Vibrant Rosary Beads Created from a Beautiful Dogwood Flower Cane

Polymer Clay Rosary Beads

“Cindy, I am making rosary beads too. I love your web site… you go girl!!!!!” ~Diane-L

I couldn’t quite decide what to call these beads. Are they Butterfly Wing Beads or Flower Petal Cane Beads? You see they were made with the Dogwood Flower Cane but only using the petals, like I did in the Butterfly Wing Pendant.

Maybe instead I will call them ‘Metamorphosis’, in honor of the butterfly and the change that the clay went through from flower cane to bead?

I love these beads, don’t you? The colors are so rich and the pattern is so vibrant. They look so awesome wired up rosary bead style with copper wire!

Are you jewelry makers realizing the potential of polymer clay yet? I am continually amazed that you can take these strange little blocks of colored clay, do some funky techniques with them, and end up with a huge variety of artistic beads and jewelry!

If you have been wanting to add that next level of creativity to your jewelry projects, you owe it to yourself to learn about polymer clay.

I just started beading a couple of months ago – but I knew immediately that I wasn’t happy with what I was making and it was because it just wasn’t me. I wanted beads that ‘said something’ and it was obvious that they weren’t available. Flipping through a beading magazine one day I came across a bracelet that a mother and daughter team had made out of mokume gane. It impressed me enough to make me stop and take a closer look. I knew right then and there that I needed to be making my own beads so that I could make my own statement. ~Aims

If you are new to the medium, save yourself some time and hassle by learning everything you need to know about working with polymer clay, by taking my Polymer Clay Bead Making for Beginners Course.

You’ll never regret learning about this incredibly cool material. The creative possibilities are absolutely endless!

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor

  1. aims, 30 September, 2009

    I can see the possibilities are absolutely endless. Plus – I don’t know how many times I’ve gone back to my beginners course and watched something again along with all your other videos I own.

    Here’s the question that haunts me continually. What is up with ‘naming’ every piece of jewelry that is made? Is this a requirement in the jewelry world? Couldn’t we just say – ‘polymer clay with glass beads’ or something like that instead of calling it – ‘Dreaming of Arabian Nights’? :0)

  2. Cindy Lietz, 30 September, 2009

    LOL aims!

    What sounds more romantic (and expensive) though? ‘Polymer clay with glass beads’ or ‘Dreaming of Arabian Nights’?… As well, what do you do when all the jewelry in your Etsy Store is made of polymer clay and glass beads? How do you describe it to differentiate it from another piece?

    I do agree it can get a little trippy. But people like to buy from trippy artists. It makes them feel more unique, than buying their jewelry from a department store.

    I think that is why people name their jewelry.

  3. PolymerClayTips, 30 September, 2009

    @aims >> FROM TWITTER:

    Chainmailler said >> dreaming is my pick! =) Good luck!

    FanMailWriter said >> I go for the “fun” jewelry names rather than “descriptive,” but it’s tough to think of good names!

  4. DJ, 30 September, 2009

    Wow, these beads are gorgeous….love the bold colors, especially together with the copper. It’s great to see so many ideas “stem” (lol) from a single flower cane, what a treat!

  5. aims, 30 September, 2009

    Just came across a place called Boston Craft Works that has Premo clay for incredible prices. Have a look at that and all their other neat things to use with polymer clay – like perfume pens – bottle stoppers – business cards….they have quite a variety. I thought it was so exciting and they ship to Canada too! Woohoo!

  6. Lawrence, 04 October, 2009

    Most of the items you mentioned can also be purchased at Lee Valley Tools.If you live in a Cdn. metropolitan area they may have a store in your area. They also ship items. Check out their site.

  7. lynn watts, 02 October, 2009

    It’s amazing just how many different patterns can come from one cane. Of course you have to have a knack for that kind of ideas to come from your head. Cindy is full of all those wonderful ideas, and so many people have learned from her and her videos. She teaches in a way that is easy to understand and relaxed. I myself have had the luxury of seeing one of her video’s, which she kindly published for everyone to view on a limited time bases. It was her Teardrop Method for color blends the speedy way, the Lietz’s way.

  8. Cindy Lietz, 02 October, 2009

    Thank you everyone for your great comments. I’m glad you’re enjoying the videos!

  9. Hope Nesmith, 04 October, 2009

    Hi Cindy, thanks for the opportunity to offer feedback on the intro course. I found it great, succinct and very good at showing all the basic “stuff”. Money well spent for a ‘show me’ learner. Hope

  10. Cindy Lietz, 04 October, 2009


    Thank you so much for taking the time to write those kind words. Sharing feedback like this really gives others great insight about what they can expect from the Beginner Course Video tutorials. I truly appreciate your help.

    Very much looking forward to hearing more about how your beads are coming along. Be sure to share your stories and/or ask questions here at the blog if you need assistance with anything.

  11. Cindy Lietz, 04 October, 2009

    I love Lee Valley. It’s an amazing store with very unique hard to find products that are always high on quality. Thanks for that suggestion Lawrence.

  12. Stephanie Bargelski, 30 October, 2009

    Cindy, I need your help! I went into pay pal to make sure they had my current card. They didn’t so I changed the credit card. then I receive a e mail from you saying that I canceled my membership. I DID’TN CANCLE!!~! I am so upset, I could cry. I don’t want to lose this membership and everything i already paid for. Please reinstate my membership with everything I had.
    Thank you Cindy!

  13. Lawrence, 30 October, 2009

    I had the same problem Stephanie,when my card expired and they sent me a Gold card with a new number. It is a common Pay Pal problem. Cindy solved the problem within an hour of my contacting her.
    I guess just a flick of her magic wand (polymer , of course) and all those evil goblins in Pay Pal cyberspace were obliterated and things were back to normal on my account here ;-)
    Thanks again Cindy.

  14. Cindy Lietz, 30 October, 2009

    @Stephanie – no need to worry. As Lawrence said, I’ll wave my magic polymer clay wand and get your account back to normal right away. I emailed you directly with special instructions.

    @Lawrence – thanks for jumping in to provide Stephanie with some reassurance. It is so nice to see how everyone is supporting each other around here.

  15. Stephanie Bargelski, 30 October, 2009

    Thanks you Lawrence and Cindy, I was impress with how fast it was turned around. Faster than I could dry my tears… I just LOVE what Cindy does for us each week!!

  16. Darlene N, 03 November, 2009

    I was just looking around at the link Aims posted – Wow, lots of ideas for “thinking outside the box” projects! Looking at all the stuff really gets those ideas flowing. OK, now I need to get busy and start doing, instead of just looking! ;D I’m signing up for your polymer clay course next week when I have some money coming in; today I’m going to get the back issue on lentil beads, and sign up to be a member too! Thanks for all you do. This site rocks!

  17. Cindy Lietz, 03 November, 2009

    Welcome to the library Darlene. I see that your order for the Lentil Bead Vol-001 Back Issue package was processed successfully. Recently I published a Spotlight Feature article about another new member and her Lentil beads. You can click the link by my name to have a look if you like.

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