How To Get Answers to All Your Polymer Clay Questions

Polymer Clay Questions and AnswersVideo #558: I’m having a difficult time answering everyone’s questions individually… so I have a favor to ask…

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • How to get answers to all of your polymer clay related questions.
  • When you work with a medium as versatile as polymer clay, you are bound to have questions, whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or even an expert.
  • Over the last 8 years or so, my husband Doug and I have put together a resource here at the Polymer Clay Tutor Blog, where you can find answers to pretty much all of your polymer clay questions.
  • There are over 500 tutorials, 1000’s of articles, 100,000 of thousands of comments… on information to help you learn more about polymer clay.
  • As the community has been growing, it has become more and more difficult to respond individually to all your questions.
  • So… I have a big favor to ask of you…
  • First of all, I still really do want you to continue to post your questions, comments, suggestions and ideas. Unless you ask them of me, I will have no idea what you need.
  • Next, if you have the answer to a question that you see posted from another visitor, please do help them out by providing your feedback.
  • Interaction within the group can definitely enhance your learning process.
  • Lastly, please utilize the search box here at the PolymerClayTutor blog to find self serve answers to questions that come up for you. If it is about polymer clay, it has likely been discussed at some point in a previous comment thread.
  • Please do make sure to use this resource… interact with each other… and make keep those questions coming.
  • I do read everything… but am getting to the point where I am not able to respond to each individual question myself.

Do you have any suggestions for videos on tips, techniques or products you would like to learn more about? Let me know in the comments section below!

My goal is to help you to learn quicker and easier ways to bring up the professionalism in your polymer clay art.

Oh and don’t forget to give these videos a Thumbs Up click at YouTube if you are enjoying them. The more Likes a video gets, the higher it rises in the searches. And that means even more people will be able to join in on this polymer clay journey of a lifetime.

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Looking forward to hearing from you!

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Jill V., 14 August, 2014

    Hi Cindy. I completely understand. The search box is extremely helpful. If I can’t find the answer to my question there, I will ask the community. There are some amazingly talented and knowledgeable people here.

  2. Hermine R, 14 August, 2014

    No problem! Great idea. Will do!

  3. Marianne H, 14 August, 2014

    Hi to Cindy, Doug and PCT Community;

    I have a suggestion about the search box. Some people may be confused and think the search box above is an ad for Google or a search box for the Google website and totally ignore it or not feel at ease doing a search on Google’s massive site. Maybe, if possible, you can expand the box around it and put a title such as ‘Search here for answers to your Polymer Clay questions’. People may be more at ease to use the search if they know it is for your blog only and not the entire Google site or not an ad. I know it sounds stupid, I hope I’m making sense. That little phrase might make a difference. Just a suggestion.

    Take care.


  4. Doug Lietz, 14 August, 2014

    Good point about the search box. I am currently in the process of doing a site re-deisgn/makeover and putting more emphasis on the search box is definitely part of the plan. Unfortunately with the the way the that Google Custom search box is set up now, I’m not able to add a Title as you suggested… otherwise I definitely would.

  5. Chelsea H, 15 August, 2014

    Doug, in the module that has the Google search box, is there a way that you can add it as text under the search bar? While I knew that the search box for your website is only powered by Google and searches directly within the website (I used the search box a few days ago – ironically the day before this post came up) others may not know that it searches just within the website itself.

    Another thought is, when I mouse over the search box, the word “search” comes up. I do recall there is a way within the coding that you put in on the website module that allows you to change what it says on that mouse over. You could change it to say something like “Search PCT Community” or “Search this website.”

    Yes, along with being artsy, I am a total geek. Please let me know if you need help finding the line. I can point you to the Google article on finding the mouse over tag if you find that might be helpful too.

    Lots of props for all the hard work you guys do!

  6. Doug Lietz, 16 August, 2014

    Thanks for your input Chelsea… and for your offer to help with customizing the search box. That Google Search function was a bit of a bugger to set up on our site. We had a difficult time getting it to play nice with some of the CSS styling for other elements on the site. So at this stage with our plan to switch to a new theme, I think I’ll just leave it for now. On the new site, I may end up not using the Google search engine at all… still looking at different options on this front.

  7. Catalina, 16 August, 2014

    Hi Doug, just another idea, since you are in the process of redesigning the website, if you can make all the videos iPad user-friendly that would be amazing! There are some of the first videos I like to revisit on the iPad but are not converted yet. Thanks!

  8. Doug Lietz, 16 August, 2014

    Yup… making all of the older (Flash-based) videos iOS friendly, is definitely in the works. If you want a work around to tide you over, the Photon App will allow you to play to play just about any Flash file on most phones and tablets.

    For iOS mobile devices, here is the the link…

    And for Android devices, use this link…

  9. Catalina, 17 August, 2014

    Awesome! I will try it!

  10. Ginny M, 17 August, 2014

    Thank you ! :)

  11. donna q, 15 August, 2014

    Good for you!! we need you doing all the important stuff that benefits all of us..

  12. Jeanine H, 15 August, 2014

    Just a QUICK QUESTION: How to or Where to ‘follow you by email”? Like a newsletter subscription? So that any time you posts some new resources, info or vids, readers can be notified by email. I just haven’t seen am option for this anywhere yet? :) Happy Summer

  13. Cindy Lietz, 15 August, 2014

    Hi Jeanine, If you go up to the right hand of the page you will see a big green and blue button that says the guest list on it. That is where you sign up for the weekly newsletter that will keep you updated… plus you get three free videos just for signing up.

    When we get our new site designed, things like the search box and the newsletter will be changed up a bit and made more user friendly, but we will be keeping them in one form or another. The more you guys help each other out, the faster we can get to these improvements.

  14. Anna Sabina, 18 August, 2014

    When Cindy and Doug started this site there was not much available for PC on You Tube. But now by watching some other peoples PC tuts we can really appreciate all the hard work and editing the Lietz’s put into theirs. Yesterday, I decided to watch another person’s You Tube video, I am not referring to it as an tutorial because they spent over 15 minutes with ridiculous and unnecessary chatter about making a Bulls Eye cane !!! That was over half the length of the Video rolling out a clay snake and covering it with another color!!! Some of the time was spent looking for tools. Thank goodness for MUTE and Fast Forward.

  15. Jill V., 18 August, 2014

    Agreed, Anna! Those tutorials always seem to open with a monologue to the camera that lasts far far far too long. (Get to the good part already!) When they FINALLY get to the tutorial, their hands move out of frame at the most crucial moments. And the angle is never right. Hands are usually in the way. Oh, and I have to wear headphone because the audio quality is so poor.

    I don’t mean to put anyone down, and there are some decent tutorials out there. But no one’s work holds a candle to a Lietz production!

  16. Cindy Lietz, 20 August, 2014

    Thank you Anna and Jill for saying such kind words! I had forgotten, how there was very few videos when we got started. Now everyone and their dog is making them. Like you both said, there are a few gems out there, but the bulk of it is pure garbage. Just because you can buy a camera, it doesn’t mean you can shoot a good tutorial.

    Every day I can still see room for improving on what we do, but I am proud of how far we have come so far. Looking forward to many more videos to come! We couldn’t have done it without your support and constructive feedback. Thanks again for taking this ride with us!

  17. Dixie Ann, 01 May, 2015

    Thanks for the Search bar video. I am constantly driving people to your blog site for answers to questions that a lot of beginner clayers have. It sounds like you and Doug have a lot of exciting changes coming especially the I-Pad option. I think everybody must have one of these by now. I look forward to every video you put out there and I watch every one of them. Bella loves the sound of your voice and jumps in my lap every time I play one of your videos.
    Thanks Doug and Cindy for all the hard work you do to make it better for us. You guys rock!

  18. Charlene B, 16 December, 2018

    I have had a stroke, and learned to make polymer clay. Now I have so much I have decided to try and sell my jewelry at markets on weekends, but have no idea the price for beads, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. I have 100’s of items…so is it possible to go on your site to see what you charge so I would get an idea?

  19. Cindy Lietz, 17 December, 2018

    Sorry to hear about your stroke Charlene. :( Glad to hear you are producing enough polymer clay product that you are ready to start selling it. I don’t currently have any jewelry pieces for sale, though I do plan to get back to selling my work in the new year. The best place to go for comparative pricing is Etsy. That way you can look though all the different types of jewelry pieces and see what they are selling for. Make sure to also look the Sales of the shops you are looking at. Just because a price is listed on a product, it doesn’t mean people are buying it. Look for a shop with lots of sales, with products that are similar in style, materials and skill set, and see what sells for them. It takes a while to land on a reasonable price for your product that is a win for both you and your customer. Good luck!

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