Beads & Beading & Polymer Clay – Daily Podcast Project Update

Polymer Clay Podcast Update

Audio Launch Day is Definitely Getting Closer:

Many of you may have already read the article I posted back in January about the possibilities of adding some audio podcast recordings here at the blog. Well I figured I had better give you an update on where things are at with this project, so you don’t think I’ve forgotten about it. If you missed the original article, here’s the link:

Polymer Clay Survey – Would You Like Some Audio With Those Beads?

I’m happy to say things ARE getting closer to making this podcast a reality. My DH Doug has purchased a very cool, broadcast quality voice recorder which is going to work just great.

He also bought some new software that will transcribe the audio podcasts into text so that you can listen AND read, depending on your preference. The text transcripts will also contain any resource links mentioned in the podcast.

This is a very exciting enhancement that I hope you will enjoy… and there will be no cost to you whatsoever. In other words, the podcasts will be freely available for both members AND non-members to enjoy and learn from.** (see footnote)

I believe it’s going to make this blog even more personal and interactive than it already is. You will be able to ask questions below each of the podcast posts, that I will then be able to answer for you in follow-up podcast episodes.

I expect the podcasts to run anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes in length. And they will include all kinds of tips, tricks, commentary, Q+A plus whatever else you would like to request.

There are still some things to figure out and coordinate before the podcasts go live… but things are definitely getting closer… so do stay tuned. It’s going to be fun!

** (footnote) I just had to stick this note in here, especially for the lady who recently emailed and said she feels that I don’t share freely enough with the polymer clay community.

I’m honestly sorry she feels that way. If only she knew how many unpaid hours I (and my DH) actually dedicate towards publishing daily blog articles; answering how-to questions; giving away complimentary color recipes; and now soon to be broadcasting a free and interactive series of audio podcasts.

Oh well… as I’ve said in the past, you simply can’t please everybody all of the time. Such is life.

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor

  1. Ken H., 31 March, 2009

    I’m thrilled to hear there will soon be podcasts. I can hardly wait, I can get my crafting education on my way to my drudge job, and hopefully SOMEday suppliment or even replace my income with my two true loves performing and crafting. There is a saying and I don’t know where it comes from but it goes “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”, which also leads me to another point about the nay sayer you mentioned, you need to make something for all the effort you put into this site, even though I can’t order a subscription (getting rid of all credit cards,for good)I still agree with the subscription fee. That’s the major reason I would LOVE to see DVD’s made of your videos.


  2. Ken H., 31 March, 2009


    Then there’s the traveling to rehearsals and such.

  3. Illaya, 31 March, 2009

    I am stunned that someone would say that you do not share freely enough with the polymer clay community. Really, what more does she want. Did she ask any questions or just complain? The only thing I can suggest to you is to bless here pointed heart. Maybe with blessings she can be changed, without them she will remain a narrow self absorbed human.

  4. Illaya, 31 March, 2009

    Podcasts, yippey. I am a visual learner so I listen to your videos then I play them again with the sound off, so I can watch your hands handle the clay. I learn so much that way. Now to have another way of learning about clay is going to be so niffty. Thank Doug and hug yourself from me for all your hard effort to make this community what it is.

  5. Melinda, 31 March, 2009

    I have really enjoyed the videos! They are well worth the money. I don’t go to work for free every day and neither should you!

  6. Annie, 31 March, 2009

    I cannot believe that lady who thinks that you dont share freely enough !! Is she kidding ? I have never met anyone so generous with information, and someone who listens to problems and helps ALL the time. I for one, and grateful for every piece of information that I get from you. Thanks Cindy :-)

  7. Anna Sabina, 31 March, 2009

    OMG !!! I cannot believe someone would make that comment. You work and videos are high quality and I am sure they take a LOT of time to make. Maybe she was looking for step by step directions but so much of that is already out there. Your techniques such as pinching the cane over the end of a paint brush or use of bugle bead in the middle of a mobius bead are not out there. And, you are posting DAILY, not weekly or month. Your daily blog articles are always high quality, not something thrown together and always get me thinking in a different direction.
    I am so sorry someone sent that feedback. Really, how much more could you offer !!!!

  8. Cindy Lietz, 01 April, 2009

    Thank you so much everyone for the support! I can’t believe how wonderful you all are! :-)

    In regards to the comment that Ken brought up about DVD’s, I’ve compiled some links to other posts on this blog where this topic has been discussed as well. You can click the ‘Sanding Polymer Clay’ link by my name to go there.

    If anyone wants to add to the DVD discussion, that would be great! There still hasn’t been a huge number of people asking for this option yet. To go forward with making DVD’s, there would have to be enough interest.

  9. Anna Sabina, 01 April, 2009

    You do a great job on the video tutorials and I think you would also be great in DVD form. It could be “Cindy Unplugged” just like the musicians that put out an acoustic version of their CCDs. Maybe a better name in the PC world would be “Cindy Uncured”.

  10. Joyce, 02 April, 2009

    I think DVD’s would be great! Perfect for a traveler (like me) who takes a mini DVD player instead of the big laptop.

    You’re a wonderful sharing person! I feel sorry for the lady who can’t see that!

  11. Cheryl, 03 April, 2009

    Can’t wait for the podcasts!!! Thanks so much Cindy for sharing your knowledge; you’re a wonderful teacher and a really sharing warm, person. You get people like that lady who I think are really envious’ of what you do. I’ve really experienced that too last week in fact. It can get really cruel out there sometimes. Bless her Cindy and you will receive blessings.


  12. Cindy Lietz, 04 April, 2009

    @Ani: That is so cute! As you you can see, your comment was the inspiration for my April 3 video post [The “Meet Cindy” link by my name above will take you to that post]. Thanks for all the great stuff you share here!

    @Joyce: Thank you so much for your feedback on the DVD’s, with enough interest like yours we could consider the investment of having them made. I feel sad for the lady too. Thank you so much for your kind heart and the support you bring to everyone here.

    @Cheryl: I feel like you and the others who have sent her blessings… that her thorns may fall away and reveal the rose underneath. Thank you for being you.

  13. Peggy, 05 April, 2009

    Wow – I finally joined and became a member after months of reading blogs and going back and fourth realizing the biggest mistake I made was not joining right away. Cindy is WONDERFUL. The day I joined I was having trouble with pay pal and my purchases did not go through for some back videos I wanted. Everything showed up ok on my end but some how Cindy knew before I did about the problem and was on top of it emailing me and contacting pay pal before I knew what was wrong. She spent 3 days making sure everything was taken care of and I was pleased with the outcome. I received emails as early as 4:31AM and as late as 2:07AM She always sounds so peppy and energetic I don’t know when she sleeps. But I don’t think you will find anyone more dedicated to their customers than Cindy. Polymer Clay brings out the best in people and it definitely brought out the best then much more in Cindy. I can’t say enough good things about her. She will answer any and all questions and do what ever she possibly can for anyone she knows. You don’t even have to be a member yet to get. I just love her and all the work she has put into these videos I am truly amazed with each new one I see. She is a talented artist with a huge heart willing to help anyone who needs help. I now have a new friend I can count on for any help I might ever need with polymer clay. Thank you for everything Cindy
    I will try to return some of that dedication back to you someday with pictures of my work with polymer clay.

    Now for all of you who were not sure about becoming a member. Join NOW! TODAY! Dont waste time like I did.
    Polymer friend, Peggy

  14. Cindy Lietz, 05 April, 2009

    Wow Peggy… you sure know how to make a girl blush. Thanks so much for for all the kind words!!!! I’m very happy that everything got sorted out for you, and was pleased to help.

    I hope you don’t mind, but I added a duplicate copy of your comment to the post linked to my name above. It is part of the series of articles I am publishing in conjunction with the membership promotion that’s currently running until April 9th.

    Your input will be very helpful to anyone who is still sitting on the fence about whether or not to become a library member for themselves.

    Thanks again Peggy. I look forward to getting to know you better.

  15. Lupe Meter, 11 April, 2009

    I cannot believe that someone would say you do not share enough. That is plain ridiculous! You share bountifuls and many, many great tips that I would have known had I not been part of this community. I am so excited that you will be adding a podcast! I am a visual learner so this will be effective for me and other fellow visual learners. I just can’t say enough good things about you Cindy. Thank you and your husband for all that you two do to make this website A++ in my book!

  16. Peggy, 11 April, 2009

    Hi again, I commented earlier when I just joined at how very much I appreciated Cindy and now her husband at all the help she gave me with some problems I was having with pay pal when first becoming a member. This happened approximately 2 wks ago. Since I have ordered several of the back issues, and the begginers many videos. At first I thought the begginers might be just repeat of what I already knew “NOT” Much much more thanks to Cindy’s way with both polymer clay and teaching. You are a natural. I have learned so much more and I am constantly going back and re-watching videos picking up more even the 2nd time around. The only complaint I have is against myself for not doing this the moment I first heard about CIndy. I belong to a Polymer Clay guild due to health am unable to attend meetings but enjoy the blog information and chatting back and forth with members. Nobody puts anyone down. I also belong to other Internet sites with polymer clay free and paid for info. I love them all but none have come close to the information and suggestions that Cindy puts out there. I just can not imagine someone thinking she doen’t give this her all. You can tell she loves her work. Ask her and she will answer. Don’t ask her and she still answers. Polymer Clay brings out great things in many people. Super things in Cindy. I honestly think she is one of the best teachers I have ever been blessed enough to come across. I would love the chance to spend a few days in the shawdows of Cindy and her clay. If you ever hold Personal classes I want to be one of the first to know. If possible I am already there. THANK YOU CINDY AND YOUR HUBBY TOO!!
    Eager for more, Peggy

  17. Cindy Lietz, 13 April, 2009

    @Lupe: Thank you Sweetie for the support! You have been a fantastic asset around this blog and I really appreciate your comment!

    @Peggy: What a Dear you are! Having you say what you did, means a great deal to me. I have tried very hard to make this a non-intimidating, positive, supportive learning environment and I am honored to know you feel it is. Thanks so much for everything you do here!

  18. lynn watts, 07 May, 2009

    Cindy, I may be alittle behind on this one but I have to say this,You share with the polymer clay community but within your boundaries of free. I wonder iif she has read “everything” you have posted since you first started? She must understand EVERYTHING can not always be free. People has to make a living even if it is something that you love doing. If she wants more let her become a member and she will soon learnjust how hard you and DH work to inform and teach others about your love of polymer clay. And the versatility of the clay and letting the person handling the clay become an artist themselves. You just help those people along the way to discovering the inner beauty of themselves to be expressed in the clay. Your followers are behind you and look forward to all your knowledge of this wonderful medium. Keep Up The Good Work!!!!!!!! Lynn

  19. Cindy Lietz, 09 May, 2009

    Thank you very much for your kind support Lynn! You’re a special lady and I appreciate it very much!

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