#2 Update: Facebook Polymer Clay Contest: Brenda-M with 99 Points

Facebook Polymer Clay Contest Update99 Points: Brenda-M
71 Points: Carolyn-F
12 Points: Ken-H
7 Points: Elizabeth-K

The 99, 71, 12, 7 number tallies above, show who has racked up the most points in the current Bead Giveaway Contest, since the last July 14, 2010 update post (see Polymer Clay Facebook).

Other members who have also uploaded project pictures to the Facebook Gallery page since the last update, include:

  • Silverleaf
  • Elizabeth-S
  • Carrie- W
  • Cheryl-H
  • Cindy-R
  • Catalina
  • Freda-K
  • Judy-M
  • Lupe-M
  • Melinda-H
  • Sarah-W
  • Cara-H
  • Susan-D

It is SO GREAT to see all of you playing with your clay!!! By the way, if you are also posting project pictures at your own blogs and web sites, be sure to let me know where to find them. You do this by making a comment under your photo(s) at the Facebook Gallery page. This will ensure that you receive those BIG bonus points each week… way to go Brenda-M (99 pts) and Carolyn-F (71 pts).


Here Are This Week’s Contest Entry Thumbnail Pics:


Facebook Polymer Clay Contest Update

Larger Images Here: Polymer Clay Facebook Gallery:


If you have questions, comments, suggestions, please post them here at my blog in the comment section below.


Beautiful beads all you growing artists out there. I love going to facebook and looking at each and every one of them in the larger picture. Thanks for having the drive to share all your work with us. I wish Cindy had enough beads so all of you could win a few just for trying. Great work! Uuuggs. ~Peggy-B

How fun to see how everyone applies what we learn here. ~Malinda-J

What a thrill to be able to see slide shows of all your work close up! Thank you all so much for contributing! Just love this site. ~Jocelyn-C

I love being able to see all the things people have made. What an inspiration! We have some great artists here. ~Freda-K

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  1. Ken H, 22 July, 2010

    Wow, ok Brenda and Carolyn just showing the rest of us “slackers” up aren’t you :) . Baked my flower cane beads, and will assemble the item over the weekend. I’d have to quit my job and clay all day to catch up to you two.(Say now, that sounds like an Idea!!!!)

  2. Elizabeth S., 22 July, 2010

    @Ken H:Ken, I think you would do just fine claying for a living.

  3. Ken H, 22 July, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.: Thank you, It’s just hard to even find the time to make stock to open the Etsy store. I have a 4hr round trip commute to work on public transit, I live in Philadelphia but work in Wilmington Delaware, about 30 miles south of Philly. I leave work a 4:30pm and walk in my door about 6:45pm, by then theres time only to have dinner and then the evening “ritual” before going to bed to start it all over the next day. I would love to “chuck” it all to clay and sing for a living.

  4. Catalina, 22 July, 2010

    @Ken H: I don’t know how you do it with a four hour commute. I only work four hours a day and I find it hard to find time to play with my clay! But, I have been distracted with this gallbladder problem. I finally got word I will have surgery this Monday! Then three weeks later I will have another surgery to remove a cyst on my ovary. I hope I will be able to spend a lot more time playing in my recovery. But, the new puppy is still a handful. But, he is a keeper.

  5. Ken H., 22 July, 2010

    @Catalina: I wish you lots of luck on your surgeries.

  6. Catalina, 23 July, 2010

    @Ken H.: Thanks, Ken.

  7. Brenda, 23 July, 2010

    @Catalina: Good Luck with your surgery. I will say a prayer for you :)

  8. Catalina, 23 July, 2010

    @Brenda: Thanks, Brenda. I just order a uv lamp and hopefully it will be here when I feel good enough to return to my clay. I got to try some of of that faux jade. I probably won’t be able to catch up to you but I could have fun trying!

  9. Linda K., 22 July, 2010

    @Catalina: Catalina, I’ll be keeping you in my prayers as you have your two surgeries.

  10. Catalina, 23 July, 2010

    @Linda K.: thanks, Linda, how’s your doggie? The new puppy is chasing my art director, Daisy right now. I hope they are playing:) I ‘m not sure though.

  11. Linda K., 23 July, 2010

    @Catalina: Daffney is having a flare-up of her “laryngial paralysis.” She always a little problem with this, but the heat and humidity cause edema in her throat, which makes it hard for her to breathe. She’s been on prednisone off and on for since the beginning of July.

    I love that visual of Bubby chasing Daisy, but I do know what you mean about not always being sure that they’re having fun or bickering.

  12. Elizabeth S., 22 July, 2010

    @Catalina:My prayers go with you, too, Catalina.

  13. Catalina, 23 July, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.: Thank you! I need all I can get!

  14. DJ, 23 July, 2010

    @Catalina: Catalina, my thoughts and prayers are with you now and during your surgeries. Awful to have to endure, but it will be worth it if can do away with your pain. Take care…

  15. Brenda, 22 July, 2010

    @Ken H: hahahaha” Ken you are so funny. DON’T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB!!!! I just got through taking more photos to upload of some more items. A couple that you guys and gals have not seen yet, But will soon.

    I had to skip past the last Tutorial because I didn’t have the supplies. They should be here soon though. I Used the Jade technic with gold paint to get the same effect though.

  16. Elizabeth S., 22 July, 2010

    I LOVE seeing everyone’s work!! It’s so inspiring for me. Thank you everyone, for sharing.

    Last evening, BTW, JOYCE M. posted a request for our prayers (see fighting lymphoma) for her husband. It was a later post and so I got to thinking that some who might want to respond may not have seen it. There’s is powerful loving supportive energy here as we all know. Just want to be sure those who want to send some to Joyce and Wayne have the chance to do so.

  17. Brenda, 22 July, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.: Sending Prayers….. Thank you for the update.. I didn’t see that. From reading all the post on FB and trying to keep up with Cindy’ and Dougs Blog, and all the other emails, I’ve missed that one.

  18. Koolbraider, 22 July, 2010

    Wow, all these make feel me feel like a slacker! I’ve just been sitting back and enjoying the beautiful and not toohumid weather we’re finally getting.

  19. Susan B, 22 July, 2010

    Well done to everyone for getting set up on facebook and sharing your amazing pieces. I have fallen so far behind that I plan to sit back and admire everything until I manage to catch up somehow. I am, however, having a lovely time trying to catch up though and reading through all the wonderful posts. Have still got two tutorials to watch too!

  20. carolyn, 22 July, 2010

    Just remember, folks, this is a drawing contest … it just takes one entry to get a chance to win. Brenda and I have been having a ball dove tailing back and forth on this. I’m afraid it’s to the point now that I have to slow down so I can get my house and motorhome in order for the next phase of my life. But it sure will be swell to continue to see the spectacular pieces that Brenda has been making … and the rest of you as well.

    Ken, wish there were some way you could clay while in transit! Don’t quit that job. I’m not sure anyone could ‘make it’ having clay as their sole support.

  21. Cindy Lietz, 22 July, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.: Thank you for caring. @Joyce-M… our thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband.

    And a general message to everyone… I don’t want anyone feeling like a slacker because of this new Facebook Gallery initiative. If you can participate by sharing photos of your beads and jewelry… that would be wonderful… even if it’s just one picture. But if life is getting in the way for you, then just relax and allow yourself to be inspired. Your time will come. The last thing I want is for this to cause stress. Heaven knows we already have enough of that in the other areas of our lives.

  22. Ken H, 22 July, 2010

    I was only kidding about the “slacker” comment, but not about wishing I could clay all day, and having even a little more time to build up some stock. I’m glad that folks have time to creat so many wonderful things, and my day WILL come, someday.

  23. Arlene Harrison, 22 July, 2010

    @Ken H:
    I’m sitting here laughing to myself about your comment that you wish you could clay all day. I’m a legal secretary and the type work we do is feast or famine. Some days I’m so busy I can’t think straight other days — like today — I’m twiddling my thumbs. On days like this, my mind wanders to all things clay and my fingers just itch to create. I’ve got a major project to finish this weekend — by Saturday night for a party — and instead of being at home in my studio, I’m here twiddling my thumbs! But this is the job that pays for the electricity that runs the motor on my pasta machine, that heats my oven, etc. so I guess I’d best be patient for a couple more years until I can retire!

  24. carolyn, 22 July, 2010

    @Arlene Harrison: And when you retire from a paying job, there seem to be even less hours in the day. I can’t believe how fast the hours fly by. I never seem to get done with all the things that need doing, much less having time to do as much claying as I want.

  25. Lupe Meter, 22 July, 2010

    WOW…what a beautiful collection of polymer clay work! Way to go Brenda and Carolyn! Hey, I am just warming up…but I bet it will be hard to catch up to you ladies! Great work everyone!!!

  26. Cheryl Hodges, 22 July, 2010

    @Joyce M and her husband Wayne – Just hang in there. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Praying that God will give you strength and bring healing.

    @ Ken – I feel that way too sometimes. Even though I teach from home, it can get tiring and especially now with all this pain. It’s just been getting worse the last two years. I just did a round of physio last Thursday and I’m so sore all over I feel worse. I have another session today and hopefully I will begin to feel a bit better. But I so wish I had more time to clay – I just love that medium.

  27. Linda K., 22 July, 2010

    @Cheryl Hodges: Cheryl, how thoughtful of you to put a link here for Joyce and Wayne. I did see Joyce’s message last night, but it’s good to have a reminder to keep them in my prayers.

    Linda B, thanks for letting us know about Lisa’s dog. I read her comment on my Facebook Wall, so I knew he was sick. My heart breaks when I hear that someone has lost a beloved pet. Lisa, you’re in my prayers, too.

  28. Linda B, 22 July, 2010

    I think all of the photos are just beautiful. I’m still trying to figure out how to do all of this. I am so “tech” dumb!!! Phaedrakat was so kind in helping me get started. I’m still working on getting my photos posted to my Flickr account and linked to Cindy…….

    I just heard from Lisa. She got back from England and came home to a very sick dog. She ended up having to put her dog down last Friday. As most of you know who have pets, it was her baby. She is having a very hard time right now and hasn’t gotten on the the blog. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers along with Joyce and her husband.

    Linda B.

  29. Catalina, 22 July, 2010

    @Linda B: I didn’t know that Lisa lost her dog. I’m so sorry to hear that. She must be heartbroken. I hope she recovers soon and with enough time maybe her heart will find room for another furry friend. My Daisy and Bubby sends her kisses.

  30. Cheryl Hodges, 22 July, 2010

    @ Lisa- I’m so very sorry to hear about your dog. My friend too had to put down her dog and it was so sad. They become part of the family,so it must be so very hard for you. You will be in my prayers.

  31. Arlene Harrison, 22 July, 2010

    Hey!!! YEA!!! This is the first time my photo has showed up instead of the silly little icon.

  32. Linda K., 22 July, 2010

    @Arlene Harrison: Arlene, we’ve been seeing your lovely photo for a couple of weeks now. I just looked at your Blog…your canes are beautiful and I’m in love with those funky chickens. I’ve been painting flamingos for a couple of years and thinking about sculpting some out of clay, but haven’t done it yet. I have a to-do list that’s about a mile long!

  33. Arlene Harrison, 22 July, 2010

    @Linda K.:
    Like I said – feast or famine – I’ve been so busy for the last couple of weeks that I haven’t had time to do much more than check my personal email!!! Our group does large industrial bond financings and the amount of paper to actually close one of those deals is staggering! But it closed Tuesday and we’ve spend yesterday and today tying up lose ends so I’ve finally had time to play! And I’m off all day tomorrow!!! WOOHOO! Which is a good thing since I’ve got ten flamingos to make before Saturday night.

  34. Linda K., 22 July, 2010

    Woohoo, these beads are gorgeous!

    I need to put my photos on Facebook. Honestly, by the time I finish looking at my wall I don’t have time to do anything else!

  35. Cheryl Hodges, 22 July, 2010

    @Catalina – Will keep you in my prayers too. I hope you feel better after the surgery. I had multiple cysts all over too; also on the ovary; they seem to have gone since my last ultra sound. Is they cyst big?

  36. Catalina, 23 July, 2010

    @Cheryl Hodges: the cyst was found in January and they did a second U/S in April and it was much larger. So, since April who knows. But, the gallbladder has a functioning rate of 0%! No gallstones, just not working right. It is always contracting and pulsing and painful most of the time.
    I hope your cysts are all gone now. Thank you for the prayers.

  37. Koolbraider, 22 July, 2010

    Cindy, don’t worry about us “slackers”! Half of the fun here is participating on the topics aside from actually working with clay. Right now I’ve been making (and selling for a change) chain maille bracelets at a local tourist shop that’s only open in the summer. I have ideas of combining maille with clay focals and hope to have a couple but there are only so many hours in the day. I cut my own rings; there’s something very cool about being a woman with tools.

    Lisa, so sorry to hear that you lost your dog.

  38. carolyn, 22 July, 2010

    @Koolbraider: Do you use a Jump Ringer? Or are you like me … I use a jeweler’s saw. My link bracelets sell at the local jewelry store. It is so exciting when one actually does sell. I really have enjoyed working with jump rings but have so many bracelets and necklaces that I put that aside for a while. I am thinking of incorporating clay beads with the Byzantine link.

  39. Elizabeth kerr, 22 July, 2010

    Hi all, Yeah! I got 7 points. Wonderful.
    After the messy start I had, Cindy put me right. So I went back and “fixed” all my silly mistakes. Don’t worry about when and what you put in, or how much. It is just the fun of it really, and seeing all the beautiful items that others do is a joy.
    Great inspirations too.
    Congrats Cindy, for devising the Facebook gallery for us. A wonderful addition to our blog here and the weekly video newsletter.
    Just love it.
    Post to Facebook when you can, I like seeing it all.
    XXXX

  40. Tanya L, 23 July, 2010

    @ Lisa- I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. We had one (a little Jack Russel- she was only 4 lb) that passed away 2 1/2 yrs ago and sometimes I still get weepy thinking about her. She was the first dog I was ever attached to, and she was our baby.

    @Catalina: I have you on my prayer list too Catalina. Hope your surgery goes well. You should feel so much better when it’s over!

  41. Tanya L, 23 July, 2010

    Great job to everyone who posted on fb! You’re work continually inspires me!

  42. Cheryl Hodges, 23 July, 2010

    @ Catalina – Thats awful for you to be in pain. Hopefully after the surgery you will feel good.

  43. Cheryl Hodges, 23 July, 2010

    @ Koolbraider and Carolyn – i do a lot of chainmaille but so far with the silver plate jumprings and I’ve got some focal beads that I’m going to use with them. What wire do you use for the jumprings? Do you use sterling silver wire . I haven’t tried making my own jumprings yet but would love to try . Is it difficult? What tools do you need?

  44. carolyn, 24 July, 2010

    @Cheryl Hodges: Cheryl, I use 22 to 16 gauge wires for my jump rings and I use all types of wire including color coated copper, sterling and gold filled. I have a set of mandrels for winding the coils, a small bench vise for holding the coils while I cut them, a jewelers saw with blades for cutting, beeswax candle for lubricating the blades. It is not difficult but can be time consuming. My arms does get pretty sore from using the saw for any length of time. Hope this info helps.

  45. DJ, 23 July, 2010

    @Lisa I’m so sorry to hear of the sad news about your dog. They become such close, loving companions it hurts deeply when we lose them. I hope that hurt will lesson for you with time.
    Hope to see you here soon.

  46. Koolbraider, 23 July, 2010

    First, Catalina, I hope everything goes okay. Any surgery isn’t pleasant. I’ve had cysts in my ovaries but they never amounted to anything.

    As for making rings: I use Beadalon’s little Jump Ring maker thingie. A Jump Ringer system isn’t cost effective because I don’t do enough maille to justify one (somewhere around $200 or so, complete). I wind short coils and use a special set of pliers with a slot cut into it where I can saw the rings (Connie Fox has them, and maybe Monsterslayer, and some other places, too). I use a jeweler’s saw with the right sized blade for the wire gauge (and coat the coils with Cut Lube and some on the blade). I can only cut so many before the coil collapses from holding the pliers closed but it’s still cheaper to make them than buy them. I prefer copper. They need a bit of tumbling in my Lortone to knock of any sharp pieces from sawing. I then oxydize them and tumble them again just to get any excess oxydation off. I prefer copper especially now since silver is getting so expensive and customers seem to like the earthy look of oxydized copper. It also feels very nice after oxydizing so that may also be a selling point. I hope no one felt I was bragging about selling; it’s just that this is the first year that things are selling well. Sawing is actually quite relaxing. YouTube has some videos for sawing and Connie Fox probably does too. And my son thinks it’s really cool that his mom cuts metal!

  47. carolyn, 23 July, 2010

    @Koolbraider: I lined the jaws of a small bench vise with mole skin. I can then put a rather long coil in the jaws and saw, moving the coil up as the rings fall off. I work with a tea towel on my lap to catch the rings as they fall off. I’ve made thousands this way. I have colored wires and have little baggies of different sized rings to go with each color. I also have sterling and golf filled rings that I have made … this was before the prices for the wires went out of sight! I have purchased some plated jump rings from FMG for use on lesser expensive pieces. I always keep a ‘want’ list and when it gets high enough to get the best FMG discount, then I order, so they aren’t too expensive that way.

  48. Koolbraider, 24 July, 2010

    Carolyn, I remembered seeing someone on Youtube using a vise but when I checked them out the other day I couldn’t find anything. Thankyou!!! The weather is rainy here and shopping is always fun so off to Home Depot. I’d love getting more than a few rings each time; the wasted ones really bug me.

  49. Cheryl Hodges, 25 July, 2010

    @ Carolyn – i would lov to try it out as i love doing chain maille. Maybe some time. Where did you buy your bench vise and saw? Was it costly?

  50. carolyn, 25 July, 2010

    @Cheryl Hodges: It has been so long ago that I’m not sure where I got them. You might try Fire Mountain Gems. Another place might be The Rock Haus.

  51. Cheryl Hodges, 26 July, 2010

    @ Carolyn – I tried both place and couldn’t find it. will keep looking. do you have the brand name; might make it easier to check out.

  52. carolyn, 26 July, 2010

    @Cheryl Hodges: Hmmm! Then try Indian Jeweler Supply. There are no names on either one. Sorry.

  53. Phaedrakat, 27 July, 2010

    @carolyn: Does your jewelry saw have a deep throat? I’ve seen the various saws in online stores before, but some have 6″ depth while others are only 3 or 4″. Which is yours, and do you think the deeper throat is necessary?

  54. carolyn, 27 July, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: Hi, Kat – You sure have managed to ‘kat’ch up quickly! I know that your staying on top of all these things helps Cindy tremendously … and for that we all thank you. Whatever allows Cindy more time to create … and recreate … the better it is for all of us.

    Excellent question, Kat! My saw has a 3″ throat and for cutting jump rings that is much better than the deeper throated (5-6″) ones. Mine allows for more control. The deeper one would be kind of ‘wobbly’. The only reason a deeper throat would be needed is if the saw was going to be used for cutting broad pieces of metal. I have never been sorry that I went with the 3″ one.

    And while we are at it … I recommend Swiss blades. The Swiss are known for their sharpness … Swiss army knives … and they make the best blades in my book!

  55. Phaedrakat, 04 August, 2010

    OFF TOPIC, w/a jeweler’s saw & jump rings mention:

    @carolyn: Forgot to mention that I loved your “katch” pun! Thanks for the information on jeweler’s saws, too. I’ve been wanting to speed-up my jumpring-making for a long time (Right now when I make “special” jump rings, I to cut them one-by-one from the coil—alternating so both edges are flush-cut. Otherwise, I mostly use purchased jump rings—I still have a huge stash from buying in bulk.)

    One of my local bead shops moved several months back. I was finally able to visit them after my long, no-wheels ordeal. I went the day I got my car fixed—so happy to have wheels again! I discovered they’ve added lots of cool metal-working tools, torches, Liv. of sulf/patinas, etc. No PC supplies, unfortunately, but they had a nice jewelry saw that is adjustable both in width and depth. I’m going to compare prices with those I’ve found online, and then buy a couple goodies come payday! Anyway, thanks again for your input on saws & blades! :D
    ~Kat

  56. Jocelyn C, 05 August, 2013

    Bump, hopefully….

    Wanted to draw folks attention to this old contest. The work submitted was brilliant, with great pics, and they are work not shown on the FB gallery.

    LOL, I’d ask for another contest, because they are sure fun, but I’ll bet with how busy you are, you would beat me with a broom if I was in the same room.

    But if slows down in the winter, or if you folks could form a subgroup committee to run the contest and report on this here, the next time you could post these lovely pics where they can be made bigger on the FaceBook gallery.

  57. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 05 August, 2013

    Good “Bump” Jocelyn… as you can see I have now “fixed” that side bar comments widget so that all new comments on older posts get referenced at the top of the list. So… by all means bump away! It would be great to “re-kindle” some of the older content here at the blog.

    And in regards to the contest… I have been slowly but surely acquiring some software tools that will help to automate the task or running contests. We definitely doing more of them. Thanks for the reminder.

  58. Jocelyn C, 07 August, 2013

    Nice to see this feature working, because it triggers all of us to go back to those old blogs from years ago that contain so much good info in the blog and the commentary after. Thanks Doug!

    Will wonders ever cease? There is a widget or software program that will run contests automatically? How cool.

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