Mitered Cane Video Tutorial – Now Playing – Polymer Clay Library

Polymer Clay Mitered Corner Cane Tutorial “Looking forward
to Friday again. We
need two or three Fridays
in the week, but Cindy
would never get any
rest.” ~Bonnie-K

On June 8th, I posted an introductory preview clip for my Mitered Corner Cane tutorial. Today, the full version of this video lesson (Vol-025-2) is available for viewing at the Polymer Clay Members Library. Here is the link: Mitered Corner Canes – Keep ’em Simple or Make Complex Designs

For anyone who is not yet a paid member, if you did not know, the cost works out to only $3.32 per month. This gives you 24/7 access to the full versions of my Friday video tutorial. Plus you also receive four A-series color recipe cards. This week’s color is: Sunnyside Up (2A) from Forget-Me-Not Polymer Clay Color Palette.

I am on a very tight budget, with a small income. Still, I am able to afford the $3.32 a month with no trouble. Well, actually it’s $9.95 per 3 months, paid through Paypal. Even though I count my pennies, this small membership price doesn’t hurt a bit! It’s cheaper than a fast-food meal for two (and who needs that, anyway!).

I’m so happy I joined! The videos are wonderful — the best I’ve seen on the web. Clear video, perfect sound, great close-ups. Cindy has arranged them so they’re super-easy to follow, too. But should you have questions, Cindy will to answer them. The other members help, too. There’s always someone around to provide an answer to any quesion that comes up. It’s truly an amazing place to be a member. And the value for your money? Unbelievable!

When I first started wandering around the web searching for tutorials, I was stuck in bed with a bad back. I knew as soon as I felt good enough, I was going to get back into polymer clay. When I found this site, I watched some preview videos, and wanted more. To be honest, I was frustrated by being “teased”! I wondered if this site was really as good as all the people seemed to say it was. In fact, I wondered if the comments were real! But I followed along, left a comment, and realized that all of this great info and the cool videos were the real deal. An amazing deal! So I joined, and it was the best decision I could have made!

If you’re a beginner, intermediate, or even an advanced clayer, you’ll find something here to make you happy! At the going rate of tutes on the web, Cindy’s are the best for your money. Each video comes down to about $ .83 — 83 cents per video! You really can’t beat that! Not for a quality video. where you can actually see Cindy’s hands as she does the project. You really, really should join us and become a member! C’mon, we welcome you!


If you want to become a paid member, here is the link:
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To browse other video tutorials that are available for purchase without becoming a subscribing member (in other words… just a one time fee), you can go here: Polymer Clay Video Back Issues

Weekly Wrap Up… Please use the comment sections of these Friday posts to discuss anything you like… from polymer clay challenges that you need some help with… to success stories about your jewelry creations… to requests for upcoming video tutorials… to general community chit chat. In other words, it’s an open mic :-)

Last week the Friday discussion topics included:

  • Screen grab pcitures.
  • Teardrop Color Blending Technique.
  • Grommets for Pandora Beads.
  • Mushroom dudes.
  • Handbag charms.
  • The pool is almost done.
  • Grand daughters and nieces.
  • What to do with all the beads.
  • Looking for Etch and Pearl tools.
  • Flower petal sculpture.
  • Glow-in-the-dark jellyroll cane.
  • Retro projects.
  • Waiting to be sanded pile of beads.
  • Lortone rock tumblers.
  • Asking for help with jewelry designs.
  • Etsy and Flckr research.
  • Sketching your ideas.
  • Zebra cane scrap clay beads.
  • Decorating metal headbands.
  • Leopard spot beads on a hat.
  • J-earrings.
  • Home Depot jewelry making supplies.
  • Johnny Jump-up Cane.
  • Weldbond glue vs JB Weld epoxy.
  • Perfectionism.
  • Arthitis.
  • Keeping up with jewelry orders.
  • And much, much more….

If you need to catch up, here is the link to the article where last week’s topics were discussed in detail: Mushroom Bead Video

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

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor

  1. Koolbraider, 11 June, 2010

    Yay! My weekly fix of clay!! I love the color combinations. It’s good to see slicing through canes; am slightly off-kilter myself…. I usually have a hard time cutting straight, so looks like it’s time to practice.

  2. pollyanna, 11 June, 2010

    Love this one too….lol. Don’t know which colors to start with…..the mind reels.

  3. Rob M, 11 June, 2010

    I like your site.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 11 June, 2010

    Happy Friday all. Glad to hear everyone is enjoying today’s tute and the site. Welcome to you Rob – I see that you are new here.

    And since this is “open mic” day, I want to re-post a question that Jennifer-T placed in another thread earlier this week. If a few of you could respond, I’m sure she would appreciate it. You can respond in this thread or below where she originally posted if you follow the link by my name. Here is what Jennifer said on June 11, 2010…

    “Has anyone used Ultradome UV Resin yet? I want to try it out but I haven’t seen any people commenting about it too much. I want to be sure lots of people like it before I buy. Why no opinions on it from people? JK I just want 2b sure. Thank you for helping me if you can give me opinions about it i would feel more reassured. I trust Cindy, but I want to know that average people like me can use it too. Jennifer xoxo”

  5. Koolbraider, 11 June, 2010

    The only reason I haven’t tried it yet is because it’s a bit beyond my budget right now. But not sure if it will be Ultradome or Magic Gloss. I’ve been reading Tina Holden’s blog and she discusses how Magic Gloss will stay on slightly bevelled edges. I may have misunderstood that but I feel more research needs to be done before spending money. (If it’s Ultradome I think the 36 watt lamp will win since it works quicker than the smaller 9 watt one.)

  6. Phaedrakat, 11 June, 2010

    I watched the video this morning, and loved it, of course! I immediately started posting about it on the video page, and responding on other threads, but forgot about this one! The name looks similar on the list to the right, so I missed it. But since the post has a VERY long comment from me in it, looks like I got a few words in without even being here!

    I finally ordered and received my Ultradome (I actually bought the 2oz. Jewelry Glaze bottle from, which is the same thing.) I haven’t been claying lately with all that’s going on, though. On top of the pool and the pain, it’s the last week of school! The kids’ activities have been constant, and I had a niece & nephew graduate. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend one of the graduatons, which I feel terrible about. I couldn’t go to the 2nd one, because I was in so much pain after the first! I gave some nice grad gifts, so hopefully I’ll be forgiven.

    I really want to get started & give the resin a try. And we’ve certainly had the sunshine for it. The sunshine and the fact that I spent money on graduation gifts made me decide to cure with just sun for now. I may eventually have to get a lamp, like in the winter, or if it gets unbearably hot. When I get one, I’ll definitely go with a 36W, regardless of the type of resin. The Magic Glos users say that the 9W lamps are too slow, as well. I don’t want to wait forever for the resin to cure! I found some good lamp deals on eBay, too, mostly the nail dryer-type lamps. Just make sure you get one that has a way to turn off the timer. You don’t want to have to switch it back on every 2 or 3 minutes! If you’re not sure, contact the seller. I got responses from everyone I contacted. Mixed results, too. One seller told me the timer could not be turned off on the model lamp he had. A different seller (& a different model# lamp) reassured me that there WAS a “constant on” setting. Unfortunately, I was too cheap and did not end up with the winning bid on that one!

    Ultradome 2 oz. includes shipping, and is only $12. The cost of shipping only kicks in if you buy extras like the dispenser bottle w/Luer-lok tips. I bought mine as Jewelry Glaze, like Cindy mentioned on the video page, and it came in a bottle with an extra dispenser tip. The tip may work perfectly. But if not, it’s a standard 2 oz bottle, which means you can use those craft tips they sell in the paint department (w/different tip sizes for dispensing paints, glues, mediums, etc.) I have some I bought for a paint project that I didn’t use, so I’ve got them on hand if needed. You could even use a tip from a bottle you already have, if you clean it well. I’m just letting you know this because if you’re worried about the cost of this, it’s really only $12.00 total here in the states. Anyway, I’ll let you know as soon as I put the resin to use. Has anyone else tried it? I’m really surprised no one’s mentioned it so far!

    Ultradome is so much cheaper than Magic Glos, almost half the price. I agree that for certain projects MG might easier to use because it’s thicker. But for pendants and things like that, Ultradome seems like the obvious choice. From what I’ve heard, you go through the Magic Glos very quickly because it’s so thick. It also has that “pulling away from the edges” problem, so you have to use it twice as a workaround. There’s probably a workaround for the beveled edges issue with Ultradome, too; we just need to play with it a bit. Cindy probably also has some ideas and maybe some tips she hasn’t perfected just yet. Once I get going with the resin, I think I’ll buy some Magic Glos, too, so I can see which resin does what. Perhaps having a little of each is the most economical way to go, especially when Ultradome has free shipping on the 2 oz bottle!

    Have fun everyone, and report back with your findings so we know how everyone’s doing with this resin!

  7. Phaedrakat, 11 June, 2010

    I want to take back what I said about the craft tips in my comment above. Although the resin bottle I bought IS 2 oz., the lid/top is narrower than those on regular 2 oz. paint bottles. So my craft tip set WILL NOT fit on the resin container, only standard paints. I’m sorry to have given you the wrong info. I looked at them and thought they were the same. I’ll let you know as soon as I can about how the included tip works, or if something else will work with it. I’m sorry about that! I should have opened the tip package before posting the info.

    Have a great day! TGIF, right?

  8. Elizabeth S., 11 June, 2010

    Wow, how interesting that Jennifer asked about Ultradome today, as I actually used it for the first time this morning. Some time back I purchased a Tina Holden Batik tutorial. My piece that resulted from her tut, was among my favorites. For a long time I resisted the resin step as I have lost other favorite pieces because of botched resin attempts. This morning I summoned my courage, fired up Cindy’s Ultradome tut, opened my Ultradome and applied it to my piece. It took a couple of coats to achieve the dome effect I wanted (I think I was too conservative with the initial amount I applied), but the end result was more than I could hope for. The product is forgiving in that spillovers are easily eliminated with a bit of alcohol, and an additional coat resulted in the effect I wanted-I’m happy! I think that with a bit more practice I’ll have the application down to a science. I’m particularly happy that it didn’t pull away from the sides once on the piece.

    Needless to say, my opinion and experience will be one of many to consider but count mine as a positive endorsement. Hope it helps.

  9. Phaedrakat, 11 June, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.: I’m so happy that you had such a success on one of your favorite pieces. I know you’re feeling happy right now! Congratulations!

  10. Elizabeth S., 12 June, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: It was just one of those pieces that really turned out the way I wanted it to-I would have been sad to lose it, thus the delay in applying the resin.

  11. Elizabeth S., 11 June, 2010

    P.S. I cured in just sunlight as I don’t have a UV lamp.

  12. Phaedrakat, 11 June, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.: Thanks, Elizabeth! I got mine in the mail, and I wanted to hear about some “sunlight cured” successes. This is awesome news to hear. Did you cover yours with plastic or anything? How long did it take to cure in the sun?

  13. Elizabeth S., 12 June, 2010

    @Phaedrakat:No, It was a still day here so I didn’t cover it. It probably took fifteen minutes but I left it a bit longer. It was really hot-I don’t know if that makes any difference in the curing time. Hope it helps.


  14. Ritzs, 12 June, 2010

    Hi’ everyone I have not used ultra dome yet as we don’t get it in u k but I may send for some later in the year or if i am allowed to travel bye then I will visit my sister in Boston and bring lots back with me I use Magic gloss and cured it outside in the sun or if it is windy inside on the window sill both have worked, inside took a little longer But I now have a 36w nail lamp no timer just on and of switch so I will use an oven timer when I start to use it. I purchased it on eBay from Wildcentery 60858 for £20-99 and no postage I am very happy with it so far.Don’t no if it is any help to any of you thinking of getting a lamp. I found that the Magic gloss works well as long as you do it in two stages and it seems to go a very long way but I still want to try Ultra dome at some stage Well I may not be around for a while but as soon as I am fit enough I will be back so Happy claying to all of you and a wonderful summer Ritzs

  15. Phaedrakat, 13 June, 2010

    @Ritzs: Ritzs, why aren’t you going to be around? Are you having some kind of medical procedure or something? I just want to know so that I can send some prayers and “get well” wishes your way. Best of luck and a wonderful summer to you, too.

  16. Ritzs, 13 June, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: I am having surgery on Wednesdays for my spine (neck end) and bone fusions in three places so I don’t think i can do much after for a while they tell me three to six months recoup;; but I will be on the computer as soon as I can after i am not a one for doing nothing I get to bored thank you for your concern. Ritzs

  17. Judy, 14 June, 2010

    All the best. Will you be mobile enough toget out into some good old British sunshine (hah!) ?

  18. Phaedrakat, 14 June, 2010

    @Ritzs: Oh, Ritzs! I’m so sorry about your upcoming surgery. Three levels is a lot, but they are so good at these things—you’re going to be fine, I just feel it! I’m sure you’ve got a very capable surgeon. By the time you’re healed, your pain could be completely gone. Can you imagine how nice that’s gonna be?

    I’ve had my thoracic spine fused, so I know what these things are like. They tell you all kinds of scary things, but they have to warn you about things that “could” happen. Nothing bad’s gonna happen with you—it’s going to go really well, and you’ll feel so much better afterwards. It takes a bit of time, and you’ll have some pain. But it will all be worth it when you’re healed and pain-free!

    I’ve been putting off cervical surgery of my own. I’ve been fortunate; I can manage the pain with electric stim. & pain meds for the most part. I’m also extremely careful with my neck so I don’t aggravate it. Since it’s not causing any additional problems (“only” pain, which I have in my back, anyway,) I’m not ready to risk another surgery yet. It’s difficult to decide whether or not to have this kind of surgery—people tell you conflicting things, and everyone has different outcomes. But if you’ve been suffering for a really long time, the decision practically makes itself.

    I wish you the best of luck with your surgery, the quickest possible recovery, and the least pain possible. I know what you mean about getting bored—I sure wish I’d had my laptop during my post-op recovery. Being stuck in bed for months is no fun, and you get tired of the TV very quickly. You want to DO things and you can’t, but luckily you’ll have the computer to reach out to family, friends, and others on the web. They can entertain you and help you stay connected to the world. As soon as you’re able, come back to us here—we’ll try to cheer you up while you’re healing! Hugs & prayers to you! ~Kat

  19. Ritzs, 14 June, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: Thank you. I have to admit I am not looking forward to the surgery. As you said, Kat, one hears so many things but I am a very determined character and if half the pain is taken away at the end of it that will make it all worth it. I think the cause of it was 45 years of machine knitting also heavy lifting as we have a small holding, alas no animals anymore. We just got to old to do it. Now its all leisure LOL. I will at least be able to look forward to all the video’s etc I feel like you are all my extended family. It’s wonderful! Ritzs

  20. Judy, 13 June, 2010

    Hi Ritzs and everyone else,
    Check out the Polymer Clay Pit site for Magic Glos in the UK (£8.68) – There’s also an article on the London Polymer Clay Guild page about the day they had with Lisa Pavelka last year, and some of the ways she showed how to use.
    Needless to say, I haven’t got any yet since my OH is complaining about the amount I am spending on beading and clay stuff – but I did mange to get me a blow torch for a mere £12.99 yesterday – and the first attempts at headpins are looking promising. I hadn’t even realised they could be done, so thanks Cindy for highlighting that.

  21. Koolbraider, 12 June, 2010

    Kat, good tip for a light without a timer, would never have thought of that. The only problem here is so much pollen is floating around (the deck is covered with yellow spots), along with so many blackflies and mosquitoes and lots of other little things, putting pieces outside without a cover might not work. How about clear plastic wrap? Would enough UV pass through?

  22. Phaedrakat, 12 June, 2010

    @Koolbraider: That’s what I’m going to try when I use mine — plastic wrap. Or maybe a piece of glass from a cheap picture frame or something (I’m thinking they’re thin & they most likely don’t have UV protection.) I’ve also got too many “things” in the air blowing around, something would get stuck in my piece, for sure. I might try curing 2 similar pieces at the same time; 1 covered & 1 not. Then I’ll be able to tell if the covering is interfering with the sun’s UV rays hitting the piece. I’ll let you know how it turns out! ~Kat

  23. Hanne-R, 13 June, 2010

    I just started using Magic Gloss and I put the pieces on a tile under a clear glass bowl. 1/2 hr. on a cloudy day and it was cured! I used the same setup in an easternly window – I left it in the evening and next day it was cured. And this way I don’t have to worry about pollen or other ‘stuff’ in the resin or that it might rain, while it’s outside! We are having quite a wet spring/summer this year. I live as far north as Glasgow or the Hudson Bay – just to give you and idea of the strength of our sunshine. I wonder how far into the year – before I will have to use a lamp :)

  24. Phaedrakat, 13 June, 2010

    @Hanne-R: A glass bowl sounds perfect! (No reason for it to have UV protective glass!) I’ve got the ideal candidate, too; now I just need to prep my pieces. I’m guessing here, but perhaps a white, glossy tile might be better for curing, since the UV rays bounce off it back onto the piece. That would make a cool experiment, too—seeing if changing the tile or item on which you place your piece (light vs. dark, shiny vs. dull, etc.) makes a difference in cure time.

    Hanne, thanks so much for sharing your experiences—all of this is really helpful to those of us who haven’t “taken the plunge” yet with resin. :D

  25. Koolbraider, 13 June, 2010

    Hanne-R, that sounds great!I have a very sunny deck, the one with the yellow pollen spots, and a glass door that faces full south. Now, maybe I’ll try a bit of Magic Gloss. Keeping things inside seems safer.

  26. Angela Murtagh, 18 June, 2010

    I dont know if anyone can help me, I have been trying to attach my beads to hair clips/slides but it doesn’t seem to stick, I have even used 2 part resin. I am totally stumped has anyone tried this before???? I have to make lots of childrens items as I have a fayre on the 4th July and they would love something like this (mind so would I) :)

    All suggestions welcome

  27. Phaedrakat, 19 June, 2010

    @Angela Murtagh: Make sure that the clips and the beads are wiped clean of any oils or anything that might ruin the glue’s bond. Wipe with some strong alcohol and then don’t touch the area where you’ll be gluing (fingerprints can be oily, too.) For the best adhesion, press the hair clip finding into the raw clay and bake them together, then let cool. Remove the finding, sand & finish your clay pieces, then glue them back together. This creates a perfect channel or impression in the clay for the finding, so the fit is perfect & there’s less stress on the glue.

    Use a strong glue, like the great ones Cheryl mentioned. For this type of project you can also use a silicon glue like E6000 or Goop. They’re a bit more flexible, which works out well for findings that get a lot of handling. Michael’s Glue it All, is a reference tool for crafters, and it helps you find the right glue for various projects. I gave it a try, plugging in “metal” and “polymer clay,” and it gave me similar directions about impressing the clay. It recommended E6000 as first choice, but mentioned the other glues, as well. This article, Glue and Adhesives for Beading Projects, has the link to the glue tool, as well as a link to the article on Weldbond glue (Cindy’s favorite!)

    Good luck with your barrettes, I hope you get everything to work. If you continue to have trouble, please send in a photo to Cindy so we can see what type you’re using. Have a great weekend! Kat :D

  28. Cheryl Hodges, 18 June, 2010

    @ Ritzs – I’m so sorry to hear about your coming surgery. Will kee p you in prayer. I’m sure , you will be fine and once the pain of the surgery is done, you will feel good. Thank god for the computer – can keep in touch that way at least. Will keep a look out for you. Is the surgery next Wednesday? Loving wishes and hugs and prayers – Cheryl
    @ Kat – Why did you have to have your thoracic spine fused? Must have been so painful. Praying for you too. Hugs- Cheryl

  29. Phaedrakat, 19 June, 2010

    @Cheryl Hodges: Sorry, every time I try to write something, I end up losing it. I’ve had to write nearly every post twice — I’m going crazy here! I think it’s my PC. Anyway, I’m going to bed (since it’s almost time to get up!) but I’ll write tomorrow. Hope all is well. Are you on FB? Maybe I’ll write you about my back there, instead? Friend request me if you want– Gianna Spelling, my photo is the same as the kitties I use for my icon here… xxx Kat

  30. Cindy Lietz, 19 June, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: I know how you frustrating that can be to spend time writing something out, only to have it disappear for whatever reason. It’s happened to me too. So what I do now, at least when “crafting” longer more detailed responses, is use a simple text editor like NotePad or TextPad. That way I can save my work as I write. Then when I’m done, I just cut and paste the message into the comment box here at the blog, and submit.

  31. Phaedrakat, 19 June, 2010

    @Cindy Lietz : Thanks, Cindy. That’s what I’ve been doing for a while now, since I got tired of losing my responses (and also to reply to multiple people in one comment.) But lately I’ve felt more rushed, and didn’t take those precautions. I’ll be going back to that tried-and-true method, for sure!

  32. Cheryl Hodges, 18 June, 2010

    @ Ange- Hav eyou tried Wellbond or the two part epoxy glue?

  33. Jocelyn, 20 June, 2010

    Wow, great to read so many comments in this thread. Love the video, and the finish you get.

    Odd question….what is the second based choice to this finish if you want a deep, glossy, permanent finish? Prefer to use something which doesn’t require travel outside for sunlight, afraid of dropping the tray or getting dust on the surface while it’s curing.

    The old 50-50 stuff is tedious, but, can be covered so that it cures free of dust without light.

    Anyone have any experience they’d share?

  34. Phaedrakat, 21 June, 2010

    @Jocelyn: No 1st-hand experience here, but I’ve read quite a few articles, reviews, tutorials, etc. Everything says that ICE Resin is the best of the 2-part resins. Most crafters say it’s THE BEST resin. Notice I said “crafters,” since clayers tend to gravitate to the UV resins like Magic Glos, Ultradome, etc. Then again, we’re not using it for paper & scrabble tiles! ICE is by Susan Lenart Kazmer, and can be purchased at quite a few different places. has a “where to buy” link, as well as lots of info. Fire Mtn. Gems carries ICE, too.

    The advantages, from my “research”: it’s jeweler’s grade, non-yellowing, and ice-clear. It’s self-doming, and doesn’t pull from the edges or have a bad odor. Other 2-part resins are notorious for their bad smell, but most reviews I’ve read about ICE say there’s no odor. A couple reviews said ICE has a “faint” smell — but not bad.

    The drawbacks are similar to those of any non-UV resin: you have to measure correctly, mix a minimum amount each time (1/4 oz. each part,) and let it cure a long time — 3 days to fully cure! However, it dries in 6 hours, so you can handle/work with it as it’s left in the open air until it’s cured (or it can become cloudy.) You have approx 45 min. to an hour to work with/pour the resin before it starts to harden.

    Anyway, if anyone decides to try this, let us know how you like it, and your “findings.” Cindy does so much good by sharing her knowledge. It’s great when others share what they know about the different products, providing information, and enabling each of us to make the best choices to suit our individual needs. Good luck choosing your resin method! ~Kat

  35. Jocelyn, 21 June, 2010

    Kat, thanks very much appreciated! You’re the best!

  36. Phaedrakat, 22 June, 2010

    @Jocelyn: You’re so welcome. And thanks — you’re mighty fine yourself, lady! Have a great day! :D

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