“With a polymer clay
idea this versatile… this
cool… and this easy… every
pc artist and crafter really
should know how to do
it.” ~Cindy Lietz
A couple of weeks ago I posted the video for my Teardrop Blend Shift Technique, in the Polymer Clay Tutor members library.
Since then, I’ve received a ton of emails from non-members asking about it. A lot of these messages were prompted because of something I said in my April 14th blog post …
With a polymer clay idea this versatile… this cool… and this easy… every polymer clay artist and crafter really should know how to do it. In fact, for many of my upcoming cane making videos, it will be a prerequisite technique you’ll need to know how to do. ~Cindy Lietz
So Doug suggested that we do a similar promotion to what happened back in February 2009, when the original Teardrop Blend Video went live. And that was to make the full tutorial available for everyone… for a limited time… no password required.
As a result of that free showing, not only did a bunch of new clayers end up getting a chance to learn the technique… but many of them also decided to join the community here… so they could start benefiting from all the weekly lessons that get posted at the members library on Fridays. Jaime-H said it best with this…
Wow Cindy! This Teardrop Blend video is the first of your tutorials I have watched, and I have to say what a nice job! The camera angles were great and the picture was very bright and clear. Much better than the blurry, dark, jumpy videos I have seen elsewhere. If all your videos are this well done, then what a value your membership really is! Thank you so very much for sharing this one in particular with all of us. I am sure everyone who watches this will be able to use this method easily after watching you do it. Even if they have been intimidated by the skinner blend in the past. What a sweetheart you are to give us all this chance to see it. XOXO ~Jamie-H
Now many of you already know that tomorrow is another 5th Friday. It means no new video or color recipes this week. If you are new around here and don’t know what I’m talking about, here is a link for more info about How The 5th Friday Works.
And since you will not have a new video to watch tomorrow, what I’m hoping is that everyone will join me in helping to publicize a unique event that is scheduled for next week… free access to the full version of my Volume-035-3 Teardrop Blend Shift video.
For those who are not currently paid members, this complimentary video showing will:
(1) Allow you to learn a couple of unique polymer clay techniques that I know will come in very handy for you; and it will…
(2) Give you a chance to experience the quality of learning that paid members experience pretty much every week of the year, for a measly $3 to $4 per month ($9.95 per quarter).
Cindy – just wanted to tell you that I love your tutorials. I have learned more in the last two weeks than I have in the last four years. I love working with clay but you have made it into an obsession for me. I learn so much faster when I can see it done rather than reading and making so many mistakes. I had made up my mind to pay for the video lessons at another site, at upwards of fifty dollars for just one class. Then I stumbled upon your site. Wow!!! you have made it affordable even for those of us on a limited income. THANK You so much! I will continue to purchase all the back issues as I can and look forward to all the new ones. Again thanks for being there. ~Karon-C
I seem to be in a chatty mood tonight so I will share a short story with all of you about how lucky we are to have Cindy as our teacher. My sister lives in D.C. – we have many interests in common, she does mostly wire work, decided to take a clay class last weekend. She wanted to see what I was raving about when I told her about Cindy and the tutorials. And the class was on making Calla Lilies – which I had told her I was doing as one of our classes. She paid three times what we pay for three months of classes for a single afternoon! She went to the class, and was very disappointed with it as they did not learn how to make a skinner blend or anything that Cindy teaches and we tend to take for granted. So, Cindy I want you to know how grateful I am for all your teaching skills and how blessed we are that you take your time to teach us and help make our creations great. And for holding my hand through my fears of using the Dremel buffer. ~Karon-C
Karon – Wow, isn’t Cindy a bargain, lol? I simply love, love, love the fact that we keep all these videos in our libraries and can simply pull them up to watch at any time! I could never remember all the steps to do some of these effects and styles without going back to look at the videos again. I truly am still so thrilled I found Cindy’s site and subscribed. Worth every penny and then some. ~Rebecca-C
I held out for quite a while thinking it was an additional expense I could not afford. Finally decided that an extra $9.95 was not going to break me and I’m so happy that I did join. It is sometimes the little things you do that make your projects look so much better, and Cindy gives us all her tricks of the trade. I’ve made buttons before but never made them using Saran Wrap over the clay. What a difference. Another favorite was using the Adirondack inks for the Jellyroll Cane. Nice to have another use for my craft supplies. I would urge anyone to give up one movie a month, or one magazine, or anything else that equates to about $3.50 a month and join in the fun. I’ve been following your site for quite a while now Cindy, and thank you for being so generous with your free advice. It must give you a sense of great satisfaction knowing you are helping others enjoy their craft. You are much appreciated. ~Janet-A
I want to chime in here and say I think $3 to $4 a month for the extremely high quality videos, the personalized help, the recipe cards, free tuts, the 24/7 access, and the list goes on.. is a bargain! All the work you and Doug do that saves us money is worth way more than that. I’m always singing your praises and telling people this is where I get my information and learn the things I do. ~Tanya-L
SO… if you have a Blog… a Facebook page/profile… a Twitter account… a Forum presence… a Guild membership…
AND… you feel like the lessons I teach might be valuable for other clayers to learn from…
THEN… please do link back to this post to help spread the word about next week’s complimentary showing of my Teardrop Blend Shift technique video. Free access to my video tutorials does not happen very often. In fact, the last time was over 2 years ago with the original Teardrop Blend Tute.
DETAILS… on Monday, May 2nd 2011, return to this blog post and the following link will allow you to watch the full version of the Teardrop Blend Shift video… no password required [Free promo has ended]
IF… you would like to be notified via email, when the full version of the Teardrop Blend Shift Video is available for complimentary viewing, you are more than welcome to join my Guest List. Here is the link: Polymer Clay Tutor – Free Newsletter
I still think the best thing we can do is spread the word. I know when I first came upon this site, and saw the preview videos… I wanted “more”, but was afraid to join. I didn’t know if the site was “legit” or worthwhile at first. I was ignorant of online tutorials at the time, and hadn’t purchased one before. There are people out there who just want to hear someone they know or trust say it’s OK, and that you really DO get “all that” for under $10. I think Cindy has kept the price low because it’s easier for someone to commit $9.95 to something “unknown.” It worked for me, and now I try to tell everyone about it! If we want to help Cindy (and other clayers, ‘cuz they’ll love it if they try it!) then we should tell our friends and fellow clayers how great it is… Blog about it, put “inspired by Cindy Lietz’s ____ tute” under photos of your work in Etsy, etc. That’ll make others know it’s the real deal! ~Phaedrakat
Hello, I have been a member on Cindy’s site since September of 2008, and I love it! First of all, Cindy Lietz is a real sweetheart. She really appreciates all her members and even those who just stop by for a visit. She has created a vast library of information and adds to it every week. A great deal of her instruction and information is free, no cost. Her videos are well done. she shows you close-up angles, details, and tapes at a speed that is easy to follow. But my goodness, for $3.32 per month, how can you go wrong! I feel very fortunate to have discovered her site. I have found nothing else online to compare with what she offers. Also her blog has great commentary from Cindy and other Poly artists. Polymer clay lovers, I highly recommend this wonderful site! … Thank you Cindy for your dedication to us. And hey, you dear “fence sitters” come and join us. You will be amazed and what you receive for a mere $3.32 per month. There has never been a question that Cindy has not answered for me, promise. ~Debbie-M