Polymer Clay Bead Giveaway Contest – Step 2) Post Your Comments

Win These Polymer Clay Beads “Wondering where the entry pictures are… I was thinking you were going to start showing them last week.” ~Freda-K

Glad to hear you are anxious to see the photos for the contest entries, Freda. The first batch is presented below, right here in this post. As the giveaway continues into the month of February, I will continue to add additional photos to this page, until everyone who is going to participate has had a chance to follow through.

I would strongly encourage anyone who has not got involved yet, to do so. The prize that one lucky winner will receive as a reward, will make it well worth your while. Click on the following link to see a large photo of winnings: Polymer Clay Bead Giveaway Prize

And as an additional benefit, you may also experience some Polymer Clay Happy Dance side effects, like Silverleaf did…

Congrats on your sale, Silverleaf! Your execution of the watercolor beads is beautiful,  … It is SO fun to look at all your beads on Facebook and see how someone has used the lessons we learn here. Great work!! ~Malinda-J

I am doing the happy dance too. I am so excited for you Silverleaf. The beads are really pretty. And thanks Cindy, this is going to be such a great opportunity to see others work. ~Anna-S

I’m so happy for you Silverleaf. It’s always exciting to get that kind of response. ~Melinda-H

Wow Cindy, thanks for mentioning me and for being so nice about my beads. I can’t wait to see what everyone else has made! So far Facebook has generated quite a bit of interest… one sale, several people saying they are thinking of buying pieces as birthday presents, and one person wants an “Anna (Silverleaf) Roberts” original as he put it. He just hasn’t decided exactly what yet but it will be a custom-made piece. So yay! It’s such a boost to my confidence that people have been making nice comments as well. This whole thing has spurred me on to actually get on with finishing some pieces. I assembled 24 pendants today and have another 33 to do later. I’ve decided if I can get 60 pieces assembled, photographed and listed in my shop by the end of the weekend I’ll reward myself by ordering some more clay and playing with the faux raku technique. ~Silverleaf

As most of you already know, to participate in this fun contest, Step 1 is for you to email your photos to me, along with your First Name; Last Name; City; State/Province/Region, Country; and a Short Caption or Title for Your Photo. You can read the full details of Step 1 at this link: Polymer Clay Bead Giveaway Step 1

Step 2 is for you to leave a comment on this page about your photo entry. Each photo is numbered. Reference that number in your comment so that others will know which photo you are referring to. In your comment, say a few words about your entry. Part of this contest is about encouraging everyone to interact. So feel free to share tips about lessons learned as you were creating your beads or jewelry items for this contest. You can also ask questions of each other and leave supportive compliments or helpful suggestions.

Step 2 Strategy Tip: Each comment on this page will be assigned a number. It is one of these comment numbers that will be drawn as the winner… and NOT the numbers associated with the actual photos. If you understand what I am saying, you will realize that the more comments you make, the better are your chances of winning. So for those of you that entered multiple photos, be sure to talk about each one in a separate comment. Non participants are allowed to comment as well. In the event that one of their names is chosen in the final draw, I’ll just reach into the hat again, until a qualified contestant is selected.

Since there is a Step 1 and 2, you probably guessed there is also a Step 3. Full details about Step 3 will be provided in next Friday’s blog post. But since Step 3 ties in with the Step 2 Strategy Tip that I shared in the previous paragraph, I will give you you some Step 3 hints and tips today as well.

As you can see further down on this page, the contest photo entries are fairly small. If they were any larger, this page would take too long to load and possibly even crash your web browser. Not a good thing.

So what I’m hoping for, is that at least a few of you will post larger pictures of your contest entries, at your own blogs or on photo sharing sites like Flickr, Photobucket, Facebook, etc. For those of you who do go to this extra effort, you will be able to post another comment here at the contest page, to let everyone know where they can go to view your extra photos. And as I said above in the Step 2 Strategy above, more comments means that your chances of winning also increase.

I always put my jewelry on Deviant Art, Facebook, and Photobucket (I use it as a photo storage for my blog) and obviously my blog… I put my canes on Facebook too, and I’ve got comments from my friends who haven’t got a clue how I do it lol ~Cindy-G

Indeed Cindy G, I’ve put some work and canes on Facebook and the canes amaze and baffle people. ~Melinda-H

OK – I’ve avoided Facebook as long as I could.  I just signed up – and I even have a link to Cindy on my first post. Being one of the older set I don’t know how to use all of these newfangled programs. But I’m learning. ~Carolyn-F

I’ve set up a Flickr acct recently and had uploaded some of the pieces I’ve made using your techniques, Cindy. I’ve even shared a link to Flickr on Facebook, now how do I link the specific photos back to you?  What an adventure. ~Rachelle-W

@Rachelle-W – I agree, the web is full of adventure and fun! On Flicker and Facebook when you post photos of your beads and jewelry that are related to my tutorials, what would be great is if you could say a little about this contest in a way that might inspire other clayers to get involved, or at least to come have a look. For tips on linking, read the following paragraph.

Step 3 Strategy Tip: There will be some added perks for those of you who decide to post additional photos of your contest entries out on the web as described in the previous paragraph. I’ll explain more about this next week. But so that you know, it will involve you connecting back to one or more of the following links (as appropriate):

Contest Photo Entries

^^ Photo #001 ^^
Rachelle Whetzel
Martinez, Georgia
USA

^^ Photo #002 ^^
Anna (Silverleaf) Roberts
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
England

^^ Photo #003 ^^
Carlee Nave
Pasco, Washington
USA

^^ Photo #004 ^^
Carolyn Fiene
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
USA

^^ Photo #005 ^^
Cindy Graveline
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

^^ Photo #006 ^^
Lupe Meter
Glendale, Arizona
USA

^^ Photo #007 ^^
Nancy Reddick
Pensacola, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #008 ^^
Carlee Nave
Pasco, Washington
USA

^^ Photo #009 ^^
Lupe Meter
Glendale, Arizona
USA

^^ Photo #010 ^^
Cindy Graveline
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

^^ Photo #011 ^^
Melinda Herron
Helena, Montana
USA

^^ Photo #012 ^^
Joyce Folsom
St.Petersburg, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #013 ^^
Carolyn Fiene
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
USA

^^ Photo #014 ^^
Freda Kramer
Wadsworth, Ohio
USA

^^ Photo #015 ^^
Carole Holt
Cleckheaton, wYorkshire
England

^^ Photo #016 ^^
Anna Sabina
Des Moines, Iowa
USA

^^ Photo #017 ^^
Joyce Folsom
St.Petersburg, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #018 ^^
Melinda Herron
Helena, Montana
USA

^^ Photo #019 ^^
Carlee Nave
Pasco, Washington
USA

^^ Photo #020 ^^
Melinda Herron
Helena, Montana
USA

^^ Photo #021 ^^
Nancy Reddick
Pensacola, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #022 ^^
Joyce Folsom
St.Petersburg, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #023 ^^
Carole Holt
Cleckheaton, wYorkshire
England

^^ Photo #024 ^^
Cindy Graveline
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

^^ Photo #025 ^^
Melinda Herron
Helena, Montana
USA

^^ Photo #026 ^^
Carolyn Fiene
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
USA

^^ Photo #027 ^^
Joyce Folsom
St.Petersburg, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #028 ^^
Carlee Nave
Pasco, Washington
USA

^^ Photo #029 ^^
Anna Sabina
Des Moines, Iowa
USA

^^ Photo #030 ^^
Carole Holt
Cleckheaton, wYorkshire
England

^^ Photo #031 ^^
Melinda Herron
Helena, Montana
USA

^^ Photo #032 ^^
Cindy Graveline
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

^^ Photo #033 ^^
Carolyn Fiene
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
USA

^^ Photo #034 ^^
Nancy Reddick
Pensacola, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #035 ^^
Carlee Nave
Pasco, Washington
USA

^^ Photo #036 ^^
Melinda Herron
Helena, Montana
USA

^^ Photo #037 ^^
Carole Holt
Cleckheaton, wYorkshire
England

^^ Photo #038 ^^
Anna Sabina
Des Moines, Iowa
USA

^^ Photo #039 ^^
Carlee Nave
Pasco, Washington
USA

^^ Photo #040 ^^
Carlee Nave
Pasco, Washington
USA

^^ Photo #041 ^^
Carole Holt
Cleckheaton, wYorkshire
England

^^ Photo #042 ^^
Melinda Herron
Helena, Montana
USA

^^ Photo #043 ^^
Bonnie Kreger
Sun City West, Arizona
USA

^^ Photo #044 ^^
Kerri Crawford
Lindon, Utah
USA

^^ Photo #045 ^^
Lupe Meter
Glendale, Arizona
USA

^^ Photo #046 ^^
Loretta Carstensen
CathedralCity, California
USA

^^ Photo #047 ^^
Janine Kloubert
Huerth, NRW
Germany

^^ Photo #048 ^^
Susan Bates
Florence
Italy

^^ Photo #049 ^^
Bonnie Kreger
Sun City West, Arizona
USA

^^ Photo #050 ^^
Lisa Whitham
Midland, Michigan
USA

^^ Photo #051 ^^
Carolyn Fiene
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
USA

^^ Photo #052 ^^
Loretta Carstensen
CathedralCity, California
USA

^^ Photo #053 ^^
Freda Kramer
Wadsworth, Ohio
USA

^^ Photo #054 ^^
Susan Bates
Florence
Italy

^^ Photo #055 ^^
Carolyn Fiene
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
USA

^^ Photo #056 ^^
Lisa Whitham
Midland, Michigan
USA

^^ Photo #057 ^^
Kerri Crawford
Lindon, Utah
USA

^^ Photo #058 ^^
Carole Holt
Cleckheaton, wYorkshire
England

^^ Photo #059 ^^
Susan Bates
Florence
Italy

^^ Photo #060 ^^
Carolyn Fiene
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
USA

^^ Photo #061 ^^
Loretta Carstensen
CathedralCity, California
USA

^^ Photo #062 ^^
Freda Kramer
Wadsworth, Ohio
USA

^^ Photo #063 ^^
Kerri Crawford
Lindon, Utah
USA

^^ Photo #064 ^^
Susan Bates
Florence
Italy

^^ Photo #065 ^^
Bonnie Kreger
Sun City West, Arizona
USA

^^ Photo #066 ^^
Carole Holt
Cleckheaton, wYorkshire
England

^^ Photo #067 ^^
Anna (Silverleaf) Roberts
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
England

^^ Photo #068 ^^
Catalina Ledesma
Allen Park, Michigan
USA

^^ Photo #069 ^^
Susan Werner
NewLondon, Minnesota
USA

^^ Photo #070 ^^
Carole Holt
Cleckheaton, wYorkshire
England

^^ Photo #071 ^^
Cheryl Hodges
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada

^^ Photo #072 ^^
Elizabeth Schydlower
El Paso, Texas
USA

^^ Photo #073 ^^
Lupe Meter
Glendale, Arizona
USA

^^ Photo #074 ^^
Susan Dyson
Miami, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #075 ^^
Susan Werner
NewLondon, Minnesota
USA

^^ Photo #076 ^^
Anna (Silverleaf) Roberts
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
England

^^ Photo #077 ^^
Carolyn Fiene
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
USA

^^ Photo #078 ^^
Cheryl Hodges
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada

^^ Photo #079 ^^
Susan Werner
NewLondon, Minnesota
USA

^^ Photo #080 ^^
Catalina Ledesma
Allen Park, Michigan
USA

^^ Photo #081 ^^
Elizabeth Schydlower
El Paso, Texas
USA

^^ Photo #082 ^^
Cheryl Hodges
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada

^^ Photo #083 ^^
Susan Dyson
Miami, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #084 ^^
Susan Dyson
Miami, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #085 ^^
Carole Holt
Cleckheaton, wYorkshire
England

^^ Photo #086 ^^
Susan Werner
NewLondon, Minnesota
USA

^^ Photo #087 ^^
Lupe Meter
Glendale, Arizona
USA

^^ Photo #088 ^^
Susan Dyson
Miami, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #089 ^^
Helen Sperring
W. Palm Beach, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #090 ^^
Elizabeth Schydlower
El Paso, Texas
USA

^^ Photo #091 ^^
Susan Werner
NewLondon, Minnesota
USA

^^ Photo #092 ^^
Susan Dyson
Miami, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #093 ^^
Cheryl Hodges
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada

^^ Photo #094 ^^
Susan Dyson
Miami, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #095 ^^
Cheryl Hodges
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada

^^ Photo #096 ^^
Helen Sperring
W. Palm Beach, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #097 ^^
Susan Werner
NewLondon, Minnesota
USA

^^ Photo #098 ^^
Anna (Silverleaf) Roberts
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
England

^^ Photo #099 ^^
Susan Dyson
Miami, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #100 ^^
Carole Holt
Cleckheaton, wYorkshire
England

^^ Photo #101 ^^
Elizabeth Schydlower
El Paso, Texas
USA

^^ Photo #102 ^^
Helen Sperring
W. Palm Beach, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #103 ^^
Anna (Silverleaf) Roberts
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
England

^^ Photo #104 ^^
Catalina Ledesma
Allen Park, Michigan
USA

^^ Photo #105 ^^
Cheryl Hodges
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada

^^ Photo #106 ^^
Lupe Meter
Glendale, Arizona
USA

^^ Photo #107 ^^
Susan Dyson
Miami, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #108 ^^
Susan Werner
NewLondon, Minnesota
USA

^^ Photo #109 ^^
Dawn Boone
Fort Collins, Colorado
USA

^^ Photo #110 ^^
Helen Sperring
W. Palm Beach, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #111 ^^
Catalina Ledesma
Allen Park, Michigan
USA

^^ Photo #112 ^^
Helen Sperring
W. Palm Beach, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #113 ^^
Dawn Boone
Fort Collins, Colorado
USA

^^ Photo #114 ^^
Carolyn Fiene
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
USA

^^ Photo #115 ^^
Dawn Boone
Fort Collins, Colorado
USA

^^ Photo #116 ^^
Helen Sperring
W. Palm Beach, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #117 ^^
Dawn Boone
Fort Collins, Colorado
USA

^^ Photo #118 ^^
Carole Holt
Cleckheaton, wYorkshire
England

^^ Photo #119 ^^
Carolyn Fiene
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
USA

^^ Photo #120 ^^
Carole Holt
Cleckheaton, wYorkshire
England

^^ Photo #121 ^^
Linda Kropp
Killington, Vermont
USA

^^ Photo #122 ^^
Joan Wallace
Palm Coast, Florida
USA

^^ Photo #123 ^^
Linda Kropp
Killington, Vermont
USA

Thanks again, Cindy, because I know that you have now taken on a bigger load than what you are already carrying to get US to practice what you teach! Your kindness of giving us a Reward for doing that is just another sign of your generosity! You’ve made it very clear that this contest is more about each one of us than just one superstar. I hope everyone really understands your intent and not nip pick if something during this contest doesn’t go as smoothly as you plan. ~Catherine-R

Thank you Catherine, for understanding and restating the purpose of this contest. It really is all about providing you guys with motivation to use and practice the skills you are learning about each week. The techniques are not difficult. But to master them, you must actually DO them.

I love teaching. But what I love even more is seeing that my teaching is having a positive impact in your lives… no matter what the reasons are that inspired you to start up with polymer clay. Not only will this contest give me positive reinforcement that my work as a teacher is making a difference, but it will also help each and everyone of you, to learn from, and be inspired by each other. I know ALL of you can accomplish great things!

I also want to point out and add emphasis where you said, “…I know that you have now taken on a bigger load than what you are already carrying to get US to practice what you teach!”

This is truer than many of you may realize. My workload in writing the daily articles here at the blog, answering everyone’s questions, plus getting the video tutorials prepped, filmed and published each Friday at the members library… is already a VERY taxing job.

But I know that if this contest turns out to be a hit with you guys, it will mean that more of you will end up becoming at least as passionate as I am (if not more), about this incredible polymer clay art medium. So for that reason I am putting in the extra time, effort and energy to do this.

I have been making jewellery for about a year mostly with crystal, glass beads and semi precious. I’ve done a couple of clay pieces which I think I need to work at to improve. I’m trying to summon the courage to send in pictures! ~Cheryl-H

Here’s to summoning up your courage Cheryl… and everyone else who hasn’t sent in your photos yet. The ball is now in your court. The success of this initial contest will determine whether or not I am able to continue to provide it as an ongoing benefit to members of the Polymer Clay Library. Bottom line is… participation. Any fears or reservations that you may be holding onto… set them aside and just do it  :-)

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** Links to all of the articles in this fun and educational contest series, are posted here: Polymer Clay Bead Giveaway
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Comments

  1. Photo 14
    Oh my, what gorgeous pieces. Can’t believe the talent in this forum. Looking at all of them gives me incentive to spend more time with my clay. Have been having trouble with my camera but hope it is fixed now and I can send in another photo.

  2. Those beads are beautiful. Cindy sure has inspired a lot of artistic creativity. She sure has inspired me.
    Wish we could all get together for a week and do clay. Cindy, do you have room for all of us up there?

  3. I didn’t mean to leave everyone else out… All the work here is absolutely gorgeous!!! Each and everyone of you should be proud of your work…
    On another note, when my husband gets home he’s going to help me take some pictures of a few of my beads to send in. I can only hope they look half as good as everybody elses.

    Keep up the fantastic work ya’ll..!!
    ~Lisa :)

  4. Photo 024: This one was actually my very first try at faux-raku. Some of the Pearl Ex came off when I put Future on it… Anyway, this one is attached to my purse and I get nice comments on it, like “it looks like a dragon’s skin” lol

  5. thank you Lisa for your comment on the colours of no 15 beads . idid a rough( Lietz ) blend of Fimo colours ,Gold ,copper, silver and the red perl.
    i thoughly enjoyed tearing the bits up for the watercolour techniqe .
    All the beads posted are so beautiful it makes me proud to be a part of this talented site

  6. beads no23 are the first attempt at smooth Racu,I have since restrung them as i felt that the other beads detracted from the beauty of the racu beads.

  7. photo 30 are my Jupiter beads. I did not have any old clay so i put the black and red in the freezer for five minuets then added them to the soft clay and then extracted them through the Makins profesionel extractor gun. My friend thought they were loverly so i gave her them as she has been such a support.

  8. Photo 012 Only a couple of these beads had any old hardened clay as I had wrapped most of my leftover pieces in Glad Cling Wrap. It was a great experience using the Makin Extruder with both types of clay. BTW for anyone with strength problems in their hands/wrists there is an accessory that makes using the Makin Extruder even easier. I love it.

  9. Photo 017 This was an “oops” as I had planned on texturing but I love the smoothness. Carolyne, I love the texture you accomplished in your Photo 013. Will have to find the “MACRO” button on my camera as this photo isn’t as sharp an image as it should be. Learning more than claying here.

  10. Photo 022 The results here is a wonderful surprise as I had not tried this technique before. It also introduced me to the embossing tool which I enjoyed using. It is definitely just the first try!

  11. Photo 027 These beads do not have the definition I was looking for. Another first try leading to making more I’m sure. I enjoyed the technique however, and don’t know why I put off trying it. Its one to put on my list of “To Do”.

  12. I can hardly wait to see more photos. This is a wonderful experience and I want to say a HUGE “Thank You” to Cindy for taking on this contest. Cindy, you give so much of yourself and your talents and it has been said many time that you are appreciated. Know that there aren’t enough words to say it all. AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME is what you are.

    All the photos are just wonderful. I keep going back over them. There is so much inspiration here. Thank you all for sharing. If anyone is still hesitant, please take the step and join in the fun. It is exciting!

  13. Photo 29. My orange, black and white water color beads came out pretty big so I wonkytized them by pinching them into amoeba shapes; kind of look like the candy Circus Peanuts.

  14. Photo 38. I followed Cindy’s tutorial and made green purple and yellow Gerbera Daisy bead and combined them with the Orange Watercolor beads. I also made thick purple disc beads to compliment the orange and finished the necklace with irregular orange glass beads.

  15. Wow! What gorgeous work, everybody! This is so exciting, seeing what everyone has been making! I am going to be going over these photos several times, trying to figure out my favorites. It’s also fun to see who the beads belong to. I’m pretty new around here, but I feel like I’m starting to know some of you. Now I can also get to know some of your beads! How cool is that? And there are more photos to come–this is so, so much fun…

    Thanks, Cindy, for this cool contest. I know that you are busier than a–well, you’re probably working 40 hours a day now, right? I know I can’t get it all together in time for this contest, but I sure hope it’s a success (I want there to be a # 2 for me to enter.) I’m feeling positive–it’s going to be a huge success! I mean, look at these beautiful beads that your students have learned to make. You, our polymer clay tutor, are one fan-tabulous teacher! Thanks so much for all that you do.

    C’mon, guys! Those of you who’ve submitted photos, don’t forget to post them on other sites. (Don’t forget the comments that point back here to one of the Vol. 14 lessons at this great site.) If you don’t know how to do it, get some help. Perhaps you could get a family member to post your pics for you on their facebook site, or something? As long as they put the appropriate comments, and you let Cindy know where it was posted, you’ll get credit. (Is this right, Cindy?) For those of you who own Vol. 14–what’s stopping you? Don’t be shy, let’s see those purties you made. We love you here, and we’ll love what you made! If it’s not perfect, we’ll be kind. You’ll get constructive criticism ONLY if you want it…

  16. Photo 16. This was my first attempt at Jupiter beads. At first they looked worse than something a child would make in kindergarten. Once the were sanded and buffed they looked pretty darn good. Not sure what I will put with them but the are pretty cool looking.

  17. @Anna S.: I love all of your entries. Really beautiful! I love that you “wonkytized” Photo 29. They came out really cool-looking in with this shape.

  18. I’ve emailed my photo entries to you Cindy. Thanks so much for having this contest. It’s really motivated me… it’s done precisely what you wanted it to do!! *lol* You’ve motivated quite a few of us from the looks of the current entries. I’m so glad I found you and the rest of our clay community!!!

    One of your many grateful students,
    ~Lisa Whitham :)

  19. photo 36 these were made out of the scraps from watercolour beads, i swirrled them into lentil beads( another fun activity) then decided to reshape them for earings.

  20. Wow! What a talented group of pcers!! I love how each of you took Cindy’s lessons and applied personal twists. All of the pieces are beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for the opportunity to view your work.

  21. photo 41 these were a total disaster ,i could not get the clay to crackle at all it just bent.i cheated and cut up tiny bits to try to get it to stick to the
    clay .I took the pictures as promised but then i threw them in the bin.
    Carlee your beads are fabulous so too are Carolyn and Joyce’s please give me some tips as i am sure Cindy will be up to her eyes in everyone’s entries and comments.
    sorry to sound as if i dont like anyone elses beads because i truly think they all are marvelous its just that they seem to have masterd this tutorial so well

    • @Carole Anne holt: Carole, nice to hear that you like the results with my raku. What doesn’t show in my photo is that I didn’t get all the sheet of clay seasoned enough. It was a first time using an embossing tool and when I check the piece I didn’t check all four corners. So I just ended up using what I found to be like Cindy had shown us on the tut. I’m thinking that your piece was not cured enough.
      What method did you use to do this? I was afraid to use the oven method for fear that I’d leave it too long. Next time I will check all the sides to make sure it all cured the same. It is a lovely technique and though you didn’t get the results your pieces are not beyond being useful. They could be used as a focal bead with the right beads to compliment them. Hope this is helpful and you have success the second time around.

      Joyce

  22. What an awesome group of talented artists! Beautiful! I love the variety, colors, everything! I’ve been having some good results with the torn paper watercolor and smooth raku techniques; will get mine submitted. Still plugging away with the deep crackle and jupiter beads. I will persevere! LOL Thank you so much for this opportunity Cindy!

  23. Beautiful pieces of work everyone! Can’t wait to see more pictures. Thanks Cindy for your hard work on coming up with some great tutorials. And this is such a great way to show what everyone else is doing with the tutorials. All I can say is that I am glad to be included with this talented bunch of artists! Wishing everybody the best of luck!

  24. AWESOME JOB Everyone, they all are just beautiful. Of course I knew they would be a good teacher and wonderful students. Way to go!!!!!!!

  25. Photo 3
    This was my first attempt with the faux crackle raku. I really like the look on the purple. I added some more texture to the plain parts since the beads cannot be sanded. I finished them with varathane. The purple ones are not drilled yet…I don’t like to limit myself and like to drill specific to the project I am using them for.

  26. Photo 6
    Lupe, your beads are beautiful- they look like real raku!

    @Carole- Thank you for the nice words about my beads. It took me awhile to work up the courage to send pictures in! I think it was even harder to make my first comment post- I’ve been reading everyone else’s comments daily for months..good for you Cindy for appealing to my competitive nature to get me to comment!

  27. Photos 8 and 28
    I am obsessed with jupiter beads right now. They have taken over where the swirled lentils left off with my scrap clay! For #8 I just flatted the back of the large jupiter bead and glued a bale on the back.

  28. Photo 16
    Anna, when I first looked at the beads, these are the ones that caught my eye! I’m glad you stuck it out and finished them because they really do look great!

  29. I love everyone’s work, well done guys. You know what the best thing is? I looked through these pictures and immediately my brain started whirring away. “Wow, that’s a great idea! Maybe I could try something similar with another technique… I love those colours, how would they look as a pendant?”

    Thank you so much for the inspiration. :)

  30. #002 – my watercolour beads. I started with a Skinner blend sheet, gold-green pearl-blue pearl-red. Then with the finished sheet I worked from one side to the other, so the first few beads I made were predominantly gold, then next ones greeny-gold, then green, then teal, etc. If I arranged the beads in the right order they would almost look like a Skinner blend themselves.

    I’ll admit I only really tried this technique so I could enter the competition, but now I absolutely love it, and will definitely experiment with it some more.

  31. Oh and I’ve linked to this before, but I have some jewellery pics on Facebook, facebook.com/album.php?aid=2341990&id=61107323

    ADDED NOTE BY CINDY: @Silverleaf – a better link to put herd is the “public” one that does not require visitors to be Facebook members or be connected to your Facebook account as a friend: Here is that link:
    facebook.com/album.php?aid=2341990&id=61107323&l=08cb20318f

  32. Almost forgot, I also have some Jupiter beads and both types of raku (I don’t do things by halves!) which I haven’t photographed yet. I’ll add them to my Facebook album ASAP.

  33. First let me just say that there are BEAUTIFUL pieces of work! I love photo 1! What a pretty idea! I love hair pieces. They are the only jewelry I get to wear to work so I’m especially drawn to them and those are fabulous!
    Silverleaf, your watercolor paper beads are fabulous. The colors are rich and bright!
    Cindy G., love the pendants in #10.

    • I fear I’m abit obsessive about hair pieces myself. The pieces in #1 were done using faux raku smooth on translucent fimo. My first attempts (without grommets) couldn’t withstand the pressure but adding the grommets fixed that problem and gave them a funky new look. Thanks so much for commenting! @Melinda:

  34. Photo #1 is a bangle bracelet I made using water color beads I flattened into discs. These are the only beads I sent into the contest that I did not make this month. I made these when the video first came out and I tried some watercolor beads this month but they were horrible so I’m sent pictures of this creation.

  35. Photo #18 This is a bangle bracelet I made using the faux raku crackle technique. The crackle technique the the one I struggle the most with so I made myself create using it.

  36. Photo #20 Here is one of my Jupiter beads fashioned into a heart, messy wrapped into a pendant and made into a cute little necklace accented by chips of tourmaline.

  37. Photo 25 is a necklace I made from 6 Jupiter beads I made using mostly black and white and just a few drops of color here and there. It’s actually big enough to slip right over your head.

  38. Photo # 31 This is a faux raku pendant I made with two beads to match. These are the only ones I haven’t made up into something.

  39. Photo #42 My oh my, another Jupiter bead…. Well the prospect of being able to make such a cool, textural, color-rippled bead is what finally brought me to Cindy’s tutorials AND I still love these beads. This one is again fashioned into a heart, then wrapped in copper and it’s hanging from a satin cord.

  40. I hope the link at my name takes you to my photostream, which I shall update very soon, however, I must let the 5 year old play on Disney Channel dot com for a little while. He ever so patiently waited for me to make all these comments and now is looking over shoulder asking when I will be done.

  41. @Lupe Meter
    # 006 Lupe did you use inks with those beads – they’re just lovely…like tinted polished stones.
    There are so many amazing pieces sent in and so many different approaches. Wow!

    • @DJ:
      #006, I used a total of 4 different alcohol inks. The blue ink separated a little (probably due to a little cornstarch residue on my glass), but I liked the outcome. I later added a 4th alcohol ink for an added tint. I sanded them a little and dipped them in floor wax. I appreciate your comment. It is hard to pick a favorite among all of them. They are all amazing! I like them all. Its fun playing with the inks!

  42. WOW -Awesome work everyone. Congrats to all. I’m still not myself so haven’t gotten the energy to work on any beads yet. As I said before, don’t count me out yet. Gonna keep praying I will get the chance to share my work with all of you talented artists. Cindy you must feel like a pretty proud Momma right now. What an honor this will be to share my photos with all of my clay family.
    Thanks for the chance to do this Cindy!!!!

  43. Wow. I am so intimidated now! I just looked at all the pictures sent in for the contest, and you all are amazing artists! Nothing I have made from polymer clay can even come close to the beautiful things you all have done. I think maybe I had better keep practicing and try the next contest. again ladies, your work is awesome, just creativity!!!

    • @Tiffany:

      Please don’t feel intimidated Tiffany. This is for beginners as well as for people who have played with clay for some years now. I know how you must feel because I felt that same way when I joined a Polymer Clay Guild. There are so many gifted artists in our guild, but they are so supportive. I think this bunch would be too! So, enter whatever you’ve done. Remember, Cindy mentioned that this contest is not about who is the prettiest or fanciest… it is to show what we have learned and by practicing. I happen to be my worst critic. It is nice to get some comments on some of the stuff I’ve made. And most of all, I like the sharing that goes on this website. So, start sending some of your work in!

  44. thanks for your tips Joyce, i have just had another go but i must be doing something wrong as the sheet turns bendy not crackly. I used a heat embossing tool and can see the sheet bubbling as i heat it, do you think i am cooking it, any more sugestions would be appreciated.I hate to be bested at anything i try,
    Tiffay, please just go for it .as most of us have never let anyone see their
    work before and this is the reason we are all taking part .As you can see
    not everything works to plan so just DO it. I am sure you will be proud to see your beads in print . Love to all and everyone else who feels a bit daunted please dont be and enjoy trying the lessons.

    • @Carole Anne holt: Carole you aren’t doing anything wrong, the sheet does turn bendy, a little stiff but its not until you run it through the pasta machine that you will see the crackle. Sorry I didn’t follow through with that. I would take another look at the video. Good luck, I’m sure you will come out on top so don’t give up. If anyone else has a suggestion I hope they will feel free to comment.
      I’m not all that experienced with lots more to learn too.

  45. @ Tiffany
    By no means should you feel intimidated! We have all started somewhere and speaking personally when I started my creations could not be called art in anyway. But from those first attempts the magic of PC was unlocked for me and each day I realize I don’t know as much as I want to…. we all started at a place we weren’t happy with and that’s what makes you grow. To tell the truth I’m very rarely completely happy with anything I make and I’m sure most would say the same thing. This is not about whos work is better but about the process and sharing…. By no means feel intimidated!!!

  46. Janine, thank you for kind comment about my Jupiter beads. The thing about Jupiter beads is each side is different. Isn’t that cool? The other side was more light blues and grays and I was not sure the crackling would show up well in the picture.

    Tiffany-we all had to start somewhere. Please do not feel intimidated. When I first started with PC I joined swap group and entered monthly challenges on Polymer Clay central. This helped me try different things and push myself a little. We are always our worst critic. So, I hope you will soon be sending in pictures too !!! And, the backside of my Jupiter beads look like something the cat coughed up. LOL

    Anna-Des Moines, Iowa.

  47. Cindy, how long into Feb. will you accept pictures for Contest #1? I am inspired by these beauties, and I’m jealous that I’m not involved! Is it too late for me now?

  48. @Phaedrakat. I too was inspired and sent some photographs to Cindy a few days ago and she told me they would be posted by Friday, Feb 5. I would probably never have had enough courage to send any photographs had Cindy not come up with this brilliant idea. And like you say I really wanted to join in the fun! I think Cindy can feel very proud looking at her students’ work which shows just what an excellent tutor she is!

  49. I am very impressed with all of the photographs but have a few comments/questions about some particular ones:
    Photo #001 – I love the finish on these hair grips. Rachelle what did you use to line the holes?
    Photo #002 – Anna these beads are beautiful and the fact you made them just to enter the competition means that Cindy’s idea really paid off!
    Photo #005 – Great looking pendant Cindy. Are you able to sand it and not loose the texture?
    Photo #009 – This has that “please touch me look”! Lupe is it a hollow bead or a solid pendent and did you use the mica shift technique or is it textured? Great colours too!
    Photo #025 – Wonderful Jupiter beads Melinda – still one of my favourite techniques and I am very keen on black and white too!
    There are many other comments I could make about the other photographs but they really are all wonderful!

    • @Susan B:

      Thanks for your comment, Susan. It is a solid pendant and both sides are textured, only the front is done with the Faux Raku on a sheet of white clay. I textured it after I applied the inks. The backside of the pendant is a sheet of Fimo Blue Effects (withthe glitter) which I textured with the same texture sheet (Helen Breil’s from Shades of Clay…beautiful texture sheets!). I did make a necklace with the pendant and beads that I made…should be sending the photo in. And I have been thinking about applying inks on a mica shift pattern. I have seen it done in a book on dyes/inks and looks beautiful!

  50. I was so excited to see my photos added today that I think I will spend the whole day going around with a smile on my face! Thank you Cindy for making me feel so great. Now I will add my comments for each one of the photos.

  51. Photo n.048
    In real life these look like shimmering planets! I am hooked (as you will see) on the Jupiter-bead technique and created these beads by using black, white and silver. I really like the effect that the silver adds to the bead.

  52. Photo n.054
    Black and white Jupiter Bead – I made this one especially big for a keyring. Having been used to making smaller beads I found it a lot of fun to play around with something so large. The keyrings I have made with these beads have been very popular with my work colleagues and friends!

  53. Photo n.059
    Jupiter Tubes and Jelly Beans – I played around once again with a round Jupiter (what else!!) bead and when these tubes appeared (shortly after Cindy’s “purse charms” blog) I thought they would make great adornments. The look like they should feel rough but a SO silky smooth to the touch which makes them wonderful to handle and hold and play with!

  54. Photo n.064
    Blue Jupiter Donut – This was one of my first attempts at making a Jupiter bead which I decided to squash. It buffed up so well that I decided not to varnish.

  55. Susan B: You’ve become a Jupiter bead specialist! hehe. What gorgeous beads! I love how you’ve used the technique with different colors & for different bead types. The black and white one is quite gorgeous – just 2 colors! The tubes & jelly beans – well, I wish I could get a closer look. Really intriguing. I like how you squashed #64 & center-drilled. And, of course, the ones with silver are amazing (I’ll bet even more so in “person”). Good job there, lady!

    Wow, lots more beauties to look at! Looks like everyone has been creating lovely items. I see lots of you from the first post added more entries – you must have really enjoyed getting your stuff out there. I’m happy about that; I just love seeing everyone’s work. I just wish I could have gotten my own act together in time. Oh, the jealousy! Someone is going to end up with some of Cindy’s own creations. How fun is that?

  56. Awesome, some more really lovely pieces there. I love #43, it makes me want to rush off and try a watercolour bangle myself! How did you get it so smooth Bonnie? I always have problems with my bangles ending up “lumpy”.

    • Hey Silverleaf, sorry I didn’t answer right away my studio was leaking and I had to move everything to the dining room. When I do my bangles I roll them with a flat piece of plexiglas or I extrude the largest circle and then build the pieces on them and continue rolling. When you know what size you want the bracelet to be, cut it at an angle on each end and fit the angles together. It’s easier to smooth that way and you can cover the seam with some of your clay pieces while you are smoothing it.

    • @Silverleaf:

      Yes, it is! I’ve been meaning to make book covers for these daily planners that I picked up for a couple of bucks. They have been sitting on my shelf since December. I thought the Faux Raku would look gorgeous on a book cover. I amazed myself because it turned out better than I anticipated. I also made one using the “Torn Clay Watercolor”. I only covered the front because binding was actually a little tight with just the the front cover done. Thank you for your comment.

      • @Lupe Meter:

        That’s such a great idea, and the raku is perfect for it. I really want to make little miniature books, very tiny ones with clay covers, since I learned how to bind pages together. Maybe I’ll get to that soon.

    • @Silverleaf: hi silverleaf yes not too far away ,i live about 10miles from Bradford and 10miles from Leeds smack in the middle. Don’t get out your way but its quite possible as its not like we live in America where the distances are so great
      P.S. love your work have you been doing it a long time ?

      • @Carole Holt: We’re practically neighbours, lol! You know, I’m feeling another Cindy’s (UK) Girls meetup coming on, you interested? Some of us met up a couple of times last year and it was great fun!

        Thank you for your compliment, I’m been claying for about 18 months now. I’d like to think that I’m at the stage where I’ve absorbed enough techniques to start developing my own style, hopefully anyway! ;)

  57. You know, there are so many pieces I like I can’t list them all! I’ll just mention a few more: Melinda’s heart (#42) because I love the wire wrapping, Bonnie’s pretty pink and lime necklace and bracelet (#49 and #65), Carlee’s beads which look to me like pebbles (#19).

    Not that I don’t like every single piece here! Everyone should be very proud of themselves. :)

  58. @Phaedrakat
    Thank you for your comments — I am surrounded by really beautiful things and am very happy that I have joined in!

  59. Photo n.050
    Lisa this bead is so lovely it makes me want to have another go at this technique. My first attempt failed miserably! I love the colour, did you make this up or follow one of Cindy’s recipes?

  60. @Susan B – Thanks for the compliment on my bead. :) That is one of my own colors. I work with Kato Clay and it has a limited choice of colors. So following Cindy’s recipes is quite a challenge for me. I made this color by mixing blue, turquouise, and yellow. It actually started as a bullseye cane that I didn’t like, so I mushed it all up together to use it as a bead core and that’s the color I got…and I liked it! *lol* Save your unwanted canes people, you never know what you could use them for..!!

    ~Lisa

  61. Photo #50
    This is a focal bead(most of my beads are focal), made with my own color mix. (See my post to Susan B) When I first started tearing up the pieces for my watercolor beads I could hardly see the white and black where it was torn and I thought “Oh no, I screwed this up!”. But I kept on, and after I had covered my core bead and rolled it in my hands to smooth it, whaa laa, it looked like it was supposed to! I was so excited it turned out ok, I promptly made a dozen in 6 different colors. This was my favorite color.

    ~Lisa :)

    • @Lisa Whitham:

      Yeah I noticed that too, mine looked awful until I rolled them as well.

      My friend recently did some using Fimo in translucent blue with gold leaf underneath. By the time the sheet was finished the gold was just in tiny flecks through the blue, looked a little like glints of sunlight off a swimming pool or something. Almost exactly the same technique, but her beads looked completely different from mine – I love how if you give the same instructions to a bunch of people they’ll all come up with something unique.

  62. WOW! WOW! WOW! Everyone has just outdone themselves! I agree with Phaedrakat about the community becoming closer. It is nice to be able to put names/faces to each particular PC work. Just beautiful work everyone! I happen to love every piece! The jupiter beads (#54, #56, #12, #4) are awesome! The Faux Raku (#63, #44, #1) are done in beautiful colors! The crackled clay pieces are so amazing! I am still having a hard time to get my clay to crackle. Photos #36,#47, #53, #005, #32 (to name a few) really pop out! And beautiful colors in the torn clay watercolor. Bonnie (#049, #65), how did you get your beads so shiny? Did you sand them or just buff them. Same comment to Silverleaf…your torn clay beads (#2)…just beautifully shiny and beautiful colors! I must have strong hands, because I tried sanding, and I sanded off some of the color so I decided to just leave them alone with a matt finish and slightly buffed them with my jeans. Awesome work everyone. I bet we make our teacher look good…and proud! Thanks Cindy! I know this must be overwhelming to you and Doug with all the photos, comments, etc., and I know it is more work than you or Doug anticipated. So, I am very thankful to you both for giving us this opportunity to share our work with one another. It really is a community!

    ADDED NOTE:overwhelming in a good way! Feeling very proud and humbled all at the same time. Thank you Lupe and thank you all!!! Please do keep those overwhelmingly wonderful comments coming. ~Cindy & Doug

    • @Lupe Meter:

      With my watercolour beads I used pearl clay and smoothed them as well as I could with cornflour before I baked them. Then I buffed them for a few hours in my rock tumbler with some cut up bits of fleece which gave them a bit of a sheen. And finally they were dipped in Future just once – I liked the satin effect rather than the usual glossy 3+ coats I usually use.

  63. Photo #56
    The Jupiter Beads. I had trouble getting my clay to crackle, so I ran my extruded clay through the pasta machine on setting 3 (1 being the thinnest, 7 the thickest)and wow did I have the crackles! I love the Jupiter Beads, they are just so interesting! I made a couple dozen of these and took pictures of my 4 favorites. My Mom likes them too – I gave her a necklace made with one and she turned around and bought 3 more necklaces from me! She gave one to a friend who put it on a sterling chain and wears it all the time. What a confidence booster!!

    ~Lisa :)

  64. thank you Cindy for the very encouraging comment. I am almost ready and just have to photograph the beads and post the pictures. I was not able to do much for a whole two weeks; had to cancel my piano lessons too. I don’t know if it is a previous back injury I had years ago in India. I’ve had a lot of pain in my back, neck and hands. I’ve got to do physiotherapy and an EMG test (in March) to check nerves and muscle. I have to say I so enjoyed making the beads. Than you so much for the tutorials and this wonderful contest idea to get us all claying. You’re the best!!! Can I email the photos to you ? I can post also on facebook.

    ADDED NOTE: Sorry to hear about your pains. Hopefully the physio will help. Yes email me your pictures. You can use the return email address that is used for the newsletters you received from each Friday. And YES absolutely post your photos on Facebook too :-) ~Cindy

  65. Photo 63
    I was working on making Jupiter beads and one had picked up a small piece of clay from my work surfaced and it ruined the bead. So I decided to smash it and put it thru my pasta machine and out came this cool looking swirl. I decided to turn it into a pendant.

  66. what a wonderful array of beads,they are all fabulous and so different.
    i especially like Susans beads no 59 and no 63 as they look like venetian glass.how did you do them?
    Freda your hart no 53. is lovely its crackled beautifully so too is Janine’s no 47. pendant am so envious as i have yet to master this technique.
    keep up the good work everyone looking forward to seeing your next entries.

    • @Carole Anne holt:
      Carole my no 63 bead was a jupiter gone bad. When I set it down on my tile I didn’t see an extra bit of clay and I couldn’t get it off so I decided to smash the clay thru the pasta machine and I liked the outcome. I decided to turn it into a pendant. Thanks for your comment

  67. Lisa #56 your jupiter beads are wonderful. I love them! That is exactly how I get the crackles in my jupiter beads too! #50 The color of that torn watercolor paper bead is gorgeous!

    Freda #53 is beautiful! The texture is so fabulous! I just want to touch it.

    Susan #54 is so pretty!

    Bonnie, I love your colors and jewelry designs.

    All the entries are beautiful, fabulous, and inspiring! Thank you so much Cindy AND Doug for all the hard work!

    • Melinda, thank you. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. My studio is leaking and we had to move everything out. I’m working in the dining room. YUCK.

  68. Carole: What do you mean? You’ve got some beautiful beads yourself here…! It seems you are talking about the crackled raku that you haven’t “mastered?” I am going to purchase this volume later today, so I can try to enter this contest (very last minute, I know.) So I will probably soon be in your company. This technique seems to be the one people say they have the most difficulty with, so don’t feel bad. I’m sure you’ll get it. If I figure it out myself, I’ll let you know if I get any kind of special insight into your problem… In the meantime, feel proud of the beautiful successes you have shown here. You’ve got some lovely submissions!

  69. I just seen all the other photo’s and W O W they are beautiful. Susan 059,064 I love those colors,great job. Everyone keep up the great work.

  70. @Carole Anne Holt
    Thank you Carole — perhaps the venetian glass effect has something to do with living in Italy!! I think was a lucky mixture of colours that sanded and buffed up particularly well. I think there was some translucent mixed in too which probably help create the glass effect. I don’t know if I could repeat exactly what I did so that makes them pretty unique!

    • @Susan B: Isn’t unique so much better than the mass produced identical “cookie cutter” jewellery you see so often in the stores! It’s wonderful that polymer clay allows us to create beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces like that. :)

  71. @Lynn Watts
    Many thanks! It is so safisying when the colours work out so well — all too often I get a dark muddy brown and more scrap clay for bead centres!

  72. I’ve posted my pics on Facebook too… Here’s the link:
    facebook.com/album.php?aid=10370&id=100000511793313#!/album.php?aid=10370&id=100000511793313

    @Melinda Herron – Thanks for the comments on my beads. I sure enjoyed making them!!

    ~Lisa :)

  73. thanks everyone for all your comments ,i will have yet another go at crackling this afternoon .in the meantime i will tell you about my latest entries .No 58 i wanted some beads to go with some real turquoise beads that i had brought from Singapour.So i thought that if i did torn watercolour in the similar colours they might make the real ones go further.
    no 66. As i have said before i only got a very few crackles on the white clay,
    so i re rolled the beads into some more ink and micra powders at lest now they look at least wearable.Wish me luck for this afternoon,i will send in a picture of the resutls however they turn out .

  74. @Silverleaf and Cheryl Hodges – I too suffer from back troubles. I have a birth defect and the doc thinks I may have fibromyalgia too… I’m thankful for having the clay to take my mind off it. I Hope we all can be pain free someday… *fingers and toes crossed* In the mean time, we have our wonderful, supportive clay community and our clay to help.

    Who’s making Kalidescope canes today? Meeeeeeeeeeeeee!
    Clay On,
    ~Lisa :)

    • @Lisa Whitham: Yeah, isn’t it great that clay can be so therapeutic, distracting us from pain and life stuff?

      I made a kalei cane on Thursday, but haven’t tried Cindy’s way yet. I’m trying to have a “finishing off” day today – baking, varnishing and photographing. I have some more pictures for this competition to send off too!

  75. What a great medium we use! All this beautiful jewelry, notebooks, hair accessories, etc. And that’s just a small sampling of what can be made. I love that you can use items from other crafts with polymer. And the funniest thing (for me) is getting so many polymer tools at the home improvement stores.

    @Rachelle: I love that the grommets from your hair grips came from Lowe’s — it’s just so cool! BTW, they are beautiful hair ties, indeed! Beautiful job.

  76. @Bonnie: Your #43 Bangle is beautiful! So perfectly round! Is it all polymer? Did you make some sort of polymer core first, then cover with your surface technique? I want to learn to make bangle bracelets. Maybe Cindy will do a video (hint, hint…)

  77. Hey, everyone, don’t forget that if you put your pictures on Facebook, Flickr, your own blog, etc. you also need to “connect back to the appropriate video/technique page.” I don’t think you get the “extra credit” entries unless you leave a comment at the other site pointing back here.

  78. @Phaedrakat – Thanks for the reminder. I’ve now got links up to Cindy on my pics that are entered in the contest. :)
    Thanks again!
    ~Lisa :)

  79. hi everyone i have finally managed to do the deep raku technique and i have sent the pics to Cindy.I was so chuffed that i did it again and made pendants and now i have made some more just to prove to myself that it wasn’t a fluke.Isn’t it wonderful the feeling of achievement when something turns out like it should.

  80. @Carole: Hurray! I’m so happy for you! I could tell it was upsetting that your deep raku wasn’t turning out like you wanted. But you persisted — and now you’ve “Conquered that Crackle!” Congratulations, and I can’t wait to see the pictures…

    @Lisa: Sure thing! Your Jupiter & Watercolor beads are beautiful, BTW.

  81. @Silverleaf: i love the colors in you water color beads# 002. Thanks for your caring.
    # 003 Carlee: The pink color is my favorite – love the idea of the texture and raku.
    @ Carolyn #004 and #013- The jupiter beads are so colorfuland the differnt shades on the smooth raku beads.
    #009 @ Lupe: I love the colors and the textures. How did you do that?
    @ Carole : Your watercolor beads are beautiful- love the colors.

    • @Cheryl Hodges:
      Thanks Cheryl H. for your comment. That is an example of the Raku. I mixed several alcohol inks and then I used a textured sheet over it and laid that sheet over another sheet and then cut a circle out. The textured sheets are from Helen Breil and can be purchased off the Shades of Clay website.

  82. @ Silverleaf
    Only the front of the pendant is curved, the back is plain. I laid the clay on wax paper and I used the bottom of a marmelade glass to press it slightly down. So I had a beautiful curved top. Simple and easy… for smaller pieces I use a glass from italian olives….
    Greetings from Germany
    Janine

    • @Janine Kloubert: I love your pendant, it turned out beautifully (and such a clever way to make it.) I went to your Flickr page, and you have some gorgeous beads there. I was wondering how you made your “Module” beads, the ones that look like Pandora beads? Do you just wrap a strip or snake of clay around the center and smooth the join?

      I see you used silver cores, are they just a 1-piece core? If so, do you bake the clay on them & leave it (no removing for finishing, no gluing?) Someone asked about these on another page, and I had some ideas on how it might be done. But now I see you’ve already done it!

  83. Thanks Janine, that’s a great idea! I use a metal cup used for measuring alcohol – it’s actually like two cups stuck together at the base, one is 25ml and the other 50ml. I guess it works in exactly the same way.

  84. Cindy, I have to tell you how inspiring you are. I’m still relatively new to polymer clay. I’ve taken a magazine subscription and read everything I have time to that I find on-line, but nothing compares (at least for me) to being shown. My husband (who is my biggest fan and supporter) enjoys watching your videos along with me every week. He’s even dreaming about Premo clay :-)

    Your contest gave me the incentive to try different techniques that in the past I didn’t consider. I guess it’s partly because I can’t ignore a challenge like this. That led to me realizing I should try everything you do at least once. When I first tried the Jupiter beads I couldn’t stop! I only have a few hours a day to play with my clay, but every night I found myself making more and more Jupiter beads. It became addicting.

    I finally forced myself to stop, for now at least, and also try the other techniques in Vol-014. I don’t think the crackled Raku bug bit me like the Jupiter beads, but I did enjoy the experience of trying to make them. Now it seems I can’t stop making the torn paper beads.

    You’ve definitely made this so much fun. Again, thanks for all you do for us.

  85. Bead #74 and #88. I used two shades of gray that I had mixed with some Fimo glitter white to make these. I love glitter :) I then used some of my turquoise leftovers for the swirls. With the scraps from bead #74 I made the lentil bead #88. Both sides, of course, are different, so I tried using your interchangable bead technique so each side can be seen.

  86. Bead #83. I think this was my favorite Jupiter bead. It has some gold glitter (yeah glitter again) but doesn’t show up that much in the pic. I love how after sanding and beginning the buffing process how much deeper the colors become!

  87. Bead #84 and #99. Next to glitter, you’ll soon find out I love hearts! I tend to use any shade of pink and purple more than anything else, so these were made using both. No glitter this time (lol).

  88. Bead #94. I wish I could have made more of this one. Trying the Jupiter beads for the first time was a great way to use some of my growing pile of scrap clay, but, unfortunately, I never was able to come up with anything that looked like this one again. :(

  89. Pic #92. These were my first attempt at the faux Raku technique. I don’t have that much luck with the inks yet, but they were still fun to try.

  90. WOW! Everyone has done beautiful work with these tutorials! Stunning colors everyone! I especially love the hearts since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I have to comment on Elizabeth S. #81. Beautiful tile squares! What’s your plan for them? I could certainly see them pieced together for a frame or pendants. They look like they have great texture on them, you just want to touch them.
    I am originally from Las Cruces, NM…so I just wanted to say hi neighbor.

  91. I finally made it!! I’m so thrilled to see my pictures up.
    Photo#071 – smooth raku – I like the sheen on these beads with the blend of colors. The photo isn’t that great as I have a lot of shadows.
    Photo#082 – water colorbeads – I had done a skinner blend with shades of blue so I just used that. The next time i would probably cover up the core bead completely. I sanded them a bit and used the sculpey glossy glaze.
    Photo 078 and @093- faux crackle raku I did one with a black background and the other with an ecru core bead. I mixed scraps of black and red clay and a bit of brown and got a rich eggplant kind of color. However when it was baked the color changed. The color isn’t bad – well, I’m experimenting and learning and I love it. I think I’m going to mix these with glass beads.
    photo# 095 -The two big round beads were just tiny scraps that broke off from the raku sheet and I just rolled it into a big bead. It’s finished with future varnish.
    photo#105 – I love the Jupiter beads; my friend happened to see them and before i told her what they were she remarked how they resembled Jupiter. They don’t have any varnish. Just tumbled and buffed with a dremel.
    Going to try and get them on face book. Hope i get it right.
    I’ve made other beads too, with left over clay. It’s such a wonderful medium; each bead is different and every little scrap can be used. I’ve been dreaming polymer clay! You have me hooked Cindy.

  92. photo #101 Elizabeth, that is so beautiful!!! Is it the crackle or smooth raku? All of the photos are great, but I think that #101 is my favorite.

  93. Photo #69 and #97
    I must say that this has been a good challenge for me. Not only did I learn a new technique, but how to photograph my work and open a Flickr acct. The deep crackle raku took some work to learn, but I really like the results. This pendant has an embeded charm in the middle. Didn’t glue it on, just embedded it and it looks like it will stay on. (hope so). The other just like it # 97 is a little more purple in color.

  94. Photo 75; I titled this “my 2 sided heart” because of the asymetrical necklace I made for the pendant. If I had known ahead that I would use this design, I would have made some raku beads for the beaded side, but these are reclaimed from something else…forgot what.

  95. Wow! what wonderful work. I love all the beads.
    @ Susan #069 and 086. LOve the hearts. Is the little heart in the middle clay too?
    Silverleaf #076 your watercolor bead colors are so vibrant.
    #080 Catalina, I love the way your watercolor beads turned out and the color combination.
    @Susan D # 084 – I like the torn paper effect on the heart and the color is great too.
    # 092 – I like the crackle raku beads. Your crackle effect looks a bit different. I like it.
    @ Lupe #087- Your earrings are great. Nice colors together.
    #096 – @ Helen – the fa n earrings are beautiful – are they the watercolor torn technique? How did you get the curved domed effect?

    @ Susan Bates#054- That’s a wonderful Jupiter bead. I love the colors and it’s turned out beautiful.
    #033 Carolyn what technique did you use here. i like the way the colors are blended .

  96. Photos 79 and 86; In one of my jewelry making mags, I read an article about a gold bowl, and how the artist said the gold just glowed inside from all of the reflected light. i liked that. So I thought to myself that I’d try it with a hollow bead. These two beads were made over a bead core, with the deep crackle raku surface treatment. Then I gilded the insides with pure silver (# 79) and 20 kt gold (# 86). I then added copper and silver spirals for the inside charm. It was fun, but more work than I expected. The gilding didn’t want to stay where i put it.

  97. #91 and # 108 Charmed hearts. After making chains for these pendants I decided to spice things up a little and add charms and spiral bails to add interest. The only thing I think I will change is the yellow crystal on the heart charms in #108. It doesn’t quite make it…wrong color I think.

  98. Oooh, everyone is getting better & better! These newest photos are so gorgeous! This is incredible work. Congrat’s everyone!

  99. Thanks to Cindy and this opportunity to get to see what everyone is doing! I love all of the amazing work everyone has done! Seeing what everyone has done has encouraged me to continue to to try new things. Keep up the great work.

  100. Hi, all, my #68 was done using the Torn Clay Watercolor Technique. The metallic purple clay really makes this bead sparkle. It was so easy to do, too. I really enjoyed this technique. Making them oval was my favorite.

  101. #80 is my Exploding Beads!! I didn’t cover the entire bead making it look like it was splitting. I got to try this with yellows and reds. I bet it would look like fire.

  102. This was my first attempt at the Torn Clay Watercolor technique. #104. I actually did it wrong. I reversed the black and white layers but it came out ok. But, it did give it a different look.

  103. @Cheryl, Love the #78 beads! I tried this technique and I really flopped! It wouldn’t crackle for me. I’m going to try again this weekend. I hope I have something just a little bit close to yours!

  104. #089 Is my Jupiter beads. I can see I’m doing them wrong. I took the clay from the extruder and wrapped the beads. Everyone else has smooth finish. I’ll have to try that again. #096 is my torn watercolor fan earrings and pendant. I did those with a mold that I made. Those are my favorite. #102 is also torn watercolor. I think I wasted time doing that, when I should have been doing the Raku beads. I have three more sets to E-Mail. I hope it’s not too late. What took so much time was trying to figure out how to e-mail photos. I can’t believe I did it. Plus I finally got my picture of myself. I’m amazed!!!!!!! This is so much fun!!!!! I was so afraid and can’t believe all I’ve accomplished, Thanks to Cindy!!!! Everyone’s work is unbelievable!!! Look at all we have learned because of Cindy. I just can’t thank you enough!!!! This was my first time doing everything. Luv you Cindy!!!!! Great teacher and great person!!!!

    ADDED NOTE: No you are not too late, Helen, for sending in more photos. Keep them coming. I’m so proud of you for working through the technical challenges and not letting them get the best of you!!! ~Cindy

  105. Thank you Cheryl.

    This was a mold that I made from a piece of my jewelry with polymer clay. I love making molds. I love your Jupiter beads and crackled raku beads. What is the beautiful golden beads? I have to do mine over after the contest. All of yours are so smooth and shiny. Just beautiful!!!! Honey

  106. Gosh there is only one word for these latest entries AWESOME .Just shows what practice can do .Everyone has some wonderful beads and pendants and as Cindy says we still have time i will see if i can do some more (it gets addictive doesn’t it?)

  107. Thank you Helen. The marbles are the jupiter beads – no finish there. I just tumbled them with river rock and then buffed with a dremel. The golden/brown beads are bits of the raku sheet that I used with the brown raku beads. little pieces fell off and I had some clay that I had mixed for the brown raku beads – i just took all the scraps and rolled it together so it has the smooth texture of the background color and bits of the raku sheet in it. I did not sand it, just used future varnish.

  108. Thank you Catalina, i love your beads. I had a bit of trouble with the sheet of raku i used with the brown tube raku #093. One spot jus didn’t get brittle enough, seemed more flexible so it wouldn’t stick and woudn’t crackle.

  109. Thanks for the nice comments everyone!

    @Cindy, I posted my beads on my facebook page and mentioned your famous blog!! So anyone who wants to see larger pics of my beads feel free to drop in and take a look. Look for: Diana Catalina Ledesma.

    @Anna, your #103 is very impressive! I LOVE the colors!!

  110. @ Cheryl Sorry for the delay in responding. I’ve been gone this weekend. Yes, the hearts were formed over a core of water soluable packing peanuts (just formed into a round bead). After I baked the heart bead, I soaked it in warm water until I could get the core out. I then gilded the cavity with silver or gold leaf. The leaf I used came from china and the vendors added some wonderful smelling waxey material to use as a base to put the leaf on. I wonder if liquid polmer would have been better, but it sure did smell good! Thanks for the question.

  111. Happy Valentines Day :-) :-)

    Just popping in here to address an email I received last night from someone who was concerned that maybe some of the contest entries are getting “rated” or “graded” as is what happens in other contests and juried art competitions.

    Please understand this is not the case. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…. “This is not a competition to decide who can make the most beautiful beads. It is not a popularity contest. And it’s not about being able to submit professional quality photographs.”

    In the comments here, when someone references a specific photo with a compliment, a question or a suggestion, please don’t interpret that as a means of jurying the entry in any way.

    And even more importantly, please don’t view this as a way to belittle or degrade other entries that may not have been mentioned in the same breath. I’m quite sure that was not the intent from anyone.

    Conversational dialog is exactly what I wanted to see happen as a way to encourage you guys to interact and get to know each other better. So please do keep those comments flowing.

    I personally think that everything about this contest is working very well to help strengthen the community in a friendly and supportive way. I am so proud of EVERYONE’s accomplishments!

    PS: Thank you to person who sent the email. When concerns come up I definitely want to hear about them so they can be addressed. ~Cindy

  112. @ Everyone, It sure is fun seeing the entries in this “contest”. It is so inspiring to see what can be done with just a few techniques. I am really motivated now to try the torn watercolor beads. The jupiter beads that everyone entered are just beautiful. Couldn’t pick out a favorite! It just makes me wish I could play with clay 24/7! Cindy, thanks for doing this! Isn’t it wonderful to have a community that spans continents?!?

  113. @ Helen, I love your fan bead earrings and the way the torn watercolor pattern adds an interesting pattern that really suits the shape. Looks very “oriental”!

  114. @ Catalina Aha! you solved a problem I have been wondering about for awhile! My son wants me to make a wire wrap pendant for him…a “claw” holding a “sphere” (pattern by Abby Hook jewelrylessons.com/tutorial/claw-pendant) and his favorite music group is AFI ( A Fire Inside). I kept trying to think…how can I make the sphere look like fire? Viola!
    This will be perfect! Thanks for the comment and the pic!

  115. @Sue W. Thanks, for the compliment! I love your “claw” it is very original. I think I’ll try a “fire” piece and you do the same and we can compare!

  116. Cheryl Hodges- Thank you for the compliment. I love all your faux raku crackle beads. They look just perfect. I had a lot of problems with them. Sorry to hear about your neck and back pain. We have a lot in common. I had a pinched nerve in my neck. The pain was unbearable, so I had to have neck surgery. They put a plate in my neck about five years ago and since then my neck has been great. I just came home from the hospital about a month ago. I had to have back surgery and then three days later surgery for a blood clot. Another plate in my back. So I feel your pain. I hope all tests are negative. Plus I have fibromyalgia . This site has been a blessing for me .

  117. Sue Werner-Thanks to you, too. I love your wire work.
    did you learn that from that site, jewelry lessons.com? I go on that site too. I love just looking at everything, not buying. I wanted to write somemore but I’m so tired and can’t think anymore. Will write again later. Great stuff!!!!!

  118. @ Catalina: You have a deal!
    @ Helen: I learned a lot of my wirework from books and magazines, but have also helped by Jewelry lessons. Cindy has some beautiful wire work also, and some cool ear wires that I have not seen in other places…and very nice quality. I’m glad she’s sharing more of it. I used her wire wrap findings to finish some necklaces lately…can’t remember the exact name but with the cost of findings and chain I like being able to make my own. Hope you are feeling better!

  119. So much and each individual and so beautiful. This community is full of creativity that is being developed by our dear tutor, Cindy. Wow! is about all I can say … except that each one of you has given me ideas so that I can develop my talents. You spur me on to greater things and I thank each of you who have submitted photos of your work – and yes, it is so exciting to see that we have come together from literally all over the world! God bless each of you real good! (and me too)

  120. Cindy, a weird idea maybe, but a thought just came to me after looking at all these entries. Maybe for a future contest, we can each send one of our ‘creations’ to you and that collection would then be won by some fortunate one of us. There isn’t an entry here that I wouldn’t love to have!

    ADDED NOTE: I love seeing comments like this. The community is about you guys so when you have ideas to share, then by all means speak up. What do you guys think about Carolyn’s suggestion? ~Cindy

  121. Hi Helen

    Thank you for your kind words. I hope you are feeling better and stronger. Will keep you in my prayers. I just feel achy and tired and I think as i’ve not been sleeping very well I’ve had headaches sometimes too. It makes it really difficult for me to concentrate on my music students with a throbbing head. I just finished some blood work on Thursday to check for inflammation and I had some xrays done on my lower back too. I really feel blessed to not only have a wonderful teacher in Cindy but a lovely caring person as well as all of you who are such an encouragement and support.

    • @Cheryl Hodges: Hi, Cheryl. I hope you are feeling better — I felt so sorry when I read your comment about not sleeping and the horrible headaches. I hope things have improved for you…:)

  122. Photo #86 You said you used a hollow bead core for this. This is so beautiful. I’ve tried using some of the dissolvable packing peanuts because I thought that would be great for making puffed hearts. But after baking the insides (peanuts) sort of oozed out into a big mess. What’s the secrete for using the peanuts? I can’t seem to get it to work. I’d like to use them to make some filligree beads too. Can you or anyone else help? Thanks.

  123. I’ve only used the peanuts when I have open spaces in the polymer clay. Then I soak them in water and the peanuts dissolve. If some is oozing out, you might try soaking in water and see if the rest comes out.

    • @Freda: Do you just use the peanuts as is, dry? I’ve been wetting mine and trying to form into some sor of shape, like for a hollow heart, and what a mess it is. Have I been doing this all wrong?

      • @Susan Dyson:
        Sue and Freda…I came across something you all might be interested in…water absorbing crystal gels. These can be baked inside the polymer bead if you want a hollow bead. I have yet to try it but it sounds pretty interesting and easy. Go to: garieinternational.com.sg/clay/shop/gel_crystal.htm and check it out.

        • Hi @Lupe, thanks for the link to that intriguing technique! I’ve seen those little gel things at the dollar store; I was wondering if they worked. However, I never thought to use them with clay! (Although, I don’t know why — I usually think about trying everything with polymer clay…) If you or anyone else tests this out, could you please let us know if it works? I’ll do the same, if I’m able to get to the store anytime soon…

          @Sue W. & Freda: Thanks for explaining about the pkg. peanuts. I had heard a little bit about this technique over the years, but never a full explanation. Now I can try this, as well.

          Wow, I sure love this community. Cindy, your dreams of having a blog where people share ideas & help each other is being realized. We learn so much from you, and appreciate it so much (as you know — ‘cuz we tell you again & again.) But we also learn from each other, which is amazing in this day and age (where people are reluctant to share.) It’s so wonderful to have a place to go to get all this help and support. I’m so happy to have found all these great & talented people. Thanks everyone!

  124. @Cheryl, try: DIANA CATALINA LEDESMA. Diana is actually my first name. I’ll change my avatar back to the one I use here if that will help. I currently have my wedding photo.

  125. Hello Everyone,

    I haven’t commented since the first round of pictures and every time I come back and look at the photos I end up with so much to say that has already been said. There is so much inspiration out there. I don’t know how long it would take to put eating and sleeping on the back burner to complete these new challenges. My husband, who is a wonderful guy, would object in a nice way I’m sure. So I will just continue claying as time permits and enjoy all those moments. If there are still some of you who are straddling the fence, please, come on over and join the fun. Don’t be intimidated by the beautiful work already shown. Sometimes trying a new technique doesn’t look the way I wanted it to but it was more experience and the clay is becoming friendlier all the time. These “happy little accidents” will lead me to my master piece eventually and won’t that be time for a “Happy Dance”. Thanks to all of you for the beautiful work, yes, YOU too. (I heard that lol).

    Caroline, I think your idea has merit and if Cindy thinks it is feasible I say go for it. I would love to take part.

    Cindy, Gold for Canada, how wonderful. Its always the hardest to get the first one and hopefully there will be much more. The Olympics are so exciting. I wish all the athletes could bring home the gold. They deserve so much credit just for being there. WOW!

    Joyce in very cool but sunny (today) Florida

  126. Susan D; I agree with Freda. Heart 86 was formed over a ball I made with the soluable packing peanuts slightly dampened with my fingers as I formed it. I then rolled it in cornstarch to keep it from sticking to my fingers and to keep it from sticking to anything else (ie the clay covering) After I formed the heart over the ball I used a circle cutter to remove a “window” of clay that exposed the core. Then I baked it. The bead came out of the oven with the peanut core very hard. I had to soak it for quite awhile in warm water before I could get it out. I have never used the packing peanuts inside of a closed form. Hope this helps.

    • @Sue Werner: Sue, thank you so much for explaining. I’ve been wetting the peanuts too much I see now. The use of corn starch makes so much sense. Duh, why didn’t I think of that? :) I love your heart #86!! I so want to try to make one too. Wat is that saying…imitation is the first sign of success? Guess that makes your heart is a success. Thanks again.

  127. I am having a huge (to me) problem with beads cracking. I haven’t found anything here that addresses my problem. The beads are large, about the size of a US quarter, with a 4.5 mm hole. I’ve made this size twice in the Jupiter beads & twice in the watercolor beads. The cracks are always from hole to hole. I’m careful about air bubbles thinking that was the problem with the first set. I’m also careful to roll them thoroughly so the top layer of clay sticks to the bead. I just removed a set of 6 watercolor beads & each one is ruined with a large crack. So far this is the worst of all the batches. Does anyone have any idea of what I’m doing wrong. All that work for nothing!

    I have made other beads as large & larger with the same large sized hole. They were the trans clay with spices variety – no cracking there. So the problem I’m having must be in the fact that I’m layering one clay over another. Yesterday, I layered the clays for the watercolor clay & made the scrap clay beads. Today I rolled out the watercolor clay & attached it to the bead after rolling the scrap clay bead in my hand a little. Before putting the hole in the bead, I re-rolled it with some cornstarch. Do you think it would help to cover the scrap clay bead with some liquid clay before putting on the watercolor clay? I’m at my wit’s end -aack!!

  128. @Cheryl, try this:
    facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1276659888
    just copy and paste and see if that will get you to my FB page. You did look for “Diana Catalina Ledesma” – right?

  129. @Phaedrakat, you are so right about some people who are not willing to share their knowledge. It seems here that just about everyone WANTS to share their secrets and their ideas and solutions. And most give great feedback and encouragement. When I see someone give “a pat on the back” to a fellow artist it makes me feel inspired. I have learned so much more than how to play with my clay here. I have learned we all have a great support team and my hat goes off to Cindy!!

    • @Catalina: Yes, Cindy has brought us all together at this great site. It has inspired me to clay again — I didn’t think it could be done! Even when I can’t clay, I can come here and see people exchanging ideas and helping each other with their tips and tricks and it’s a great thing to see. Lots of others are very “tight-lipped” about their processes. No help with them (unless you pay a BIG price!) Here, the friendly blog and advice are free. Cindy’s great video tutorials are nearly free. I mean, $3.32 a month is incredibly low!

  130. @ Lupe; Thanks for the gel bead tip. I’ve never seen anything like this; I’ve used the gel pellets for gardening, but this is much different. Not sure about it…they didn’t pierce the bead as far as I can see. Would that influence the crystal and cause seepage? Hmmmm. Has anyone here tried this?

  131. I think I have an answer to my questions from yesterday. I emailed Premo Sculpey and they think my bamboo knitting needles are the culprit. I was advised to try preheating the needles at 300 degrees for half an hour prior to use in baking the beads as bamboo expands when heated. This sounds as though it could be the answer to why my beads are cracking all the way thru hole to hole. I love your site.

  132. Thanks for sharing the problem and solution with us Rose.
    This is definitely a very sharing and caring community and all thanks to Cindy! I have experienced people who want to learn everything from you but when it comes to them sharing anything , you can’t get anything out of them and if they do the information is not correct. We have such a wonderful support team out here, I have learned so much from all of you – thank you so much.

  133. @Catalina – Photo #111 Are those your “Exploding” Watercolor beads? I love the colors, they are gorgeous!! I think it’s pretty cool that you took the Torn Watercolor technique and made it your own. Most excellent…!

    ~Lisa :)

  134. @Dawn – Photo # 115 Love the color and especially the shape. How did you get your ovals so uniform? They look perfect..!

    ~Lisa :)

    • @Susan Dyson: Thank you, Susan. I had those stars sitting on my work bench since almost the first week of this contest. I just kept staring at them, wondering what they would become. Then one day I saw the disk beads on my bead shelves … from there it all came together. I love it when that happens. I do try not to push my art (whether wire or clay) into what I think, but rather let it decide. It is kind of like writing a book, many authors find that their characters just take over and lead them in a different direction than they had intended.

  135. Dawn #115. I really like your oval orange beads. I love that shape but haven’t had much luck making them all symmetric. Great job!

  136. @Everyone – Way to go! All such beautiful beads… I’d say Cindy’s contest is a great success and I look forward to seeing more of everybody’s lovely work in the future!

    Clay On,
    ~Lisa :D

  137. Susan have you any idea where i can get the large gel pellets from in England , all i can find is the tiny gel pellets for holding water in hanging baskets?

  138. once again there was some beautiful beads entered. I think Dawns beads 113,115,and 117 are so beautifully round and all the same size. How do you do it? i never seem to get the hang of making them all even .

  139. Carolyne lovely Jupiter beads119, and Catalina what striking colors for your watercolor beads 111 they relay stand out.
    Helen beautiful crackles on your beads 110 and i love your necklace .116

    I hope i have not left anyone out because i am truly grateful for this contest , and think that everyone has had a go at each tutorial .and if like me i would never have had the courage to show anyone my efforts if not for Cindy stressing that it’s about participating and not about who’s best.
    I have certainly learned a grate deal and have enjoyed it so much that i hope Cindy will do it again.

  140. Beautiful necklaces everyone! I can’t believe this month’s contest is coming to an end. It has been great to see everyone’s beautiful work. All the beautiful colors, texture, and designs. WOW! I agree with Carole, I am grateful for this contest. Thanks, Cindy for challenging each one of us to step up to the plate. I am looking forward to see what we can accomplish as a community…what each us can accomplish on our own. Thanks, Cindy, for letting us stretch our wings!

  141. @Sue Werner! I got my version of the fire beads #111! Are your’s ready yet? I wished I had more blue showing. I replaced the black and white layers with blue and white. I used black as the last layer and covered the core bead very loosely leaving the core bead with yellow and orange marble showing. I tried a red core bead but I didn’t like it as much as the yellow/orange. My hubby told me I had to add some blue since the hottest part of fire is blue! But I didn’t think a blue core would give it the look of real fire. So, I replaced the black with the blue. I thought maybe if I swirled some blue in the yellow/orange mix that would work. Although, I was afraid that maybe I could end up with some green tinge which would have defeated the whole purpose. I can see this technique as being unless!

  142. @Dawn, your #117 Juniper beads are wonderful! Everone who has tried this technique have made some amazing beads! I have to try this SOON!! I can’t believe I haven’t tried this yet.

  143. @ Catalina, These look great! As soon as I saw them in the line up I knew they were your “fire” beads. I have to hang my head because the week got by me and I haven’t had time to get in my studio (we are starting a remodel on our kitchen…yuck! (and yay!) Since this is it for the entries, I’ll just have to try your technique. Sorry! I have a flickr account and when I have the necklace done, I’ll send you the link! Thanks for all your work on this.

  144. @Lisa, Susan and Carol. Thanks for your comments. As for getting the shapes uniform, I listened to the teacher! Of course! For the round ones I make sure the bead (or base bead) is the same amount of clay. I usually use a sheet of clay (thickest setting on the PM) and a round cutter, size depending on the size of bead I want. Then roll them back and forth with my top palm while keeping the bottom palm still. Then I let them sit a few minutes, give them another few rolls and let them sit a little longer before making the hole. For the orange ones I just rolled the beads in a larger circle, mostly in one direction.

    This was in Cindy’s beginners course (which I LOVE), and after some practice it gets pretty easy to get them uniform. I must admit though, the smaller the bead I’m trying to make the harder it is for me to get them nice and round. The beads in the pics are about 10mm (for the smooth raku) and 11mm (for the torn water color). When I try to make spacer beads (6mm or smaller) they do tend to get wonky. LOL

    As I told Cindy, the orange ones did get over-sanded, but I still like how they came out. A happy little accident.

    • @DawnB: I, too, am amazed at how round your beads are … and so very beautiful! I was introduced to polymer clay by Kathy Weise in Loveland! That’s not very far from you. You can find her on facebook. It is not often that clay-ers are so close to one another, so I thought you’d like to know about her. If you do communicate, be sure to give her my love! She is a great person with a HUGE heart!

      • @carolyn: Woohoo. Thanks Carolyn! Since I live in south FtC, Loveland is practically in my backyard. I will look for Kathy on Facebook. I’d love to meet another northern Colorado clay-er.

    • @DawnB: Dawn – I think you are the grand prize winner for living closest to an expert polymer clayer. Remember how I tried to put you in touch with Kathie in Loveland, well, I can go even one better. I was just flipping through the new Color Inspirations by Haunani & Maggio. I stopped at one page that really caught my eye. You won’t believe it, but Carol Simmons (one of the spotlight artists in this book) recently opened her own studio in FORT COLLINS! It says she is now a full-time polymer clay artist and teacher. She is a past president of the National Polymer Clay Guild. There is no real contact info in her but I’m sure you will be able to locate her.

      I intend to spend some time in Loveland/Ft. Collins this spring (probably in May) and would love to meet you … and maybe we could together visit with Carol. When I motorhome I never know for sure where I will be or when, but if you would be ‘up for a visit’ I can sure let you know when I will be in your area. You can contact me by clicking on my name and going to my website and go to contact us and fill in your contact info and we can communicate above and beyond this site of Cindy’s. Sure hope to hear from you … and congrats on living so close to a pro!

  145. One of the most fascinating things about this contest is seeing where everyone is from … and sometimes I can even see the country influence … like with 059 Susan Bates from Florence, Italy. I love that city – and your work! And even from different parts of this county, like Lupe Meter’s AZ influence. Your work is gorgeous. I mustn’t leave out those in the UK and Canada – all fabulous! We even have members from other parts of Europe and from ‘Down Under’. Cindy you have done such a wonderful thing bringing together this community from literally all over the world!

  146. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could all get together! Thanks to Cindy’s wonderful way of teaching we each have something different to share. She gives us the basics of the various techniques and then encourages us to ‘go for it’ on our own. I’d wager that everyone who participated in this contest would say that they have grown artistically because of it. Thank you so much, Cindy, and thanks go to each of you who submitted such fabulous work!

  147. Everyone did such beautiful work. What a talented group we have here. Susan Bates, #54 your jupiter bead is just perfect. It looks like the one in the tut. Dawn Boone, I tried to pick out a favorite in your entries and I couldn’t! They’re all so beautiful and colorful. Carolyn Fiene, I started to pick out #114, but couldn’t do that either. They’re all so great!! Carole Holt, I love how you strung #120 and #85 has such a beautiful frame. How did you do that? Oh, thank you for the compliment. Lupe, I love your book covers. I like covering boxes. Your earrings #87 are just adorable. Sue Dyson everything you made is perfectly shaped and the colors are stunning. Cheryl Hodges. are you feeling any better? I hope so. Silverleaf and Catalina, you both have such talent!!! I love everyones work!!!! Most of all, Cindy Lietz, and Hubby. What can I say!!!!!!! I think I’ve said it all. You are so appreciated!!!! Look at all the talented people you have made. You made me complete four sets that I would have never completed. You made me put an avatar on line and email photos. I didn’t know how to do any of this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you, Thank you Thank you!!!!! Plus, you take away my pain. What more can I say? Luv You both, Honey

  148. @Sue Werner, I’m glad you like them! I did these because you inspired me! Now if I can take a few moments and try the juniper beads! Good luck on the kitchen remodel! I wish I was in your shoes! We need to work on our kitchen but I already went through a major remoldel on my old house and I known what’s instore!! Plus, I would have to cook everyday. I rather say, “Sweetheart, where are you taking me out tonight?” LOL!!!

  149. How is everyone getting their pictures on Facebook? I must have tried a million times and I just cant get the email address. Another bumb in the road. I got an email address for a calendar that you put pictures in but the pictures are really small. I have aol and was wonering if I added outlook would that do it? Any help would be appreciated. I guess I’ll go back to Facebook now and try again. Thanks, Honey

    • @Helen Sperring (honeyclay): Hi, I’m kind of new to facebook, but I was able to add some photos pretty easily. I do not understand what you are asking about email, however. Are you wanting to add photos that came in an email? Or are your photos stored on your computer? If they’re on your computer, you should be able to add them into your fb acct by going to photos, and then creating an album. You can then install photos using their active-x control, or use their “simple uploader.” (I chose the later method.) Let me know if you want more info, and I’ll see if I can walk you through it.

  150. What awesome work. How encouraging it must be for you Cindy to see such a huge response. As I am a new arrival to the group I look forward to participating when I have got a bit better. Well done, very inspiring to see what can be done.
    Lynn

  151. Wow, look an angel of mercy. Phaedrakat, thank you so much for the help. When I send photos to Cindy, I have to email them to her. So don’t I need an email address to mail to Facebook? They’re on my computer so don’t I have to email them to get them into Facebook? I’m new to all of this stuff. I never emailed photos in my life until I joined Cindy’s site. I find it hard trying to explain all this because I’m not computer saavy. I just think it is wonderful that you answered me. Again Thank you , Honey

    • @Helen Sperring (honeyclay): No angel here, but I’m happy to help! ;-) Unless there is something different with AOL, you do not have to email the photos. You should be able to upload them directly from your computer. Open Facebook, and go to your profile. (There’s a list of items at the top right, like “Home”, “Profile”, “Find Friends,” etc.) Click on “Profile” and then go to your “Photos” tab (you’ll have other tabs like “Wall,” “Info,” etc.) On your “Photos” tab, you find a “Create a Photo Album” button.

      This is a lot of instructions for a page that is already VERY long. We should take these comments to a page without so much traffic. Let’s go to this “Facebook Post” to continue this conversation.

      If that doesn’t work out, I can help you by email. Ask Cindy to give me your email (or she could give you mine,) and we could go from there. But for now, let me know if you are able to follow the directions I gave so far (above,) and if you see the “Create a…Album” button. Write me back at the other post! Good luck!

      • @Phaedrakat: I can’t remember what YOUR name is, Phaedrakat, but from your knowledge of facebook, it sounds like you are on facebook … where? I can’t find you. You can find my Dove Designs® facebook at: pages/Stateline-NV/Dove-DesignsR/306759126890?ref=pymk Now, I just hope that giving this info isn’t going to throw this post into that blue box that Cindy has to modify. I think I left out all the ‘gunk’ and if you copy and paste the stuff from pages to pymk you should find me there. You can even become a fan if you want to. My personal facebook is: profile.php?ref=profile&id=1387822297 – I think. Then, if you click my name you’ll end up at my website, and from there you can also get to my blog – and to PYM II. Yep, I’ve been busy! On my blog you will even find Cindy under the blogs that I follow. So, now you can get to me coming and going. I feel sometimes like I am going in circles!

  152. Photo #122 Being new to both jewelry-making and polymer clay, I was pleased with how this earring and bracelet set turned out. It basically involved layering alcohol inks and aluminum foil onto black clay, which had been cut into thin square shapes. I finished the pieces with a gloss glaze. Later I made a matching necklace.

    Joan

    ADDED NOTE: Hi Joan – When you submitted this photo, I assumed your jewelry project was based on one of the faux raku techniques in Vol-014. But now that I’ve seen your description, it really is more in line with the Vol-012-2 tutorial which focuses on alcohol inks and metal leaf. I’ll leave the photo posted for inspiration, but to be fair to everyone else, we’ll have to get you to re-submit this entry in an upcoming contest that will focus on the Volume-012 topics. Your work is wonderful! ~Cindy

  153. @ Dawn #109 Love these green beads- very fresh , bright color. I also love the cool tones of you rwater color beads # 113. Your Jupiter beads are beautiful too #117. I love the oval shape and the color of the orange water color technique # 115.

    Catalina # 11 – those torn water color beads are a very bold and striking color combination.
    Carolyn Fien# 119 . Love your jupiter bead and interchangeable pendant#077 and # 055 the necklaces.How did you hang the pendant?
    @ Susan D # Your interchangeable pendant is wonderful # 088. Is that a swirled lentil bead?
    @ Bonnie Kreger # 043 & #049 – These are so pretty . Love the beads and the colors. Your bangle reminds me of the papier mache bangles they make in India.

  154. Cheryl, Regarding Bead #88 – Thanks for the compliment. Yes, it is a swirled lentil bead that I made from clay after making a Jupiter bead. Thought making it interchanable would allow it to be seen from both sides.

  155. @Linda Kropp – #123 I love the color of your Torn Watercolor beads! Is that your own color mix or one of Cindy’s? Just gorgeous!

    ~Lisa

  156. Whew, I scrambled really fast to do my beads on Sunday and get them in to Cindy. Photo #121 is my faux raku beads. I need a lot of practice with these beads. I had ink all over me, LOL!

  157. Photo #123 is my torn watercolor beads. I was rushing to get them done and was afraid to oversand them. I guess I didn’t sand them enough because I couldn’t get any shine out of them when I buffed them. On the other hand, paper doesn’t shine , so they could be OK as they are. I do think that I’ll sand them a bit more to see what happens.

  158. @ Lisa Witham: Re, #121, torn watercolor. That was my color mix. I used 1 part Premo Green Pearl and 1 part Premo Pearl. I wanted the color to be soft because I like watercolor paintings that are done in soft colors.

  159. @Cheryl, thanks for the sweet comments about my #111. I had a great time with this contest. It was a unique experience and I know everyone here learned even more. I can’t wait to see who wins.

  160. I just want to say that this contest has been a wonderful thing for all of us. No matter who wins the beads, we are all winners because we have stretched our minds and tried techniques that we might not have had the courage to attempt otherwise. Not only did this encourage me to try the techniques in Volume 14, but it also inspired me to try out what Cindy teaches us every week in the latest video.

    I can’t tell you all how much I am enjoying polymer clay since I found Cindy—I am totally obsessed! The new pieces of jewelry that I’ve made with polymer clay beads have gotten quite a bit of attention when I wear them. I used to get a few compliments on my jewelry. Now, my jewelry causes a commotion!

  161. Cheryl, thanks for the compliment. I was experimenting with the new Michael’s clay when I made those beads. I think it’s an off shoot of Sculpey III. I’m glad I mixed it with some old Premo I had because it was really mushy. The colors are vibrant and they bake the way look but I worry about the pieces holding up after baking. Will give the rest of that clay to my girlfriend for her grand kids.

  162. Just wanted to say a big thankyou to Cindy for her teaching, sharing and getting us all excited about this contest and getting us motivated to get claying. I know we’ve all enjoyed this immensely. Thank you to all of you too; i feel we’ve got closer to each other through this creative bond we have. Look forward to many more contests and chatting with all you guys out there.

    I’m a music teacher (piano) and I’m off to a power up gospel music workshop Friday – Saturday and we are actuall y performing with the choir on Sunday.

    • @Cheryl Hodges: Nothing to do with beads or clay, but I just wanted to mention that I’m in three choirs and I love it! We do more classical choral stuff, but occasionally we do something a bit different like gospel, spirituals, traditional African music… I really want to learn piano but I have neither the money for lessons nor the room and money for a piano.

  163. I just realised I forgot a few things – to comment on my own beads, and to send in pics of my latest ones! Can’t seem to get my head together recently… :/

    Oh well, once I get them done I’ll post them to my Facebook album anyway so you can all see them. I have some round deep crackle raku beads and lots more Jupiter beads, some of which I’ve made into different shapes – thank you for the inspiration guys!

  164. #076 Some more pearl watercolour beads, this time the blend I used was pear/copper/red pearl/blue pearl. The copper seems to dominate so the other colours kind of became accents. I haven’t strung these yet because I didn’t make enough of this batch for a full necklace and I need to figure out what beads to combine them with.

  165. #098 Jupiter beads in purples, blues and reds. I’m not entirely happy with the purple colour as it’s a bit more desaturated than I’d like, but I think they’ll be nice mixed with other beads. And I forgot to use old clay so they didn’t crackle. These were sanded and buffed in the rock tumbler and then dipped twice in Klear/Future.

  166. #103 More Jupe beads using scraps of various blues. I don’t like the one in the centre because it’s too “contrasty”, but I’m happier with the others. I find this technique difficult because you never know quite how the beads will turn out, and I’m a person that likes to plan everything down to the smallest detail!

  167. #067 Deep crackle raku tube beads. I used ecru clay and Perfect Pearls in interference colours which are very subtle on light clays. The background is a dark brown mix of scrap clay. I’d like to try this in more greenish colours next time. I was scared of overbaking the crackle sheet so I used it before it was really ready, and the crackles are quite fine although they are more pronounced in some of the beads, but I like the effect anyway.

  168. #073 Another awesome book Lupe, I really have to have a go at this! My friend Lauren is mad about notebooks and carries several of them with her at all times because she writes poetry, and something like that would be a great gift for her.

  169. I was just panning through the entries again and several of these photos contain tube beads that are so uniform and beautiful. (Carole Holt – #066; #092 Susan Dyson; and a couple by Cheryl Hodges – #078 + #093 and others – all great work!) I’ve found the perfect base for tubes for me … oxygen hoses. I am one of those ‘never toss it out’ kind of people. I found quite a bit of two different sizes of spare (still in their sealed plastic bags) hoses from Don’s oxygen treatments. I cut what I need into the desired lengths and cover them with any kind or style of clay and waa-laa uniform tubes! They ‘bake’ without a problem and have larger holes so they accommodate cording real well. Just thought I’d toss this out for whatever it’s worth.

    • @carolyn: What a great idea! I hate to throw anything away too, I always thing “it’ll come in useful for SOMETHING…” As a consequence my house is full of stuff, and every so often I have to force myself to have a big clearout!

      When I make tube beads I tend to just roll them by eye. Which is why my tube beads are not perfect. ;)

  170. #109 Wow, they look like polished natural stones! Like maybe moss agate or something. (I used to collect stones when I was a kid but I was never very good at remembering all the names!) How did you get that effect Dawn?

  171. I am so glad this blog will be archived. It seems every time I review the entries, or go back to look at one mentioned (thanks, Silverleaf), I see something I’d like to try, or improvements I can make on my own work. This has been such a wonderful ‘contest’ in so many ways. Cindy, this was a stroke of genius on your part. Did you have any idea of the response you got? As of now there have been 255 comments on this blog. Is that a record, Cindy? Again thanks for the idea, and a great big thank you to our whole community for all the entires and thoughtful comments. This has been fantastic!

  172. And I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who participated in the competition – isn’t it cool the variation and diversity of these pieces, considering there’s only 4 different techniques?

    I really feel that I’ve take something valuable away from this – firstly I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful pieces made by you lovely people! And secondly as I’ve mentioned before, I only tried some of the techniques because of the competition, and now I have more strings to my bow as I’ve found some new favourites (like the watercolour beads). Thirdly, I’ve been so inspired by the ways people added their own spin – it’s really got my own creative juices flowing! Particularly those of you who have, for example, made a Jupiter bead then transformed it into a heart. I haven’t sent in pictures, but I made several Jupiter hearts and played around with various shapes, one of which ended up as a coiled sea shell (like a whelk or something, coiled and cone-shaped) which I love.

    As someone said before, we all win. Even if we don’t get the beads!

    And finally, even bigger thanks to Cindy for organising the competition, making the videos to share with us in the first place, and for being so encouraging and supporting of us all. Cindy, you are teh roxxorz, as the kids are saying nowadays! ;)

  173. @Silverleaf, No, it was a mistake! I wished I knew how I came up with it because I love purple, too. But, I know I did mix in some pearl to give it a nice sparkle. Too bad the photos don’t show it. Thanks for the compliment! Your #002 beads are still my favorite! Excellent color choice!

    • @Catalina: Hi Catalina, I just wanted to tell you about the reply button, if you haven’t used it (if you already know about this, please ignore me, & I’m sorry for “gettin’ all up in your bus’ness”!) If you want to answer a comment that is further up the page, you can click on “Reply” to the right side of the comment. This will put the (html?) code into the comment box. Then you just write your comment after that and submit. This will make the person’s name underlined in blue in your comment. It’s handy for people like me who are reading everyone else’s stuff (yep, I’m pretty nosy!) When I read your comment above, I had to scroll up to see which one of Silverleaf’s comments you were answering. If you use the reply button, it makes Silverleaf’s name clickable, and will take the “nosy person” directly to the right comment! Anyway, sorry if you already know this. And Congratulations on all of your beautiful watercolor beads (even exploding ones!)

      • @Phaedrakat: THANKS! I didn’t know that. I thought it was to reply ONLY to that person. Great tip! Your help is greatly appreciated. I know alot about computers but I lack knowledge in getting around the “net” sometimes.

        • @Catalina: No problem. I tried it once & messed it up; I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. It was actually Cindy who pointed me in the right direction, after fixing another link I had messed up. I thought I’d pass the info along in case you wanted to use it, too. Yep, even if we know a lot about computers, every site is different. You have to learn the way to navigate each one (kind of like how every ATM machine is different at every store. It’s like, do I slide my card first, choose debit/credit first, etc.)

    • @Catalina: Well maybe I’ll have to try to make the colour myself then! It’s very pretty. And thanks for saying nice things about my beads, I’ve had so many compliments about them and it’s really boosted my confidence. :)

      • @Silverleaf: You should be confident — your beads are amazing! You made quite a lot of beautiful beads, in amazing colors, too. I also saw some really pretty beads on your Flickr acct. Those pebble beads in the blues, made with embossing powder & tea, gorgeous! And I love your Butterfly cane. I haven’t made one yet — it’s one of the things I absolutely HAVE to learn how to do. I have three different examples that I’m using for inspiration. I can’t wait to put them all together and make my own “perfect” (to me) butterfly cane. I soooo need to get started on a gazillion things. Oh, and I also love your pretty “Pink Candy” glitter beads. What did you tint the trans. with on these? Inks? Clay? Do tell…

        • @Phaedrakat: Thank you, you made me blush!

          I like the pebble beads too, maybe I’ll make a set for myself. I have so many types of tea in the cupboard and I love inclusions!

          The butterfly was modified from one I saw in a Donna Kato book. The more I look at it though, the less I like it. Something about the lack of value contrast in the colours I think – still, everything you make teaches you something and I’d like to try it again, maybe as a backgroundless cane using the play-doh technique. And I’d like to try more complicated butterflies too.

          The Pink Candy beads, I can’t actually remember what I used to tint the trans! Most likely it was bright pink coloured clay, either that or Tim Holtz alcohol ink in Wild Plum. I know I’ve used both at one time or another so either would work.

  174. Hi all,
    here I am lagging along as usual, but so glad I found the page with all the bead competion beads here. I did not get to send anything in, still thinking about it LOL,but not to worry, enjoy all I do here and just love seing everyones work all diffeent but from the same tutorial.
    Amazing,
    love
    Elizabeth K.

    • @Elizabeth K.: You really hit the nail on the head with your comment … each different … that’s what makes it so great … same techniques, different results. No matter how closely we follow Cindy’s videos, our own personalities show through. Isn’t it fun!

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