Snowy Tree Landscape Cane Pt-2 | Polymer Clay Tutorial

Snowy Tree Cane Pt2 - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #233: “Cindy I really want to thank you for your generosity in promoting other artists and their styles.” ~Beverly-L

In today’s post, I’m going to talk about the exciting conclusion (Part 2 follow up) of the Pointillist Cane Project. In Part 1 we extruded all of the pieces. And now this week it’s time to put everything together.

As mentioned in last week’s video, Doug and I had the pleasure of entertaining Pointalism Artist Ron (Rogest) Steven, in our home during an event we hosted for the “Spirit Bears in the City” public art campaign. Ron is a delightful character with a huge passion for art, teaching and saving marine life.

If you would like to see a fun video of Ron in action, here he is at Scuba trade show in Orlando Florida, raising awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. It’s a worthy foundation that provides aid to injured members of the armed forces.

Cindy… it’s lovely that you show other artist’s work, as well. So many ways to inspire us! And teach us, of course. Your tutorials and projects are wonderful, your teaching – outstanding. Thanks so much for all you do! ~Phaedrakat

Coming up tomorrow (Friday, December 9, 2011) in the Vol-043-2 members video at the Polymer Clay Tutor Library, you will be able to see Part 2 of my beginner/intermediate level, Snowy Tree Cane project. I hope you enjoy it.


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Supplies & Tools: Video-043-2 Snowy Tree Cane:

  • 1/2 package each of the following polymer clay colors:

5010 Navy Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay

5001 White Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay

5505 Turquoise Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay

5038 Peacock Pearl Premo Accents Polymer Clay

The full version of the Vol-043-2 Snowy Tree Cane tutorial will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday December 9, 2011.

Here’s a sneak peak…

The full version of the “Snowy Tree Cane” preview video shown above, is now avail for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-043 Back Issue Pckg.

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Cindy… Like many other responses that I have read here, I, too, am very thankful for your tutorials that you and Doug so faithfully bring us every week. Also I’ve noticed how quickly you respond to any questions we email you with. It’s like having our direct link to a movie star who actually responds personally to her fan club! LOL. I also want to thank you for bringing such joy into the lives of so many of us. I had to retire early due to a disability that keeps me close to home and fairly physically inactive. I’ve been play/claying for several years and have never seen any site that teaches so much sooo economically as yours does. Anyone who is living off of disability benefits will tell you that funds are tight but the INVESTMENT I make with you each month is considered almost a necessity for sanity for me. Keep up the outstanding work you and your husband produce each week! Sincerely. ~Maria-K

I realise now why I love your beadvideo site so much: it’s because you provide ‘quality time’ which is one of my ‘love languages’ and so I can never get enough of it. For a very modest sum I can look forward to you giving me 10 minutes of quality time every Friday! Thanks Cindy, thanks again and again! FYI: ‘Quality Time’ is one of the 5 ‘love languages’ (LL). The other four are ‘acts of service’, ‘touch’, ‘words of affirmation’ and ‘gifts’. When someone shares your LL it creates a big rapport. So, for example, if you’re a ‘touch’ person it will feel natural to hug people, but if this isn’t your LL you’ll probably pull away and feel awkward. I suspect ‘quality time’ is one of Cindy’s, and another is probably ‘acts of service’ as she takes such trouble doing things for people – and likely loves doing it too! It’s often found that partners share some of the same LL so it’s likely Doug shares these traits too! ~Marion-R

Well I was too ill to make Thanksgiving with my family but I am still very thankful for many many things. One of them is everything I have received from Cindy and Doug. WOW – 231 tutorials – I didn’t realize I had watched that many tutorials. Can you imagine what these would of cost us anywhere else. Not only is Cindy very gifted with this artistic blessing but the generosity that comes from the Lietz family is without a doubt something beyond spectacular. This entire family has been blessed in so many ways. No greedy people in this family. Cindy has priced her tutes so anyone can afford them. If you want to learn this is the place to come. There is a clay family here to join and everyone in it is willing to help whenever they can. I think some of Cindy has rubbed off onto all of us. Now I call that a blessing and a half. ~Peggy-B

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

  • See examples of canes, beads, earrings, and several pendants using this unique style of a polymer clay “pointallist” cane.
  • Find out how simple it is to create components for complicated patterns, by just following along to the step by step instructional video.
  • Learn the reasons why color contrast is so important to a cane design of this kind.
  • How to build a complicated looking yet simple to make, pointillism style cane, using tiny extruded clay pieces.
  • Plus, with some creativity and ingenuity, there are many ways to come up with other unique designs of your own.

The full version of the “Snowy Tree Cane” preview video shown above, is now avail for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-043 Back Issue Pckg.

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  1. pollyanna, 08 December, 2011

    Can;t wait to see part 2. Very interesting cane.

  2. Tantesherry, 08 December, 2011

    I’m told that time seeming to go by more quickly is a normal part of the aging process BUT this week has taken Forever ;)

    I was so excited by this tute that I’ve been ready for part two since Sat. afternoon :)

    btw loved the clip of Ron Stevens at the art show—what a card he is !!
    Did he keep you and Doug (and your other guests) in stitches all night?

    btw2- Doug tried to play the sneak peak pt 2 twice but it stalled out around 30 seconds–probley nothing I’ll try again in a few hours

  3. pattw35, 08 December, 2011

    What a gift ! Rogest in your home. Such a wonderful and diverse personality ! You never know what he will say………..just loved you clip !!!!! make you want to hang around him, huh ?

    Now, get down to business. The teaser is terrible – “Cliffhanger” is right . Spin that ole clock – hurry Friday. We NEED the 2nd part………all extruded ,ready to go

  4. Sandra, 08 December, 2011

    So neat Cindy love the idea.

  5. Hope M, 09 December, 2011

    This is great, Cindy. Thanks! Can’t wait to give it a try. An extruder is on my wish list! So it will be after Christmas before I can make one. ;)

  6. Monique U, 09 December, 2011

    Good morning everyone! (And good afternoon Europe!) It is 10:00 am here in Atlantic Canada (the beautiful but snowy and cold East Coast). I could hardly wait for the youngest son (17) to get on that school bus this morning so I could start building this cane. It is done and partly reduced, resting so I can save a piece in larger size (thank you for that great tip, Cindy). I can’t believe I was able to survive all this time (over 5 decades) without this wonderful site LOL Now I get why everone is always so psyched for Fridays! One tip to get that background filled in fast is to cut your “snakes” in longer lengths, lay them side by side before trimming to the correct length and you’ll have “sections” to work with. Anybody out there still not a member? GET ON BOARD. Have a great (claying) weekend everyone!

  7. Monique U, 09 December, 2011

    PS And good evening/night Asia/Australia! Give a shout if I missed anyone!

  8. Elly Moore, 09 December, 2011

    Hello evryone. Cindy, I have all your tuts so far, and I don’t comment very much
    because of the stroke I had awhile back, but I have to say this is the most enjoyable cane I have done so far. The only hard part was extruding. My husband is trying to figure out a way to make it easier to do. (He’s clever that way)
    Thank you again for a great tutorial
    Elly Moore

  9. Phaedrakat, 09 December, 2011

    Hi Elly,
    I’m so sorry to hear what happened. I’m praying for you, that you feel better and are able to do more very soon. I’m glad you’re able to clay — that’s always soothing, right? (Especially with a cool tute like this!)

    A year or so ago, a member here created a little tool out of a broom handle to help her arthritic hands extrude clay (with a Makin’s Ultimate.) Here’s the link to Ritzs Extruder tool.

    If you go to that page, you’ll see in the surrounding comments some talk about the Bullens Wullens adapter. I haven’t seen a photo, but apparently it’s an adapter that works with a power drill — also for the Makin’s Ultimate. There isn’t a website at the moment, but I called their number and got the information.

    Bullens Wullens adapter:
    Cost: $25.– (includes postage/handling in the US)

    Call: 800-565-7290

    They accept Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, or personal check.

    Hope that helps! :D

  10. Phaedrakat, 09 December, 2011

    Hi Elly,
    I left you a comment, but it’s awaiting moderation. In case that takes awhile or doesn’t get posted: one of our members created a handle for her Makin’s Ultimate…helps her arthritic hands extrude. I linked to her comment w/photos earlier, but JIK, you can find it on the Clay Extruder Maintenance & Cleaning Tips post. Add “Ritzs extruder handle” in the search box & it will lead you to the post (then you’ll see the pictures & the comment thread…)

    There’s also a company called Bullens Wullens that makes an adapter…works with the Makin’s Ultimate & a power drill for easy extruding. There’s no website at the moment, so call Larry. I’m repeating again, JIK:.

    Call Toll Free: 800-565-7290 (or Tel: 740-625-5554.)

    Price is $25 (Visa, MasterCard, Paypal, Check) and includes shipping/handling in the US.

    Hope that helps! ~Kat

  11. Jocelyn, 10 December, 2011

    Kat, thank you so much for finding and republishing the link to Ritz’s extruder gun modification. I tried to make one, but, it wasn’t sturdy enough. While it did work, it was amazing. For folks with wrist, shoulder, and hand problems, it sure makes it easier.

    While I was googling, I found this free tut on extruding….the ultimate hands free method.

  12. Jocelyn, 11 December, 2011

    Please note Ritz’s idea is perfect, it was my errors in constructing it that made it not sturdy.

  13. pattw35, 09 December, 2011

    Not only is the tute inspiring, but -now we know a new way of building canes ! The possibilities are ENDLESS> The old mind is spinning. What to make for spring,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hm?

    If you are not a member -join NOW! This is the best site ever. Want to learn more ? Of course you do. The price of $3.31 a month, is unbelievable – you get so much for so little. That is $9.95 every 3 months – what a bargain. Tutorials, color recipes, the most giving group of “clay family”, advice and lots of tips from Cindy and Doug, stories to go along with all the lovely pictures…..What are you waiting for ( maybe a Christmas gift………to you,?)…Please enter into our clay world.

  14. Phaedrakat, 09 December, 2011

    So true (everything you said!) But yes, this is a new way of building canes! Cindy created a really beautiful cane for us here…for the holidays…or any season (by changing up the color scheme — as others commented.) But she’s also shown us the mechanics of a Pointillist-style cane, which could easily be taken a step further to create new designs. Make/take a simple outline or sketch, and fill it with extruded strands of colorful clay! Not too difficult, especially after seeing this video. Cindy is such an amazing teacher!!!

    Of course, when I create a new design, I’ll have to choose colors, “guesstimate” amounts, etc. — not like with this cane, where Cindy has done all the pre-work for us. But I have confidence, as a “polymer clay tutor” student! And I’ll have more once I make this cane…as well as new skills — tools to add to my belt. Thank you, Cindy! ~Kat

  15. pattw35, 09 December, 2011

    OT -Buffalo Snow at Joann’s this week end. 24oz -$3.49 — meet you there

  16. Lisa Whitham, 09 December, 2011

    Cindy, I just love this new technique!!! The possibilities are endless!! I got so excited about it I extruded enough clay to make 2 canes. Oh sore hands… LOL! For the second one I used Blue Granite and White Glitter, Green Pearl (the old discontinued green pearl) and Turquoise mixed with the old Green Pearl.. I’m really pleased with the results and will be posting pictures on PCT facebook page late tonight or early tomorrow morning, for anyone who may be interested in seeing them.

    Thanks once again for a really cool tute Cindy!! I just love Fridays… :)

    Peace, Love, & Clay,
    ~Lisa :) xo

  17. Tantesherry, 09 December, 2011

    Hi Lisa

    When I read your post I thought about your pirate canes (lol) and that made me remember that I’ve not taken a picture of my pirate cane, like my tree cane today it’s pretty wonky too :)

    nobody near me really understands polymer clay like the people here :)

    my membership is a gift- from my sweet husband- that keeps me excited and curious…and being able to share our pictures with each other seems to put a bow on it so to speak

  18. Tantesherry, 09 December, 2011

    What a fun cane to make :)

    It came out a little wonky but I’m loving this technique

  19. pollyanna, 09 December, 2011

    Love this…..glad to see others ideas also. Wonder if it could be used in like a face cane……don’t think I’m up to finding out yet……:).

  20. Michelle A, 09 December, 2011

    WOW Cindy, this is amazing! A simply outstanding technique with endless possibilities. You have outdone yourself again. I really appreciate all your hard work and creativity in bringing us these videos every week. Thank you.

  21. Jocelyn, 09 December, 2011

    Love the design possibilities with this technique and cannot wait to see later tuts expanding on it.

    Also thanks to you both for adding the link feature so that you can go directly from the list of items needed to Amazon to purchase them, this makes life so much easier. Not sure how long it’s been here, just caught it on the combined video.

    Also, you could just extrude plain snakes to use in design, which would give it a different look.

  22. Elizabeth S., 10 December, 2011

    Just had a chance to watch part 2 and was blown away as I knew I would be. Cindy, that you can translate a particular style of art into polymer clay for us is beyond amazing. When they write the history books about the evolution of polymer clay, you will be in the chapter called “True Visionaries”.

    As always thank you to you and Doug for all you do for us.

  23. Cindy Lietz, 10 December, 2011

    So nice to hear from you Elizabeth! Thank you fro your sweet, sweet words. I hope that you and Manny have a wonderful Christmas… Maybe he’ll even let you do some torching in the driveway! (Sorry new guys, it’s a bit of an inside joke between the veterans around here.)

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  25. Anna Sabina, 11 December, 2011

    I just finished this cane. I used the White Glitter Premo, it gave a nice sheen to the snow. I think this is the most spectacular cane I have ever made. Will post pictures soon.

    i never pass the jewelry clearance section of store. i got a magnetic clasp bracelet for $2.00, was marked dow from $18.00. Inserted this cane over the ugly color it came with. Really really cool. Tahnks again for a great TUTE.

  26. Anna Sabina, 12 December, 2011

    OH, I forgot that you cannot heat magnets. So now I have a beautiful bracelet with a magnet clasp that no longer is magnetic. Anybody have any ideas on how to
    re-magnetize it.

  27. Linda K., 12 December, 2011

    Oh, my goodness, Anna. I didn’t know that could happen! Thanks for sharing that information with us. I did a Google search to see if I could find out how to re-magnetize. Most of the results were way over my head, but this might help:

    “You could try remagnetizing it by stroking it repeatedly in one direction with one pole of a large permanent magnet made of a ferromagnetic alloy with a stronger magnetic susceptibility and retentivity than the alloy of which the stirring bar is made. You could try using an Alnico magnet for this, or failing that, an even stronger rare-earth magnet e.g. Fe-Nd-B.”

    You might want to speak with a science teacher at a local high school or college. They might have such a strong magnet.

  28. Anna Sabina, 13 December, 2011

    LOL. I understood every word !!!! Sounds like I need to hunt down Bill Nye, the Science Guy.
    I thought about using super glue each time I wore it LOL.

  29. Linda K., 13 December, 2011

    Good luck! Let us know if you’re able to get it re-magnetized.

  30. Kelly Beavers, 12 December, 2011

    I wanted to make up some reds for Christmas stuff, and I can find the little card instructions and the recipes, but not pictures of the actual colors, can you help me? Please answer to my email, I don’t do the blog or anything else.
    Kelly Beavers

  31. Phaedrakat, 12 December, 2011

    Hi Kelly,
    Not sure if you’ll see this (you mentioned you “don’t do the blog”.) Still, I thought I’d answer in case Cindy doesn’t see this right away. Only she & Doug have access to your email, of course. Anyway, the best way to see pictures of the colors, is to use this blog. (You could also go back to the original emails that announced each color, or see the A-series palettes in the “Back Issues” section of the library.)

    On the top of any blog page, find where it says “Topic Categories” — on the blue strip under the header/logo. Hover over it with your mouse, and you’ll see a menu…choose/click on “Color Recipes.” This will show you pictures of all the color palettes. Good luck! ~Kat

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