Halloween Pumpkin Cane Video – Now Playing – Polymer Clay Library

Polymer Clay Pumpkin Cane Project“Cute pumpkins.
I especially love the
way you used them in the
earrings with the copper

On October 26th, I posted an introductory preview clip for the Pumpkin Cane tutorial.

Today, the full version of this video lesson (Vol-029-4) is available for viewing at the Polymer Clay Members Library. Here is the link: Pumpkin Canes for Seasonal Halloween and Thanksgiving Jewelry

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Yes, we’re fortunate to be members. I think there are lots of people out there who want to join but they keep putting it off, not sure if it’s as good as we always talk about. Once I joined, I was so mad at myself for taking so long. I realized I missed out on so many good tutes, and that if I wanted them now I had to pay back-issue prices. If I had joined when I first noticed the site I could have had them for the cheap member’s price of $0.87 a tute. I mean, $3 bucks a month isn’t that hard to scrounge together, even in this economy. ~Phaedrakat

Absolutely no way would this have ever occurred to me! And yet you make it so simple. I’ll say it again: where else can you get 4 video lessons at less than $4 a month??? I have some of those cutters and a few of the colors. ~Koolbraider

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Open Mic… Please use the comment sections of these Friday posts to discuss polymer clay challenges that you need some help with… success stories about your bead and jewelry projects… requests for upcoming video tutorials. In other words, it’s an open mic :-) .

Listed below are the topics that were discussed in the last Friday’s Open Mic comments:

  • Polymer clay will keep you out of trouble.
  • Name plates for granddaughters bedroom door.
  • Bangles seem to be popular.
  • Save those peel off metal coffee can seals.
  • Why would Joann’s only stock polymer clay in the kids section?
  • Yay for recyling!
  • Somebody just had a baby!!!!
  • In search of Weldbond.
  • Covertous eyes… is that a real word?
  • Christmas is taking over the store shelves.
  • Time to look for buffalo snow again.
  • Where to buy Polymer Cafe Magazine?
  • Amaco foil rolls.
  • Unfinished hair combs.
  • Big box store customer service.
  • Teaching kids about polymer clay.
  • Combining techniques… raku, molds and distressed paint.
  • Indian bead jewelry.
  • Using a paragon digital kiln for baking polymer clay.
  • Studio by Sculpey discontinued.
  • And more…

If you need to catch up, here is the link to the article where last week’s topics were discussed in detail: Embossed Metal Stamps

Otherwise, you can use the comment section below to start talking about some new topics and ideas. Happy Friday!!!


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  1. Freda K, 29 October, 2010

    Liked the pumpkin tute but since we are almost past Halloween I would like to think of another picture drawing we could use it for. Anyone have an idea?

    Need help on a challenge. I used the UV dome resin on pendants that were made from vintage button molds. The pendants are round and domed in the center. The resin leaked off and some seeped under. I put them in the sun and the top cured nicely. Turned them over to do the part where the leakage happened. I left them in the sun for longer than normal and they were still tacky. Put them back out and they are still tacky. Anyone know what else I can do?

  2. Jeanne C., 29 October, 2010

    Great tut! The pumpkins are really cute, won’t have time to make them by Sunday but I’ll have them for next year! :)

  3. Cindy Lietz, 29 October, 2010


    You can finally use the @Reply feature again without having your comments going into the moderation queue. Yay, Hurray… but omg that took a long time :~/ (arghhh…. software developers… can’t live with them, can’t live without them!)

    @Freda K: Without more info it is difficult to say exactly what happened with your resin… but my guess is some sort of contamination hindering the curing process.

  4. Cheryl Hodges, 29 October, 2010

    What a great tutorial! I hope I am able to do a couple pairs of earrings – it’s still fall and would be okay to wear. I love the way you got the shading with the skinner blend.

  5. Linda K., 29 October, 2010

    Cindy, love your pumpkin tutorial. I think the pumpkin patch would make a great pin. No time to do it this year, but maybe next year I’ll make one for each of my grand-nieces.

    In the meantime, this is a great tutorial for learning the basic principles of making a cane because it’s so simple.

  6. pollyanna, 29 October, 2010

    great tute….guess you could use this on varous fruits and veggies……:)

  7. Peggy Barnes, 29 October, 2010

    OK Migraine free for the moment and headache at a low throb so I grabbed the computer and watched the last 2 tutes NOW THAT WAS FUN! Love the embossing words. I have a lot of small single word stamps now I can have all I want thanks to Cindy and Doug. And when I know I have some time I love nothing more than making canes. Don’t forget Thanksgiving everyone or fall winter is not her yet all pumpkins don’t need faces so forget Halloween. I can’t wait to make my mother a brooch to wear for fall and Thanksgiving time. All thanks to the Lietz team – 2 more TOUCHDOWNS YEAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Uuuuuuggggggs to the both of you on 2 AWESOME TUTES, Peggy

  8. DawnB, 29 October, 2010

    Adorable pumpkins! I used this technique to make a chinese lantern cane with a crimson to white teardrop blend and black top and bottom. The possibilities are endless. Thanks (again)!

  9. Phaedrakat, 03 November, 2010

    @Peggy: Peggy, so sorry to hear about your migraines! I’m glad you’re having some time off (guess a ‘low throb’ is better than the full-on attack…) Still, I’m sorry about your pain all the same…thinking about you, sweet lady!

    @DawnB: Your Chinese lantern sounds lovely…what a creative idea! Way to ‘work’ the tutorial…and way to go! :D

    I love the ideas flowing here…even though Halloween is over, we still have another month of pumpkins (and pie…Mmmm…!) Lots of ways to use this tutorial, especially when you think & keep it simple (think coloring book pictures instead of more complicated drawings.) Maybe a simple Christmas ornament, snowman face, wreath (green with “background” color in center,) simple gift (square cane,) etc. Have fun! :D

  10. Lupe Meter, 29 October, 2010

    Love the tute, Cindy! Love the pumpkin patch pin! Going now to play with clay and make me pumpkin cane!

  11. Koni, 31 October, 2010

    How can i use again the fimo that becomes hard?

  12. Phaedrakat, 03 November, 2010

    @Koni: Hi Koni, are you asking how to soften hard polymer clay? You can use Fimo Mix Quick or Sculpey Diluent, both products made specifically for softening polymer clay. You can also add a few drops of mineral oil or baby oil to your clay and mix. Another product that works great is a bit of Sculpey MoldMaker, the product Cindy used for her texture plates tutorial (Vol-029-1.) A food processor works beautifully, although once you use it with clay, it should not be used with food again! This article has some tips on using a Food processor to mix your old, crumbled clay with softeners to make it workable again — Tools to Soften Clay Quickly.

    Good luck! If you’d like to read more, try putting things like “hard clay” or “old Fimo canes” into the search box at the top of each page. You’ll get a list of articles and comments/Q & A on your topic! Have fun claying! :D

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