42 More Photo Entries for the Polymer Clay Bead Giveaway Contest

Polymer Clay Contest Photos “Isn’t it
wonderful the
feeling of achievement when something turns out like it should.” ~Carole-H

One of the goals for this contest was to give all of you more opportunity to get to know each other better, so that everyone would feel more comfortable offering one another support when challenges come up with specific techniques.

Well this happened on several occasions. And one case in particular I’d like to point out, is when Carole Holt was having issues with her deep crackle faux raku beads.

As a result of the generous guidance from several of you, most notably Joyce-M, Silverleaf and Phaedrakat, Carole went…

From This…

These were a total disaster. I could not get the clay to crackle at all. ~Carole-H

To This…

Hi everyone. I have finally managed to do the deep raku technique and I have sent the pics to Cindy. I was so chuffed that I did it again and made pendants and now I have made some more just to prove to myself that it wasn’t a fluke. Isn’t it wonderful the feeling of achievement when something turns out like it should. ~Carole-H

Carole: Hurray! I’m so happy for you! I could tell it was upsetting that your deep raku wasn’t turning out like you wanted. But you persisted – and now you’ve “Conquered that Crackle!” Congratulations, and I can’t wait to see the pictures. ~Phaedrakat

I can hardly wait to see more photos. This is a wonderful experience and I want to say a HUGE “Thank You” to Cindy for taking on this contest. Cindy, you give so much of yourself and your talents and it has been said many time that you are appreciated. Know that there aren’t enough words to say it all. AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME is what you are. All the photos are just wonderful. I keep going back over them. There is so much inspiration here. Thank you all for sharing. If anyone is still hesitant, please take the step and join in the fun. It is exciting! ~Joyce-M

And during all of the help and support that has been happening, there are even the beginnings of some offline friendships starting to take shape…

Carole Holt, if you’re in Yorkshire you must be pretty close to me, I live in North Derbyshire, about 10 miles south of Sheffield. ~Silverleaf

Hi Silverleaf, yes not too far away. I live about 10miles from Bradford and 10miles from Leeds smack in the middle. Don’t get out your way but its quite possible as it’s not like we live in America where the distances are so great. P.S. love your work. ~Carole-H

Carole. We’re practically neighbours, lol! You know, I’m feeling another Cindy’s (UK) Girls meetup coming on, you interested? Some of us met up a couple of times last year and it was great fun! ~Silverleaf

So as you can see, the goals of this bead giveaway event are in fact being met. I’m so happy that everyone is having so much fun.

For more exciting stories, and to see the latest batch of contest pics (Photos #67 to #108), here is the link: Bead Contest Entries

** Win Some Polymer Clay Beads: Handmade by Cindy Lietz.
There is still time to send in your photo entires. Links to all of the contest information are posted here:
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  1. Silverleaf, 12 February, 2010

    I have to say, this contest is the coolest thing ever! I’m really excited about it – I think everyone’s a winner because we all got to show off something pretty, and got tons of inspiration and pleasure from everyone else’s work. Yay!! :)

  2. Loretta, 12 February, 2010

    Thanks so much, Cindy, for putting together this give-away. I have worked through two of the methods and will attempt the Raku this week. The upside of this is that I sold my heart earrings and jupiter bead bracelet that I made out of the jupiter bead technique. Yeah!

  3. Phaedrakat, 12 February, 2010

    Absolutely! When you stated your goals for this contest, you were probably wondering if you (or I should say “your students”) could reach them. Everyone has been so enthusiastic, and have overcome thier hesitations & submitted entries to the contest. I think you should be happy about this success — your students have reached the goal you set for them! It has been so wonderful seeing all of the beautiful creations others have made. It’s made everyone feel closer to each other. Like, we’re all in this together! Thanks, Cindy & Doug, for this fantastic contest, for encouraging everyone to get busy with their clay and put it out there for all to see!

  4. Cindy Lietz, 16 February, 2010

    Thank you! I love hearing this from you guys, it means so much to both Doug and I. This contest has been more work than expected but seeing how involved you all have been, either with entries or comments of support, it has all been very worthwhile. Just to have people coming out of their shells and really learning from the experience, is truly amazing! All we could ever have asked for. Very inspiring indeed!

  5. Irene, 17 February, 2010

    Hello Cindy,

    I am a beginner in polymer clay. I just came across your website, and I think its great that you can teach everything you know in this area of craft.

    I wanted to ask you: as a beginner, I don’t know how I should start working with clay, what clay I should buy just to see if this is what I want to do. I don’t want to spend a fortune on all the stuff and tools. Maybe there is a minimum that I can buy? Like if I decide to begin making canes-what colors should I buy for the start? What brand is good for making miniature food or what tools are necessary to purchase? What knifes? What surface is best to work on? Maybe you already have these tutorials, I just didn’t find them on your website.

    Thank you,

  6. Cindy Lietz, 17 February, 2010

    Hi Irene,

    So Glad you found the site. Welcome!

    Answers to all of those questions you asked (and more) , are covered in my Polymer Clay Beginners Course.

    The link by my name will take you to where feedback about the course has been posted.

    Looking forward to hearing more about how your projects are coming along.

  7. Kelly Amrein, 18 February, 2010

    I signed up for your newsletter and received the 4 free videos. I have been an avid beader for a few years now, and am so excited to begin making my own beads and pendants! I noticed that some of the videos on your site are for “members only”. How do I become a member? As soon as I can I will buy the beginners course you offer. I can already see the potential that lies ahead for me! Will this give me access to the members videos.

    Thank you so much for providing live tutorials and not just more pictures with written instructions. I am very much a visual and audio learner, so this is perfect. I have been interested in polymer clay for many years, but intimidated by what seemed a difficult art. You make it seem so simple and possible. I am going out to buy some clay to get started with right now!

    Your fan,
    Kelly from Wyoming

  8. Cindy Lietz, 19 February, 2010

    Welcome to the site Kelly! It’s great to have you here. The link by my name will take you to the member sign up page. That page will provide you with all the details of what is included when you subscribe to the weekly member videos. Looking forward to hearing more from you :-)

  9. Holly Alligood, 03 March, 2010

    Hi Cindy,

    Your lessons in the Polymer Clay Beginners Course have inspired me to try something totally new. Yes, I have been a beginner all the way. And you have walked me through with your lessons and I’m thankful you have made this all possible. I think the short video classes give the brain enough time to load up and try it out. I would highly recommend these classes to others so they can make beads instead of trying to learn by mistakes. Keep on, keeping on.

    Thank You!
    Holly Alligood

  10. Cindy Lietz, 03 March, 2010

    Holly – Thank you so much for taking the time to write those very kind words. Sharing feedback like this really gives others great insight about what they can expect from the video tutorials. I truly appreciate your help.

  11. Jayne Shankle, 20 July, 2010

    I’m so confused about the contests. I want to enter but I’m having trouble finding the requirements, dates of contests, what the contest covers, etc…..

  12. Ken H, 23 July, 2010

    @Jayne Shankle: The contest covers anything the Cindy has taught on her blogsite ( posts, video tutorials etc.). The requirements are that you post a photo or photos of you work with the link at the top of the page pasted into the comments.

    Here is the posting for the Facebook Contest that might help you the best.

    If this doesn’t help then go to the upper left hand corner (theres a search box there) and type in Facebook bead contest and that should give you more options for finding what information you need.

  13. Ken H, 23 July, 2010

    @Ken H: sorry little clarification, past the link of the page where the blog post or Video Preview is.

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