Polymer Clay Spotlight Summary (Part 3) 2009-09-18 to 2009-10-23

Polymer Clay Spotlight Features“I do believe it will have a big influence in raising the artistic status of polymer clay in the community.” ~Cara-L

It’s the holidays and I am taking a bit of break. In case you missed the announcement, the schedule changes for the weekly videos and color recipe cards, is posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorials Holiday Schedule. And to give you something to read here at the blog, I am providing a 4 part series with links to all of the Spotlight Features from the last 6 months. They are very inspirational.

Dear Cindy, The spotlight section is really impressive and such a good idea. I do believe it will have a big influence in raising the artistic status of polymer clay in the community. Just watched the Torn Clay Watercolor video – so easy and so impressive – so many techniques now to try and not enough hours in the day! Imagine our repertoire after a few years of your lessons – I don’t think there is anywhere else where you can get this ongoing tuition in polymer clay. Cheers. ~Cara-L

As an idea for the comments while I am on my little break, Peggy-B suggested that everyone think back over the past year and share some thoughts about your favorite lesson(s) so far… or perhaps talk about an proud accomplishment that happened for you with your polymer clay.

Thank you Peggy for making this suggestion. I value everyones comments as special gifts, and appreciate all of you very much. And now here is Part 3 of the four part Spotlight Summary Series:

September 18, 2009: Mollie Hubenak:

Keepsake Jewelry and Prayer Chaplet Made with Rose Petal Beads —  “When I make a piece for someone who has lost a loved one, it is especially rewarding.” ~Mollie-H

September 25, 2009: Monica Daris:

Making Polymer Clay Lentil Beads is Easy with Proper Instructions —  “Just watched your Lentil Bead video and immediately I found where my mistake was!” ~Monica-D (Brazil)

October 2, 2009: Kriss Johnson:

Combining Polymer Clay Techniques to Make Jewelry Unique to You —  “Polymer Clay is a non stop journey of experimentation and discoveries.” ~Kriss-J (Snellville, Georgia, USA)

October 9, 2009: Elizabeth Schydlower:

Creative Picture Frames Embellished with Polymer Clay Faux Raku —  “I find joy spending time messin with the techniques.” ~Elizabeth-S (El Paso, Texas, USA)

October 16, 2009: Sarah Wood:

Polymer Clay Rose Wine Glass Charms for a Cowboy Theme Wedding —  “The faux leather roses were inspired by the unusual color pallet of leather and turquoise.” ~Sarah-W (Ransom Canyon, Texas, USA)

October 23, 2009: Jackie Norris:

A Polymer Clay Tribute, In Loving Memory of Vance, Her Biggest Fan —  “Two days later on September the 10th, the love of my life passed away.” ~Jackie-N (Spanish Fort, Alabama, USA)

Links to All 4 Articles in this Spotlight Summary Series:

Polymer Clay Spotlights (Part 1) 2009-07-12 to 2009-07-31
Polymer Clay Spotlights (Part 2) 2009-08-07 to 2009-09-11
Polymer Clay Spotlights (Part 3) 2009-09-18 to 2009-10-23
Polymer Clay Spotlights (Part 4) 2009-11-06 to 2009-12-18

Thanks all for the kind comments folks, it is really appreciated. Most of all, thanks to Cindy for a great website, inspiration and for this spotlight feature. I look forward to showing off more of my work and the techniques I have learned here.~Rob-K

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  1. Elizabeth S., 27 December, 2009

    I love revisiting all of these amazing spotlights. I’ve been at a bit of a loss as to what to clay-wise now that all the gifts have been completed etc. Seeing them again, each such beautiful interpretations of Cindy’s teaching is providing the shot in the arm I needed to get going again. Thanks, everyone.

  2. Rose, 27 December, 2009


    Thank you so much for the beginners courses. I wasn’t going to purchase it as I thought I was probably past that, but there is so much value in your videos that I couldn’t take a chance on missing something great. Right now I have my Lortone tumbler going (I bought it for silver clay) using the river rocks I purchased this am after watching your video (several days ago I sanded part of my thumb away and it hasn’t healed yet). I’m so happy to find the answers to questions I haven’t even thought of yet. The library videos and the blog are a gold mine of information. I hope to buy the remaining ones over the next few months. Thanks again and have a happy holiday.

  3. Ken H., 27 December, 2009

    I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, it sure feels good to have the storm of preparation over with and can settle down for a moment and reflect on what the past year has brought. It is so very hard to pick one lesson above all the others but my choice would be the sculpted roses ( even thoughI didn’t have success, they all crumbled) I will try again during the lull between shows, but close behind is all the finding and wire work lessons. I’m glad you got the chance to take time to be with your family during the holidays. Thanks so very much Cindy for what you do the other 51 weeks of the year!

  4. Melinda, 27 December, 2009

    I love the spotlights! Thanks for the review and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings!

  5. Sally M, 29 December, 2009

    Hi Cindy!

    I am enjoying your videos and learning so much! Thank you for doing this program…I live in a part of the US where getting to polymer clay classes is not easy, and often very expensive. Even though I have a number of books on pc, your video tutorials are far more educational and therefore a much better value.

    Thanks very much,

  6. Marcela S, 29 December, 2009

    Hi Cindy happy holydays for you too, receibe a hug from Mèxico. Thank you so much I´m starting whith polymer clay, I live in Guadalajara mexico and there is only one place where I can find the Polymery clay and the brand is Sculpey, thank you again

  7. María R, 04 February, 2010

    @Marcela S: Quisiera comprar polymer clay en México. Vivo en Aguascalientes y si es que en Guadalajara la puedo conseguir me gustaría ir. Me puedes dar los datos del lugar que mencionas, por favor.
    María R

    GOOGLE TRANSLATION: @Marcela: I would like to buy polymer clay in Mexico. I live in Aguascalientes and Guadalajara if I can get I like to go there. Can you give me the details of the place you mention, please. Thanks. María R

  8. Marcela Saldaña, 04 February, 2010

    @María R: Maria, un salud desde Guadalajara, fijate que hay un solo lugar aquí donde la he encontrado, es una tienda en el centro que se llama El Nuevo Fenix en su pagina de internet puedes ver las señas de com llegar e incluso pedirla por internet, espero te sirva de algo la infrmación
    Marcela S

    GOOGLE TRANSLATION: Maria, a health from Guadalajara, fijate that there is one place here where I have found is a store downtown called El Nuevo Fenix on their website you can see the signs of com arrive and even order it by internet, I hope will serve as something of infrmación, Marcela S.

  9. María R, 05 February, 2010

    @Marcela Saldaña: Gracias por tu ayuda!!

  10. Kathleen, 11 March, 2011

    Can you please tell me where in Guadalajara you found the polymer??

  11. Phaedrakat, 01 April, 2011

    @Kathleen: Hi Kathleen, did you get the information you wanted? I was curious, so I looked at the store she mentioned (El Nuevo Fenix) online. I don’t know the language well enough to navigate the site easily, so finding polymer clay was tricky. I did find Makin’s clay, but not sure what other polymer clay (if any) they have. The address, phone, email for the Guadalajara store is listed on the website (elnuevofenix.com/sucursal.asp — add the “http” and “www” part to the beginning of the web address…) Hopefully they can help you

    It’s been awhile, so you probably already have the clay info you need. Still, I thought I’d comment in order to “bump” this post back into the recent comments list…just in case! Hope you’re claying & having fun! ~Kat

  12. Cindy Lietz, 29 December, 2009

    @Elizabeth: Glad to hear the spotlights are inspiring for you. Now that your gifts are finished, maybe you can start creating for yourself!

    @Rose: Thank you for your very kind comments! I am really happy to know that the course has been such a value for you even though you aren’t considered a beginner. Sometimes just seeing things done by another person can give you a different perspective on things. Glad to hear you find my teachings so helpful. Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

    @Ken: I couldn’t agree with you more!It is nice to have the ‘storm’ of preparation out of the way and be able to settle down and reflect. That sure was a bummer when your roses broke. (If I remember correctly it was because of the plasticizers being leached from the clay from sitting in the cornstarch too long before baking, right? Well at least you know what to do next time when you’re making some more roses. Hope you had a great holiday and I look forward to exciting things in this upcoming year for us all!

    @Melinda: Glad you like the spotlights! I too am looking forward to a great 2010!

    @Sally: You are welcome! I am so glad you are enjoying the program. I agree that video is often much easier to learn from than books are and that it is a great way to connect with others, especially if you live in a place where classes are not available. Thank you for you sweet comments. I really appreciate hearing from you!

    @Marcela: Welcome from Mexico! It is wonderful to have you here. I am glad to here you at least have 1 brand of clay there. Hopefully you can get Premo Sculpey because it really is the best! Thank you for the hug. I am sending a big hug back from all the way up North here in Canada. Happy Holidays to you too! :-)

  13. Ken H, 30 December, 2009

    We were never sure what it could have been, leeching was one possibility, making the petals too thin and under baking were others. I am saving for a one of those convection ovens and that way I’ll be certain the temps are correct and won’t risk burning (and also not risk under baking). I actually “scorched” not truly burned a batch of my jade beads, the colors were interesting, not very different from the originals just a little darker and made for aninteresting variation from the normal colors.

  14. Amanda, 11 January, 2010

    Do you have written instructions with pics because I can’t watch videos.

  15. Cindy Lietz, 11 January, 2010

    Hi Amanda,

    Unfortunately I don’t have written instructions to go along with my video tutorials at this time. But there are over 700 articles at my blog that will keep you reading for a long time if you like. All of them have at least one photo. Hope this helps you out a bit.

    All the best,

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