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If you have follow up questions, be sure to post in the comment section below. I will address them in next week’s Q&A video. You can also join me live on Wednesday’s at 2PM EST (11AM PST) over at our Polymer Clay Tutor Facebook Page.

  1. Gwen B, 23 June, 2017


  2. Cindy Lietz, 25 June, 2017

    Nice to meet you Gwen from Texas!

  3. Dawn Boone, 23 June, 2017

    Holy Kmoly! I gotta get out more (modern technology speaking). I had no idea you were doing such cool things on Facebook (I have booked marked now). Great answers. The Lucy Clay Squirrel? Did I hear that right? LOL

  4. Cindy Lietz, 25 June, 2017

    You heard right! I think those guys must have been watching the movie Ice Age… naming their products Mammoth and Squirrel! A Squirrel that size would definitely have to be prehistoric!! :)

  5. Nancy Vleurinck, 24 June, 2017

    Great idea, this Q & A session.
    One hour feels perfect for me; probably long enough for you too.
    I learn so much from all you videos, I cant thank you enough.
    You keep inspiring me.

  6. Cindy Lietz, 25 June, 2017

    Thank you so much Nancy for your input! I am pleased that this format will be helpful for you! :)

  7. Janet Allen, 26 June, 2017

    Cindy, if I condition blocks of clay, can I store them in a looseleaf binder using plastic page protectors? I just got a Never Knead and have been playing with it and have lots of conditioned clay.

  8. Cindy Lietz, 27 June, 2017

    Hi Janet, I’ll be answering your question and showing examples in tomorrow’s Live Q&A at 11AM PST on Facebook. Hope to see you there!

  9. Patricia Eisele, 27 June, 2017

    This was so nice! Keep up the great work. Very interesting and informative. Thanks so much. Looking forward to more.

  10. Cindy Lietz, 30 June, 2017

    I am happy you are enjoying this format Patricia! Thank for letting us know!

  11. Sarah Scanlon, 28 June, 2017

    Hi Cindy, I have a question for next week’s live video. I had an operation a few months ago and wasn’t able to do pretty much anything. Now that I am better I want to get back into my clay work but I can’t get my creative mind going again. I sit for hours on pinterest and youtube etc but everytime I sit down to do something my mind just goes blank, and anything I have made I haven’t been happy with. Has this ever happened to you? Do you have any tips to help me get back into it.

  12. Cindy Lietz, 14 July, 2017

    Hi Sarah, I answered your question in the July 5th Broadcast posted above.

  13. Ranjani N, 29 June, 2017

    Hi looking for help with cutting the canes and shaping it.. also some tips on filigree embroidery.

  14. Cindy Lietz, 14 July, 2017

    Hi Ranjani, I answered your question in the July 5th Broadcast posted above.

  15. Dawn Boone, 29 June, 2017

    I have a question for you Cindy. If I add some polymer clay accents to the outside of a coffee mug, would I be able to microwave it (heat up cold coffee)? After it was completely cured I mean. Thanks a lot!

  16. Cindy Lietz, 30 June, 2017

    Thanks Dawn for your question, I put it on the list!

  17. Cindy Lietz, 14 July, 2017

    I answered this question in the July 5th Broadcast posted above.

  18. Lynn Behnke, 29 June, 2017

    I did a search under “Radiant Pearls” but came up empty. Have you tried them with polymer clay? (It’s a mica powder paint.) They may be discontinued, but I just found mine from card-making years ago. If you have tested them, can you tell me which video? If you haven’t, I’ll test it myself, but why reinvent the wheel? Thanks.

  19. Cindy Lietz, 14 July, 2017

    Hi Lynn, I addressed your question in the July 5th Broadcast posted above.

  20. Candice Dear, 01 July, 2017

    Thanks for your question and answer new format. I’ve tried PYM II a couple of times. After drying it seems the surface of the clay is rough, not at all how it feels when I sand and buff. Am I doing something wrong or is that just how it is?

  21. Cindy Lietz, 14 July, 2017

    Hi Candice, I answered your question in the July 5th Broadcast posted above.

  22. LINDA S. LARUE, 03 July, 2017

    premo (is the brand of polymer clay I use)

  23. Cindy Lietz, 14 July, 2017

    Thank you for your input Linda!

  24. Nancy Vleurinck, 06 July, 2017

    Hy Cindy
    Once more I enjoyed your weekly post so much.
    Your are my muse in the polymer clay haeven, my lighthouse on the PC ocean.
    – I follow your from Belgium
    – I first used Fimo, most common brand here, then switched partly to Premo and now to Cernit.
    I banned Fimo soft is totally; however children like it most.
    -Ever since your review avout Glad press and seal, I try to find it, here, and in France or Spain during holidays. Never found it. On the internet I recently found a Dutch company, usgroceries.nl selling it. They were tready to send over even 1 roll of it. Now I will be able to store sheets, skinner blends etc. Sealing them first and then in an ordenr as suggested in last Q & A session. Perhaps you can help others with this info.

    Keep going, love you

  25. Cindy Lietz, 14 July, 2017

    Hi Nancy, I have added your question to my list!

  26. Hermine R, 07 July, 2017

    From Quebec!

  27. Cindy Lietz, 14 July, 2017

    Hello Hermine!

  28. Dawn Boone, 07 July, 2017

    OMG! I have definitely seen a marshmallow heated in the microwave! Glad I asked! I won’t be decorating any coffee mugs with polymer clay. Thanks so much Cindy. Very valuable info.

  29. Cindy Lietz, 14 July, 2017

    You are more than welcome Dawn!

  30. Stacy Arnold, 09 July, 2017

    Do you do more advanced polymer clay canes? I see canes in my every day. Be it clothing, bedding, or in nature. I see a lot of beautiful work online.

  31. Cindy Lietz, 14 July, 2017

    Hi Stacy, I have added your question to the list!

  32. Ross Macpherson, 12 July, 2017

    Found your videos on youtube to be very informative and was hoping maybe you could point me in the right direction for my project.

    I want to make a spiral out of polymer clay like a lemon peel around a shape that is like an hourglass. so from thick to skinny to thick.

    The clay needs to be really hard and the shape im wrapping is made of wood.
    Do you have any tips for how to go about this?

    Watching your video about the different clays i was thinkng the koto clay for hardness. but wen it is wrapped around the wood is it ok to have in the oven or is it possible to dry in the sun? also how to go about getting the spiral off the shape and is it ok to rebake if i cut a seem and put some more clay to combine them again.

    Would be amazing to hear your thoughts! Thank you for the videos!


  33. Cindy Lietz, 14 July, 2017

    Hi Ross, I have added your question to the list!

  34. Julie Adamson, 14 July, 2017

    Hi Cindy,

    I love your videos on YouTube and find them very informative. I am a newbie with polymer clay having spent many years working with fondant. I have made my first cake toppers and wondered I feel you could give me some advice about an issue? I have used navy blue polymer clay and after baking it has developed a white powdery looking bloom on it. I thought it was just baby powder but after using a kitchen wipe on it the bloom won’t budge. What do you think I have done wrong?

    Thank you for your time.

  35. Cindy Lietz, 02 August, 2017

    Hi Julie, I have added your question to the list!

  36. Bev Trombley, 14 July, 2017

    What would you recommend if I wanted to purchase a pre-made buffing wheel for a Dremel?

  37. Cindy Lietz, 02 August, 2017

    Hi Bev, I have added your question to the list!

  38. Debbie Brown, 14 July, 2017

    I have been designing & making jewelry for over 6 years. 1/2 my business is fundraisers & I have helped raise over $17,000 in the past 6 years. I was afraid to go to polymer clay, but one day I found the courage. I will be using it to make beads with non-profit logos, or a memorial print for a loved one that may have passed, or any other request they have made. I love doing my fundraisers & have really spent a lot of time watching yours (which are wonderful). One video I’m still confused on……after I finish a bead, which coating for matt or gloss or anything type of coating you recommend would be the best to use. I have never had one bracelet break or any beads, so I want to make sure I keep that reputation. Please help! TY for taking the time as I respect your busy busy schedule.

  39. Cindy Lietz, 02 August, 2017

    Hi Debbie, I have added your question to the list!

  40. Nancy Vleurinck, 15 July, 2017

    Hi Cindy
    A great Q&A session again.
    I have 2 questions about baking.
    1. what to do best after baking: let cool off in the oven, out of the oven or put the pieces/beads in icewater?
    2. I have pieces that are baked at a too low temperature; some I used in a bracelet, completely finished. Can I bake the complete bracelet again with the finding and all?
    Your my champion. Thank you

  41. Cindy Lietz, 02 August, 2017

    Hi Nancy, I have added your question to the blog!

  42. Marie Lilley, 15 July, 2017

    Hi Cindy,
    Enjoyed greatly the Live Q & A. I’ve been pondering on the issue of baking and thermometers, I’m not having any problems in the area of baking, but it suddenly occurred to me during the last Q & A that when we speak about the thermometer that only tells us how hot the oven is rather than keeping it at a steady required heat. I just wondered if you have to adjust the heat say up the temperature do you have to allow extra time in the baking whilst it reaches the required temp.
    Thanks for all yours and Doug’s hard work in helping us.

  43. Linda S. Larue, 15 July, 2017

    my oven, one made for clay, is all over the place in temp…altho it is getting better with age…I do keep two thermometers in it, and the way I do it is, ( yep, silly, I know), I put the clay in on tiles (no preheat), and the oven is lined with them (tiles)…while it is off.. I turn the oven all the way up to max, watching closely, with the clay in it, takes about ten minutes up to twenty…when it is nearly up to temp…I turn it between 250/300…and watch…that seems to be the sweet spot…and turn the timer back to half an hr…then add more to bring it to an hr….the clay comes out able to do the u turn and doesn’t break….tough little dudes they are…I always put a little translucent in every color I mix, so upon taking the clay out, it goes in ice water…hope this helps…all I can say is it works for me…good luck….and why the devil, cant they make an accurate oven??? I waste, well, not really, so much time babysitting the temp. on it…Linda

  44. Cindy Lietz, 02 August, 2017

    Hi Marie and Linda, I have added this to the list of things to discuss in a future Q&A. Thanks for sharing!

  45. Peggy J, 20 July, 2017

    Hello, I’m new to bead making. I was wondering if imitation gold foil is okay to use in bead making or should I use real gold leaf.
    Thank you, Peggy

  46. Cindy Lietz, 24 July, 2017

    Hi Peggy, I have added your question to the list for a future LIVE Q&A Broadcast. Make sure to attend the broadcasts LIVE or to watch the Re-Play’s here to see when your question is answered. Thanks!

  47. Cecilia Lee, 20 July, 2017

    Hi Cindy, love the tutorials.
    I know video on teeny tiny cutters was a year ago but still cannot find on Etsy.
    Any recent info would be appreciated.

  48. Cindy Lietz, 24 July, 2017

    Hi Cecelia, I have added your question to the list for a future LIVE Q&A Broadcast. Make sure to attend the broadcasts LIVE or to watch the Re-Play’s here to see when your question is answered. Thanks!

  49. Joanie Broadus, 01 August, 2017

    You say oil based minwax polycrylic gloss finish in baked polymer clay. But what about MINWAX Water-Based Polycrylic Clear Gloss Finish? Thank you.

  50. Cindy Lietz, 02 August, 2017

    Hi Joanie, I added your question to the list!

  51. Joe N, 01 August, 2017

    Hello Cindy,

    My daughter has just discovered making her favorite characters out of modeling clay and I am in need of some assistance (if only you had a dollar for every time you heard that!)

    She’s using Sculpy III and making 3D figures, so thickest part is usually the head at about 1 to 1.5″ we tried baking one today and it went pancake, expanded to 2.5 to 3x size. Can you provide a quick how to (especially with baking) to help ensure success.

    A few notes that may influence your response: Our desired result is same size 3D figure, she’s found knack for these.

    We baked at 275 for approx. 12 mins,lowering to 265 for last 4-5 mins. removed from oven at about 16-17 mins bc of shock at flattening and residue left (a waxy yellow substance)

    We are in the mountains – Salt Lake City, thus altitude is a consideration

    Do we stand or lay flat for baking, is there a “proper” way? also if purchasing / dedicating a specific- use pan, do you recommend glass or metal?

    Thank you in advance for your time and accessibility, it is very much appreciated.


  52. Cindy Lietz, 02 August, 2017

    Hi Joe, I have added your question to the list!

  53. Billy Franklin, 01 August, 2017

    I have heard you say on your FB live that you have a blog on tips on how to condition your clay however I can’t find your blog. I have trouble getting my yellow clay soften up. I mean do get it soften but it takes more time than others.

  54. Cindy Lietz, 02 August, 2017

    Hi Billy, I added your question to the list!

  55. Nydia Diaz, 01 August, 2017

    Hola! Cindy I’M very happy watching your videos. Please could you help me to get the appropriate resin for my jewelry. I”m doing rose petal jewelry, but the resin I use take more than 24 hrs to cure. According to your video the UltraDome is the best? Please could you help me, I contact the company, I haven’t had answer yet. I went to their web and I coudn’t see the UltraDome. I appreciate your help.

  56. Cindy Lietz, 02 August, 2017

    Hi Nydia, I have added your question to the list!

  57. Beatrice Travis, 01 August, 2017

    Hello again. I’ve missed seeing new tutorials on YouTube. You are so passionate, and forgiving about your clay and projects, it’s always fun to watch.

    This is my question: like many amateurs, I only get to play with clay a few hours on the weekend. It doesn’t take me long to produce an oven full of pieces that need to be baked. But, I want to know if it is absolutely necessary to let the pieces stay in the oven while it cools down. I have seen a video where you quench, but I want to make sure I’m okay taking my pieces out of the oven before I turn it off so I can put the next batch in. A one hour bake turns into a two hour bake if I start with a cold oven and then have to let the oven go cold before I remove my pieces.

    Thank you in advance for your reply.

    A Beatrice Travis

  58. Cindy Lietz, 02 August, 2017

    Hi Beatrice, I added your question to the list!

  59. Mary Jewell Atkins, 01 August, 2017

    This is July of 2017 and I just watched your videos of the polyslicer and polysander. I cannot find either one listed to buy. Please tell me how I can get these tools. I think they would be so helpful. I do like all of your videos. Keep making them.

  60. Cindy Lietz, 08 August, 2017

    Hi Mary, I have added your question to the list!

  61. Elizabeth Phillips, 01 August, 2017


  62. Cindy Lietz, 02 August, 2017

    Hi Elizabeth, I added your question to the list!

  63. Elizabeth Phillips, 02 August, 2017

    I wasn’t able to be there to participate in today’s Live Q&A, and even though I watched the entire Replay, I didn’t hear an answer to my question. That is to say, that I still haven’t been able to bake my first piece of Polymer Clay because I cannot afford to waste all the time, effort, and supplies by just trying to bake it without an answer from you, which is to say I cannot afford to risk ruining my very first piece of Polymer Clay work, by over or under baking and ruining it. So will you please send me the answer to my question, as I cannot bear waiting another week to find out how to compensate for the difference between my Convection Oven, and a regular one, so will please send me the answer?

    Respectfully Elizabeth

  64. Cindy Lietz, 03 August, 2017

    Hi Elizabeth, I understand that convection ovens can bake differently when you are baking something like a cookie but in regards to baking polymer clay in a convection oven, you won’t need to bake it any differently than you would bake in a regular oven. Just make sure to use an oven thermometer, preheat your oven to the temp for your brand (Premo is 275F), place in a lined pan with a tinfoil lid and bake for one hour. Make sure to watch the baking videos I have at this blog web site (search box is in the upper right corner of every post), and you should be fine. Good luck!

  65. Elizabeth Phillips, 04 August, 2017


    Thank you very much :)

  66. Shimmy Radhakrishnan, 01 August, 2017

    Hello Cindy,

    Hope you are doing good. I am writing to you with a lot of hope that you will be able to help me with the major issue that I am facing with baking of my polymer clay pendants that some of them are chipping off and breaking after baking:( This mostly happening with the bigger sized ones that I make but rarely with the smaller ones too.

    I am using Premo and baking them at 130 for upto 1 hour mostly and the thickness of them are mostly 1/4 inch. The last one I baked is around 7.5 cm*7.5cm in size.

    Pls let me know if you could help me in anyways as it is heart breaking to see so much of effort going down the drain.

  67. Cindy Lietz, 02 August, 2017

    Hi Shimmy I added your question to the list!

  68. Yvonne Irvin, 01 August, 2017

    in the you Tube using the UV cure epoxy…you used a hand held lighter device… can you please tell me the name/make/ model number of it? would like to fine the same and cant locate after many google attempts….you used it to get the bubbles out before curing…I really thank you in advance for your assist! love all that you do…
    best Yvonne

  69. Cindy Lietz, 08 August, 2017

    Hi Yvonne, I have added your question to the list!

  70. Francine D, 01 August, 2017

    First of all you are truly one in a million and you are fantastic. I stumbled upon your you-tube channel by chance about a week ago and I am totally hooked. My go to hobby/ past-time is cake designing and decorating and I am eager to try out your ideas and techniques with modeling chocolate and fondant. But I would also like to give polymer a try. The thing is that I live in Israel and the only polymer product that I have found is Fimo which doesn’t seem to be at the top of anyone’s list. I am looking in to purchasing a very first order from Polymer Superstore and would appreciate your advice on which would be better for a very first orderr: either a small 12 color sampler of Souffle or about 5 colors of Primo 2 oz each. I would probably be interested in trying to make bracelets or pendants. So for a beginner which would be better the Souffle or the Primo? Sorry for being so long winded. Best wishes, Francine

  71. Cindy Lietz, 08 August, 2017

    Hi Francine, I have added your question to the list!

  72. Kinga Pope, 01 August, 2017


    Is it possible to make my modeling clay figures firm without baking? If yes, how?

    Thank you in advance.


  73. Cindy Lietz, 08 August, 2017

    Hi Kinga, I have added your question to the list!

  74. Francine D, 02 August, 2017

    Hi again from Israel.
    I was just wondering if the inner cardboard of a toilet paper roll could be used as a form for a cuff bracelet, and if so would anything have to be placed between the cardboard and the polymer clay to prevent sticking, such as parchment paper?
    Thank you for your help.

  75. Cindy Lietz, 08 August, 2017

    Thank you for your question Francine. It has been added to the list!

  76. Shimmy R, 02 August, 2017

    I am facing an issue with my big polymer clay pendants that they are chipping off and breaking:( The details of my work is given below.

    a. I have been baking pendants which are slightly big in size, for example, 7*9 cm size rectangles or 8cm diameter circles.
    b. I have been doing image transfers on them before baking.
    c. Thickness is mostly 1/4 inches
    d. I have been using Premo clay and was baking them at the temperature specified on the cover for 1 hour.
    e. I believe I have conditioned them enough that I was able to work with (please let me know how do I know for sure if the conditioning was sufficient).
    f. I have been inserting eye pin hooks to the pendant and mostly the places where the hooks are inserted, they chip off and the hook comes out. Also there are lines of breaks on the pendant after I work on them for a little, say for example when I attach beads or after wearing them for sometime, the hooks chip off and the chain comes off broken:(
    g. I have been baking them in an OTG and kept them on baking trays which come with the oven and kept them at the middle rack and covered them with aluminium foil while baking for 1 hour.
    I leave them to cool before I work on them.

    Could you please let me know where I could be going wrong and how I may be able to fix this issue as at the moment I am not sure how I could proceed with this issue.

    Thank You So Much In Advance

  77. Cindy Lietz, 08 August, 2017

    Thank you for your question Shimmy. It has been added to the list!

  78. Hope Hunt, 06 August, 2017

    I am making a pin for a friend. Part of the design is a pod with peas. When I baked it, I let it cool in the toaster (convection) oven. I used Liquid poly clay as a glue. The pod broke when I tested it and it also came away from the glue. Did I use the wrong product as glue? Did I not bake at the right temp? Please.

  79. Cindy Lietz, 08 August, 2017

    Thank you for your question Hope. It has been added to the list!

  80. Dawn Boone, 11 August, 2017

    Just catching up on the August 9 video. Wanted to say I absolutely love the necklace you’re wearing. Looks like I have a clay play project for the weekend!

  81. Cindy Lietz, 15 August, 2017

    Thanks Dawn!

  82. Shimmy R, 12 August, 2017

    Hello Cindy, sorry for bothering you. I have watched the replay videos of last two weeks and could not see the mention of my question. I am sure you are catching up on the list but I was just wondering if you could answer the question here as I have an urgent delivery this week and I am still not sure as to why the big clay pendants are chipping and breaking. I can not afford to make another mistake this time and would really appreciate if you could answer the question here.

    Thank you so much in advance

  83. Cindy Lietz, 15 August, 2017

    Hi Shimmy, your question has been put on the list and will be answered in the order that it came in. Since the new LIVE Q&A Broadcasts have become so popular, it can take awhile for your questions to get answered. With the level indepth answers everyone is getting, it is taking time to get through them all. We have a plan in the works for a paid group tutoring program that would get your questions answered much quicker, but for now you will need to wait until your question comes up. Thanks for understanding.

  84. Debbie Pieters, 14 August, 2017

    I’m still learning all about Polymer Clay bead making.

    All your videos are so helpful, but I keep coming across more issues.

    I bake the beads at about 130% for 60 mins due to your advice. Which works better.
    I have the bead roller which makes perfect balls.

    I prefer to drill my holes after because I always put it out of shame putting the pin in.

    The problem is after baking on an oven tray with parchment paper on, I end up with a slight dent where the ball has been sat.

    How can I get away from the dent where it sat on the tray?

    Thank you.

  85. Cindy Lietz, 15 August, 2017

    Thank you Debbie for your question! It has been added to the list!

  86. Alison Frazer, 14 August, 2017

    Hello, l was wondering where l could find a clay extruder and other polymer clay utensils in Australia – and clay etc please.


  87. Cindy Lietz, 15 August, 2017

    Thanks Alison for your Question it has been added to the list!

  88. Ashley H, 17 August, 2017

    Hello, I recently just started using this clay to make a mask for a costume. I finally got around to baking it and when I checked on it the center had started to crave and crack. I watched a couple of your tutorials to make sure it was at a proper temperature and in a baking pan with a top. Was my project too big or was it air pocketed?

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