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Polymer Clay Membership SiteI also have to comment on the tile to get a triangle. What a GREAT idea! This is just another example of why I love your tutorials. You show us techniques that may seem simple, but make a WORLD of difference in the ease of the work and end result of the piece. THANK YOU so much (again! LOL). ~Dawn-B >> Original comment was posted here: Easy Kaleidoscope Canes Tutorial

Cindy has some great flower tuts here on the site. That is a great beginning, what I have discovered is that almost, not quite all, but most flowers can be made using the basics of what Cindy teaches us. A few tweaks and you have a different flower. I could never have completed this project if Cindy had not stepped up and said “yeah I know how to do that”. We would have had to change the course of the whole project if she had not helped me out. And the end result would have been changed and the whole project would have lost the sense of coming together. I think that the blog here also has benefited from that same “we can do it attitude” of the Lietz family. The road trip certainly will bring all the members closer as a clay family. And I bet someday even far reaching places will get a visit. How I would look forward to that! ~Karonkay-C >> Original comment was posted here: Polymer Clay Flowers

It is so great when you have good tools to work with and I love that Cindy uses and shows us all her gizzmos and gadgets. I would never have drempt the uses for the “card making” equipment so really looking forward to learning more with Cindy. ~Elaine-F >> Original comment was posted here: Rose Brain Cane Polymer Clay Tutorial

I’ve seen other faux wood grain tutorials but never like this. Wow! You never cease to amaze me. ~Ellen-C >> Original comment was posted here: Faux Wood Cane Polymer Clay Tutorial

Hi Cindy, Thanks so much for this information. I have been perplexed about transferring images to polymer clay. Now, thanks to you, I think I have found the way! Hugs to you. ~Cindy-E >> Original comment was posted here: Polymer Clay Photo Transfer Tutorial

I knew I forgot something! I hope you don’t mind if I add my 2cents for Freda. You can add cane slices directly to a bead or other item. I have done it lots of times. But then you have to spend all that time smoothing in all those little cane bits so they don’t look all bumpy. This way saves you all that work by letting the pasta machine do it. And we all know that’s what Cindy does best, doesn’t she? Find us all the quickest and easiest ways to do all those tedious things that can keep us from our “TaDa!” moments. I don’t know that this technique would apply in all situations, but I plan to use it on all the ones that do. I for one wont miss the process of smoothing out all those little cane bits! Thanks Cindy! ~Jamie-H >> Original comment was posted here: Polymer Clay Cane Slice Pattern Backgrounds

Thank you Cindy for being so prompt back to me. I have done pillow beads before but your latest video had some helpful hints for me. Thanks so much. ~Elizabeth-K >> Original comment was posted here: Polymer Clay Pillow Beads Tutorial

Cindy, Thank you for another wonderful tut!! Can’t wait to try it. ~Elizabeth-S >> Original comment was posted here: Mica Shift Tutorial

This flower extruder cane technique is just too cool! It’s a smack on the side of the head thing ;-) ~Edie-E >> Original comment was posted here: Quick Flower Cane Technique

WOW! Cool idea about squaring up the ball to apply cane slices! I never would have thought to do that on my own so thank you for sharing that tidbit. I love the interchangeable pendant thingamajig. Can you show us how to make that sometime? It looks very complicated but I’m sure you can make it all look very simple. :) I just love Fridays! ~Jayne-W >> Original comment was posted here: Heart Beads Tutorial

The resin tute was wonderful…the pieces look so polished. They are flawless in the close-ups. ~DJ >> Original comment was posted here: UV Resin Technique Video

The faux dichroic is one of my favorite tutes and so easy to achieve, and I love the Ultra Dome it’s so easy to use and gives my work a very professional finish. ~Jeanne-C >> Original comment was posted here: Faux Dichroic Glass Technique

Cindy that aurora borealis cane still stuns me. Just when I think, o no!, another slide of the razor or sanding delivers even more colors. ~Jocelyn-C >> Original comment was posted here: Hammered Metal Bracelet Blanks

Love the birdhouses! We love looking out our window at the birds feeding. Making some bird houses will make me enjoy them even more. For one of the perches you said you used a hand-torched copper piece. I was told you couldn’t make a ball at the end of copper wire with a torch. Evidently you can. ~Freda-K >> Original comment was posted here: Sculptural Birdhouse Beads

I am in love with this technique. I googled heishi beads and saw a variety of colors that could be achieved with the other faux techniques you have taught us. Lots to be inspired by. Thanks again Cindy and Doug. ~Jill-V >> Original comment was posted here: Faux Coral Heishi Beads

Cindy you are the best! I am amazed at the techniques you are willing to share. I have finally had time to review the list of back issue videos and have purchased everything up to Vol-033 before my membership began. I have already tried some of the techniques and am very excited about doing a lot more. I will be following you weekly. Thanks again. ~June-P >> Original comment was posted here: Pink Poinsettia Earrings Polymer Clay Flowers

Here is a great tip if you are making several bead caps. I found the marbles at Wal-mart (50 for $1.00) and since I wanted to bake all 50 bead caps I set each marble on a large size metal nut and then lined them all up on my little metal tray and was able to bake them all at once. “I was going nuts while trying to find my marbles, LOL” ~DixieAnn-S >> Original comment was posted here: Ivy Polymer Clay Color Recipes

The plastic medium in the rotary tumbler is super quiet. It’s amazing how Cindy’s video has encouraged so many people to get out their old tumblers or buy new ones. I am really happy not to have to sand for hours. ~Cynthia-R >> Original comment was posted here: How to Polish Polymer Clay Beads in a Rock Tumbler

Another GREAT tutorial from Cindy! I’ve always been fascinated by mosaics. I’ve wanted to try it in polymer clay but just never seemed to find a tutorial that was as complete and easy as Cindy’s! Love it! ~Gayle-T >> Original comment was posted here: Micro Mosaic Polymer Clay Pins

Cindy, you’re so cute! I love your bubbly, enthusiastic personality. I am definitely gonna check out the slicer too, thanks for sharing this review. ~Geaux-G >> Original comment was posted here: Simple Slicer Tool for Cutting Polymer Cane Slices

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