Member Project Photos – Blend and Switch Technique

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This blog is a community meeting spot for many polymer clay artists ranging from beginner level all the way to advanced. It is a place for learning and applying new techniques that have been taught over at the Polymer Clay Tutor Video Library.

To date, there are over 338 jewelry and bead photos that have been uploaded to the Polymer Clay Facebook Gallery page, by the Artists and Members that hang out here. Way to go guys! As your Tutor, it makes me feel very proud to see how much everyone is accomplishing.

If you missed it, the last mini showcase of member projects focused on the Faux Agate technique (Vol-025-3).

And today, the theme is… Blend and Switch (Vol-027-1). See compilation of Facebook photos posted further down on this page.

This technique is amazing!! It’s so straight forward, but I can see many, many possibilities coming from this. Can hardly wait to take a look at all the variations in the gallery. Love all the eye candy there, it’s so inspiring to see all the beautiful pieces created by everyone! ~DJ

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The Blend & Switch photos posted above were submitted by: Carolyn-F, Brenda-M, Con-M, Jeanne-C, Elizabeth-S and Cindy-R. If you have any questions or compliments for these talented polymer clay artists, please use the comment section below.

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  1. Brenda, 26 August, 2010

    Boy” Didn’t this just turn out so beautiful….. Look at all the amazing work. Just goes to show you that Cindy’ and Doug make a great team of teachers…

  2. Tanya L, 26 August, 2010

    This IS a beautiful technique Cindy came up with, and she was so generous to share it with us all! But everyone who’s picture is showcased above took that technique, added their own personal touch, and came up with some amazing pieces. Brenda, I see your fabulous cross is included. Congratulations to you and everyone else who’s pics are there!

  3. Elizabeth S., 26 August, 2010

    Wow, I’m honored to be featured among such talented artists. The more I play with this Blend and Switch technique the more I love it. The mosaic possibilities are endless.

    Thank you, Cindy and Doug. Wish I could find better words to express my appreciation.

  4. Elizabeth S., 26 August, 2010

    Cindy, I forgot to ask. Do we have any more news about Ritzs?

  5. Jeanne C., 26 August, 2010

    OMG was I ever surprised to see my work featured here today. It’s only because you and Doug make it so fun and easy for us. Thank you both for helping me spread my wings. I would also like to thank everyone here on the blog, just to let you know when I see your beautiful pictures and accomplishments it encourages me to try harder. Thanks everyone! :)

  6. carolyn, 26 August, 2010

    It is such a good feeling to have our work posted by Cindy. It’s like when we were in school and the teacher put something of ours up on the bulletin board. I would know virtually nothing about polymer clay techniques if it weren’t for Cindy’s videos and all the work that Doug does behind the scenes. Thank you both so much. I do appreciate you more than you realize.

  7. Lisa Whitham, 26 August, 2010

    Such beautiful pieces everyone..!! Love how this technique works. I’ve made some pretty things with this technique – I just haven’t baked ’em yet… (I wait until I have a couple of bead racks full and some pieces on a cookie sheet before I bake.) Hopefully I’ll have the racks full this weekend…. *grin*

    Keep up the fantastic work everybody, you all make such pretty things and I love being able to see pictures your work!

    And Cindy, thanks for being such a great tutor! And Doug, thanks for all you do behind the scenes! (((((Big Hugs to you both)))))

    Clay On People,
    ~Lisa :)

  8. Cindy Lietz, 26 August, 2010

    What a delight for me to read all of the comments today in this thread. I’m so glad you guys are receiving inspiration from the Facebook Gallery photos. The contest part of this fun picture sharing initiative provides some incentive for everyone to participate. But the main reason Doug and I are putting so much energy into this, is to help everyone realize that all of these techniques are very doable. You guys are awesome!!!!

    @Elizabeth S: You asked about Ritz… Penny just posted an update. The link by my name will take you there.

  9. Becky M, 29 August, 2010

    I am interested in making the memorial rose beads for a bracelet. My step-daughter lost her step-sister in a car accident 6 months ago. Somebody has made these bracelets, but they didn’t make a lot, so she did not get one. I have found directions on how to make, and I see that it says “translucent polymer clay”. What is the best brand that you have found for this? Also, the beads I have seen were a very light pink and very light yellow, can you buy colored translucent clay? Thank you for your time.

  10. carolyn, 29 August, 2010

    Becky – Premo! Translucent doesn’t come in colors. Don’t know about the others. Some that I have made using pink roses turned out kind of pinkish. Frequently when you bake Translucent it will yellow a bit. Be sure to plunge your beads into ice water as soon as they are done baking. This helps with the translucent. And, I have found that you need to use a fair amount of dried flowers mixed in the translucent and then it is a good idea to roll the beads around in more dried petals and work these just into the surface. Hope this info helps, and I am sorry for your step-daughter’s loss.

  11. Sandy T, 30 August, 2010

    @Brenda: Your paddle beads, would you share how you formed that style of bead?
    @Cindy: The cat that is showcased, where did that come from? I searched the facebook gallery and did not see it there.

  12. carolyn, 30 August, 2010

    If I’m not mistaken the ‘paddle’ beads were done by Elizabeth S. Or am I thinking wrong?

  13. Cindy Lietz, 30 August, 2010

    Carolyn is correct… the paddle or teardrop shaped beads are from Elizabeth-S. The link by my name will take you to the Facebook Gallery page where she originally posted her photo, and where you will can see additional comments as well.

    In regards to the “cat” project, I’m not sure which one you are referring to. If you could describe the photo by saying something like, “right side, 4th image down” … that would be helpful.

  14. Sandy T, 31 August, 2010

    @Carolyn, Elizabeth-S may very well have a paddle bead, but the ones I am referring to are definitely Brenda’s. Click her link and scroll down to the older posts. They are shown right under her fabulous leopard cane bangles.
    @Cindy, The cat, scroll back up to the beginning of this post. The “polymer clay artists” pic that you have posted. the cat is a picture that you have under the blend and switch picture between the two ladies pics.

  15. Sandy T, 31 August, 2010

    @Cindy, I checked out the link, those are nice but it’s Brenda’s that really catch my eye.

  16. Cindy Lietz, 31 August, 2010

    Hi Sandy-T: OK I see what you are talking about. Carolyn and I thought you were talking about the pictures that were displayed on this page :-) … And the cat image you are referring to is not from the Polymer Clay Facebook Gallery. It is a Gravatar image that is used as a “unique identifier” in the comments section of this blog, in place of the Blue Sideways G. You can upload an image for yourself as well by following the link by my name.

  17. Phaedrakat, 01 September, 2010

    Congratulations, everyone — the Blend and Switch pieces shown here are gorgeous! Cindy’s tute combined with all of these artists abilities add up to stunning jewelry… love it all!

    @Sandy: Hi Sandy, I’ve done a lot of traveling all over this blog, trying to see the old posts…from before my time. I’ve never seen that cat Gravatar here…unless I forgot (certainly not impossible! ;D ) I love kitties, though, and I wondered about that cute picture, too! I’ll have to track it down once my laptop’s fixed…
    I just went to see which beads of Brenda’s you were talking about. I remember those — but not sure if it’s from FB or if I saw them at Brenda’s blog (her ‘Paddle Pendants, posted July 14th, 2010.) If she doesn’t respond to your question here, you might get a faster reply from her on FB (or her blog.) ;D Best of luck!

  18. Sandy T, 02 September, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: Hi, I have tried to contact her via her blog, I don’t get a reply. No biggie, I keep messing around with it I will figure it out.
    Don’t worry about the kitty on my behalf. I thought that was a bead of some sort that someone made.

  19. Phaedrakat, 02 September, 2010

    Attn: Brenda.! (LOL) Sandy T. would like to know how you made those cool Paddle Pendants that you posted on your blog…July 14th. (And so would I, now that it's been brought up.) You posted 4 different ones, with nice wire-wrapped bails. She asked about them above…a few days ago. I'm a fan of them, too…so don't blame Sandy for my intrusion! I just thought I'd mention it again… *wince* Sorry! ;-S

  20. Kutlan K, 15 May, 2014

    Such beautiful pieces everyone

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