Polymer Clay Bead Giveaway Update – Happy Dance Side Effects

Social Media Sites “Posted my pics of watercolour beads on Facebook… now people are asking where they can buy my jewellery. Yay!” ~Silverleaf

My original plan for today’s post, was to start showing off all the wonderful contest photos you guys have been sending in over the past week. But something exciting has come up which deserves special attention.

It is to do with a positive side effect of this contest, that I was truly hoping would happen. And it is so great to see it happening right out of the gate.

You see, one of my goals is to get you guys to feel proud and confident about the beads and jewelery you are able to create, using all of the new polymer clay skills you are learning each week.

And with this enthusiasm, I was anxious to see if some of you would take things to the next level by sharing your accomplishments with the rest of the world… using some of the freely available online publishing tools.

There are so many sites now like Facebook, Flckr, Photobucket, etc., that make it easy for anyone to post photos and stories, even if you don’t have your own web site or blog.

And when you start showing off your jewelry and bead making accomplishments, very good things can happen. Here is a wonderful example from Anna (Silverleaf) Roberts…

Posted my pictures of watercolour beads on Facebook. I’ve just logged back in to find a message from a guy I went to school with asking if I sell jewellery as his daughter saw my necklace and wants a bracelet!  Yay Cindy, you got me a sale! :) *does a happy dance* ~Silverleaf

My Response: Silverleaf – Your watercolour beads are GORGEOUS! And the sale you made, is like adding a cherry on top to make everything feel so worthwhile. I’m doing the happy dance with you right now. This is a great example of how good things can happen when you participate. And I LOVE it that you are sharing your pics with the world on Facebook. When I post the contest pics here at my site, I’ll only be able to post one photo per entry. So it’s going to be great for everyone to have the option to click through to your page to see your gallery layout of several photos, showing different angles and zooms of your work. Absolutely wonderful! [Rose-M also said: “Silverleaf, your watercolor beads are gorgeous. Love the colors.”] ~Cindy-L

Thank you Cindy and Rose! I am pleased with the way my beads turned out, especially as the technique is one I haven’t tried before. Oh and I had another couple of messages from people asking where they can buy my jewellery and if I do commissioned work. :) Yay! I never thought of getting sales through Facebook. Maybe it’s worth a try for anyone else who wants to sell as well.

This is amazing Silverleaf! I am so happy for you. Thanks for sharing this story and please keep us updated with the details of your ongoing Facebook adventure. It is very exciting!

By the way everyone, I would encourage you to follow Silverleaf’s lead here. Facebook attracts a huge amount of Internet traffic, so it is a great place to share your photos and stories with the world.

Here is another Facebook related story from Jackie-N…

Absolutely loved your purse charm. What a way to dress up a purse. So I made one with my first attempts at the tribal cane.. need to watch the video again.. lol Not quite right.. ok no where near right. But I used the cane and made some beads and made me a purse charm. Showed to a friend on face book. She said what a great idea. Gave you the credit for the inspiration. Thanks for giving us that inspiration. ~Jackie-N

And a Flickr mention from Bonnie-K…

Cindy, I tried the torn clay process that you did on your video. It was fun and turned out pretty good. I put a necklace that I did on Etsy and I also put it on Flickr and on Flickr I gave you the credit for the tutorial. Just wanted to let you know in case you see it out there. Thank you for all your tutorials, you do a great job of explaining things. ~Bonnie-K

Photobucket is another site to consider. Anyone using them? And for that matter, has anyone else posted their contest photos, stories or links on ANY of the social networking sites? Or maybe on your own blogs?

Stumbleupon and Del.i.cious are great places to share your web bookmarks as well.

Please do provide me with direct links to photos, stories and links you post (or find) out on the web, about this fun bead giveaway contest. I want to make sure and acknowledge everyone appropriately, like I did for Silverleaf in today’s article.

And keep those contest photo entries coming. No procrastinating allowed :-)

** Win Some Polymer Clay Beads: Handmade by Cindy Lietz.
Time to send in your photo entires: Polymer Clay Giveaway Step 1

For anyone who wants to follow along from beginning, the following link will take you to a summary of all the articles in this fun and educational Polymer Clay Bead Giveaway series.


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  1. Anna Sabina, 22 January, 2010

    I am doing the happy dance too. I am so excited for you Silverleaf. The beads are really pretty. And thanks Cindy, this is going to be such a great opprotunity to see others work.

    Anna -Des Moines Iowa.

  2. MalindaJ, 22 January, 2010

    Congrats on your sale, Silverleaf! Your execution of the watercolor beads is beautiful! Mine did not turn out so nice, you can barely see the contrast :( I think I need to let my clay cool down more.

    It is SO fun to look at all your beads on Facebook and see how someone has used the lessons we learn here. Great work!!

    I am using artfire.com for my work (I won’t post a link yet – my work needs some work LOL!) but..it is so cool because they have a widget that connects into Facebook. Create an FB biz page and add the widget to your arfire account and you can process sales! Good luck! And keep up the great work.


  3. Cindy Graveline, 22 January, 2010

    I always put my jewelry on Deviant Art, Facebook, and Photobucket(I use it as a photo storage for my blog) and obviously my blog… I put my canes on Facebook too, and I’ve got comments from my friends who haven’t got a clue how I do it lol

  4. Melinda, 22 January, 2010

    Indeed Cindy G, I’ve put some work and canes on Facebook and the canes amaze and baffle people.
    I’m so happy for you Silverleaf. It’s always exciting to get that kind of response.

  5. carolyn, 22 January, 2010

    OK – I’ve avoided Facebook as long as I could. I just signed up – and I even have a link to Cindy on my first post. Now, how do I make it so Cindy can see it? Cindy, Are you on Facebook? I guess what I need to know is how to get you on as a ‘friend’. Being one of the older set I don’t know how to use all of these newfangled programs. But I’m learning.

  6. Cindy Lietz, 22 January, 2010

    @Carolyn and anyone else who is interested. I’d be happy to be your friend on face book. You can click the link by my name to get to my Facebook profile, where you can then send me a friend request.

    When you send your friend request, it would be helpful to mention polymer clay in your “hello” note. This will make sure that you get included in my “Polymer Clay Friends” list on Facebook.

  7. carolyn, 22 January, 2010

    This question has nothing to do with this blog, but I can’t find an answer any where. If I were to use pencils on my ‘cooked’ (‘fired’ – whatever) PC, would I use watercolor pencils or regular pencils? I have colored markers, but they don’t do what I want. Does anyone have experience with adding detail with pencils?

  8. Peggy Barnes, 23 January, 2010

    @carolyn: Hi Carolyn When I first started with polymer clay I saw a show on HGTV Thats Clever I think. To get to the point they made a pendant with translucent clay. She shaped her bead then baked it after baked and cooled Ithink she sanded then used oil based color pencils to draw a profile of herself. Colored the hair in and eyes, blushed cheeks and red lips. Then she took a very thin coat of I think it was Kato brand liquid translucent baked and repeated this 6-7 times. I would have to look in a file where I download and printed out instructions from several shows to find out for sure. The pendant turned out beautiful with such a shine from the layers of liquid translucent. Anyway I use Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor – colored pencils. I also believe Walnut Hallow has the oil based pencils. You can buy them on the internet. I got a great deal on mine thru ebay. Hope this helps.
    Love and Uuuuuuggggggs, Peggy

  9. carolyn, 23 January, 2010

    @Peggy Barnes: There is no problem using oil based products on PC?????

  10. Phaedrakat, 17 April, 2010

    @Cheryl Hodges: Bummer! I bought a couple of those pens on clearance, thinking they would work. Oh, well, they were cheap and good quality, I’ll find a way to use them. I’m sorry you’re having such a hard time finding something decent to draw with! Did you ever try the pencils that Peggy Barnes mentioned above? The Lyra Rembrandt are oil pencils. I’m not sure if Peggy’s actually done the project yet, though. (I’ll ask her…) BTW, I also bought some oil pastels on clearance at the same place I bought the Creative Memories pens. Haven’t tried them yet, but I think they’ll make some cool effects if I use them like Penny suggested (above.)

    Peggy, have you tried using your Lyra Rembrandt pencils yet? Poor Cheryl is eager to find something to write & draw on her polymer clay with.

  11. Rachelle, 22 January, 2010

    I’ve set up a Flickr acct recently and had uploaded some of the pieces I’ve made using your techniques, Cindy. I’ve even shared a link to Flickr on Facebook, now how do I link the specific photos back to you? What an adventure.

  12. Silverleaf, 22 January, 2010

    Wow Cindy, thanks for mentioning me and for being so nice about my beads. I can’t wait to see what everyone else has made!

    So far Facebook has generated quite a bit of interest… one sale, several people saying they are thinking of buying pieces as birthday presents, and one person wants an “Anna Roberts original” as he put it, he just hasn’t decided exactly what yet but it will be a custom-made piece. So yay! It’s such a boost to my confidence that people have been making nice comments as well.

    This whole thing has spurred me on to actually get on with finishing some pieces – I assembled 24 pendants today and have another 33 to do later. I’ve decided if I can get 60 pieces assembled, photographed and listed in my shop by the end of the weekend I’ll reward myself by ordering some more clay from Penny, and playing with the faux raku technique.

    Oh and I’d love it if we could all link up on Facebook! My profile is at facebook.com/silverleaf79 so please add me if you’re on FB as well. And I’m also silverleaf79 on Flickr.

  13. lynn watts, 22 January, 2010

    Way to go Silverleaf, those are just beautiful pieces you made. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Peggy Barnes, 23 January, 2010

    GREAT JOB Silverleaf and everyone else who has been working so hard to enter this contest. Most of all, SUPER JOB CINDY for showing all of us how this can be done.

  15. Cindy Graveline, 23 January, 2010

    If anyone want to add me on Facebook, here’s my profile: facebook.com/cindy.graveline

  16. carolyn, 23 January, 2010

    The crackle faux raku cost me my heat gun. It was the first time I used it and the whole front melted. I’m taking it back to Michaels tomorrow!

  17. Cindy Lietz, 24 January, 2010

    @Carolyn: That’s weird! How close were you holding it to the clay? Never heard of a heat gun melting like that. You should take it back! As far as using pencils (oil or otherwise) I don’t really have much experience with that. I have colored a few photocopies with watercolor pencils before doing an image transfer and it worked well, but other than that, they are on my list of things to try. You’ll have to go on your own experience and some of the others here like Peggy for now.

    @Rachelle – Isn’t the web fun :-) On Flicker and Facebook when you post photos of your beads and jewelry that are related to my tutorials, what would be great is if you could say a little about this contest in a way that might inspire other clayers to get involved as well.

    @Silver leaf: You are very welcome! That is so cool about the sales and everything!

    Thank you Lynn, Peggy and Cindy G for your great comments as well! It is so nice to see you all chatting with each other like that. I am getting too busy to respond as often as I’d like, so it is great to see you all helping each other out!

  18. carolyn, 24 January, 2010

    I stayed a good 1 1/2 – 2″ away from the clay – and the heat gun didn’t damage the clay – and it didn’t feel hot to the touch. Then I turned it off and propped it on it’s little stand on a wooden cutting board on the kitchen counter. I smelled something weird and heard a crackling, but just figured it was cool down noise. After I finished what I was doing with the clay, I went to check to see if the heat gun was cool enough to store away – that’s when I saw that the stand had melted into the housing and the entire front was melted and warped. I was going to take it back to Michael’s this afternoon but it’s been snowing off and on all day so I stayed snug in my home. Tomorrow is another day!

    Can a torch be used for embossing? Or would that heat the powders too hot, too fast?

  19. Cindy Lietz, 25 January, 2010

    Carolyn, it definitely sounds like there is something wrong with your heat gun… an overheating problem of some sort.

    Don’t use a torch for embossing or doing the raku effect. It is definitely too hot and too fast! Use your oven instead (for either technique) until you get a new heat gun. Just put your item on a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and check it every 60 seconds or so.

  20. carolyn, 27 January, 2010

    @Cindy Lietz from Kaleidoscope Canes: I took the heat gun back to Michaels. They looked at it like they had never seen such a strange creature before! I got my money back, and while at Lowe’s for bird seed I wandered the tool aisle – should call them treasure aisles: I got the 120 grit drywall mesh for sanding, a small butane torch, and a heat gun! The mesh and heat gun were actually in the paint section but you get the idea. It was really exciting! Don would have directed me to Lowe’s in the first place – I just wasn’t listening with that inner ear! These things were almost like gifts from him.

  21. Penny, 27 January, 2010

    oil based things on PC- I read somewhere that you can buy oil pastels and crunch them up and add bits to liquid polymer clay to colour it – that is my only experience of using oil based colours with PC (predictably I am now stocking these pastels on ClayAround!

  22. carolyn, 27 January, 2010

    @Penny: Are pigment pencils the same as oil pencils? Maybe pigment pencils would be the way to go. I saw some at Michaels yesterday but didn’t buy them because I really didn’t know what they were – except that they were quite expensive!

  23. Linda K., 29 January, 2010

    @ Carolyn: Can you use that small butane torch from Lowe’s to make balls on the tips of silver and gold wire? I’ve read that you can use the culinary torches (like those used for creme brulee), but I’ll bet your Lowe’s torch costs less.

  24. carolyn, 29 January, 2010

    @Linda K.: Haven’t tried this trick yet – in fact haven’t tried anything with this new torch yet, but it did only cost $15.

  25. Phaedrakat, 20 February, 2010

    @Helen (honeyclay): Meet me here! Were you able to get to that part of FB where you can create a photo album?

  26. Phaedrakat, 21 February, 2010

    @Helen (honeyclay): Well, apparently you didn’t need me after all! I looked up your facebook and saw your jewelry! Congratulations! You’ve got some beautiful things…

  27. Helen Sperring (honeyclay), 21 February, 2010

    Phaedrakat—–WAIT, WAIT, WAIT……..I do need you. I don’t know how I did it, plus I lost two pictures somewhere!!!!!! Your directions were just perfect. Really terrific. I couldn’t find facebook post to get the rest of the directions so I tried it myself and messed it up. I had to download a whole role of pictures because I lost two and I just found this blog. I was so nervous, so I don’t know how I did those three pictures. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, can I have the rest of the directions? THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!

  28. Phaedrakat, 21 February, 2010

    @Helen Sperring (honeyclay): Of course! Don’t worry, we’ll get it figured out, okay? (At least I hope I can help you ;-) Tell me what you’ve done so far, though. You were able to get to the “Photos” tab, right? And you saw the “Create a Photo Album” button?

  29. Helen Sperring (honeyclay), 22 February, 2010

    Pheadrakat, I’m so sorry I’m taking up so much of your time. I never thought that maybe you were trying to get some of your own creations on line before the deadline. If you have do have some time for me I would really appreciate it. I followed your directions up to “On photos tab you have create an album” and after that I don’t know what I did because I didn’t write it down. Plus when I lost two pictures I got real nervous. I think I had a panic attack, so I don’t remember what I did. I would really appreciate it if you could give me the rest of the directions. Sorry I’m being such a pest but I love learning. Thank You, Thank You, Honey

  30. Phaedrakat, 22 February, 2010

    No problem, Helen. Actually, I’m still nursing my back, so I’m not going to be able to get anything done before the deadline. It’s going to have to be “next time” for me. Anyway, I’m glad to help. There are instructions on Facebook, as well. I’ll tell you where they are, and then give you any additional insight I might have. Help is up at the top of the page under “Account” (where it says “Home” “Profile, etc.) and it’s called “Help Center.” Go to that, then find “Photos” which is in the second help group called “Facebook Applications and Features.” Click on the Photos help, then there’s a list of different things you can do with the photos. You would start with the first, which is “Creating and uploading.” Click on that. The first item is “How do I add photos and create an album?” Then, you’ll see the steps I’ve shown you so far. Okay, do that, and I’ll be back!

  31. Cheryl Hodges, 16 April, 2010

    @ Carolyn – Did you try out any oil pencils on the polymer clay? I baked a bit of clay and tried using my fine tip pens from scrap booking (creative memories) They are supposed to be fade and smudge resistant but it doesnt work the same on the clay. I tried it after baking.

  32. carolyn, 16 April, 2010

    @Cheryl Hodges: I have not received them yet. I ordered a set on eBay since that was cheaper than any if my other sources.

  33. Cheryl Hodges, 17 April, 2010

    Would love to know if anyone has tried it, if I need to write/paint on unbaked clay or bake it and then write? I think I’ll try the oil pencils both ways unbaked and baked. I ordered them from ebay – Walnut Hollow. I couldn’t find them at Michaels and they were a lot cheaper on ebay even with shipping than on the site. thanks for all the help. If I suceed will let you all know.

  34. Phaedrakat, 17 April, 2010

    @Cheryl Hodges: Hi Cheryl, I’m so glad you found a good price for the pencils! I did some research—Bake & then Write is how it’s done! I googled “Walnut Hollow Pencils Liquid Clay”, thinking in the video I’d seen (the one with the woman doing oil pencil portraits,) the woman had used liquid clay over the pencils. I ended up finding a few references, and they all mention oil pencils used on baked clay, with a layer of liquid clay covering them. Then the liquid clay is cured.

    The “portrait woman” uses the Walnut Hollow oil pencils you bought, although she sometimes uses the ones that Peggy mentioned–Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor–too. (It’s strange—this woman’s name is Penni-Jo Couch, according to the video. But the blog owner, who describes the process as her own & points to the video, is named “Ellie, aka Claylady.” Confusing! I must be missing something, but that’s why I keep saying “this woman”!) Anyway, Penni-Jo says that they’re both good quality oil pencils and they work on polymer clay. She also uses a “Pitt Artist Pen” which supposedly works great to outline her drawings (very fine tip.) She says the Pitt Artist pen is perfectly compatible with clay, as long as you let it dry completely first, then cover it with Kato Liquid. I went to a website where the pens are sold, and it says they’re “extremely fade-resistant Indian ink…waterproof when dry.”

    That got me thinking about our Creative Memories pens. I wonder if they might work okay if we let them dry on baked clay, then cover with Kato liquid. If they survive that, we could then gloss with Future or Varathane, without worrying about smearing…

    Anyway, regarding your pencils, it appears that you use them on baked clay. Then you cover them with Kato Medium (or any liquid clay, but Kato can be made really clear.) Cure the Kato liquid at 275F, about 10 minutes. When it comes out of the oven, blast it with a heat gun until it’s clear (keep the gun continuously moving over the surface so you don’t scorch or mess-up the finish.) You can build up several layers of Kato liquid for a nice, glossy finish. To do that, make sure you let each layer cool before applying the next. Then cure with the heat gun, and repeat. Or you can use Future or whatever other finish you like over that first layer of cured Kato. Or you could even use a different liquid clay, for a different effect.

    Good luck, Cheryl. I wish I was able to experiment with the pens right now, but my room’s a chaotic mess, and my back is extra sore from all the moving stuff around. I’ll try it as soon as I get a chance, though; I’ll let you know (the CM pens with Kato.) If you get to it first, please let me know. I also want to hear how your new oil pencils work out. It’ll be great to see what you can do with them! Have fun! ;~D

  35. carolyn, 19 April, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: Hi, Phaedrakat! I received my Walnut Hollow pencils today. The info that came with them recommended using a spray finish over the pencil work. Sounds to me like a good use for PYM II. Check out my blog at dovedesigns.blogspot(dot)com to see some testing examples that I did for PYM II. I don’t have any examples using the oil pencils yet … get I’ll have to get on that. I did try one of the pencils on a piece of failure baked clay. It went on very smoothly as far as I could tell with this piece. For this I only rubbed it over the raised part of a textured sheet. What I’d like is to do the depressed part of texture, but I don’t have anything right now to work on. Soon … I hope!

  36. Phaedrakat, 20 April, 2010

    @carolyn: Hi Carolyn, after using your pencils, you probably need to pop your piece in the oven or blast it with the heat gun. I’m not even sure that would work, but if these pencils have oils in them, it could eat into the clay over time. Of course, it might not be the case. They could be perfectly compatible. But in every example of oil pencils used on polymer clay that I’ve seen, a final cure is done, or liquid clay is placed over the pencils, and then cured, either in the oven or with a heat gun. I could be a coincidence, but it might be necessary! You might want to do it, just to play it safe.

    I wish someone who has used the oil pencils sucessfully without a heat cure would pipe up so that you guys know it’s safe! You can do a test, but it could take months for the oils to “eat” into the clay, ruining your piece. We need someone with info! Perhaps Peggy tried her Lyra Rembrandt pencils, after all?? Or maybe the woman who does the face portrait video will be willing to provide info about compatibility issues??

    As for the PYM II, I’m sure that will make a lovely finish, as it seems to work for so many things. I want to get some for myself, eventually. I know where to get it, too… ;-D Have fun with your new pencils!

  37. Phaedrakat, 20 April, 2010

    @carolyn: My computer’s acting up, so I’m gonna try to check out your blog tomorrow. I’m sorry, I really didn’t read your comment correctly. I’m heading to bed, I’ll give this a better and proper look tomorrow! Thanks for letting me know about your pencils; hopefully I’m worrying about it for nothing, and it’s just a coincidence. Did your directions mention using the spray with clay, or were they just general use directions for paper, and other items? Bye for now. Have a great morning!

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