Peacock Cane Part 1 | Polymer Clay Tutorial

Peacock Cane Pt1Vid #208: “Wow! Very cool Cindy, and so beautiful. I love feathers!” ~Maureen-G

My love affair with Peacock feathers goes way back. It was on a trip to the zoo as a young child that I first got to see a Peacock strut its amazing plumage. The shimmering colors and the dazzling eyes of the feathers were thrilling for me to behold.

Then later as a teen, me and my family stayed with a friend in Kauai where Peacocks roamed freely around the property. It was fun to be woken each morning by the loud calls of these glorious birds beginning their day.

Much later, when Doug and I got married in his parents gorgeous, antique decor party barn, the real peacocks roaming out back were a perfect fit! I just had incorporate their glorious feathers into the theme of our wedding! My bridesmaids carried peacock feather bouquets and the guys wore peacock feather boutonnières. I even chose a glimmering metallic peacock colored fabric for the bridesmaids dresses. Sorry girls… it was the 80’s after all, LOL!

Knowing that I loved Peacock Feathers, my Mom gave me a gorgeous hand mirror, made of leaded glass and real peacock feathers. I still love and treasure it as much today as when she had given it to me more than 20 years ago.

So… when Premo came out with it’s new Premo Accents clay in Peacock Pearl, I just HAD to make a Peacock Cane with it!

With today’s rocky roads there is always a place to go for respite… your blog… a fun place to visit and join you in fond memories that can trigger memories in our own growing up years. Thank you, Cindy, for taking us along down memory lane. ~Joyce-M

Coming up tomorrow (Friday June 17th, 2011) in the Vol-037-3 video at the Polymer Clay Library, I’ll be posting Part 1 of this intermediate level Peacock Cane project. Part 2 will be added next week as the Vol-037-4 tutorial video. [ADDED JUNE 23, 2011: Here is the link to intro video for Part 2 of the Peacock Cane Tutorial].


Please Note: A general prerequisite for all of my weekly tutorials is that you have a good understanding of the polymer clay basics, including: conditioning clay, using a pasta machine, clay blade and other simple tools, making Skinner Blends or Teardrop Blends, baking clay, as well as sanding and finishing. If you need help in these areas, my Polymer Clay Beginners Course will get you up to speed quickly. There is also plenty of free information on this blog. Use the search box at the top of the page to find articles on specific topics.

Supplies & Tools: Video-037-3 Peacock Cane Part 1:

  • A good working knowledge of my Teardrop Blend color blending technique. As well, you should know how to reduce your canes. This is what most clayers would call an  intermediate level cane. However,  beginners can also have success, as long as you carefully follow the instructions.
  • Polymer Clay in the following shades:> 5038 Peacock Pearl Premo Sculpey Accents.
    > 5035 Bright Green Pearl Premo Sculpey Accents.
    > 5031 Purple Pearl Premo Sculpey Accents.
    > 5055 18K Gold Premo Sculpey Accents.
    > 5517 Antique Gold Premo Sculpey Accents.
    > 5010 Navy Blue Premo Sculpey.
  • Pasta Machine.
  • Acrylic Roller.
  • Clay Blade.

The full version of the Vol-037-3 Peacock Cane Pt1 video will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday June 17, 2011. But if you would like to see a sneak peek intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.


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The full version of the “Peacock Cane Pt1” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-037 Back Issue Package.

Customer Feedback About Membership Value:

Cindy – I have already recommended your ‘Beginners Course’ to others! It is a great foundation on which to build. I like the way you have it set up so one video flows right into the next – very user friendly. I just sat and watched the videos, until you got to the cane making. Then I took the time to make the canes right along with you. Thank you for sharing your own learning experiences with us. It has cut my learning curve way down! With your videos I feel I can tackle just about anything you present. Your course, and the weekly videos, are worth every penny I have spent for them. ~Carolyn-F

I do want to thank you for 2 tips that have helped me more than you can imagine! They were not even the focus of the tutes nor given more attention than a passing comment but man have they changed my work!! #1-[Video-020-2], square the cane and bead to cover in cane slices and then roll it round, (tried this with extruder flower canes and made an unbelievably cute bracelet). And #2 [Video-022-1], hold your fingers at the edges of the clay when rolling a skinner or teardrop blend, so the clay does not become too wide. Since I began catching up, I have also gotten around to trying the extruder flower canes [Vol-019-1] and the faux bone [Vol-019-3]. With great results both times! ~Carrie-W

I held out for quite a while thinking it was an additional expense I could not afford. Finally decided that an extra $9.95 was not going to break me and I’m so happy that I did join. It is sometimes the little things you do that make your projects look so much better and Cindy gives us all her tricks of the trade. I’ve made buttons before but never made them using Saran Wrap over the clay. What a difference. Another favorite was using the Adirondack inks for the Jellyroll Cane. Nice to have another use for my craft supplies. I would urge anyone to give up one movie a month, or one magazine, or anything else that equates to about $3.50 a month and join in the fun. I’ve been following your site for quite a while now Cindy and thank you for being so generous with your free advice. It must give you a sense of great satisfaction knowing you are helping others enjoy their craft. You are much appreciated. ~Janet-A

The following topics are included in this week’s Polymer Clay Tutor Library, Peacock Cane Pt1 video tutorial:

  • See several examples of beads, pendants and earrings that were made using  Peacock Feather Cane.
  • Discussion of the tools and techniques needed to create these Intermediate Level polymer clay cane.
  • Learn the tricks for getting that realistic feathery look to your canes using gorgeous teardrop blends and layering techniques.
  • Plus, with some creativity and ingenuity, there are many ways to come up with your own unique jewelry designs using this stunning polymer clay canework design.

The full version of the “Peacock Cane Pt1” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-037 Back Issue Package.


  1. Marion, 16 June, 2011

    Amazing, Cindy! You’re not only brilliant but also a mind-reader! I was only looking at pictures of Peacock feathers last week and wondering how a cane could be made, and bingo! I must take a look at a few more pictures and see what happens!

  2. fran, 16 June, 2011

    This cane is so beautiful !!

  3. Marlene C, 16 June, 2011

    Fantastic cane Cindy. One of the first things I made when I started claying was a pair of peacock earrings, with an “eye of the peacock” feather cane bead to accent them. Can’t wait to see how you finished the rest of the feather!

  4. Bonnie Kreger, 16 June, 2011

    This is beautiful. Can’t wait till tomorrow to see this.

  5. Maria, 16 June, 2011

    YES!!! My favorite colors! Can’t wait!!!
    The squiggle beads are so fun… hope you show us how you added them to a necklace…

  6. Jeanne C., 16 June, 2011

    I LOVE the colors you used in this cane. The peacock pearl is one of my favorite color as well as the magenta pearl. One of the camp grounds we stayed at in CA had peacocks roaming the grounds they were so beautiful and fun to watch. I’m looking forward to learning this technique. :)

  7. cherie, 16 June, 2011

    Can’t wait to see this one!! The peacock is the national bird of India. To learn more about this check this out

    I have been trying out and experimenting with making a peacock cane because i just love the colors and have a few ideas I’d like to try out, but I just did not have the time to get it finished. I’d love to see Cindy’s tute which I’m sure will make it simpler for me.

  8. Lisa Whitham, 16 June, 2011

    This may be just what I need to snap me out of my funk… I haven’t touched my clay in weeks. I seem to have lost my mojo. :(

    This is just a beautiful cane Cindy! I love it..!!
    Thanks for teaching us such wonderfully beautiful things Cindy!

    Clay On,
    ~Lisa :)

  9. Elaine Faulks, 16 June, 2011

    I was trying to think of something sophisticated to make for my granddaughter’s 16th birthday on 1st July.Wow the peacock cane is sooooo special and uses most of her fav colours. Just hope I can get hold of the new clay,watch parts 1 and 2, make earrings and pendant in time to put it in the post as she lives in Monaco and it usually takes a few days using airmail. So this will be a challenge to meet the deadline. She is brilliant at photograpy so know that with my thank you letter there will a picture of a very sophisticated Natasha looking as proud as a peacock (or should that be pea-hen) if all goes to plan!!

  10. Lawrence, 16 June, 2011

    Like the other posts here I can’t wait until tomorrow’s video. I love peacock feathers and those brilliant colours. I guess I will have to stock up on the new Premo pearl clay.

  11. catalina, 16 June, 2011

    Yep! These new colors are perfect for this!! Can’t wait to see this tute!

  12. Phaedrakat, 16 June, 2011

    Oooooh, pretty!!! And perfect timing, Cindy! My Michael’s finally got these new colors in…I just stocked up on them (on sale, too — 4/$5!) This is such a beautiful cane…I love it! Plus there’s TWO exciting videos to look forward to. Wait, that’s nothing new — I’m always excited about your vid’s!

    It was cool hearing about your peacock feather infatuation…from your bridal bouquet to the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses. I wore some “interesting” dress choices in the 80’s, so I understand (“like, totally, fer sure!”) ;D Your memories sounded so fun…in fact, I pretended they were my own for enhanced entertainment value. (JK! LOL, I’m not that far gone…yet. I’m still only slightly crazy.) Mwuah-ah-ah… 8-b
    Thanks in advance, Kat

    Catalina Hey, Ms. Cat — does your Michael’s carry ALL of Premo’s metallic/pearl colors? I was thrilled to finally see new stock, although several new colors were missing, including 18K Gold & the new copper shade. They didn’t leave space on the shelf for them, either. Is it a case of “what I see is what I get?”

    Correction…they did have the 2 colors I mentioned — but they were in a multi-pack. The Premo Accents “Metallics” set has six 1-oz. bars, including the new (light) copper color & the 18K Gold color needed for this project. I didn’t get it, so I’ll have to go back…with coupon in hand this time! FYI: They also have a “Pearls” multi-pack…and a “Primary,” or basic colors version.

    Although I didn’t expect them to carry the entire line, I had hoped to see more new clays. They didn’t have any of the new tinted translucents, but they had “white translucent” (frost.) I must say it’s nice to finally be able to get that locally! (Have always mail-ordered.) They had 3 or 4 glitter clays, and 3 granite/stone clays. I’m pretty sure they had ALL the new pearl colors, which are SO awesome! So many of Cindy’s tutes work especially well with mica clay (e.g. the Aurora Technique, Blend and Switch, etc.)

    Now, with even more mica colors to choose from, clay-play will be even more addictive! Anyway, I’ve rambled on WAY too long…sorry about that! I just wanted to list what I found so others can mention if their Michael’s has different stock. That way I know what I need to mail order.

    New video tute in just over 2 hours…YAY!
    (Enjoy being one of the first viewers, Peggy! Uuugggss!)

  13. Catalina, 17 June, 2011

    @Phaedrakat: Oh, Sister, Kat, yes, they aren’t carrying all the colors. The 18k gold is missing and the translucences! Are they crazy?? Must be! Once I heard about the sample packs I thought they might not carry all the colors. So, I too, will be mail ordering clay, bummer! Maybe we should all email Michaels and suggest, very loudly, :), they carry ALL new Premo colors!!!!!

  14. pattw35, 17 June, 2011

    @Catalina: Boy oh boy ! MY MIchaels has MOST of the colors. No trans -( I can make those). Got 9 colors -now I can complete some of the newest tutes. Yeah. This has been so frustratious !!!

    Don’t know why Michaels doesn’t carry the whole line. They do have the Granites, though ——–hm. Could be THEY don’t know how important all this is to ALL OF US. I will continue to harp to them about this problem – nicely, but firmly. Like that will help………

    Happy happy -I can make the Peacock cane —-big smile

  15. Lupe Meter, 16 June, 2011

    Oh goody…I have been looking for a peacock cane. Love these colors, Cindy! Can’t wait to try this tute out! Thanks!

  16. pollyanna, 16 June, 2011

    Fantastic colors and I also like the peacock. How regal they look!

  17. Jocelyn, 16 June, 2011


  18. Linda K., 16 June, 2011

    I have wanted to do a peacock cane for so long! This is so beautiful, Cindy. Now, if only the Michaels near me would get the new colors…

  19. Jeanne C., 16 June, 2011

    @Linda K.: I went Sunday and the Michaels here in Tucson had the new colors!! YEAH and they were on sale. Hope you get them in VT. soon. :)

  20. Linda K., 16 June, 2011

    @Jeanne C.: You probably have a BIG store in Tucson. Our Rutland store is fairly small and seems to get things later than most of the other stores. I’ll check again in a day or two.

  21. pattw35, 18 June, 2011

    @Jeanne C.: It’s about time, huh? I have been drooling over the new colors -and couldn’t get them. Now I got my greedy hands on MOST of the colors -yeah !! And on sale too………

  22. Jeanne C., 18 June, 2011

    @pattw35: Yes it’s been a long wait!! I was happy to see they had a great selection. Hope to see you at our next Guild meeting. :)

  23. Peggy Barnes, 16 June, 2011

    OOOOOOOOOOH,another one where I have done a feather cane before and now I can’t wait to see what you do Cindy to make it much easier for me. The canes are so beautiful and the new colors are perfect for this. Is it Friday yet. If I’m up in the night I always check to see if your tutorial has been posted yet. Maybe I will see early Friday a.m. 2 – 3 hopefully. I will get a little rest first so I’m awake enough to pay attention. :)
    Love and Uuuggs, Peggy

  24. Catalina, 16 June, 2011

    @Peggy Barnes: LOL!! You are too funny! I hope you are in bed!! Remember you have to get up early to be the first one to watch the tute!!! :)

  25. Rebecca (Becky) Chisenhall, 16 June, 2011

    @Peggy Barnes: Lol, Peggy, I am working at 2-3 am (from home), so I always make sure to check for the video about then!!! I know how the anticipation gets….lol. Can’t wait for this one. I adore all these colors and this looks so complicated, but I am sure Cindy will make it easy for us and easy to create all kinds of wonderful things with it!

  26. Patt W, 16 June, 2011

    This is the most profoundly beautiful cane ever !!! The colors just flow into each other. Perfect colors for anyone. Especially the gals in my family. These would make thrilling gifts. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Jocelyn, 17 June, 2011

    3:21 am est.

    Love excellence, and this is it. Congrats, Cindy and Doug!

  28. Peggy Barnes, 17 June, 2011

    Well so far too good to be true but you know it is because it is Cindy’s and Doug’s creation. The one I learned before didn’t even have a part 1 in it. (Go figure) Now the big question???????? Who is going to be able to wait till next Friday. Good thing you live so far away Cindy I might have to take you down to get the 2nd half out of you. No I wouldn’t do that or would I??? All I know is I thank God I will be with my Grandkids a big part of next week and that will be a BIG help. THANK YOU – THANK YOU – OK I am on pins and needle not so patiently waiting……..
    Cindy and Doug I would of bet $100 you didn’t have a mean bone between the 2 of you. BUT this is a mean very mean making us wait like this.
    Love and Uuuggs, Peggy :) !!!!!!!

  29. Valerie H, 17 June, 2011

    Got my eagerly awaited email and found this little gem. Peggy I’m with you, do we have to wait until next week to see the rest.
    Cindy once again another beautiful cane. Waiting in anticipation for part 2.

  30. Fran Y., 17 June, 2011

    Fabulous tutorial Cindy! The colour blends are just gorgeous. Can hardly wait for part 2!

  31. Karonkay, 17 June, 2011

    Darn! I cannot get the video today, it won’t even let me get to your site. I went back to two weeks ago lesson to get here but it will not take me to the page to watch the video. so am leaving a comment to see what happens there. It just says that this site is not able to connect. and i was so looking forward to this lesson Thanks for your help.Karonkay

  32. pollyanna, 17 June, 2011

    Oh gosh….this is too gorgeous!!! It’s going to be awfully hard to wait. Will HAVE to travel to Buffalo to check my Michaels out. Hopefully they will finally be supplied with the clays I need.

  33. Rebecca (Becky) Chisenhall, 17 June, 2011

    @pollyanna: Hey, Pollyanna, noticed that there is a Hobby Lobby in Depew, NY–ever check them out for Premo? Ours here in GA has all the new colors, so if Michael’s doesn’t work out for you….you could try there. No, I don’t own Hobby Lobby, lol, just seems like I should as much money as I have spent there!

  34. pollyanna, 17 June, 2011

    @Rebecca (Becky) Chisenhall: thanks Becky, I keep forgetting they are there. Will be sure to find directions and see. Thanks for the heads up. You can tell I don’t get out much…

  35. Linda K., 18 June, 2011

    @Rebecca (Becky) Chisenhall: Becky, I was surprised to see that there was a Hobby Lobby in NY. I didn’t think they had stores anywhere in the northeast. I was in a HL in Tulsa years ago and it was wonderful. So I checked to see if there are any stores in New England, not expecting to find one…and found that there’s a new store opening this Monday in Manchester, NH! I’m thrilled! I travel through Manchester every time I drive to MA to visit my sister.

  36. Kathy G, 17 June, 2011

    That was a great tute but I feel like I’ve been teased…….can’t wait for Part 2. The worst of it is I don’t even think I’ll be able to watch it till after the move. One week from today and we hit the road to start our journey to our new home in Staten Island.

  37. Cindy Lietz, 17 June, 2011

    Hey guys, I am so glad you are excited about this tutorial! (My mischievous side is also enjoying the fact that you all have to wait until next week for the rest of it! I feel like a parent with little kids waiting for Christmas!!) Pleased to hear the new clay is finally arriving in your local areas. There has been a lot of anticipation over them. Once you get a chance to use them, I think you’ll agree it was worth the wait!

    @Kathy G: Good luck on your move! Let us know when you arrive. Be safe!

    @Craig Nelson: Yes, I meant one 1/4th of the pack when I said one section. Maybe I should have said that more clearly.

  38. Karonkay, 17 June, 2011

    Wow! love it. Fixed the issue by downloading Foxfire and using that browser. The video played even better than on Explorer. So will now use foxfire.

    Love the cane. Cannot wait for part two.

  39. Rebecca (Becky) Chisenhall, 17 June, 2011

    Okay…come on next week!!! Teaser, indeed, but the end product I am sure will be worth it.

  40. Dawn, 17 June, 2011

    Beautiful Cindy!! I’ve made peacock feathers in the past but they’ve never turned out as detailed and colorful as this one. Can’t wait for part II. I’m so excited. Thank you!

  41. Craig Nelson, 17 June, 2011


    Regading the peacock cane, you said on one or two of colors to use a full section of clay, would that be a whole block of cane or just a fourth of the package?

    p.s. When I walk to high school many years ago, one of the houses that bordered the school, people had peacocks. I love the look of them and there beautiful cry!!!

    Craig Nelson

  42. Cherie, 17 June, 2011

    I knew Cindy would make it simpler! And the colors are simply gorgeous. I love peacock feathers too. I think I’m going to order online, Michael’s had only 3 Accent colors.

  43. Loretta Carstensen, 17 June, 2011

    What a fun cane. I will be on vacation this week, but I’m excited to see vol. 2 video next week and get started. Thanks for inspiring us, Cindy.

  44. Jeanne C., 17 June, 2011

    Just watched part 1 and I’m so in love with the colors your using. It’s going to be a LONG week till next Friday. Are you sure we can’t convince you to release part 2 early? I promise to make my bed and feed the dog!! Ok I’ll even make the meals for a week! ok this strategy never worked with my mom so looks like I just need to keep busy. :) Hope everyone has a nice weekend.

  45. pattw35, 18 June, 2011

    @Jeanne C.: LOL -me too!!! Hanging the ole carrot in front of us, huh ? Coming Friday we will be poised for part 2 – all bright eyed and busy tailed…….

    Cindy this tute is so easy and BEAUTIFUL. Now that I have the colors (grin) all is well with my world ! Thanks for such an inspiring tute . The best ever…………

  46. Jocelyn, 17 June, 2011

    For all having video watching issues, I’d check and make sure your browser and operating software is thoroughly updated.

    Ran this on IE, Foxfire, Chrome, and AOL after I did that and deleted cookied, etc., and it worked better than I’ve seen it in awhile.

    Never have a problem with Firefox and Chrome, great systems.

  47. Carol Mills, 17 June, 2011

    Hi Cindy:

    Love the peacock cane. Thanks again.
    do you have any idea when the colors (B colors) formulas will be back on line?

  48. Bette L, 17 June, 2011

    Cindy, all I can say is WOW! I loved the first part and can’t wait for part 2.

  49. Sandra, 17 June, 2011

    cool! I’ve got my colours on order, all i hve to do is wait for them to arrive then make this part of it. i love the new colours!!

  50. Mary, 17 June, 2011

    Oh Cindy, you’ve made an old woman very happy! A dream come true, a peacock cane! I too have always adored peacocks, their feathers, their unbelievable shimmering colours, their strutting -well how could they help it- and I even love their haunting calls. In the ancient literature they’re the symbol of immortality so your choice of gorgeous wedding colours was very wise as well as highly original, very Cindy-and-Doug-ish. And no need to tell you, your marriage is lookin’ good, absolutely imperishable! (I’ve noticed that my peacock feathers, standing in a vase for years and years, still look fresh and lovely, so maybe there’s something in that). Anyway, this is a challenge which I will take up and persist with until it comes out like your cane. Let’s see, I’ll be 163 by then … Never mind, I’ll press on. Practice, practice (or practise, if you spell the American way) should help. What fun! Thanks a million, Cindy, looking forward to Part II. XX Mary

  51. Rebecca (Becky) Chisenhall, 17 June, 2011

    Got a shock today…the Michaels closest to me just up and closed. Gone. Then, drove in opposite direction to other Michaels and they didn’t even have all their lights on. Was wondering if it was me (old eyes, lol), then looked up and every other light in ceiling was not on. Asked clerk at checkout if they were trying to save money, he confessed to me they had pep talk or something from boss and he said company was doing great, but “had a lot of debt.” Hmmmm. Clerk confided in me that he has gotten another job (oh, dear).

    I know the Michaels that disappeared was about a mile away from Hobby Lobby and Joann’s, so wondering if they cut into their business. Worried, though, about store without lights on!

  52. Catalina, 18 June, 2011

    @Rebecca (Becky) Chisenhall: Hi, Becky, that is weird your Michaels store did that. What city or address are you talking about? I work for Michaels and could look into it as what might have happened. Maybe a power outage? Just strange. Last, April, Michaels announced to the associates that they hit the 4 Billion mark! So, a financial problem doesn’t seem to be accurate. Just let me know and I’ll find out. You got my curiosity up.

  53. Rebecca (Becky) Chisenhall, 18 June, 2011

    @Catalina: Catalina, I knew someone on here worked for Michaels, but forgot it was you, so I am glad you posted. I am worried, so would like to find out what you can find out! The store I am talking about that closed was in Kennesaw, GA, on Barrett Parkway across from Town Center Mall. It had been there at least 15 years, so quite the shock to find it just gone. I had been there about 3 weeks before that, too.

    As to the other store with no lighting (lol), that one is in Canton, GA. Maybe someone just forgot to turn all the switches on, or a breaker tripped for some reason? It was just funny to me…I was thinking I was blinder even than usual when I looked up to see half the lights not on.

    The young guy at the checkout I was talking to hadn’t even noticed the lights were only partially on, so may have been just my old eyes that caught it. Can you see me stooping and squinting to read clay labels in the half-dark, lol? The reason he told me what he did was because I asked him if it was a money-saving measure not to use all the lights…tongue-in-cheek. That’s when he told me what his boss had told them about debt (uh-oh…gossiping with a customer, lol). Apparently that’s a very different from what you heard and I am hoping that’s the true story!

    It’s really odd about that closed Michaels. I drove past and there was no sign saying they’d moved, etc. Just brown paper covering inside of windows. They always seemed to me to be busy there, right across from a mal on a main drag, so I can’t imagine what happened to it.

    Hobby Lobby and Joann’s are huge, though, in comparison, and I just wondered if the area was too saturated now or something. Anyway, if you find out anything, I’d be interested to know. I did get in on the good sale for clay, 4 for $5, with that 20% coupon off the total even with sale items, so it was definitely worth squinting for! Just wish I’d had lots more money to spend.

  54. Rebecca (Becky) Chisenhall, 20 August, 2011

    @Catalina: By the way, Catalina, I “found” my Michaels again! They had moved down the street a way, so now there is a Golden Craft Triangle, lol. They are right across the street from Hobby Lobby and just up a little way from Joann’s! Guess they wanted to really get in the thick of things, lol. So glad I found them again. I guess I had waited too long before and the building owner had taken the signs down that said where they had moved to. Whew! They have nicer stuff now, too, or at least it seems to me. Convenient to have all the craft stores within 1 block practically!

  55. Catalina, 20 August, 2011

    @Rebecca (Becky) Chisenhall: Great! I couldn’t find anything out as to what happened. Glad they are all close by! Happy Shopping!! Remember, Michaels first!! Oh, by the way, today only polymer clay is on 50% off!! Un-advertised secret sale!!!

  56. Ken H., 18 June, 2011

    WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!! I can’t wait till next week. We use peacock feathers at Christmas time (mom saw a victorian tree in one of her magazines that used the feathers on the tree) I have had a pack of six clear balls (from Michaels BTW) for some time, not knowing what I wanted to do with them, now I know, I will layer these with cane slices around the top near the cap.

  57. pattw35, 18 June, 2011

    @Ken H.: What a neat idea. They would be so charming on the tree

  58. Jeanne C., 18 June, 2011

    @Ken H.: Sounds like a fantastic idea! I bet they will be very pretty, I would love to see a picture when you get one done. :)

  59. Barbara L, 18 June, 2011

    Is she saying ‘light green pearl’ or ‘bright green pearl’? I happen to be buying some stuff online right now, so I’m adding the new clay colors as long as I’m here! Comparing the color pic to the blends in the video it could be bright.

  60. Phaedrakat, 18 June, 2011

    @Barbara L: Hi Barbara, I’m not sure which word Cindy said (she may have said “light” vs. “bright” — the new green pearl is both lighter AND brighter, LOL!) Either way, the clays she used are listed under “Supplies & Tools”…just above the teaser/intro video on this page…

  61. Cindy Lietz, 21 June, 2011

    @Barbara L: Oh I forgot to address your question about whether it was Light Green Pearl or Bright Green Pearl… You are right, I kept saying “Light Green” in the video, when I should have been saying “Bright Green”. Didn’t realize I was wrong until I wrote out the supply list and looked up the number for the color. My bad!

  62. Linda K., 18 June, 2011

    Cindy, this cane is unbelievably beautiful! Can’t wait for the second installment!

  63. Bonnie Kreger, 20 June, 2011

    @Linda K.: I ordered all my new Premo clay from Boston Craft Works. They had it pretty cheap. If you place an order with Munro Crafts, you can usually get a discount also. You have to call them to place an order though. Boston Craft Works is on line.

  64. Jan, 19 June, 2011

    What a super cane! You guys are so lucky with the shops we are reading about, here in New Zealand we have to buy all our clay online and it costs about US$4.90 a block from our only importer (who is lovely by the way). No coupons for us, but we still enjoy our creating.

  65. Catalina, 19 June, 2011

    @Jan: Holy cow, Jan! $4.90 plus shipping? That’s insane! Have you tried buying directly from PolyForm? Maybe I should get Michaels to open a store there!! Wouldn’t that be great?!

  66. Barbara L, 19 June, 2011

    @Phaedraka-Thanks, I checked the Premo site and ‘bright’ was the only color they had, so I bought that. Had to get the order in, since the rest of the stuff was on sale only until Midnight. Can’t wait for the second installment of the video, I’ve always been fascinated by peacocks myself and this cane is gorgeous!

    @Jan-Holy smokes! You should open a NZ branch of Michaels yourself!!

  67. Sandra, 19 June, 2011

    Woo hoo, my colours arrived this morning, going to make the cane tonight. The weather here is raining so a really good time for claying.
    Jan, i tend to do small order from polymer clay express with their blocks at US$2 + post works out cheaper than the 5.50 we pay here. But, if I get quite a bit, the postage goes up because of the weight, then I get them from Ziazag.

  68. Trudy M, 19 June, 2011

    Loved watching the peacock video!! I feel grateful to be able to buy polymer clay so easily……I didn’t know how difficult it is to buy elsewhere around the world. I’ll never take it for granted again. $5.50 for a block is wild.

    Not completely ready to do this cane, but I’ll order the colors anyway and the instructions and amounts are so clear, it can’t hurt to try.

  69. Cindy Lietz, 21 June, 2011

    Thank you everyone for your great feedback! It is great to hear that most of you are able to get your hands on these beautiful colors. I hope you enjoy making this cane.

    @Trudy M: I love your attitude! I know for many beginners to cane making, they may not feel ready for this complex cane. Fortunately I have kept the amounts of clay needed to a minimum and the instructions as simple as I could. Your “Can’t hurt to try” attitude is perfect. This is the best way to learn. Besides, even if you were to mess it up the first time you tried it, the colors are so gorgeous, that even the scraps are wonderful!!

    @Dia H: Welcome to the community. So glad to hear you are enjoying the videos. You’ll find lots of great reading material about how to measure parts for the color recipes, by typing “parts color recipes” into the search box at the top of the page. Or if you prefer to learn visually, the fourth video in the Vol-033 back issue package is the tutorial you should watch (see link by my name). It will show you exactly what you need to know about measuring parts.

  70. Linda K., 20 June, 2011

    Thanks, Bonnie. I’ve visited the Boston Craft Works site many times. They have lots of unusual things there.

  71. Elizabeth S., 20 June, 2011

    Three and 1/2 days to go. Man, give Cindy a few new colors and her head goes into overtime with amazing creative possibilities.

  72. Jan, 21 June, 2011

    Barbara – If I opened a shop I’d spend all the profits!! Actually, we don’t have the market here for such a shop. Our only nation-wide retailer that sells Polymer just stocks Sculpey III (at about NZ$7 a block). Never mind, it doesn’t stop us. There is actually a New Zealand made clay, called Dukit. It is slightly cheaper than imported, and is extremely hard and strong when baked. It doesn’t have the colour range of Premo, but it’s a good product.

  73. Dia H, 21 June, 2011

    Hi Cindy,

    I am a beginner. I purchased beginner course package, back issue Vol 35, and weekly video peacock cane. They are wonderful. I love them. I haven’t practice yet. Still confuse with color recipe word such as you mention on Lily Pad recipe : 3 parts ____ (Premo), 1 part _____, 1 part ____, 1/2 part____. I am sorry, this is stupid question, but I really don’t know what does it mean by 3 parts. And how many for 1 part?

  74. Linda K., 21 June, 2011

    Whoopee! My Michaels had several of the new colors when I went in there tonight. Those pearl and metallic colors are wonderful–so much sparkle! Some colors are still missing, but only a few. Their names are on the labels, so I know they’re on their way.

  75. Cherie, 22 June, 2011

    I’m still waiting for the Michaels here to get the new colors. They only had 3 of the Accents range.

  76. pollyanna, 22 June, 2011

    I finally got out of the house and up to michaels. they had some of the pearls and the granites. I got a pretty good haul…….lol. Hope my son isn’t too hungry this week……:). j/k

  77. Barbara L, 22 June, 2011

    @Pollyana-That’s the prob isn’t it? You buy dog food, cat food, fish food, then it’s a question of buying people food or clay supplies!

    @Cindy-This is probably the most beautiful and useful cane I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait for tomorrow when my new clay and the second half of the video show up!!

  78. Rebecca (Becky) Chisenhall, 30 June, 2011

    @Barbara L: Hey, I am with you gals. First dog food, cat food/litter, then my food if any money left, then clay :( Of course, if I didn’t buy the dog and cat food first, they would probably eat me!

  79. Jocelyn, 23 June, 2011

    Goodness, gracious…this is proving to be a long and most interesting thread. Proabably one of the longest we have here, right?

    Think you nailed this one, Cin.


  80. Natalie H, 26 June, 2011

    Hi Cindy
    I too love the look of peacock feathers. In part one of the peacock feather with the 2 part blend… it seems that it is not that important at that point to make sure the folds of clay are close together.. am I correct? When doing the second tear drop blend you did not say what thickness this blend is before you reduce it to fit into the V of the first blend?

    Where can I get the new colors? My local ACMoore and Micheals do not carry it yet.

  81. Karen Shirey, 28 June, 2011

    I just found your site and am so happy I did. Great info for a newbie like me. Looking forward to browsing everything I learn here. I especially love the colors of the peacock. Great video there… Thank you

  82. Stephanie Johnston, 29 June, 2011

    Hi Cindy,

    Is there any chance you will make the videos available for down load or as DVD?

    Thank you

  83. Cindy Lietz, 29 June, 2011

    @Natalie H: Hopefully I understand you… For the first question, yes it doesn’t matter that much if they are close together. Just try and match what I do in the video best you can, but don’t worry too much about being perfect. For the second question, roll that one out at the same thickness as the first blend. Hopefully that clears things up. As far as where to get the new colors, check online, there are tons of places that have stocked the new colors. Hopefully they will be in your local stores soon though. Most locations seem to have them now.

    @Stephanie Johnston: Yes! We hope to have a downloadable option for you soon. Stay tuned!

  84. Jocelyn, 30 June, 2011

    @Cindy Lietz from Polymer Clay Tutorials Vol-037 Now Available:

    “Yes! We hope to have a downloadable option for you soon. Stay tuned!”

    Cannot wait, Cindy. Sounds like you and Doug have some fabulous plans for the future here.

  85. Kimberly I, 07 February, 2012

    Wanted to say thank you, Cindy. Your tutorials are amazing. Me and cane making usually don’t work. Lol I wanted a peacock cane so bad. I just wasn’t happy with the peacock designs form other artists. Too plain. I loved that yours was the new pearl colors. My favorite colors. I love Premo. I posted some pics on facebook. Thank you my teacher. Hope I made you proud.

  86. Cindy Lietz, 08 February, 2012

    I saw your pics on Facebook Kimberly. Beautiful work. It is wonderful to see that you are not just watching the tutorials… but that you are actually DOING them too. Keep up the great work. I am so proud of you!

  87. Francis V, 30 January, 2013

    Hi Cindy,

    I’m so glad that I’ve found you on the internet. Your tutorials are so happy, clear and complete. I’m an advanced beginner in the Netherlands and since 2 months I love polymer clay. I was using cernit and a bit of Fimo but I’m really in love with the Premo pearl clay since I have seen your tuts (the peacockcane for example).

    I have a nice day.

    Francis van Eijk ;-)

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