Two Cindy’s Making Natasha Beads in the Dark

Polymer Clay Natasha Beads Cindy PetersonVideo #453: Roadtrip #2-02 (OR):
The sun went down… but we kept going… Polymer Clay Camping.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • In Part 1 of this PcT Roadtrip Series, we met with community member Cindy Peterson, and discussed what she had been up to over the past year. She described how her attention to detail with the finishing of her pieces, has significantly improved.
  • Here is the link to the first video if you have not yet seen it… Polymer Jewelry Artist Cindy Peterson
  • In today’s Part 2 video, Cindy Peterson and I are still at the RV Park picnic table after several hours of talking about the clay business and looking at her jewelry. It is now dark… thank goodness for the filming lights that Doug brought along.
  • In this segment, Cindy-P asked me to help her with a challenge that she is having with making Natasha beads.
  • I’ve done a mini tutorial on Making Natasha Beads Using Scrap Polymer Canes, but Cindy P was having trouble making them, so I gave her a one-on-one lesson, to help her along.
  • There is even a very unexpected jump-ring cameo appearance that came as quite a surprise. Be sure to watch the whole video to see what I am talking about…

Question of the Day:

Have you had challenges with making Natasha Beads? And was it helpful for you to see this video of someone else (Cindy Peterson in this case), working through the learning process in real time? Please do leave your responses in the comment section below.

By the way, if you have a polymer clay question or challenge you’d like me to address in an upcoming video vlog, do post it in the comments below. I’d love to help you find quicker and easier ways to bring up the professionalism in your polymer clay art.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Freda K, 21 November, 2013

    I was glad to see you didn’t cut your Natasha bead exactly down the middle because all of mine are like that no matter how hard I try to get it in the middle.

    Glad to see you did another road trip.

  2. Sandra J, 21 November, 2013

    no matter how i do it, i cannot get a lovely pattern out of my canes. I may be twisting too much, I don’t know. I’ve also had trouble lining them up, this was a big help in that aspect, I will have to have another go.

  3. Dixie Ann, 21 November, 2013

    Cindys, this was an awesome eye opener on Natasha beads., Thanks so much to both of you. After watching you it finally dawned on me what I was
    doing wrong and why I couldn’t get my design to match up. Bless you both.

  4. Cindy Peterson, 05 December, 2013

    I am glad that I am not the only one with that problem

  5. Tante Sherry, 21 November, 2013

    what a nice feeling – it was like I was there claying with you two:)

    when I was 1st making a lot of Natasha Beads I’d make a line 1st w/ my blade move the blade and look to see if it was centered then cut
    also having a lined cutting surface helped me
    but the best tip is the one Cindy already said – about where your head needs to be

  6. Pipalu B, 21 November, 2013

    That’s amazing she is amazing because she is somewhat blind and she can do all of these things shout out to Cindy

  7. Cindy Peterson, 05 December, 2013

    It is called ” never giving up” 4 members of my family are legally blind and we all still try to do the arts we love.

    My Dad uses a scroll saw for his woodworking and carvings. That he uses a power tool with a blade scares me. But his work is amazing.

    My Twin sister has been a sewer since she was a teen,
    ( I sew too, but she is better) She is making quilts and even matches the seams ( I don’t match very well and I clip thru the seams LOL)

    And the youngest my Nephew who is 34yrs wants to take photography and has enrolled in college and he is doing great with his new found artistic talent.

    We all get our love of art and crafts from my Dad and that we keep on keeping on even with our different stages of blindness.

    Now none of us have big house and when the 4 of us are all in one house, well all I can say for the sighted ones is LOOK OUT! LOL

  8. cara letho, 22 November, 2013

    loved the video- such fun!
    -yes it helped a great deal with the natasha bead- thank you

  9. Jocelyn C, 22 November, 2013

    So cool to watch you two work together on Nastasja Beads at nite, and so wish I could have been sitting there watching, but the video is a great substitute.

    Since I’ve been obsessed with mirror canes since Cindy’s tute, here are two tricks I found that helped. The first is one I learned online from a YouTube tute, where the instructor leaves a slight little bit left when she makes the cut. As a result of leaving that little last piece uncut is that when you fold the image back, you can immediately see the dual image and it is a lot less work lining it up.

    The second is working on the graph squared index cards. They help me do everything better because I have straight lines to work with when lining up or making the cuts equal. They also help making equal sized shapes, because you can see immediately which part of the design is unequal and needs tweaking.

    Once I am happy with the symmetry and design, I leave the work on the card, pop it on a tile, add another index card on top, another tile, then tent to bake. My work comes out much less wonky.

    Cindy P, if the light blue graph pattern is hard to see, you can just use a ruler and some ink that shows well to go over the graph pattern so you can see it well.

    Hope you find it helpful.

  10. Cindy Peterson, 05 December, 2013

    Thank you I have to do this as the light blue lines are not for me anymore. I use a 20/20 pen that for some reason is actually made for vision impaired people and is darker than a sharpie. Thank you so much for the tips

  11. Anna Garner, 22 November, 2013

    Fascinating and very helpful. My favorite PC techniques involved abstract patterns rather than florals or birds. This adds to my abstraction ;)

  12. Melissa D, 22 November, 2013

    Natasha beads are my new favorite thing right now, and your tip about flattening the edges should really help me keep everything straight. Thanks!

  13. Catalina, 22 November, 2013

    This was cute to watch! I thought you were making “magic” Natasha Beads! I always lose my jump rings. I never find mine!! You are lucky! Good luck making more. Having a one-on-one with Cindy must have been special.

  14. Cindy Peterson, 05 December, 2013

    Having one on one with Cindy is very special. And reaching out with the videos with others who have sight issues is also very special. I know there are many legally blind people with more vision than I have who just give up and their love of art. And it has touched me deeply that I have made an impact on 4 others now.

  15. Ann L, 23 November, 2013

    Thank you Polymer Clay Tutor for all your excellent videos, your fun and upbeat attitude, and that precious Canadian accent. I am excited to see what you have to say each time I see a new message in my inbox

  16. Janet B, 23 November, 2013

    I just watched this yesterday. Very well done. I learned a lot.

  17. Maggie Bates, 24 November, 2013

    She’s the cutest lady! Think back was there a time when you said…where did that jump ring go? Lol. You’re also very lucky to have met Cindy and Doug. Rock on Ms Peterson!

  18. Cindy Peterson, 05 December, 2013

    I am very blessed to have met the Lietz’s. They are so kind and I can not wait to see them again.

  19. Cindy Peterson, 05 December, 2013

    I love it when I drop something and I am scanning a lot and my very supportive husband Duane says “Well it is right here!” Sometimes I wonder if he really gets the eye issues I have. I guess it is hard for anyone to truly understand as I can still see but just a very small area at a time. So I can scan with added blind spots in the center vision still miss something. What I Love about Polymer is that it is so forgiving. If I mess up well I can use a veneer over it, paint it, use swellegant to make it look like a piece of metal. Or I could just say this is how I saw it as an artist. LOL Now if I could just find the mouse arrow so I can post this, LOL

  20. Elizabeth V, 24 November, 2013

    WOW! Love the video was a great help thank you for sharing! Liz x

  21. Cindy Peterson, 05 December, 2013

    The videos are inspiring others Cindy Lietz. I am now friends with Anne in Belgium who has a little more vision than I but is working with polymer. I am very blessed to have met you Cindy and love all you do. You have helped me a lot and I am sharing what works for me and eye issues with someone over the pond. The biggest thing and my two best friends are magnifiers in different strengths and my special glasses for close up work. Good lighting and lots of contrast around is always good too.

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