Vol-025 June 2010 Back Issues Now Posted in Polymer Clay Library

Polymer Clay Video Tutorials Volume 25

Video Tutorials:
1: Mushroom Beads;
2: Mitered Corner Cane;
3: Faux Agate Beads;
4: Dangle Bangle:

With another month gone by, the Volume-025 Back Issue Videos have just been added to the Polymer Clay Library, right on schedule. If you missed your chance to see these tutes as they were released each Friday during the month of June, now is your chance to add them to your collection as a convenient bundled package.

Today’s photo shows thumbnail images for the 4 videos included in this Vol-025 Package:

Video-025-1 Mushroom Beads: Take a trip down memory lane with this retro inspired Mushroom Bead shape. It’s got a few modern twists. Very cool as a charm, a pendant or as a funky sculptural bead, this little Cutie is a fun one to make. Not only will you learn about the mushroom bead shape, but you will also get to sculpt a three dimensional flower, leaves and vines, just to make it all the more adorable. As well you will see options for using canes and other polymer clay techniques, to make this bead truly your own!

Video-025-2 Mitered Corner Cane: This funky geometric polymer clay cane not only looks cool, but is also fun and easy to make when you know athe little secrets. This unique cane design can be done in any color combination and can be cut and combined in several patterns making the combinations unlimited. Play around with your own combos or use mine, its up to you. Any way you slice it, it’s a really terrific cane!

Video-025-3 Faux Agate Beads: Do you love the look of stone beads, but sometimes find them too expensive, heavy or in the wrong colors? Well, it’s faux to the rescue. This extremely easy but really effective way to make Faux Agate coin beads came about while I was just playing at my clay table. All the good ideas seem to happen that way! I grabbed a pinch of this and a strand of that… and it didn’t take long before an Agate was born. I think you will be pleasantly surprised just how easy they are to make. Warning… they are pretty addictive! You may not want to ever stop making them!

Video-025-4 Dangle Bangles: Simple yet stunning, this hammered copper bangle style bracelet can be customized with your own polymer clay beads and charms. This means the looks you can get with this bracelet are unlimited. You will learn to create the bangle in two different styles, as well as see how to shape and size the bangle for a perfect fit. Making this bangle is so much fun that you may be tempted to cover your arms in hundreds of them… Or maybe just one or two! :-)

Forget-me-not Polymer Clay Color Palette

Also included in this Volume-025 back issue package is the A-Series recipe cards from the Forget-Me-Not Color Palette.

To read feedback from members who have already benefited from the videos and recipes in this Vol-025 back issue package, click here: Mushroom Beads | Mitered Corner Cane | Faux Agate Beads | Dangle Bangle

And, Sneak Peak Preview Clips are available for viewing here: Polymer Clay Tutorials [Videos]

If anyone else would like to add a review for any of the videos or color recipes in Volume-025, I would love to hear from you. Or if you have not yet purchased this back issue and have a question, ask away. In either case, use the comments section below.

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor


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  1. Hi While at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago in the polymer clay section was Mod Podge by Plaid. I tested some on beads they turned out pretty nice. This seems like another option and cheap if for some reason resin cant be used. Also I was reading some back issue of the blogs and ran across something about podcastin ( hope that term is correct) Is this available I did not find any on this web site. It would be nice to listen while I am driving to work.

    Barb

    • @Barbara: Hi Barbara, I don’t think there is a podcast. It might be something that’s in the works, but not completed yet. If you try searching for “podcast” in the search box at the top left of this page, it will help you find the latest information about it that’s been posted here at the blog.

      As for Mod Podge, I haven’t tried it with polymer clay. It’s been awhile since I’ve used it for decoupage, but it seems like it has a kind of “blurry” finish. Not clear and glass-like, the way resin is. I wouldn’t consider Mod Podge a resin alternative, because it’s not nearly as strong as resin. And I can’t remember if it’s waterproof. (It really has been awhile!)

      I haven’t heard of anyone using it as a clay finish here at the blog—is it drying properly? Some finishes can get sticky after awhile; they aren’t compatible with polymer clay. I’m not sure if you’ve tried some of the other finishes, like Studio by Sculpey Glaze, Pledge with Future Shine floor wax, or Varathane (RustOleum Diamond Varathane Interior Water-Based Polyurethane wood finish.) These have proved to be clay compatible over time. This article on Polymer Clay Finishes is a good one, since it has tips for using some of the main PC finishes. It has additional information in the comments below it. Be sure to read it—there’s lots of discussion about lots of other polymer clay finishes, good AND bad… Best of luck!
      ~Kat   Riverside, CA, USA — Where are you from?

  2. Elizabeth you are quite right it was a super month thanks to the best Cindy and Doug always find to give us. I owe them both such a huge THANK YOU! I Love all the tutorials and this blog so much it has become a very important part of my life. It is like going to therapy everyday in the comfort of your home and your PJ’s. Now you can’t beat that and there is even one more thing that tops that part. Where else can you find a therapist that you love going to for this kind of a price. I dare any therapist out there to try to top Cindy and Doug. Then there is the month of July it has really started out with a BANG!!!!!!
    Love and Uuuuggggs to all, Peggy

  3. Yep, a fantastic month of tutorials, indeed! The Polymer Clay Tutor is amazing. Cindy continues to give us the goods, and this group of tutes & recipes was no exception!

    This was also the first month with the new changes around here. Fun Open-Mic Friday posts, weekends off for Cindy *smiles*, cool new Gallery articles w/Cindy’s beautiful jewelry, an exciting new bead giveaway, and Surprise “Tuesday Teasers.” (“Surprise” because the tute schedule’s no longer announced in advance—no more “Up Next in Vol-0xx” posts for the upcoming month.)

    I’m a bit of a control freak ( ;D ) so I miss knowing which tute is coming, and when. But it’s actually a fun little surprise this way. When we get the Tuesday Teaser, we find out what tute’s coming on Friday—it’s like a unexpected gift! The only potential issue for me (once I get caught up & claying regularly again, anyway) is knowing if I need to have a particular product or tool on hand. But I’m sure Cindy’s got it all under control. She’ll probably give us some kind of “special advance warning” if we need any unusual supplies—beyond the normal fixin’s, anyway—for an upcoming tute. (Like the kind that require mail order—or a hardware store visit. Yay! More fun stories!)

    It does take me a long time to get shopping done, so for me this is only downside to what’s happened since the “voting” process had to be changed. Everything else has been perfectly wonderful to me, and seems to be working out great. I think it’s been a fantastic month here at the blog. Cindy & Doug have done an amazing job, once again! Thank you guys so much!

  4. @Barbara: The podcast idea is still something that I’m rolling around in my head… just waiting for the right opportunity to make it work. The other development I would like to see happen is to make the videos iPod friendly. So many people are so mobile these days, and I would love to set up some Cindy-On-The-Go options :-)

    @Peggy Barnes (& Elizabeth S): I love what you said about polymer clay and therapy. From the start, I’ve always wanted this site and this community to be about so much more than just jewelry and beads and polymer clay. It just feels so much more rewarding when everything has a higher purpose… like Health and Wellness for example. If I haven’t said lately… Everyone here is so awesome!

    @Phaedrakat: I love how you are always so on top of everything. Although you may refer to it as being a control freak, I think you are just being incredibly insightful! BTW, the main reason I stopped doing the “Up Next in Vol-0xx” posts, was to give more leeway in terms of making quick changes if necessary. That way if the video schedule does have to change for whatever reason, no one will know the difference, or feel disappointed. It’s all part of my master stress reduction plan :-) … there’s that “Health and Wellness” higher purpose coming into play again!

  5. Hi Cindy,

    After watching a few of your beginners course videos, I see why I’ve not had the best results. I bought Kato clay which may be too stiff for a beginner and takes too long and too much effort to condition. I also think I tried to condition too much at a time. I am going to follow your suggestion of buying a couple of brands and experimenting. I also realized that I didn’t let the clay rest properly between steps. And I didn’t polish the beads thoroughly enough. You have so many great tips but my favorite is the bevel cut trick.

    Darla

    • @Darla L: Hi Darla, I’m so happy you’re enjoying and learning so much from the Beginner’s Course videos. The Kato clay is difficult to condition, but do hang on to it for when you start to practice canes. If you decide you want to get into intricate canework, Kato is the perfect choice.

      It is a good idea to experiment to see what you like best. Cindy uses Premo Sculpey, which is a good all-around clay you can use for everything. I’m glad you realize the importance of sanding & polishing your beads thoroughly—that makes all the difference in how your beads look and feel. Make sure you bake them good and strong (for an hour, using an oven thermometer in your oven,) and you will have an easier time sanding your beads.

      If you do go back to using your Kato clay, there are conditioning tricks to make it easier. You can find lots of Kato tips by using the search box at the top of the page. For example, type in “how to condition Kato clay” and you’ll get a list of articles on the topic. I tried this, and the first article that came up has one of Cindy’s Premo recipes converted for Kato clay by one of the members.

      In the comments under the article, there are lots of tips for conditioning Kato, as well as some baking info. There are other articles like this, with Kato recipe conversions and other great info; in the comments underneath them, the conversation naturally leads to Kato. You can use the search box to find all kinds of information here at the blog. Just about every question has come up at least once!

      Hope you enjoy yourself here! Please leave a comment if you can’t find the answer to a question, or if you have anything you want to add. Welcome, and glad to have you here!
      ~Kat   Riverside, CA, USA — Where are you from?

    • @Darla L: Stiff clay like Kato has beginner benefits too (in my opinion), like not being prone to fingerprints or air bubbles, not sticking to itself or other things when you’re handling it, not stretching or distorting when you lift sheets of it from your work surface, and not leaving a residue or colour streaks on your hands, pasta machine or other tools. These are all issues that I’ve found to be noticeable (and annoying!!!) with softer brands of clay that I’ve never had to worry about with Kato, even when I was a total beginner. Cindy’s tutorials and this blog have heaps of good ideas for dealing with and minimising those issues, but I’m lazy and prefer not to have them happen in the first place! ;) (I actually never understood why smoothing out fingerprints, getting rid of air bubbles, and cleaning up with rubbing alcohol were mentioned so frequently until I tried a brand other than Kato! LOL)

      On the other hand, I also agree with Phaedrakat that Premo Sculpey is a great all-round clay, and I’d probably recommend that to start with too if the recommendee wasn’t expecting the work required to condition Kato (or had issues with their hands or arms that would make such conditioning particularly difficult). I did a heap of research before choosing Kato to start claying with, but I probably would have been frustrated with it if I wasn’t expecting its conditioning quirks.

      It’s also very much a personal preference thing, and I definitely agree with trying out a few brands to see what you like best for whatever kinds of claying you’ll be doing.

      Have fun! :)

  6. As a teacher myself, I tend to notice teaching styles and you are a natural. Very clear instruction, the pieces are broken down to the most basic levels and then built up. Thank you so much! ~Desiree

  7. Cindy, I know you are always a busy beaver so I will make this short… There are not enough words to express how much I appreciate what you do for all of us. As talented that you are I’m sure you could be doing different things… but it seems that YOUR HEART is in the right place and you love to teach for the sake of teaching. Bravo!!!

    Debi

  8. Hi Cindy,

    Wanted to let you know that your Polymer Clay Beginners’ course was just what I needed. It showed me some of the things I had been doing wrong, and some that I had been doing correctly. My biggest problem has been finding a finish that I am happy with. I have tried everything you, and others, have suggested. Strangely, I have found the future floor polish gives me the best result, even better than dremel-buffing.

    Since I completed your beginners’ course I have also purchased two additional lessons. I find that your lessons are clear, with enough detail, but not so much as to be overwhelming to us beginners. I have also visited other online polymer clay sites and found some of their instructions to be unclear and some to be downright contradictory. For example: slice the cane thin, but not TOO thin. So, give me a number – 1/8″, or 1/4″. I chuckled when I read your profile and you said that your background is in art. I have been an avid crafter since childhood, but my chosen career was accounting! I was a very unhappy accountant, and couldn’t retire soon enough. (After all, creative accountants go to jail-something Enron taught us.) I have come to polymer clay late in life and so far I love it and am very happy to have found your site.

    Martha

  9. Hi Cindy,

    I’m really enjoying all of the lessons each week. Could you give me an idea where I could find that small hammer you use which you use on cooper and other metals, I’ve checked at Michael’s and some local bead stores and can’t seem to find one. I know there are a lot of sources on line, but it’s a bit confusing to know what to get.

    Thanks
    Craig N
    Richmond, Virginia

    • @Martha L: LOL, Martha, about your “creative accounting” comment! ;D Welcome to the site—it’s good to have you. I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying your videos as much as I’ve enjoyed mine! Guess I’ll be seeing you around…!
      ~Kat   Riverside, CA, USA  ——Where are you from?

      @Craig N: Welcome, Craig! Happy to meet you; it’s great that you’re enjoying yourself so far. I don’t know where Cindy got her hammer, but you don’t have to use the exact one she used. You could go with a ball-peen hammer (ball-pein) or a chasing hammer—basically a hammer with a rounded “ball” side and a flat or slightly domed side.

      I actually did find & buy a chasing hammer at Michaels recently. It’s from a new line of products, found in the beads section. It works fine for the copper, but I think it’s a little “wimpy”. I wish I had bought a hammer with a bit more weight/heft to it. I had looked online prior to that and was overwhelmed with the selection. The specialty stores are insane (who knew there were so many types of hammers, and that each type comes in so many different sizes & weights!) The hammers can be very pricey, too, although I’m certain you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a decent hammer.

      Probably the best way to get you some hammer shopping info is to ask the members here at the website. You’ll want the biggest audience, so it’s best to go to a recent post. Click the “Home” link at the top of the page, and it will take you to the list of posts in order by date. Choose the one at the top, then ask your question again. With more people reading your comment, the chances of getting the answer you need will improve greatly. Good luck—I hope that someone knows the perfect place for you to buy a hammer! ~Kat

  10. @ Craig, I use just a ball-peen hammer (with a flat side and a rounded side) which you can pick up at any home improvement store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. Hope this helps.

  11. Cindy I am SO glad I found my “tutor” – my two years of being a student has CHANGED my Polymer Clay life! Thank you!

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