Scrap Clay Feather Canes – Now Playing – Polymer Clay Library

Feather Cane Pod Beads“So interesting
what you can do
with leftover canes. I
specially like the pod

On November 9th, I posted an introductory preview clip for the Feather Canes tutorial.

Today, the full version of this video lesson (Vol-030-2) is available for viewing at the Polymer Clay Members Library. Here is the link:
Use Up Your Old Canes To Make Intricate Looking Feather Canes

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 tutes. Plus you also receive four A-series color recipe cards. This week’s color is: Morning Dew (Vol-030-2A) from the Frosty Field Polymer Clay Color Palette.

I have to say that Cindy’s videos have been the best buy ever, and I have NO regrets about buying them. ~Koolbraider

Grew up immersed in books… picture books, reference books, how to and craft books, history…you name it. Followed the clay wagon now for 20 years, and in the beginning there were a couple of pamphlets and a great book by Nan Roche. Then Carol Duval. Then more polymer clay books than I could ever shake a stick at. Same with VHS and CD instructions, and now the web is loaded with tuts and tutors. Would I willingly give back a single one? No way. More for the historical trigger of the memories and skills learned and applied while I read or watched. However, just based on what I have seen hear with my own eyes, this is the best site for the money to improve your polymer skills. Cindy’s videos are edited for all essential information, as is her blog, her tweets, and her emails, lol. She’s a busy lady, and doesn’t inundate you with information, just culls the best. If you master the skills she’s taught so far (and you have to work at it to get the planning, attention to detail and finishing down), your work is marketable. After only two and a half years of weekly blogs and videos, that’s an exceptional deal. Plus you get a great network of folks here who cheer you on and inspire you. ~Jocelyn-C

If you want to become a paid member, here is the link:
Polymer Clay Video Library

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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

Open Mic… Please use the comment sections of these Friday posts to discuss polymer clay challenges that you need some help with… success stories about your bead and jewelry projects… requests for upcoming video tutorials. In other words, it’s an open mic :-) .

Listed below are the topics that were discussed in the last Friday’s Open Mic comments:

  • Where to get stamps from other countries.
  • Transferring clip art images to polymer clay.
  • Really usable techniques.
  • Image transfers with less smudging.
  • eBay to the rescue.
  • All those postage stamps you collected as a teen.
  • Holiday catalogs are here.
  • Post office tips, treasures and ideas.
  • Last call for the 3rd round of Polymer Clay Bead Giveaway Contest … and how one member in particular, plans to stack the odds in her favor to secure a win. Rated: Fun for Everyone.
  • IMPORTANT PETITION: Save Cobalt Blue, Zinc Yellow, Sea Green Premo Colors. Your support IS needed.
  • And more…

If you need to catch up, here is the link to the article where last week’s topics were discussed in detail: Polymer Postage Stamps

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


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  1. Maureen, 12 November, 2010

    Wow! Very cool Cindy! And so beautiful and simple! Can’t wait to try it. And I love feathers!

  2. Dawn, 12 November, 2010

    Beautiful and so simple. Thank you so much!

  3. pattw, 12 November, 2010

    PODS ! I have wanted to do pods. Now I can. Thanks to the Dream Team, again. AND, those wonky canes will become beautiful feathers. Talk about the ugly ducklings becoming swans !! Yeah

  4. Rada Francis, 12 November, 2010

    All I can say is WOW! Amazing technique! :)

  5. pollyanna, 12 November, 2010

    Oh my goodness!!!!! I can do this one. Thanks Cindy, I knew you could make it so I understand it. Yipppeee!!!!

  6. Becky C., 12 November, 2010

    I second all the above comments! Finally a unique-appearing way to use up the old canes rather than just rolling them into beads, etc. Not that rolling them into beads is a waste (definitely not!), but this technique has the appearance of something complicated and Cindy makes it easy! One more thing I love about PC; so little waste produced.

  7. DJ, 15 November, 2010

    I was finally able to check this tutorial out yesterday…. a pretty simple technique, and such a striking effect! I haven’t got too many extra canes just yet, but just knowing these methods now and adapting later will really help when they do pile up. One of the next things I’d like to cover is kaleidoscope canes so this should fit in nicely with that. I love pieces inspired by nature – seeing the pretty variations with the pods was a real treat!!

  8. Cindy Lietz, 18 November, 2010

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments guys. I also want to point out another great conversation that is currently happening in another thread…. about how to sell your jewelry on Etsy and Artfire and other fun places. The link by my name will take you there. Check it out and join in to the discussion.

  9. Layne D, 19 November, 2010

    Cindy – I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on antiquing. I am having trouble knowing what products work best on polymer. I am also interested in faux ivory and bone. I really love your tutorials. Thanks for being there for the newbies.

  10. Cindy Lietz, 19 November, 2010

    Hi Layne,

    Good news for you… I’ve already published some video tutorials on faux ivory and bone. The link by my name will take you to more info about the Volume-019 Back Issue Package. In this set of videos I even discuss discuss technique for antiquing faux carved bone.

    Other Back Issues that have information about antiquing include:
    Volume-018-2: Book Beads
    Volume-017-3: Faux Leather
    Volume-013-1: Rubber Stamp Textures
    Volume-009-2: Faux Shell Beads

  11. Cindy Lietz, 19 November, 2010

    Everyone’s support is needed!!!

    Please help to save the Primary Artist Colors in the Polyform Premo product line. Click on the Cobalt Blue, Zinc Yellow, Sea Green Premo link by my name above, to find out more info about this important issue… and to show your support by posting a comment. THANK YOU so much!!!!

  12. Jocelyn, 22 November, 2010

    Love the new pings and links. This feather cane is great, love the demo. Has anyone reduced this yet? Would love to make one of good size, then reduce it to several sizes.

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