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Polymer Clay In So Many Languages

Pâte de Polymére; Polymeer Klei; Polímero de Arcilla; de Cerâmica Plástica:

One of the most exciting things about the Internet is the connections you make with so many people from all over the world! Just here on the blog I’ve had visitors from just about every country and comments from several who are brave enough to try out their English or use a translator tool.

I thought it would be fun to give some recognition to some of the international visitors who have been here… in no particular order.

Israel [Naama, Sharon, Iris] …and Tova.
[Jeronimo] …and Mis Laboris.
United Kingdom
[Wendy] …and Andrea.
[Monica] …and Lilana.

The links listed above are the ones I could find quickly. But of course I know there are many more of you from other countries too. I am so happy to welcome you all!

For fun here is a list of just some of the translations for the words ‘Polymer Clay’:

Czech = polymerové hlíny
Danish = polymer ler
Dutch = polymeer klei
Filipino = polimer luad
Finnish = polymeeri savi
French = Pâte de Polymére
German = Polymer-Ton
Indonesian = polimer tanah liat
Italian = polimero argilla
Latvian = polime-rs ma-la
Lithuanian = polimero molis
Norwegian = polymer leire
Polish = polimer gliny
Portuguese = de cerâmica plástica
Romanian = argila polimer
Slovak = polymerové hliny
Slovenian = polimer z glino
Spanish = polímero de arcilla
Swedish = polymer lera

So tell me where are you from? Please leave a quick comment below and let’s see how many different places are represented here in the beads and beading community.

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor

  1. Anke Humpert, 07 October, 2008

    Hi Cindy,

    I am from Germany and I know I am not the only one from this part of the world to come to your blog…;-)
    Thank you for your constant inspiration!

  2. Cindy Lietz, 07 October, 2008

    Glad to see you here from Germany Anke! I enjoy your blog as well!

    I don’t know if you noticed the name Lietz is German. My husband’s relatives were from the Berlin area back when it was Prussia. His mother’s family is from Sweden. I myself am a typical Canadian with a very mixed heritage of Scottish, English, Irish, Swiss, French and Aboriginal! As you can see our kids have a little blood from from pretty much all of Europe! :-)

  3. Ana de Avila Escobio, 03 November, 2008

    Hola, he conocido el polimero de arcilla y me encanta.Compre e hice algunas cosas pero sin tecnica,quisiera aprender mas pero el problema es que no entiendo el ingles,me manejo con el traductor de google para escribir. ¿Sus clases de video estan en ingles? ¿seria posible enterarme solo viendo las imagenes? Muchas gracias por atenderme. Un saludo Ana
    PD:Vivo en Gijon ( España) los libros que compre de fimo en castellano no valen para nada. Gracias.



    Hi, I have known the polymer clay and I encanta. Compre and did some things but not technical, I would like to learn more but the problem is that I do not understand the English, I manage to google translator to write. Do your video classes are in English? Would it be possible to learn just watching the pictures? Thank you very much for your care. A greeting Ana
    PS: I live in Gijon (Spain) books you buy from Fimo in Castilian not valid for anything. Thank you.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 03 November, 2008

    Hi Ana,

    So glad to hear from you all the way from your beautiful country of Spain. Right now my polymer clay tutorials are only recorded in English. If there is enough interest, I would like to be able to offer them in other languages. But so far, I’ve not heard from enough people to justify getting the videos translated.

    And to answer your question about understanding my video tutorials if you don’t understand English very well… follow the “Polymer Clay Tutorial Translations” link by my name. It will take you to a comment from one of my students (Lilana) in Brazil that will let you know how it is working for her.



    Hola Ana,

    Por lo tanto, alegra oír de usted todo el camino de su hermoso país de España. Ahora mi polímero de arcilla tutoriales sólo se registran en Inglés. Si hay suficiente interés, me gustaría ser capaz de ofrecer en otras lenguas. Pero hasta ahora, no he escuchado de un número suficiente de personas para justificar conseguir los videos traducidos.

    Y para responder a su pregunta sobre mi comprensión de vídeo tutoriales si no entiende muy bien Inglés … seguir el “Polymer Clay Tutorial Translations” vínculo por mi nombre. Se le llevará a un comentario de uno de mis estudiantes (Lilana) en Brasil que le permitirá saber cómo se está trabajando para ella.

  5. Ms. Davy Keo, 20 February, 2009

    Hello Cindy,

    My name is davy from Cambodia country , I am interesting with your skill on make polymer clay project . I want to study and learn from you, could you please send me some of training skill lesson includ video with your advice me how to make it in good quality at international standar? from the basic skill up to high skill, and expecialy I want to learm from you how to paint color on polymer clay product. I will be happy if you can teach me and I will use this skill to help and apply it poor women to help them have job and income for support rice and food to their children. Please let me know How much I have to pay for training?

    Thank you and looking to get reply from you soon,

    From Ms Davy Keo

  6. Cindy Lietz, 20 February, 2009

    Hi Ms Davy Keo,

    It’s great to hear from you all the way over in Cambodia. That’s a long way from my roots here in western Canada.

    I had to look on a map to remind myself of the geography in your part of the world. I will now remember that Cambodia borders Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. It also has a bit of coastline along the Gulf of Thailand in the South China Sea. Did I get that right? :-)

    Your mission to help Cambodian families create income through polymer clay and bead making sounds so wonderful.

    From your comment, it sounds to me like you need to start with my polymer clay basics course. Please follow the link by my name above to see what this $37(US) course has to offer. I know it will get you started on the right foot.

    Once you go through the course, the next step would be to subscribe to my weekly video tutorials at the Polymer Clay Library. This will allow you to continue learning from me on an ongoing basis and the cost works out to only $3.32(US) per month.

    As well, this blog has 100’s of pages of free information that you can read through and learn from.

    I’m am honored that you have chosen me as your international tutor. I look forward to talking with you again soon.

  7. Davy Keo, 21 February, 2009

    Thank you very much for your kind to provide training skill to me, I’m so very happy to study polymer clay technic skill from you, I hope I can help poor women in my country to get food and rice.

    I am agree with you to pay for the course study and your video lesson every month, Could you please let me know can I pay to your bank account number? because I not use Visa cards.

    Thank you,


  8. Cindy Lietz, 21 February, 2009

    Hi Davy – what you need to do is set up an account for yourself at

    Then you can deposit some US funds into that account which you can use to pay for the courses and the weekly videos I offer.

    Paypal is great because they are international organization. As far as I know, it works in just about every country around the globe.

  9. Elizabeth, 14 March, 2009

    Hi Cindy thanks for emailing me personally. Yes I will take this up as a paid member. Will get on to it soon.

    Am interested that there are other Australian people here. Wish I new some of them. Thanks again You will hear from me.


  10. Cindy Lietz, 14 March, 2009

    Welcome to the BeadsandBeading community Elizabeth. You will get a lot of personal attention from me here. It’s how I operate :)

    Hopefully you will form some friendships with other members as well. I gathered up a few comments from other Australians who either follow this blog, or are members at the Polymer Clay Tutor Library. Cheers…


      Just a short note to say thank you. I recently became a member and bought all your back issues and courses and am really glad that I did so. I love your style of tuition. You are clear and informative and the quality of video is great. I have bought so many books and watched other videos, but you have taught me so much more. Here in Australia the tutorial level of polymer clay that I have come in contact with is not great and very expensive. I now can proceed with confidence and I have a permanent resource to check with if I falter! I look forward to further tuition and thank you again. All the best. ~Cara [Original Post Here: Polymer Clay Beads]
      Hi Cindy, I have read through all the comments and think that it all makes perfect sense. It sounds reasonable. I will be watching exchange rates, as ours (Australia) are a bit down against yours at the moment, so it makes it more expensive for me. I do believe however that if I intend to get into polymer clay beads a bit more then it will be worth every penny. ~Linda [Original post here: Polymer Clay Tutorials]
      Hi Cindy & greetings from South Australia. Thank you, thank you, thank you. As a newbie clayer & ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ kind of gal, I found the precision measuring of the traditional skinner blend more than a little off putting – although the results are beautiful. I had most trouble with cutting the angles of the triangles. Your new method is VERY exciting, & I have just altered my plans for my day off today, to include some experimentation of your technique. So once again, thanks for your generous sharing of knowledge & want to say how much inspiration I get from your wonderful site. Cheers. ~sharispice [Original Post Here: Lietz Teardrop Method]
      Cindy, it’s been a while since I’ve visited so thought I’d better add you to google reader. These are fabulous tips…got one more for ya…avoid dark colored clothing, particularly wool…if they molt strands end up all through your white clay no matter how careful you are. One more tip…avoid white! LOL. ~Melanie, AUSTRALIA [Original Post Here: Bake Polymer Clay]
  11. Elizabeth, 15 March, 2009

    Thanks again Cindy looking forward to all the help.

  12. Gloria, 16 April, 2009

    Thank you for comment on my blog. It is honour to get it from you! How did you find me?

  13. Cindy Lietz, 16 April, 2009

    I don’t remember exactly how I found you Little Glory. Probably from a link on someone else’s site or from a Google Alert. But I was pleased to find you. What country are you from? Is that Russian on your blog? Cindy

  14. Gloria S, 17 April, 2009

    I am from Serbia. I live in small town near Romanian border. Playing with polimer clay I start in february this year. And I cant stop now!

  15. Cindy Lietz, 17 April, 2009

    That’s wonderful! The “Heart Beads” link by my name above will take you to a comment from someone over in your part of the world. Her name is Nena and she is from Belgrade.

  16. Polyanya, 19 June, 2009

    Cindy I’m a crofter in Shetland but work as a textile artist, now I’ve discovered polymer clay!! I’m a new member of your library and love the way you come over in them – keep on producing!

  17. Cindy Lietz, 19 June, 2009

    Welcome to the community Polyanya, and thank you for your kind words. I have a couple of questions if you would care to indulge me.

    You said you are from Shetland. First of all I just wanted to confirm that you are in fact referring to the Shetland Islands situated 100 miles north of Scotland and 200 miles west of Norway. Wikipedia tells me these islands are situated up on the 60th parallel… which is way farther North than most of us here in Canada at the 49th. Did I get that right or is there another Shetland that I don’t know about?

    The other thing was, you referred to yourself as a ‘crofter’ from Shetland. Since this is a ‘crafty’ blog, I would have normally assumed the ‘crofter-crafter’ thing was a typo. However, I discovered that a Crofter is someone “…who owns or is a tenant of a small farm in Great Britain.” From the other posts you have contributed to other articles here at the blog, I can tell that you are definitely a ‘crafter’. But please enlighten me (and everyone else reading)… are you a ‘crofter’ too?

  18. Polyanya, 19 June, 2009

    Hi Cindy and thanks for the welcome. Now I thought that we’d be on a par, globally speaking, but my knowledgeable husband informs me that Shetland is much higher up so to speak, level with Newfoundland and Anchorage. Its the gulf stream that keeps us from freezing, so we certainly don’t have Alaskan weather – well not all the time. And it is the Shetland that you were thinking of.

    I am a crofter too, we live in an old croft cottage, have 14 acres of not too brilliant grazing and we keep a cow and calf, ewes and lambs, geese, ducks and my favourite – chickens, One has to be very self reliant and be able to turn ones hands to anything, which is lucky because I can.

  19. Cindy Lietz, 21 June, 2009

    That is so cool Polyanya! It sounds so wholesome and peaceful. Not like the rat race of the city!

    Though I’m sure there are moments when the animals cause a ruckus and it’s not so peaceful at all! Plus having had a fish farm myself, I know you are burdened with a fair amount of hard work. But being in the country does have its calming effect.

    Love it that we can connect, from half way around the world. Happy you’re here!

  20. Polyanya, 21 June, 2009

    It is very peaceful Cindy, sometimes too much specially during winter – I was born in London and have lived in a few cities – boy is it different here.

    The animals mean we can’t really take off when we like, so the annual holiday (I don’t mean Christmas) doesn’t happen anymore. What kind of fish farm did you have? Was it salmon?

    So glad to have found you all. Claying isnt as big in Britain as it is in the States, don’t quite understand why but then neither is patchwork and quilting (another of my passions). I’ve spent months researching polymer since I stumbled upon it and I visited your site loads of times before I took the plunge and subscribed. I’m really glad I did you’re the best!

    **PHOTOS ADDED: The following link will take you to a Spotlight Article featuring some pictures of Polyanya’s beautiful work: Faux Raku Polymer Clay and Kaleidoscope Canes

  21. Cindy Lietz, 28 June, 2009

    I think polymer clay is bigger in the states partly because the country is bigger, and also because Donna Kato used to show pc techniques on HGTV. Polymer clay isn’t as big in Canada either, but it is continuing to grow all the time!

    Your farm sounds lovely Polyanya! It is such a pleasure having you around this site. Thanks for your comments!

  22. Laurence, 06 August, 2009

    Dear Cindy, I live in Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Nobody probably knows where to find it on a map but it is a very nice little place to live in. I am a French speaking admiror of yours and I learn so much with your course. Do not change anything it is all perfect. Hope to learn more and more from you. You sure are the friend we all want to have to learn polymer clay tips. Go on, tutor, you’re the best. ~Laurence (a boy’s name, but not in French!!!)

    By the way, thinking of it, could you tell me what a drywall sandpaper. I just cannot figure out what it is normally used for. I tried to find it here with no success. Thank you for the (one more) tip.

  23. Cindy Lietz, 06 August, 2009

    Hi Laurence,

    Thank you so much for the kind words. It’s so great to hear about all of these wonderful International locations.

    In regards to your question about Drywall Sandpaper… this is a product that you can buy at home improvement stores or hardware stores. It is an abrasive mesh used to sand poly-filla or drywall mud (plaster) that is use to smooth out the seams between interior wall board. In North America we call this drywall.

    For more info about drywall sandpaper here at the blog, use “drywall” as the keyword in the search box. There is a search box at the top of every page here at the blog.

    GENERAL INTEREST INFO: For everyone else’s sake, I am posted some general info about your fascinating part of the world (source: Wikipedia):

    Réunion (French: Réunion or formally La Réunion; previously Île Bourbon) is an island located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, about 200 kilometres (120 mi) south west of Mauritius, the nearest island.

    Administratively, Réunion is one of the overseas départements of France. Like the other overseas departments, Réunion is also one of the twenty-six regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the Republic with the same status as those situated on the European mainland.

    Réunion is an outermost region of the European Union and, as an overseas department of France, is part of the Eurozone. Due to its location in a time zone to the east of Europe, Réunion was the first region in the world where the euro became legal tender.

  24. Cindy Lietz, 07 August, 2009

    **PHOTOS ADDED: Some project pictures have just been added to a Spotlight Feature showcasing Polyanya, a member who is very much appreciated here at this supportive polymer clay community. Click on the “Faux Raku Polymer Clay” link by my name to have a look.

  25. Françoise, 11 January, 2010


    Merci beaucoup pour votre envois, c’est trés gentil a vous de me faire profiter de ses videos. J’apprend beaucoup à voir les videos, même si malheureusement je ne comprend pas ce que vous dites, puisque je ne parles que le français.

    Merci beaucoup

    GOOGLE TRANSLATE: Hello, Thank you very much for your mail is very nice of you to make me enjoy his videos. I am learning a lot to see the [beginners course] videos, although unfortunately I do not understand what you say, since I only speak French. Thank you very much. Françoise

  26. Cindy Lietz, 11 January, 2010

    I am glad you are enjoying the beginners course videos. That is fun to know that you are learning from them, even though you do not understand my words. Thank you for letting me know. It is great having you as a member of the community.

    GOOGLE TRANSLATE: Je suis heureux que vous appréciez les vidéos de cours pour débutants. C’est amusant de savoir que vous êtes d’apprendre d’eux, même si vous ne comprenez pas mes paroles. Je vous remercie de me laisser savoir. C’est formidable de vous avoir en tant que membre de la communauté.

  27. Sharon Reynolds, 23 June, 2010

    I’ve just bought a book by Donna Kato and was wondering if you no a supplier of Kato Polyclay here in Perth or an Australian based supplier, Im on the internet and keep getting put on to USA based suppliers.
    Thanks for your time.
    Sharon Reynolds

  28. Sue F, 24 June, 2010

    @Sharon Reynolds: Not in Perth, but Over the Rainbow is based in Melbourne and they have Kato Polyclay in large blocks, small blocks, and multi-packs (as well as most of the other polymer clay brands, a whole bunch of related products and tools, and a decent range of beads, findings and craft supplies as well). Their service is excellent, and they are where I buy Kato Polyclay from when using a local/Australian supplier.

    Over the Rainbow’s web site is:

    The direct link to their polymer clay area is:

    Most of the time, however, I buy Kato Polyclay from overseas. Australia isn’t a very large market so the prices aren’t all that competitive, and I often want other goodies that are hard to get locally. I mentioned some of the other suppliers I buy from in another message I left on the blog:
    KatoClay Australia

    Good luck with your supplier hunt! :)

  29. Phaedrakat, 24 June, 2010

    @Sue F: Oh, boy, I did it again! Sorry…

  30. Sue F, 24 June, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: No worries! :D

  31. Phaedrakat, 24 June, 2010

    @Sharon Reynolds: There are several members from Australia here at the blog. One of them, Sue F., recently left a comment with a list of where she likes to buy her Kato Clay:

    I hope this helps!

  32. Sharon Reynolds, 26 June, 2010

    Thank you Kat. Most appreciated. @Phaedrakat:

  33. Phaedrakat, 26 June, 2010

    @Sharon Reynolds: You’re very welcome! It’s funny that you mentioned the She Beads shop. Cindy did an article on marketing with information and an inspirational YouTube video about Chicago-based She Beads. It’s called, “Pricing and Selling Handmade Jewelry,” and the video is about half-way down the article. I didn’t realize She Beads was international! They’ve really done well — go ladies!

    Their beads are really beautiful; I can see why they inspired you. How long have you been claying? ~Kat

  34. Sharon Reynolds, 26 June, 2010

    Funny you should ask but I havent even started yet. I undertook a silver jewelery making course for 6 weeks and loved it. Then I saw the polyclay beads so now I am hoping to mix the two forms. But I must first experiment with the polyclay. Thanks again for your comments. @Phaedrakat:

  35. Phaedrakat, 27 June, 2010

    @Sharon Reynolds: Sounds like you had fun in that course. Doing both silver & polymer clay will give you some wonderful jewelry! If you want a really good way to learn how to work with clay, Cindy has a beginner’s, or Polymer Clay Basics Course. It’s perfect for getting started in the medium. It has 39 videos that cover all the good stuff you need to know. The videos are very good quality, easy to understand, and so helpful. You can also sign up for the newsletter, which gets you 3 free videos (to get an idea of the quality) and color recipes each week. The links to both are at the top of the page. Best of luck on your new journey — let us know if you need help with anything! ~Kat

  36. Sharon Reynolds, 26 June, 2010

    Thank you very much for the info. I will check out Over the Rainbow plus the overseas suppliers. I dont know if you are aware but there is a wonderful lady in Mt Tamborine, Queensland (Nikki Chenoweth) who has a shop where she sells the most beautiful polyclay beads. She has a website : – she is the once who actually inspired me. Thanks again .@Sue F:

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