle clasp so I was very busy with the crimp beads and crimp bead pliers. I thought my hands were going to fall off before we were done. But the smile on here face made it all worth it. She has a close friend who lives 2 doors behind them and is moving to another state on the 30th so she made her sister and her a necklace and bracelet set very nice work she is quite talented. She has asked me if I will show her how to do her own crimp beads next time she stays by herself. She is only 7 but she is ready. She will be teaching me before long. ~Peggy-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Art Jewelry

What a great gift you’re giving the kids there. So unique. I’ll bet they had (are still having) a ball with it, casting spells. That’s the kind of gift that a child remembers. I also wanted to say how realistic your Luna Lovegood earrings are. They’re perfect radishes, and adorable earrings. Not my style exactly (I’d go for one of the darker Harry Potter characters’ look for myself,) but I would exclaim with joy if I saw someone wearing those earrings! So cute! ~Phaedrakat >> This comment was originally posted here: Harry Potter Polymer Clay

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