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Polymer Clay Tutor Teardrop Blend Shift Video Wow Cindy! If all
your videos are this well
done, then what a value
your membership really

As was explained in my April 28th Teardrop Blend Shift blog post, it is today that marks the beginning of a unique “mini-event” where anyone and everyone can get free access to the full version of my Teardrop Blend Shift, technique video.

Polymer Clay Tutor Teardrop Blend Shift Video

All I ask in return, is that you let  me know your thoughts about the tutorial, by leaving a comment after you finish watching it.

Right beside the video player is a big orange “Questions Comments” button with two curved arrows pointing to it. When you get over to the library web site and click on that button… the link will take you directly to the comments section for the Teardrop Blend lesson.

I very much look forward to hearing from ALL of you. Thanks so much! So without further adieu… here is the link to the video:

Teardrop Blend Shift [Sorry… the free promo has ended.]

I’m not sure how long that video link will remain active, so please click on it right away… while this is fresh on your mind. The tutorial is around 12 minutes in length.

Wow Cindy! This Teardrop Blend video is the first of your tutorials I have watched, and I have to say what a nice job! The camera angles were great and the picture was very bright and clear. Much better than the blurry, dark, jumpy videos I have seen elsewhere. If all your videos are this well done, then what a value your membership really is! Thank you so very much for sharing this one in particular with all of us. I am sure everyone who watches this will be able to use this method easily after watching you do it. Even if they have been intimidated by the skinner blend in the past. What a sweetheart you are to give us all this chance to see it. XOXO ~Jamie-H


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  1. Phaedrakat, 02 May, 2011

    Cindy! You’re so amazing to offer this video to everyone for free!!! Awesome…I hope guests will realize what a valuable website this is, and that they’ll want to join up as full members (it’s only 3 bucks or so a month, or about 80 cents a video…)

    @Newcomers: Welcome to Cindy’s (aka The Polymer Clay Tutor) blog & website. Hope you enjoy the free video she’s offering. The quality of all her tutorials is fantastic…and she covers so many fun, different polymer clay jewelry topics each week. Enjoy! ~Kat :D

  2. Phaedrakat, 02 May, 2011

    Guests: Remember, you can get even more free videos if you sign up for Cindy’s weekly newsletter (and you can continue to access them!) You also get free polymer clay color recipes from Cindy’s B-series palettes each week. See the links above…either where it says “Polymer Clay Newsletter,” or under “Contact Cindy” where it says Yours free, 3 Step by Step Bead-making Videos…

  3. Emily, 02 May, 2011

    Wow! Thank you for sharing! I’lm am new to polymer clay and these instructions were so clear and easy to follow!

  4. Christina K, 02 May, 2011

    Thank you so much for showing this video for free. I’ve been using the teardrop method since you discovered it a year ago, so I was really excited to see this video. I like how you did the shift with different colors of clay. I personally have called it Cindy’s Tear. I may have to sign up for your services on here. cbspolyworks

  5. yehudit, 02 May, 2011

    this is a beautiful technique and i am looking forward to incorporating it into my work.
    Thank you

  6. Jay, 02 May, 2011

    Wonderful tutorial, very clear and therefore easy to follow and understand.
    Thank you for sharing.

  7. Kelley Pounds, 02 May, 2011

    I’ve always loved the look of blends, and I’ve done a few in some of my work, but I have found the Skinner process a bit tedious. I love that you can achieve the same results in a more intuitive process in less time with your Teardrop Blend method! And the color shift technique makes perfect sense. Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Lisa J, 02 May, 2011

    Very easy to follow tutorial – always a good thing to learn new ways to cut your time down when making jewelry!

  9. Elsa W, 02 May, 2011

    Wow! Excellent video. I have not yet started to work with polymer clay. Supplies are difficult to come by here in the Caribbean. I am looking forward to a visit to Florida in the coming months so that I can purchase some supplies and get started.
    You make it look so therapeutic, easy and satisfying. But then that is due your tremendous expertise and love for what you do.

    Thank you so much.
    Have a good day and thank you for the encouragement.

  10. Monique S, 02 May, 2011

    Thanks Cindy, your videos are great! Great instruction.

  11. Ink Stained Roni, 02 May, 2011

    Wonderful technique! Makes me want to drop my inks and pull out my clay – LOL!!

    Thanks for sharing Cindy!

  12. TrudyM, 02 May, 2011

    So I figured it was high time for me to do a Cindy’s Teardrop Skinner blend and stop being so skeered. As a subscriber, I felt it was my duty. So, I did it, used three colors and was mighty proud of my effort. I had tried it once the regular way, but this so much easier and so amazing. I can’t wait to get fancier with the shifts. In the meantime, I’m a happy newbie clayer with two cute beads made from blend and ready for the oven. You are an amazing person, Cindy. Thank you for all you do.

  13. deblu, 02 May, 2011

    I enjoyed the video and look forward to trying this technique. Thanks for giving the oportunity to see one of your videos for free!

  14. Courtney Breul, 03 May, 2011

    Thank you! Your instructions are so very clear and easy to follow! I can’t wait to play.

  15. Janet L., 03 May, 2011

    Great tutorial, easy to see and follow. Thanks so much!

  16. Peggy Barnes, 03 May, 2011

    As if the two of you are not generous enough already. Now this how thoughtful to share this with everyone. I have told all my friends I have been trying to convince they need to try Polymer Clay. If this doesn’t convince them nothing will. There Loss. I have tried just about every medium and craft there is out there and this is the best by far and You and Doug are a very BIG reason for that. I have come a long way since that first video. I have them all from the beginners on. I suggest anyone who joins even if you have clayed for awhile purchase the beginners video. I still refer to it from time to time. Cindy your tutorials are worth there weight in gold and I value you them just that much. Anyone out there thinking about joining don’t think just do it join today the cost is $3 something a month and you get 4 tutes a month. I don’t even know where you can get one tutorial for that amount do you?????? To beat that if you have any questions about it they will get answered by Cindy or one of your fellow clayers. We are one big family here all ready to help each other when we can. You won’t find anything better out there.
    Thanks again Cindy and Doug. Many Uuuuggggs, Peggy

  17. Cyndi L, 03 May, 2011

    What a fabulous technique! Thanks sooo much for sharing it…I can’t believe how much easier it is than the traditional method of making the blends :-)

  18. veromona, 03 May, 2011

    thank you so much ! I am a little lazy , so it’s fabulous for me !!!

  19. Kay, 03 May, 2011

    What a great video! Thanks so much Cindy…I can’t wait to try it.

  20. teia, 03 May, 2011

    Thanks a lot for sharing! I’m definitely going to try this to make blends :)

  21. Mallory, 03 May, 2011

    That was a great video! thank you for sharing! I am totally intrigued!

  22. Elizabeth S., 04 May, 2011

    As a long time subscriber to Cindy’s site, I have to echo what others have said about the value of membership. I look forward to early morning when I pour my first cup of coffee, fire up the computer and immediately log in to see what’s new on the site. The friendships and support from those more expert than I in the pc world are treasures that cannot be measured.

    I work with polymer clay every day-it has become my way to learn to express the creative part of myself. I consider Cindy my teacher and partner in this effort. No, I have never sat in the same room with her, but she virtually sits next to me in my studio every day via computer. The video tutorials are wonderful as those of you who watched the Lietz Blend Color Shift know. I’ve told Cindy in the past that little details, like being able to watch exactly how she holds her hands to achieve a certain step in a process often mean the difference between success and failure in my own efforts.

    I won’t waste time discussing the money part of membership-just believe me when I say that the quality and content contained inthe inexpensive subscription are beyond belief.

    As an added bonus Cindy has created a Facebook page where photos of our pc work can be displayed. I suggest to anyone considering membership that they hop on over to FB, type “polymer clay” into the search box, go to Cindy’s page, and enjoy the gallery of pieces created from the tutorials. I never fail to be awed and inspired by what I find there.

    Please know that I have nothing personal to gain here in sharing my opinions about the value of the site except the possibility of adding new friends, new teachers, new companions with whom I can share the joy of creating with this wonderful medium. In my opinion, as the art of polymer clay continues to advance, this site can only serve to push it forward exponentially in the areas of skill and creativity.

    I’m off now-I think today I want to create a pc art sheet. Hmmm, can’t remember all the how-to details—–guess I’ll have to pull up the video from my library———-aah, here it is! Let’s fire it up!

  23. Cindy Lietz, 04 May, 2011

    First of all, let me say a HUGE THANK YOU to your overwhelming response! I am very touched. Between this thread and the two others regarding the free tutorial, there have been 248 comments so far. Wow!! Who knew that a method that I figured out by accident would cause so much excitement? Very humbling.

    And for those of you that went the extra distance by sharing your stories and experiences, an extra large hug goes to you. I feel like we have grown so much as a family and a community over the years, and your comments and support means a great deal to me. Without all of you to share my ideas with, I’d just be claying away quietly in my studio alone. This way I feel like I’m claying with the best people in the world!

  24. ChezPooh, 06 May, 2011

    Thanks for the tutorial. My teenager is starting with the polymer clay and he has never wanted to bother with the other blending technique, but this one looks so much easier that I think he will be excited.

  25. Diane Ringel, 09 May, 2011

    Thanks for the link to a great tutorial. I loved the shifting technique!

  26. Stef F, 09 May, 2011

    I really enjoy your website and tutorials. Every time I spend time here, I’m so very tempted to add polymer clay to my jewelry repertoire!

  27. Elaine Faulks, 09 May, 2011

    Hi Cindy, I did leave a comment when I watched the CLBCS but my laptop has developed a nasty virus so I think it is still in cyber space. Or it might have been me!!
    Been a guest (lurker) (not sure if I like being called that!) for ages and promised myself as soon as I could afford a new laptop I would join your lovely community. Well, I just couldn’t wait any longer. As a guest I really appreciated the free colour recipes, previews of techniques and reading the comments left by your members. So even though I have to put-up with a frozen screen and other glitches on this little old laptop I decided to become a fully paid up member….Now putting my pennies (or is it cents) in my piggy bank so I can purchase some of my fav. back issues and a brand new laptop.So from here in Essex U.K. the sun is out and my little dog Jessica is waiting for walkies so will say TTFN from your wacky new member. xx

  28. Phaedrakat, 14 May, 2011

    @Elaine Faulks: Welcome, new member! I just noticed your comment…easy to miss things lately with all the attention the free video’s rec’d. Congrat’s on your new status…you’re no longer a guest lurker! (I’m just kidding, LOL!) Sure hope we get to see a lot of you here at the blog. Even if you do call yourself a “wacky new member.” Besides, that sounds like fun! ;-)

    I’m excited for you! I remember being thrilled when I joined (I had been a guest “lurker” myself, hehehe.) Sorry to hear about that nasty virus/glitches — hope your piggy bank fills up fast, so you can get a new laptop to see your videos. Same goes for those back issue faves you’ve been craving, too. So many cool ones to choose from…

    Anyway, welcome again…and yes, to your little doggie Jessica, too! :D

  29. Marcela Saldaña, 09 May, 2011

    Hi Cindy, thank you so much, I loved this proyect, I haven´t done it yet buy I will soon and let you know how did it work

  30. Tina Adams, 09 May, 2011

    If you have not seen Cindy’s Teardrop Blend video yet, and you work with polymer clay, you really should watch this wonderful technique! I have learned so much from Cindy and her sight it is wonderful!

  31. Donna DeCicco, 09 May, 2011

    Hi Cindy, thanks for showing us your method, I’ve used this before and it saves a lot of time and you have more control over the amount of clay used and the width needed to fit through the pasta machine, the other way is to draw a diagram, too much work! I’ve also changed the color by adding a backing, it’s fun to experiment! thanks again!

  32. Mirna B, 10 May, 2011

    This tutorial is highly usable, looking forward to try it, though I am not sure how it will work with clay that is not so soft, hope well! And that tip for changing whole blend color when adding back color is golden. Thank you for sharing!

  33. Phaedrakat, 11 May, 2011

    I just saw the “Last Call” newsletter from Cindy. Make sure your friends & clayers who haven’t seen the video yet get here soon…Cindy says the video’s coming down on Thursday, May 12th! She doesn’t state a time, so see it asap!

  34. Jacki, 11 May, 2011

    wow it looked so easy will try this one thanks

  35. Kay T, 14 May, 2011

    Oh, I missed it. :( I’m just getting started with clay and just saw this posted. Oh well. I’ll have to keep checking back.

  36. Phaedrakat, 15 May, 2011

    @Kay T: Oh, I’m sorry for you! I know how you feel — I had just missed a free viewing of Cindy’s original Teardrop Method when I first discovered her site. I was so upset, but I ended up hanging around, learning more & more about this great place (& hearing others rave about her videos!) Finally, I couldn’t stand missing out anymore, so I joined up and have been a happy member ever since! I love it…you learn so much, even if you’re already familiar with clay. She has a great way of simplifying things…she’s a great tutor. Sign up for her free newsletter/guest list…you’ll get some free videos, and free color recipes each week. You’ll also get an email if she does another promotion (so you’ll know as soon as members do — & won’t miss it!)

    Anyway, it’s good to meet you! I hope you’ll come around often, especially since you’re just getting started with clay. You’ll probably have questions, and this is a great place for that. Cindy’s beginners/basics course is an excellent way to start, BTW. See ya, Kat!

  37. Helen Sperring, 19 May, 2011

    I did it again. Now I missed the Teardrop Blend Video. The last time I missed renewing my account. I have it in my email but it just won’t play. Did you ever ask anyone to stop their membership because they were such a pest ? I just caught up my 650 e mails and thats when I saw it. Well, Cindy, my birthday was just May 4 and that would have been a great Birthday gift. How about a Get Well Soon gift. I’m going back in the hospital again. They put a plate on the left side the last time but now the right side of my back is collapsing. So on June 1 I’ll have a matching set of plates. If I could see that new Teardrop blend video , I think I would feel better. Cmon, how long have I been around ? Since the beginning? I’m doing really good with all the great videos you’ve been teaching me. Teach me one more, Pretty, Pretty, Please……….If not, I still luv you anyway,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Luv, Honey

  38. Cindy Lietz, 19 May, 2011

    @Helen Sperring: Hi Honey… so, so sorry to hear about your back health issues. Oh… and happy belated birthday!

    In regards to your library account, everything is in good health with that. Simply log in with your username and password to watch the Vol-035-3 Teardrop video. Hopefully it helps to bring you a bit of joy as you rise above the physical pains your body is challenging you with these days.

    By the way, yesterday I responded to you via email about this matter. Please check your junk or spam folder and add my contact information to your “Approved Senders” or “Contacts List”. With all the email filters and blockers on the Internet today, it is SO important for EVERYONE to take this proactive step. It’s called “Whitelisting” and it will go a long ways to ensure that all of my messages actually get through to your inbox.

  39. Phaedrakat, 20 May, 2011

    @Helen Sperring: Oh, Helen — so sorry to hear about your back getting worse (I can sympathize, believe me!) I’ll try to send you a message/contact you via Facebook. Please know my thoughts & prayers are with you. Talk to ya soon… Hugs, Kat

  40. Cassie C, 26 July, 2011

    Hi. I absolutely love the teardrop method of color blending. I use it all the time. It works perfectly every single time. I tried the Skinner blend off and on for 4 years. I just thought I was an idiot because I was rarely successful. So Cindy, why does the teardrop blend work so well and how is it different from the Skinner blend?

  41. Phaedrakat, 28 July, 2011

    @Cassie C: Hi Cassie! So happy to hear you are using & enjoying Cindy’s teardrop blend so much! It’s pretty awesome, not to mention easy to do. Many find it easier to get the hang of than the original Skinner blend. (Especially those who dislike measuring — and triangles, LOL!) My guess is you found success with Cindy’s method because it’s very forgiving — you don’t have to have perfect triangles or clay amounts to create beautiful multi-color blends.

    Type “teardrop blend” or “teardrop method” into the search bar at the top of the page…you’ll find additional articles about Cindy’s “Lietz Teardrop Blend“, with even more info in the comment threads below. Like the differences between the two types, and many reasons the teardrop method is easier to learn (and other advantages, like being able to make quick tiny sample blends to test color palettes.) I don’t want to say more…afraid I’ll be giving away Cindy’s video secrets in these open threads. I may have misunderstood your question — if so, please ask again in a different way. Then someone else can answer better… :-) ~Kat

  42. Cassie C, 29 July, 2011

    @Phaedrakat. Thank you for such a detailed answer. You covered my question perfectly. I will do more of the the reading that you suggested and little by little I am purchasing and working through most of the videos.
    Overall I just think the Teardrop blend makes me happy! I’m always successful. My finished product is always beautiful and I waste less clay.
    I can see where the Skinner blend would be necessary when you need to make the exact same blend more then once.
    But at this point I don’t need to do that.
    I simply love the Teardrop blend. haha. I sound like a commercial!
    Be well~ Cassie

  43. Cindy Lietz, 02 August, 2011

    @Cassie C: I am glad Phaedrakat was able to help you Cassie, since it can take me a little while to get to all the questions here at the blog. A couple things to add is, that you will find that the teardrop blend will indeed make the exact same blend every time, if you start with the same amounts of clay every time. In that way, I find it to be just as accurate as the regular Skinner Blend.

    As far as why it is easier, I think that one of the reasons is that you can easily control the width of the blend, especially if you roll it and do the little finger trick I show you. With a regular Skinner Blend, unless you are using a lot of clay, or some width guides added to your pasta machine, the blends just keep getting wider and wider and harder and harder to fold.

    Then with multi-color blends, the complicated measuring, cutting and piecing, can turn into a geometry lesson when using the traditional Skinner Blend. With the Teardrop Blend you just make teardrop shapes of the colors you want, in the amounts you want, and press them together.

    I would say that the Teardrop Blend makes you happy because you get to make all those pretty blends (like the ones in the Peacock Cane), without any frustration and in way less time. Really it is as simple as that! :-)

  44. Cassie C, 02 August, 2011

    Thank you Cindy. I love how you take complex concepts and make them so very simple. And you are right. the Teardrop blend makes me happy because it works. The blends are awesome. Everyone loves the colors and keeps asking for more. It it so much fun.
    Thanks for changing polyclay from rocket science to as simple as painting rocks~ with a definite WOW factor added!

  45. Phaedrakat, 14 August, 2011

    @Cassie C: Lol! I love the comparison…”simple as painting rocks!” ;D Plus the “WOW factor”, indeed!

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