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This is the greatest site! I have been doing and teaching polymer clay for some years now, but it never ceases to amaze me how much I learn from these Cindy’s videos, even tho I must have every book that’s worth having on Poly, LOL. It also helps me to keep focused on Polymer Clay. I’m sure you will have fun here and whatever you do with it… and it will enhance what you already know. ~Elizabeth-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Jewelry

Even if you’re already confident in your polymer clay ability and knowledge, Cindy’s tutorials are very useful. As a group, we are able to suggest what tutorials will be taught next. I personally am not all about animal prints, but I did learn a few tips and techniques from the video that I didn’t have before (and that’s why I’m here). I’m lucky enough to have a learning style that works well with books. So I have a huge arsenal of books in my personal collection. However, there are a lot of people who find video to be a far better resource for them. These tutorials are a fantastic resource for anyone who’s learning style requires that. That being said, being a member of this site is so much more than the weekly tutorials. The funny stories and anecdotes from all the members is the added bonus for me. (I still giggle when I enter a hardware store, knowing that there are so many like me who get the weird looks and the strange questions regarding the items I am buying and why :)  —  And I CANNOT wait for the resin tutorial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’m not sure what time Cindy usually posts tutorials, but I’m going to try to drag my butt out of bed early, before work, to watch it right away! ~Ellabella >> This comment was originally posted here: Leopard Cane Tutorial Video

I have been working with polymer clay for about 10 years (more seriously for the last 5 years), and I’m always trying to learn new techniques and come up with new projects. There is always something new to learn about polymer clay – such a versatile medium. I do a lot of “try outs” on my own, but find I save a lot of time by viewing your videos and reading about others experiences with the clay. Thanks. ~Dianne-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Color Recipes

I love the “Basics class”  even though I’ve been claying for a few years I learned tips and tricks that I didn’t know before. Many thanks. ~Molly-F >> This comment was originally posted here: How to Make Polymer Clay Canes

I absolutely LOVE it here! Everyone here is so great – welcoming and friendly. And the talent here is mind boggling! ~Tanya-L >> This comment was originally posted here: Wet Sanding Polymer Clay

I just wanted to say that I love what your article says here. It is so true that although someone may be new to PC, they can have a lifetime of other craft info under their belt. That makes it easier for them to pickup the art of PC, and helps them create new ways to play with the clay. Because their approach is coming from a different direction, I’ll bet these are the people who come up with new things that “shake up” the PC world. I’m still half-asleep (need coffee!,) so I’m not thinking straight (I had the perfect example of this… I’ll come back later when I think of it.). Anyway, your site here is the perfect place for “newbies” & “experts” to exchange ideas. You’ve created such a wonderful community. It’s really something to be proud of. Congrats to you and Doug! ~Phaedrakat >> This comment was originally posted here: Heart Shaped Beads

Hi Cindy. Congrats on hitting the 1k mark for your survey. That is quite an accomplishment for any blog. But no surprise to me. And you have so much good and useful information available here, that it doesn’t surprise me with the number of experienced clayers coming here either. I have been claying for 20+ years now and I am always finding new ideas and tips on your blog. Not to mention the lady that runs it is a real sweet gal. XO. ~Jaime-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tools

Hi Cindy, brilliant video. I’ve been doing wirework for a couple of years but have never run across instructions for cord ends. Had no idea they were so simple to do. Thanks so much. You’re a great teacher. ~Sue-W >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorials

I have worked in polymer clay for years, when they first had it in stores. I bought alot of molds, cutters, books, videos and CLAY. It was mostly Fimo, then Sculpey 111. I found sculpey was to soft and smeared the details in the canes. Now it is Kato and Fimo I use. They hold the details really well. I have alot of pieces (slices) that I cut and bake sometimes just for the heck of it and sometimes as a record of my progress in techniques and color blending that I did not know before. I recently sent every single cane I had made (slices) to a dear friend I knew when my husband was in the military and was stationed in Dade County in Florida. She lives in Pa. and I have not seen her in several years but we have stayed in touch. I look back on my first and preceding work and laugh, frown, and ask “what were you thinking”. Anywho I see how far I have come in my adventure with this medium and how versatile this stuff is. I get amazed at what other artisans have done with this medium. The figures of animals, people, things, etc; blows my mind. I know everybody appreciates all you do to further their knowledge in this field of Polymer clay. I love this site it has so many good people on it and we all could use a good friend every now and then, even positive feedback on our work or stories. ~Lynn-W >> This comment was originally posted here: Making Polymer Clay Beads

Melinda your beads are all gorgeous, I like how diverse they are as well! Thanks too for starting a really good discussion here… some great insights that are helpful to new and experienced alike. Thanks everyone for the input! ~DJ >> This comment was originally posted here: Wholesale Pricing Tips for Your Polymer Clay Beads

A really great necklace Cindy with a spectacular colourful circus theme. I am always amazed at your copper wirework such as the handmade clasp. Now that the weather is warming up I really enjoy working outdoors and not just gardening. I set up a gazebo and can hammer away and fire away with my torches with no fear of bad ventilation. I too can figure out the canework but always still like your tutorials for the extra tips. You said it best – “I learned by making mistakes…Now you don’t have to.” ~Lawrence-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Circus Jewelry

Hi Suzanne… I want to welcome you and tell you how pleased all of us are to have another member. You are in for more than you would ever imagine. I promise if you learn 1/2 as much as I have and enjoy 1/2 as much you will be on overload for a long time and I guarantee you will be hooked. Cindy and Doug are the best and there isn’t a member here that would not love a chance to help you in anyway they can. Just ask and someone will answer. If you get a chance and have the money, buy some of the back issues. I ended up buying everyone of them. You can’t beat the prices or the experience. Even if you know a lot about polymer you will learn much more. SO BUCKLE UP you are in for the most wonderful learning adventure. Enjoy the ride. Uuuuuuuggggs. ~Peggy-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Leopard Cane Video

Hi Cindy. Thank you for the tutorials, I have been making jewellery in clay for a few years now but couldn’t think of a way to make small blends (I hate wasting clay as it is so expensive over here in the UK). I came from Christi Friesen’s group on Yahoo looking for the tutorial that you made for the Teardrop Blends, that is just what I needed! I shall enjoy browsing your site for other interesting ideas too, always learning lol. Best wishes. ~Jackie-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Faux Agate Video Tutorial

I JUST LOVE POLYMER CLAY. I have been doing PC for about 5 years. I even went to Cindy’s site before -when it was free TeeHee. Can’t believe the wonderful tutes here, sure wish I had joined a loooong time ago, what I have missed, oh well, catching up NOW. ~Patt-W >> This comment was originally posted here: Butterfly Wing Cane Video

I’m following the blog here and I think that Cindy just has a way of making things seem simpler. Some of the techniques she has taught us have their own challenges and could be more than just a beginner technique, but she shows us how to tackle that and if we follow her steps as we have seen in the photos everyone has sent it, we have succeeded in getting some pretty good stuff done. I’m a teacher too and I try and make even rules for music as simple as possible for the students and then they follow the steps and ‘it’s so easy’!!  I agree some canes may be more complex than others e.g.  the leopard or bitterly cane compared to a jelly roll one but Cindy tells us exactly what to do and what to avoid doing. So, yes we could have requests for maybe more complex canes but Cindy, we love your teaching. ~Cheryl-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Micromesh Sanding Polymer Clay

One of the things I really like about Cindy’s video tutorials is that they tend to build one upon another, while still being able to stand alone. Beginners should start with Cindy’s Basics Course. This definitely gives a great base upon which clayers can build. Even clayers who have been at it for a while can gain nuggets of knowledge and super tips from this course. From there … WOW! … Cindy just keeps producing fun and interesting and frequently challenging tutorials.  Though I have them all, there are several tutorials that are on my back burner … ones I’m anxious to try … but need the time to devote to learning them. When I do get to making these it will be like a present to myself. Anyway, Cindy’s tutorials are for all levels of expertise, not just beginners. ~Carolyn-F >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Videos

Looking forward to this as well as everyone else is. As a long time clayer I have all the bells and whistles packaged and purchased over time just waiting for the magic fingers of Cindy to enlighten us on their true usefulness!! ~Sam-M >> This comment was originally posted here: How To Use Amaco Tube Bead Roller

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