Polymer Clay Tutorial | Easy Kaleidoscope Canes [VIDEO]

Easy Kaleidoscope CanesVid #142: “Every time I watch a tut on something I have done before you always have a way to simplify the technique.” ~Peggy-B

Polymer Clay Kaleidoscope Canes can look amazingly intricate! But not all of them are complicated to make. In fact, after watching the full version of this week’s Vol-021-1 tutorial video when it is released on Friday in the members library, many of you will be saying, “Wow, that was easy!”

WOW – I might be wrong but I think this will be my favorite tut. I have tried the kaleidoscope cane before and it was so so and I thought difficult. Every time I watch a tut on something I have done before you always have a way to simplify the technique. Your way of teaching is absolutely phenomenal. You know when you were a kid and your Mom would say we are going to go do something special next week. You were on pins and needles till that day got here. I’m that kid all over again. I can’t wait for this tut Cindy, you have made my day, week, month – YA BA DAB A DOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!  THANK YOU SO VERY VERY MUCH. Uuuuuuuuuuggggggs to all. It has been over a week since the sun has shined and it is shining tonight! Peggy-B

The kaleidoscope canes look amazing! Another nice thing in any lesson are the words “easy to follow!”  Looking forward to this one. ~DJ

Have tried another kaleidoscope version but it wasn’t a success, would love your easy to follow instructions. ~Josie-T

Today you all get to see the sneak peek of the Easy Kaleidoscope video. Then, coming up on Friday February 5th, the full tutorial will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library as Volume-021-1.

Just yesterday I saw some examples of this cane and thought “I’d love to be able to do that!” And here you are, right on top of my thoughts, presenting this cane in the next series. You are a mind reader! ~Carolyn-F

Yippeee!!!!! I have searched the internet for tutorials on these kaleidoscope canes, but not much luck. I can’t wait!!!! I will say it again, Cindy- You ROCK!!! ~Tiffany-M

Supplies & Tools: Video-021-1: Easy Kaleidoscope Cane:

  • Simple clay canes. I used some Skinner Blend Canes in Red, Fuchsia, Green, Yellow and Blue. Each cane was wrapped in White. You could use Skinner Blend Canes, Bulls eye Canes, Leaf Canes, Flower Petal Canes or any other canes you choose. You can use several colors or keep them simple by using only a single cane design. You can even use something as simple as a log of White clay wrapped in Black. Once you see the video you will know what I mean.
  • Clay Blade.
  • Small Tile. Or anything clay safe with a square 90 degree corner. Once again, the video will explain.
  • Masking Tape.

One of the cool things about Kaleidoscope canes is the special effects, like the new shapes that form when combined, and the 3D illusions you get from the blends. I’m so glad I am finally a member — I can enjoy this video when it comes out (as well as the wonderful ones I’ve already seen.) I’m still angry with myself for not joining sooner (and missing out on the incredible value), but I suppose I’ll get over it (slowly…) as each new video comes out! ~Phaedrakat

The full version of the Vid-021-1 Easy Kaleidoscope Cane Tutorial will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday Feb 5th, 2010. But if you would like to see a sneak peek intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.

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The full version of the “Kaleidoscope” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-021 Back Issue Package.

Customer Feedback About Membership Value:

Hi Cindy! I am enjoying your videos and learning so much! Thank you for doing this program… I live in a part of the US where getting to polymer clay classes is not easy, and often very expensive. Even though I have a number of books on pc, your video tutorials are far more educational and therefore a much better value. Thanks very much, ~Sally-M

The following topics are included in this week’s “Easy Kaleidoscope Cane” video tutorial:

  • See examples of several different kaleidoscope canes in a variety of patterns and colors, as well as, beads and projects made with the canes.
  • Discussion of the main concept behind the creation of the cane and how to put it together.
  • Learn a simple trick for getting the right starting shape every time. It is as easy as filling the space.
  • Tips on how to cut, reduce and recombine the pieces of the cane to come up with complicated yet easy to do canes that will have your friends saying, “How on Earth did you do that?”

The full version of the “Kaleidoscope” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-021 Back Issue Package.


  1. Sue, 02 February, 2010

    It’s great that you’re showing black and white examples too… the simpler of the two black and white kaleidoscope canes in the preview video is definitely my favourite!

  2. Elizabeth S., 02 February, 2010

    What a wonderful reward this will be after being down with the flu all week Today between coughing fits I can work on my skinner blends. lol I seem to remember that flu shots were supposed to prevent flu-maybe mine was a dud,huh? OK, Elizabeth, stop whining! I’m off to condition some clay. Have a good one, everybody.

  3. carolyn, 06 February, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.: Hope you are feeling better. You were not whining … just letting us know you weren’t feeling up to snuff. Have you tried this cane? It really is a lot of fun.

  4. Susan B, 02 February, 2010

    Wow these look lovely and I look forward to seeing how you will show us the “easy” way to make them. I too like the look of the black and white ones.

  5. carolyn, 02 February, 2010

    If I wasn’t already signed up this video sure would get me to become a member! You’ve come at this one from all angles – from using old canes to making from new and then on to how we can use the cane. Though I’m busy getting ready for Sunday’s sale at the church, I still can hardly wait to see this video! I’ll sure have some thing to tell folks to watch for at my next sale …

  6. Rose, 02 February, 2010

    I’m looking forward to learning this method of making a kaleidoscope cane. I have made one & I like it so well, I haven’t been able to take slices from it. Think I’m afraid I’ll never make another I like as well. That one started from a good sized yellow to red skinner blend cane that I thought was pretty ugly. I was amazed how well a few more colors & some black & white stripes transformed it. I’m going to prepare some black & white for Friday’s as well as digging out some of my more disposable canes.

  7. Josie, 02 February, 2010

    Hi Cindy, I’m way behind all this, I’ve just purchased Volume 09 today and made my first mod canes and it’s been a great success. Now I would like to try working with the inks and pearl ex powders but need some advice on what to buy and where to get them. Our local craft store just seems to sell embossing powders. Would really appreciate any help from the UK girls if they know any web sites here where I can get them at a reasonable price.
    Thanks
    Josie

  8. Silverleaf, 06 February, 2010

    @Josie: Hi Josie, sorry I missed your comment! I got Perfect Pearls (just like Pearl-Ex but better, because they contain resin which heat-sets so it doesn’t rub off the clay once baked) from Fred Aldous when I met the girls in Manchester. They also sell it at my local-ish Hobbycraft. It’s expensive but as you only use a tiny bit it lasts ages.

    And I found some online too:

    cre8tiveonline.co.uk/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=perfect+pearls&search_in_description=1&categories_id=&inc_subcat=1&manufacturers_id=18&pfrom=10&pto=15&dfrom=&dto=&x=41&y=13&gclid=CNS1k6fo3p8CFSUulAodmVuTHg

    ejrbeads.co.uk/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=115 This one has single pots as well as the 4-pot kits.

    Hope that helps!

  9. Silverleaf, 02 February, 2010

    Looking forward to this – I’ve made kalei canes before and I love the process, so I can’t wait to see your take on this Cindy.

    I taught my friend how to make kaleidoscope canes a few months ago, she’d done some basic caning before so had no problems with it. Apparently she recently taught the technique to her flatmates (who have never clayed at all) when they were drunk! And they managed fine as well, so if they can do it, anyone can! ;)

  10. Lynda Dunham-Watkins, 02 February, 2010

    Oh My! I’m getting so far behind. You just keep churning these wonderful videos out. I’ve been gone a few days but I’m determined to get caught up soon. Don’t quit! I’ll catch up!! LOL Thanks Cindy! Lynda

  11. Phaedrakat, 02 February, 2010

    Oooh, I’m so excited about this video! I know it’s going to be awesome; the Kaleidoscope canes look so impressive.

    I shouldn’t admit this (it makes me a huge dork,) but I felt quite pleased when I saw I had been “quoted” at the top of the page. My first time! I know, I know. REALLY big dork… Like, I need a life, huh? hehe

  12. Peggy, 03 February, 2010

    @Phaedrakat:
    You have a life right here with Cindy and all us other PC lovers. You are definitely not a dork because my name is up there today also and Cindy has used comments of mine before. That’s not a dorky feeling that’s a warm and fuzzy feeling. At least that is what I tell myself. So we aren’t dorks just very proud students who got called on and gave the correct answer. We are kids at heart who love going to art class because the teacher is brilliant.
    I’m still on those pins and needles waiting for FRIDAY!!
    OK maybe a little dorky.

  13. Elizabeth K., 05 February, 2010

    @Phaedrakat:
    Phaedrakat
    No your not a dork nothing like it.
    It is so nice when Cindy see some ones work or comments that can be brought to the notice of others .
    That is what is so good about this site.
    We are all of such a like mind we love to hear from the others in here who are getting so much out of these tutorials. I know I am. Congrats on your recognitoion on here. Go Gal!
    love
    E,

  14. Phaedrakat, 03 February, 2010

    @Peggy: Hahaha! Thanks, Peggy – I don’t feel quite so goofy now. The comparison to a proud student being called on with the correct answer is “spot on.” Thanks for welcoming me to art class. Even dorks deserve to feel warm & fuzzy!

  15. Cindy Lietz, 03 February, 2010

    Hehehe you guys are so cute! You know that Dork stands for: Definitely Original and Really Kool don’t you?! Ok I made that up. I’m pretty dorky myself! :-)

    Thank you everyone for your comments! I think you’re really going to have fun with this one!

  16. Peggy Barnes, 05 February, 2010

    AWESOME and yes this is my favorite tute up to this date. You just keep going and going and going like the energizer bunny only loaded with talent. Do you take some kind of super vitamin. I bet you have talent ooooooozing out of your ears. I am so very happy I found your site. Your site has inspired me in so many ways, not just with my PC.
    THANK YOU CINDY AND THANK YOU DOUG for the ABSALUTE VERY BEST!!!
    Love and

  17. Monica D, 05 February, 2010

    Hi Cindy.
    The way you put this tutorial was absolutely great. I have no words to express the joy I am feeling to have learned a so beautifull technique and intimidantly looking as you have said, in a so simple and smart way.
    Thanks !
    Monica from Brazil.

  18. Jayne, 05 February, 2010

    Wow, Cindy – I never thought I would be able to make canes but you make it look so easy that I’ll have to give it a try! I love the colors you choose to work with; pink with green is my favorite combination.

    Jayne from Georgia

  19. Catherine R, 05 February, 2010

    Thank you again, Cindy, for translating another difficult looking technique into something that is easy to understand. You’re awesome!

  20. Cara L, 05 February, 2010

    Cindy the tile idea is fantastic! – i have made these kaleidoscope canes in the past but i always had difficulty getting a triangle shape- this is a very useful and logical solution- you always manage to come up with a practical solution to solve problems in technique- i am so glad i subscribe to your tutorials- many thanks-
    cara

  21. sarahwww, 05 February, 2010

    Super kaleidoscope tut, Cindy! I can’t wait to play this weekend.

  22. Susan B, 05 February, 2010

    Another brilliant tut. You make everything so easy even something like this that looks so complex, and I love your method where things don’t have to be too precise or perfect! Am looking forward to playing with this one too — maybe I should just quit my daytime job so I could have enough time to try out all the techniques I have on my ever-growing list!

  23. Joyce R, 05 February, 2010

    WOW! I can’t believe how simple this is! Before your video, I was trying to picture how you were going to do it, but I never pictured what you showed us today! If anyone is on the fence about subscribing, let me tell you, it is well worth it!

  24. kapita, 05 February, 2010

    Wow, this kaleidoscope video tutorial is my favourite. Thanks so much Cindy. It is so worth being a member here :)

  25. Elizabeth S., 05 February, 2010

    Thank you! Thank you!! I now have confidence that I can create a cane that has, to date, beyond my grasp. Wonderful tut!!!

  26. Linda B., 05 February, 2010

    I never thought this would be so easy for looking so complicated. I bow to the Master!!! Look out canes here I come. I can’t wait to start. I have my tile and triangle already taped and ready to start grouping canes and colors. Thank you Cindy for this fabulous kaleidoscope tutorial.

    Linda B.
    Kansas City, MO

  27. Maria, 05 February, 2010

    Love it ! Use a marked out tile to lay out the canes – brilliant! Thanks again Cindy and Doug!

  28. Catalina, 05 February, 2010

    Wow, thanks guys, now I know why I feel like this…I’m a DORK, too!! (at least by Cindy’s definition). Love the kaleidoscope video and making the little right angle triangle is the KEY!! It helps keep the shapes of your Skinner blends and making your canes super cool!!!

  29. Maria, 05 February, 2010

    DORKK – Doer of Real Kool Kanes?

  30. Elizabeth K., 05 February, 2010

    @Maria: . Great thoughts Maria
    E.Xx

  31. Ariti, 05 February, 2010

    I loved receiving this latest Kaleidoscope video. Cindy, I have learned so much from watching your videos.

    I was wondering if you would do a video on how to apply polymer clay to cuff bracelet blanks? Also, how to sand and buff it. I’m trying to teach myself but I know you would have an easier way.

    Thank You.
    Harriet

  32. DawnB, 05 February, 2010

    I also have to comment on the tile to get a triangle. What a GREAT idea! This is just another example of why I love your tutorials. You show us techniques that may seem simple, but make a WORLD of difference in the ease of the work and end result of the piece. THANK YOU so much (again! LOL).

  33. Rob_k, 05 February, 2010

    Hi Cindy, thanks for the tutorial on this, you once again, have inspired me to make some canes (I returned to work in October after a 1 1/2 yr work layoff, so time has been little for canes and clay).

  34. Carrie W, 05 February, 2010

    Just watched the kaleidoscope video. Cindy, YOU ROCK!!

  35. Tina Adams, 05 February, 2010

    Oh Cindy you seem to have read my mind, I was going over several books on how to may one of these and you way looks so much better, now if I can get over this cold and get away from the Puff’s box long enough to do some caning, this is the first thing I am going to try ! THANK YOU !

  36. Jacqui, 05 February, 2010

    Hi Cindy–I love the idea of using a ceramic tile and marking off a right angle triangle for making kaleidoscopes. Even though I have been claying for awhile, I always learn some new little idea or technique from you!

  37. Phaedrakat, 05 February, 2010

    Yep, you did it again! Awesome video–and you made it look so simple! I want to get started on this right away, but I am torn because I also want to enter the contest to win some of your beads! I figured I didn’t have enough time, but your post today (More Bead Photos Posted) says I have a little more time! I really want to join in the fun. Seeing the beautiful beads that have been sent in so far makes me want to try the techniques & put my own spin on them. I’d better get started, because I know you’re not going to keep the contest open forever!

    Back to today’s tutorial, however. I really loved it! The tile trick is a really good idea for planning and shaping the canes. It’s amazing how a few really simple canes can make such a beautiful, intricate-looking Kaleidoscope cane! It gave me all sorts of ideas on how to proceed in making my own Kalei’s (yes, I’m copying Silverleaf’s term from the top of this post–I like it!) Thanks again Cindy for a great one!

  38. Silverleaf, 06 February, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: I use that term because I’m too lazy to type out the whole word, lol!

    So I got interested in using DORK as an acronym and fed it into acromaker.com. The first thing that came out was “Directly Obtains Reliable Kill”. Perhaps not quite the effect we’re looking for! ;)

    And Cindy comes out as “Complete Impact Nevertheless Destroys Yesterday”, lol!

    Okay, it amused me anyway…

  39. Melinda Herron, 05 February, 2010

    I love the trick of masking of the corner of a ceramic tile. That is ingenious!
    Just so you all know, I’m a Dork when considering all definitions and proud to be so. :)

  40. lynn watts, 05 February, 2010

    D-Divulging(reveal,disclose)
    O-Opulent-(richly abundant)
    R-Refreshing
    K-Knowledgeable … D O R K

  41. Pam, 05 February, 2010

    I threw some jelly roll canes and a leaf cane in, to make a Kaleidoscope that turned out awesome, thanks again Cindy!

  42. Elizabeth K., 05 February, 2010

    P.S. to Phaedrakat
    Yes by all means be a Dork here, as these other clever ladies have thought out.
    My version
    ——————-
    D–Delicious
    O–Original
    R–Reliable
    K–Kindly LOL!!!
    ———————–
    Thanks for the fun
    Bye
    E.Xxx

  43. Sue, 06 February, 2010

    These are fun. :)

    I’ve only made hexagonal/round kaleidoscope canes before using an equilateral triangle as the base, but I think I like these better!

    The tile trick didn’t work for me as I like to use relatively long component canes which are easiest to manage when they’re lying down, but the idea is good.

  44. Cindy Lietz, 06 February, 2010

    Glad to hear everyone is loving this Kaleidoscope video tutorial. It just goes to show that polymer clay techniques (even complicated looking ones), really do not have to be difficult.

    @Silverleaf – Hehehe That is hilarious!!! I definitely can relate to Destroys Yesterday!!

    I could see if you lived in the woods how Directly Obtaining Reliable Kills might come in handy. Not usually how I picture a Dork, but still fun! Looks like I may need to head over to that site and pop in a few names myself.

    I once went to a site that would take your name and give you the gangster rapper equivalent. I think my rap name was Cindy C Spunky! How fun is that! Wish I felt Spunkier this morning. Could use a little more sleep!

    And while I’ve got your attention Silverleaf… you are one of the UK girls. Do you have any advice for Josie (above) who was asking where she could get Pearl Ex in Britain.

  45. Silverleaf, 06 February, 2010

    @Cindy Lietz from Polymer Clay Library Vol-020 Back Issue Now Available:

    Well since this is a family site I won’t tell you that over here “spunk” is a slang word for, er, a certain bodily fluid… ;)

    I haven’t found any Pearl-Ex here but I did get Perfect Pearls. I have the interference colours which look amazing on dark clay, and I’m thinking of getting some others as well.

    Oh and I can recommend cardcraft-uk.co.uk for alcohol inks. When I received my set in the “Nature Walk” colours, there was two of one colour and one missing. When I called the company they said to keep the extra bottle and they sent me the missing colour as well – so I got 4 for the price of 3! Now that’s customer service. :)

  46. Sue Werner, 06 February, 2010

    How fun! I told myself that this weekend will be a studio cleanup, and no new projects because I’ve gotten behind in my housework after working on my bead give away entries. But now… I think since this seems so fun and simple I could just try a quick kaleidoscope. Nice thing about housework is that it doesn’t go anywhere, it always waits for me! You guys are so funny with your acronyms!

  47. JoyceM, 06 February, 2010

    This was so much fun. Reminds me of my quilting days of “breaking it down to its simplest form”. What wonderful possibilties here. Thanks so much Cindy. On to more colors and shapes…

    Loving all the comments, to be a DORK is just the best!

  48. carolyn, 06 February, 2010

    @JoyceM: I just bought a quilts from days gone by book to get some pattern ideas. There really is a lot of similarity between quilt and PC patterns.

  49. Phaedrakat, 06 February, 2010

    @Silverleaf: I’m amused, too! I’m gonna have to check out acronym.com, sounds pretty fun. But, yeah. Obtaining Kill, Reliable or not, Directly or indirectly, is not what any of us are “shooting” for! And I’m with you on being lazy about the Kalei-word. Your short version’s alot better, anyway. Plus, it’s like a nickname, and makes it sound like you know those canes very well…

    @Elizabeth: Oooh, I like your definition. You are one cool lady–Delicious & Kindly? What a combo, and Reliable, too!

    @Maria: I like Doer Of Really Kool Kanes! Are we all DORKK’s, then?

    I say, yes! Cindy has taught us to be DORKKs & DORKs (by the fun definitions on this page, and Cindy’s of course: Definitely Original & Really Kool.)

  50. Phaedrakat, 06 February, 2010

    @Ariti: Cindy treats comments like votes or requests, so I wonder if she has bracelet blanks on her list? I have seen some gorgeous bracelets made like this on Etsy & Flickr, so this would be a great one to have a video for. I haven’t tried to make one yet, (I’m too cheap to buy blanks!)

    But, I can tell you how I would do it. I would use canes to create a sheet of polymer clay fabric (Cindy has a back issue Vol. 11 that shows how to do this) or use a surface technique to make a pretty sheet of clay. Then I’d use my blank as a template to cut the clay sheet. Then I’d bake the clay right on the blank. After baking, I’d glue the clay onto the blank (using an oven-safe glue/epoxy.) Then, I’d cover the back and the sides (wrapping around to the top) with a textured (or somehow beautified) sheet of contrasting / coordinating clay. I’d use a sharp blade to cut it even with the top of the baked bracelet surface. Then I would bake it again. After that, I would sand and buff as usual. But I’ll bet Cindy can make a super-clear, easy-to-understand video with fantastic tips that I’d never think of in a million years! Help, Cindy!

    The thing that I’ve been having trouble with is making a sturdy bangle that is all polymer. I’ve seen tut’s for bangles wrapped around soda cans as molds, but the bracelets don’t seem strong enough. (I guess I could try it like that, though, huh?) I’ve tried making them thicker, but it’s hard to keep them smooth, without getting distorted & lumpy. I’ve tried baking in stages, which helps, but that causes its own problems. It’s been a messy endeavor so far…

    Cindy, could you add to your request list? Cuff Bracelets & Bangles…with and without blanks… Pretty please? I would love to see a Cindy-twist on these techniques, especially an all-polymer, sturdy bangle bracelet. Thanks for all you do!

  51. Elizabeth K., 06 February, 2010

    hi all I thought I would get the newsletter sent to my email. Well overnight I got 11 emails!. You gals are so prolific in your writings, how do you ever get any work done LOL!. But my poor inbox, so I’d better revert back , and come in here when I get the time.
    Thought it was a good idea, but not for me.I just find it in my Favs.
    Not much to say only that I promised myself to get on with my entry in Torn watercol today.
    Bonnie(hope its you) your Torn Watercol book covers are just spectacular. I had ideas of that too, as I do journal covers, but not sue how the pieces would meld together.Anyway today I am going to try to do theButterflys with torn clay so off I go.
    Bye
    E.
    P.S. Phaedrakat, thanks for noticing my effort re the D O R K just fun.

  52. Linda K., 06 February, 2010

    I had a busy couple of days, so I just finished watching the Kalei (thanks Silverleaf) Cane video. Oooooh, I’m so excited about this one! I can’t wait to try it out first thing tomorrow morning. I just don’t know how I’m ever going to find the time to do my contest entry!

  53. Sue F, 06 February, 2010

    @Phaedrakat

    HGTV has a tutorial in both written and video form on how to make a wire-reinforced polymer-clay-only cuff bracelet (it uses a bracelet blank as a mandrel but you take it off that part way through construction).

    There are quite a few steps and several rounds of baking involved, but although it’s a bit time-consuming the whole process is easy.

    I’ve made a bunch of these and the results are fantastic. And very strong! Just make sure to use a strong polymer clay (I used Kato).

    I much prefer to wear this style compared to the other where thinner layers of polymer clay are used to enclose a bracelet blank.

    The tutorial in written form is here (click on the small pictures to display them full-size):
    hgtv.com/crafting/polymer-clay-polka-dot-cuff-bracelet/index.html

    The video form of the tutorial is in two parts. They currently don’t play for me here in Australia, but I did watch them earlier and they were good.

    Part 1:
    search.hgtv.com/videos/polka-dot-bracelet–part-1/14592.html

    Part 2:
    search.hgtv.com/videos/polka-dot-bracelet–part-2/14593.html

    Have fun!

  54. Silverleaf, 07 February, 2010

    @Sue: Thanks for that! I couldn’t get the HGTV videos to play here in the UK either but the written instructions work fine.

    I’ve never been to that site before, there’s some great stuff there which I’ve bookmarked for later.

  55. Phaedrakat, 07 February, 2010

    @Sue: Thanks so much! That’s exactly what I needed. I have done some experimenting with trying to add wire for strength, but that was even worse than plain polymer (regarding the mess.) I have made some projects from that site before, but I thought I had “picked it clean” (seen it all.) I was wrong! Plus, I forgot about new content. I’ll remember to check back once in a while now. Thanks again!

  56. Maria, 08 February, 2010

    OK last time : DORKKK : Doer of real Kool Kaleidoscope Kanes! Thanks for the nice comments guys. It’s nice to be part of Cindy and Doug’s family, eh?

  57. Elizabeth K., 08 February, 2010

    @Maria:
    Maria you’ve done it again LOL
    . Go to the top of the class you DORKKY thing
    I am not yet that DORKKY as havent tried this one yet.
    Yes Cindy, we know, we know,you are there watching over us all like a Fairy Godmother
    Love
    EXX

  58. Cindy Lietz, 08 February, 2010

    Thank you everyone for the amazing comments! Thank you so much for the ideas shared on making bracelets and for all the cute ‘dorky’ comments! I’m sorry I can’t respond to each and everyone of you. There is a lot on my plate right now. But I want you to know, I am reading (and loving) everything that is getting written here! Thanks Again!

  59. Phaedrakat, 09 February, 2010

    @Elizabeth: You said that your email was overflowing, but I don’t think it’s because of the newsletter. Cindy will have to confirm, but I think the extra emails you’re getting are from being subscribed to specific (and popular!) posts, not Cindy’s newsletter.

    I just discovered how this works, so bear with me if you already understand it. There’s a little box you can check in the comments section that says “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.” If you want to recieve emails when people comment after you, check it. This is a great idea, especially if you have asked a question, or need more information on a topic. If you do not see this box, it means you’re already subscribed. It will say “You are subscribed to this entry.”

    If you do not want an email about new comments for that post, click on “Manage your subscriptions” under the “Submit Comment” button. This will give you a list of the posts you are subscribed to. Just check the ones you do not want to follow, then hit the “Remove Selected Subscriptions” button. Some of the posts are really busy and popular. If those emails bother you, just unsubscribe from those entries. Then just manually check the page every so often…

  60. Elizabeth K., 09 February, 2010

    @Phaedrakat:
    Hi Phaedrakat; Yes you are right i had seen all that before now and went thru it ,but, when I went to “manage your subscriptions” saw the ones I am in and did not like to undo any. But now you have described how to I will.
    I always did just come in and read all when I wanted to so that is the better way for me.
    Dont you sometimes hate plowing thru all th emails in your box, but I shouldnt really say that as it is a marvellous thing that we can do it, so not to moan about it really.
    Im off to fix things so thanks for holdinjg my hand so to speak, nice to have caring friends here, see you here soon. Love
    E.XX
    P.S. I got back to my blog today and put my pic in of one of my Interchangeable Pendants. Also wrote up about Cindy on my Blog.

  61. Cindy Lietz, 09 February, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: You ROCK! Thank you so much for taking the time to explain the difference between the blog email notifications and the Weekly Friday Newsletter emails. You outlined the process perfectly!!!

    @Elizabeth-K: Thank you for the very kind words you wrote about me at your blog. I REALLY appreciate it! Your bell shaped interchangeable pendant is very cute.

  62. Elizabeth K., 09 February, 2010

    Hi Cindy thanks for your lovely words on my blog , I just dont know how you do it with all you must have to do here.
    If I can inspire others to join here and give Polymer clay the recognition as a real art form thru your tuition, I am so pleased to be a part of that
    Phaedrakat, Now I know where I am with the comments section, I see that what I do is a long way around and will have to tick the box to keep up with the replies. So thanks
    Have a lovely day.
    Love
    EXXX

  63. Linda K., 10 February, 2010

    I had so much fun with this cane! First I mixed up some Peony, then I used Peony and White to make a jelly roll and bullseye cane to use together for my kaleidoscope cane. Then I used my kalei slices to make a heart bead that I learned in last month’s video. It was so much fun and I loved how the bead looked when I was done!

  64. Elizabeth K., 10 February, 2010

    @Linda K.:
    Hi Linda K sounds very pretty and its great to incorp with another techn. Send in a pic , would love to see.
    Havent got to it yet, but dying to.
    Loce
    E. XX

  65. Cindy Erickson, 12 February, 2010

    Hi Cindy!

    How very cool!!! I love this kaleidoscope tutorial!!! Thanks so much, as always, for all that you do :)

    Hugs to you,

    Cindy E.

  66. Cindy Lietz, 16 February, 2010

    @You’re welcome Elizabeth!

    @Linda K: Sounds gorgeous!

    @Cindy E: It is so great to see you around these parts again! Been missing you!

  67. Linda K., 19 February, 2010

    @ Cindy: I am so excited–tonight I went to a party wearing the necklace I made with my Peony/kalei/heart bead. I had more compliments on this necklace than on any other piece of jewelry I’ve made! People were amazed that I made the heart without a mold. I even got an order for the necklace! Thank you for all you’ve taught me (in such a short time, too).

    @Elizabeth K: Click on my name and it will bring you to my website, where my heart necklace is the first photo on my homepage.

  68. Phaedrakat, 20 February, 2010

    @Linda K.: Please ignore my “dumb” question on another thread about your pretty necklace! I asked if you had painted it! I saw it on your website and I guess I was thinking about your painting classes, so my mind went… (yep, it’s still a dumb question!) I thought I had seen a “lace painting” lesson on your site, although I can’t find it now, so I think I’ll go to bed and start fresh tomorrow. Anyway, it is still a gorgeous necklace. Congrats on the sales order, too!

  69. Elizabeth K., 20 February, 2010

    @Linda K.:
    Hi Linda K, went to your site saw your pretty necklace thanks for showing us.loved all your other work too.
    Yes we are so lucky to be able to do these greaat things in such a short tiome thanks to Cindys videos. Also nice to meet all these nice people here too.
    Like a family.
    Phaedrakat, you made me laugh about Lindas necklace.
    ,As she is a painter it wasnt an exactly wrong sort of question, so I guess she will be kind and forgive you ,but maybe if you sleep on it things will look better tomorrow LOL Love E. XXX

  70. Cindy Lietz, 22 February, 2010

    @Linda K.: Linda sorry I didn’t congratulate you sooner, but that is awesome about your Heart pendant being such a hit! It feels good knowing others like your jewelry doesn’t it!

  71. Linda K., 24 February, 2010

    Thanks, Cindy. Yes, it sure does feel good!

  72. Cindy Lietz, 01 March, 2010

    NEW PHOTOS ADDED:

    Polymer Clay Projects

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight Project Pictures that relate to the topic of this page (kaleidoscope polymer clay canes), have just been added in another post. The link by my name will take you where you can see full size photos along with descriptions and stories about each one.

  73. Cindy Lietz, 12 March, 2010

    NEW PHOTOS ADDED:

    Polymer Clay Projects

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (Kaleidoscope Canes), have just been added in another post. The link by my name will take you to where you can see full size photos along with descriptions and stories about each one. Hopefully they will inspire you to achieve great things with your own polymer clay projects.

  74. Mary, 21 March, 2010

    Cindy, did you use a B/W Skinner blend for your black and white kal. cane, or just the two colours rolled separately? Silly question for experts probably but I’m just rehearsing all this mentally first! Thanks, as always, Mary.

  75. Susan B, 21 March, 2010

    I would like to add my comment/vote/request for a bangle completely made out of polymer clay. I am sure you have your own very special way of making these and I would love to see it if others are interested and if you can fit it in to your busy schedule.

  76. carolyn, 21 March, 2010

    @Susan B: Anna R and I have just been emailing about this very thing … and I just finished making my first all PC bangles. Wore one to church this morning.

  77. Cindy Lietz, 24 March, 2010

    @Mary: If you’re talking about the one you can see in the video screen up above Mary , it is a white cane wrapped in black. No Skinner Blend on that one. Of course a blend would look good too!

    @Susan B: That’s a good idea Susan! I’ve been working on a couple bangle ideas lately that I will share when I iron the kinks out.

    @carolyn: I would love to see your bangles Carolyn! I’m glad to hear you are well.

  78. carolyn, 24 March, 2010

    @Cindy Lietz from Polymer Clay Color Recipes: Cindy, I just posted two more bangles on my blog. These are red pearl with faux bone and one has garnets. I’m really pleased with how these are turning out. My other ones – blues – I posted on my blog on Monday. dovedesigns.blogspot(dot)com. Hope you’ll hop over there to take a look.

  79. Phaedrakat, 24 March, 2010

    @carolyn: Carolyn, I posted a comment on your blog, too, but I had to tell you I love the bangles! Such fun, right? The red ones are my faves, (love red, love garnets!) I also love the story of where you got the garnets, from the Navajo. Really cool!

  80. Cindy Lietz, 25 March, 2010

    @carolyn: I too checked out your bangles Carolyn and they are really lovely! The garnets are just gorgeous embedded in the clay. You said in your posts that they are very strong and durable. What are you doing to ensure this?

  81. Phaedrakat, 21 March, 2010

    @Susan B: I agree, Susan. I’d love to see Cindy do a tutorial for these. Let’s see if she succumbs to peer pressure: “I double-dog dare you to make a video for all-PC bangle bracelets, Cindy!” (With zebra-cane slices all over it! LOL)

    @carolyn: How cool, Carolyn! I’m glad to see you here, and hope you’re feeling well. A church visit & a new bracelet — sounds like you’re feeling at least a little better. ;-) I’m also hoping you’ll post a picture of that new bangle at your blog…

  82. Susan B, 26 March, 2010

    I agree…Carolyn’s bangles are very attractive. Well done Carolyn! I had a go at making some by wrapping a snake of clay around a soda can (which is a perfect size for my wrist) and then covering it with cane slices. Shaping and smoothing using corn starch then curing for one hour in the over by placing the can on a ceramic tile and putting a card tent over the top. I finished by lots of sanding and buffing. My bangles are slightly flexible but appear to be very strong. I use Cernit which can take a while to condition but “behaves” nicely, especially when it gets very hot where I live.

  83. carolyn, 26 March, 2010

    @Susan B: Since I’ve just started to play around with bangles I really appreciate your comment and your ideas are great. Thanks so much for sharing. I use Premo! and it seems to hold up very well. I intentionally did not sand, buff, or coat with PYM II on these since I was trying for that more ‘native American’ look. On the red ones I only used my leather edge finisher on the inside – more for comfort than for looks. Once tonight’s fund raiser for the Navajo mission project is over I can try for more ‘elegant’ bangles – and yours sure sound elegant to me!

  84. Cindy Lietz, 17 April, 2010

    NEW PHOTOS JUST ADDED:

    Polymer Clay Jewelry Projects

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (Kaleidoscope Canes), have just been added in another post. They were submitted by Carole Holt. The link by my name will take you to where you can see them, along with a bit of a write up. Hopefully they will inspire you to achieve great things with your own polymer clay projects.

  85. Overo, 18 October, 2010

    I have not been able to watchthus one all the wy throw please give me some ideads, it jumps back to the begging just as you put all the canes one the tile
    thank you Lela

  86. Overo, 18 October, 2010

    hope the other note went tnrough

  87. Cindy Lietz, 18 October, 2010

    Hi Overo,

    Sorry you are having troubles viewing the video. What you described is an issue that is happening with your web browser. There are several different things which could be causing the problem.

    Please click on the link by my name. It will take you to where I have posted some video troubleshooting information. What you are describing is definitely fixable :-)

  88. Fran C, 10 September, 2013

    Hi Cindy, I just signed up for membership and have learned a lot from you already. I made my first kaidelscope cane last week and use your Color+1 Technique all the time now… Thanks!

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